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 codfeast
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to chalice.

A: A dark amber, large off-white head, and sticky lacing from top to bottom.

S: Yeast, malt, hops, hints of tea leaves (floral).

T: Semi-sweet malt up front, with a bitter ending. overall roasted quailty. Picking up more chocolate notes as it warms.

M: Full body, med-high carbination. Dry finish, with lingering bitter aftertaste.

O: It became much more complex as it warmed. Certainly not for everyone, or everyday. Something I will buy again, but not in august. More suited for a cold winter night.

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Photo of atremains
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker amber with a 2 finger head. Low lacing throughout the brew. The nose is malty with fruity characters and a bit of toasty chocolate. The taste is the nose with more pronounced maltiness and some hops to balance. Mouthfeel is creamy with some moderate carbonation. Very drinkable beer, not too high abv. Could fall in the session category.

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Photo of adowney523
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt. 0.9 oz. brown bottle into an imperial pint glass. Color is deep amber with an abundant off-white head from an aggressive pour. Little carbonation.

Smell hints at toffee with soft earthy hops in the background.

Tastes of sweet dried dark fruit- dates and figs. Toffee and soft caramel notes balance well with earthy bitterness in the finish.

Drinks like a cask beer- let this one warm to cellar temperature.

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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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