Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's 1845Fuller's 1845
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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1,111
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697
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4.1
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
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Photo of Jeriba
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt .09 oz bottle poured into a pub-style imperial pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy deep brown with red highlights, topped with a frothy yellow-cream head of tiny bubbles.

S: Lots of licorice, with raisin, dates, and other dried fruits, and a touch of dark molasses.

T: Molasses and sweet licorice hit me first. There is a brilliant malt presence that is complex and not overly sweet. Bits of raisin and bitter dark chocolate thrown in.

M: Mouthfeel is mild and pleasant, with soft carbonation. It is not thick or oily--in fact, it is a bit thin, which I liked because it lets the complex flavors stand out even more. I detected very little alcohol heat.

D: Easy to drink, smooth, and tasty. The alcohol level and sweetness make this a great after-dinner beer for when I want something flavorful without the heaviness and boozy kick of an imperial stout.

I've had real ales like this before, but this may be the one that tips me over into becoming a fan of the style.

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Photo of farrago
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gives you a solid two finger head of deep tan color, mostly tighter foam with a few islands of bigger bubbles here and there, good retention and the lacing, while not that sticky, does slide slowly in sheets down the glass. Bronzed orange to brown color, good clarity without sacrificing depth of hue, only a few tiny bubble beads which come and go. Boozy nose, vanillin whiskey notes, butterscotch and freshly whipped butter, stronger hoppy grain and hay notes, date, dried pineapple and apricot fruit, the maltiness has more edge than you might expect, lots of push, even if in the face of a lack of scent diversity. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is tightly woven and contributes to a firmer mouth feel. Still has that whiskey barrel touch, just without any vanillin creaminess. Fig, date, raisin flavors, simply without deep sweetness, the same for the candied red cherry and more basic apricot fruit. The orange citrus joined by tarter white grapefruit and a little lemon. Smoky, burnt kindling ash accents. The general bitterness more in place here, pushes the molasses and maple syrup off to the side but not off the map. Kind of an "intellectual challenge" sort of brew, not so much immediate, visceral pleasure but each sip keeps you focused on it.

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Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium dark brown. Pours about a one and half finger, frothy, brown white head. Head collapses slowly leaving little craters and thick sticky residue as it does. Eventually leaves a little blanket of foam on the surface. Plenty of dry sticky lacing remains.

S: Roasted malt, raisin, molasses, butterscotch, and a little licorice.

T: Very woody with a light malted flavor. Slightly bitter, with just a touch of bittersweet chocolate.

M: Seems a little diluted. The woody start lingers throughout the experience.

D: Good sipping beer.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark rich appearance with a nice head, and a lot of lacing. Nose has a nice combination of bitter, sweet, and grain components. Flavor is nothing transcendental, and it's woody nature kind of rules the day. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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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 milkbaby9
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (best by 9-22-2010, drank on 9-6-2010) into Samuel Adams sensory pint glass. 2 finger off-white small bubbled head reduces to 1/2 cm head that sticks around with spotty lacing left behind as the beer is drunk. Slightly hazy dark amber color with a ruby tinge.

Aroma of brown sugar/molasses, lightly medicinal lemon, frosted cinammon raisin roll; the aromas are a little on the weak side and disappointing. Taste is lightly tart lemon honey, very bready malt, light orange rind bitterness that comes up towards the finish with a orange and molasses sweetness too. Hints of raisin, dates, and banana are in there too. Lasting threads of light roasty bitterness, big breadiness, and sweet orange through the long finish. Medium low carbonation and medium body.

Appearance and aroma were disappointing but misleading versus the taste which was pleasantly good. A little on the sweet side but very easy to drink. Almost like a liquid beer version of fruit bread w/molasses. I dunno if it was because of the age, but it wasn't for the tired aroma, this would've rated a bit higher. This is quite good and I'd definitely drink it again. Would be interested to try it in London at the source!

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Photo of droomyster
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with a beautifully frumpy tan head. Interesting nose. Aromas are highly malty, with biscuity and toasty notes leading the way, along with a lot of earthiness and faint brown sugar notes. Each of these elements come through on the taste, except that the brown sugar is more accentuated and the bitterness is sharper and woodier and more herbacious than the nose would suggest. The body is too light and overcarbonated for my liking in a beer of this complexity. A pity, because it is otherwise nearly perfect.

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Photo of CHickman
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper brown color with a huge 1 finger creamy tan head that dissipated slowly and looked almost foamy; decent lacing that slid down quickly after each sip.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, biscuit, toasted grains and dark fruit in the nose; seem to be hints of yeast in the aroma, but the malts overpower it. It's a nice and sweet overall.

Tastes of sweet malt, dark fruits, caramel, a little grapefruit like faint hops, floral hops, biscuit, light toasted grains, syrup and toast or wheat bread. It's sweet and malty, yet has a nice variety of flavors like the fruits all managing to come through for a nice complex taste; bread and wheat kind of trail off at the end in a good way.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium to full body and semi-dry finish that is slightly tart. The carbonation was near perfect, with a little bubble to keep it like an ale and bordering on a stout's creaminess. This beer goes down very easy and even though it gave a heavy feel at times it was light to drink and seemed to glide down.

High drinkability if you like complex malty ales; this beer was different and quite enjoyable, so I recommend trying it.

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

Pours a clear dark amber color with redish hues in the light. There is a large three finger light tan head that forms on the pour and lingers with excellent retention. There is a slight lacing as it receeds.

The aroma is pretty nice. It's a rich and enticing aroma carrying notes of dried fruit, caramel, raw grain, and biscuit.

The taste is quite nice. It's malty, lightly dry on the finish as well as lightly bitter. There are some great malty characteristics including caramel and raw grain. Again, fruit plays a nice roll.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carbonated with a very gentle bubble.

Drinkability is fairly high. The ABV is moderate in this case but still easily managed. The flavor profile is simple, slightly complex, and easily enjoyable. I always find myself passing by the English beers on my trip to the liquor store, but everytime I pick one up I wonder why I am always so hesitant to pick one up. This is really a great beer.

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

Deep orange/red that's very murky in the glass with about one finger worth of head. The smell is of caramel malt, the very same malt/yeast smells as the other Fullers. Definitely my favorite British ale yeast and a good thing indeed. The smell is of earthy hops and caramel, with some dried fruits and a dark crystal maltiness.
Taste is a robust malt with dried fruits and English bitter hops melding harmoniously with the clean yet sweet body; some fruity hops are also present. The mouth feel perfect, can't say how perfect it tastes. Definitely the best English strong ale I have ever had in my entire life. If you dig the style, seek it out. While most English beers are watery and have off flavors from shipping/being exported, this one holds strong and is a jolly good showing indeed.

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Photo of SB1221
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: 3-finger head that takes a couple minutes to subside, a deep copper red/brown in color and clear

S; apple/pear esters at first followed by substantial malt profile

T: Roasted malts with a faint aftertaste of noble, earthy hops

M: Carbonation is Right on point: I really enjoy the way they bottle carb'ed this one. It feels really smooth on the tongue with a slight hint of alcohol

D: A very enjoyable drink. Full of flavor: Would definitely drink again

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

Single bottle (best by Oct 5, 2011) poured into a Nonic glass.

Appearance: Orangish brown color on the table - reddish brown held up to the light with plenty of little bubbles moving up through the beer. Poured an impressive light tan head that died down to a persistent 1/8" thick foam across the top. Sheets of lacing noted.

Smell: Rich and very appetizing. Dark fruit (raisin / prune) and a hint of roasted malt. Very very good.

Taste: Oh yes this is good. Roasted malts with a hint of coffee/chocolate bittersweet at the end, dark fruits (raisin/prune again) in the middle and up front, but overall very balanced and incredibly tasty.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation on the tongue, and a smooth thickness to it. Does not linger on the palate or the teeth.

Drinkability: I could easily have another one. This is a great all-around beer. I picked the wrong meal with it (salad nichoisse) but it still shined through.

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Photo of dolzan
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red, copper coloured with a very firm and creamy head.

Wonderfully complex taste, strong presence of hop, giving a dry and slightly bitter finish, perhaps even with a slight hint of smokiness. A highly drinkable beer, which is quite frightening for it's high ABV contents.

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Photo of Snamnoum
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - is a beautiful amber copper with 1 and 1/2 fingers of head. Good off-white beige lacing.

Smell - is of dried fruit as fuller's intended. Strong malt and yeast come through

Taste - is very complex. Roasted coffee, caremal, toffee, chocolate, dark whole wheat bread,yeast, hops, malt... I could go on and on. So well balance sweet, bitter, light tartness

Mouthfeel/Drrinkability - is slick and creamy. Coats your mouth and has a long finish. While this beer is appropriately carbonated its richness and sweetness make it hard to throw back but then why would you want to

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

Split a bottle of this over the weekend at a Memorial Day cookout.

Appearance- Pours a slightly murky burnished copper out of the bottle with about a half finger of slightly orange tinged head sitting on top. Some beading carbonation in the body but the head dies back almost immediately to a ring around the edges and a little patch in the center.

Smell- Very sweet smelling with lots of creamy caramel and toffee coming off of this one. Smells kind of like Turkish Delight. Perhaps just a touch of candied fruits as well, along the lines of dates.

Taste- Lots of sweet caramel and toffee right off the bat as the nose indicated. Candied fruit flavors are a little more prominent on the palate and really remind me of candied dates. Finishes with just a touch of warming alcohol despite the fairly low ABV. If you're into rich, sweet flavors, this is for you. Reminded very much of an English barleywine.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is slick and substantial, appropriately carbonated. Drinkability is solid for the style, but one glass was enough for me given the sweetness.

Overall, very solid example of an English strong ale. I enjoyed it, though having a sweet tooth definitely helps.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received during CanBIF6 from BBrianBoogie.

Amber color, very dark, clear. Nice dense head. Creamy looking head. Caramel notes in the nose. Slightly burnt. Average intensity and very good. Taste is caramel malts, some burnt caramel with a dry finish with a little bitterness. Very good in the mouth. I expected this one to be very good, however it is excellent.

Meidum body. Easy to drink.

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

Daggum, this is a bright, amber, clean looking beer. Nice head, but not too big. Looks darn tasty.

Quite a nice biscuity sweet aroma. Light toast and caramel. Malty. Powerful but not overwhelming.

Yup, caramel, toast, biscuit, soft malt and dough in the taste. Center is the malt and caramel, sweet up front, a bit dry in the end. Not crisp, but enough to control the malt from lingering too long. This is good. Drinks very nicely.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured dark amber with a creamy white head. A medium level of carbonation is visible and there is a good amount of head retention.
S: There are faint aromas of malt in the nose with some hints of caramel.
T: There is a slight bit of sweetness in the overall taste, which is very well balanced with the underlying malts and has lots of toasted malt flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very drinkable and can be considered as being sessionable.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

imperial pint poured into a us pint glass. freshness dated for sep 1st, 2011.

color is a deep reddish copper with a pinky of off white head. has a bit of haze, presumably from the bottle conditioning, and head retention is good - lasts almost til the end of the glass. some legs, but not much lace in this glass.

smells of toffee and carmel with a lot of fruit - apple? fig maybe? has a bit of a soapy undertone to it, otherwise smells pretty good.

taste begins with toasted malt sweetness followed quickly by hop bitterness on the sides and back of the tongue. some fruit rolls in before a bitter and exceptionally dry finish. this is a really complex beer; it's hard to describe exactly what's going on here.

feels pretty smooth. medium bodied, with the fine co2 profile that i love in english ales.

drinkability is high, though not quite sessionable. i probably wouldn't have more than 2 of these at a time. superbly crafted though and fits the style well.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich reddish brown with a great big beige head. Bunch of lacing.

Some woody aromas, but a really got more wet cardboard out of this than anything. Anything good was overrshadowed by this funk. Loses big points here with me.

Toasted bread, browned, bread crust, some burnt sugar and orange. Just a great mix of flavors and balance of sweet and bitter. Caramel, vanilla, spice. It has it all.

Medium to fuller bodied. Mouth coating.

Went down easy, but 1 was enough. Glad I tried, but won't be a regular purchase (not for bad reasons). This is special, and once in a while beer. Tasty and filling. Very much worth the try.

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Photo of STEG
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured slightly chilled into a delirium tulip deep reddish copper colored

Smell is great, lots of vanilla, oak, cherry, and phenols.

Taste is somewhat bland some bittersweet chocolate/cocoa poweder and wood up front, not much in between, and a nice bitterness at the end, present but not overly powerful.

Mouthfeel is interesting, lively, almost prickly slightly oily texture to it.

I would drink another one of these just to make sure, I wonder if this was a bad bottle or stored improperly or something, I'm not getting an A- average beer here. I would much rather have a sam smith's stingo over this.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper amber with a nice two-finger off-white head. Quite a few rings of lacing as it goes down.

S: Strong whiff of caramel malts alongside some initially-unidentifiable spices, almost reminding me of Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome. Somewhat earthy. Hints of orange marmalade.

T: A nice, brisk hop presence; slightly herbal and earthy. Very nice caramel malt in the background, with a mild amount of spice. Slightly sweet. Still having trouble identifying the specific spicing--perhaps the orange marmalade I detected in the nose.. Mild hints of tobacco and a very slight green apple skin presence.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate, brisk carbonation. No detectable alcohol presence. Chewy and biscuity.

D: Although certainly not within the English definition of sessionable, this is one incredibly drinkable brew. Nice balance between earthy hops, fruity esters, and caramel malt.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's 1845. 1 pint 0.9 oz.

Appearance:
Poured into an Ommegang Witte glass. Deep reddish/brown copper with a 1" foaming sand-colored head that quickly settles into a thin film. Lace has decent cling.

Aroma:
Musty yeast and a touch of fruitiness in the nose. Not too prominent.

Taste:
A wall of malt flavor rushes in backed by some succulent fruit flavors in the back. There's a hazy, yeastiness brooding in the background as well. Malt is thick and bready, and has a mild taste of toasted grain. The warming alcohol is apparent upon the first sip. It also lingers in the back of the throat long after all but the bitterest hop flavors disappear.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied, gushing and lush... at first. Carbonation is crisp and fizzy. Overall, the mouthfeel is great, however it's a very quick experience: full in the beginning, but immediately deflating.

Drinkability:
There's a lot of complexity in the malt flavors, and the hops add a nice bitter aftertaste. The alcohol itself becomes less apparent after a few sips. Quite nicely balanced overall.

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Photo of Thur123
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep orange/red that's very murky in the glass with about one finger worth of head. The smell is musky sweet malt, the very same malt smell I get from the other Fullers...and a good thing indeed. The smell is like powdered sugar, hops, and caramel, with figs and a bit of cinnamon or maybe brown sugar.

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The taste is a robust malt with sweet figs and bitter hops colliding in a flavor and sweetness that somewhat reminds me of grape or strawberry preserve. The mouth feel too is very thick and smooth. The first flavor is a sweet and moderate hop that's swarmed underneath by a complex and refined malt that's straightforward in presentation but complex upon further reflection. All and all a good beer. Also the head really stays piled up on this one...many sips in and it hasnt receded.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in an English pub glass.

L - clear cherrywood color with a beige head that thinned out and left a thin coat of lacing.
S - dark fruits and malty sweetness fill the nose.
T - rich malty taste with notes of dates and other dark fruit flavors and just a light hint of bitterness before the sticky sweet finish.
F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.
D - very easy to drink and very tasty as well.

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Photo of bob3701
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a big fluffy off-white head that retains well with very good lacing. Just a mild malty aroma. Malted toffee flavor with a clean slightly hoppy finish. This was a great drinking beer and really wished I had more than one bottle of it.

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4.1 out of 5 based on 1,111 ratings.
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