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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Pooba001
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 18.6 fluid ounce bottle into a pint glass. Slightly dark amber color with a touch of red, kept a decent head throughout. Smell is glorious, all English style ales should smell like this. Seriously, the beer's gone and I keep sniffing the glass and the empty bottle, its that good. Hints of bread dough and alcohol, among others. Taste is a very good balance between malt, hops, and yeast. In a way its a great example what Fuller's does best, i.e. find a tasty balance of all these things, but if you want a particular characteristic of the beer to jump out at you (a certain type of hops, malt sweetness, yeast character, etc.) you're not going to get it here. Mouthfeel is ok, pretty standard, not outstanding. From the scent of the beer I know I want another, but it doesn't quite have the drinkability to be had in high volumes.
This seems to be the baseline of the English Strong Ale category, all others should be classified as either better or worse than Fuller's 1845, and from where I stand most will fall short.

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Photo of LordChesterfield
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The bottle over flowed when I opened it! Oh well. What's more is it poured with a weak head that quickly disipated. This is a really special ale I think. It's crazy. So many tastes, sweet malt and heavy hops with wood and bread! I don't really understand how those chemicals like phenols and diacytal and ester taste, but I think these are probably in here, because there are a lot of flavors that I can acount for, that show up in just about every English Ale I taste. The color is almost like some one took ale and poured either blood or transmition fluid in it. Definitely complex, as with most english ales I've tasted, it gets smoother as it warms up. I wouldn't really drink alot of these the way I would other beers, oh wait, yes I would. I can imagine most people drinking this to inebreation. That's not to say it isn't drinkable, but when compared with drinkable beers, it's definitely not as drinkable. Really, pay attention to the recommended 50 degree serving temperature.

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Photo of Ljunkan
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh... one of my absolute favourites from Fuller's.

Pours an amber color with a nice white head. Smell has notes of tropical fruits, sweet malt and hops. Taste is very balanced by the malty sweetness, caramel, sweet berries and flowery hops. It ends with very good bitterness which remains in the mouth for a long time. Definitely a very nice mouthfeel. You can feel how this wonderful brew spreads around your whole mouth with a plesant "bite" in the bitterness.

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Photo of jlb307
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. Allowed to warm up from fridge to about 50 degrees. "Best by" stamp on the label for Jan 16, 2010.
Thanks to my friend Nick Carroll for the hook-up.

A: Like a burnt orange. Slightly opaque from the sediment haze. Not much carbonation after pour, but it had a nice pillowy 2-inch head which left some nice lacing once it dissipated.

S: Sweet carmel and malt. Subtle aroma but nice.

T: Very nice. Like toasted nuts with the least little bit of a hop aftertaste. Almost semi-sweet to dry.

M: Very smooth with little carbonation. Medium bodied.

D: Really easy to drink. Definitely something you want to savor. Definitely let it reach the recommended temperature as it only got better as it warmed.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 3.5 Pours a dark, hazy (muddied) amber and caramel color that is just able to be seen through. There's a minimal, 1/4" khaki head that dissipates pretty quickly and doesn't want to return. There's light, dispersed lacing.

S- 4.5 Raisin bread comes to mind initially. There is a strong dark fruit (raisin) aroma that is coupled with sweet malts (maybe brown sugar-as in candied nuts). I also get a bit of the yeast.

T- 4 A sweet combination of fruit and malt hits me first. I again get raisin and a little caramel. There is a strong malt presence in its aftertaste and it is pretty dry. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M- 4.5 I'd describe its body as medium-full (its bottle says full). No matter, it is very smooth and fills the mouth well yet isn't overly heavy. Great carbonation level.

D- 4 1845 is a very good ale and it's clear to me why it's been around so long. It is a bit maltier/sweeter in taste than I'd ultimately prefer (though I do like its aroma), but is still quite flavorful and enjoyable. Though it is on the heavy side of the scale, it isn't so much that I couldn't enjoy a couple of these (.5L bottles) in a sitting. There's ample balance in its fruit/malt/bread-like blend. I'd recommend trying this one.

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Photo of nokes
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK...first I poured a full mug of head. No joke...I pour beers reasonably frequently and after this, I had serious doubts about my ability to do it properly. 5 fingers of head, 2 millmetres of beer. Egad! Now what do I do?

Once I got this one into a glass, v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y it was actually really quite a looker. Ruby-orange-amber with three fingers of pillowy head that stayed around a long time and left nice lacing up and down the glass. Very nice!

Smelled just fine, but pretty light on the nose. Mild fruity scents and maltiness, but not much.

Taste...wow...there is really quite a lot more here than the nose would indicate. Quick little bite of carbonation before the smooth creamy figginess takes over with sweet dried fruity flavour like crazy. Just a little tart, so it's not cloying. And then...when you think it might be ready to die down, the bitters come on in a big way and s-l-o-w-l-y fade back to a touch of the beginning fruitiness...like a faint echo.

This beer feels so nice...not a lot to improve to my mind. Good mix of carbonation and creamy smoothness.

And you could drink a few of these without a problem. Nice!

This beer is really really really balanced. Just about everything that you taste or feel has its opposite present as well. I like this a lot. Yum! Try it, you'll like it. Probably. If you have the patience to wait for the head to subside, and all the flavours to manifest themselves. It takes time, but it's worth it.

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Fuller's offering comes in the familiar bottle used for their ESB and London Pride brews, but bottle conditioning and the yeasty sediment which accompanies it set this ale apart. Of course, I've yet to see much yeast in the bottles of 1845 I've opened, but pouring in the contents -- yeast and all -- certainly does little to harm the flavor.

1845 is a deep copper brown ale, which pours with a nice frothy ivory head. The head dissipates quite a bit a few minutes after pouring, although a ring of fine bubbles persists. The aroma of this one really does smell a bit like fruitcake, with dark brown sugar and spice overtones. There's a bit of alcohol in the scent, but it's not overpowering at all. I think I smell some earthiness from the hops, but my weak nose finds it barely detectable.

There is a bit of body, but not quite as much as I had expected. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Carbonation is light, but that's pretty typical for plenty of British beers, especially old ales. Flavor is dry but malty, with a reasonable but restrained crisp, gingery bitterness. Taste is slightly fruity, with fig, caramel and roasted malt overtones. Aftertaste is crisp and hoppy with some residual maltiness. This ale is well-balanced and delicious.

This is easily one of my favorite ales from the UK. This is definitely a pint I'd enjoy on a rainy autumn evening...preferably in front of a warm fire.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11 February 2006, Best Before Mar 06

Amber brown colour. Large frothy stable head, some lacing. Fruit cake aroma and toasted caramel malts. Balanced towards a big toffee/caramel malt flavour. Some dark fruits (raisins, plums) and brown sugar too. Some hops and bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. A great beer.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Head is overwhelming - huge and slowly dissipates. Orange amber - not very clear but not too murky. Smells like a fruit cellar, some roasty malts. Tastes similar but malty roastiness more noticable. Mouthfeel is okay not too carbed - light to medium in body. Drinkability is good makes you feel toasty and warm. Also really sated my appetite - can't really think to pair it with any meals - I would drink after dinner not before.

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Photo of cerveza5150
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from a 'Victorian' style bottle.

Pours a smooth dark amber with tight bubbles of carbonation present, probably from the bottle conditioning. The head looks creamier than the standard, soap bubble head found on most commercial macro brews.

The smell is awesome! I was expecting some metallic, earthy, peaty malt scents, but got treated to a wonderful bouquet of candied fruit, specifically plum, grape, and raisin. The hops aren't really present that much in the nose, but do round out the sweetness of the malts.

Whoa!!! What a taste! I guess I was expecting something far different than this, but am glad I was surprised! The malt sweetness hits the palate with the intensity of a freight train, and then is reduced to rubble by the slow bite of the hops. A fine ale indeed for those Brits!!!!

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Photo of throwitallaway
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz. bottle into a pint glass. Darkish brown/red color. Fat head that could be my bad pouring skills, but I don't think so. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is very similar with a bit of roasted flavor added in. Aftertaste has some bitterness and fruit (perhaps prunes). Medium thick mouthfeel. Seems pretty drinkable and somewhat complex. But I prefer other Fuller's beers.

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Photo of MOShepp
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown with amber edges, big billowing tan head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma of toffee, fruit, woodiness and dark toast.

Tastes of ripe fruit, toffee, slight char and hint of chocolate cognac. Some bitterness in the middle and aftertaste, but well balanced and smooth.

A lot of bold flavors going on and smooth drinking. This is a realtreat. I'm planning to brew a clone to this one.

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Photo of tcfishler
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color is a soft, medium brown, almost clear. Tall, light tan head, which falls slowly and unevenly, creating an attractive effect.

Aromas are fairly high-toned and very clean, featuring toast and almonds.

Medium-heavy body, with moderately low carbonation. Sweetness is just hinted at. Flavors are a restrained combination of fruit and both roasted and unroasted malt. The malt here is malty, not sweet - nice! Chewing emphasizes the fruit component. Finishes long and slightly bitter, just enough to cleanse the palate and beckon another sip. However, there's also a suggestion of alcoholic heat and heaviness that hampers the drinkability.

I love how this beer can manage to be fruity and malty without being sweet; even more remarkably, it manages this feat without showing any overt hoppiness! But I'm dissappointed in the alcohol showing...after all, the ABV is only 6.3%. I won't be keeping this in my rotation due to that flaw.

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

Clear chestnut hue with a giant foamy head, which eventually settles down to a well retained smallish off white head which leaves much lacing on the glass. Aroma of apples at first, then dark fruits and bread malt. Bam! Taste is alive with a multitude of flavours, roasted malt aromas, dark fruits, vanilla, muesli. Lovely moderately bitter taste. Creamy mouthfeel with good level of fine carbonation. Superb lingering bitter aftertaste. Absolutely superb bitter. King of British ales.

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Photo of studentofbeer
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a pretty orangey red, on the darker side, with a very nice coffee ice cream-colored head. Head falls relatively quickly but keeps a nice ring all the way down.

Smells of dark fruits, some caramel, nutmeg and yeasty breadiness. Very pleasant, slightly sweet aroma.

Taste-- strong cocoa bitterness, clay, minerals, with a bready middle and slight plum and prune fruit flavor. Bready sugar becomes aparant as the beer warms, as does an alcohol bite that lingers with the hops and cocoa-like astringency. Nice flavor, but definitely a bit bitter/astringent. maybe some age would meld the flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-- not too carbonated, and very smooth. Drinkability is good, but the strong alcohol (both % and flavor that comes through) limit it just a bit.

Overall a nice brew that I'd pare with something like a beef stew or shephards pie. strong and on the bitter side, reminds me a lot of Anchor OSA, just not so spiced.

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Photo of bodybyadam
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this in open goblet with 1/2" head. Brown rich appearance. The nose was a bit hoppy, just what I was expecting. However the touch on my palette first said nutty, with that touch of bitterness to finish with a fruity aftertaste. This was a late balance but still an excellent experience.
- Adam

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a rich, dark red colour with a decent but quickly-dissipating head. A surprising amount of lacing considering the size of the head.

Fruity aroma with a good mouthfeel and hoppy taste.

Overall: Quite good. Definitely recommended, but not exceptional.

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium/dark amber color. Very clear for bottle conditioned. Head is full, frothy, fairly large bubbles. Nice lacing

Aroma reminds me of molasses with a hint of honey. This beer is all about the malt.

The taste follows the aroma, molasses, honey, and malt. Sweet up front and in the middle. Finishes fairly dry with a nice hop bite.

Mouthfeel is solid. Viscous but not cloying. The carbonation provides a crispness at the end.

Overall, if you like English malt, this is a must try. Excellent flavor and well balanced.

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Photo of jkanavel
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cream-eggshell head. Head retention is a little less than average, but it coats the glass beautifully. Color is a dark copper to mahogany.

S: milk chocolate, caramel, buttery pancakes.

T: Smooth maltiness up front, with hits of chocolate and plum. yeasty, and a little dry and hoppy off the back. mmm

M: Crisp carbonation, but full bodied. Very smooth. Chewy. I can roll it around in my mouth before the carbation turns evervescent and sizzles on my tongue.

O: I love this beer. The balance of flavors is great, leaning a little bit towards the sweeter side.

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Photo of tonton
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Absolutely beautiful label on the gorgeous brown glass 50cl bottle. one of the nicest bottle presentations around. totally classy.

Pours a dark clear reddish caramel into a nonic pint. Fluffy warm grey head.

Tastes just like you would expect a perfect dark ale or old ale to taste. Typical caramel malts and mild English hops. Nothing unpleasant, which is its strength, but again, nothing outstanding or distinguishing, which is its weakness.

Mouthfeel is pleasant but then again not outstanding.

A perfect example of style, however, not worth a premium price over the standard English import.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from odd sized bottle into my snifter. Deep red/brown color. Off white lacing with a good head that dropped very quickly.

Smell: Chocolate and raisins. Faded hops aroma-- fuggles?

Sharp initial taste. Tip of the tongue pain. Hard water most likely. Neutral sweet taste overall. Back of tongue bitterness is very pleasant. Alcohol and residual sweetness is nice in the aftertaste. Solid beer.

Excellent mouthfeel. Syrupy, but bitter enough not to be Cloying. Call it, "enveloping."

Very nice, but heavy, session beer if you like getting drunk. Doesn't scream drink me, but is robust enough to satisfy.

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Photo of audiojon
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this, and I'm very impressed. Appearance is lovely, head and lacing are beautiful, as a bottle conditioned brew should be. Scent is nutty, malty, and slightly hoppy. Tastes very appropriate for the smell, nutty, malty, and slightly hoppy! Delicious brew, a nearly perfect example of the style. Could be a touch more complex, but it goes down so easily that I really can't complain. This was not what I expected at all, and was a very pleasant surprise. I need to take another look at a few other offerings from Fuller's, to date I've only had this and their ESB. Both were very good, and I imagine they have much more to offer as well.

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

Appearance - deep reddish brown, a medium head with lacing common.

Aroma - sticky fruit cake and treacle along with dried fruits in the nose.

Taste - Fruit cake and dried fruits, alcohol and piny bitterness, hint of sourness, finish is long and malty with notes of more alcohol and dried orange.

Mouthfeel - excellent carbonation from the bottle conditioning, medium mouthfeel with a slight sweet stickiness on the lips.

Overall - a tasty and deep ale. Almost like a honed and more drinkable version of the golden pride, designed for session rather than one off.

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

A - Finger thick smoky looking head forms quickly and settles latently. Bubbles spew to the top, which helps support the head and gives the appearance of a beer with high carbonation. After 30+ seconds the head fizzles out to a film across the top of the clear ruby red liquid. Swirling the beer in the snifter rouses the beer's head back to an almost finger-thick consistency, though it's quicker to fizzle out and not as thick. Legs do form after swirling, though the consistency is thinner in body than say a West-coast IPA would be.

S - Sweet malt rises to the nose, one that contains raisin and a slight toastiness to it. The toastiness balances the sweetness from the raisin, and also allows a near-earthiness to come through. With that said, this doesn't come by way of yeast, but through the malts used.

T/M/D - Sweet caramel and raisin wash across the palate with medium body. The sweetness comes across the palate and finishes somewhat syrupy, though the sweetness is nicely balanced with toasted malts. Alcohol (6.3% ABV) seems to also be prevalent, though nothing out of style. The bottle conditioning definitely helped to elevate the carbonation and the bubbles prickle along the center of the palate and this, mixed with the mild bitterness from the hops, really makes for a nice beer. Drinkability seems to be nice, though the combination of malts & hops do provide for some palate fatigue and due to the level of alcohol, this is by no means a Session Beer. Nonetheless, on a colder night next to a warm crackling fireplace I would consider having another :)

C - The temperatures were warm today (84˚F), yet this beer still comes across as having a wonderful taste that caries with it a refreshing quality. I ended up utilizing it to make a marinade with brown sugar, dill, cranberry honey mustard and then put it over Wild Alaskan King Salmon with caramelized yellow onion and garlic; to say the least, it was yummy! This wasn't a beer that wowed me, though also not a beer that disappointed.


P.S.: I don't believe my palate to be developed enough to fully appreciate this beer and haven't drunk enough beers in this style to fully understand what I am looking for. Therefore, please do not be turned off by my B rating, as by rights this beer should probably be a lot higher, but I am trying to rate it by what I experienced in this moment.

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Photo of milkbaby9
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (best by 9-22-2010, drank on 9-6-2010) into Samuel Adams sensory pint glass. 2 finger off-white small bubbled head reduces to 1/2 cm head that sticks around with spotty lacing left behind as the beer is drunk. Slightly hazy dark amber color with a ruby tinge.

Aroma of brown sugar/molasses, lightly medicinal lemon, frosted cinammon raisin roll; the aromas are a little on the weak side and disappointing. Taste is lightly tart lemon honey, very bready malt, light orange rind bitterness that comes up towards the finish with a orange and molasses sweetness too. Hints of raisin, dates, and banana are in there too. Lasting threads of light roasty bitterness, big breadiness, and sweet orange through the long finish. Medium low carbonation and medium body.

Appearance and aroma were disappointing but misleading versus the taste which was pleasantly good. A little on the sweet side but very easy to drink. Almost like a liquid beer version of fruit bread w/molasses. I dunno if it was because of the age, but it wasn't for the tired aroma, this would've rated a bit higher. This is quite good and I'd definitely drink it again. Would be interested to try it in London at the source!

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4.1 out of 5 based on 1,102 ratings.
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