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 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 fsimcox
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, ruby amber. Somewhat transparent. Big fluffy off-white head holds for some time. Some nice lacing.

Smells of sweet malts and biscuit. Some faint hints fig, fruit, and just a hint of citrus. Some sweet tea as well.

Taste is sweet malt, candied fruit, some hops, and a bit of alcohol. A malty, sweet tea aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied. Not much carbonation. A little too much alcohol for my taste.

I'm a little disappointed with this one. I'd probably like it more on tap.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle conditioned, trade with maeib. Orange to brown colour, decent peachy to beige head. As I've had many British ales with excellent aroma lately, I kind of expected the 1845 to be equally good. It's not, but that doesn't mean the aroma is bad either. Moderate fruitcake and caramel aroma on a hoppy background. The flavour is malty with some spices and decent hops, but not VERY complex. The ABV is evident, but alcohol does not dominate the flavour. Hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. A decent beer, but not the best I've had.

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Photo of Natural510
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, BBD June 7 2012.

Pours a bright amber color with healthy swath of dense foam and creamy lacing which kicks around for the duration of the drink.
Deep malts with a toasted edge to the nose. Very sweet, with spicy notes of cinnamon and toffee.
Fruity, spicy notes complement a sweet, toasted malt-bath flavor. Hops creep in toward the finish for a bittering balance. Yeast lends a mildly tart, astringent finish.
Hearty body, smooth & creamy mouthfeel.

This is a heavy hitter, and some may be put off by the sweetness, roasted malt and heavy bitter combination. I'm not one of them. This one is ballsy, original and a truly delicious "strong" ale.

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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 pioppo
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber. A fine and quite persistent clear beige foam.

S - Chocolate over all.. Toasted malt with coffee and expecially caramel. The aromas are very fine and intense i was very impressed!!

T - I expected a more sweet beer but in mouth it reflects the standard of bitterness of an English Ale: a good level of bitter that stay over the malty. Also come out a good level of alchool.

M - So not a very armonic beer, also unbalanced to the bitterness. But the dry finish after a full body make this beer an interesting drinking.

D - Taste it on the sofa while it's raining and you'll like it so much!!

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Photo of zhanson88
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1845 pours a medium ruby color with mahogany highlights. About 1.5 fingers of off-white head forms. Retention and lacing are decent.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, a bit of fruity presence, and slight biscuity malts. Maybe just a hint of floral hops as well.

Taste: Biscuity and caramel malts, toffee, mild dark fruits, and slight floral hops on the back end. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is pretty light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation, but it's pretty fine carbonation and drinks pretty smoothly. Overall, this is a fairly solid beer that holds it's own.

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

Clear deep orange amber with thin off white head.

Smells of mild sweet caramels, bready like a graham cracker with it's sugar and spice.

Taste reveals much more of medium earthy hops after the initial malts and yeasts pass your tongue. some alcohol...flavors are subtle and linger a bit after the finish. lip smacin'

Nice medium body and carbonation. Bitter and dry hops in the finish along with mild alcohol warmth.

Enjoyed the balance of hops, malts, alcohol and carbonation in this brew. not as flavorful as I expected but still very good.

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Photo of MikeThompson
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer. If you see it you should buy it immediately. I got this from the Willows in Menlo Park.

Poured a dark amber, beautiful appearance in my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Smell was malty and sweet, with a slightly alcoholic note. Fruits dominate much of the flavor.

Taste was amazing. Malty with a great raisin finish. The hops are strong enough to finish cleanly but still leave a great fruitiness. This beer is very complex, with a strong and sweet entrance, followed by a perfectly bitter exit.

Mouthfeel was supple and bottle-conditioned.

I can't recommend this beer enough.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber, copper and burnt orange in color. Some dark yellow highlights around the bottom. Off white, creamy, nicely thick head. The head really stuck around and had very nice retention.

Smell - The aroma comes off with some fragrances of alcohol. Also, got some hints of a buttery note combined with some fruit in the nature of grapes and dried raisin and plums. Picking up some bread or biscuit malts also. A lot going on here.

Taste - The taste shows the dry breadiness with an alcohol punch. The fruit sweetens the dryness. Tastes a bit like a fruit cake. No bitterness to speak of. Seems pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry and smooth. Covers the palate decently with a bit of the alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - This beer is pretty good. Maybe just a bit more of the alcohol flavor than I typically like, but still enjoyable. Very solid and a good change for me. I wouldn't mind having this on occasion for sure.

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Photo of danieelol
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

large wine glass.

A: a very nice warming colour reminiscent of Christmas pudding- amber/copper. Nice head and lacing. 4.5

S: Definite rum and port notes (at times almost coconutty). Candied and sugared almonds. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and some definite roast coming through. Some oxidation notes. 4.5

T: Caramel/toffee and roast. Very full flavoured. Despite the dessert profile in the nose and taste there is little actual sweetness on the taste buds. Instead there is a substantial and lingering hop bitterness and the beer finishes surprisingly dry. This only makes it more drinkable, as you want another sip to further taste the complexities, rather than being overwhelmed by sweetness. 4.5

M: Thick, creamy and highly carbonated. 4.5

D: For me this beer has all the sophistication of a quad (and in many ways it reminds me of quads), but packs it into a lower alcohol, more drinkable beer. Incredibly subtle and sophisticated. Probably the finest English ale I have had yet. 5

My most recent bottle paired very well with Christmas cake.

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

16.9oz bottle
Served in pint glass

A - The body is deep amber, bordering on copper, colored. There is plenty of thick, tan head.

S - The aroma is fruity with cherry being front and center. There are also some dried dark fruit nuances.

T - The taste is nothing like the smell. It is very rich toasted malt and finishes with some flowery hops that leave a lingering bitterness. The fruit aromas do not translate to the taste. It is hoppier than most English beers that I have had the priviledge of sampling.

M - The mouthfeel is very similar to that of a porter. Rich and creamy.

D - This is an interesting beer. The aromas and tastes don't really match up as expected. However, both are exceptional. I didn't think that I would like this as much as I do. But that's why you try them all.

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

a - This beer looks super complex i can't even imagine what the taste will hold in store for me. Its a deep reddish color and pours a frothy thick head.

s - The smell is of huge malts and some hops aromas. The yeasty aromas are very aparent. Fruity aromas also stick out.

t - Bold fruity flavor. It is very smooth for a beer this complex. As with the smell, the yeast flavor comes out in the taste. The hops finish off each drink with a sharp bite.

m - This beer has so much going on, I will have to come back to this one as my palate develops.

d - How can a beer this good not be drinkable?

I purchased this beer about 13 months ago and I have had it in the fridge ever since. The best by date is April 14, 2011.

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Photo of magine
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a cloudy caramel amber color. Has a thick off white head that settles to a thin patchy head that lays across the top of the glass. Some nice patchy lacing along the sides of the glass. Goos looking brew.

Brew smells of dark fruits, grains, caramel, roasted malts. Some sweet dark fruit hoppiness as well. Good smell.

Brew is medium bodied, nice caramel malts, dark fruits, good smoothness in the end. Nice grainy, malty goodness here. Almost a slight smokiness in the middle. Some fruity hops in there as well. Finishes very clean. Very good, very drinkable brew.

Brew is very good and very sessionable. A very good brew in every aspect.

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Photo of hippityhops85
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an epic beer if I have ever come across one. The flavor profiles dance in perfect harmony with one another and range from prominent to extremely subtle. A wonder of a beer.

Presentation is 500 ml bottle with some really classy fonts.

Pours a stunning mahogany/maple brown with big flashy ruby highlights at the edges of my dimpled mug, along with a brilliant head that sticks around for the entire ride.

The flavor and aroma work together beautifully: dark, dried fruits, bready malts, subtle hoppy bitterness and a refreshingly dry finish. You have to watch out for the abv on this one as you'll be left wanting much more. Beautiful.

I wish more breweries in the USA brewed beers like this. The amazing subtly achieved is phenomenal.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber body, with two finger head, fair lacing in pint glass.

S: sniff of raisin, mild floral, biscuity, grain.

T: sweet bread, with mild grain flavor, solid bitter but balanced in the finish.

M: medium body with good amount of carbonation.

D: Went down very smoothly and could be quite sessionable. Fullers has always been an English favorite of mine and this beer didn't disappoint.

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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 phishgator
2.23/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well SWFL got on the ball, sort of this year. I found a bottle of this at Total Wine in Ft. Myers. The best by date was 10/26/2010, so a litte past it's prime. The appearance is solid white head and a lot of lacing. The color is a deep copper and completely hazed. The hops are definitely of the European varities. The taste was metallic and liken to prunes. The body was full and too much. I have had this brew in the past, but I don't remember it like this.

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Photo of kylers
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper brown maybe you could call it ruby. A beautiful hue I don't often see in a beer. Very enticing just to look at. Thick white head that laced very nicely.

S: Hard to pinpoint, but definitely not a strong hop presence. Malts, toasted bread, a bit of alcohol and a slight tinge of bananas. Dried fruit maybe.

T/M: Strong alcohol presence, biscuits dancing on the tip of your tongue, crisp yet chewy, I guess that means the carbonation was well done. When cold initially it was smooth as velvet.

D: Best when cold as the alcohol somehow rears its head when warm, started chugging it immediately and then realized I needed to let it breath a bit. Easy to drink as it wasn't very assertive in any one category. Well balanced.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a Sierra Nevada tumbler. Exactly one month beyond its "Best By" date. A glorious pour with a finger of orange-ish-brown, creamy head that left a fair amount of lacing. The ale is a deep copper color and as alluring as a beautiful young woman, well almost anyway.

The aroma is hard for me to describe. There's a nicely roasted malt and hop aroma. Not American hops, but something gentler and inoffensive to almost anyone. I am a hop head and I'm loving the flavor of this ale. Much more than the aroma suggests. Big flavors with a bitter finish which surprised me. However not too bitter to drive anyone away I wouldn't think.

I'm crazy about this beer. I was looking for something different and I adore Fuller's ESB, but I was in the mood for something a tad stronger in flavor and maybe even a little more warming to my belly. I asked this very nice young man working at Hop City in Atlanta for a suggestion. He never hesitated and showed me the Fuller's 1845 not 5 feet from the Fuller's ESB and their Pale Ale. I never knew it existed till then. At $3.99 for a little over a pint at a pretty expensive store I couldn't be happier. I see a lot of these in my future.

The mouthfeel is medium, never watery with ample carbonation. A very drinkable ale that I think almost any BA would enjoy at some level. There's just no fault to find in this excellent ale.

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Photo of robnews
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stella chalice.

Great dark red orange color with nice initial foam head quickly receding to thin lace.

Amazing fruity molasses smell.

Taste is very rich malt and good carbonation. Caramel flavor throughout. Bittery aftertaste but quite drinkable. Higher alcohol is barely noticable.

Definitely one of my favorite Fullers.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.07/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slight haze, very light brown in color, good lace and retention. Doesn't exactly look appetizing, looks like someone let a turd float in the bowl for a day. You know, that color. Didn't pick up aroma.

Can't figure out from the taste what makes this a strong ale. Tastes like a brown ale (and looks). All malt forward, smooth, bitterness subdued, tea, wood and caramel flavors, lacking hop mouthfeel or alcohol. I don't taste the fruit aspect that some mention.

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

A- Very nice, deep amber with thick, frothy head that recedes over time.
S- Smells like a beer from Fullers should smell and that is a good thing.
T- well-balanced deep and robust malt invigorates the palate and ever so gently fades.
M- smooth, really nice.
D- um, yes. one could enjoy more than a few of these bottle- conditioned beauties.

I have liked all that I have tasted from Fullers.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours copper in color with a large orange-tinted head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell: Smells strongly of caramel malt and hints of plum, with an alcoholic backbone. Similar in aroma to a doppelbock.

Taste: Caramel and molasses flavors throughout, finishing with bittersweet alcohol and a mild hop flavor. Again, much like a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Heavier in body with balanced carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A sipper in that it definitely drinks as though the ABV is much higher. A good beer, and, as I said, much like a doppelbock. Since I like doppelbocks, I like this beer.

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

Appearance-Pours a rich reddish amber with an excellent and very long-lasting, rocky white head. Ruby highlights and very tight lacing. This beer is a beaut.

Aroma-Deep and roasty, biscuity malts and a pronounced yeasty aroma, a touch of fruit, plenty of raw grain in there too. A pronounced hoppiness on the back end.

Taste-A dark, roasty maltiness reminiscent of toasted grain and whole wheat bread-crust comes forward first with a sharp hoppiness complementing it with a woody/herbal kind of character. Finishes with plenty of thick yeastyness and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel-Medium-low carbonation with a plush body.

Drinkability-I could be gulping this beer, but it begs to be savored and sipped; that said it's as drinkable as any of Fuller's offerings, so above average at least.

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