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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. The bottle has a best by date of 29 Sep., 2012.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear dark cherry color with a 1 ½” ivory head that soon begins to recede but does so slowly. As it recedes there are large patches of foam and a couple of rings left sticking to the glass. There is an irregular large island of foam over part of the surface. Sipping leaves lots of foam and some speckles of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a nice blend of toasted bready malt, hints of dark fruits and spicy herbal hops.

Taste: The flavors include a caramel and brown bready malt backbone that stays in the back ground while the spicy, herbal bittering of the hops stays in charge of the flavor. The hops have an earthy, herbal character that dominates the flavor without totally overpowering the malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and lightly soft with some fine, persistent carbonation. The finish begins with the fruity malt and herbal bitterness in a nice balance but then dries out as both fade but with the sweetness fading faster than the bittering from the hops.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Sipping on this one is easy enough and I can easily see having more of this both from the bottle in the US and on a visit to the UK. My overall impression is of a good, well made beer that one could quite well enjoy during an evening chatting with friends. I’m looking forward to seeing what a couple of months of bottle age does for my next one.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Famous Fuller beer. English strong beer, bitter and flavoursome.
0.5 l bottle.

Smell and taste similar of a belgian double: roasted malts with yeast, but more bitter hop, less dark fruits.
Clean dry bitter aftertaste. Full flavoured and smooth, with a spicy bite.
Very nice drinkable. The alcohol is easy and well masked, the carbonation gives a nice feeling.

Recommended if you like slightly dark ales that have heavy bitterness in it.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn you, English ale kick! I partake of the bottle and the beverage's rich amber hue. A thick creamy head settles its withering legs into a streaking ring. Rich malt, some caramel, a little date and prune. A surprisingly sharp bitterness assaults me, cuts the malt down to size. The warming of this beer has left a peculiar feeling in me of desire. There is a bit of earth and spice in the hops there, the sweet malt begins to backseat. An impressive beverage. The nose had me convinced I was in for something very different. A very pleasant and bitter beverage. A few more of these and I could be convinced..

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Photo of angusdegraosta
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks fine, and what great aroma! This is my kind of hop flavor - integrated with roasted malt, some sweetness, and fullness. It's strong in flavor, not bitterness. I can say the same for the ESB I had on tap some months ago. Fuller's knows how to make excellent beer. Highly recommended with good meat or cheese and crackers.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

433rd review on BA
bottle to mug
Best by 9/1/11

App- Dark copper with brown highlights on the top and some orange radiating highlights. Bottom up head with one and a half fingers. A little bit of lace.

Smell- Some sweeter malts with some darker sugars. A little tingly sweet and some bready malts as it warms.

Taste- It's not as strong as I would have thought and thats okay. Its a nice beer with good flavors. Many layers as well: creamy, sugary, dry, fruits, malts and a slight hop note. A little bit of a booze note at the end.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Very crisp bubbles. Candy sweet with a doughy taste.

Drink- For my 1st 1845, I thought it was pretty good. The beer is mostly balanced with some sweetness being dominant. I could see having this one again.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 Cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : reddish color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : malty and flowery hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : rich roast malt, with bitter aftertaste.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style English Strong Ale.

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Photo of Derranged
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottle reads "Best by June 2012"

A- Dark amber, thick white creamy head with heavy lacing lef on the glass.

S- Sweet, bready malts and hops with a slight medicinal smell.

T- This is more or less the same as the smell, and has a strong but not off putting bitterness that lingers.

M- Thick and syrupy.

O- Very nice beer, very easy to drink. It's a bit pricey, but I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of flexabull
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/8/12.

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a fine head and nice lacing.

Aromas are spicy, bread like, and with some mineral hops.

Taste is dry up front, floral, lightly sweet, creamy, with hints of brewed tea. Finish is mineral like, bitter, with a bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is full with crisp carbonation.

Overall its a good brew. A little on the strong side, and not as easy to drink as I expected. This tastes like it needs to sit for few months in order to mellow out a little bit. Still an interesting beer, but I prefer the Fullers ESB.

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Photo of foogerd
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark copper almost caramel colored body with a one inch head.

S- Malty aroma is upfront that translates to caramel and biscuity flavors, some fruity aroma as well with floral notes.

T- Again malty caramel taste dark fruits come in here as well that I would describe as dry raisins. Hops balance out the malts perfectly with a dry bitterness.

M- Wet lively feel up until the finish which drys the palette.

O- Such a classic Ale that I always turn to, to pair with any meal I'm having.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Opened on 04/11/11, best before 10/05/11.

Pours a deep, misty, rusty amber. A soft pour yields a finger of head that recedes to a soft thin layer and ring around the surface.

The nose is an achievement. Smells of fresh sugar-crusted English East Kent Goldings hop cones, with a splash of fruity floral Fuggles. Intermingled with this English style hoppy delight are notes of figs, toffee and warm-toasted crystal malts. As far as the aroma, this beer is everything I hoped it would be.

The first thing to say about the flavor of 1845 is that it has depth. Layers of flavors, remarkably similar to an aged English Barleywine or Old Ale in their depth. Dark fruits make a solid appearance, particularly plump raisins. There is little in the way of toasty malts, as their flavor is much more dark fruit and toffee than biscuit or toasty, which is remarkable considering this beer isn't very heavy on the alcohol side. I would easily believe that this beer weighed in at 8% ABV simply because of the depth and range of flavor. The alcohol however is totally hidden behind the velvety concoction of flavors. The hops take a supportive role, but never get lost in translation. They do remain in their fresh form, but manifest mostly as a drying bitter quality that checks the malts and keeps this beer from being too sweet. Wonderful.

The mouthfeel is full in just the right ways, carbonated enough to lift this full-flavored beer off the tongue, but not fizzy or overly biting.

Conclusion: I seem to have been born to drink English ales, as the truer incarnations always particularly amaze, and the many mediocre ones pointedly frustrate. This beer is the epitome of what in my opinion is an English Strong Ale; that mysterious mixture of session ale and barley wine, being both full-flavored and complex, yet highly drinkable and "easy in the glass". What a fine line to walk, and one that is seldom trodden with such finesse and flair, either by brewers in the US or the UK. Fullers very well might be the best traditional brewer of English ales in the entire UK, and possibly the world.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 3.5 Pours a dark, hazy (muddied) amber and caramel color that is just able to be seen through. There's a minimal, 1/4" khaki head that dissipates pretty quickly and doesn't want to return. There's light, dispersed lacing.

S- 4.5 Raisin bread comes to mind initially. There is a strong dark fruit (raisin) aroma that is coupled with sweet malts (maybe brown sugar-as in candied nuts). I also get a bit of the yeast.

T- 4 A sweet combination of fruit and malt hits me first. I again get raisin and a little caramel. There is a strong malt presence in its aftertaste and it is pretty dry. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M- 4.5 I'd describe its body as medium-full (its bottle says full). No matter, it is very smooth and fills the mouth well yet isn't overly heavy. Great carbonation level.

D- 4 1845 is a very good ale and it's clear to me why it's been around so long. It is a bit maltier/sweeter in taste than I'd ultimately prefer (though I do like its aroma), but is still quite flavorful and enjoyable. Though it is on the heavy side of the scale, it isn't so much that I couldn't enjoy a couple of these (.5L bottles) in a sitting. There's ample balance in its fruit/malt/bread-like blend. I'd recommend trying this one.

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Photo of tapman
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams Noble Pils pilsner glass that I got FOR FREE, though I did have to buy a sixer of said Noble Pils.

Pours a medium plum with a large and lasting sepia head. Not too yeast filled since it had been refrigerated for several days, but there is a soft dusting of yeast at the bottom of my glass when held to the light. I find no flaw in its aesthetic character.

Smell is rich butterscotch with a hint of minerals and a little raisin.

Now that's a smooth taste; a soft maltiness with notes of medium toast and sugarless fig preserves. Hops are in the background, earthy, slightly floral and lend a low-moderate bitterness in the finish that is quickly dissolved by the unfermented sugars. Not quite as strong in flavor as I would imagine a 19th century beer to be. As I understand, they were much rougher than the ales of today.

Very smooth with a great weight. Not too thick, but full in body.

A good beer. I wonder how close this actually is to an actual strong ale brewed 100+ years ago. Doesn't hurt to pretend...

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from notes

A - crisp red bubbly body, white head constituted of large bubbles

S - sweet and dry malts, relatively bland

T - a syrupy sweetness, and fairly dry.

M - thin, and the carbonation is a bit harsh.

D - easy enough to drink, not very interesting or good-tasting

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
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 Urbancaver
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty amber colour with a bit of frothy white head. Vry pretty. Smells hopopy and sweet. Tastes sweet and malty. A surprising amount of hops. Feels strong... Not very smooth and a bit harsh. Overall feels hot and boozy and is not very strong

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Photo of Patrick999
4.52/5  rDev +10%
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 jonb5
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
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 -19.7%
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 -5.6%
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 +2.2%
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 -1.9%
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 -2.2%
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 -15.3%
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 -2.7%
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 +14.4%
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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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,127 ratings
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