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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Matured for 100 days

First brewed in 1995 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Fuller, Smith & Turner, this bottle conditioned recipe is inspired by the original Fuller's brewing books. The Amber malt and Goldings hops combine to create a delicious fruitcake aroma. As this beer is bottle conditioned, we recommend it is stored upright and poured carefully.

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Photo of jwc215
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
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 +5.4%
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 -2.7%
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 +6.6%
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 -14.1%
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 +1.7%
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 -4.4%
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 +1.5%
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 -2.7%
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 +2.9%
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 +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 RichThatchr
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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Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,132 ratings