Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

1,120 Ratings
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 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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz., 500 mL English bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber colour, with a medium, white head, good retention, and lacing.

S: Smells of caramel, toffee, some apple, and sulfur.

T: Heavily of toffee and strong English malt at first taste, a lot like a beefed up version of their ESB. Grassy English hops and molasses come in as the beer finishes.

M: Nice full mouthfeel, hard water, smooth, slightly acidic.

D: Another good beer from Fuller's, not as drinkable and tasty as their regular ESB in my opinion, but a good beer nonetheless. A nice slightly strong beer for all occasions.

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

Pours clear, dark coppor color with unusually thick white head. Bubbles are very fine and lace is good.

Nose has a fruitcake aroma. Miscellaneous baked desserts with something sweet, but hard to identify.

Palate is caramel sweet at first, moderate hops to balance, and carries through with an overcooked biscuit taste.

Finish is dry and long, hoppy.

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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 adowney523
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt. 0.9 oz. brown bottle into an imperial pint glass. Color is deep amber with an abundant off-white head from an aggressive pour. Little carbonation.

Smell hints at toffee with soft earthy hops in the background.

Tastes of sweet dried dark fruit- dates and figs. Toffee and soft caramel notes balance well with earthy bitterness in the finish.

Drinks like a cask beer- let this one warm to cellar temperature.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers from England. A thick off white head thanks to a strong pour. A good amount of lacing is left behind once the foam drops a top the clear reddish brown brew.

The nose is dominated by malt and fruits and I like it. Notes of caramel, toffee, spices, nuts and hops.

Tastes of toasted bread, a bit of sweet malt, spices, wood, fruits and a hoppy zing. I can only imagine what a joy it would be to have this ale on cask.

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Photo of jdmorgan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This superb beer poured a deep and rich brown with a touch of amber red and had a small head. The volume was a full English pint and was served in a pint glass.

The smell had a soft aroma of hops and malt with a touch of fruit. The taste was incredibly balanced and consistent, with a creamy malt flavor upfront and throughout that seems very infused with the hop flavor and bitterness. The body is full, like a good ale should be. Balance is the word of the day with this ale, and the flavors seemed to have been merged very well. Bottle conditioning no doubt helped this. There is a subtle fruit flavor present and the higher ABV produces a slightly dry taste as well. None of the aforementioned flavors tend to stick out or override the others, but instead seem very blended and mellow. The carbonation is medium/low with a medium/thick consistency. The aftertaste has a subtle biscuit malt flavor, but is hardly noticeable. Outstanding taste, all around.

The Fuller's name continues to impress me with this ale, and I found the drinkability to be very much to my liking. Highly recommended to all, especially lovers of English ales.

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

Pours a deep garnet with a decent head that sticks around awhile and leaves some respectable lacing. A beautiful looking beer, especially in the light. The smell is a nice balance between malt and gentle, earthy hops. The taste is also somewhat gentle, as well as being bready with a nice subtle hop bitterness at the end. Nicely integrated and much more subtle than an American strong, but beautifully executed for what it is. Extremely smooth mouthfeel, nice integrated flavors, and a reasonable abv make this quite drinkable.

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

Picked up a 500ml bottle at BevMo for $3.99 in late August. Best before Feb 05, 2009.

Beer poured a copper color with a nice two finger white head that sustains well. Nose is a wonderful blend of malts, fruits, and hops. First taste was slight alcohol warming. A malty treat with hints of apple balanced nicely by a dry woody hop. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth on the palate. Overall drinkability is good. This is a very nice beer from a very impressive brewery!

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Photo of shamus
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a lovely rich dark amber body. The head was foamy and tan and had some staying power A very smooth ale with lots of malty goodness and strong hop after-taste. I liked this more than i expected to having had some so so brews from Fuller's before. I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This poured very beautifuly a deep red with a huge tan head and tons of lacing. This stuff smells like other English Strong Ales I've had, smell is like that of a cellar, a little musty, some sourness in there too, not unpleasant, but unique. The flavor of this brew is a bit tart, with an assertive hop profile. finish is exceptionally smooth, drinkability is unparalleled. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had.

A wonderful brew that certainly deserves it's rating. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red color with moderate carbonation and a nice half inch head. Smell is mild, but is sweet and estery. Taste is sweet, slightly fruity and a little estery too; somewhat complex. It goes down very smoothly being very malty, but has a extremely bitter aftertaste. This is wonderfully beer, but some might miss the complex taste being distracted by the high amount of hops in this one.

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Photo of crwills
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased two bottles of this at the LCBO; this was the first.

This beer pours a very attractive dark brown with orange and red highlights and a two-finger bubbly white head. Great fall colours, matching up with the leaves outside. Restrained aroma includes lots of bready malts, a bit of spiciness, and some mild fruit flavours (currents). Flavour is full of those same malts, with the moderate carbonation adding some additional perceived spiciness and a slight rye-like twang. Aftertaste is sweet but nowhere near cloying, and the finish is short. Full mouthfeel without being unecessarily oily.

Extremely drinkable beer that would be great on cask.

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

Aroma: chocolatey & malty sweet. Pine, herbal, grassy, lemon hop aromas.

Looks: Copper/red. Good sized head. Off-white coloured head. Good head retention. Good lace.

Taste: Lemon like hops. Does not taste as sweet as it smells, the hops balance this Beer out nicely. Cherries & chocolate. Dried apricots. Orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Lots of little bubbles. Fine carbonation.

Overall, I love it! It's a very complex and well balanced Beer. Fuller's never fails.

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Photo of albern
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice strong, British bitter. It pours a deep mahogany with plenty of head, lacing, and retention. The smell is muted, but what you do get is fruity esters, candy like aroma, toasted malts, and a barley wine style syrupy sweetness. The smell is more subtle than pronounced, and I believe it creeps out more as the beer settles and warms. The taste is quite dry and bitter, with hints of chocolate, bready malts, tart dates/raisins, and lots of background hops. The tartness and bitterness is not your typical burnt caramel variety, and for that, I am very pleased. This is more your medium bodied, slightly carbonated, dry, creamy, dark chocolate variety of bitterness and it is very pleasant. The aftertaste is quite noticeable and the alcohol is masked very well. The beer does not have even that warming alcohol note to it because it doesn't have to. I was surprised at the 6.3 ABV, thinking it was quite a bit lower. This is a very good British strong ale if you are in the mood for such and have an appreciation for the style. L'Chaim.

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Photo of tronester
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a big tan head. Somewhat cloudy due to being unfiltered. Smells earthy. You first taste a bit of sweet malt, then a tiny bit of diacytal. Then, a toasty flavor, with a nice bitterness to match. Carbonation is a little high for the style, but if you let it sit out for awhile it gets to authentic British levels. It's a shame that Fullers doesn't bottle condition all their beers like this, as the yeast adds a great flavor. Simply fantastic. One of my favorite beers of all time.

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Photo of grub
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before 09/07/09.

pours a beautiful clear deep orange colour, nearly red. a big tan head rises up and slowly falls to a 1/4" ring around the glass. spotty lace.

aroma is great. tons of bread and biscuit malt. bit of alcohol. nice light fruity character. hints of raisin and dark fruit. bit of citrus.

taste is great. lots of biscuit. lightly toasted multigrain bread. bit of alcohol. medium bitterness level. hints of dark chocolate and raisin. grapefruit hops. light earthy hops too.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body. touch of astringency and drying finish from the hops.

drinkability is good. well balanced, interesting, and very enjoyable. i will definitely have to grab a few more bottles of this one before it's gone.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,120 ratings.
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