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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 TastyTaste
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found a random bottle at a local liquor store that had an expiration date of April '01. That makes it about 4 years old, but I had a feeling this stuff would age well, and I was 100% correct. Paid $.99 for a 500 ml bottle.

Poured out a mahogany brown color with a huge white head. Flavor was very mellow and smooth. Raisins, coffee, chocolate, dates, nuts were all present in this amazing sample. Alcohol gave it a satisfying warming feeling. Still had some hops finish to it, but it was evident that it was somewhat diminished. I wish I had another bottle of this delicious stuff, but I have a feeling I would have to wait 3 years for it to taste this good again.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was shipped stateside in a brown bottle with attractive labeling that has an old world charm to it. There are some brief blurbs about the brewer on the back label, and a best before date (03/Jan/05 for this review bottle). Despite being clearly marked as 6.3% ABV, the beer has slipped under the radar of the beer police and is readily available in Georgia.

The poured beer was deep red to amber in color with a ¼ inch thick short lived head. Carbonation was medium intensity with very fine bubbles. Despite being bottle conditioned, the beer was only slightly hazy with no visible yeast sediment.

The aroma was malty with the nose being dominated by oak, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. The hops are not dominant, but have a distinctive English profile to them.

The malts were present in the taste as well, with notes of toffee, cherry, raisins, and a wisp of smoke. The previously invisible yeast made its presence known in the form of a dusty, cobwebby feel similar to the air in an old castle. The hops were surprisingly bitter and biting, with a peppery spiciness to them. This is the hoppiest English beer I’ve had to date. The overall taste reminded me a lot of Stone Arrogant Bastard, but was not as bold.

The mouthfeel was smooth like butter and made the beer slide down easily. The only drawback in this department was a bit of watery body.

This is a very nice and bold ale from the Old Country. A must try for those who can find it.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550mL bottle.

Marked as Best Before March '04, but hell, they aged it for me.

Poured into semi-proper Fuller's London Pride pint glass. Poured out with an audible crackle. Sparkling wine-like bubbles at bottom.

Head starts at 2-3" then subsides to 1/3". Though this is a particularly beer-clean glass, the head retention and brewer's lacing are absolutely phenomenal. Light-blooded amber color with meaty marbled subcurrents.

Nose is full of wet-paper oxidation. Sigh. As it warmed, classic Brit-hops revealed themselves along with the spicy twinge of largely alcoholic maltiness. Slight adjuncty aroma as well.

The taste on this one is liquid art. There's a big underlying theme of dark chocolate here with an underlying fruitiness. Really rich cask-y mouthfeel. Great belly warming characteristics. Some "old" tastes, maybe from the water or maybe from the beer's overstay on the shelf. I cannot help but imagine cobwebs.

This beer is like the ultimate local haunted pub. Sure, there are things going on that you don't want to know or think about, but its lived in hominess and individual character overwhelm any downfalls.

Now, if I could only get like 4-5 pints of this on cask...

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Photo of cypressbob
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Poured into a pint glass, it has a deep red hue, brown and amber hints, beautiful

Smell, dry and musky, hoppy aromas cut through, very strong and fragrant, sweet brown sugar and a hint of protein whey

Taste is amazing. Hoppy flavour with a smokey dry aftertaste and musky hint. Maltly also, very nice, slight hint of ginger on the finish, nice residual hop bitterness on the finish. Thick english hopped with a bitter body, then some thick malt.

Fantastic ale, something to savour, a real classic. One of my favourite ales. This is what i think of when i think english ale. Its outstanding

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Photo of oberon
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a light orange hint,awesome aromas of brown sugar and orange big and expressive for sure.Taste is rich and complex even more so as it warms more towards room temp great malt tilted beer I get big brown sugar and nutty flavors and a long fruity finish with a yeasty note.A great beer to savor,man Fullers make some truley great ales!

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Photo of Naerhu
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful transparent amber body. Rocky healthy head.

Aroma considerably darker roasted malt than appearance.

Incredibly dry mouth feel, earthy. Too earthy. The bitterness is rampant and the caramel is too weak to balance either the alcohol or the hops. Which is surprising considering it is only 6.3 percent. I do not see any of the butteryness or complexity everyone is talking about.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from odd sized bottle into my snifter. Deep red/brown color. Off white lacing with a good head that dropped very quickly.

Smell: Chocolate and raisins. Faded hops aroma-- fuggles?

Sharp initial taste. Tip of the tongue pain. Hard water most likely. Neutral sweet taste overall. Back of tongue bitterness is very pleasant. Alcohol and residual sweetness is nice in the aftertaste. Solid beer.

Excellent mouthfeel. Syrupy, but bitter enough not to be Cloying. Call it, "enveloping."

Very nice, but heavy, session beer if you like getting drunk. Doesn't scream drink me, but is robust enough to satisfy.

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Photo of jahred
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange-brownish color with a thick off-white head. A good amount of head retention, which is nice.

The scent? Light hops, and maybe some candied sugar.

The taste lingers on the mouth. A medium-bodied grainy malt taste that's nicely balaned by some hops. This beer tingled my tongue quite a bit (for lack of a better word), and left a nice sherry-like aftertaste. Also, quite dry, and very warming and medicinal.

Nothing spectacular, but quite pleasant and easy to drink.

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

It’s been a few years since I’ve had this brew, and I remembered it as a wonderfully drinkable and extraordinarily tasty English Ale. It was exactly as I remembered….
Pours a clear, earthen-brown color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is a mix of floral hops, yeast, and roasted malts. The flavors are incredible…soft, doughy maltiness, great hop balance, yeast and grains, ripe fruit up front…caramel and cracker and spice. It’s a wonderful beer. Mouthfeel is full, soft, and moderately oily. Solidly drinkable…every sip invites a follow-up. It’s the kind of beer that I could drink all night, and from which I’m sure I wouldn’t be tempted to stray.

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

Translucent amber in color with a single finger of off-white foam. There's an aroma of soft astringency and malts. The flavor is much of the same, with smooth maltiness and subtle touches of British hops.

Very smooth, very easy drinking, exceptionally enjoyable. This beer is consummately refined--the perfect British ale.

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Photo of anders36
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Fuller's 1845 is a bottle conditioned ale. It pours a little hazy copper colour into the glass. The head is long lasting creamy white, leaving a nice ring of lace on the glass. It has a big fruity, hoppy smell and some hints of caramel. The taste is rich and fruity with some roasted aftertaste. The bitterness is quity massive in the aftertaste, but it is perfect for this beer. This is a great beer and one of the best from Fuller's.

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Photo of Crosling
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark orange. The head was nice at first. Then it turned minute and the lace (EVERYTHING) was eliminated.

Huge ripe fruit aroma. Very juicy with lots of grapes and apples. Great nose on this one.

Solid flavor. Cinnamon and apples were very prominent. The ripe fruits especially grapes and plums are also accompanied by sweaty socks to give this ale a pretty odd flavor.

At least it was drinkable to say the least. I'll be having this one again soon.

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

Appearance: Deep amber with a foamy off-white head and great, sticky lacing around the pint.

Smell: Fruity esters with dry yeast scent then behind roasted malts, caramel, slightly nuttiness, and hints of toffee.

Taste: Sweet roasted malt, caramel, toffee all balanced with classic Brittish bitterness. Big chewy malt and toasted bread and yeast. Wonderful, bursting fruity flavors all throughout with a clean, slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Starts sweet and finishes dry. True delight for the mouth.

Drinkability: Excellent. True classic example of a Brittish strong ale pint, as true as you can get over here without it coming from a cask anyway. I shall have to have another!

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

While this is a fine ale, produced by one of my favorite brewers, this beer is not as outstanding as their ESB or London Pride. Those beers have so raised the level of expectations for me, that I must confess I was a tad disappointed. That aside, on its own merits, this is a fine, fine beer.

Not much of a head, but a fine copper color with a hazy yeast appearance. It smells good. A mild but nice malt flavor which finishes with a hops explosion at the end. Quite nice. It may be mellow from age and bottle conditioning. Not sure.

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Photo of bark
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The large head is made of fine, yellowish foam that disappears slowly, building a fine, hard crater. The Colour is deep copper red; the liquid is a little hazy.

The smell of this ale is mild, pleasing and a little bit on the sweet side. There are some yeast and lots of malts. There are hints of that special, sour smell that bottle conditioning creates.

The first part of the taste is alcohol, but just for a short moment. Then, a fresh mix of sweet malts and mild hops appears, slowly increasing the bitterness into a dry, long and balanced aftertaste.

The carbon dioxide is conservative with small bubbles.

The taste is complex, yet I found it somewhat avoiding and hard to put my finger on its special character. I have to compare it with Fuller’s ESB, one of my favourite ales. And my conclusion is that 1845 is common ale with some extra alcohol, while ESB is ale with extra everything: More alcohol, more malt, more hops and more grit.

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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 Beaver13
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 1845 poured a copper-red with a thick, creamy, light-tan head that retained well with decent lacing. It has a yeasty, biscuit aroma with some fruitiness and some sherry-like alcohol notes. It's taste was initially toasted malt and caramel with some fruitiness, and then a late crisp, slighty bitter finish. It was pretty full-bodied and went down really smooth. Overall, the 1845 is a good beer, but I was expecting more.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a bottle marked "Best before 30 Sept 2002." Pours with a very substantial head, nearly out of control, enormous and sticky. Dense yellow-white bubbles surge and froth, pillowing into a crowning mesa. Rather auburn in color; when held to light shimmers an electric bronze and metallic apricot, with streamers everywhere racing to the lip of the glass. Stunning! Smells of a tropical marmalade of sweetnesses: mango and papaya when cool; shifting to cantaloupe with warmth. A tad of biscuity maltiness. Beneath this, an underlayer of grass and loam, as if inhaling a meadow. Nosefeel is ambrosial, wafting. Biscuit is more pronounced in the flavor up front, followed by an affirmative, citric and grassy bitterness. Gets quite yeasty in the midpalate, with the flavor of rising dough displacing an initial light fruitiness (apricot). Finishes with a pointed, earthy bitterness with suggestions of mint. Mouthfeel is slightly plain in body with a ticklish carbonation; finishes dry and resiny. And the drinkability? After a few initial sips, I went straight into quaffing. Oh for another bottle...

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

It pours a slightly hazy amber brown, a practically alluring hue. A light tan head bubbles up nicely, and recedes gradually to a velvety frothy dew. Quaint ribbons of lacing trace the sides of the glass on the way down.

The aroma delivers toasted malt, bearing notes of coca and caramel. A slight hops presence lends a very mild almost floral tone to the air. A doughy yeast character comes through at the end.

The mellow sweetness of lightly toasted malt combines with gentle berry notes to open upon the palate. The mildly tangy hint of buiscuit slips in, right next to a peaceful hops bitterness. Bitter and sweet linger together on the tongue at the finish. The flavor is balanced and rounded, coming across as gentle and very tasty.

Medium bodied, it's lightly syrupy, virtually lubricating and coating, filling the mouth then ebbing nicely, leaving sensory traces of its having been there.

It's mellow and warm and round. There's nothing harsh or overpowering, but it never lacks for flavor, and it slides semi-sweetly as the bitterness idles softly throughout. It's not so much balanced as artfully blended, a testament to craftmanship, and the simple combination makes it very drinkable and enjoyable. It has just enough going on to intrigue, but not so much that it ever overwhelms. I may be getting a bit too old to jump through hoops for this beer, but I would certainly walk a mile.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is THE beer to have nailed this British old ale style perfectly. Aggressively poured, this beer is gorgeous -- gives it a beautiful white head atop the deep orange body. Don't tilt the glass much! Dry, fruity and very malty aroma. Mouthfeel is also a bit dry, though it remains rather soft with a hint of acidity. Has that full, robust English ale flavor character...rich and malty with hints of caramel and just a touch of alcohol in the finish. Bitterness is quite present but is tamed by the massive toasted malt character. I would love to have this with some roasted chicken. To me this would pair so well with a variety of foods. Very well balanced, the definition of English ale.

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

Pours a good-looking dark brown.

Smells a malty and hoppy, almost buttery. There is a bit of grass and hay smells present too. There is also a pleasant Tea aroma.

Taste is very dry and a bit bitter. Lots of woody taste to this. The bitterness is solid but not over the top.

Mouthfeel is good, very dry.

Drinkable if you like an astringent, dry ale.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptionally colored beer. Deep sunset amber color with a puffy off-white head full of crags and bubbles with tiny rocky lack wherever the head stuck. The aroma was rather enticing with huge complex and balanced notes of juicy fruits, deep rum soaked raisins, slight floral hops with tantalizing notes of juicy estery alcohol. Taste had a more smokey, metallic taste with grainier malts and just a touch of hops and a warming alcohol presence as the liquid moved down my throat and a bready full aftertaste. Mouthfeel was pleasantly carbonated without any intrusion. This is an exceptional and understated old ale from England and a welcome companion on a cold, christmas season night inNew England.

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

Copper-amber with huge foamy off-white rocky head that just won't quit, that finally deflates instead of dissipating, and laces very stickily. Well carbonated.
Caramel and nutty nose, that is slightly spicy, and earthy. Fruity aroma comes out as it warms.
Tastes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, and butterscotch, becomes more bitter with warming. Medium-full feel, very smooth, and easy to drink, and a nice bonus 2.6 ounces in the bottle.

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

Tan head sits atop a very red, brownish-red colored ale. Some haze, but that's expected with the bottle conditioning.
Aroma of sweet malt, plenty of fruity tones, along with notes of alcohol and earthiness.

Taste is smooth and somewhat complex. Sweet caramel malt flavors with lightly roasty notes. Fruit tones. Finishes crisp and clean. An earthy character is there as well.

Plenty of body and some creaminess lend to a great mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark, nigh-impenetrable amber hue, with a big, creamy head.
Aroma: potent hoppiness, toasty and nutty, simmering with fruit notes, too. An admirable amount of complexity to be found in this nose, and it just gets spicier and fruitier as we drink it in.
Taste: magnificent mouthfeel, warm, generous, almost dazzling. Doesn't feel too "strong", but it does have a touch of the "old" about it, the first sip lets you know you're tasting a legendary brew. Those flavors detected in the nose, noted above, all return and make merry in the mouth, gleefully ringing the senses with a most exceptional taste. Sweet, lively, sharp, distinct, full of tasty hops, richly resounding with a sparkling, coppery flavor. Medium-bodied, with full in the finish. There's a Hell of a lot going on in this beer, and it's quite an enjoyable libation, undoubtedly Fuller's finest!

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4.1 out of 5 based on 1,102 ratings.
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