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 soju6
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a good sized head that slowly fades to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, burnt coffee, dark fruits and spice.

T: Taste is a mixture of roasted malt, some dark chocolate, dark fruits and some spice. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: A solid medium body, smooth with a creamy texture and an excellent balance. As it warms the flavor and character is enhanced.

O: Great beer to start the new year with.

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

A- Dark copper almost caramel colored body with a one inch head.

S- Malty aroma is upfront that translates to caramel and biscuity flavors, some fruity aroma as well with floral notes.

T- Again malty caramel taste dark fruits come in here as well that I would describe as dry raisins. Hops balance out the malts perfectly with a dry bitterness.

M- Wet lively feel up until the finish which drys the palette.

O- Such a classic Ale that I always turn to, to pair with any meal I'm having.

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

500 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 2/14/2014. Pours lightly clody reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big raisin, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, light nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, pear, molasses, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, light roast, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal spiciness, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity and malt flavors; with big robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent English strong ale! Big complexity and balance of robust malt and fruity flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

A 6.3% ABV English Ale produced by Fuller, Smith & Turner in London’s Oldest Brewery – what better way to forget the rain lashing against my Apartment window on a cold damp windy day in Long Beach.

Appearance – A clear deep copper color with some dark red-orange hints. Head is vanilla colored, that is smooth at first but finishes a thin collar covering. Some lacing is present on the edges of the glass, but not much.

Smell – I could smell this beer as soon as I opened the bottle. Rich, wholesome and very fruity with an alcohol soaked ESB type punch. Malt and alcohol mix smoothly & easily, as well as adding to q very Barleywine type nose.

Taste – The first mouthfeel says it all. Supreme Strong English Ale. Smooth, yet strong. Powerful, but never domineering. Complex but Balanced. Malt dominates the start and like others, I get a yeasty character in the middle and end that reminds of fresh bread.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, silky and fulfilling. A beer that has a signature memory in the mouth, you know you have just drunk a great beer, and there is something left behind to remind you of this fact for some time.

Drinkability – This will never be a session beer, but I find it very drinkable in a relaxed manner. I could easily drink several bottles of this beer throughout the day whilst sat at my PC writing or surfing the net. Great Company.

I am astonished that this is only 6.3%; it tastes and drinks as though it is much stronger.

A superb robust English Ale that lets me forget the cloudy cold & rainy miserable day outside.


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Photo of GregStoner
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Large 1 pt. 0.9 fl oz. bottle, slightly chilled. Best before 20/Jun/06. Let's see... Ridiculous foaming effect on the first pour, with the nonic 60% full of a dense, clingy ecru foam. The beer itself is a just hazy copper red with minimal carbonation...my god, the head on this thing is out of control; I've been pouring a bit here and there over the past few minutes, but the head just continues to grow. I've now got what looks from afar like a scoop of ice cream floating on top of a red beer! I don't know if this is good or bad, but it looks pretty cool! Aromas are very subtle, with honeydew, kiwi, pressed cider, and a clover honey note. Floral. Not what I expected for this style, but nice all the same. Fruit-inflected bready malt flavors throughout the front, with a slight fusel alcohol presence just after the middle. Closed out by a lemon pepper spiciness. Honeyed summer fruits and a pervasive but unobtrusive mineral twang. Feels slightly heavy on the palate, but is more than anything medium-bodied. Dull zinginess, juicy pucker, and a dry finish. Some caramel flavors int he aftertaste. Quite a complex yet understated beer! Nothing I'd crave very regularly, but a wholly unique experience nonetheless. Recommended at least once.

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Photo of steverx8
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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

The beer pours from the bottle a deep amber copper color with a light tan cap of foam. Bananas, other generic fruit, malt, and a little mustiness in the nose. Medium bodied on the palate. Spicy and earthy, with a bitterness that coats the mouth until a big wallop of malt knocks it out of the park. Dry with a twang at the end.

Complex and enjoyable. A great British beer.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - dark brown colour filled with tiny bubbles going up and with almost no head

S - caramelized malts and floral hops

T - great taste, a big roasted malt flavor then hop bitterness with a grassy taste then wooden taste. The malts and hops make it like a thing between the gingerbread and the fruitcake

F - Really smooth feel with perfect carbonation

O - a great beer quite nice for the season. Really balanced and enjoyable! I really like the hop presence between the malts. That's what I like about english ales!

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Photo of homerman9
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Picked up a 500ml bottle at BevMo for $3.99 in late August. Best before Feb 05, 2009.

Beer poured a copper color with a nice two finger white head that sustains well. Nose is a wonderful blend of malts, fruits, and hops. First taste was slight alcohol warming. A malty treat with hints of apple balanced nicely by a dry woody hop. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth on the palate. Overall drinkability is good. This is a very nice beer from a very impressive brewery!

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Photo of Natural510
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, BBD June 7 2012.

Pours a bright amber color with healthy swath of dense foam and creamy lacing which kicks around for the duration of the drink.
Deep malts with a toasted edge to the nose. Very sweet, with spicy notes of cinnamon and toffee.
Fruity, spicy notes complement a sweet, toasted malt-bath flavor. Hops creep in toward the finish for a bittering balance. Yeast lends a mildly tart, astringent finish.
Hearty body, smooth & creamy mouthfeel.

This is a heavy hitter, and some may be put off by the sweetness, roasted malt and heavy bitter combination. I'm not one of them. This one is ballsy, original and a truly delicious "strong" ale.

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Photo of ajmoody76
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. clear and brown. redish tint? thin light brown head. some lace. looks good.

dark malts. caramel and roasty chocolate. hint of fruity hops.

good sweet malt flavor. can taste some chocolate and caramel. alcohol is there.

good carbonation. mid to full body. tastes good. had this at a beer fest in town and went out and bought one.

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

Damn you, English ale kick! I partake of the bottle and the beverage's rich amber hue. A thick creamy head settles its withering legs into a streaking ring. Rich malt, some caramel, a little date and prune. A surprisingly sharp bitterness assaults me, cuts the malt down to size. The warming of this beer has left a peculiar feeling in me of desire. There is a bit of earth and spice in the hops there, the sweet malt begins to backseat. An impressive beverage. The nose had me convinced I was in for something very different. A very pleasant and bitter beverage. A few more of these and I could be convinced..

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Photo of AlexRea
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Pours a reddish coppery color with a generous white head that lingers for quite some time. Smells of nutty caramel malt, slight bready yeast and a very slight astringency. Tastes of smooth malty goodness, kind of like Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, along with biscuit-like yeast flavors, rounded out by a nice smooth hop bitterness at the end. Finish is dry and clean. A quality english ale from Fuller's.

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

Bottle (attractive one, by the way) poured into a Duvel tulip; best by 5-Oct-11, so this one was getting close - had to give it a run. Deep brown, red-hued body, with a thick, two-finger tan head. Good retention and plenty of lacing.

A sweet caramel malt aroma that is accompanied by dark fruit. Some of the sweet aroma may be from the fruit notes, like raisin and date. Just a hint of spiciness in the background.

Very good flavor mix of the malt and slightly spicy hops. In fact, there is much more of hop flavor than I would have expected from the aroma. Still, enough dark fruit, fig, raisin, etc., to make for a very good blend.

Medium consistency in the mouthfeel with nearly no notice of the alcohol. An excellent brew, and even though this bottle was close to it's "best by" date, no noticeable degradation in flavor or aroma.

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

Best before June 16, 2010. Served around 50 degrees F.

Poured into an imperial pint glass with a good inch of white head. The beer is a perfect copper red color with great clarity. Head has very good retention and leaves a thick curtain of lace on the glass as it goes down.

Aroma is that of sweet red apples and English ale yeast.

Flavor is sweet at first but with great bitterness from the hops coming up in the end of each sip. Carmel, raisins, and figs come through but never overwhelm with sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and low carbonation. Drinkability is very good and I could see drinking cask pulled pints of this beer all night at an English pub. I fact, I have long ago.

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

I drank this from a mug...

The beer pours a dark orange/ amber color with a lofty foamy looking head that was off white and left a lot of lacing. I could smell some raisin and apricot, there is a surprising aroma of ketchup as well, it's not bad though. The dominant smell is sweet malt. Tastes slightly bitter on the back of the tongue with herbal hops, lots of sweet, slightly fruity malt flavors emerge, there are hints of plum and alcohol with a bitter finish. The beer is medium bodied and silky smooth with low carbonation and a pleasant dry finish. Excellent brew overall nothing bad to say about this one, try it if you haven't.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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 msubulldog25
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely, classy 16.9 oz/500ml bottle poured to a nonic pint glass. Best Before: 29/AUG/08 - purchased at Cost Plus World Market.

A: Nearly clear amber-brown crowned with a pillowy light-tan head, about 2-fingers worth. Great attentuation, holding for several minutes before receding to a denser cream. Loads of lace, sticking in clumpy bits.

S: Sweeter maltiness, has lightly spicy notes around toasted nuts and a crusty bread graininess. Mildly fruity and a little tart.

T: Big bready malt, lightly toasted and quite dry. Yeasty, a little dirty/peaty tasting, too. Lemony and herbally sharp hoppiness backs up that malt and balances superbly.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Great balance, clean, dry finish.

D: My first taste of this fine ale, definitely not the last.

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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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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,111 ratings.
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