Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

1,121 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

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Photo of DamienI
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic, leave me alone. Beer is light brown and mostly clear with a thin head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low. The head is off white and monolayered, microscopic bubbles.

Aroma is malty and mildly caramely. Its quite good smelling but I wish it were stronger.

This is supposedly the quintessential English strong ale, it being the #1 beer for the style on beeradvocate. First thing, its a heavy, big bodied beer and it leads off with sweetness, some alcohol, mild overall, and some caramel. Its a lot of malt. There is a mild bitterness, probably about 30 IBUs that lingers at the back of the mouth. The finish is nice, not too dry, just dry enough for this kind of beer. There is no aftertaste. Its a decent beer overall but its kind of like a weak barleywine. I'm going to try the Yorkshire Sligo next to compare the two.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2005 (aged 7 years)

A: Very minimal head even upon pour, some decent lacing, moderate internal carbonation, dark red-orange in color

S: Dried fruit, some citrus, touches of sweetness throughout, even notes of chocolate

T: Flavor mirrors the scent, definite fruitiness, seems a bit passed its prime in terms of flavor intensity, some alcohol and nice light cocoa finish though

M: Very smooth, tastes almost light, easy to drink, aftertaste not lingering or overpowering at all

O: A great aged beer, still some nice elements despite the fact that this is certainly over-aged

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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Photo of peensteen
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby colour, good clarity, one finger of head, good lacing on the glass. Smell is deep sweet caramel, toffee, huge malt bill on this, faint alcohol with some dark fruits, some hoppy notes as well. Taste reveals big chewy malt, floral and very fruity, light toffee sweetness, long bitter and hoppy finish, some alcohol, incredible balance here. Lush and full body, great weight, light carbonation. Nice and flavourful, easy drinking and satisfying, will revisit this as often as possible.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Michael_Kent3
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, conditioned therein for 100 days.

This beer pours a clear, medium ruby copper hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and creamy pale beige head, which exhibits decent retention, eventually rendering a high cloud pattern of lace around the glass in its lackadaisical wake. Dead sexy-looking brew, IMHO.

It smells of bittersweet dark orchard fruit, warm caramel and toffee malt, Tootsie Rolls, a hint of booze warming, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, an oily nuttiness, some faint raisin and otherwise bitter tannic fruitiness, dry field honey, a bit of wet ash, a mild metallic alcohol edge, and earthy, somewhat woodsy hops.

The carbonation is present, perfunctory, but quite sedate, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and yet delicately smooth, with a suggestion of creaminess. It finishes with a definite trending to the dry side - the Cadbury-esque sweetness starts to fall off, leaving a warm, boozy, and leafy hoppiness to close up shop.

A decent enough strong English ale, the tactile and visual essences really bang-on, and quite lovely overall. The flavour sort of swings about, here and there, but it's okay, a little dancing on the not always so subtle alcohol heat just adds a whisper of danger to the whole upper-crust affair.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber thats pretty clear and with a thick off-white head that retains well and leaves nice lacing, a beautiful english ale. Smell is citrusy hops, fruity esters and a lightly sweet caramel background. The taste has an agressive hop profile (for an english ale anyway) with big grapefruit flavors and a hint of lemon, there is a lightly sweet malt profile with hints of caramel, vanilla and molasses. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy and juicy wiith light carbonation. The drinkability is pretty good, overall this is a very well done english ale.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19oz from the Boise Coop for about $4.75... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Nice 2" head.. The brew is crystal clear reddish amber.. beautiful when held to a light. Good lacing... leopard spots.

Aroma is toasted and biscuit malt.. slight caramel ... Malty with quite a bit of fruitiness... Light brown sugar and light but expected English character as it warms... low caramel... Astringent but in a good way.

Bigger bitter backbone than most English brews... Pale and toasted malts come through as the big player. Unexpected but appreciated dark malt notes. Floral and grassy hops come to play throughout. Cold black tea comes to mind on the finish.. Dry but with good hints of caramel and very light chocolate. Good body and carbonation... strikes me as English for sure.. Like an English take on a North Coast Old Ale.

Very tasty and I've only enjoyed this brew 3-4 times before.... I will certainly pick up again.. very nice.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber, with a big frothy off-white head of seafoam. A big 2 finger+ that recedes in a big bursting of bubbles

S: Some dark fruit scents that are a little reminiscent of Belgian ales. Some toffee, rich malts, and a soft, ripe fruitiness.

T: I find some similarities to their ESB, strangely - the melon like taste, at least, but a stronger flavour all around. Some toffee and some dark fruit flavours followed by a little bitter bite of hops. Nice.

M + D: A nice, well-rounded, medium body. A little prickle of carbonation on the tip of the tongue followed by a smooth, soft mouthfeel. A nice brew... good for a couple in a mellow evening.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear ruby-mahogany pour with two finger off-white head and nice lacing. The nose is dominated by the biscuity, bready malt. Lots of caramel and toffee with hints of dark fruit. The taste is toasty and malty, with a nice slightly spicy and bitter hop bite to balance out the sweetness. Hints of dark fruit and tea round it out nicely. This thing really opens up as it warms. Silky smooth and ever so slightly thick and chewy at the same time. It's only 6.3 ABV, but it somehow seems stronger, especially when it comes to temperature. The alcohol isn't overpowering, but sneaky, since it's such a drinkable beer. Another great beer from one of my favorite British breweries!

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Photo of stjarnflikka
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, reddish beer. Its lightly carbonated and has a lightly brown pretty thick foam.

Smell is clearly frutiy. There are traces of smoke, malt and alcohol in there as well.

Taste is firstly light and frutiy. Then comes a large bitter taste with a sweetness of candy or syrup. The aftertaste is bready with hints of alcohol.

This is a good beer, with a lot of taste.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting beer which came to me courtesy of mentor. I don't believe I've had a beer of this style before, so it's kind of tough to judge based on that.

The beer pours to a dark nutty, yet clear amber color with a decent carbonation and an awesome fluffy white head. The lacing is great, leaving sheets all the way down the glass.

The smell at first reminded me of fresh squeezed apple cider, but now that it's warmed up a bit there is some gently toasted malt and hops to it as well. Very interesting.

The taste is just like the nose. Has a huge estery apple flavor along with a nice bitter bite from the hops and a roasty caramel malt finish. Tastes like a Double London Pride, basically.

The mouthfeel is not too buttery, but the water is rich in minerals which creates a killer bite when combined with the hoppiness. The body is quite full. Has a nice bitter, nutty, roasty finish. Very enjoyable. I usually am not a big fan of hopped up [by British standards], buttery, estery, and mineral-rich english ales, but this one was very interesting to me for some reason.

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Photo of Mark
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I likened this to a Scottish ale with more hops than usual. It has a very dark copper hue with a nice head and leaves great lace. It kind of reminded me of cask conditioned ale. Very malty at first and then hops start to come out a bit more. Nice solid mouthfeel and drinkability is good. Goes well with a hearty meal. Nice offering from Fullers

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Photo of jadpsu
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt. 09 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head that has superior retention and along with some solid side lacing.
Aroma is of chocolate and breads with some distant floral hops.
Taste has that the same characteristics with roasted malts and some hop bitterness. Nice!

Mouth feel is creamy and smooth with a dry finish.
Excellent session beer and worth the price.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best before June 21, 2013.

Beer is a dark ruby-red with a substantial off-white head. Sticky lacing left on the glass immediately. Head subsides slowly.

Smell is quite malty- bread, with some mellow dark fruit notes. Red grape is noticeable, maybe a bit of cherry.

The malt aspects of the beer are upfront in the taste as well. Caramel, bread, the same fruit flavours as were in the nose, also mellow. For all of that, it is not an overly sweet beer, and the finish is quite dry, with some mild hop bitterness. A bit of alcohol at the end as well.

Full bodied- although not incredibly strong, it still comes off as a very big beer. Moderate to high carbonation, but works fairly well.

Certainly a good beer. I will probably have to grab a few more of these. I am interested to see what it would be like with a bit of time.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local store just got this in, and at $3.49 for 16.9oz bottle of a fresh English Strong Ale, I couldn't pass on it. Best by 16 June 2010

A: A careful pour results in an absolutely spectacular garnet beer with exceptional clarity, plenty of gorgeous carbonation and a finger-thick off-white head. Retention is good, and there's plenty of lacework as well.

S: Earthy and herbal hops, mildly grassy. Behind the hops, there's a solid malt base with toffee, nougat, caramel and honey. Great balance, with a mild nuttiness. I love the British expression of the Maris Otter malts.

T: Opens up hoppy with with a very earthy bitterness before a moderate malt flavor kicks in. Malt is quite complex, with toffee and nougat being dominant. Dries up on the finish, leaving a mildly bitter finish with a hint of sweetness

M: Medium in body with a soft and gently carbonation, this beer is quite remarkably smooth on the palate. The finish is pretty darned good too.

D: This is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. It should serve as a very appropriate nightcap

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Photo of Zimbo
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Topside this has an easy good loose magnolia head which sends up subtle waves of toffee. Orange copper brown appearance. In the mouth and to taste there is an unfolding complexity of some castrol sugary sweetness back and forth ending firmly with a dry dark gentle bitterness. A bit raw but juicy too and firm and that roastiness doesn't quite lead into anything too stern. Doesn't at all appeal to my emotions but I can appreciate it for what it is.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at City Super in Shatian. Appearance is rich and red in color, huge amount of carbonation and bubbles that exhibit exceptionanl retention and leave lace. Aroma is shockingly vinuous at first, slightly boozy. Dark fruits, earthy hops and sweet malts take over as it warms. Same can be said for the flavor - vinuous and boozy at first, but improving as it warms to a quite nice strong ale. Bitterness is well-balanced. Mouthfeel is medium body, well-carbonated. Drinkability is aided by the just-right alcohol content.

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Photo of Shadman
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa, this is a very nice looking beer - a deep red mahogany colour with a fully and robust head of ochre coloured, crunchy foam. Lacing is sudsy, but thick as expected of an English ale, carbonation is very visible through the clear body, but it only forms in tiny bubbles, and has a ways to work through the thick body. Looks pretty damn fantastic.

Nose is blasted with rich raisin and dried fruit sweetness, muted by a slightly buttery and dry yeast character. Very sweet and full though, and fragrant with spicy characters like Christmas cake. All put together it smells like a thick-cut piece of raisin toast, smothered in fresh butter. It's a lovely aroma.

Taste is full and lightly roasted, with enough of the residual sweetness to smooth over the other characters. Slight twang of metallic bitterness on the back, giving a coppery clean finish, with a touch of boozy phenols and a crisply roast bite. The bite on the back is sharp, and cleans it out nicely, but I could also see this going the route of overwhelming and impressive sweetness, giving big soaked fruit characters to the brew. I'm not sure which I'd prefer.

Feel is smooth on the front, but gets stunted by the sharpness on the back, which really cuts it back.

A lovely beer, and a great example of the English putting a more robust and flavourful beer together. Lovely characters, and a good package all up. Something I could drink with abandon (and some amount of boozy haze) throughout the night.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky amber... sienna with a smallish, off-white head that fades quickly, but settles to a great cap with a great swirl and even some legs trickle about the glass...

Caramel aroma... nice toasty notes with a sweet rasin-fig thing going on... a touch of alcohol.

Bit of a bitter beginning, but smooth on the palate. Tiny alcohol burn with a coffee-like dry finish. Nice caramel aftertaste. Quite nice.

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Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with a thick beige head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Nice malty aroma with notes of English hops, cinnamon, dry fruits and caramels.
Bold flavor with notes of charred oak, caramel, raisins, multiple spices, lots of earthy hops, light tangy citrus, molasses, cocoa, tea leaves, their trademark yeast and crust bread. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with weak carbonation.
This is a very fine Ale, very well crafted and bold on flavors with good complexity. Above my initial expectations. A must for malt lovers.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep clear copper. Two inch frothy light caramel-colored head that slowly receded to one inch then held. Medium lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass.

S: Dark fruits, caramel/roasted malts. Slight bitter hop aroma.

T: Sweet malts, dark fruits and nuts up front. Hop bitterness accentuates full flavor to a bit of a dry alcohol finish.

M: Full-bodied; I thought it was a pretty big beer. Good balance with carbonation made it really pleasing.

D: Very drinkable English ale and at the same time delightfully flavorful.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,121 ratings.
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