Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's 1845Fuller's 1845

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Photo of tcfishler
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color is a soft, medium brown, almost clear. Tall, light tan head, which falls slowly and unevenly, creating an attractive effect.

Aromas are fairly high-toned and very clean, featuring toast and almonds.

Medium-heavy body, with moderately low carbonation. Sweetness is just hinted at. Flavors are a restrained combination of fruit and both roasted and unroasted malt. The malt here is malty, not sweet - nice! Chewing emphasizes the fruit component. Finishes long and slightly bitter, just enough to cleanse the palate and beckon another sip. However, there's also a suggestion of alcoholic heat and heaviness that hampers the drinkability.

I love how this beer can manage to be fruity and malty without being sweet; even more remarkably, it manages this feat without showing any overt hoppiness! But I'm dissappointed in the alcohol showing...after all, the ABV is only 6.3%. I won't be keeping this in my rotation due to that flaw.

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

Clear chestnut hue with a giant foamy head, which eventually settles down to a well retained smallish off white head which leaves much lacing on the glass. Aroma of apples at first, then dark fruits and bread malt. Bam! Taste is alive with a multitude of flavours, roasted malt aromas, dark fruits, vanilla, muesli. Lovely moderately bitter taste. Creamy mouthfeel with good level of fine carbonation. Superb lingering bitter aftertaste. Absolutely superb bitter. King of British ales.

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Photo of studentofbeer
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a pretty orangey red, on the darker side, with a very nice coffee ice cream-colored head. Head falls relatively quickly but keeps a nice ring all the way down.

Smells of dark fruits, some caramel, nutmeg and yeasty breadiness. Very pleasant, slightly sweet aroma.

Taste-- strong cocoa bitterness, clay, minerals, with a bready middle and slight plum and prune fruit flavor. Bready sugar becomes aparant as the beer warms, as does an alcohol bite that lingers with the hops and cocoa-like astringency. Nice flavor, but definitely a bit bitter/astringent. maybe some age would meld the flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-- not too carbonated, and very smooth. Drinkability is good, but the strong alcohol (both % and flavor that comes through) limit it just a bit.

Overall a nice brew that I'd pare with something like a beef stew or shephards pie. strong and on the bitter side, reminds me a lot of Anchor OSA, just not so spiced.

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Photo of bodybyadam
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this in open goblet with 1/2" head. Brown rich appearance. The nose was a bit hoppy, just what I was expecting. However the touch on my palette first said nutty, with that touch of bitterness to finish with a fruity aftertaste. This was a late balance but still an excellent experience.
- Adam

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a rich, dark red colour with a decent but quickly-dissipating head. A surprising amount of lacing considering the size of the head.

Fruity aroma with a good mouthfeel and hoppy taste.

Overall: Quite good. Definitely recommended, but not exceptional.

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium/dark amber color. Very clear for bottle conditioned. Head is full, frothy, fairly large bubbles. Nice lacing

Aroma reminds me of molasses with a hint of honey. This beer is all about the malt.

The taste follows the aroma, molasses, honey, and malt. Sweet up front and in the middle. Finishes fairly dry with a nice hop bite.

Mouthfeel is solid. Viscous but not cloying. The carbonation provides a crispness at the end.

Overall, if you like English malt, this is a must try. Excellent flavor and well balanced.

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Photo of jkanavel
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cream-eggshell head. Head retention is a little less than average, but it coats the glass beautifully. Color is a dark copper to mahogany.

S: milk chocolate, caramel, buttery pancakes.

T: Smooth maltiness up front, with hits of chocolate and plum. yeasty, and a little dry and hoppy off the back. mmm

M: Crisp carbonation, but full bodied. Very smooth. Chewy. I can roll it around in my mouth before the carbation turns evervescent and sizzles on my tongue.

O: I love this beer. The balance of flavors is great, leaning a little bit towards the sweeter side.

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Photo of tonton
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Absolutely beautiful label on the gorgeous brown glass 50cl bottle. one of the nicest bottle presentations around. totally classy.

Pours a dark clear reddish caramel into a nonic pint. Fluffy warm grey head.

Tastes just like you would expect a perfect dark ale or old ale to taste. Typical caramel malts and mild English hops. Nothing unpleasant, which is its strength, but again, nothing outstanding or distinguishing, which is its weakness.

Mouthfeel is pleasant but then again not outstanding.

A perfect example of style, however, not worth a premium price over the standard English import.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from odd sized bottle into my snifter. Deep red/brown color. Off white lacing with a good head that dropped very quickly.

Smell: Chocolate and raisins. Faded hops aroma-- fuggles?

Sharp initial taste. Tip of the tongue pain. Hard water most likely. Neutral sweet taste overall. Back of tongue bitterness is very pleasant. Alcohol and residual sweetness is nice in the aftertaste. Solid beer.

Excellent mouthfeel. Syrupy, but bitter enough not to be Cloying. Call it, "enveloping."

Very nice, but heavy, session beer if you like getting drunk. Doesn't scream drink me, but is robust enough to satisfy.

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Photo of audiojon
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this, and I'm very impressed. Appearance is lovely, head and lacing are beautiful, as a bottle conditioned brew should be. Scent is nutty, malty, and slightly hoppy. Tastes very appropriate for the smell, nutty, malty, and slightly hoppy! Delicious brew, a nearly perfect example of the style. Could be a touch more complex, but it goes down so easily that I really can't complain. This was not what I expected at all, and was a very pleasant surprise. I need to take another look at a few other offerings from Fuller's, to date I've only had this and their ESB. Both were very good, and I imagine they have much more to offer as well.

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Photo of DaveUK
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep reddish brown, a medium head with lacing common.

Aroma - sticky fruit cake and treacle along with dried fruits in the nose.

Taste - Fruit cake and dried fruits, alcohol and piny bitterness, hint of sourness, finish is long and malty with notes of more alcohol and dried orange.

Mouthfeel - excellent carbonation from the bottle conditioning, medium mouthfeel with a slight sweet stickiness on the lips.

Overall - a tasty and deep ale. Almost like a honed and more drinkable version of the golden pride, designed for session rather than one off.

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Photo of melagnus
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Finger thick smoky looking head forms quickly and settles latently. Bubbles spew to the top, which helps support the head and gives the appearance of a beer with high carbonation. After 30+ seconds the head fizzles out to a film across the top of the clear ruby red liquid. Swirling the beer in the snifter rouses the beer's head back to an almost finger-thick consistency, though it's quicker to fizzle out and not as thick. Legs do form after swirling, though the consistency is thinner in body than say a West-coast IPA would be.

S - Sweet malt rises to the nose, one that contains raisin and a slight toastiness to it. The toastiness balances the sweetness from the raisin, and also allows a near-earthiness to come through. With that said, this doesn't come by way of yeast, but through the malts used.

T/M/D - Sweet caramel and raisin wash across the palate with medium body. The sweetness comes across the palate and finishes somewhat syrupy, though the sweetness is nicely balanced with toasted malts. Alcohol (6.3% ABV) seems to also be prevalent, though nothing out of style. The bottle conditioning definitely helped to elevate the carbonation and the bubbles prickle along the center of the palate and this, mixed with the mild bitterness from the hops, really makes for a nice beer. Drinkability seems to be nice, though the combination of malts & hops do provide for some palate fatigue and due to the level of alcohol, this is by no means a Session Beer. Nonetheless, on a colder night next to a warm crackling fireplace I would consider having another :)

C - The temperatures were warm today (84˚F), yet this beer still comes across as having a wonderful taste that caries with it a refreshing quality. I ended up utilizing it to make a marinade with brown sugar, dill, cranberry honey mustard and then put it over Wild Alaskan King Salmon with caramelized yellow onion and garlic; to say the least, it was yummy! This wasn't a beer that wowed me, though also not a beer that disappointed.


P.S.: I don't believe my palate to be developed enough to fully appreciate this beer and haven't drunk enough beers in this style to fully understand what I am looking for. Therefore, please do not be turned off by my B rating, as by rights this beer should probably be a lot higher, but I am trying to rate it by what I experienced in this moment.

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Photo of milkbaby9
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (best by 9-22-2010, drank on 9-6-2010) into Samuel Adams sensory pint glass. 2 finger off-white small bubbled head reduces to 1/2 cm head that sticks around with spotty lacing left behind as the beer is drunk. Slightly hazy dark amber color with a ruby tinge.

Aroma of brown sugar/molasses, lightly medicinal lemon, frosted cinammon raisin roll; the aromas are a little on the weak side and disappointing. Taste is lightly tart lemon honey, very bready malt, light orange rind bitterness that comes up towards the finish with a orange and molasses sweetness too. Hints of raisin, dates, and banana are in there too. Lasting threads of light roasty bitterness, big breadiness, and sweet orange through the long finish. Medium low carbonation and medium body.

Appearance and aroma were disappointing but misleading versus the taste which was pleasantly good. A little on the sweet side but very easy to drink. Almost like a liquid beer version of fruit bread w/molasses. I dunno if it was because of the age, but it wasn't for the tired aroma, this would've rated a bit higher. This is quite good and I'd definitely drink it again. Would be interested to try it in London at the source!

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

Appearance: Pours to a deep reddish/amber color with a substantial tan head. Foam hangs in there pretty well, and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. A beautiful pour in all regards.

Smell: I distinctly pick up cider-like overtones in the aroma of this beer. Slight hops as well as malts are present in the aroma as well.

Taste: Opens smoothly and subtly. Hints of bitterness tangle with hints of sweetness, but nothing overpowering. Malty overtones creep in at the finish. Some of the apple overtones in the aroma creep into the taste as well, although slightly more bitter than the aroma might indicate. Hops becomes more evident as the beer has an opportunity to warm and breathe.

Mouthfeel: Nicely smooth. A slight bite of carbonation enters the picture as well.

Drinkability: Excellent. Smooth, refreshing, and tasty. This beer works well with food. Although it has many subtle overtones in its taste, it does not get overwhelmed by food easily.

This is an excellent example of an English Strong Ale.

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Photo of pioppo
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber. A fine and quite persistent clear beige foam.

S - Chocolate over all.. Toasted malt with coffee and expecially caramel. The aromas are very fine and intense i was very impressed!!

T - I expected a more sweet beer but in mouth it reflects the standard of bitterness of an English Ale: a good level of bitter that stay over the malty. Also come out a good level of alchool.

M - So not a very armonic beer, also unbalanced to the bitterness. But the dry finish after a full body make this beer an interesting drinking.

D - Taste it on the sofa while it's raining and you'll like it so much!!

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Photo of chrisafari
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

updated rating:

*after checking the BJCP Style Guide, I decided to re-rate this beer.*

aroma: rich carmel malt and nice thick molasses. not much hops, if any in the nose. A hint of alcohol

Pours rich amber brown, slightly opaque with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Should have more of a head, mine didn't have any head and couldn't make one with a quick swirl.

Flavor: begins smooth and sweet molasses and carmel, similar to the nose. Their is slight tinge of alcohol burn, but really subtle. The finish is sharp and bites the back of the throat, rather dry and slightly hoppy. The dry finish also leaves a semi salty flavor on the pallet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: medium to low. Not a gulper, like others, but more a sipper.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. Right on style for a "Strong Ale." The molasses and carmel notes, make this a nice autumn beer. Something to sip by a fire on a blustery night or with a nice warm pipe! A nice strong ale that isn't overly pungent like other "american" strong ales. Definitely worth a try.

If you are looking for an English style "Strong Ale" this has to be at the top of the list! Really well executed!

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Photo of eweneek83
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a thick dark copper brown, with an overflowing light cream coloured head, about 3 inches....

Smell - smells much like a Belgian ale with a breadcrust and celery-like smell. Robust hops are here, tells me the nose. mouthwatering

Taste - a semi-bitter taste, a strong malt and hoppy taste too. Tastes much like their ESB, but remarkably smoother. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Warm, smooth, and tingly like ginger beer. very smooth for it's abv.

Drinkability - really good, this one is not overpowering and is carbonated really good. An overall good beer.

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

1 pt .09 oz bottle poured into a pub-style imperial pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy deep brown with red highlights, topped with a frothy yellow-cream head of tiny bubbles.

S: Lots of licorice, with raisin, dates, and other dried fruits, and a touch of dark molasses.

T: Molasses and sweet licorice hit me first. There is a brilliant malt presence that is complex and not overly sweet. Bits of raisin and bitter dark chocolate thrown in.

M: Mouthfeel is mild and pleasant, with soft carbonation. It is not thick or oily--in fact, it is a bit thin, which I liked because it lets the complex flavors stand out even more. I detected very little alcohol heat.

D: Easy to drink, smooth, and tasty. The alcohol level and sweetness make this a great after-dinner beer for when I want something flavorful without the heaviness and boozy kick of an imperial stout.

I've had real ales like this before, but this may be the one that tips me over into becoming a fan of the style.

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Photo of eskilgh
4/5  rDev -2.4%

From 500 ml bottle bought in Norway.

Brass-copper color with a thin lacing of head.

The hops give a soft spicy aroma - reminiscent of smoked paprika. Toasted malts are also present, a long with some dark fruity aromas.

Drinking it the first i taste are the hops which is followed by malt and ester flavours similar to what the aroma was like. Finishes with a pleasant medium-low mild bitterness. Kind of hard to differentiate the different tastes since they meld together so well.

Overall a really well balanced beer with solid malt profile that finishes dry enough that you can several pints of it. Really good!

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Photo of DerKaiser
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 1845 pours and looks very much like Fuller's ESB. But that's about where the similarities end. The aroma is much more thick with caramels and ripe fruits, especially apples.

The taste follows the aroma very closely: pungent ripe fruits, apple peel, and a bit of burnt caramel. The alcohol comes through with a nice warming effect, but is not overwhelming. There's a husky, yeasty aftertaste that finishes a little too bitter for my taste. But this is certainly a quality brew that is well deserving of its great reviews. Fuller's really is one of the world's better breweries.

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Photo of Brewndruid
4/5  rDev -2.4%

I will buy this again. I think maybe I had it too cold. Finishing the last bits warm gave me more of the flavor everyone raves about.
I know this is a uality ale, if Fuller's can't do it, whocan?

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Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pint, 0.9 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: A clear mahogany with a thin, bubbly head, like a soda.

Smell: A sweet, plum aroma, almost like a brandy. Similar to their Vintage Ale, actually.

Taste and mouthfeel: Alcohol is right up front, harsh, almost completely overwhelming the sweetness underneath. Softens a bit as the beer warms. Mildly creamy back that becomes more noticeable in the finish. Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Hard to see drinking more than one in a sitting.

Notes: There was just something a little unbalanced with this one; definitely let this warm up significantly. Maybe I'll give it another try sometime.

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Photo of rwathree
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, poured into tulip:

A: dark caramel brown color that lets in just enough light to show off the beer's clarity. Thick off-white head, about an inch high, that goes down slowly. Nice.

S: vine fruit, alcohol, traces of caramel. Not that complex, but very appealing.

T: but damn if the taste isn't complex. The alcohol is turned down, the tart fruit flavors hit up front and then fade into toasted malts, tobacco, a touch of brown sugar, and hop bitterness. I'd maybe like the alcohol to be more prominent, but it's to be expected that it wouldn't be.

M: starts off creamy, but I'm pretty quickly struck by how watery this is. The carbonation is decent, but I find this surprisingly thin.

O: Body aside, this is pretty nice. The person who sold it to me described this as "Barleywine light," and I think that's a solid read. This is a nice nightcap beer for people with responsibilities the next morning.

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Photo of Chessmaster
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

T: Pleasant, toasty, bready/biscuity, pale + crystal malt, no discernible hop taste or aroma (beyond bittering)

A: Copper/bronze color with average head which dissipated fast into thin crown

M: Average mouthfeel, average carbonation

S: Toasty malt, mild smell, nothing memorable

O: Overall a drinkable and enjoyable beer. Wouldn't turn one down, wouldn't go out of my way to buy.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel and toffee notes, followed by a mix of cooked fruits, jam, and raisin take a hold of your nose, and invite you to take a sip of this exemplary version of an English strong ale. All of the notes present in the aroma, are revisited in the flavor. The caramel and toffee flavors are only enhanced by the fantastic -almost cream-like mouth feel. The light toffee and dried fruits/ esters linger into the after palate, followed by the mild bitterness of the English hops used.

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4.1 out of 5 based on 1,110 ratings.
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