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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours from the bottle a deep amber copper color with a light tan cap of foam. Bananas, other generic fruit, malt, and a little mustiness in the nose. Medium bodied on the palate. Spicy and earthy, with a bitterness that coats the mouth until a big wallop of malt knocks it out of the park. Dry with a twang at the end.

Complex and enjoyable. A great British beer.

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

Poured out of the 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass a magnificent red-brown with a nice cafe au lait colored head that released hints of spicy, citrusy hop and sweet malt notes. Mouthfeel is incredibly round with fantastic balance between the nice almost molasses sweetness at the beginning and the clean bitterness at the end.

An mischievously easy to drink beer considering the complexity to it. I'll never tire of this wonderful ale.

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Photo of Yesac
3.07/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours deep amber/copper. Nice foamy, bubbly head.

S - dry hops and sour yeast , earthy undertones

T - dry hops and slight malts. warming alcohol taste. Slightly watery.

M - pretty carbonated and heavy feel. Tart. Hops have a nice finish.

D - not the highest drinkability due to it's heaviness and carbonation.

Thanks to slimchill for trading me this brew to try

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Photo of AltBock
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall 500ml bottle with a classic white with gold border label that has the Fuller's crest at the top, "1845" in big black letters, and one phrase that every craft beer drinker loves to see on the label, "Bottle Conditioned." Big rectangle back label that has a brief sentence about the beer and another sentence that talks about the brewery. At the bottom of the back label is a best before date of 21/May/09.

Appearance: When poured into a Brooklyn Imperial pint glass, "1845" is a murky brownish color with a small tint of cranberry red. Sitting on top of this beer was a 1 1/2 inch head of fizzy white foam. This head of foam quickly fizzled away, but did mange to leave behind a small white film, foamy rings along the edge, and a fair amount of spots of white lace around the glass.

The aroma to this English Strong Ale was nice and toasted with biscuit malts, dried juicy fruits, dried floral hops, and ended with a subtle hint of English toffee. Although there weren't that many aromas in the beer, the overall toasted aspect of this beer was good enough for me.

This dry English Ale starts right off the bat by being hoppy with crispy floral hops, a hint of yeast, and a subtle touch of tart grapefruit. After the grapefruit was through, the taste then gets lightly malty with toasted biscuit malts, dried juicy fruits, and a tiny splash of English toffee. Even though it was a tad bit more hoppy than malty, it was still a well balanced English Ale.

It was a light bodied beer with a decent sized aftertaste of yeast, dried juicy fruits, toasted biscuit malts, and a few cripsy floral hops here and there. The yeast and dried fruits were the only ones who stuck around for a minute or two.

I'm usually not too keen on true English beers, but I enjoyed this one. It wasn't too dry, hoppy, or malty. It had all the right levels for each and every one of them. I would probably go back to this one again if I was ever in the mood for an English Strong Ale.

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

Orange-brown color with a terrific initial foamy tan head. The foam jumped up over a finger even though I was pouring into a small (8 oz. I believe) English nonic. The head had larger bubbles, although these recede into a tighter packed, velvety cap rather quickly. Mostly clear, although mildly chill hazed initially.

Aromas of dark sweet fruits, estery yeast presence is strong, and a light graininess bring up the rear with a hint of mineral water.

The flavor is quintessential British, with the biscuity, slightly dark malts leading the way, just a hint of grassy hop, and somehow a very expressive flavor profile. Medium to medium-full mouthfeel, not as creamy as some, but it makes up for it with tons of flavor.

Lots of fruits on the palate, slight woody character with heating alcohol esters and diacetyl. For an ESB, there's a really strong hop component, with lots of spice and earthy character.

Great strong ale, very well done. I haven't had one in a year or so, with a visit to Great Britain in between. This one is a fine, fine example of a common British ale.

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

Pours a reddish copper, clear, with a foamy off-white, almost tan head.
Strong hop smells come billowing out from the head, with malts asserting themselves in subsequent sniffs. Grainy, sweet caramel and bitter spiciness.
Taste is a creamy, smooth, slightly chocolate malt backbone with grains and citrus, with a bitter, drying finish. Alcohol warms the taste.
Medium bodied, nice crisp carbonation provides a balance to the creamy texture.
Complex, tasty brew. Will definitely be having more.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a reddish amber with a massive, lively carboantion, 1" deep, slightly off-white crown that's bubbly and active. Very well retanied and sticky lacing.

The aroma is nice, maple butter spread is detected in the malt, glazed nuts, soft, fruity dark berries with freshly baked bread. Very nice.

Molasses, baked brown bread in this very sweet flavored malt with just the right amount of balance of mixed nuts and tangy and dark fruits with this herbal, wheatie dry finish. slightly woody and semi bitter aftertaste, slightly sour. Nice complexity.

A very full feel, creamy, chewy, sticky, fuzzy....satisfying as hell.

high quality.

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Photo of botham
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pint bottle poured into a nonic pint. pours a brilliant, rich amber color with five fingers of light orange head that remains for a few minutes. no lacings.

aroma is rich with malts, mainly caramel and pale malts, along with dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. nicely proportioned.

taste is malty, with caramel and a hint of chocolate malt, along with the same dark fruit from the aroma. fruit notes include a bit of apple, grape, and apricot.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture. finishes semi-dry with residual grassy hops and caramel.

drinkability is good. this is a full flavored ale with good concentration and a solid profile. another great brew from Fuller's. cheers!

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

Fuller's 1845 pours a hazy dark copper color with a creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the beer, leaving behind a good amount of netted lace.

The aroma is malty with strong notes of caramel, nuts, and dark fruit (raisin, plum). Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a soft carbonated feel on the palate. The flavor is malty with notes of toasted grain and caramel. In the middle a mild medicine flavor and hints of cherry moves in. It finishes dry with a hoppiness that's floral and slightly bitter. Once gone some toasted malt and floral hop flavors linger on the palate.

This is a very tasty well balanced beer. I had some on cask at NERAX and soon picked up a bottle for myself.

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

500ml bottle
6.3% ABV

I tried this beer on November 2, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a translucent reddish brown colour with a generous tan coloured head which dissipated into little foam islands on the top of the beer. The aroma is malty with some hints of fruit tones and cloves. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a little carbonation, and some bitterness. The flavour is mainly malty, a little licorice, and a little bitterness.

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Photo of daythree16
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my new mug. The beer is a copper/brown color that still lets a good amount of light through. It has a 1.5 in. head that leaves a really good lace as it fades.

Smells of roasted malt and has a powerful floral hop aroma. The taste is of toasted nuts, maybe a little fruit and caramel, and just the perfect amount of hop bitterness on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste.

The beer is little heavy, but feels magnificent and tastes delicious. I wouldn't call it a meal in a bottle, but I doubt I would have more than a couple at a time.

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Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly hazy light brown/copper colour with an inch or so of thick beige head that slowly falls away. Nice rings of lacing down the glass.
S - Dark fruity esters & sweet caramel notes. Some great floral hoppy aromas as well. A very slight alcohol hint.
T - Quite a sweet taste but the hops quickly come into play providing a slight bitterness. A bit of a herbal touch at the end.
M - Medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation.
D - A nice well rounded Ale. Not something to drink everyday but every now and then would be good.

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

Pours a medium-dark brown with a slightly rocky head that fades to a thin, wispy cap.
Smells of toasted malts, toffee, dried fruit and very slight hop aroma.
First taste gets some caramel/toffee, dried fruits, the hops come in late, but are definitely welcome and add a nice balance. A pleasantly spicy, not hot, cinnamon aftertaste.
Creamy mouthfeel. Not over carbonated, typical for a bottle-conditioned beer.
Pretty drinkable at only a smidge over 6%. It's not so strong as to destroy the palate.
I'm always pleased with Fuller's offerings and this is no different. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Offa
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me, beer just can't get better than this.

It's a clear, deep red-amber with a thick, dense light tan, permanent head that leaves thick lacing in layers down the glass.

The aroma is strong and thickly aromatic, toffee, fruity and with citrusy hops.

The taste, on the sweet side but nicely balanced with a hoppy bite, has elements of caramel, fruit, very floral hops with a bite, light citrus, and a hint of cinnamon and spice that lingers faintly in the aftertaste. It is wonderfully rich and complex while being incredibly balanced, drinkable, and smooth.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt. 8oz bomber into a Fuller's Imperial pint glass.

A - Dark caramel with slight orange hues. Reminded me of iced tea a little. The pour produced a thick and foamy head of slightly off white foam. Excellent lacing throughout.

S - Malty aroma. Hints of burnt toast and butterscotch.

T - Malty up front with tastes of fruits and butterscotch. Finishes dry and bitter with hints of alcohol.

MF&D - Creamy and delicious. This is a exceptional ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice reddish-brown with decent fluffy off-white head that has moderate retention and leaves a bit of sticky lace

s: caramel malts; some spices; hints of alcohol; frankly not amazingly fragrant

t: buttery malts and raw grain; nice nuttiness; some yeasty flavors; maybe some medicinal herbs; a bit of hoppiness near the end of the sip; and a little but of very well disguised alchy

m: smooth w/ light carb

d: a solid english strong ale but i feel like for me this is consistent with a fuller's beer (and many other's from england), i.e. it is solid but fails to wow the drinker

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful Ale pouring a nice deep walnut brown with a substantial cream-colored head, which lingers throughout the beer leaving just a faint lacing.

Very aromatic with dried fruits but also some caramel as the beer warms and perhaps some nutty or wheat hints as well.

Not what I expected in the taste, but delightful nonetheless. Prominent chocolate flavor with fainter dark fruits, again some nutty hints and some woody hops flavors at the finish and aftertaste.

Nice and mellow, well balanced with carbonation, thickness, and overall palate enjoyment.

Defiantly one I will be seeking again, if I had another, I'd drink it right now!

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Photo of kmacphail
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a copper-bronze colour with a light tan coloured head, the beer was nicely transparent despite it's dark appearance.

A variety of roasted rich fragrences exumed from the pint. A lovely burst of malts with a hint of roasted nuts and caramel along with a lingering scent of spices set my taste buds alight for the oncoming treat.

The taste did not disapoint: an array of roasted malts, nuts and a wide range of spices and fruit (roasted figs and berries mainly) made this one of the nicest beers my palate has sampled in a long time.

The mouthfeel was as a beer should be, nicely bodied: you knew this was a beer, no chemically infused golden water.

The only downside came when I attempted a second: this beer is a meal in a glass. It was rich and full bodied and beatiful while it lasted, similar to a steak dinner. However I found the second one very hard going and I had to move onto desert. A lovely beer, but not one that you will stay on all night.

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Photo of lowbrau
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dense, light amber head with large, doughy bubbles. Rich, copper body with moderate carbonation.

Smell: Bittersweet and wine-like, with many fruit overtones. The hops gave a mild floral aroma.

Taste: Sweet, but still very clean. It became mellower as it warmed. The light carbonation and the creamy head gave it a very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of JDV
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours maroon and clear with a medium sized lasting beige head. Smell is biscuity, slightly tart malt. Taste is surprisingly hoppy compared to the nose with dark bready and caramel malt flavor to accompany the hops. Slightly full bodied and crisp yet soft carbonation. Pretty balanced and drinkable with a nice mild hop character. Pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of ommegoose
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Evanston First Liquors. Expiration of May 8, 2008.

Poured into a goblet. Red grape/raisin color. Leaving a good amount of lacing all the way around and a full sheet on top. A few islands of large bubbles. Lacing tracks all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Looks high quality.

Smells like candied dark fruits mostly. Very sweet. Good level of potency. As fragrant as many Belgian strong dark ales. Smells much bigger than the actual alcohol content. Plum, prune, and maybe some fig are present. A touch one-dimensional though.

Yum. I like this. Backs up all the fruit notes from the aroma, and has a bock-like malt character. The hops are less prominent than the sweetness, but leave a simple bitter finish, which actually comes across like bittersweet chocolate. Like a doppelbock in some ways, but a toned down in malt character. Actually tastes like at least 6.3% abv. It's a very sweet beer. I have a high tolerance for this, so it doesn't bother me. Towards the end I'm getting the tiniest hint of oxidation in the form of some sherry flavor. This is near the end of the shelf life, which would explain why I'm observing less hops than some other reviewers. It did not resemble the ESB much in my mind.

Very soft. Imperceptible carbonation almost. It's hard to imagine anything better.

This beer acts bigger than it really is. I'd love to drink it all night. I've had to restrain myself from drinking at the pace I wanted to in order to finish my review. As you can see by the scores, I think this is great stuff, and I'll certainly buy again. Rather limited availability is a bit of a downer though. Definitely worth seeking out for those who haven't tried it yet.

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Photo of jessecarr
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a big Fullers fan. I had a hand pumped ESB while in London a few years back, and I've always had some nearby since then.

This 1845 is my favorite of the Fullers beers in the US. It is better, even, than the Vintage Ale.

Upon cracking the 1.9l bottle, I poured into a pint class and enjoyed the crisp citrus and hop aroma. The first sip immediately revealed the classic English Ale done perfectly--a hint of bitter hops at the end, preceded by a lovely and rich malty, spice-infused palate.

I loved the aftertaste as well. The impact lingers on the tongue for quite some time. You can enjoy this bottle for a decent amount of time, and the bottle can't be big enough--I want more right now even as I type.

The beer keeps some lacing and has a deep amber color with a bit of cloudiness. I'm a big fan of this style of ale, and I think Fullers pulls it off better than most.

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Photo of enfield249
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark copper red, with a 4 finger head of white frothy foam that lingers and then fades to a 1 finger head.

S - Malty smelling, slight hop aroma.

T - First thing I get is some malty sweetness, followed up buy some hop bitterness, and then some minor alcohol flavors. Finish is a little dirty feeling, but not in a bad way.

M - Medium, really hangs around for a while. Medium low carbonation.

D - A very interesting and not common style. I could drink this regularly.

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Photo of illidurit
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. Nice mahogany color with just a little haziness. Beige two finger head settles to a partial ring and leaves some thin lacing.

Toasty cookie-ish malt aroma with some dark fruits and spice. Kind of faint overall.

For a beer billed as a strong ale, there's really not that much strength in the flavor either. Fresh baked bread and a bit of toffee with a very herbal, tannic hop bitterness, reminiscent of English black tea.

Carbonation is a little high, body is medium. Finish is dry and encourages the next sip. Drinkable but kinda bland.

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Photo of throwitallaway
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz. bottle into a pint glass. Darkish brown/red color. Fat head that could be my bad pouring skills, but I don't think so. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is very similar with a bit of roasted flavor added in. Aftertaste has some bitterness and fruit (perhaps prunes). Medium thick mouthfeel. Seems pretty drinkable and somewhat complex. But I prefer other Fuller's beers.

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Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,130 ratings
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