Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's 1845Fuller's 1845
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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 ZorPrime
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received during CanBIF6 from BBrianBoogie.

Amber color, very dark, clear. Nice dense head. Creamy looking head. Caramel notes in the nose. Slightly burnt. Average intensity and very good. Taste is caramel malts, some burnt caramel with a dry finish with a little bitterness. Very good in the mouth. I expected this one to be very good, however it is excellent.

Meidum body. Easy to drink.

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

Daggum, this is a bright, amber, clean looking beer. Nice head, but not too big. Looks darn tasty.

Quite a nice biscuity sweet aroma. Light toast and caramel. Malty. Powerful but not overwhelming.

Yup, caramel, toast, biscuit, soft malt and dough in the taste. Center is the malt and caramel, sweet up front, a bit dry in the end. Not crisp, but enough to control the malt from lingering too long. This is good. Drinks very nicely.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured dark amber with a creamy white head. A medium level of carbonation is visible and there is a good amount of head retention.
S: There are faint aromas of malt in the nose with some hints of caramel.
T: There is a slight bit of sweetness in the overall taste, which is very well balanced with the underlying malts and has lots of toasted malt flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very drinkable and can be considered as being sessionable.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

imperial pint poured into a us pint glass. freshness dated for sep 1st, 2011.

color is a deep reddish copper with a pinky of off white head. has a bit of haze, presumably from the bottle conditioning, and head retention is good - lasts almost til the end of the glass. some legs, but not much lace in this glass.

smells of toffee and carmel with a lot of fruit - apple? fig maybe? has a bit of a soapy undertone to it, otherwise smells pretty good.

taste begins with toasted malt sweetness followed quickly by hop bitterness on the sides and back of the tongue. some fruit rolls in before a bitter and exceptionally dry finish. this is a really complex beer; it's hard to describe exactly what's going on here.

feels pretty smooth. medium bodied, with the fine co2 profile that i love in english ales.

drinkability is high, though not quite sessionable. i probably wouldn't have more than 2 of these at a time. superbly crafted though and fits the style well.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich reddish brown with a great big beige head. Bunch of lacing.

Some woody aromas, but a really got more wet cardboard out of this than anything. Anything good was overrshadowed by this funk. Loses big points here with me.

Toasted bread, browned, bread crust, some burnt sugar and orange. Just a great mix of flavors and balance of sweet and bitter. Caramel, vanilla, spice. It has it all.

Medium to fuller bodied. Mouth coating.

Went down easy, but 1 was enough. Glad I tried, but won't be a regular purchase (not for bad reasons). This is special, and once in a while beer. Tasty and filling. Very much worth the try.

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Photo of STEG
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured slightly chilled into a delirium tulip deep reddish copper colored

Smell is great, lots of vanilla, oak, cherry, and phenols.

Taste is somewhat bland some bittersweet chocolate/cocoa poweder and wood up front, not much in between, and a nice bitterness at the end, present but not overly powerful.

Mouthfeel is interesting, lively, almost prickly slightly oily texture to it.

I would drink another one of these just to make sure, I wonder if this was a bad bottle or stored improperly or something, I'm not getting an A- average beer here. I would much rather have a sam smith's stingo over this.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper amber with a nice two-finger off-white head. Quite a few rings of lacing as it goes down.

S: Strong whiff of caramel malts alongside some initially-unidentifiable spices, almost reminding me of Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome. Somewhat earthy. Hints of orange marmalade.

T: A nice, brisk hop presence; slightly herbal and earthy. Very nice caramel malt in the background, with a mild amount of spice. Slightly sweet. Still having trouble identifying the specific spicing--perhaps the orange marmalade I detected in the nose.. Mild hints of tobacco and a very slight green apple skin presence.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate, brisk carbonation. No detectable alcohol presence. Chewy and biscuity.

D: Although certainly not within the English definition of sessionable, this is one incredibly drinkable brew. Nice balance between earthy hops, fruity esters, and caramel malt.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's 1845. 1 pint 0.9 oz.

Poured into an Ommegang Witte glass. Deep reddish/brown copper with a 1" foaming sand-colored head that quickly settles into a thin film. Lace has decent cling.

Musty yeast and a touch of fruitiness in the nose. Not too prominent.

A wall of malt flavor rushes in backed by some succulent fruit flavors in the back. There's a hazy, yeastiness brooding in the background as well. Malt is thick and bready, and has a mild taste of toasted grain. The warming alcohol is apparent upon the first sip. It also lingers in the back of the throat long after all but the bitterest hop flavors disappear.

Medium-bodied, gushing and lush... at first. Carbonation is crisp and fizzy. Overall, the mouthfeel is great, however it's a very quick experience: full in the beginning, but immediately deflating.

There's a lot of complexity in the malt flavors, and the hops add a nice bitter aftertaste. The alcohol itself becomes less apparent after a few sips. Quite nicely balanced overall.

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Photo of Thur123
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep orange/red that's very murky in the glass with about one finger worth of head. The smell is musky sweet malt, the very same malt smell I get from the other Fullers...and a good thing indeed. The smell is like powdered sugar, hops, and caramel, with figs and a bit of cinnamon or maybe brown sugar.

Glug glug glug

The taste is a robust malt with sweet figs and bitter hops colliding in a flavor and sweetness that somewhat reminds me of grape or strawberry preserve. The mouth feel too is very thick and smooth. The first flavor is a sweet and moderate hop that's swarmed underneath by a complex and refined malt that's straightforward in presentation but complex upon further reflection. All and all a good beer. Also the head really stays piled up on this one...many sips in and it hasnt receded.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in an English pub glass.

L - clear cherrywood color with a beige head that thinned out and left a thin coat of lacing.
S - dark fruits and malty sweetness fill the nose.
T - rich malty taste with notes of dates and other dark fruit flavors and just a light hint of bitterness before the sticky sweet finish.
F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.
D - very easy to drink and very tasty as well.

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Photo of bob3701
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a big fluffy off-white head that retains well with very good lacing. Just a mild malty aroma. Malted toffee flavor with a clean slightly hoppy finish. This was a great drinking beer and really wished I had more than one bottle of it.

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Photo of markbatonrouge
2.55/5  rDev -38%
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 +5.8%
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 -2.7%
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 -1.9%
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 -9.5%
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 +8.3%
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 +8.8%
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 +7.1%
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 +8.3%
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 +19.7%
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 +1.5%
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 -12.2%
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 -10.5%
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 -26.5%
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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Beer rating: 86.2% out of 100 with 1,122 ratings
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