Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper amber with a nice two-finger off-white head. Quite a few rings of lacing as it goes down.

S: Strong whiff of caramel malts alongside some initially-unidentifiable spices, almost reminding me of Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome. Somewhat earthy. Hints of orange marmalade.

T: A nice, brisk hop presence; slightly herbal and earthy. Very nice caramel malt in the background, with a mild amount of spice. Slightly sweet. Still having trouble identifying the specific spicing--perhaps the orange marmalade I detected in the nose.. Mild hints of tobacco and a very slight green apple skin presence.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate, brisk carbonation. No detectable alcohol presence. Chewy and biscuity.

D: Although certainly not within the English definition of sessionable, this is one incredibly drinkable brew. Nice balance between earthy hops, fruity esters, and caramel malt.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a deep brown color with a thick, foamy, two-finger head. Leaves lacing.

S - Smells highly malty and of dried fruits.

T - Malty and bittersweet with a good dose of dried fruit flavor.

M - Crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. The first I've had of the style, so I have no other beer to compare it to, but it has a great flavor.

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Photo of oberon
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a light orange hint,awesome aromas of brown sugar and orange big and expressive for sure.Taste is rich and complex even more so as it warms more towards room temp great malt tilted beer I get big brown sugar and nutty flavors and a long fruity finish with a yeasty note.A great beer to savor,man Fullers make some truley great ales!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange with a significant infusion of cranberry red; a gorgeous hue, especially when backlit. I think the head has it beat though. Up top is a fabulous looking, regal crown of pastel orange foam that could only have come from a world-class brewery. Abundant lace is the capper on a great look. I love Fuller's heavy-duty bottles and tasteful, classic labels. I usually love the way the beer looks as well.

With a little more power and definition, the nose would be right up there with the appearance. It's incredibly toasted malty as only good English ales can be (Maris Otter?) and is dark fruity and a wee bit spicy. It smells like it'll be great beer, but it doesn't quite smell like great beer... if that makes any sense at all. Here's hoping that warming brings out the complexity that I just know is in there somewhere.

Oh yeah, this is beautiful beer all right. I never know what I'm going to get with an English strong ale, but I always hope it'll be something like this. 1845 tastes like an ESB on steroids, with more of everything that I love about that style. I'm already impressed. When it gains a few degrees, if I can wait that long, it should be even more of a humdinger.

The most surprising, and arguably the best thing, about 1845 is its withering bitterness. Too many English ales are underhopped for my American hophead palate, but the same can't be said for this beauty. Well toasted, brown bready malt starts things off and is quickly overtaken by fruity, spicy, earthy hops and bitter English Breakfast tea leaves. East Kent Golding is a pretty safe guess.

Underlying all the glorious bitterness is a sweetness reminiscent of ripe figs and sticky dates. It does taste sort of fruitcake-like, although not as much as most good winter warmers. The mid-range ABV strikes me as perfect in terms of drinkability. I'd welcome the opportunity to session a few of these on a cold winter night, basking in the warmth of a roaring fire.

The body/mouthfeel is impressing me more and more as I get deeper into the bottle. At this point (entering the bottom third), I'm just about as impressed as it's possible to be. This is a perfectly carbonated, creamy, silky treat. Any deviation in any direction, with the possible exception of more full, wouldn't work nearly as well. I can't imagine what it must feel like on cask.

Fuller's 1845 is the best beer from this brewery that I've had yet (Vintage Ale is still to come) and is easily the best version of the English strong ale style that I've ever had. From top to bottom and from side to side, it simply oozes quality. I don't see it often, but when I do, I'll be sure to stock up. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy, rich reddish mahogany in color with a foamy tan head that holds quite well and leaves some good lace. The aroma is rich with dark fruits (raisin, prune, plum, cherry), sweet malt and earthy/mineral hops (Fuggles?). The body is medium with a very fine, moderate carbonation. Surprisingly crisp and smooth in the mouth. The flavor starts with a lightly tart and somewhat sweet, dark fruitiness; then reveals more caramel malt character and hop flavor as it crosses the palate. There's some light licorice and "wood" in there as well. The bitterness is solid, but not overpowering - well balanced to match the firm, fruity malt. The alcohol is also very well masked. It finishes lightly sweet at first - then drying - with a long-lasting fruity maltiness becoming increasingly bitter as the moments pass. Very nice! A complex, rewarding ale.

I was not impressed w/ this beer the 1st time I had it several years ago. I found it out of balance with a harsh bitterness. This bottle has been aged - I'm not sure for how long, but it's well over a year - and the perceived bitterness is greatly reduced and the flavor is much rounder. Really nice. Rich, but also quite drinkable, due in great part to it's lightly tart fruitiness. I'd definitely recommend aging this beer for at least 6 month prior to tasting.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's sure to be a busy weekend, as my company gave me Friday off for "March Madness"! I don't even watch basketball.

Label read: Best Before 20/JUN/06

Appearance: Pours out a lovely amber hue with a creamy ivory-colored head.

Smell: Ahh. The scent is sharp and lively. Sweet caramel malts AND fruity alcohol esters??! The aroma lineup just improved significantly!

Taste: Here's my take on 1845 (the beer): Initially sweetish, with hints of caramel and butterscotch. Also, it's got some notable biscuit flavors. Plus, it's got some fruitiness (cherries, for me)! Doubleplus, there's some spicy, bitter hops in the finish. All in all, there's alot going for this beer and alot going on IN this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. The mouthfeel is both sparkling and creamy.

Drinkability: Pretty decent. All this and more in....a bottle of Fuller's 1845!!!

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle date stamped "best by 7 Feb 2014" served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours a medium brown-amber color, clear with a sudsy khaki head that soon reduces to a partial coat and ring.

The aroma suggests sweet baked fruit bread. The flavor also suggests bread and has hints of toffee but is dominated by pale and medium malts. Some spicy/earthy hops too, as is quite obvious in the finish and moderately bitter aftertaste.

Medium+ body with light carbonation.

O: Slightly improves with warming despite the emergence of clear alcohol tones in the aroma.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruit, honey, caramelized malts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and malty with flavors of dark fruit, caramel, honey and a touch of spice. There's strong hops presence that provides a very nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, nice kick, good representation of style, I was sure what to expect from this beer but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a very good beer to stick with for an entire evening.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 2/14/2014. Pours lightly clody reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big raisin, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, light nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, pear, molasses, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, light roast, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal spiciness, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity and malt flavors; with big robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent English strong ale! Big complexity and balance of robust malt and fruity flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with a a fluffy 3" tan head that retains very well,

Smell: Fruitiness. alcohol hints and oaky smell

Taste: Caramel, fruitiness, choclate notes, pineyness, dryness, and alcohol on the finish

MF; Smooth and fairly balanced, a litlle more hops profile is in order IMHO

Good effort worthy of Fullers' tradition of excellence

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Photo of Jason
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Foamy with a light beige lace that sticks to the glass quite well. Mild chill haze goes away as soon as the ale comes to cellar temperature. This sample was cellar for a year or so and seems to have held up very well.

Fruity, ester and musty yeast aroma. A touch of grain and hops in the back of the nose.

Medium to full in body with a lush mouth feel that is just as crisp as it is smooth. Bursting malt and juicy fruit, hop bitterness is solid and flexes with a sharpness and woody flavour. Malt is pretty thick with hints of bread crust and toasted grain. Lots of fruitiness with a think yeasty back. Esters are apparent with a warming alcohol in tow. Hint of buttery diacetyl. Finishes with a big lingering yeast, hop and ester bite.

My oh my, this is a lively ale to be had. A killer brew with expressive and complex flavours flailing everywhere. A brew I go back to more than others.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a dense quarter finger that evenly covers the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of malty sweetness including caramel and toasted malts

T: This beer is quite malty with notes of toasted and caramel malt sweetness as well as some nutty flavors. Light notes of fruity yeasts near the finish and just a touch of earthiness. Very light bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth.

O: Extremely easy to drink and very enjoyable - just shy of sessionable but that is because of the higher ABV. Nice complexity to the flavor.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The appears a beautiful shade of mahogany. Bubbles slowly ascend from the base of the glass. The head is nearly two inches thick, resembling sea foam, coating the glass with sticky lacing.

The aroma is of malt, toasted bread, earth, and a hint of fruit. The scent is enticing and inviting.

Fabulous flavor. I am instantly a big fan of Fuller's 1845, and will make it a point to have this beer in my fridge on a regular basis. Delicious toasted malt and bread with a hint of earth and fruit.

The feel is creamy and silky smooth, with spot on carbonation. Expertly done.

Overall, a superb beer, and deserving of it's #1 English Strong Ale ranking.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a straight-sided glass.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish flecks. Nice off-white head. Settles to a medium collar.

Smell - Kinda generically malty. Lightly fruity. Very light hop aroma.

Taste - Toasty and caramel malt. Bitterness comes and goes. Finishes with a dry woody bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - As with many of these beers, it's greater than the sum of its parts. A very pleasant beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beauty to look at! Pours amber to copper (top to bottom) with a creamy thick tan head that slowly descends to a lasting cover. Rings of lacing stick to the glass.

Aromatic, the smell is of orange, caramel, hints of other fruits (plum?) and slight nutty/bread aroma. Slight alcohol notes. Inviting...

The taste is of sweet malty orange liqueur. Caramel with a fruity breadiness. Nuts and dark fruit. A late crisp bitterness balances out the sweetness. Complex, rich and creamy with a long, dry finish. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but restrained and acts as a warming, spicy support in the background. Nice use of abv level.

A wonderful "sip and savor" brew (that tempts you to more than sip. Very tasty. A world class brew from a world class brewery!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark, nigh-impenetrable amber hue, with a big, creamy head.
Aroma: potent hoppiness, toasty and nutty, simmering with fruit notes, too. An admirable amount of complexity to be found in this nose, and it just gets spicier and fruitier as we drink it in.
Taste: magnificent mouthfeel, warm, generous, almost dazzling. Doesn't feel too "strong", but it does have a touch of the "old" about it, the first sip lets you know you're tasting a legendary brew. Those flavors detected in the nose, noted above, all return and make merry in the mouth, gleefully ringing the senses with a most exceptional taste. Sweet, lively, sharp, distinct, full of tasty hops, richly resounding with a sparkling, coppery flavor. Medium-bodied, with full in the finish. There's a Hell of a lot going on in this beer, and it's quite an enjoyable libation, undoubtedly Fuller's finest!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A bit of a muddy and dark reddish brown body, with some faint cola like bubbles, giving a large bubbled head of about three fingers with some good retention. Head does fall slowly, with faint scattered lacing.

Nose is real fruity. Interesting mix of dark raisins, and spritzy sensations. Figgy. Citrus zest and spray everywhere. Great biscuit malt quality and fig newton angle all over. Real wonderful bitter like action going on.

Wonderful light texture of malt on the palate, with a thick rich density that isn't cloying. Fruit angle carries on the nose into the mid palate, with figs and raisins. Finishes clean surprisingly, with a mild toffee crisp waffer action.

Looking over my bottle this is way past best before date by 5 months and it's still dang impressive. Even still this beer is delivering, will be trying this again for sure.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic, leave me alone. Beer is light brown and mostly clear with a thin head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low. The head is off white and monolayered, microscopic bubbles.

Aroma is malty and mildly caramely. Its quite good smelling but I wish it were stronger.

This is supposedly the quintessential English strong ale, it being the #1 beer for the style on beeradvocate. First thing, its a heavy, big bodied beer and it leads off with sweetness, some alcohol, mild overall, and some caramel. Its a lot of malt. There is a mild bitterness, probably about 30 IBUs that lingers at the back of the mouth. The finish is nice, not too dry, just dry enough for this kind of beer. There is no aftertaste. Its a decent beer overall but its kind of like a weak barleywine. I'm going to try the Yorkshire Sligo next to compare the two.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/26/09- Purchased at Draeger's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best by date on the back label. Poured into my 20oz Pizza Port glass.

Appearance- Deep golden colored pour, headed towards a light brown. Some sediment floating around. Full frothy one inch head on the pour in which a light rim remains for the duration of consumption. Leaves some very nice lines and spotting of sticky lace behind.

Smell- Normal scent of a good lager. Also has some bready notes and maybe even some chocolate. Has a tiny metallic note though.

Taste- No metal in the flavor. Quite more sweet than I imagined. Very carmamely, some toffee notes as well. Extremely bready as well. Some minor date and plum flavor. Even what seems like a hint of coffee too. Lots of mingling flavors going on.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation level. Not a long lasting aftertaste, in fact pretty clean.

Drinkability- Very good beer with lots and lots of flavor. Would recommend for sure.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1845 is a hazy brown color with a large, thick light brown head. The retention is excellent and leaves thick lacing. The aroma is faint, a combination of English malt and hops is noted. The flavor is very malty, toasty English malts are first noted and are followed by a strong fruitiness (plum-like) and notes of chocolate. Dry English hop flavors come in towards the finish. The alcohol flavor seems very strong for something that is only 6.3%. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, if it weren't for a weak aroma, 1845 would have fared better.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium translucent copper/amber colour with one finger of cream coloured head that quickly receded.

S - Toffee, dark fruit, caramel, raisins.

T - Toffee, Dark Caramel, raisins, a good hop bitterness and some floral notes. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Daggum, this is a bright, amber, clean looking beer. Nice head, but not too big. Looks darn tasty.

Quite a nice biscuity sweet aroma. Light toast and caramel. Malty. Powerful but not overwhelming.

Yup, caramel, toast, biscuit, soft malt and dough in the taste. Center is the malt and caramel, sweet up front, a bit dry in the end. Not crisp, but enough to control the malt from lingering too long. This is good. Drinks very nicely.

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Photo of WesWes
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a weak malty scent that boasts of pale and some crystal malts. It seems dry and a bit breadlike with little hops. The taste is average. It has a very dry and bitter flavor that is bland and stale. It goes down slow and reveals it's elevated abv. in the finish. It has a decent malt palate that consists of pale and crystal malts. There is also English hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent brew, but nothing special. I don't care for the grain bill or the hop selection. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, roasted malt, sweet malt, and very slight yeast aroma. Fits the style of an English Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, sweet malt, and slight alcohol. There's also a hint of raisin or fruit. Overall, a great blend of flavors! This brew is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Wayne's Liquor, on to the beer:

Dark red to brown in color with a good head. A very enjoyable beer that leans towards the malty side. Bready, toffee, and chocolate , and slight toast are hinted in the beer. But where's the alcohol? It's a strong ale, right? Anyway, a touch of hop bitterness linger on the tongue in the aftertaste. Drinks pretty easy.

This is Fullers' flagship ale, though I'm sure some advocates will make a case for their ESB or London Porter. Go ahead and try them all and judge for yourself!

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.
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