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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Added by kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Reviews: 697 | Ratings: 1,110
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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Photo of diablo14
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fullers really know how to brew top shelf beers and this is no exception. a big big beer which is robust, complex and beautifully balanced.

clear for a bottle conditioned beer, had a deep ruby red color with a full beady head. very handsome looking brew. rich toffee aroma with lovely floral hops, fruity notes and an interesting roasted element. taste is nutty, big presence of everton toffee, peel and raisins, nice roasted flavor with a little hint of chocolate and spices. quite sweet, but robust with an assertive wall of hops. finish is tangy and a little dry. very smooth beer thats firm in body. not the sort of beer you can drink a swineload of, but a thoroughly enjoyable drinking experience.

yet another ripper from fullers. with brews like this they continue to show they are at the top of their game, and that their reputation as one of englands finest is well justified.

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Photo of nomad
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep red-amber color with an off-white head of stiff foam, thick foamy lace, and lots of strips of stain. A handsome grill.

Smelled of smooth alcohol fusels, diacetyl (butterscotch), wonderful oak, and scents of shucked walnuts. Showed some fruity esters but the body was mainly malt, strongly present but highly tweaked by the brewing. Tasted of toasty malt flavor toned by strong wood flavors, and rooty liqueur-like flavors of alcohol. Did have strong bitters of astringent hops of a green and almost oily flavor. Some buttery notes occasionally washed over. Smooth thin-to-moderate mouthfeel.

Fairly complex, fairly tough, this is a rustic and classic strong ale, and a warmer.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small, dark cream-colored, dense head leaves crazy, thin but sticky constructions on the glass. Beer is a clear, dark red/amber. Beauty. Nuts! in the nose. Some chocolate malt too. Sweet vanilla and chocolate and cream give way to a deep, dark, smooth, sweet, fruity, malty body. Alcohol is apparent in the nicely bitter, chocolatey finish. Delicious. Sooo creamy, sweet+bitter. Fantastic.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting brew from Fullers at the 5th annual Twickenham beer festival in England. This was a nut coloured brew with a nice white head. The aromas were very nutty, and almost alcoholic. The taste was very nutty as well and quite sweet. The mouthfeel was a bit thick, but not cloying and the drinkability was top notch!

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Photo of Brent
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is probably the beer that the Beefeaters relax with after a day of standing at attention and ignoring the gawking tourists. Big and chewy, with substantial caramel and dark fruit flavors, this ale is surpisingly smooth for the heft that it carries. A touch of sweetness balances the slight alcohol flavor in the background. A strong ale that drinks like an ESB.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty complex. I'm having trouble sorting things out to be honest. Its fairly bitter, but the particular hop flavors I'm not quite able to pick out. I actually think there is something I don't like in the beer, its kind of astringent. There is a good, fruity yeast flavor, but again, this off taste isn't so nice, but after about half the bottle its definately diminished. Maybe I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-copper body, topped by a huge billowing, rocky, big-bubbly, moon-surface-like head which rose above the glass. Excellent lacing. Sweet, caramel aroma. Taste features a nice sturdy malt foundation, less sweet than the nose indicated. This is followed by a delightfully surprising hop explosion, unexpected by me in an English strong ale. Not citrus, but floral, herbal, and wonderfully bitter, which lingers well. This is, like all Fuller products I've tried, an exceptional beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, large white foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied ale. Rich smooth malts, with a sharp biting hoppyness. Mellow flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is sharp and malty, slightly bitter. Nice mild ale

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Photo of elmocoso
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Conditioned. A beautiful bottle.
Lacing - good. Clingy with a tan hue.
The liquid is a red-deep amber
Particles in willing suspension - celestial.
Nice drowsy sweetness in the nose. doughy
like chocolate chip cookies.
A good mouth sweetness and carbonation
a good balancing bitterness in the end.

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

18.6oz. bottle poured into a Fuller's nonick pint glass. It pours a very dark ruby red color with two fingers of head. There is a tad bit of lace left. The smell is fairly malty and sweet with caramel. There is some alcohol to the nose as well. The taste starts off very malty with some toffee and nuttiness coming through. The finish contains a small dose of hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and strong. The drinkability is also fairly nice. Not a bad brew from Fuller's.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this as part of a vintage beer tasting.
1999 vintage! Poured a deep amber, with very little head and minimal lacing. Aroma is of malt, and very little else. Taste is slightly sweet from the malt, but with a bitter aftertaste that really lingers. Mouthfeel is still pretty smooth but with very little carbonation. Because of the bitterness, I gave it a low drinkability score.

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

18.6 oz. bottle

A deep amber with a great foamy white head. Nice lacing. The scents are sweet caramel and syrup. Mostly malts and barley. Not much else gets through.

Flavors are very heavy malt. Sweet flavors of syrup. Some caramel and even a root beer creamy flavor. The hops give this ale a crispness in the finish.

A nice chewy feel. Not a thick body but not watery. There is a lingering aftertastebut it does not hurt the ale. An enjoyable ale.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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