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 crnipeter
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, deep amber to dark reddish-brown with light tan head that is rather thin but hold very well and leaves some lacing.
The nose is malty-sweet with prominent honeyish character and caramel, plummy, raisiny esters while aging has introduced some sherry/port note to the aroma with mineral- earthy hop undertones.
Surprisingly dry on the palate, the beer is well hopped and not nearly as malty as suggested by the aroma. There is some raisin-like fruitiness but that's quickly overwhelmed by minerally hops with somewhat harsh bitterness that increases towards the finish with lingering woodsy aftertaste.
Medium bodied and somewhat airy seems lighter on the tongue than actually is.

In short: an Old Ale with aroma that significantly differs from the flavor which is too dry and overly hopped.

(Best before 04-05-2013, 500 ml into tulip.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this on clearance, but didn't realize the "best before" date was 10/24/2008. Not a big deal - at 6.3% it should be just fine.

Poured a cloudy brownish-amber with a nice tan colored head. Aromas were sweet malts, ripe fruits such as cherries and grapes, along with a slight citrus scent. Mouth-feel was medium. Flavors were of bready and slightly biscuity malts, soured or over-ripened cherries, dried dark fruits, with a mild bitter, but finish. Overall, I cannot say I have had anything like this in the past, so I enjoyed it by uniqueness alone. I don't think being 5 months past it's best-before date affected the tasting at all. Probably wouldn't get it again, but it was worth the try.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant red color with a massive rocky head and loads of lace. The aroma is of jam, toffee and barley. The taste is very malty, with a definite fruit character. Theres a lot of berries and and none of the toffee found in the nose. There a very weak hop profile, literally just a little bit of bitterness (apparently its brewed with only Goldings). The mouthfeel is thick and almost oily. A very solid beer but tied with Golden Promise as my least favorite Fuller's brew.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich reddish brown with a great big beige head. Bunch of lacing.

Some woody aromas, but a really got more wet cardboard out of this than anything. Anything good was overrshadowed by this funk. Loses big points here with me.

Toasted bread, browned, bread crust, some burnt sugar and orange. Just a great mix of flavors and balance of sweet and bitter. Caramel, vanilla, spice. It has it all.

Medium to fuller bodied. Mouth coating.

Went down easy, but 1 was enough. Glad I tried, but won't be a regular purchase (not for bad reasons). This is special, and once in a while beer. Tasty and filling. Very much worth the try.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big fluffy off-white head, dark amber clearish body. Some thick lacing; the surface memory is intense.

Smells like a Belgian strong dark: apple, grape juice, and a bit of pear.

Taste is crisp, plenty of hops, and some caramelly malt. Different than I expected, but not disappointing. Hoppier than I anticipated, probably because it's a British strong. Some green apple and biscuitiness. There's some vegetal crispness, and a faint trace of grapefruit (though more conceptually than literally). The aftertaste brings back some of the malt sweetness to counter the hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot-on. No complaints-- bottle conditioned ale.

Interesting to see a British strong dark. I'm not thinking that this is what eventually becomes 'Fullers Vintage Ale', but still interesting. Would be curious to see what this becomes with some cellaring.

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Photo of rarbring
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy red amber, a small off-white head with little lacing and small curtains.

A sweet fruity smell, raspberries and oranges.

Starting sweet, syrup, brown bread, red berries, butter and cherry seed.

Little carbonation, soft and smooth, a good body with a light dry finish.

A nice soft powerful real ale this was.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this as part of a vintage beer tasting.
1999 vintage! Poured a deep amber, with very little head and minimal lacing. Aroma is of malt, and very little else. Taste is slightly sweet from the malt, but with a bitter aftertaste that really lingers. Mouthfeel is still pretty smooth but with very little carbonation. Because of the bitterness, I gave it a low drinkability score.

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

A. Pours red with orange with a creamy white head.

S. Caramel, sweet malt, and a touch of mild bitterness.

T. Caramel, more hoppy bitterness than the nose, and some alcohol taste that suggests more than is present.

M. Creamy carbonation with a medium body.

D. Good for a British beer.

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Photo of jonb5
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle. Dark ruby colour, turned a bit cloudy, tanned head. Corriander smell, also a bit of smoked coffee. Tasted smoked coffee also very malty, it reminded me of a dark doppelbock, bitter finish, strong hint of dark chocolate, alcohol well hidden. The strong taste changed my taste buds, don't try to review another beer after this. Fairly nice texture, cold weather beer.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Rich, thick, foamy head of large bubbles. Cream-coloured head sits above a dark copper beer. Plenty of lacing--very visually appealing!

S: Brown sugar, fruity, malty, caramel.

T: Alcohol, malty, simultaneously very sweet and also quite bitter--slightly complex this brew.

M: surprisingly light on the body, but with a syrupy tackiness on the tongue--very rich!

D: the higher ABV and alcohol taste, while typical of the style, make it less drinkable and more of a special occasion type of experience.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

SlĂ inte!

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Photo of throwitallaway
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz. bottle into a pint glass. Darkish brown/red color. Fat head that could be my bad pouring skills, but I don't think so. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is very similar with a bit of roasted flavor added in. Aftertaste has some bitterness and fruit (perhaps prunes). Medium thick mouthfeel. Seems pretty drinkable and somewhat complex. But I prefer other Fuller's beers.

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Photo of mynie
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
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 francisweizen
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting brew from Fullers at the 5th annual Twickenham beer festival in England. This was a nut coloured brew with a nice white head. The aromas were very nutty, and almost alcoholic. The taste was very nutty as well and quite sweet. The mouthfeel was a bit thick, but not cloying and the drinkability was top notch!

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Photo of BierReise
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

550ml bottle. Poured a clear amber with a thick foamy head. Some English hops in the nose as well as some bready malt. Palate is a bit thin for my liking yet smooth. Flavor seemed fairly simple and nothing that I was hoping for. I really think the ESB is better than this one. Overall a decent English Ale, however nothing deserving of an exceptional rating.

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Photo of vkv822
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle; tulip snifter.

Pours copper, with a big foamy, soapy looking off white head.

Toffee and caramel, with some light mineral-yeast notes and dried dark fruit.

The mineral notes are less pronounced and the toffee/caramel and dried dark fruit are more balanced.

Medium body, with soft carbonation that makes the body feel a bit lighter.

An enjoyable beer, though it did seem subdued at times.

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Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving style: bottle.

Pours a very dark amber/ hazelnut/ chestnut brown color with a thick, frothy head that settles down into a nice lacing. Aroma of fruit and hops. Sweet maltiness up front with hints of sour fruit and a nice bitter/dry hoppy finish. Quite good.

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Photo of jeffboo
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle conditioned real ale from Fullers. A staight-forward strong bitter? The color is a brilliant dark copper with nice tan head that lasts the whole glass. Fruity aroma, earthy hops and sweet caramel malt. The taste is of caramel malt with nice bitterness to offset. The hop flavors are earthy with a little spice, the body is medium,maybe not full enough for the alcohol, which appears as the beer warms. A decent drink.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big ole 1 pnt 2.6 fl oz. attractive embossed dual label bottle with "Best by July 2005" and "6.3 ABV Bottle Conditioned" declared.

Crystal clear copper pour with a foamy cake like khaki head. Tiny carbonation. Good looking pour with tons of lace.

Ginger snaps cookie aroma. Overall light vanilla & nutmeg (maybe ginger?) and yeasty aromas. Detection of brandy hints.

First swigs: Ginger snap cookie and dry finish. Malty base. Dry biscuit and plain Buisquik pancake like tastes. Some sugary syrup hints.

Crisp carbonation and slighly buttery. Briak spicey robust style but a bit foamy.

Last swigs: A balanced but malty spice ale like a liquid gingerbread. Much anticipation preceded this FULLER'S but slightly over-hyped. Thanks to BA Shapudding for offering this at a tasting.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of melagnus
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Finger thick smoky looking head forms quickly and settles latently. Bubbles spew to the top, which helps support the head and gives the appearance of a beer with high carbonation. After 30+ seconds the head fizzles out to a film across the top of the clear ruby red liquid. Swirling the beer in the snifter rouses the beer's head back to an almost finger-thick consistency, though it's quicker to fizzle out and not as thick. Legs do form after swirling, though the consistency is thinner in body than say a West-coast IPA would be.

S - Sweet malt rises to the nose, one that contains raisin and a slight toastiness to it. The toastiness balances the sweetness from the raisin, and also allows a near-earthiness to come through. With that said, this doesn't come by way of yeast, but through the malts used.

T/M/D - Sweet caramel and raisin wash across the palate with medium body. The sweetness comes across the palate and finishes somewhat syrupy, though the sweetness is nicely balanced with toasted malts. Alcohol (6.3% ABV) seems to also be prevalent, though nothing out of style. The bottle conditioning definitely helped to elevate the carbonation and the bubbles prickle along the center of the palate and this, mixed with the mild bitterness from the hops, really makes for a nice beer. Drinkability seems to be nice, though the combination of malts & hops do provide for some palate fatigue and due to the level of alcohol, this is by no means a Session Beer. Nonetheless, on a colder night next to a warm crackling fireplace I would consider having another :)

C - The temperatures were warm today (84˚F), yet this beer still comes across as having a wonderful taste that caries with it a refreshing quality. I ended up utilizing it to make a marinade with brown sugar, dill, cranberry honey mustard and then put it over Wild Alaskan King Salmon with caramelized yellow onion and garlic; to say the least, it was yummy! This wasn't a beer that wowed me, though also not a beer that disappointed.


P.S.: I don't believe my palate to be developed enough to fully appreciate this beer and haven't drunk enough beers in this style to fully understand what I am looking for. Therefore, please do not be turned off by my B rating, as by rights this beer should probably be a lot higher, but I am trying to rate it by what I experienced in this moment.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium translucent copper/amber colour with one finger of cream coloured head that quickly receded.

S - Toffee, dark fruit, caramel, raisins.

T - Toffee, Dark Caramel, raisins, a good hop bitterness and some floral notes. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 2.6 oz. brown bottle with best before date of 19/oct/05.

Lightly hazed dark copper/deep garnet in color. Rowdy light tan colored froth. Lace work doesn't even come close to describing the way the head stuck to the glass. Amazing.

Light fruits and caramel come out first in the nose. Underlying spices reminded me of cinnamon, plus a bit of a metallic thing.

Caramel and light fruits are also in the taste, along with the trace metallic vibe. Woody oak characters come out as it warms. A bit thin on the palate until the finish, where nice hops let themselves be known.

This beer got better and better as it warmed, but was not my pint of beer at the start. I think I just need a little more time away from beer from Jolly Old to rest my taste buds and purge a bad memory of a crappy English beer. Cheerio!

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Photo of Slats
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks: Dark coppery color. Nice sticky lace. Clean and clear when held up to the light.

Smell: Sweet malty smell with a fruity prune like background.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet malts are right there but balanced with some bitter. Alcohol warms to reveal the prune flavor (I grabed a box of prunes to make sure I wasn't crazy). Hop bite throughout. I love the flavors but the bitterness is a bit taxing in this brew.

Drinkability: Not bad but I wouldn't be able to do more than one in a sitting.

Overall decent but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - I like the appearance of this beer, it's hearty looking with decent but not over-the-top carbonation and head.
Aroma - Lots of malt in the aroma of this with a fair amount of caramel too. Hint of alcohol.
Taste, mouthfeel - Very rich and creamy and then almost immediately there is a big hit of bitterness on the back of the tongue that borders on astringency. Fortunately there is also some sweetness and a light tartness that is pleasant. There are some hot alcohol flavors that come through too.
Drinkability - A tad heavy to be something I'd call highly drinkable, one bottle will be about enough for the evening.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,110 ratings.
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