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 beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium garnet red with a frothy 1 finger beige colored head that was moderatly lasting with a non-existent lacing. Visible carbonation was light with a slight presence of yeasty turbidity upon closer inspection.

S: dry toasted munich malting with some dried fruitiness (apple skins). There was a dry spicines as well coming through. The initial flavor had a nice fruitiness of dried apples and a freshly toasted munich malting. The palate was dry with a nice breadiness accompanied by a moderate flowery hopping. The finish was dry with a warm spiciness or caramel and ripe raisins with a touch of alcohol presence.

M: a soft carbonation, smooth in texture. A nice dry residual munich malting coats the tongue with a dry floral hopping.

D: Decent drinkability all around, drinks much like a red.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa, this is a very nice looking beer - a deep red mahogany colour with a fully and robust head of ochre coloured, crunchy foam. Lacing is sudsy, but thick as expected of an English ale, carbonation is very visible through the clear body, but it only forms in tiny bubbles, and has a ways to work through the thick body. Looks pretty damn fantastic.

Nose is blasted with rich raisin and dried fruit sweetness, muted by a slightly buttery and dry yeast character. Very sweet and full though, and fragrant with spicy characters like Christmas cake. All put together it smells like a thick-cut piece of raisin toast, smothered in fresh butter. It's a lovely aroma.

Taste is full and lightly roasted, with enough of the residual sweetness to smooth over the other characters. Slight twang of metallic bitterness on the back, giving a coppery clean finish, with a touch of boozy phenols and a crisply roast bite. The bite on the back is sharp, and cleans it out nicely, but I could also see this going the route of overwhelming and impressive sweetness, giving big soaked fruit characters to the brew. I'm not sure which I'd prefer.

Feel is smooth on the front, but gets stunted by the sharpness on the back, which really cuts it back.

A lovely beer, and a great example of the English putting a more robust and flavourful beer together. Lovely characters, and a good package all up. Something I could drink with abandon (and some amount of boozy haze) throughout the night.

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Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving style: bottle.

Pours a very dark amber/ hazelnut/ chestnut brown color with a thick, frothy head that settles down into a nice lacing. Aroma of fruit and hops. Sweet maltiness up front with hints of sour fruit and a nice bitter/dry hoppy finish. Quite good.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep clear copper. Two inch frothy light caramel-colored head that slowly receded to one inch then held. Medium lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass.

S: Dark fruits, caramel/roasted malts. Slight bitter hop aroma.

T: Sweet malts, dark fruits and nuts up front. Hop bitterness accentuates full flavor to a bit of a dry alcohol finish.

M: Full-bodied; I thought it was a pretty big beer. Good balance with carbonation made it really pleasing.

D: Very drinkable English ale and at the same time delightfully flavorful.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in light auburn, a little bit of haze to it, but the lace formation at 3/4" and retention were impressive. So basically what it lacks in color/clarity it makes up for on top. Aroma, . . . what hops?

This has got to be the weakest strong ale of all time. Comes off more like an English pale ale. Has some of those mild brown malt notes, Burton type yeast, old earthy noble hops, wood, toffee & tea stuff going on.

Expensive format, would not repeat.

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Photo of wl0307
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BB 19/09/09. Served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a translucent, dark chestnut brown with blood-ruby glows, coming with a rocky and creamy foam with superb retention, on top of rather moderate carbonation. Elegant.
S: hop-resinous and fragrant fruity upfront, a proper swirl brings out more fruity hops and esters, with a rich combination of over-ripe pears and white grapes, orangey citrusness, and ripe, fat, perfumy black plums as well as light fruit-candy, on top of lightly chocolatey maltiness that imparts a gristy note of roughly crushed malts along with chunky pieces of very dark chocolates. Overall, the aroma is very fruity and estery, unlike the predominantly malty theme from my previous bottle some months ago, and the aroma has a pronounced sour edge to it... all this due to the yeast-sediments?
T: an impressive wave of deeply bitter-sweet amber and chocolatey malts leads towards complex fruit esters and preserved dark-fruits as in a fruit-cake with a sour-fruity kick as of black-cherry skins and grapes, gradually giving way to an intensifying wave of burned-malt bitterness and spicy+root-herbal hop bitterness that overwhelms the whole palate by stealth. The superbly-lingering and chewy bitter aftertaste also gets a lightly nutty-bitter edge along with a tannic texture imparted by the hops (slightly like the faint, sour-sweet tannic touch from white-grape skins).
M&D: the mouthfeel is refreshing, full of soul-lifting microscopic fizziness, and the full-bodied flavour has a great depth and very good complexity. While my numerous encounters with this beer in the past showed a more pronounced malty theme, this bottle seems to suggest a slight change of recipe? For, the fruitiness from hops and yeastiness seems to come heavier vis-à-vis the maltiness, and renders a really lively fruity aroma and palate, more like Fuller's robust brews like Golden Pride and Vintage Ale. It's actually more like the cask-version that I tried in 2004 at a Fuller's pub on Fleet St., London, "The Old Bank of England", that had a more pronounced fruity presence and soul-lifting body. Whether the recipe has been changed or not, I thoroughly enjoy this great brew!

* Tasting Date: 14/12/05

BB 04/01/07. Served cool in a goblet.
4 A: reddish chestnut brown colour, coming with a thick, creamy and foamy head slowly settling with nice, sponge-textured lacing around the walls of the glass; very low carbonation.
4.5 S: profoundly malty and smoothly fruity... a proper swirl brings out a clearly-structured nose, with a refreshing flow of semi-sweet dark furits, like ripe plums' perfumy sweetness and faintly fruit-candy, on top of toffeeish maltiness which imparts some chewy calcium-pill's smell along with chunky pieces of the darkest chocolates. A closer sniff even reveals some woody note and a touch of tobacco?! Overall, the malty base is solid and thick even by its smell, while the alcoholic touch is hidden well beneath.
4.5 T: upfront on the palate comes immediately a flow of bitter-sweet maltiness combined with a slightly preserved fruity flavour, with a residual fruit-cake aftertaste in the background, gradually followed by intensifying, chewy, big, earthy bitterness occupying the whole palate with a lightly sour-fruity kick of something like black cherries' skin. The aftertaste sees superbly-lingering earthy and lightly nutty bitterness with a tannic texture imparted by hops, at the expense of hop flavour. Only a bit of alcohol warmth is detected deep down the throat, making this a delightfully bitter strong ale to sip~~
5 M&4.5 D: a big ale treading lightly on the palate but leaving deep foot-prints... it really has a good depth that is the strongest point for enjoyment, IMO. Not like other Fuller's stronger brews which all have stronger fruity and hoppy presence, this one is predominantly a malty brew but still full of complexities when appreciated quietly. The cask-version which I tried a year ago at a Fuller's pub on Fleet St., London, "The Old Bank of England", told a different story--with more fruit presence and more soul-lifting in terms of body. Can't explain why but I like them equally.

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant copper amber pour generates a 1” light tan foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big malt and nutty aromas blended with dark sugars with hints of fruit cake. A rich complex malt character comes forward in the nose seasoned with earthy hops that suggest fresh cut wood.
T: a slightly sweet palate developes a full malt character with nuts, light toast and biscuit drying out on the finish with a big bitter hop emphasis. Has a long dry earthy malty aftertaste.
F: Full creamy palateis very soft in the mouth with a little crispness on the finish.
O: In this beer Fuller’s gives a lesson in how to develop rich malt character.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep coppery-brown body that is very clear and a nice big gassy off-white head sits on top. This beer has a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The smell of fresh honeycomb and pale malt are balanced with a faint hop bitterness.

T- The taste of toasted malt with some caramel notes has good depth and tastes of fresh grain and biscuit malt. The finish has a hop bitterness and a bitterness from grain aswell. It’s almost like an astringent taste but more pleasant and it supports the hops. The finish is pretty dry and that lets the hops bitterness hang in the mouth.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol warmth and the fizz is very soft.

D- This beer has a lot of complex malt layers but they are all on the lighter side of the toasting scale. The hops balance well but the harshness of the grain is over-powering. This is a nice complex beer that is not that heavy.

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

This is a 500 mL bottle served in a seidel.

A: The ale has a thick head that laces extensively. Color is deep amber color that borders on ruby red. Orange-brown colors come through when held to light.

S: The nose is nutty-sweet malt flavor with hints of fruit.

T: The ale has coffee/toffee flavors, of which the coffee finshes very long. The alcohol is poorly hidden. Malts are not as sweet as a barleywine. Hops are very earthy but not dominating.

M: The ale's alcohol is somewhat astringent but not too overwhelming. The malty sweetness is good.

D: This is not one to pound, rather savor one bottle over the course of a night.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze-ish amber with a nice light brown head and decent carbonation from bottle conditioning. Nice balanced malt and English hop aroma; spicy in both regards. Spicy malt flavors dominate. Medium bodied with a warming spicy malt finish.

A bit smoother than the standard ESB but this is nothing compared to the Bottle Conditioned Special Edition ESB !

Per Label: Bottle Conditioned

Best By: 03/20/06
Tasted: 11/07/05

($3.99 / 16.9 oz. bottle embossed with lots of brewery stuff)

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Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/9/11

A looks like a clear dark amber but when held to the light you see all the sediment being moved around by a few slowly raising bubbles, the few visible bubbles feed a large three finger cream colored foam that quickly falls to a pinky's worth of film that leaves several rings of lace followed by partial rings deep down the glass, the film falls further still to an island yet still manages to leave some random lacing

S toffee covered dried dark fruits and nuts, a little muscat grape and faint coco

T what I smell but with some added strength and complexity, lots of spicy hops to go with what I smell and I'd believe you if you told me it was a session ale because this one's only strong in flavors the booze just isn't there

M silky and smooth with little carbonation but it works well for it, lingering nutty, fruity flavors leave little to be desired, not overly thick but pretty good nonetheless

O tasty stuff and it looks sexy, other areas aren't lacking either, worth picking up for sure, try it if you get the chance

not sure why I associate Fullers with commercial grade mass produced beer because everything I've had from them has been quite tasty and well made. This beer is no exception, from this point on I'll be giving Fullers the respect they deserve (plenty of it)

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says it's best served before 1/4/2007. Served in a pint glass the beer pours a dark amber color, with a decent sized frothy off-white head. There's a good amount of lacing that stays on the glass. It smells like raisins, nuts, caramel and toffee. It tastes the same way to me, but there's also a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium/full and slightly slick, and it has just the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability is good, the beer goes down smooth and easy. Overall it's a pretty good beer, I'd love to try it on tap somewhere.

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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 bylerteck
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep copper/ruby red with a good amount of carbonation. Bright. One finger of beige, fluffy, creamy head. Good sticky lacing with a half finger of lacing. Nice.

S - Nutty, caramel, bready, earthy, slightly fruity, raw English hops. Not too bad.

T - Caramel, nutty, bready, earthy. The label says dried fruit and that seems fairly appropriate.

M - Farily carbonated which seems too extreme. Medium to full bodied. Nutty/slightly fruity malt finish.

O/D - Not bad but nothing special. I expected alot more to be honest. Fairly tasty, but lacking that special something. Not typical of their usually spot on beers. Worth a try though.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local store just got this in, and at $3.49 for 16.9oz bottle of a fresh English Strong Ale, I couldn't pass on it. Best by 16 June 2010

A: A careful pour results in an absolutely spectacular garnet beer with exceptional clarity, plenty of gorgeous carbonation and a finger-thick off-white head. Retention is good, and there's plenty of lacework as well.

S: Earthy and herbal hops, mildly grassy. Behind the hops, there's a solid malt base with toffee, nougat, caramel and honey. Great balance, with a mild nuttiness. I love the British expression of the Maris Otter malts.

T: Opens up hoppy with with a very earthy bitterness before a moderate malt flavor kicks in. Malt is quite complex, with toffee and nougat being dominant. Dries up on the finish, leaving a mildly bitter finish with a hint of sweetness

M: Medium in body with a soft and gently carbonation, this beer is quite remarkably smooth on the palate. The finish is pretty darned good too.

D: This is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. It should serve as a very appropriate nightcap

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Photo of bark
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The large head is made of fine, yellowish foam that disappears slowly, building a fine, hard crater. The Colour is deep copper red; the liquid is a little hazy.

The smell of this ale is mild, pleasing and a little bit on the sweet side. There are some yeast and lots of malts. There are hints of that special, sour smell that bottle conditioning creates.

The first part of the taste is alcohol, but just for a short moment. Then, a fresh mix of sweet malts and mild hops appears, slowly increasing the bitterness into a dry, long and balanced aftertaste.

The carbon dioxide is conservative with small bubbles.

The taste is complex, yet I found it somewhat avoiding and hard to put my finger on its special character. I have to compare it with Fuller’s ESB, one of my favourite ales. And my conclusion is that 1845 is common ale with some extra alcohol, while ESB is ale with extra everything: More alcohol, more malt, more hops and more grit.

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

Best before date 1-3-05. But still tasted good.

Appearance- Pours a very nice, merengue head with good retention and a good head. But the foam dissapears after drinking about three quarters of the bottle.

Smell- Lots of coojed mlats. The first thing that comes to mind is a BBQ. There are lots of brown usgary sweet smells that mix with that BBQ smell.

Taste- Very malty. Good malty. I like the taste of this ber. Lots of sweet malts and light hops. Very balanced.

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Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very clear coppery red colour topped by a dense, tan, long-lasting head that left a substantial lace on the sides of the glass. Rich malty aroma, a bit biscuity, with a grassy hop character. Alcohol is just barely evident. Sweet, malty flavour with a rich, almost vinous, fruitiness balanced nicely by a base hop bitterness that shows up towards the finish. Very light alcohol warming. Medium/full body with an extremely creamy texture, assisted by the fine carbonation from the bottle conditioning. This is a very fine beer that I'll definitely be buying more of.

Brown 500 mL bottle, best before date on rear label, bottle conditioned.

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Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Pours a darkish copper color with ruby hue. One-finger head.

Aroma: Malty and rich. Some bitterness in the nose.

Taste: Very malty upfront with decent hop bitterness in the middle. Finishes dry. A second sip confirms the bitterness which I really like. A tad biscuity. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter with some biscuit flavor. Full-flavored, which I enjoy very much.

Verdict: Certainly my favorite out of the three Fullers' beers I've had. I'll probably buy another bottle to age because it's bottle conditioned. Very drinkable. I would buy it again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic. Poured a deep, translucent amber with ruby highlights when backlit. One inch frothy off-white cap was embedded with ringlets and eventually settled into a quarter-inch consistent head. Some sticky strands of lacing were revealed as the brew receded. Big caramel malt nose with some yeast also present. Taste consistent with nose - sweet and malty, with a slightly bitter/hoppy finish, as well as a mild peppery quality. Mouthfeel was between light- and medium-bodied. Easy drinking and flavorful; alcohol was well-hidden. A fine English strong.

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

Pours a beautiful clear brown/red with good carbonation and a 2 finger head that disappears after a few minutes. Does not leave much lacing. Smell is kind of hard to pick up, not a huge smell in this case but still a good one. Has some malts and a bit of fruit in the smell. Tastes of malts, caramel, and raisins. Maybe some more fruit in there too and slight hops. Has a very solid ale flavor, tasty. Mouthfeel is medium and good carbonation, a very smooth ale. Cannot really pick up on the alcohol and this the very smooth mouthfeel makes it very sessionable. Would and probably will buy this one again.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep chestnut tone. A sticky yet creamy beige head retains very well and laces in sheets. Sweet candy like aroma. Carmalized sugar. Malty sweetness. Very nice. My palate recognizes a big toffee presence first and foremost. Then I notice some sweet undertones like cotton candy, plum and sweet malt. Spice tones accent nicely. I don't think they spice this beer, but there seems to be a cinamon presence to me. Some slight lingering bitterness remains on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel. Body is about medium-full. Easy drinking. If ever there was a good "session" strong ale, this would be it.

Fuller's impresses again.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing dark cherry amber with crusty steady sandstone cap that doesn’t move. 4.25
Dark honey, butter, golden raisins and maybe some candied orange. 3.75
Golden biscuit, butterscotch, peachy esters, thin toffee, peanuts, tannic tea bag and some spicy hops that numb as they linger. 4
Almost medium, fizzy, some chew, smooth. 4

What to make of this… It’s understrength and lightweight for what I’d consider the style (though I’m not sure I could parse English Strong from English Barleywine blindfolded - hops, I guess?) There’s plenty of malt depth + ale esters going on, but it’s also a touch thin, which makes me want to gulp, not sip - the hops finish clean a bit too well - when it’s not really meant for that. At 9 months cellared it’s not getting any better, so left wanting somehow, in the end. 4

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from the LCBO. This years batch, I still have a couple from last year.

Pours a clear coppery red, some orange highlighting, thick light tan head forms, drops a ton of lacing and settles down to a medium layer, looks nice. Smell is nice, very malty, lots of caramel and toast, light graininess, raisins, some dried fruit, nuts, light floral, very crisp toasty malt. Taste is similar, very malty, fruit and nuts, toasty, bread, caramel, corn syrup (in a good way), very rich and malty, raisins in the finish, very well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Just a great easy drinking and malty ale, all the right elements. Nice stuff!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.07/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slight haze, very light brown in color, good lace and retention. Doesn't exactly look appetizing, looks like someone let a turd float in the bowl for a day. You know, that color. Didn't pick up aroma.

Can't figure out from the taste what makes this a strong ale. Tastes like a brown ale (and looks). All malt forward, smooth, bitterness subdued, tea, wood and caramel flavors, lacking hop mouthfeel or alcohol. I don't taste the fruit aspect that some mention.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,110 ratings.
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