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

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Stunner97
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- beautiful copper to amber color with decent carbonation and bubbles streaming up the glass, beautiful tan head off the pour, decent appearance

Smell- mind blowing smell, it just rips out at you so strong I can even notice the appearance, all i could think about was that smell, beautiful sweet malts, caramel, molasses, lots of great sweet smells so amazing smells, lots of raisins

Taste- very sweet beer off the first taste, a great brown ale style, lots of molasses and caramel upfront, really full bodied with great long sweet finish, a beer thats full and doesnt let you down

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied but as smooth as can be going down, truly enjoyable yummy beer

Drinkability- one where every sip leaves you wanting more, incredible in many ways, to me reminds me more of brown then strong ale, great beer however you cut it style wise, one i will def try again and you should too

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Photo of MOShepp
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown with amber edges, big billowing tan head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma of toffee, fruit, woodiness and dark toast.

Tastes of ripe fruit, toffee, slight char and hint of chocolate cognac. Some bitterness in the middle and aftertaste, but well balanced and smooth.

A lot of bold flavors going on and smooth drinking. This is a realtreat. I'm planning to brew a clone to this one.

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Photo of granger10
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing the one was. Light red in color with a quality head to match. Very crisp because of the carbonation yet sweet which went together very well. Caramel is the most notable flavor but there is a woody quality to it along with some earthy flavors. Finishes long, very long and somewhat dry with a malty bitterness.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle conditioned 1pint 2.6 ounce brown bottle, back label says "best before Sept 02" had sitting since early Aug. 02
Color is a nice hazy dark brown with a deep dark orangy glow. Finger high head of creamy foam, tannish in hue, big bubbles and lumpy from a vigorous pour, has some spotty lacing.
Smell is all caramel; sweet and candied toffee aroma and loads of caramel with notes of slight dark fruit and fresh bread. Hint of alcohol late and deep.
Taste is super smooth caramel malt, subdued in its subtle sweetness, balanced in with the perfect amount of earthy hop twinged bite and bitterness, and slightly drying. The hops start to make a bigger appearance and gets more noticeable as you go.
Feel is solid medium bodied, slightly buttery and chewy, all soothingly smooth with a nice calming earthy dryness in the finish. Lending this barleywine to be incredibly delicious and drinkable, very enjoyable and head swimmingly soothing.
Made for a great night cap.... now I know I'll get some sleep.
Finishing the big bottle goes right to your head. Wow.

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Photo of pkalix
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

definitely dark amber, tight, thick and rich head. nice looking beer.... beautiful, in fact....
smell is sweet and carmel-ly. typical british, although i have never had this one before. is it possible to smell a higher abv??
taste is... bitter up front. chewy in the middle, sweet on the way down... interesting...
medium feel beer, some carbonation, but smooth.
overall, i like this one. all of fullers' are very good, just not so high in the abv. this one is a tad higher at 6.3%, which is a blast more than the flagship fullers' at 4.9% or whatever it is... this is a really good beer. good for a few in a row and not too gaggingly sweet. but it is sweet.

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Photo of KaiMiller
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alluring dark red with a beautiful tan head. Tootsie rolls in the aroma; caramel, toast, some alcohol. Dry; toast, dried fruit, and mild grassy notes in the flavour. Ends with dark caramel sweetness, balanced by firm English hops. Fantastic, incredibly complex, balanced English strong ale.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
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 dauss
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My dad brought back this bottle from England for me. The label has changed, it now has a gold rim and says Fuller's is celebrating 150 years of brewing excellence. Best before 11/11/05.

Pours a clear orangy amber. The fine carbonation explodes and the bubbles make a short lived reverse cascade action, much like a beer on nitro-tap. A off white head builds up quickly with good retention, large amount of lacing on the glass. Nose is full of malts. Tons of caramel and toffee, slightly fruity, and alcohol is noticable.

Exceptionally smooth. Sweet malts are upfront, with a gentle hop bitterness throughout. Just a little tart at the end. Alcohol well hidden in the taste, but gives a obvious warming feeling.

Very tasty ale, very drinkable.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Poured into a pint glass, it has a deep red hue, brown and amber hints, beautiful

Smell, dry and musky, hoppy aromas cut through, very strong and fragrant, sweet brown sugar and a hint of protein whey

Taste is amazing. Hoppy flavour with a smokey dry aftertaste and musky hint. Maltly also, very nice, slight hint of ginger on the finish, nice residual hop bitterness on the finish. Thick english hopped with a bitter body, then some thick malt.

Fantastic ale, something to savour, a real classic. One of my favourite ales. This is what i think of when i think english ale. Its outstanding

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Photo of Grundle20
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Patrick999
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned for that real ale feel, eh? I hope so. Poured into an imperial pint. Short creamy-looking foam that nevertheless shows good retention. I did get some of the sediment in the pour, so I'm looking at a pretty hazy, opaque amber.

Big aroma of candied dark fruits, rum and caramel out front. Smells dessert-like.

Taste - nice, this is like a baby barleywine. It has many of the same intense raisin/toffee/caramel notes, with what seems to be a fairly decent dose of British hops keeping this from being *that* sweet. But yes, malt bomb for sure. No diacetyl noted, which pleasantly surprises me. Does not *perfectly* capture a creamy, cask-like feel, but the bottle-conditioning does work here, it's still pretty damned good.

Like English barleywines but don't feel like drinking big alcohol? This is your beer. Lot of style and substance here, with an alcohol content that won't put you on your ass. I would not hesitate in the slightest to recommend this to malt-heads. I'm not always up for a malt bomb, but right now this beer is tasting very, very good. Yeah, this is pretty damned good. An exceedingly pleasant surprise, I'd never had this before. Now I need to go out and grab a couple more.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark reddish amber in color. Pours a one finger foamy white colored head that fizzles away quickly.

Aroma- Described as fruitcake on the back of the bottle and I guess I agree? Definitely some fruity esters, sweet caramel, and some sweet, almost toasty, bread malt.

Taste- Sweet caramel malts are big upfront along with some of those mild fruity esters. This sweetness is balanced as it transitions into a lightly toasted malt and a very mild amount of spice hops that linger into finish that leaves a mild lingering bitterness.

Feel- Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, and an overall smooth rich malt that is incredibly pleasant to drink.

Overall- This beer has a lot going on with a great interplay of flavors ranging from the spicy hop finish to the toasted malt, and fruity esters from the yeast. Hands down a great, even amazing, beer in my books and one I will be seeking out again.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tons of head. It fills the glass and then cascades up something akin to a Guinness, but not as creamy (or dark). Foamy, spongy head remains a long time, and leaves lacing down the sides of the glass. Deep amber colour.

Smell is good, but not captivating. Earthy.

What flavour! Sweet malty caramel/roast flavour, but not too sweet. Nice earthy balance with scotch/wood notes. Is that vanilla I taste? Maybe even some dried dates or apricot?

Mouthfeel is just about perfect, I think. A great balance of how it feels on all areas of the tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is great, but I wouldn't have too many at once... maybe a couple.

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Photo of Giggy
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber to copper colored. 2 finger tan head after the pour. Head lasts and aspects of the foam lingers to the finish.

S: Heaven. Rich caramel. Roasted malts. Spices. Nutmeg. Slight citrus.

T: Smooth and rich. Slightly bitter yet has a well rounded dark malt taste. Fruity and hoppy.

M: Dry finish. Medium body. Creamy.

O: Nice beer, well balanced. Nice comfort beer.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, bold orange-red color. The tall, light tan head has a thick, foamy, frothy texture. Retention is excellent, and a spattering of lacing stripes the glass.

S: Substantially toasty malt in the nose, along with some toffeeish sweetness. Definitely fruity as well - raisin and cherry mostly. Some mineral and spicy hop notes as well.

T: A big toasted malt sweetness up front, with definite flavors of caramel and toffee. Notes of dark fruit are prominent, recalling black cherries and raisins. A substantial hop bitterness here adds excellent balance, with mineral and earthy/spicy flavors. Some mildly nutty flavor is also noticeable.

M: Full-bodied with a firm mouthfeel. A touch of stickiness before fading into a drying finish. Carbonation is on the lively side.

D: A very well-brewed ale from Fuller's. A big, balanced beer with something for everyone. Also comes in at a manageable abv, making drinkability quite easy.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red colour. Great head and excellent lacing sticking to the inside of the glass. Varied bubble sizes.

Smell is of nougat, malt, herbal spiciness. A bit of booze.

Taste is similar to aroma. Fruitcake, nougat, raisins. Malty sweetness well balanced with not inconsiderable bitterness..

Mouthfeel is perfect. Some carbonation..Bottle conditioning has helped the texture of this beer.

Overall a fantastic English strong ale. Some will say it would be better on cask but I have not yet tasted a better beer than this on cask in any English pub. Complex, deeply flavoured but well balanced and ultimately satisfying. A great advert for the refined craftsmanship of the Fuller's brewery.

My mark out of one hundred would be 92.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 9 Jan 17
Best Before: 11 Jun 17

Poured into a Roosters true pint glass a very nice slghtly cloudy copper color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is mostly malty, slight fruityness. The taste is malty, sweet, kinda fruity, slightly nutty. Medium body. Overall a very tasty brew, would buy again, obviously. Glad to see it near me. Recommended!

Revisit: 10 Sep 15
Best Before: 21 Oct 15

Been a long time!

Poured into a Roosters true pint glass a very nice slghtly cloudy copper color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is mostly malty. The taste is malty, sweet. Medium body. Overall a very tasty brew, would buy again, obviously. Glad to see it near me.

Best before 6 Jan 06

Pours a copper/brown color, nice carbonation, real nice head which dissipates quickly, very nice lacing throughout the drink. Scents of malts and caramel. Nice sweet caramel/malt taste with a kinda dry aftertaste. Medium/Full body. Very drinkable brew, my first Strong English Ale to date. I enjoyed this very much, quite different in alot of respects. Highly recommend.

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Photo of leokbelo
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubbly/hazy dark grape colored on a pint glass. 1 inch foamy head, dissipates to a nice lacing till the end.
Sweet on the nose, caramel, raising and bread.
Sweet flavor, malty, yeasty, refreshing, with some hops in the back. Very smooth, extremely drinkable.
What a great beer, a meal in a bottle for sure!
The 6.5% abv creeps up at the end, a very drinkable ale.
A Celebration alright!
Cheers and here's to another 150 years of great Fuller's Ales!!

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Photo of Quaffer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18.6 oz. bottle. While some Fuller's beers are available here in Wichita, this one is not (dammit). I can't remember where I picked this up at; it was either Dallas or KC.

Appearance: This beer was slightly hazy with a deep caramel color. There were hints of crimson when the glass was held up to the light. An off-white head rose up perfectly to two fingers and settled down very slowly. As it did so, it became dense and pillowy. A decent amount of lacing was left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Strong, pungent, black cherries dominated the smell right after the pour. As the beer settled, the aroma transformed and really balanced out. It was dominated by malts, mainly roasted but also slightly sweet. A fruitiness did remain, but it was more indistinct in nature. Floral hops rounded out the aroma beautifully. Hints of vanilla and warm spices nipped at the nose and added a nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth upfront, becoming velvety as the beer moved back in the mouth. It was medium bodied, with just a bit of chewiness to it.

Taste: This one started out with a combination of sweet and tart fruits that reminded me mainly of cherries. The middle really started to dry out and that was when the roasted malt kicked in. It continued to build through the finish, where it developed into a nice, roasted cracker flavor. This was also when the herbal hops arose to balance everything out. Underlying flavors for this beer were light caramel and ginger.

It had been years since I last tried this beer and it was just as great as I remembered it. When I think of a classic English ale, this is the beer that immediately jumps into my mind.

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Photo of goschool
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a bright reddish-brown. The head is thick and creamy- great retention. Tons of sweet, yet spicy fruity malt aroma fills the nose. The taste is sweet, with molasses and mild fruit, and sharp from the malts as well as the hops. This could be an imperial ESB. It's quite complex, but still quaffable.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 ml bottle poured into a Nonic/Imperial pint glass (an absolute thing of beauty).

Appearance - A rusty color. Hazy. Big head that never completely disappears. Good but not great stickage.

Smell - Initially, I detected a bready note but this is quickly followed up by a floral aroma.

Taste - Like the nose, the initial flavor is toasted malt followed, quickly, by the presence of mildly bitter hops. This balance between the two is perfect!

Mouth - The above mentioned flavors, along with a fine yet noticeable carbonation, make for an ale with a top-notch mouthfeel.

Overall - Despite the growth of cask conditioned ales available here in the colonies, very few (I can count them on one hand) duplicate the smell, body, and flavor of the great real ales of England. This beer allows those of you who have not made the trip to England to better understand what the rest of us are talking about. 1845 is not an exact duplicate of those hand-pumped ales (it doesn't possess the silky smooth carbonation of a real ale) but the flavors are all there. What a treat!!!

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Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy, rusty tan body with a pillowy, khaki head. Nice lacing!
Nose is made up of brandy, tangy ripe fruits, sweet-bread, yeast, and earthy minerals. I really like the earthy/mineral aspect—it sets it apart from other examples I’ve had in this style.
Tastes of soft, fruit (grape)-infused bread malts. Notes of oak, minerals, earth, and sweetish brandy come out in the middle. Near the finish, herbal hops provide a bitter, floral taste. Good balance here. Finish is bitter with a side of brandyish malt and hints of yeast, flint, and alcohol. Yum. Soft, minerally, yet creamy feel to this modestly big-bodied ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - reddish brown slightly hazy color with a very creamy tan head. excellent retention and lacing. head hangs on like a champ.

s - nice sweet caramel malt flavor with a slight hint of fruits and hops

t - sweet caramel, dark ripe fruits, spices mix with a perfect hop balance with just enough alcohol to let you know it's there. can we say balance?

m - medium weight with great carbonation, light enough to be easy drinking yet heavy enough to not feel watered down.

d - wow, fullers impresses yet again. What a great balance. This ale in complex and easy going at the same time. I can't really think of too much to take off points for here.

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Photo of jdmorgan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This superb beer poured a deep and rich brown with a touch of amber red and had a small head. The volume was a full English pint and was served in a pint glass.

The smell had a soft aroma of hops and malt with a touch of fruit. The taste was incredibly balanced and consistent, with a creamy malt flavor upfront and throughout that seems very infused with the hop flavor and bitterness. The body is full, like a good ale should be. Balance is the word of the day with this ale, and the flavors seemed to have been merged very well. Bottle conditioning no doubt helped this. There is a subtle fruit flavor present and the higher ABV produces a slightly dry taste as well. None of the aforementioned flavors tend to stick out or override the others, but instead seem very blended and mellow. The carbonation is medium/low with a medium/thick consistency. The aftertaste has a subtle biscuit malt flavor, but is hardly noticeable. Outstanding taste, all around.

The Fuller's name continues to impress me with this ale, and I found the drinkability to be very much to my liking. Highly recommended to all, especially lovers of English ales.

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4.1 out of 5 based on 1,110 ratings.
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