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Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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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

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Added by kbub6f on 09-16-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,998
Reviews:
702
Ratings:
1,127
pDev:
9.73%
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4.15
 
 
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Ratings: 1,127 |  Reviews: 702
Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Modernrickk
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle purchased from Gary's in Bernardsville for $3.99...
Heard a lot of good things about this beer, so I was eager to give it a try...
A very aggressive pour yieled a mahogany-brown, light caramel color with a decent-sized foamy head that left a fair amount of lacing around the top of the glass...
Bittersweet, malty aroma with slight caramel and vanilla notes...
Taste complemented the smell, with barley, grain, vanilla, semi-sweet essences with a nice balance of hops and malts and slight sugars...
Nice, slick, oily mouthfeel heavy on flavor and taste but not overbearing or cloying...
Easy drinkability without any interfering factors - this one went down as smooth as water without any hint of alcohol on the tongue...
Overall, a good sample, but certainly not above and beyond in my opinion... Worth a try if you are a particular fan of English brews...

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Photo of aracauna
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. More subtle, I think, than the ESB. Where the ESB hits you with it's full chewy maltiness, the maltiness in this beer is more subdued and you're actually slammed by the bitterness the first couple of sips. As you get used to the bitterness, you'll start to notice the sweet maltiness (although this is still more subdued than in the ESB) A little later especially after the beer warms up, you'll start to notice some toffee notes starting to mix with the maltiness and slightly citric bitterness. I even noticed the occasional slight hint of banana, but I'm not sure if I wasn't just tasting things.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep, clear red amber with a creamy tan head. Lacing was heavy to the last drop.

Aroma of strong malt, dried dark fruits and caramel.

Like the aroma, the taste is very much malt dominated with the dark fruits, caramel and chocolate. Finishes with a strong, bitter bite. Reminds me a bit of SN Bigfoot.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, rich and smooth. Carbonation is on the lighter side.

A very nice English Strong Ale with a lot of character. Enjoy.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper, clear, with a foamy off-white, almost tan head.
Strong hop smells come billowing out from the head, with malts asserting themselves in subsequent sniffs. Grainy, sweet caramel and bitter spiciness.
Taste is a creamy, smooth, slightly chocolate malt backbone with grains and citrus, with a bitter, drying finish. Alcohol warms the taste.
Medium bodied, nice crisp carbonation provides a balance to the creamy texture.
Complex, tasty brew. Will definitely be having more.

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Photo of Long813
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 soju6
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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.

Excellent.

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Photo of GregStoner
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of orfeu
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +2.2%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%

Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%

Photo of beertastegood
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,127 ratings
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