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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Photo of markbatonrouge
2.55/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Did I have a bad batch? Past its prime? Not aged enough? I don't know, but, unlike many of the reviews here, this beer not only did not impress, but I really didn't like it very much at all....

It poured dark golden, minimum head, no lacing.

The aroma was disappointing, basically non-existent at first, with a tiny sour background that almost made it interesting. As it warmed a bit, some maltiness came out -- I would not say it ever got to a carmel aroma -- and really even the slight maltiness wasn't enough to make it appealing.

The taste is what really disappointed me. The alcohol his first, then the bitterness. And, that was about all there was to the flavor of this beer. Their use of bittering hops is good, but then this isn't supposed to be a west-coast IPA. And bitterness without good maltiness or carmels or flavoring hops to balance it out, well, it's just bitter. As it warmed, a touch of maltiness came out, but really very little. Overall, the flavor was marked almost exclusively by alcohol and bitterness. I was glad to finish it and move onto something else.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep red-orange amber color. Decent sized, bubbly and foamy head that is a light beige ivory color. A little below average retention with almost no lacing left.

S - Good amount of toasted caramel malt, as well as some bready smell. Also some general fruitiness with apple and some orange being the strongest.

T - A lot of bready malt taste with some caramel and grain taste too. Some earthy hops along with a bit of floral hops as well. Also a fair amount of gold fruit (good amount of apple and orange). Sweet base and good amount of malts throughout., but fair amount of hop bitterness and fruity tang balances it out. Just a hint of alcohol taste is present.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Rich and smooth and a bit creamy.

D - Easy to drink with great mouthfeel that goes down easy. Rich and full flavors with a good balance of malt/bread taste and some hop/fruity tang.

Notes: Really good beer that is full of English hops and bready malts as well as fruit. Really nice mouthfeel and flavors. Might get a little bready but well balanced beer. I would definitely recommend this.

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

A - Dark amber color with 1/2" tan head & little lacing

S - Dark fruits, cinnamon & bread

T - Taste of cinnamon & dark fruits on the first sip, with a dry hoppy finish

M - Creamy & smooth with dry finish. Medium carbonation

D - Good drinkable beer at a reasonable price

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

Poured from a 1 pt. 09 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head that has superior retention and along with some solid side lacing.
Aroma is of chocolate and breads with some distant floral hops.
Taste has that the same characteristics with roasted malts and some hop bitterness. Nice!

Mouth feel is creamy and smooth with a dry finish.
Excellent session beer and worth the price.

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Photo of weazal
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Rich, dark amber appearance. Light head.

Smell: Very sweet, caramel, and toffee. Brown sugar richness.

Taste: Consistent mild bitterness with underlying brown sugar sweetness. Lingering back of the palate hoppy bitterness. Although, the longer the beer sits, the better the flavors blend into a good, cohesive experience.

Mouthfeel: restrained to minimal carbonation. Overall smooth, silky, and long lasting

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

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass. From a 500ml bottle.

A - Pours a gorgeous dark amber color with a nice dense off white head that is about an inch tall. Very attractive looking ale.

S - I havent had a beer that smelled this way in a while. I've been sticking more to American ales. Nice English malt grain backbone with some candy sweetness followed by some nice crisp mild resiny hops. Very nice. Like an EPA but more intense.

T - Very interesting flavor profile the hops and malt work so well together. The sweetness and bitterness are present on the tongue in intervals. Very attractive. The sweet malt is grainy with some caramel hints followed by the bitter bite of hops with the nice crisp and clean dry finish.

M & D - Medium body with no complexity but a familiar staple of flavors and mouthfeel done right. There is something comforting about simple things done the right way. Great brew. Refreshing and warming all in the same.

Edit: As the beer warms the sweetness of the malt becomes more complex. Nice hints of dark fruits along with mild caramel. Some grassy hop hints and flowery aromas as well. All flavors mix so well.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass, very hazy, dark copper. Light tan 1/2 finger head, little or no lacing.

Smells fantastic, many things going on here. Sweet, dark fruits-figs,dates, maybe even some cherry. Very malty with maybe a touch of tobacco.

Sweet, almost cinnamon raisin-like taste, malt is definitely there, but then the hops come on and bring with them a pleasant, crisp bitterness.

Very rich in the mouth, smooth and creamy, but enough carbonation to provide some tingle.

Excellent, extremely drinkable beer. I am still new at this, but this is one of my favorites so far.

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a 1/2-finger khaki head. Some lace drapes the side of the glass.

S: A touch of fruit and some bready malt.

T: Wow, this is tasty. Sweet caramel malt and grains -- think lightly toasted brown bread -- up front. Also some dark dried fruits -- figs, perhaps. But what takes this beer to the next level is the good hoppy bitterness that cuts that sweetness and leaves it dry at the finish. Very nicely balanced as a result. Some warming is felt in belly after a couple sips.

M: Medium heft, nice all-around feel.

D: Giving it the full 5 on drinkability (was tempted to do so on taste). This was gone before I knew it -- I kept coming back for another sip because it tasted soo good. My favorite from Fuller's so far. I will get this again.

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

A: Pours a deep red ruby-ish color with a thick brown/white head. Very clear, with only a slight haziness. A very nice first impression, to say the least.

S: Aroma reminds me greatly of their London Pride (I had one last night, so it's fresh on my mind) -- a rich malty body with a hint of mild British hops laid on top. Some yeasty esters, hints of fruit.

T: Most prominent flavors are of a dry malty bready body with hints of fruit. Strong drying aftertaste and a nice bitter finish. Lots of yeast in the flavor over time, and the hops become a bit more pronounced as the beer warms.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly thick with a decent carbonation and a nice crisp hoppy finish.

D: If this is what Londoners were drinking a hundred and fifty years ago, the Brits need have no shame about their historical beer culture. Very nice.

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Photo of mikeborglum
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 500ml bottle in pint glass - small beige and thick head, maybe one finger, very little carbonation with nice lacing; nice rich mahogany color with slight haziness; roasted malt and sweet aroma with hint of figs or dates; medium body creamy texture; excellent balance with touch of bitterness against a wonderful toffee flavor and slight hint of smoke; smooth lasting finish to dry and hoppy; fabulous beer!

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Photo of bump8628
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coppery-amber with a loose off-white head.

Some fruity yeast on the nose like pear, apple, and a little cherry. Nice semi-heavy malt base on the palate that's backed by a surprising amount of earthy,woody, and spicy hops. Malt is like spice cake, dark fruits, and toffee soaked in just a little bit of bourbon.

A nice English ale. Heavy, but not overly sweet, and with good punch of complex flavors.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Rich, thick, foamy head of large bubbles. Cream-coloured head sits above a dark copper beer. Plenty of lacing--very visually appealing!

S: Brown sugar, fruity, malty, caramel.

T: Alcohol, malty, simultaneously very sweet and also quite bitter--slightly complex this brew.

M: surprisingly light on the body, but with a syrupy tackiness on the tongue--very rich!

D: the higher ABV and alcohol taste, while typical of the style, make it less drinkable and more of a special occasion type of experience.

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

1 pt. 0.9 oz bottle with a best before date of 6/16/10. My very first impression as I sniffed the opened bottle was straight tobacco. It is chestnut in color and to be honest it doesn;t have a great head but it does have good lacing, maybe my glass wasn't perfectly clean. It smells and tastes quite malty, some bready fruitiness, very robust flavor.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.02/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bright amber/copper. Expansive beige foam.

S- I was not impressed by the faint notes of minerals, wet grains, and damp earth. With great coaxing, muted smells of dark fruits, raisin, fig. Too much filtration stripping the life out of the aromas here?

T- Straightforward malt upfront, finishes with dry, astringent hop bitterness.

M, D- A passable ale with a touch of good simple flavor, but lacking structure and complexity.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 18th May 2011, drank 17th Jan 2010. Poured into a vase shaped pint glass.

Good thick tan/off white/cream coloured head, which produced some heavy lacing as the beer sank down the glass. The body was clear and a copper/brown colour, very beery looking!

Malts and molasses win the aroma battle, a sort of rich 'malt-loaf' with butter lashed on smell.

The taste is also malt dominated, a little sweet at first mouthtouch, then it begin to dry out in the finish with a hop bitterness arriving in the aftertaste.

The alcohol is easy to find and sits well within the malty richness of the brew.

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Photo of dqrull
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a slightly beige head that really last long, and leaves a crisp layer of laying all around the glass.

Smell is toffee, a little biscuity maltness söoghtly spicy and a hint of yeast, probably due to the bottle conditioning. Some fruits as well, but I cant put a finger on what fruits...

The taste here is sooo much more than the weak smell. It points in the same direction but it feels complete and really full, I'm amazed that there can be this kind of big taste in a beer with this small ABV.
Taste is dominated by a fruity fudgy maltiness, imagine a not-too-sweet piece of fudge, but instead of being fudge-brown, it's violet, and has faint but oh so noticeable hints of blueberry, raspberry and apples cooked in sugar syrup. The yeast is also noticeable as well as some fruity marzipan. No big aftertaste, the taste cuts off quite clearly and makes it a really easy drink.

The mouthfeel is really creamy and full, with soft carbonation consisiting of really small non-stingy bubbles.

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Photo of LittleBug31
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An interesting caramel brown. The head is huge! Just as tall as the liquid itself!

S: Very interesting smell. Reminds me of buttery cinnamon-raisin bread with toasty sugar. Spiced apple cider.

T: Cinnamon raisin bread is very evident in the taste as well. A light spiciness that mixes with apples and fruit.

M: Thick and creamy. Smooth with tingly carbonation.

D: Light and bubbly. Easily enjoyed.

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

Been eyeing this one up for a while now--I've been on something of an old ale kick lately.

A: Pours with extremely lively carbonation, an enormous head of buttery light-tan, very bready looking. Slowly receding leaving some sticky lacing. An opaque apple-cider brown colour. If it weren't for opaqueness, I would give this a 4.5

S: Fruity, nutty, layers of caramel, and buttered bread. Cinnamon, sugary spice. Light hops, graham cracker, apple pie. Intriguing nose. As it warms, the apple pie like aroma takes over.

T: Carmelized dark fruit, raisins, tart apples, and a light sourness that comes in around the middle. Nutty aftertaste. Spiced applecrisp is at the forefront once it warms. Delicious.

M: High carbonation, with a buttery mouthfeel.

D: This is a very tasty beer--much more complex than I was expecting. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nokes
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK...first I poured a full mug of head. No joke...I pour beers reasonably frequently and after this, I had serious doubts about my ability to do it properly. 5 fingers of head, 2 millmetres of beer. Egad! Now what do I do?

Once I got this one into a glass, v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y it was actually really quite a looker. Ruby-orange-amber with three fingers of pillowy head that stayed around a long time and left nice lacing up and down the glass. Very nice!

Smelled just fine, but pretty light on the nose. Mild fruity scents and maltiness, but not much.

Taste...wow...there is really quite a lot more here than the nose would indicate. Quick little bite of carbonation before the smooth creamy figginess takes over with sweet dried fruity flavour like crazy. Just a little tart, so it's not cloying. And then...when you think it might be ready to die down, the bitters come on in a big way and s-l-o-w-l-y fade back to a touch of the beginning fruitiness...like a faint echo.

This beer feels so nice...not a lot to improve to my mind. Good mix of carbonation and creamy smoothness.

And you could drink a few of these without a problem. Nice!

This beer is really really really balanced. Just about everything that you taste or feel has its opposite present as well. I like this a lot. Yum! Try it, you'll like it. Probably. If you have the patience to wait for the head to subside, and all the flavours to manifest themselves. It takes time, but it's worth it.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: I need to start by mentioning the ludicrous head. The beer has been in the fridge about 2 hours and is about cellar temperature. Pouring a few ounces into an oversize pint glass (realistically about 20oz) yielded 4-5 inches to light tan compact foam. It's pretty astonishing.

Other than that, the beer is a deep tawny amber with just a little bit of haze. It's pretty appetizing. I just wish the head would subside a little so I can actually drink some.

Smell: the aroma is very nice and makes me think of a porter mixed with a barleywine. There is a little hint of chocolate here but this is surpassed by the malty aroma of raisins and figs. I quite like it.

Taste: big, big malt. The raisins and figs are back at it, combined with fresh tobacco and a dry, almost ashy finish. This is actually great -- it's like a good barleywine with the volume turned down a hair. This is a great beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a little bit of a syrupy consistency that coats the mouth for a little bit but does not wear out its welcome. Carbonation is relatively low, which is surprising considering the mammoth head. I think it works quite well.

Drinkability: this is an incredibly tasty beer, and it is disappearing far faster than I would like. Its seriously contemplative flavor profile and 6.3% ABV, however, will keep me to one at a time.

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Photo of MOShepp
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown with amber edges, big billowing tan head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma of toffee, fruit, woodiness and dark toast.

Tastes of ripe fruit, toffee, slight char and hint of chocolate cognac. Some bitterness in the middle and aftertaste, but well balanced and smooth.

A lot of bold flavors going on and smooth drinking. This is a realtreat. I'm planning to brew a clone to this one.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very sweet ale, lots of malt and a decent hop bill in this example. Bready malt notes in the nose along with raisin cake and dried fruit. The taste offers a sweet malty backbone delivering toffee, chocolate and nut flavors. The hops give this ale a spicy warmth and add to the richness and depth. Very complex for the style and one of the finest examples. Smooth understated mouthfeel.

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Photo of Long813
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Stein

A: Dark amber body. 1.5 inch off white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malts, wood, toffee, raisins.

T: Sweet roasted caramel, some oak and vanilla. Faint dark fruits in the background.

M: Medium bodied and carbonation. Smooth texture with a nice sticky caramel finish.

D: Very easy to drink and enjoy. I do find the price to be a bit high on this though.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tons of head. It fills the glass and then cascades up something akin to a Guinness, but not as creamy (or dark). Foamy, spongy head remains a long time, and leaves lacing down the sides of the glass. Deep amber colour.

Smell is good, but not captivating. Earthy.

What flavour! Sweet malty caramel/roast flavour, but not too sweet. Nice earthy balance with scotch/wood notes. Is that vanilla I taste? Maybe even some dried dates or apricot?

Mouthfeel is just about perfect, I think. A great balance of how it feels on all areas of the tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is great, but I wouldn't have too many at once... maybe a couple.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, bold orange-red color. The tall, light tan head has a thick, foamy, frothy texture. Retention is excellent, and a spattering of lacing stripes the glass.

S: Substantially toasty malt in the nose, along with some toffeeish sweetness. Definitely fruity as well - raisin and cherry mostly. Some mineral and spicy hop notes as well.

T: A big toasted malt sweetness up front, with definite flavors of caramel and toffee. Notes of dark fruit are prominent, recalling black cherries and raisins. A substantial hop bitterness here adds excellent balance, with mineral and earthy/spicy flavors. Some mildly nutty flavor is also noticeable.

M: Full-bodied with a firm mouthfeel. A touch of stickiness before fading into a drying finish. Carbonation is on the lively side.

D: A very well-brewed ale from Fuller's. A big, balanced beer with something for everyone. Also comes in at a manageable abv, making drinkability quite easy.

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