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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish brown color with a quarter inch of off white bubbles at first pour. Though the head wasn’t huge, it stuck around for a while. There are only a few bubbles rising to maintain the head. There is quite a bit of lacing on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Toasty British malts and a sweet plum-like aroma are the first things I notice as the beer is really cold (~38F). There are some floral hops and a caramel sweetness coming out as the beer warms a bit.

Taste: Really sweet and resiny flavor with a substantial amount of bittering hops to give it balance. The flavoring hops are definitely there, but the assertive malts start to take over in the middle of the profile. Near the end, there is bittering hops that makes itself known, but the finish is only slightly tipped toward the sweet. There is an ever so faint sense of alcoholic warming long after the beer gets through with you.

Opinion: This is without a doubt, one of my favorite British style beers (Except the porters and stouts). I normally don’t care for the bitters as the water is too minerally, so you are left with a metallic and harsh aftertaste. This beer finishes very well balanced and is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1845 is a hazy brown color with a large, thick light brown head. The retention is excellent and leaves thick lacing. The aroma is faint, a combination of English malt and hops is noted. The flavor is very malty, toasty English malts are first noted and are followed by a strong fruitiness (plum-like) and notes of chocolate. Dry English hop flavors come in towards the finish. The alcohol flavor seems very strong for something that is only 6.3%. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, if it weren't for a weak aroma, 1845 would have fared better.

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Photo of ReebShorts
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color, thick white head, fades a bit but enough remains to cover the surface, the rest stuck firmly to the side of the glass.

Aroma is slightly malty, a hint of like sweet date or raisin, and doughey yeast.

Ahh, tasty. Nice bit of hop on the finish was a bit unexpected, but quite welcome. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, but not too slick, and it's finished off nicely by a mild hop bite. A very good English ale that I will seek out again.

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Photo of xoqx
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've read so many positive reviews of this, I have to give it another chance or two. I stand by my average scoring on this tasting:

Appearance - This beer pours copper colored with an offwhite, one finger head exhibiting moderate retention and moderate lacing.

Smell – The smells are focused on the malts it seems with spicy, honey, and caramelly scents.

Taste – This is a balanced ESB with plenty to savor. Tastes of caramel and hints of coffee mingle with the fruity hops. Some medicinal tones come out during the average-length, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is chewy and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – The beer is fine, but nothing about it compels me to continue after one.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark amber color. The head is creamy and white. The aroma is malty with piney hops in the background. The taste is quite balanced with the malt being a little more pleasant. The aftertaste is nice and bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a really good brew.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze-ish amber with a nice light brown head and decent carbonation from bottle conditioning. Nice balanced malt and English hop aroma; spicy in both regards. Spicy malt flavors dominate. Medium bodied with a warming spicy malt finish.

A bit smoother than the standard ESB but this is nothing compared to the Bottle Conditioned Special Edition ESB !

Per Label: Bottle Conditioned

Best By: 03/20/06
Tasted: 11/07/05

($3.99 / 16.9 oz. bottle embossed with lots of brewery stuff)

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

Served from a bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: A pleasing amber with a head that is creamy white 2 inches high. Very foamy lace making a pattern down the glass.

Smell: Wonderful bakery smell heavy on malty goodness.

Taste: This has a sweet maltyness that stands up to a nice hoppy profile. Well balanced with alcohol content.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Man this is good stuff. The beer is sweetly malty with a good hop profile. Very drinkable full bodied chewy ale.

Best by date clearly marked on the bottle.

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

Dark red/orange/brown with smallish tan head. Very fine lace. Very attractive. Smells of marmalade, fresh bread, toffee. Yum. Rich sweet malt. Creamy and soft on the palate. Metallic twinge toward the end. Taste is smaller than the smell, so that is slightly disappointing.

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Photo of Morris729
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper mahogany color with a creamy tan head that leaves spider webs of lace across the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Nose is sweet caramel malts and a bit of sugar. Medium to full in body with a very smooth and creamy texture. Taste begins with sweet toffee and plumy fruit followed by notes of freshly baked bread. Mildly spicy and earthy hops come across towards the end with just a hint of raisiny alcohol. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice amber beer with some golden hues striking in the glass. At first a great white foamy head emerged but then slowly went away and left a nice white lace reminding me of some rich and deep clothing.

She smells very caramel at first followed by a maltish armour with a presence of alcohol esters that comes end my experience. The smell of alcohol and caramel really take the global flavours smelling experience.

Taste is very alcoholic at first, not in any hard ways but quite a smooth and enjoyable alcohol taste. Followed by caramel and butterscotch flavours. Malt hit you first then followed by a fruity touch and some yeast then the hops come tickle you a bit and ends up with a bust of caramel flavours with malt.

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Photo of whynot44
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, copper colored with a nice creamy tan head that produces a good crop of lace on it's way down.

The aroma is sweet fruity malt with a bit of herbal hops.

The taste is sweetish, fruity, almost molasses malt overlaid with a definite hop flavor and bitterness. Aftertaste is primarily hops bitterness, but with persistant malt sweetness and a touch of alcohol warmth.

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Photo of patto1ro
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is packed with biscuity malt flavours, so typical of English ales. Yet these never totally overpower the hop presence, which lurks around on the palate before jumping out in the finish. The two main themes are bulked out with a multitude of dark fruit flavours.

It scores well on every criterium: complex, balanced, authentic.

Note that this beer is NOT a Strong Ale. It's a classic 19th century Pale Ale. I don't know why everyone gets so confused. The brewery clearly said that they were trying to recreate a Pale Ale from 1845. I think they did a wonderful job.

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Photo of LordChesterfield
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The bottle over flowed when I opened it! Oh well. What's more is it poured with a weak head that quickly disipated. This is a really special ale I think. It's crazy. So many tastes, sweet malt and heavy hops with wood and bread! I don't really understand how those chemicals like phenols and diacytal and ester taste, but I think these are probably in here, because there are a lot of flavors that I can acount for, that show up in just about every English Ale I taste. The color is almost like some one took ale and poured either blood or transmition fluid in it. Definitely complex, as with most english ales I've tasted, it gets smoother as it warms up. I wouldn't really drink alot of these the way I would other beers, oh wait, yes I would. I can imagine most people drinking this to inebreation. That's not to say it isn't drinkable, but when compared with drinkable beers, it's definitely not as drinkable. Really, pay attention to the recommended 50 degree serving temperature.

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Photo of scooter231
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark color, slightly coppery, with a decent amount of head and lacing. Smells fruity and earthy, and yeasty. Inviting.

Tastes lovely- coffee, chocolate, and very biscuity- which adds more lovely to the mouthfeel which is bubbley and chewy. A good amount of maltyness in there, and some bitter hops near the end. A slight amount of dark fruityness hidden, kind of the backbone to the beer. I really liked it- lots going on. And fairly easy to drink, too- a sipper for sure, but I enjoyed taking my time with this one. I'd do it again.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 16.9oz bottle into a pounder glass. An awesome chunky tan head that coats all the way down with every pull. fine carbonation, some chill haze that clears.

Smell's zippy. ester, yeast with a huge sweet maltness. Oh what a fine brew this is. The taste is near perfection. Bold malty body that finishes with a slight sizzle of citrus but just barely balances out the big malt/alcohol middle and as a bonus there is a nice woody aftertaste. The best I can describe the mouthfeel is "zippy"...it lays back in the beginning creamy, earthy, and kicks in at the end which helps the citrus singe its way into the buds. Not too dry its pretty much down the middle.

This is a must have in the stable. No boredom here as each drink is a blast of flavor.

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Photo of Higravity
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the highest score I have given a beer yet. This was like tasting history. I kept thinking about the brewers of centuries past pouring beer out of casks and this beer swept me along in that dream.
A ruby body beer with a nice creamy wheat head that leaves a lot of hard lacing. The smell is of sweet creamy goodness, lots of malt and long boil sugars topped delicately with pure noble hops. The English water of metalic salts is present but only to a slight degree adding bit to the beer but not overly so as with some other English ales. I tried to savor the entire beer in my Imperial glass but this was such a delight to drink I quickly found myself out.

Cheers to Ding.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

what an amazing beer. if this is what beer tasted like in 1845, i'm a bit late. 1pt. .9fl.oz. bottle, and it says bottle conditioned, although there is a best before date of 20 mar, 06. dark amber color with a medium tan head that stayed with the beer. lots of sweet malt smell, with hints of fruit, somewhat sharp citrus, behind that. amazing taste, strong, full, what an ale should taste like. tons of malt, with just a little hop in the back. not much carbonation, if at all. i really enjoyed this beer and was sad when it was gone. thanks, diego. cheers...

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Photo of karst
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 19/Oct/05 on the back label of the pint + tall bottle conditioned English Strong Ale. I add yet another style to my growing list of beers. I can see how this would attract a cult following with its bold hops and rich complex toasty malt flavor. True to style description the alcohol was very prominate for a mear 6.3 abv.

Pours a copper-auburn (tea) with a picturesque head that varries from tall-rocky with a rough pour to a creamy thick that leaves lace that comes alive and creaps up the sides of my Gindstone pint glass. Served at ideal 55°F.
Aromas of fruity esters, dark caramel, butterscotch (diacetyl) and Fuggles hops suggest a great beer to follow. Hope that sounds as inviting as it smells.

Flavors evolve with warming but @ 55° toasted malt and hop bitterness vie for the front with buttery malt, figs and dates and toffee sweetness. The woody and earthy Fuggle hop flavors mingle with fruity flavors to provide a great lingering finish. As always, the diacetyl comes on with warmth. Smooth medium liquorlike body and medium mouthfeel. Excellent balance.

Last pour was slightly murky (unfiltered & bottle conditioned) with yeast and changed the taste bring an acidity to the tip of the tongue and more bitter finish.

A classic English Strong Ale.

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Photo of fisherman34
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber colour with a slightly off white head. A combination of earthy hops aroma, baked apples, nutmeg and cinnemon. Full bodied, with lots of different flavors ranging from sweet malt, to red grape, to butter, and perhaps just the slightest hint of coffee. All of the richness of this beer is well balanced by some nice bittering hops.

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Photo of blackie
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of March 20, 2006 is printed on the back label.

Color is a mahogany with a large amount red of filtering through. Head is 1" and white in color.

Smells of a dark, fruity maltiness. Some nice floral hops are also present, and provide a good balance. Some fruity cherry and plum notes are present. Diluted hints of molasses. Not overly complex, but well done. Not much, if any, alcohol evident on the nose.

The beer has a medium low carbonation with somewhat of a medium body. Very smooth drinking and just slightly sticky.

Tastes of sweet malt with a strong backbone of bittering hops. First comes the sweet fruitiness, which gradually subsides until the hops are up front, and linger long into the toasty finish. Alcohol not really evident in the taste.

I am interested in cellaring one of these for a year to see what happens.

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Photo of cracgor
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, ruby red beer. Off white frothy head stands tall and sticks well..just sheets of lace stuck to the glass in clumps.

Smell: A berry fruit smell. A little smoky but overall fruity.

Taste: A hugely rich beer. A bit coffee/roasted malt. Balanced very well by a strawberry or raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light in body--medium body. A little bitter/astringent.

Drinkability: very tasty smooth complex and well balanced even if it's not perfect. I like this style more than the barleywine or pale ale if this is representative of the style.

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

I've always thought this is one of the finest British imports. Finally gotten around to reviewing it. It pours a dark amber-brownish color with a not too thick tan head. The color goes along with the substantial nature of the beer itself, making it a good representation. It smells of malt and fruit, with a slight caramel aroma to boot. Not a terribly strong smelling beer, but pleasant none the less. Tastes bold, with a deep and malty flavor, distinguished by more than hints of caramel. A slightly bitter aftertaste is completed by a chocolate-type finish. Very flavorful!! Mouthfeel is thick and sweet, with a good deal of carbonation. Overall this is a good and tasty beer. To me it is a good beer to begin the night, before moving on to hoppier session brews. One at a time is enough for me. But to each his own.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've ever reviewed a beer while it's in my hand so if I spill on the keyboard you'll know why I'm excited :-)

With a slightly vigorous pour the beer puts up a thick tan head over a nut-brown body. The head dies down to a ring soon enough but leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is somewhat aggressive for an English Ale - strong fruit notes, a robust roasted grain note and a good bit of alcohol as well. There's a distinctive English Pale Ale yeasty smell which is no real surprise from this live ale.

Taste is quite scrumptious with some very bold notes. First off you're confronted with the strong fruit flavors I associate with an amber ale - apricot, plum, raisin and a hint of apple. There's also a very strong roasted malt note similar to a brown ale - not burnt like in a stout but more like dark brown toast. Bitterness is quite high though I can't tell if it's from a bittering hop or from a roasted grain. Hops are certainly present but mostly in floral notes rather than astringent.

Mouthfeel is very nice - fine, deeply embedded live ale carbonation, a somewhat solid body with a bit of an oily finish on the tongue. The bittering is enough to dry the drink out a bit but not completely.

This is one tasty ale and now that I've found a local source I'll certainly have this in my regular rotation. I've got something of a nostalgia for English Pale Ales as Bass was one of my favorites back in college and I've got a real appreciation for that fruity, malty experience. Drinking Fuller's 1845 (or Fuller's London Pride or Young's Special London Ale) makes me realize that there are much more complex and artful expressions of the English Pale Ale.

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

Holy Smoly, what a bourbon brew. Looks like an amber bourbon, foamy thick tan head. Multi-laces. Best by 10/19/05 on the white rosed label – beautiful! Malty, chocolate, hint of bourbon aroma. Whiskey taste, strong malt to start, nice hoppy finish. Whoa, full bodied, rich and tangy. Good, slow drinkin’ brew here.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this fine brew with fellow BAs 3Vandoo and Beersignal, and I can't remember who brought this one so I'll just thank them both!

Appearance: Burnished copper with a clingy salt and pepper head.

Smell: Alcoholic vapors rushed up my nose, they felt peaty at first but mellowed to show a side of oily golding hops.

Taste: Boozy and round, with pale malt character and a crisp bitterness that was short, but the hooch stayed on a while in the aftermath.

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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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