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Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

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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#1,996
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702
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1,127
pDev:
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Photo of mikeborglum
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 500ml bottle in pint glass - small beige and thick head, maybe one finger, very little carbonation with nice lacing; nice rich mahogany color with slight haziness; roasted malt and sweet aroma with hint of figs or dates; medium body creamy texture; excellent balance with touch of bitterness against a wonderful toffee flavor and slight hint of smoke; smooth lasting finish to dry and hoppy; fabulous beer!

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Photo of bump8628
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coppery-amber with a loose off-white head.

Some fruity yeast on the nose like pear, apple, and a little cherry. Nice semi-heavy malt base on the palate that's backed by a surprising amount of earthy,woody, and spicy hops. Malt is like spice cake, dark fruits, and toffee soaked in just a little bit of bourbon.

A nice English ale. Heavy, but not overly sweet, and with good punch of complex flavors.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Rich, thick, foamy head of large bubbles. Cream-coloured head sits above a dark copper beer. Plenty of lacing--very visually appealing!

S: Brown sugar, fruity, malty, caramel.

T: Alcohol, malty, simultaneously very sweet and also quite bitter--slightly complex this brew.

M: surprisingly light on the body, but with a syrupy tackiness on the tongue--very rich!

D: the higher ABV and alcohol taste, while typical of the style, make it less drinkable and more of a special occasion type of experience.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt. 0.9 oz bottle with a best before date of 6/16/10. My very first impression as I sniffed the opened bottle was straight tobacco. It is chestnut in color and to be honest it doesn;t have a great head but it does have good lacing, maybe my glass wasn't perfectly clean. It smells and tastes quite malty, some bready fruitiness, very robust flavor.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bright amber/copper. Expansive beige foam.

S- I was not impressed by the faint notes of minerals, wet grains, and damp earth. With great coaxing, muted smells of dark fruits, raisin, fig. Too much filtration stripping the life out of the aromas here?

T- Straightforward malt upfront, finishes with dry, astringent hop bitterness.

M, D- A passable ale with a touch of good simple flavor, but lacking structure and complexity.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 18th May 2011, drank 17th Jan 2010. Poured into a vase shaped pint glass.

Good thick tan/off white/cream coloured head, which produced some heavy lacing as the beer sank down the glass. The body was clear and a copper/brown colour, very beery looking!

Malts and molasses win the aroma battle, a sort of rich 'malt-loaf' with butter lashed on smell.

The taste is also malt dominated, a little sweet at first mouthtouch, then it begin to dry out in the finish with a hop bitterness arriving in the aftertaste.

The alcohol is easy to find and sits well within the malty richness of the brew.

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Photo of dqrull
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a slightly beige head that really last long, and leaves a crisp layer of laying all around the glass.

Smell is toffee, a little biscuity maltness söoghtly spicy and a hint of yeast, probably due to the bottle conditioning. Some fruits as well, but I cant put a finger on what fruits...

The taste here is sooo much more than the weak smell. It points in the same direction but it feels complete and really full, I'm amazed that there can be this kind of big taste in a beer with this small ABV.
Taste is dominated by a fruity fudgy maltiness, imagine a not-too-sweet piece of fudge, but instead of being fudge-brown, it's violet, and has faint but oh so noticeable hints of blueberry, raspberry and apples cooked in sugar syrup. The yeast is also noticeable as well as some fruity marzipan. No big aftertaste, the taste cuts off quite clearly and makes it a really easy drink.

The mouthfeel is really creamy and full, with soft carbonation consisiting of really small non-stingy bubbles.

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Photo of LittleBug31
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An interesting caramel brown. The head is huge! Just as tall as the liquid itself!

S: Very interesting smell. Reminds me of buttery cinnamon-raisin bread with toasty sugar. Spiced apple cider.

T: Cinnamon raisin bread is very evident in the taste as well. A light spiciness that mixes with apples and fruit.

M: Thick and creamy. Smooth with tingly carbonation.

D: Light and bubbly. Easily enjoyed.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been eyeing this one up for a while now--I've been on something of an old ale kick lately.

A: Pours with extremely lively carbonation, an enormous head of buttery light-tan, very bready looking. Slowly receding leaving some sticky lacing. An opaque apple-cider brown colour. If it weren't for opaqueness, I would give this a 4.5

S: Fruity, nutty, layers of caramel, and buttered bread. Cinnamon, sugary spice. Light hops, graham cracker, apple pie. Intriguing nose. As it warms, the apple pie like aroma takes over.

T: Carmelized dark fruit, raisins, tart apples, and a light sourness that comes in around the middle. Nutty aftertaste. Spiced applecrisp is at the forefront once it warms. Delicious.

M: High carbonation, with a buttery mouthfeel.

D: This is a very tasty beer--much more complex than I was expecting. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nokes
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK...first I poured a full mug of head. No joke...I pour beers reasonably frequently and after this, I had serious doubts about my ability to do it properly. 5 fingers of head, 2 millmetres of beer. Egad! Now what do I do?

Once I got this one into a glass, v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y it was actually really quite a looker. Ruby-orange-amber with three fingers of pillowy head that stayed around a long time and left nice lacing up and down the glass. Very nice!

Smelled just fine, but pretty light on the nose. Mild fruity scents and maltiness, but not much.

Taste...wow...there is really quite a lot more here than the nose would indicate. Quick little bite of carbonation before the smooth creamy figginess takes over with sweet dried fruity flavour like crazy. Just a little tart, so it's not cloying. And then...when you think it might be ready to die down, the bitters come on in a big way and s-l-o-w-l-y fade back to a touch of the beginning fruitiness...like a faint echo.

This beer feels so nice...not a lot to improve to my mind. Good mix of carbonation and creamy smoothness.

And you could drink a few of these without a problem. Nice!

This beer is really really really balanced. Just about everything that you taste or feel has its opposite present as well. I like this a lot. Yum! Try it, you'll like it. Probably. If you have the patience to wait for the head to subside, and all the flavours to manifest themselves. It takes time, but it's worth it.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: I need to start by mentioning the ludicrous head. The beer has been in the fridge about 2 hours and is about cellar temperature. Pouring a few ounces into an oversize pint glass (realistically about 20oz) yielded 4-5 inches to light tan compact foam. It's pretty astonishing.

Other than that, the beer is a deep tawny amber with just a little bit of haze. It's pretty appetizing. I just wish the head would subside a little so I can actually drink some.

Smell: the aroma is very nice and makes me think of a porter mixed with a barleywine. There is a little hint of chocolate here but this is surpassed by the malty aroma of raisins and figs. I quite like it.

Taste: big, big malt. The raisins and figs are back at it, combined with fresh tobacco and a dry, almost ashy finish. This is actually great -- it's like a good barleywine with the volume turned down a hair. This is a great beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a little bit of a syrupy consistency that coats the mouth for a little bit but does not wear out its welcome. Carbonation is relatively low, which is surprising considering the mammoth head. I think it works quite well.

Drinkability: this is an incredibly tasty beer, and it is disappearing far faster than I would like. Its seriously contemplative flavor profile and 6.3% ABV, however, will keep me to one at a time.

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Photo of MOShepp
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown with amber edges, big billowing tan head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma of toffee, fruit, woodiness and dark toast.

Tastes of ripe fruit, toffee, slight char and hint of chocolate cognac. Some bitterness in the middle and aftertaste, but well balanced and smooth.

A lot of bold flavors going on and smooth drinking. This is a realtreat. I'm planning to brew a clone to this one.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very sweet ale, lots of malt and a decent hop bill in this example. Bready malt notes in the nose along with raisin cake and dried fruit. The taste offers a sweet malty backbone delivering toffee, chocolate and nut flavors. The hops give this ale a spicy warmth and add to the richness and depth. Very complex for the style and one of the finest examples. Smooth understated mouthfeel.

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Photo of Long813
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Stein

A: Dark amber body. 1.5 inch off white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malts, wood, toffee, raisins.

T: Sweet roasted caramel, some oak and vanilla. Faint dark fruits in the background.

M: Medium bodied and carbonation. Smooth texture with a nice sticky caramel finish.

D: Very easy to drink and enjoy. I do find the price to be a bit high on this though.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tons of head. It fills the glass and then cascades up something akin to a Guinness, but not as creamy (or dark). Foamy, spongy head remains a long time, and leaves lacing down the sides of the glass. Deep amber colour.

Smell is good, but not captivating. Earthy.

What flavour! Sweet malty caramel/roast flavour, but not too sweet. Nice earthy balance with scotch/wood notes. Is that vanilla I taste? Maybe even some dried dates or apricot?

Mouthfeel is just about perfect, I think. A great balance of how it feels on all areas of the tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is great, but I wouldn't have too many at once... maybe a couple.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, bold orange-red color. The tall, light tan head has a thick, foamy, frothy texture. Retention is excellent, and a spattering of lacing stripes the glass.

S: Substantially toasty malt in the nose, along with some toffeeish sweetness. Definitely fruity as well - raisin and cherry mostly. Some mineral and spicy hop notes as well.

T: A big toasted malt sweetness up front, with definite flavors of caramel and toffee. Notes of dark fruit are prominent, recalling black cherries and raisins. A substantial hop bitterness here adds excellent balance, with mineral and earthy/spicy flavors. Some mildly nutty flavor is also noticeable.

M: Full-bodied with a firm mouthfeel. A touch of stickiness before fading into a drying finish. Carbonation is on the lively side.

D: A very well-brewed ale from Fuller's. A big, balanced beer with something for everyone. Also comes in at a manageable abv, making drinkability quite easy.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a higher gravity english bitter with a healthy lace. ruby copper. nose of earth and mild metallic. some maltose and citrus. a nice blend of that with a bitter finish. rather a tight package of all the necessary qualities of a english ale. a bit hoppier but that seems to compensate for the alcohol as it is untraceable.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper/ruby with a large persistent head leaving lacing down most of the glass.
Rich aroma of spiced marmalade, dried figs, golden syrup, well-aged sherry, some woody notes and earthy English hops. Lovely, reminds me of plum pudding.
More oxidised alcohol is noticeable upon tasting, though more like a port than sherry. Hints of oak shine through what is quite a rich combination of treacle, caramel and nutty malt. Sharp alcohol on the finish detracts somewhat from the overall experience.
All this is supported by a full, rich body and low carbonation, which suits the beer well.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark reddish-orange with a very thick light brown orval-style head that lasts forever. Tons of lacing, one of the nicest looking beers ever.

Smells of rich malts, sweet dark fruits, some subtle spices, cinnamon and apples, and the yeast is noticeable.

Tastes of metallic yeast upfront, rich caramel malts with some citrusy fruits, apples, cherries, spices, kind of medicinal and finishes with a nice burnt and somewhat hoppy aftertaste. A delicious hardy beer indeed.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel, this head just doesn't want to leave the poor beer alone, my god! Considering how thick and rich this beer is, it's still drinkable, although having more than one in a sitting would cause a few problems. The perfect representation of any English style beer IMO.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is reminiscent of a barley wine with a medium slightly cloudy amber and v=bright whhite head that dissipates quickly

The smell is very much like barley wine with sweet honey and herb barley notes dominating

The taste is a lot more bitter tahn anticipated with strongfloral hop character

Mouthfeel is medium body with lowish carbonation

Wont buy this one again unless there is nothing better around AND I m craving a beer - UNLIKELY

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Photo of grayburn
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly orange color with a thick foamy head that laces like a champ.

The smell and taste both have a crisp hoppiness followed by a sweet caramel note. Very well rounded and balanced, easy to imagine drinking this beer a hundred and fifty years ago.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy without going over the top and hurting drinkability, very nice beer. Fuller's seems incapable of disappointment.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich coppery color with a full, fluffy off white head from the bottle conditioning that retains and laces well. Smell is pure English ale... roasted and toasted grains, carmel, light watery fruit and dried dark fruit, bready. Taste follows smell where the medium roasted grains, and bready and carmel malts take center stage against a backdrop of hints of dried fruit (raisin) and light, watery fruit (apple). The back end has a distinct but minimal scorched, grainy and earthy flavor, which i enjoy. Medium bodied, perfect bottle conditioned carbonation, semi-dry. Very good English Strong Ale, one, if not the best in class.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Dave!

Butterscotch, vanilla and marmalade on the nose. The palate is equally complex and retained. Notes of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, oak, and spicy hops with just enough bitterness for balance in the finish. A complex quaffer. This is what traditional English ale is all about. Refined and balanced, creamy body.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark amber color with just a little sediment floating around in it. Initially poured a beautiful 2 finger, off white head. Even after 15 minutes, it still has almost a full finger of foamy head. Lots of sticky lacing as well.

S: Very fragrant, even from several inches away. Lots of sweet dark fruit, raisins, toasted malts, some subtle spice (coriander?), and just a hint of sweet hops. Very pleasing.

T: Similar to the nose - dark fruits, plums, raisins, and spicy malt. Some alcohol is also detectable. Finish has a fairly strong hoppy bitterness to it, but its pleasant and complements the initial sweetness very well.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Maybe just a little watery at the start, but it fills your mouth with such an amazing array of flavors that it more than makes up for it. Hops leave the sides of the tongue tingling and asking for more.

D: This is a really good beer - I could definitely spend a night drinking just this. A very complex and tasty brew.

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Photo of ludachris
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like forever ago I bought this one. Finally decided to crack it out.

Pours a deep copper red with gorgeous amber highlights. Bits of sediment lazily float around, showcased only when held up to the light. One finger of tightly knit off-white, bordering light tan head, with big soapy bubbles floating on top. Never really seen a head like this before. Nice patchy lacing coats the snifter all the way down.

First whiff revealed big fruity esters, plum and sweet sticky raisons. But as the beer began to warm, really deep notes of toffee and caramel along with toasted malts, oak and vanilla took center stage.

Plum, raison and various other dark fruits hit the palate first followed by vanilla, light toasted malts, oak and a dry herbal hop finish that stays awhile. The pronounced toffee and caramel presence in the nose is still detectable, but really gives way to the prominent dark fruity flavours.

Almost coats the tongue; slick and smooth with a dry, light, hoppy finish. Like all of the other Fuller's products I've had to date; perfectly balanced.

Overall, an excellent beer from Fuller's. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Stands on par, if not a notch higher to their ESB which is my other favorite offering from them. I've never been overly fond of English beers, but this brewery definitely makes me reconsider that idea.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,127 ratings
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