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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Photo of Raime
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fuller's 1845.

I've only had a handful of beers outta these lovely Brits but only because I don't see many of them around here. This is my introduction to the English style of Strong Ale and I trust in these guys to lead me correctly. No big intro here, let's drink it.

Look - From an odd shaped bomber hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours a deep,deeeeeeeep amber/ruby/ garnet hue with an initial two finger off white head that is exceptionally thick and pilowy in consistency. Depth of the coloration ensures only a faint amount of light can penetrate. The carbonation appears to be about moderate. Head leaves immediate pillowy stick amongst a slow descent into the swill. Head retained well throughout the drink and left a ton if sticky lace.

Smell - The bottle is more than correct when it states there will be notes of fruit cake. That is basically the entirety of the nose, along with some nutty factors as well. No point in going on a drivel here, it smells how the bottle says it will smell. However, now that the beer has warmed there is a nice dark baked bread aspect as well.

Taste - The flavor profile on this beer is almost dubbel like minus the HUGE cherry flavor I tend to get from those beer. Dark baked bread though with a bit of the cherry though it doesn't dominate. Minimal hop level. Sweetness is on the lower end of medium. Not a massive profile, but it is pleasant.

Feel - The feel on this brew is very creamy due to the retention and thickness of the remaining pillow of froth, however the overall body is pretty watery with quite a bit or carbonation. Flavors turn sweeter as it sits. Swallows quite sweet with dominating fruit cake.

Overall - This was an alright beer but to be quite honest my overall enjoyment of it was about average. Was a lot like a toned down dubbel and that isn't a style I particularly care for. I guess it would be nice on a cool fall night around a fire, but too little for the dead of Winter up North. I doubt I'd buy again, but would drink it if handed to me. Completely different than the American counterparts..

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fuller's pint glass.

A - pours deep mahogany with a thin off-white head
S - Smells of caramel malts and fresh toast
T - Brown bread, toffee, cascade hoppy finish with bright golden notes and boozy overtones. Leaves a bit of a coppery aftertaste
M - Smooth, with quite a bit of carbonation
O - The flavour is quite different than what I am used to and was even a bit difficult to identify at first. However, it is quite nice and really grows on you.

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Photo of hopley
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 Aaryah
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of headlessparrot
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first English Strong Ale--that's an unexpected fact. And apparently I chose a good one. This seems to be a standard-bearer for the style. I can't confirm or deny that, but I will say that it doesn't strike me as either tremendously different from or tremendously better than other Fuller's offerings: has the same kind of green, vegetal hop presence, some crystal malt, light carbonation.

The difference here is a bigger malt presence, suggestive of coffee or bitter chocolate, and a sense that both the malt and hop component have been amped up just a tad. Finishes a touch sweet, with that green vegetal hop finish. Pours a slightly hazy amber/red, capped by a fast-receding head of large-bubbled foam (typical of bottle conditioned offerings). Good sudsy lacing. It's a nice, drinkable ale, presenting more complexity as it warms, and I have a distinct sense the ABV could sneak up on you. Good brew, but not quite the holy grail.

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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hdtrice
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Revised 5/13/16.

Look: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Three finger light brown head, medium red-brown hazy body.

Smell: Caramel and bread mainly, but also some floral and cream notes.

Taste: Same as above, but less apparent. Some roasted nuts on the end, probably from the hops.

Feel: Medium-high carbonation, medium body, a bit dry.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Myotus
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle (best by date 21Oct15) into a Mikasa ale glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of khaki foam that halves itself after 1 minute. Copper in color with a subtle cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and very subtle. There are very small particles floating throughout the brew. Lacing is moderate and both thick and thin in varying areas of the lacing.
SMELL: Strong aromas of figs, prunes, and molasses, and caramel entangle with mild aromas of tree nuts and bready malts, subtle aromas of smoked goodness, and hints of floral hops.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild caramel, figs, prunes, and molasses flavors. Mild bready malt and tree nut flavors follow right after. About 3 seconds pass from the initial taste as mild smoked goodness flavors and subtle floral and earthy hop (where did they come from, though?) flavors enter as all previous flavors begin to fade.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and finishes with a strong dryness.
NOTE: The first for me of its style. I thought it was great and I loved how it shared some qualities with the Scotch Ale style. The smoked goodness at the end was a tad too strong for me since it wasn't balanced out by the other flavors.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours copper with lasting off white creamy head, with nice lacing. Caramel, toast, butterscotch, raisin, dark fruit, cherry, bread Slight spice notes. Full body with light carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of RMentair
3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MickeyMonk
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DruC4
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vanakos
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ambruns1979
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dentist666
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint.
Pours hazy copper with nice beige head, good retention and laces.
Smell - dried fruits, grassy hops, caramel.
Taste - rich malty, dark fruits, somewhat bready, excellent bitter palate.
Medium body and soft carbonation. Demonically excellent beer.

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Photo of BRB1978
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gemini6
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitschiguy
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 500ml bottle into an English pint glass.

Poured a lovely deep ruby brown with a tight, fluffy head that disappeared fairly quickly but left quite a bit of lacing.

Intense nose with lots of dried fruit, fruitcake, malty bready notes and some hop coming through. Complex.

Palate is full and rich. Complex and malty with an assertive bitterness hitting the back of the tongue and sides of the mouth. A very long, drying finish. Beautiful.

Mouth feel is great. Very full and well-rounded with low natural carbonation.

Overall a remarkably good beer. Very complex, strong, good mouth, nose and palate. The finish is too hoppy for my personal taste. Not sessionable as it's pretty strong.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of clarknova
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sokol_1993
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lomunchi
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,127 ratings
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