Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's 1845Fuller's 1845
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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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Added by kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Photo of tronester
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
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 +2.9%
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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Photo of Derek
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby-amber, light tan head, great retention, wonderful lace.

S: Dark fruity malt, pleasant fruity esters from the yeast, toffee, brown sugar, light spicing.

T: Dark fruit, bready malt, orange, fig, burnt toffee, brown sugar, light spicing, good (slightly assertive) bitterness, alcohol well hidden.

M: Well-attenuated, though the body is on the heavier side of moderate. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for its weight.

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

Good looking chesnut hued beer. Starts with a large head that settles to a heavy film.

Nose is fruity and malty, quite appetizing.

Flavor dominated by malts, sweet carmel, some toast or burned notes alongside fruitiness. Balanced off by grassy, haylike hops. Finishes with a nice lingering and gentle bitterness.

Nicely balanced, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely, classy 16.9 oz/500ml bottle poured to a nonic pint glass. Best Before: 29/AUG/08 - purchased at Cost Plus World Market.

A: Nearly clear amber-brown crowned with a pillowy light-tan head, about 2-fingers worth. Great attentuation, holding for several minutes before receding to a denser cream. Loads of lace, sticking in clumpy bits.

S: Sweeter maltiness, has lightly spicy notes around toasted nuts and a crusty bread graininess. Mildly fruity and a little tart.

T: Big bready malt, lightly toasted and quite dry. Yeasty, a little dirty/peaty tasting, too. Lemony and herbally sharp hoppiness backs up that malt and balances superbly.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Great balance, clean, dry finish.

D: My first taste of this fine ale, definitely not the last.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expiry date 09/07/09. Poured clear, gold-brown but lots of ruby red. A flat tan head covers the whole glass, with lots of sizzling centres just oozing with small bubbles, almost in a spoke-like distribution ... very encouraging! The last time I saw this sort of generous carbonation was when reviewing a Westvleteren.

Smells of yeast, hops, fresh fruit bowl. It sure tastes like a strong ale, the alcohol really weighs in. Well hopped; taste of yeast, hops, pomegranite, orange peel, a bit harsh on all counts. Hoppy mouthfeel that was quite smooth at first, almost satin, then a touch sour on the finish. Dry aftertaste, the finish is crab apple, again over the top, and not in a great way. Intriguing, rewarding ... but rough around the edges. The bottom of the bottle has a huge cake of yeast, still quite solid.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. At the same time, I found the alcohol backdrop interfered and where I expected bitterness at the finish, I got a bit of sour tartness. I can't help but think that a bit of aging and maturation are all that's needed to turn all my scores to 4.5 This was just released at the LCBO and I'm going to pick up and cellar a few to open in consecutive years. I see this improving with age and scoring much higher, although having one right now is quite alright too. More than recommended - essential.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear brown with a mammoth cream colored head. The yeast does a good job of staying in the bottle. Head is solid as a rock and sticks to the glass like a spiderweb.

S - Hugely fruity with figs and dark fruit. Sweet smelling, with floral and grassy hops come through as it warms.

A - Big complex flavours in this. Not for the faint of tastebud. Toastiness and fruity esters are in abundance, but not burnt in any way. Hops are very strong with a floral presence and an assertive bitterness in the aftertaste. A touch on the sweet side as well. Alcohol is noticed but not overpowering.

M - Somewhat creamy I'd say. Carbonation is fine and on the low side, giving a slight tingling on the tongue. Body is heavy, to go along with the flavours. A beer for cooler weather.

D - This is a big big beer. Not in any was sessionable, but massive assault on the tastebuds.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good all around solid strong ale. I've had some that a more assertive taste, but if Fuller's 1845 lacks at all in flavor it makes up for it in drinkability. The nice orangy brown body is topped with a lovely but not too long lasting foamy head. The scent is minimal and probably its weakest point. Good mix of hops bittering and flavorful maltiness. The flavor bounces from a sweet honey taste to a burnt smokiness. The aftertaste is a little pasty on the tongue leaving a cotton mouth. But other than that it goes down just fine.

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Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber brown color with a nice dense tan head that left a sheet of lacing on the glass. The smell is of figs/plums, burnt toast/charcoal, woody. The taste is of fig, a hint of dark cherry, carob, roasted malt with slight espresso notes. The feel is well bodied, has a creamy texture to it, finishes quite bitter, which lingers a bit too long. Good flavor range and aroma, a very nicely built beer. A bit too bitter for my liking but that won't stop me from trying again.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at City Super in Shatian. Appearance is rich and red in color, huge amount of carbonation and bubbles that exhibit exceptionanl retention and leave lace. Aroma is shockingly vinuous at first, slightly boozy. Dark fruits, earthy hops and sweet malts take over as it warms. Same can be said for the flavor - vinuous and boozy at first, but improving as it warms to a quite nice strong ale. Bitterness is well-balanced. Mouthfeel is medium body, well-carbonated. Drinkability is aided by the just-right alcohol content.

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Photo of skizziks
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml into an imperial nonic. A gentle
pour raises a 2" light tan head of bubbles
in varying size. Rings of lace stick to
the glass as the head slowly recedes. The
beer itself is a clear deep copper
blending to mahogony.
Aroma is light with crystal malt and
floral hops over a faint sweet honey.
Honey hits the tongue first with a quickly
expanding array of orange, cinnamon, tree
bark (not in a bad way!). All of this is
rising off of a rich malt base with
delicate floral hops soaring over it.
The body is medium full with moderate
carbonation giving a nice creamy
sensation. The creaminess makes this very
easy to drink for such a rich and complex
beer and very satisfying to the palate and
soul. I dig it.

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

Poured from the bottle a deep, clear red amber with a creamy tan head. Lacing was heavy to the last drop.

Aroma of strong malt, dried dark fruits and caramel.

Like the aroma, the taste is very much malt dominated with the dark fruits, caramel and chocolate. Finishes with a strong, bitter bite. Reminds me a bit of SN Bigfoot.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, rich and smooth. Carbonation is on the lighter side.

A very nice English Strong Ale with a lot of character. Enjoy.

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The expiration date is 26/10/05 - October 26th, 2005. Wow, that is the night I met her. I remember that night so vividly. I will never forget, the most beautiful face I've ever seen.

Tan head, thick and clumpy, leaving dense rings of lacing. A shining amber to the light, some ruby hue, definite highlights to soften murky, clouded body. The aroma is musty, with notes of grapes, plumes, prunes, raisins, and a toasted, long boiled malt bill. The flavour is malt dominated, again with twisted, over ripe fruit notes. A chocolaty afterthought and a very English black tea like character. An awesome version of the English Strong Ale, certainly rivals their Vintage Ale. This particular bottle was aged well past what is recommended by the brewers but it held up magnificently.

Neat stuff happened. Wow. Period.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice english strong ale. Decent head and retention and a strong malty smell. Taste is very balanced between caramel and chocolate malts with a mild biterness and slight alcohol backbone. Mouthfeel is thick, but not crisp and doesn't leave enough of an aftertaste. However, this is one strongale that is very easy to drink. It is definetly worth a try.

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

Presentation: 1 pt .9 fl oz, "Bottle Conditioned", ABV and best by date clearly marked - this is a bit out of date.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown color, nice tan colored head. Good retention.

Smell: Some dark fruit and malt sweetness.

Taste: All kinds of things going on here - quite a bit of malt flavor, as well as some dark fruit, a bit of butter.

Overall impression: Plenty of interesting flavors - this one got even better as it warmed up.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with decorative label claiming best before 08/AUG/07

A: Yielded roughly two fingers of fluffy, off-white head that sat upon a sea of slightly murky, deep brownish-ruby. Some lacing.

S: A hoppy aroma blends with caramel, almost butterscotch notes and an evident malty side.

T: Begins with a bready malt flavor that is overtaken by a bitter hop twang during the middle carrying it into a semi-dry and smooth finish. Gentle hop flavors linger in the aftertaste.

M: Decent carbonation with drying characteristics and medium body. Interesting hop textures.

D: Overall, this beer was enjoyable, but I wasn't really sure of what to expect. Not bad, but not overly impressive either. Still, a solid option provided by Fuller's, (and I think this would suit certain occasions better than others).

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Wayne's Liquor, on to the beer:

Dark red to brown in color with a good head. A very enjoyable beer that leans towards the malty side. Bready, toffee, and chocolate , and slight toast are hinted in the beer. But where's the alcohol? It's a strong ale, right? Anyway, a touch of hop bitterness linger on the tongue in the aftertaste. Drinks pretty easy.

This is Fullers' flagship ale, though I'm sure some advocates will make a case for their ESB or London Porter. Go ahead and try them all and judge for yourself!

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Photo of Grundle20
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is amber brown in color with a mild amount of haze. A substantial nut brown head caps off the beer and there is basically a wash of lacing from top to bottom.

The scent is very rich with notes of raisins, figs, and a touch of chicory. At the back of my nose there's a presence of coco mix and banana nut bread. A very complex and almost ever building nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Once again this thing is a malt showcase. There's strong flavors of raisins and figs which lend a mild sweetness and chewy mouthfeel to the beer. It drinks smooth leaving a coat of rich roasted flavors on the tongue mid drink. There really isn't much of a hop note here with the exception of a little pip of hop bitterness right in the finish. Overall the beer drinks smooth with full roasted flavors, delicious.

A tad too foody for all intensive drinking purposes but it really is a tasty beer. If you're in to stouts, porters, and old ales then this beer will be prime for you.

Bottom Line:
I can't recall if I've ever had an "English Strong Ale" but if this beer sets the bar for them then I will be inclined to pick up some others. Fullers does it again with another nicely balanced and full flavored beer.

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Photo of Slats
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks: Dark coppery color. Nice sticky lace. Clean and clear when held up to the light.

Smell: Sweet malty smell with a fruity prune like background.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet malts are right there but balanced with some bitter. Alcohol warms to reveal the prune flavor (I grabed a box of prunes to make sure I wasn't crazy). Hop bite throughout. I love the flavors but the bitterness is a bit taxing in this brew.

Drinkability: Not bad but I wouldn't be able to do more than one in a sitting.

Overall decent but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
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 Fugazme
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky amber... sienna with a smallish, off-white head that fades quickly, but settles to a great cap with a great swirl and even some legs trickle about the glass...

Caramel aroma... nice toasty notes with a sweet rasin-fig thing going on... a touch of alcohol.

Bit of a bitter beginning, but smooth on the palate. Tiny alcohol burn with a coffee-like dry finish. Nice caramel aftertaste. Quite nice.

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Photo of BWH3
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's 1845 from 16oz bottle at 45 F from Pint Glass

A: Gorgeous clear copper beer topped with fluffy white head. Superb head retention means you will enjoy a nip of foam with each sip.

S: Malt sweetness, toffee, almost molasses like. Fruit notes present but not as dark as a dubbel or doppelbock. Sherry notes present showing the beer is appropriately aged.

T: Opens with the creamy head followed by the wonderful malt complexity of the underlying beer. Toffe and molasses plus sherry like palate. Good prominent hops bitterness to make the beer refreshing and avoid being sticky sweet. Alcohol does not significantly add to flavor.

M: Moderate body, soft fluffy head offsets the richness of the beer nicely. Moderate carbonation.

D: Divine example of an Old Ale. Bottle conditioning means this one's alive and experiences may vary but this one certainly should be revisited with frequency.

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Photo of joedon
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large (18.6 oz.) brown bottle. Beautiful clear dark brown with a thick, creamy, off-white head. Sticky lace.

Aroma of sherry, dark malts and alcohol followed by vanilla and brown sugar.

Flavor not really big but still asseritve. Nice sharp hoppiness balancing big malt background. More sherry flavors and brown sugar. A bit of bitter aftertaste and very dry finish.

Good body but just slightly on the thin side. Very drinkable, especially for a 6.3% beer.

I'd like more of this but it's pretty expensive and hard to find in my area.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-copper color that's generally clear. Airy, foamy off-white head seems to retain well.

Smell: Somewhat fruity & floral aroma together with some more bitter hoppy smells.

Taste: Strong malty roasted start, with some florals, followed by an intense bitter hop flavor. Aftertaste consists of bitterness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth medium-bodied beer with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Simply put, the taste of alcohol shouldn't be present in a beer of this ABV.

Though nice in some respects, this beer has much too strong a flavor of alcohol in the taste. The bitterness seems unbalanced and excessive as well. I'll pass next time around.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single to try it out and knew quickly I'd be purchasing more. Poured it slowly into a standard pint glass and I had it on its own while watching a nasty winter storm pelt my house with ice and snow - a perfect setting.

My notes reveal that by the third sip it reminded me of an exceptional cask conditioned ale; superb aroma of caramel, nice head retention and sticky lacing. (Another reviewer said fish 'n chips would work well with it and I agree.)

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 86.2% out of 100 with 1,122 ratings
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