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

a higher gravity english bitter with a healthy lace. ruby copper. nose of earth and mild metallic. some maltose and citrus. a nice blend of that with a bitter finish. rather a tight package of all the necessary qualities of a english ale. a bit hoppier but that seems to compensate for the alcohol as it is untraceable.

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

Pours a pale copper/ruby with a large persistent head leaving lacing down most of the glass.
Rich aroma of spiced marmalade, dried figs, golden syrup, well-aged sherry, some woody notes and earthy English hops. Lovely, reminds me of plum pudding.
More oxidised alcohol is noticeable upon tasting, though more like a port than sherry. Hints of oak shine through what is quite a rich combination of treacle, caramel and nutty malt. Sharp alcohol on the finish detracts somewhat from the overall experience.
All this is supported by a full, rich body and low carbonation, which suits the beer well.

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

Pours a very dark reddish-orange with a very thick light brown orval-style head that lasts forever. Tons of lacing, one of the nicest looking beers ever.

Smells of rich malts, sweet dark fruits, some subtle spices, cinnamon and apples, and the yeast is noticeable.

Tastes of metallic yeast upfront, rich caramel malts with some citrusy fruits, apples, cherries, spices, kind of medicinal and finishes with a nice burnt and somewhat hoppy aftertaste. A delicious hardy beer indeed.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel, this head just doesn't want to leave the poor beer alone, my god! Considering how thick and rich this beer is, it's still drinkable, although having more than one in a sitting would cause a few problems. The perfect representation of any English style beer IMO.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is reminiscent of a barley wine with a medium slightly cloudy amber and v=bright whhite head that dissipates quickly

The smell is very much like barley wine with sweet honey and herb barley notes dominating

The taste is a lot more bitter tahn anticipated with strongfloral hop character

Mouthfeel is medium body with lowish carbonation

Wont buy this one again unless there is nothing better around AND I m craving a beer - UNLIKELY

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

Pours a slightly orange color with a thick foamy head that laces like a champ.

The smell and taste both have a crisp hoppiness followed by a sweet caramel note. Very well rounded and balanced, easy to imagine drinking this beer a hundred and fifty years ago.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy without going over the top and hurting drinkability, very nice beer. Fuller's seems incapable of disappointment.

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

Pours a rich coppery color with a full, fluffy off white head from the bottle conditioning that retains and laces well. Smell is pure English ale... roasted and toasted grains, carmel, light watery fruit and dried dark fruit, bready. Taste follows smell where the medium roasted grains, and bready and carmel malts take center stage against a backdrop of hints of dried fruit (raisin) and light, watery fruit (apple). The back end has a distinct but minimal scorched, grainy and earthy flavor, which i enjoy. Medium bodied, perfect bottle conditioned carbonation, semi-dry. Very good English Strong Ale, one, if not the best in class.

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

Thanks Dave!

Butterscotch, vanilla and marmalade on the nose. The palate is equally complex and retained. Notes of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, oak, and spicy hops with just enough bitterness for balance in the finish. A complex quaffer. This is what traditional English ale is all about. Refined and balanced, creamy body.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark amber color with just a little sediment floating around in it. Initially poured a beautiful 2 finger, off white head. Even after 15 minutes, it still has almost a full finger of foamy head. Lots of sticky lacing as well.

S: Very fragrant, even from several inches away. Lots of sweet dark fruit, raisins, toasted malts, some subtle spice (coriander?), and just a hint of sweet hops. Very pleasing.

T: Similar to the nose - dark fruits, plums, raisins, and spicy malt. Some alcohol is also detectable. Finish has a fairly strong hoppy bitterness to it, but its pleasant and complements the initial sweetness very well.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Maybe just a little watery at the start, but it fills your mouth with such an amazing array of flavors that it more than makes up for it. Hops leave the sides of the tongue tingling and asking for more.

D: This is a really good beer - I could definitely spend a night drinking just this. A very complex and tasty brew.

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

Seems like forever ago I bought this one. Finally decided to crack it out.

Pours a deep copper red with gorgeous amber highlights. Bits of sediment lazily float around, showcased only when held up to the light. One finger of tightly knit off-white, bordering light tan head, with big soapy bubbles floating on top. Never really seen a head like this before. Nice patchy lacing coats the snifter all the way down.

First whiff revealed big fruity esters, plum and sweet sticky raisons. But as the beer began to warm, really deep notes of toffee and caramel along with toasted malts, oak and vanilla took center stage.

Plum, raison and various other dark fruits hit the palate first followed by vanilla, light toasted malts, oak and a dry herbal hop finish that stays awhile. The pronounced toffee and caramel presence in the nose is still detectable, but really gives way to the prominent dark fruity flavours.

Almost coats the tongue; slick and smooth with a dry, light, hoppy finish. Like all of the other Fuller's products I've had to date; perfectly balanced.

Overall, an excellent beer from Fuller's. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Stands on par, if not a notch higher to their ESB which is my other favorite offering from them. I've never been overly fond of English beers, but this brewery definitely makes me reconsider that idea.

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

Appearance: Poured into a nonic, this beer is a beauty, with a deep ruby hue and a tan thin head that sticks for awhile. Best by date: 18 May 2011

Aroma: Dark dried fruits, estery, deep maltiness, slightly sharp and pungent.

Taste: Complex, and rich. a robust, but smooth blend of chocolate, raisins, dark caramel malts, with a nice bitter balance of hops and what seems to be dark-kilned barley. Nice and fruity and complex and rich.

Mouthfeel: Full and rich, with moderate carbonation that accents the flavor well, but doesn't get in the way.

Drinkability: Very good. Excellent for a style that is meant to be more robust. Another fabulous beer from fullers. If you appreciate great balance in a full flavored english ale, give this a try. I will be buying this again, as this would be a fun beer to include in a tasting with friends.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After a string of bad beers and realizing I need some space in my fridge to fit my most recent purchases from the LCBO, I decided that Fuller's usually has good stuff that will be able to break me out of this rut. Got this one from Ludachris, and it has a best before is 28/7/2010

Appearance: Clearly a bottle conditioned beer, as there is a large amount of yeasty sediment. Produced only a finger of had that did lace and retain somewhat. The beer itself is a dark red copper color.

Smell: A very nice dried fruit smell, specifically noticing apricots. Has a good background of malts and a bit of a dry hop smell. Didn't take any warming to come out either.

Taste: Starts with a very rich malt texture that gets quite a bit milder as you drink it that ends with a light dusting of dry hops. It's nice, but not quite as fruity or diverse as I expected it to be.

Mouthfeel: Well the carbonation is quite good and it transitions fairly well but it does leave a little bit too much of a dry sensation for my liking. The aftertaste is alright, but it does linger for a bit too long.

Drinkability: The dry texture really stops me from putting this down and it's not all that refreshing. I mean no gas or bloating issues but it just doesn't seem to do that much for me. It's alright, but it just seems to be missing the mark.

Final Thoughts: All in all, a good beer but I wouldn't say it's exceptional. I certainly appreciated the Fullers ESB a lot more then this. It's worth one try, but I wouldn't go past that.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 4/14/11 on back label. Was a rich amber color with countless yeast particles floating in it. Some carb streams and good lacing. It had a massive beige head that slowly settled into a constant foam cap.

The aroma was fruity, caramel, toasted malt, oak and some alcohol. Definitely English aroma. Good but not one that I'd keep sniffing throughout like some. The taste was also pretty solid and again featured the malt backbone with a nice dry moderately bitter finish. The fruit in the nose is less prevalent here. Same with the alcohol. The only real negative here is the is a very strong burnt aftertaste that hits several seconds after you swallow. It was weird in that it didn't happen every time just every 2nd or 3rd drink. It would hit quickly and then fade but really distracts from the overall flavor. Mouthfeel is a little watery but has good carbonation.

Overall, a solid, drinkable beer. It's my first English Strong Ale so can't compare to style or others in it. Worth a try for sure. Key for me was to keep drinking so that the burnt taste couldn't get a chance to hit. Rotation: avail here. While I enjoyed trying it and a new style it just didn't grab me as something I'd want to have all that often. More a style thing than not being good.

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

Appearance: Pours to a deep reddish/amber color with a substantial tan head. Foam hangs in there pretty well, and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. A beautiful pour in all regards.

Smell: I distinctly pick up cider-like overtones in the aroma of this beer. Slight hops as well as malts are present in the aroma as well.

Taste: Opens smoothly and subtly. Hints of bitterness tangle with hints of sweetness, but nothing overpowering. Malty overtones creep in at the finish. Some of the apple overtones in the aroma creep into the taste as well, although slightly more bitter than the aroma might indicate. Hops becomes more evident as the beer has an opportunity to warm and breathe.

Mouthfeel: Nicely smooth. A slight bite of carbonation enters the picture as well.

Drinkability: Excellent. Smooth, refreshing, and tasty. This beer works well with food. Although it has many subtle overtones in its taste, it does not get overwhelmed by food easily.

This is an excellent example of an English Strong Ale.

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

Pours a nice amber color with an average sized white head. The smell is fairly floral and malty, but the taste is surprisingly bitter. All in all, it makes for a fairly moderate taste - nothing too extreme in any direction. I'm not sure if I could consider this a session beer - aside from the elevated ABV, it's a bit too bitter for sessioning, in my opinion.

This might seem like a strange description, but this beer strikes me as your stereotypical "good beer." I think most beer drinkers, novice and experienced alike, could appreciate this brew in some way. It does a lot of things well.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a dark caramel/amber color.. pretty thick looking with a frothy tan head. The smell is a nice combination of sweet caramel and molasses..

The taste is fairly balanced but a lot more bitter than the smell gave away. Caramel malts are balanced well with the hops throughout. Very drinkable and refreshing.. alcohol presence is pretty limited. I'm really impressed with this beer.. its not something I would call intense or extreme but it is very solid all around.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz heavy dark brown bottle into a clear pint glass with very attractive label. Best by date of September 22, 2010. Single purchased at Cost Plus World Market. I love the bottles and labels Fuller's uses.

A-Pours a copper-amber with a gigantic head and nearly no body. I tried to pour this consistently as I do others. A very gentle pour of the remainder still produced a two finger head. Heavy lacing.

S-Mildly fruity with toasted malt notes. Not much hop aroma.

T-Surprisingly bitter, even more so than their ESB. Malts are predominant, but not enough complexity or balance to interest me after this initial try. Definitely improves as it warms.

M-Quite smooth and slightly chewy.

D-I had difficulty appreciating this beer or understanding why it is rated as high as it is. Perhaps, I don't care for the style, but this seemed to miss the mark.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger medium-thick off-white head with good retention. Color is a nice crimson red, clear, with quite a bit of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good cap. Some film remains and leaves some lacing down the glass. Good for the style for sure.

SMELL: Caramel malt and toffee and some hints of dark drapes and prunes. A touch of flower hop as well. Relatively mild.

TASTE: Taste is much bolder. Caramel malt and toffee with hints of dark grapes and spices. Some flowery hops and quite a bit of spicy alcohol and hop bitterness at the finish. Strong and long lasting aftertaste has a spicy alcohol finish and plenty of earthiness and bitter hops. Quite nice. Sweetness up front and nice bitterness at the end. Very enjoyable and well balanced.

PALATE: Medium body and higher end carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down with a bit of a scratch and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Could be smoother, but alright.

OVERALL: Very enjoyable strong ale. Alcohol is very present given the modest ABV, but that plays well in the enjoyable taste profile. Enjoyable and drinkable, one I'll certainly visit again. Recommended.

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

Appearance: dark copper with white lacing. Good retention.

Smell: loads of malt sweetness.

Taste: sweet malt with a little fruit. There's even a little bitterness although it fades quickly.

Mouthfeel: heavy; almost like a syrup (but I say that about all sweeter beers).

Drinkability: medium. You really have to favor the sweeter ales to drink many of these. If that's what you indeed prefer, careful of the relatively high ABV%.


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

This Fuller's offering comes in the familiar bottle used for their ESB and London Pride brews, but bottle conditioning and the yeasty sediment which accompanies it set this ale apart. Of course, I've yet to see much yeast in the bottles of 1845 I've opened, but pouring in the contents -- yeast and all -- certainly does little to harm the flavor.

1845 is a deep copper brown ale, which pours with a nice frothy ivory head. The head dissipates quite a bit a few minutes after pouring, although a ring of fine bubbles persists. The aroma of this one really does smell a bit like fruitcake, with dark brown sugar and spice overtones. There's a bit of alcohol in the scent, but it's not overpowering at all. I think I smell some earthiness from the hops, but my weak nose finds it barely detectable.

There is a bit of body, but not quite as much as I had expected. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Carbonation is light, but that's pretty typical for plenty of British beers, especially old ales. Flavor is dry but malty, with a reasonable but restrained crisp, gingery bitterness. Taste is slightly fruity, with fig, caramel and roasted malt overtones. Aftertaste is crisp and hoppy with some residual maltiness. This ale is well-balanced and delicious.

This is easily one of my favorite ales from the UK. This is definitely a pint I'd enjoy on a rainy autumn evening...preferably in front of a warm fire.

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Photo of ADZA
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours beautiifully with a nice frothy two finger with heaps of lacing that is very present,it has pungent aromas of passionfruit,fruitcake and hard boiled candy,it has an above average mouthfeel with tastes of boiled candy,honey nectar and malty coated hops,a very nice beer that i could drink all night.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium amber, slight red tint in the light, with two fingers of thick white head. Some visible carbonation. Looks pretty good. Nose has sweet malts, some bittering hops, and a light caramel.

Pretty sweet, big malts up front, with a toasted caramel or toffee flavor. The caramel is pretty light, like in the nose, but this smell is something I typically associate with a d A darker beer. A bit of hops on the end, and a lingering bitterness from those after the swallow. Helps balance the beer.

Light carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

I've liked several Fuller's offerings, though they're on the malty side for me. Like other Fuller's brews, this one is on the conservative side, has enough depth to be interesting, and manages to be 'classy' in its traditionalism.

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

Picked up from the NSLC a while ago and has been sitting around.... until now.

Pours a dark, cloudy amber color, with two fingers of thick, slightly off-white head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass during the session.

Scent is slightly malty, with some sweet dark fruits.

Taste is of a bready type of roasted malt with some mild chocolate. No hint of the dark fruit I thought I had detected in the smell. Dry finish with a hint of bitterness and lasting aftertaste. Reminds me of some barleywines I have had recently, though not quite as strong.

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4.1 out of 5 based on 1,114 ratings.
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