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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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a rich, dark red colour with a decent but quickly-dissipating head. A surprising amount of lacing considering the size of the head.

Fruity aroma with a good mouthfeel and hoppy taste.

Overall: Quite good. Definitely recommended, but not exceptional.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rich copper color with a nice tan head thats creamy and long lasting with nice lacing makes this look like a great English Ale. The smell is sweet butterscotch, with a creamy tangy sweet taste mainly of caramel and malts. The mouthfeel is spicy & tangy - maybe a little too much and while this is a nice beer, its not one of my favorites because others in the style I enjoy are much more drinkable.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a dark combination of brown and ruby. The head is fairly small, but did a good job of lasting. The lace being left behind is nice, too.

The taste is of layered malts up front with hops taking over in the finish. Caramel comes out as well. Some of that raison flavor is in there as well. A minor amount of alcohol comes out to provide a little bit of warming.

This is subtle yet bold, a very balanced and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, brown bottle with "best before 19/July/05" stamped on the label. Sampled on 24/October/04.
Pours into a Fuller's pint glass a clear, copper body with a one finger beige head that retains well before fading into generous patches and rings of lace.
Aroma has butterscotch and toffee, with an assertive and unusual hoppiness that seems herbal, spicy, floral and earthy. I've never enountered this type of hoppiness before, but it balances the strong malt backbone very well.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and well carbonated.
Taste features a toffee and butterscotch malt backbone that is reined in by the profound, hops bitterness. Buttery diacetyl notes are picked up, as well. The finish is even, with a bitter aftertaste that seems herbally hoppy, almost as if hemp is an ingredient.
This is an excellent, strong English ale, and the alcohol is hidden in the malt/hop complexity. I was surprised by the assertive hops in this one, but it comes off well balanced. An excellent pairing for Stilton blue cheese.

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Photo of bashiba
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy Red/Bronze color with a thick tan head that lingers for a long time and laces down the glass nicely.

Smell is very sweet malty with some citrus notes and a slight hint of oak.

Taste is very sweet and malty, very fruity with some bread like flavors. There is just enough bitterness to balance it out. Just a touch of the alcohol taste. Pretty good overall.

Mouthfeel is nice as well with a nice creamy and fuzzy taste with slight warming due to the slightly high ABV.

Drinkability is very good on this as well. Goes down easy and found myself finishing the pint much more quickly than I would have expected for this style of ale.

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Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very clear coppery red colour topped by a dense, tan, long-lasting head that left a substantial lace on the sides of the glass. Rich malty aroma, a bit biscuity, with a grassy hop character. Alcohol is just barely evident. Sweet, malty flavour with a rich, almost vinous, fruitiness balanced nicely by a base hop bitterness that shows up towards the finish. Very light alcohol warming. Medium/full body with an extremely creamy texture, assisted by the fine carbonation from the bottle conditioning. This is a very fine beer that I'll definitely be buying more of.

Brown 500 mL bottle, best before date on rear label, bottle conditioned.

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

Poured a gorgeous deep brown with amber/red highlights. Tremendous head, good retention, creamy, off white, ice cream cone appearance.

Smelled of grain, esters and fruit.

Taste was wonderfully sweet, with a hop bitterness that coats your tongue. This is a medium bodied beer, with a smooth mouthfeel. It's earthy, has a alcohol warmth and is very malty, with some toasted flavours. Esters are evident. Some diacetyl flavour.

One of the best english ales I've ever had. Good session beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown ale with minimum head. Aroma is very malty with some roastiness also noticeable. Taste is what I’m always looking in a bitter (even though this isn’t one per say) but can rarely find. i.e. sharp bitterness mixed with some roasted malts. The alcohol, even thought not noticeable at first, gives it a great feeling. Probably one of the best Fullers apart from the vintage series.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish amber, low carbonation provides almost no head. Very malty aroma totally dominates the old hops hints. Fruity (plums, grapes), toasted bread and roasted nuts maltiness. Notes of cake, oak, cloves, nutmeg... Surprisingly has a moderate acid bite that hurts a bit the roundness and development of the deep malt flavors. Slight smoke in the finish. Medium to full bodied, low carbonation. This is not as well elaborated as the vintages in terms of flavor balance and appears a bit disappointing to me.

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Photo of putnam
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise to discover I've never rated this beer. it's one of my favorites in a bottle from the UK.
Deep plummy brown color and coiling, creamy foam formations on top. The aromas are of brandy, fruits and liqueur. It is very much like a plump, jammy red wine, only toss in more mocha and toffee -- more than an oak barrel could account for. That must be from the toasted grain. Bitter, bitter and exotically nuanced with Asian incense, buttered, charred pastries, fruit preserves and shoe leather. Quite tannic and boozy, the save comes from the generously gassy, beaten cream texture. It lifts away on the finish lightly, leaving a deep scar of ash, mushroom and forest flavor.

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

Brown bottle is a good idea. good color. Well hopped. Very drinkable roasted without overt coffee. Some smoke in aftertaste. An example of great bottle conditioning. Nice lace and graininess. Bit of harsh bitterness but still very balanced. Some spicy malt, barelywine notes. A must try.

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Photo of shapudding
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Frothy eggshell head- nice and bubblebathy, amber colored with beading. No retention though. Stuck to the sides of the glass mainly, with a slight covering on the top. Very light arona, not much coming out at you. Slight scents of yeast. Nice smooth feeling. Medium bodied, maybe a tad more... Makes me think of a porter with it's body and flavors. Coffee and a bit of chocolate, hops, bit of red wine. Just good. Decent drinkability. Not much intensity of flavor or too heavy, good stuff.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt orange color with a formidable tan head; dribbles lacing all around the pint glass

Smell: Caramel and vanilla with a touch of earthy fruit

Taste: Lovely burnt caramel malt flavors offset by a good bit of angostura bitterness that arrives by mid-palate; in the finish, the alcoholic content makes its presence felt, like a muscat

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a nice bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A complex, well-balanced ale with a big malt flavor that is best sipped for full enjoyment

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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 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 Cwrw
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1845 is light cherry coloured in the glass, rosewood, dark honey amber, pouring with just enough head, which is thick and spiderweb-like but recedes rather quickly, leaving entrails of off-white lace, some of it clinging to the glass for good. Sweet, lightly scented malt in the aroma at first, buttery and lightly roasted. Spicy and biscuity, with definite butterscotch notes. I was expecting a little more complexity in the aroma, though there is very little to complain about. The taste is the same sweet roasted malt with butter and cream, followed by strong hop bitterness on the finish. In between are some subtle fruits, yeasty esters, and the warming phenolic presence. Burnt cereal and caramel. Adequate carbonation, and smooth substantial feel in the mouth. For some reason I am finding the robust bitterness a bit much this night, limiting its drinkability for me personally. Not my favourite of Fuller's, but still so much better than a great deal of other ales; Fuller's never disappoints me.

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

Appearance – This thing is just gorgeous. The body is dark brown with some nice orange highlights and the huge, tanned head just wouldn’t go away. It left some awesome Belgian lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – Yes, the rank nose typical of the style is there. I can pick up those sharp malts along with a very sticky sweetness. The sugars are caramel, toffee, and rich. There’s a toastiness to these malts that play well, too.

Taste – Oh, this is good. Arrogant Bastard meets huge jar of table sugar. This beer is very sweet yet still has a wonderfully mature malt backbone and some nice balance with the hops. The cane and molasses are especially prominent.

Mouthfeel – A bit bigger than medium-bodied and very sharp. This is a heavy-hitter for sure. It is also one of the smoothest “big beers” that I’ve ever had. It handles it size very well.

Drinkability – You can sip this or chug this just the same. This is an incredible, unbelievable ale.

Update – I reviewed this in 2004 and drink it periodically, so thought I’d set down with a 2006 vintage and give it another go with paper and pen.

To me this is the standard of the ESA style. It’s a thing of beauty to see, smells like an amped up English Bitter, adds some complex fruiting and alcohol to the taste, big in the mouth but not heavy, and goes down smooth as silk. A winner in all categories!

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

Sturdy brown 16.9oz brown bottle. Best Before Date: 06/Dec/04
It pours a dark teak with an orange tint. The medium-sized head dissipates slowly and leaves behind some patchy and trailing lace.
The aroma is mostly a big sweet malty one. Some woody notes peek through, as does a light smell of chocolate. A hint of rummy alcohol and vanilla extract is noticed.
The malt has a taste reminiscent of French toast. Toffee and chocolate flavors are quite pronounced. A woody taste is constantly in the background.
The sharp citrus bitterness is slightly tempered by a pear-like fruitiness.
This brew has a unique dual mouthfeel. It is at once sharp-edged with a restrained rawness to it. At the same time, there is a civilized balance and rounded sweet smoothness.
This is one of those rare brews that taste more alcoholic than it actually is. I would have guessed 8%ABV.

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Photo of taez555
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear but dark reddish brown body with a foamy, very large bubbled, natural white head.

The nose was very faint. Basically a soft “beer” smell, with some soft malt, faint caramel and even some toffee.

The body was medium to full. Very smooth with a slight graininess. A firm bitterness really makes its presence known. Malt, biscuit, caramel, toffee and butterscotch flavors dominate. An earthy hop touch with a little spice bite. What really interesting with this beer is how in your face the hops are, yet they’re never overpowering. It’s sort of tastes like it was dry hopped with a really dull low taste and alpha acid hop.

Really a nice beer. A well made English IPA. Not quite the American overhoppy APA, but just an in your face yummy beer with hops. Cheers.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark hazle brown with an off white head that is incredible. Lacing coats the glass. The smell is complex yet perfectly right, the english hops and the nice caramel malts really stand out, hints of roasted malts as well, bread citrus cinnamon is noticable. The taste is incredible, the hop bitterness is refreshing and will bring you coming back to more while the molasses sweetness fills the stomach and fulfills the sweetooth. Medium bodied and highly drinkable.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to the beer store today, and I decided to hit up some classics. This one was a big one I have been meaning to try. Pours a deep red-brown that glows orange held up to the light. Head is moderate, light lace, and off-white. I don’t smell anything particularly distinct. Taste is extremely different from most beers I’ve tried. The hop profile is there, and quite distinct, but so unusual I have a hard time putting my tongue on it. At first I was so shocked by the taste that I was ready to criticize. But nearing the end of my bomber, I’ve found that I can’t get enough of it. Its wild – exactly like my experience learning to love IPAs! Mouthwatering and full of that unique hop profile, from first sip until the aftertaste 20 seconds later. A must try for serious beer advocates. This is a style I’m inspired to imitate homebrewing.

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Photo of vitesse
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

served in 500 mL brown bottle.

this is a big, big beer. yeah, other beers have higher ABVs, but this is a monster of a beer.

pours a deep brown color with nice head that leaves a big lace on the glass. smell is very hoppy. lots of aromatic noble hops in the nose.

there's a lot of flavor in this puppy. this is a very hoppy ale. you can really taste the english hops in this one. the alcohol presence is also very high, which hurt its drinkability significantly. the malty backbone is solid, but just can't do enough to mask the alcohol taste. this is a very good beer...i just couldn't drink more than one.

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Photo of SBPCGuru
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full half-inch of head which did not last the tasting. Poured a medium amber based color. Nutty aromas. Taste is slow at first, but then when it goes down, the full flavor appears. It tastes like nuts and malt and a hint of raisin with many nice lovely green hops adding to that bitter bite, which I love. This beer goes down smooth. Definitely on my once-a-month list.

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Photo of cbl2
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Medium clear brown with a huge tan head.


Newly cut grass indicative of hop presence with a nutty maltiness underneath.


Best by 3/8/04 stamped on bottle. Beer is smooth and nutty on the tongue with a full blown hoppy finish. Extremely well balanced and quite tasty.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice deep ruby brown color.Nice slight head that quickly receedes.Very low aroma-malty with some very slight notes of vanilla.Malty flavor dominates-nice hints of raisens,vanilla and a few port like notes.Nice and malty as well.Silky smooth mouthfeel.Goes down well indeed.An extremely drinkable beer with a great all around character.Well worth trying on a regular basis.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,102 ratings.
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