Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

1,117 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 orfeu
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large 1 pt. 0.9 fl oz. bottle, slightly chilled. Best before 20/Jun/06. Let's see... Ridiculous foaming effect on the first pour, with the nonic 60% full of a dense, clingy ecru foam. The beer itself is a just hazy copper red with minimal carbonation...my god, the head on this thing is out of control; I've been pouring a bit here and there over the past few minutes, but the head just continues to grow. I've now got what looks from afar like a scoop of ice cream floating on top of a red beer! I don't know if this is good or bad, but it looks pretty cool! Aromas are very subtle, with honeydew, kiwi, pressed cider, and a clover honey note. Floral. Not what I expected for this style, but nice all the same. Fruit-inflected bready malt flavors throughout the front, with a slight fusel alcohol presence just after the middle. Closed out by a lemon pepper spiciness. Honeyed summer fruits and a pervasive but unobtrusive mineral twang. Feels slightly heavy on the palate, but is more than anything medium-bodied. Dull zinginess, juicy pucker, and a dry finish. Some caramel flavors int he aftertaste. Quite a complex yet understated beer! Nothing I'd crave very regularly, but a wholly unique experience nonetheless. Recommended at least once.

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Photo of theopholis
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Buh-utiful, rich amber. Just a tad opague, but it doesn't look hazy either. Pretty good light-tan head. It's kind of loose, but has some staying power, and leaves a nice lace behind.

Aroma- Wow. The smell is one of the best I've ever smelled. Perfect blend of malt sweetness and that bready yeast with bittering hops. Lots of rich caramel to. Neither over-whelming not under-stated. Getting something else in there to. Maybe some plum or raisen. Whatever it is, it smells great.

Taste- Doesn't live up to the smell, but that's not surprising. It smelled like it was brewed by the English beer gods themselves. The taste is very good however. Very good blending of malt sweetness, bittering and flavoring hops The taste is not as tantalizing, nor as complex as the aroma, but a very worthy effort.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice level of carboantion. Clings to the mouth very nicely.

Drinkability- For drinkability, it's probably the best strang ale around. It's neither as complex, nor as heavy as most of the better ones, which is a 2-edged sword. For someone just getting into Stong Ale, this is probably the one I would stear them towards.

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Photo of mpyle
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful rich amber color. Modest whitish head, fairly tightly bubbled. Decent retention for a stronger beer.

Sweety fruity (plum) aroma. Generally malty, but with an aged character.

A malty sweetness enhanced with the plum fruit from the aroma. Hop bitterness is alongside almost the entire way, and an earthy English hops flavor comes through as well. A slight lingering bitterness.

Medium body and medium-high carbonation. A touch of harshness either from the hops or from a touch of oxidation. Carbonation also inhibits the smoothness a bit. Really no alcohol warming - the alcohol is well hidden.

A flavorful bigger English ale, but tastes slightly oxidized (although 6 months prior to best before date). Some nice Old Ale type complexity. Might do better to let it warm more completely, degas a bit, and sip it slowly.

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Photo of hseritt
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a regular lager-style glass from the approximately 20oz. bottle. I noticed the head was slightly lacking but honestly that is usually one of the least things I look for. I got close to a 1/2" of a very tan head. The lacing though remained perfect throughout the drink. The color could be described best as a hearty and rich amber. Not too dark but definitely not a lighter color.

The smell was outstanding! Could smell chocolate/coffee and dark roasted malts -- the smell was pleasant but not overwhelming. Smells were as good as a fine grind could be!

The taste was every bit as good as the smell. It reminds you of a very good medium stout but with very little bitterness. The alcohol content is the 6% range but never overpowers and seems to add to the flavor actually.

The feel of 1845 has a medium thickness and very wonderful to swish around.

I would gladly recommend this to any ale enthusiast without reservation. If I come across this in a pub, you can bet I will buy at least 2 pints -- if not, then for a full night of drinking! Though some may find this to be slightly heavy, I have no doubt it would make for a very good session.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1 1/2" khaki head. Brown - brick red against the light. Good retention, nice lacing.

S - Dried fruit. Tobacco. Chocolate. Spices. Rich aroma.

T - Layers of rich, dried fruit on top of nice full, bittering hops in the finish. Chalky malt. Some clove or spice flavor late. Complex.

M - Medium to full bodied. Medium levels of carbonation. Dry finish.

D - Excellent drinkability. I really like this one alot!

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle bought at Key Food in Park Slope. Best before 5/08/08.

A: Thin light brown head. Rusted red color. Very inviting.

S: Fruity, toasty, herbs, malts. Smell is stupendous, I can’t quite pin it down though.

T: Malty and fruity. Jummy.

MF: Wet mouthfeel with nice carbonation, perfect.

D: Extremely drinkable. Give me anutha!

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a deep brown color with a thick, foamy, two-finger head. Leaves lacing.

S - Smells highly malty and of dried fruits.

T - Malty and bittersweet with a good dose of dried fruit flavor.

M - Crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. The first I've had of the style, so I have no other beer to compare it to, but it has a great flavor.

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Photo of tcfishler
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color is a soft, medium brown, almost clear. Tall, light tan head, which falls slowly and unevenly, creating an attractive effect.

Aromas are fairly high-toned and very clean, featuring toast and almonds.

Medium-heavy body, with moderately low carbonation. Sweetness is just hinted at. Flavors are a restrained combination of fruit and both roasted and unroasted malt. The malt here is malty, not sweet - nice! Chewing emphasizes the fruit component. Finishes long and slightly bitter, just enough to cleanse the palate and beckon another sip. However, there's also a suggestion of alcoholic heat and heaviness that hampers the drinkability.

I love how this beer can manage to be fruity and malty without being sweet; even more remarkably, it manages this feat without showing any overt hoppiness! But I'm dissappointed in the alcohol showing...after all, the ABV is only 6.3%. I won't be keeping this in my rotation due to that flaw.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper colored/brown, with lots of tan head with huge bubbles. Aroma is faint, but malts and fruit are detectable. Taste is roasted malts, fruit and bitterness. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel, carbonation seems light. Drinkability is ok, but this beer is nothing special. I was expecting more I guess.

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

Poured a deep copper color with a thick meaty solid-looking tan head. There were some fruity esters in the aroma, but mostly I smelled burnt malt. The flavor was a little more bitter than fruity but was good. Easy to drink but it tastes like a big beer.

Paired with a hamburger at the Old Bag of Nails in Worthington OH. Nice combo.

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Photo of jwc215
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beauty to look at! Pours amber to copper (top to bottom) with a creamy thick tan head that slowly descends to a lasting cover. Rings of lacing stick to the glass.

Aromatic, the smell is of orange, caramel, hints of other fruits (plum?) and slight nutty/bread aroma. Slight alcohol notes. Inviting...

The taste is of sweet malty orange liqueur. Caramel with a fruity breadiness. Nuts and dark fruit. A late crisp bitterness balances out the sweetness. Complex, rich and creamy with a long, dry finish. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but restrained and acts as a warming, spicy support in the background. Nice use of abv level.

A wonderful "sip and savor" brew (that tempts you to more than sip. Very tasty. A world class brew from a world class brewery!

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

Clear chestnut hue with a giant foamy head, which eventually settles down to a well retained smallish off white head which leaves much lacing on the glass. Aroma of apples at first, then dark fruits and bread malt. Bam! Taste is alive with a multitude of flavours, roasted malt aromas, dark fruits, vanilla, muesli. Lovely moderately bitter taste. Creamy mouthfeel with good level of fine carbonation. Superb lingering bitter aftertaste. Absolutely superb bitter. King of British ales.

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

Appearance: Hazy deep copper color, with a small tan head, thick broken lacing, slight carbonation, and very good head retention.

Aroma: Sweet, and spicy, with abundant dark fruits, and cognac-like, with alcohol notes present, but understated.

Taste: Opens with a strong toffee note, dark toasted malts, spicy hops, and a slight earthiness, midway through the taste a fairly strong alcohol note appears. Finishes with lingering earthy flavors, and subtle medicinal notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, very full, carbonation not felt.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and very distinguished example, well worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom 500 ml (16.9 ounce) brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange with a significant infusion of cranberry red; a gorgeous hue, especially when backlit. I think the head has it beat though. Up top is a fabulous looking, regal crown of pastel orange foam that could only have come from a world-class brewery. Abundant lace is the capper on a great look. I love Fuller's heavy-duty bottles and tasteful, classic labels. I usually love the way the beer looks as well.

With a little more power and definition, the nose would be right up there with the appearance. It's incredibly toasted malty as only good English ales can be (Maris Otter?) and is dark fruity and a wee bit spicy. It smells like it'll be great beer, but it doesn't quite smell like great beer... if that makes any sense at all. Here's hoping that warming brings out the complexity that I just know is in there somewhere.

Oh yeah, this is beautiful beer all right. I never know what I'm going to get with an English strong ale, but I always hope it'll be something like this. 1845 tastes like an ESB on steroids, with more of everything that I love about that style. I'm already impressed. When it gains a few degrees, if I can wait that long, it should be even more of a humdinger.

The most surprising, and arguably the best thing, about 1845 is its withering bitterness. Too many English ales are underhopped for my American hophead palate, but the same can't be said for this beauty. Well toasted, brown bready malt starts things off and is quickly overtaken by fruity, spicy, earthy hops and bitter English Breakfast tea leaves. East Kent Golding is a pretty safe guess.

Underlying all the glorious bitterness is a sweetness reminiscent of ripe figs and sticky dates. It does taste sort of fruitcake-like, although not as much as most good winter warmers. The mid-range ABV strikes me as perfect in terms of drinkability. I'd welcome the opportunity to session a few of these on a cold winter night, basking in the warmth of a roaring fire.

The body/mouthfeel is impressing me more and more as I get deeper into the bottle. At this point (entering the bottom third), I'm just about as impressed as it's possible to be. This is a perfectly carbonated, creamy, silky treat. Any deviation in any direction, with the possible exception of more full, wouldn't work nearly as well. I can't imagine what it must feel like on cask.

Fuller's 1845 is the best beer from this brewery that I've had yet (Vintage Ale is still to come) and is easily the best version of the English strong ale style that I've ever had. From top to bottom and from side to side, it simply oozes quality. I don't see it often, but when I do, I'll be sure to stock up. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml. bottle. Leaves a tan colored one finger head with good retention and good lacing. Body is a hazy garnet.

Smell - much diacetyl, malt bread, figs, and plums.

Taste - like the smell. Much diacetyl, malt bread. Also, rye crackers ( although there is no rye in here, as far I know ). Figs and plums.

Mouthfeel - full, dry.

Drinkability - this is good and sessionable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says it's best served before 1/4/2007. Served in a pint glass the beer pours a dark amber color, with a decent sized frothy off-white head. There's a good amount of lacing that stays on the glass. It smells like raisins, nuts, caramel and toffee. It tastes the same way to me, but there's also a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium/full and slightly slick, and it has just the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability is good, the beer goes down smooth and easy. Overall it's a pretty good beer, I'd love to try it on tap somewhere.

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

Poured this beer into a pint glass.It had about a 1 inch thick off white,towards the tan side.It was a medeium coppery color,very cloudy.It had a silghtly woody smell,fruity,sweet smell.It had a medium mouthfeel,fruity.slight wine-like taste,dry tart finish.Reminded my of Samuel Smith,somewhat.The head lasted to the end,on the filling side couldn't drink a lot of these, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this on the recommendation of a beer store clerk who said this was the beer he went for when he just felt like having a beer. I totally know what he is talking about. Pours an amber color with a moderate head. The smell is overloaded with malts and little else. The taste is much the same. Little carbonation (as its a real ale), and not a notice of hops, just straight dark and moderate malts. There is a bit of burnt-ness too it, but I imagine this is one of the malts. Just a good basic beer with a lot of flavor. Definitely something to try.

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

This is a 500 mL bottle served in a seidel.

A: The ale has a thick head that laces extensively. Color is deep amber color that borders on ruby red. Orange-brown colors come through when held to light.

S: The nose is nutty-sweet malt flavor with hints of fruit.

T: The ale has coffee/toffee flavors, of which the coffee finshes very long. The alcohol is poorly hidden. Malts are not as sweet as a barleywine. Hops are very earthy but not dominating.

M: The ale's alcohol is somewhat astringent but not too overwhelming. The malty sweetness is good.

D: This is not one to pound, rather savor one bottle over the course of a night.

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

This one comes in a classic 500ml. embossed brown bottle with a Best Before: 08/AUG/07 fresness date on the back label. With a fairly aggressive pour comes a dark hazelnut/mahogany brown ale with a very creamy, just off-white head of a finger...a very handsome brew in my tulip glass with tons of lace.

The smell is very roasty and malty, dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Has a bit of a burnt aroma to it, a very pleasant toasty and earthy smell. A slight hint of a wavering bourbon like, alcoholic note in the very end. Nice.

A very mild sweetness to a very big malt intro...ultra roasted (almost burnt) big flavor that's a bit fruity and quite nutty. Full flavored and full of rich body that eventually winds down to a pleasant bitter hop and an alcoholic appeal to the finish. A very hearty, earthy tasting ale with some kick.

Fairly potent, yet highly drinkable...a remarkably crafted English brew. Great flavor and well balanced, a strong ale (from England) doesn't get much better than this...I highly recommend and look forward to having another one soon. Cheers!

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

11 February 2006, Best Before Mar 06

Amber brown colour. Large frothy stable head, some lacing. Fruit cake aroma and toasted caramel malts. Balanced towards a big toffee/caramel malt flavour. Some dark fruits (raisins, plums) and brown sugar too. Some hops and bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. A great beer.

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Photo of stephendr
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent dark brown hue-thick white head, small bubbles – nose crisp coffee and hint or hops – Light to medium body –coco, coffee, smoked almonds, tin/metallic and slight bitter taste, very clean- - aftertaste soft- very nice beer I did however taste it four months after the best before date

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Photo of bonbright7
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured the hearty ale into 2 glasses so I could take tasting notes from one a give the other to my wife, so likes darker beers with dinner as we were having smoked turkey with cranberry bread. I noted the appearence of freshly pessed apple cider, but the taste was a different matter.

The smooth coffee taste with light fruit notes came on very strong and did not relent until I finished the first glass. I had tried Fuller's before, but this reminded me of Bass, Double Diamond, and Whitebread Ales. The small head disappeared with in the context of the beer and remained as a lace effect until the end.

While I was pleased with this ale, I thought the bitterness at end might limit it to a one or two rounds in the scope of a normal American bar setting. The long term drinking of this ale would be enhanced by finding this on draft.

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Photo of vancurly
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt amber, inkling of cherry refracting through. Beige head, heavy froth, leaving very fine lace.
Aroma of rich, complex malts, some notes of leather and honey.
Rich flavour, hint of licorice/molasses, hop flavours, roasted grains coming through, with bitterness at the back.
Warming, filling, enriching...
Good stuff.

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Photo of haz77
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper with an inch of beige head, which falls quickly to a thin layer. Low carbonation.

S - Caramel, fruit esters, rich malts, grass.

T - Big, fruity, juicy malts up front. Flavour becomes sharper in the middle and hops make their presence known. Lighter fruits come to the fore towards the end and the finish is dry, with a bubblegum note. Alcohol warmth follows into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Tasty brew which is definitely worth trying.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,117 ratings.
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