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

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Added by kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Photo of ohitsbrad
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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 -0.7%
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 -5.1%
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 +7.5%
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 -0.5%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's quite fine, though timid for a Strong Ale. Yea, it's very malty. Yea, its very bold and firm. Yea, it's very complex and varying. But, it just lacks strength, power, and maturity. Looks a very deep amber / copper color with a (fresh) carbonation that is over compensated for it's style. Taste, however, is boldly malty, balanced with earthy hops, and heavy on the bredy / yeastiness. Age should bring a melded maltiness, smooothness, rich, and heavy characters that are now masked with youth. Will improve with a year of cellering, but now, a bit too young.

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Photo of jaluria
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper color with soft orange, brown, and yellow hues at the bottom of my mug. A big head developed quickly and just seemed to sit there, stable and creamy. Heavy lacing left behind as well. Aromas of alcohol, pepper, hops, and dried fruit. The taste was milder than the nose indicated with a smoked malt sweetness contrasting nicely with the hops. Fruit flavors added nice depth and blended very well with the peppery spice. Very creamy in the mouth with a smooth, crisp, and slighly bitter finish. An excellent beer and very easy to drink.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle served at just over fridge temperature in a nonic. Best by date on reverse of bottle: 20/JUN/06.

Appearance- Pours a fantastically clear deep reddish amber, with a colossal four-finger head that races towards the surface of my glass. Looks like a richer, more mature brother of Fuller's ESB. Lacing is good and clingy, though sporadic.

Smell- A massive and absolutely delightful wallop of malt right away... the kind that hauls aromas of dark fruit (figs, prunes, plums), leather, and just a hint of alcohol. This beer's nose has almost reached the level of an English Old Ale or Barleywine.

Taste- While the initial malt attack begins to envelop the mouth, the bittering hop balance takes shape at the sides of the tongue and delivers a nice complement to the malts. Smooth, yet mildly aggressive... it strikes a balance where it's easy to enjoy, while the strength becomes certain over time.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Heavy in the mouth, there is not much carbonation to support the density of the beer. With the hops as prevalent as they are, especially in the middle and finish, it could use some effervescence to keep things alive. The alcohol is especially noticable as the beer warms a bit, which keeps this tasting moving at a slow pace. Overall, a very nice bottle conditioned ale to cap off the night.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled: Best Before 20 Jun 06... drank only a few days before date on bottle (but no noticable damage/problems).

Pours a clear light mahogany ruby-brown with a massive off-white frothy head. The aroma is simply delicious... spicy, raisins, cherries... truly one of the best beers I've ever smelled!

The taste is intially sweet with deep caramel and cherry flavors, but the sweetness is relatively mild and not syrupy sweet. Smooth palate throughout, but finishes with a slightly harsh and bitter alcohol note... overall the slightly drying bitterness makes a nice contrast to the subtle sweetness. Essentially, I find this a milder, smoother version of a Belgian dubbel in some ways (with its rich fruit and alcohol notes)... dare I say this may be an excellent session-beer for dubbel lovers?

There's a medium-high carbonation in this beer that brings a lightness to a slightly rich and alcoholic brew... again, this makes this more drinkable as well.

Some butterscotch and whiskey notes come through the more I drink bringing some British character to this dubbel-like ale.

Altogether, a unique and delicious find, well-worth trying for fans of either British Ales or Belgian Dubbels... I find it has some of the best characteristics of both.

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Photo of krantul
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I want to second the motion in an earlier review: this is probably the best bottle-conditioned beer I've had... at least in recent memory.

Appearance: An amber bottle (yay!) prevents this beer from being lightstruck. Deep brown and fairly clear, poured a remarkably persistent head two inches thick, almost like Coca-Cola foam (okay, not an entirely appealing comparison, but it's what first sprung to mind).

Smell: Not too much nose, a bit sweet-smelling, a little whiff of yeast, nothing overwhelming.

Taste: Liquid awesome. Balance is the strength of this beer. It has all of the lovely characteristics of a good Fuller's English ale, enhanced by bottle conditioning. The flavors (sweet, malty, a little butterscotch) seriously benefit from the moderate zest of yeastiness, resulting in a tasty, interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: Natural carbonation lends a pretty distinct mouthfeel. A bit more fizz than a cask-conditioned beer would probably have, but still feels pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Eminently drinkable. Personally, I consider a smooth English bitter to be the benchmark of drinkability, and Fuller's knows something about that. Although it's a "strong" ale, the balance is considerable; there's no unpleasant flavors, no excessive yeastiness, and no overcarbonation to create any of the unpleasant tanginess that can creep in bottle-confditioned beers. The higher alcohol content had no impact on this beer's drinkability.

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Photo of ernie
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The best bottle-conditioned English ale I ever had. Hazy, with unusual and very pleasant aroma, extremely well-balanced, leaving a delcate aftertaste and a solid reason for another bottle or two. Fruits, nuts and malts (lots of them all) still leave a place for hoppy accent which is most welcome. Another great beer from a great brewery. A must for all ale-lovers!

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Photo of acrawf6
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice ruby amber with a good tan head.

Smell. Has a nice sweet maltiness to it, with a toasty, buttery biscuit aroma. Under it is a nice toffee sweetness and small a bits or raisons.

Taste. Aged raisons, not so sweet. I really dont get any hops in this, though it has a balanced taste. This bottle is older so i guess the hops have mellowed down. Aftertaste i get the alcohol appearance in the swallow with a toasty maltiness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice full and slightly chewybody. good carbonation, good balance.

Overall a nice beer. Good one to sip on after a nice steak dinner. But it isnt one i would stock up on.

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Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 oz bottle into a pint glass. A pretty sexy looking bottle also.

Appearance: A honey amber copper color with an orange richness when light comes through. Head is about 1" then fades, leaving a bit above the brew in the glass and leaving some clumpy, sticky lacing around also.

Smell: A nice malt and hop backbone with quality ingredients (I assume for the quality aroma) make this a pleasure. With a tad bit of honey and ripe fruit, along with the fairly bitter hops, it achieves a nice balance overall.

Taste: As with the aroma, balanced, and not extremely discernible as far as complexity, but there certainly is a lot going on. And Fullers have never let me down and continue the trend with this. The start is malty and fruity, and by the finish it ends with a fairly generous amount of hops that linger on the palate. All the while the malt is still there in the background, providing a slightly sour and long finish by the end of.

Mouthfeel: At first it seems like it's going to be heavily carbonated, but as soon as the swallow starts that dissipates into something fuller (seriously, no pun intended) and slightly creamy.

Drinkability: At around $4 a bottle this stuff isn't cheap, but yes, it's damn good. And despite the 4s I gave it throughout, I could drink this all day (and unfortunately too fast for the price), especially due to the fairly low ABV, at least for my taste.

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Photo of mynie
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty red with different shades in different lights, good, retentive white head. Really nice pour, actually.

Smells like deep caramel and raisins. Smells like a good beer that's slightly spoiled, but the label says it's good for another month...

Very strong, very sweet. Heavy duty alcohol, raisins, caramel, solid sweet malt, and a good dry hop background.

These English strong ales are an odd sort. As hard to drink as 11.00 ABV beers, only half as strong.

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

Bottle. Pours to an amber color with off-white head and decent lacing. Aroma is malty and somewhat fruity, mostly of dark fruit. Strong, slightly bitter taste. Very good, dry finish. Very tasty and easy to drink. Really enjoyed this out of the bottle, would like to find on tap somewhere.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, best before 20 june 06 printed on the label.

pours burnt orange, with a thick, long lasting, two finger head. Sticky rings of lace are left behind.

aromas of raisins, caramel, coffee and toast. Some yeastiness also.

Dark fruit flavors, raisin, prune with some orange and spice in the finish.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a number of times over the years, was surprised to see I've never reviewed it.

This is really what I think of when I think English Strong Ale, it always strikes me as middle of the road but I guess it's because it's really the benchmark and there is certainly something to be said for that.

Pours a deep chestnut in color, slightly hazy with a generous, billowing head, sometimes a bit overactive so some careful pouring technique is often called for. Nose is of raisins and malt, reminds me slightly of molasses in a subtle way. Taste is quite smooth, quite malty with only a slightly bitter finish. Older bottles develop a stale taste sometimes, but the fresher bottles are much better having a distinctly fresher character to it. I mention this because this particular brew always seems to me more sensitive to aging than many of the type. My guess is because of the slightly lower alcohol content and it's more subtle flavors.

All in all a fine brew and one that really is a benchmark for it's style.


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

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a dark coppery amber colour... Creamy head pours quite thick then faded to thin layer. Some patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice biscuity malts, toffee notes, spicy fruits (raisins, oranges, figs), light peppery notes, spicy hops, grassy notes, some rubbery traces...

Taste – Nice spicy / peppery hops, definite biscuity / bready malts, spicy fruits (raisins), light treacle sweetness...

Feel - Oily smoothness with some light sharpness underneath... Medium bodied. Very drinkable...

Overall - A very good beer....Recommended...

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Photo of evanackerman
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beer pours a very dark ruby with a two finger head that leaves rings of lacing as the beer is consumed.

aroma is primarily toasted malt, perhaps a bit of raisin.

taste is dominated by toasty malt with tones of caramel and chocolate, hops are noticable in the finish but this is primarily a malt beer.

mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very nice, not too much carbonation.

drinkability is not too bad for a beer with this much flavor, although one is probably enough in a session.

overall, a tasty ale, highly recommended if you want an alternative to American hop bombs as this one lets the malt shine through, a well constructed brew and one that everyone should try at least once.

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

Nice full tan head, reddish-amber color, pretty beer. The aroma has some hints of tobacco and licorice, some very slight esters. Its interesting, but not as appealing as some others I've had. The flavor is good, big and bold, and not subtle at all. It doesn't have the delicate malt-hop blend you get out of American pale ales and IPAs (yes, I mean delicate in the sense that you get a soft maltiness under the hops; the maltiness in this one is more caramelly, burnt toffee-like, and the hops are not floral, they are more aggressive than that). But I find that appealing; this is a British pale ale after all. I think its really good and I'd like to have several of these, although its a nice strong beer.

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

Ive read some great reviews about 1845 and was quite excited to try it.
Poured my bottle into my favorite pint glass. I first noticed the the deep dark reddish color followed by the frothy white head. The head dissipated to a thin whispy covering on the top.
The scent of malt hit me right after I open the bottle. Very powerfull and full. Smell was of malt; sweet and carmel like. Also some butterscotch like scents mixed in with the floral and somewhat herbal like smells from the hops. So much to smell. Taste much like the scent very powerfull. Sweet and malty hints of carmel and floral like in the aftertaste. Nice bittering to offset the initial sweetness. A very well balanced beer IMO. I really enjoyed this one. Mouthfeel was perfect not to much carbonation and not to smooth just right. Awesome beer!

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

Best before date 1-3-05. But still tasted good.

Appearance- Pours a very nice, merengue head with good retention and a good head. But the foam dissapears after drinking about three quarters of the bottle.

Smell- Lots of coojed mlats. The first thing that comes to mind is a BBQ. There are lots of brown usgary sweet smells that mix with that BBQ smell.

Taste- Very malty. Good malty. I like the taste of this ber. Lots of sweet malts and light hops. Very balanced.

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

The beer pours a rich amber with a beige head that laces well. The aroma is mainly of malt, but does have a bit of a dark fruit in the background. The taste has a strong malt that is nicely bittered, and I find just a bit of dark fruit hiding back in the finish. The feel is heavy and oily with a bit of alcohol burn in the end and a dry finish. While I tend to lean towards maltier and sweeter beers this is a bitter that could tempt me. The hops has been used to make the beer nicely bitter the feel is pleasant and makes for a beer you could find yourself drinking all evening.

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Photo of Enola
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is much better than I was expecting. The color is a nice brown. There was a medium sized head. The smell is of molasses. The taste is a little bitter and the molasses show up here too. There is also a caramel presence. The mouthfeel is a lot smoother that I was expecting. There is no harshness at all. The drinkability is very good. I was a bit timid at first, now I wish I had another bomber. One of the better beers I have had lately.

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

bottle- best before June 20, 2006

A: Deep ruby body, off white head with a few color variations. big bubbles scattered throughout an otherwise fine (tiny) bubble head.

S: rich malt, some ripe fruit qualities, husk, light hops

T/M: just as the nose predicts, big malt up front, a little sugar, not too carmelized. a rustic hop bitter pulls through on the back of the tongue and continues to grow. some of the ripe fruit comes through, with a little bit of bubble gum. finishes dry and leafy. creamy mouthfeel, great carbo level, well done.

D: awesome. tasty brew, well balanced, very affordable. a great and versatile brew to just have hanging in the fridge.

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Beer rating: 86.2% out of 100 with 1,122 ratings
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