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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Photo of JDV
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
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 +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 +16.3%
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%
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 -19.3%
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 -12.2%
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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Photo of MerkinMan
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful dark amber color with a thick head that settles down to about a quarter inch.

S: Fruity / yeasty smells, as expected from a bottle conditioned ale. Smells a little sweet.

T: Solid, but not spectacular

M: Substantial body

D: Not a bad beer, but I prefer their ESB and London Pride.

I later noticed the "best if consumed by July 19 2005" on the label. Needless to say, I am not going back to the place that sold me this three-year-old beer. It would be interesting to edit this review with a fresher beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19oz from the Boise Coop for about $4.75... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Nice 2" head.. The brew is crystal clear reddish amber.. beautiful when held to a light. Good lacing... leopard spots.

Aroma is toasted and biscuit malt.. slight caramel ... Malty with quite a bit of fruitiness... Light brown sugar and light but expected English character as it warms... low caramel... Astringent but in a good way.

Bigger bitter backbone than most English brews... Pale and toasted malts come through as the big player. Unexpected but appreciated dark malt notes. Floral and grassy hops come to play throughout. Cold black tea comes to mind on the finish.. Dry but with good hints of caramel and very light chocolate. Good body and carbonation... strikes me as English for sure.. Like an English take on a North Coast Old Ale.

Very tasty and I've only enjoyed this brew 3-4 times before.... I will certainly pick up again.. very nice.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle purchased from Gary's in Bernardsville for $3.99...
Heard a lot of good things about this beer, so I was eager to give it a try...
A very aggressive pour yieled a mahogany-brown, light caramel color with a decent-sized foamy head that left a fair amount of lacing around the top of the glass...
Bittersweet, malty aroma with slight caramel and vanilla notes...
Taste complemented the smell, with barley, grain, vanilla, semi-sweet essences with a nice balance of hops and malts and slight sugars...
Nice, slick, oily mouthfeel heavy on flavor and taste but not overbearing or cloying...
Easy drinkability without any interfering factors - this one went down as smooth as water without any hint of alcohol on the tongue...
Overall, a good sample, but certainly not above and beyond in my opinion... Worth a try if you are a particular fan of English brews...

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours Rich Copper and a slighlt yellowish-off-white head that is 2 fingers strong.

S - Swirling aromas of dark storng malts and alive bitter hops, has a smokey scent reminds me of burnt carmels and roasted nuts.

T - For what it is this is an exellent example of a English Strong Ale, you can distintly taste the malts and stronger hops that leave a bitter almost spicey finish.

M - Sharp and alive with character, suprises the taste buds with the bite and plentiful carbonation.

D - Very nice and drinkable.

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Photo of iceball585
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden brown color, semi-transparent, one finger thick fluffy white head that lowered slowly

S- Fruity, yeast, dark malts, fairly grainy, hint of floral hops

T- Malty, dark fruits (raisens and prunes), spices, wood, bready, faint bitter hops

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, smooth, slight burn of alcohol

D- Worth buying again

This is an interesting tasting strong ale. Full rich flavors but not too overpowering. I would recommend that you try this if you get the chance. I would consider this one of the better strong ales that I've had, but still not my favorite.

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

Cherry wood color, slightly hazy. A lot of ofam, for an english beer.
Very english smell, with a full maltiness, and hops, with earthy and musky notes.
Good bitterness in the taste, with a good hopping. And a beautiful smoothness, with touches of vanilla.
After some while, the hop notes becomes more herbal.
Full body, with a long, bitter aftertaste, again on earthy notes.
Good. For sure not a session beer, but very good and interesting.

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

Best By Date July 2009; Sampled February 2008
Pours with a frothy, three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves a light, layered lace pattern as it slowly recedes. The beer is a dark amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, ruby-amber color when held up to the light. Slightly earthy hop notes, ample marmalade aromatics, with a deep, rich, yet secondary to the hop, malt character. The hop notes get a touch metallic towards the end, but if you dig around a bit a substantial malt character kicks in that contributes aromas of fresh baked soda crackers, hearty bread notes and toasty grain aromatics. Running throughout is a sweet, caramelized malt backbone that provides aroma of toffee and some berry notes. The last being accented by the hop notes as well. This has a really nice mix of malt and hop character, while it is initially hop dominated, the malt character is substantial and at times even overtakes the hop character in its depth.

Sweet and then frothy, the beer is a bit too carbonated, but this is a much better thing than being under carbonated as a quick swirl releases the excess. Equal matched notes of mixed berries and marmalade provide a fruity start and middle to this beer that is offset by sharp, lightly herbal hop notes, a touch of sweet spice and a mild, though contributing, balance-necessary, bitterness. The finish has both this hop character as well as a dry, toasty grain note and a fresh baked, yet well fermented bread flavor. Wow, as this warms up a bit, it starts to pick up some significantly darkened grain notes, certainly not roasted, but it is significantly toasted in its flavor. The amber malt, really distinctly adds to the finish of this beer; it dries the finish out and provides an amped up, well browned, bread crust flavor to this brew.

This has a really nice hop character to it; this seems to be an evolution of the Fuller's ESB. I like that the hop character is a mix of marmalade and fruit notes coupled with a nice green, herbal note, all the while accented by sweet grain and ultimately offset by hop bitterness and interesting, substantial toasted malt notes in the finish. While not as strong as I was thinking it would be, this is certainly quite drinkable, which more than makes up for that.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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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 Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Pours a darkish copper color with ruby hue. One-finger head.

Aroma: Malty and rich. Some bitterness in the nose.

Taste: Very malty upfront with decent hop bitterness in the middle. Finishes dry. A second sip confirms the bitterness which I really like. A tad biscuity. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter with some biscuit flavor. Full-flavored, which I enjoy very much.

Verdict: Certainly my favorite out of the three Fullers' beers I've had. I'll probably buy another bottle to age because it's bottle conditioned. Very drinkable. I would buy it again.

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Photo of cerveza5150
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from a 'Victorian' style bottle.

Pours a smooth dark amber with tight bubbles of carbonation present, probably from the bottle conditioning. The head looks creamier than the standard, soap bubble head found on most commercial macro brews.

The smell is awesome! I was expecting some metallic, earthy, peaty malt scents, but got treated to a wonderful bouquet of candied fruit, specifically plum, grape, and raisin. The hops aren't really present that much in the nose, but do round out the sweetness of the malts.

Whoa!!! What a taste! I guess I was expecting something far different than this, but am glad I was surprised! The malt sweetness hits the palate with the intensity of a freight train, and then is reduced to rubble by the slow bite of the hops. A fine ale indeed for those Brits!!!!

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cinnamon amber-brown with bright blood orange highlights and a fair, coffee-stained ivory head. Itty bitty bubbles throughout. Sub-par retention.

Smell: Cola, bing cherries, baked sunflower seeds, herbal-woody-fruity hops, burnt coffee, toasted multigrain bread, honey, figs, umeshu... and that's about it.

Taste: Deliciously robust and well-balanced. Mighty toasty, too, with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup-like chocolate nuttiness. Or maybe more like dark chocolate-covered Nutter Butters, because the chocolate notes are quite biter and the malts are quite biscuity. There's also a bit of resiny wood, some juicy fruit notes, and a sharp, full-flavored orange-rind/curaƧao flavor from the hops, which combine with burnt chocolate malts for a very satisfying bitter edge. Alcohol is detectable as well, with a slightly warming Scotch whisky character. Somehow reminiscent of Bailey's. Finish is lush with bitter cocoa and nutty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Rollingly smooth, satiny and textured from the very fine bubbles. Clean in the finish. A real palate-pleaser.

Drinkability: This is a very classy, well-made beer, strong yet balanced and contained. A unequivocal pleasure to drink.

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Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep russett. Unfiltered dirty water look. Head is full and pillowy with a good amount of retention. Thick lace left behind. And it's tan colored.

Huge assertive toffee malt hammers the ole factor. Earthy tones with pruney fruits dominating. So rich with sweet malt galore.

This is delicious. Again enormous thick chewy resilient malt. Burnt caramel flavors with bigger toffee backing. A very minute hop bitterness on the finish. Mollasses almost turning to brown sugar. Gooey date and prune with some black figs thrown in. Big mouthfeel with a long long finish. A easy drinking delicous English brew.

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

Poured a dark amber color with nice off-white head that dissipated into a thin film atop the beer. Aroma was nice; maltiness that implied fruit, caramel, and spices. Flavor is pretty much the same. Has a nice dry, fruity finish. Very smooth and drinkability is extremely high. Left nice lacing around glass. This is a very nice ale.

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Photo of bobsy
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this bottle as long as I could (which is not as long as I should). Cracked open to savour while blowing heads off zombies on the wii. Ahh...she's a beaut. A russet coloured body with a thinnish white head. The smell is delectable, and packed full of all manner of dark, sensuous fruits. And there it is, in the flavour. Figs, dates, raisins abound against a malty backbone, cut through with a medium hoppy bitterness. This is an excellent quality beer, but the zombies keep coming.

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Photo of Freshie
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy brown color. Slight head.

Aroma is mildly sweet. Grainy.

The taste is woody. Sweet malt blends nicely with those nice dry English hops. Crisp carbonation lends well to the flavor. I bit of grapefruit in the after taste.

A very well balanced, thirst quenching ale.

Fuller's always manages to please. This one is no exception.

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

dark amber/brown with a tan head that held well and left pretty nice lace. nose is caramelly, burnt toffee, some pale malt, a little dried fruit and orangy marmaladish hop scent. taste was pretty much what the nose suggested with a touch of a bite at the finish. medium full and mighty pleasurable.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one pint .09 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Best before October 08 laser etched into the label.

A: One inch loosely bubbled whitish light sandy head, good ruby amber with a bit of carbonation bubbling up lazily alongside the walls of the glass. Bits of lacing here and there on the glass after the head bubbles down to a rather thin cap in about two or three minutes.

S: Sweet and well balanced malt thats smells uncanilly like fresh raisin bread, cinnimon and all. Little bit of green apple in there as well for good measure.

T/MF: Hop presence is felt right as the beer hits the tongue and prickles the tongue in an inviting way, not overpowering so as to strip the tongue but adds a nice saticy drying sensation all over the tongue. Getting sensations of bitter apple (I almost want to say cranberry as well) and sweet bread in the beginning and middle and a buttery and nutty finish finish that makes the inital drying sensation gently subside.

D: Quite complex as I'm sure I'm missing out on the finer points of this beer but the mellow aspect of this beer is a nice change of pace from beers that focus on one aspect of taste. This a very drinkable and at the same time a beer that demands your full attention as you drink it.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut color with a tan head. Aromas of caramel, treacle toffee, and earthy hops. The flavors are similar with a juicy "chewy" caramel malt ridden by the noticeable bittering hops. I detect a slight metallic flavor that is not unwelcome. As it warms there is more nutty/ toffee flavors and some livestock farm smells. Almost a washed-rind cheese aroma. Maybe that would be a good match?

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt, 0.9-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear dark amber with reddish undertones, small white head, good lacing.

S = Good blend of sweet malt and bitter hops.

T = Nice bitter taste in the front of the mouth followed by a creamy malt flavor mid-palate closing with a long bitter finish. Very nice with good balance.

M = Medium bodied, creamy, good mouth coating, light carbonation.

D = I wish its ABV was 4% as this would be an excellent beer for sessions it goes down so smoothly. This has long been one of my favorite Fuller's beers and I will continue drinking it from time to time.

Added April 7, 2008: I did not want to delete this and review again, but I did want to add, that I have determined I like this beer more when it is served at about 60 degrees in a snifter than out of the fridge in a pint glass. It is not quite as flavorful as Fuller's Vintage Ale, but it is an excellent Old Ale. Creamy, nutty, milk chocolate, good bitter balance. One of my new stand by beers so I do not go through ones I really want to age.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,111 ratings.
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