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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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Added by kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Photo of Slongie
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of necoadam
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep amber color with a nice foamy head that settled down eventually.

Smell consisted of a lot of dark fruits at first. Hops show their strength as well, along with some toasted malts.

Taste starts out quite sweet, but it's not cloying in any way. Then that gives away to a solid malt backbone which hops ride along with it. Molasses shows up in the middle and lasts into the aftertaste. Tastes quite good.

Mouthfeel was medium with a good check on carbonation. Felt quite smooth and creamy. Went down too quick.

This is good stuff. I only see this beer once in a while in stores. Too bad I don't see it more often.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear amber color with nice head and lacing, bottle conditioning helps this beer stay fresher.

It has a soft but distinct barleywine flavor, very smooth but not overpowering. As for a "strong" ale, this is on the weak side for the abv but perfect as a winter sipper. And the Pint size bottle makes it a nice one beer finish. Nice balanced finish, overall a valuable re-addition from this 19th century recipe.

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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 cyrenaica
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
6.3% ABV

I tried this beer on November 2, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a translucent reddish brown colour with a generous tan coloured head which dissipated into little foam islands on the top of the beer. The aroma is malty with some hints of fruit tones and cloves. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a little carbonation, and some bitterness. The flavour is mainly malty, a little licorice, and a little bitterness.

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Photo of JeffSuttonTX
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of mpyle
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful rich amber color. Modest whitish head, fairly tightly bubbled. Decent retention for a stronger beer.

Sweety fruity (plum) aroma. Generally malty, but with an aged character.

A malty sweetness enhanced with the plum fruit from the aroma. Hop bitterness is alongside almost the entire way, and an earthy English hops flavor comes through as well. A slight lingering bitterness.

Medium body and medium-high carbonation. A touch of harshness either from the hops or from a touch of oxidation. Carbonation also inhibits the smoothness a bit. Really no alcohol warming - the alcohol is well hidden.

A flavorful bigger English ale, but tastes slightly oxidized (although 6 months prior to best before date). Some nice Old Ale type complexity. Might do better to let it warm more completely, degas a bit, and sip it slowly.

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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 1fastz28
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a really beautiful deep amber color with a nice big frothy head. it looks great and smells great, very malty aroma to it with caramel and slight chocolate flavors in it, really smells good. taste is good, i dont think it is as good as the smell leads on, but it is still a good beer. mouthfeel is nice and thick with a nice frothyness to it. drinkability is good as well

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Photo of rredshift
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BeerAngel
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! Superb!!! Pours a clear deep amber/caramel color with a modest tan head. The smell of roasted caramel, buttered bread, and malt smells delicious. The taste is that of burnt caramel with a biscuity and nutty flavor with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is out of this world! The balance of hops in this brew is a perfect match. Fuller's ESB was one of my favorites and this one I like even better! This beer suits me perfect! Cheers!

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Photo of Quaffer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18.6 oz. bottle. While some Fuller's beers are available here in Wichita, this one is not (dammit). I can't remember where I picked this up at; it was either Dallas or KC.

Appearance: This beer was slightly hazy with a deep caramel color. There were hints of crimson when the glass was held up to the light. An off-white head rose up perfectly to two fingers and settled down very slowly. As it did so, it became dense and pillowy. A decent amount of lacing was left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Strong, pungent, black cherries dominated the smell right after the pour. As the beer settled, the aroma transformed and really balanced out. It was dominated by malts, mainly roasted but also slightly sweet. A fruitiness did remain, but it was more indistinct in nature. Floral hops rounded out the aroma beautifully. Hints of vanilla and warm spices nipped at the nose and added a nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth upfront, becoming velvety as the beer moved back in the mouth. It was medium bodied, with just a bit of chewiness to it.

Taste: This one started out with a combination of sweet and tart fruits that reminded me mainly of cherries. The middle really started to dry out and that was when the roasted malt kicked in. It continued to build through the finish, where it developed into a nice, roasted cracker flavor. This was also when the herbal hops arose to balance everything out. Underlying flavors for this beer were light caramel and ginger.

It had been years since I last tried this beer and it was just as great as I remembered it. When I think of a classic English ale, this is the beer that immediately jumps into my mind.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown with orange highlights, small white head leaving a solid ring and big-bubble islands. Large malt and alcohol nose, nutty and sweet. Sweet at the beginning of the taste and segues into a ashy hoppiness for the finish. Lingering alcohol but not burningly so. Fine drinking beer. None of the flavors dominate so this can be a multi-bottle affair. Not too expensive either.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark hazle brown with an off white head that is incredible. Lacing coats the glass. The smell is complex yet perfectly right, the english hops and the nice caramel malts really stand out, hints of roasted malts as well, bread citrus cinnamon is noticable. The taste is incredible, the hop bitterness is refreshing and will bring you coming back to more while the molasses sweetness fills the stomach and fulfills the sweetooth. Medium bodied and highly drinkable.

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Photo of orfeu
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large 1 pt. 0.9 fl oz. bottle, slightly chilled. Best before 20/Jun/06. Let's see... Ridiculous foaming effect on the first pour, with the nonic 60% full of a dense, clingy ecru foam. The beer itself is a just hazy copper red with minimal carbonation...my god, the head on this thing is out of control; I've been pouring a bit here and there over the past few minutes, but the head just continues to grow. I've now got what looks from afar like a scoop of ice cream floating on top of a red beer! I don't know if this is good or bad, but it looks pretty cool! Aromas are very subtle, with honeydew, kiwi, pressed cider, and a clover honey note. Floral. Not what I expected for this style, but nice all the same. Fruit-inflected bready malt flavors throughout the front, with a slight fusel alcohol presence just after the middle. Closed out by a lemon pepper spiciness. Honeyed summer fruits and a pervasive but unobtrusive mineral twang. Feels slightly heavy on the palate, but is more than anything medium-bodied. Dull zinginess, juicy pucker, and a dry finish. Some caramel flavors int he aftertaste. Quite a complex yet understated beer! Nothing I'd crave very regularly, but a wholly unique experience nonetheless. Recommended at least once.

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Photo of gritz147
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of gfreed
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has the color of a light port, with a thick tan head. Plenty of aroma, with dried fruit and leather-- even a bit of old library smell (that's a good thing). Very smooth taste, light carbonation, and again a leathery taste that was surrounded by fruit with a bitter kick toward the end. Quite complex, and will require a number of bottles to decode. Fortunately, it's relatively inexpensive as single bottles go. Can't wait!

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into an imperial nonic pint glass from the 500mL bottle.

The beer pours a deep amber with a frothy off white head. The head erupts to two fingers plus, holds amazingly well and leaves a decent amount of lace.

The aroma of the beer is strawberries, cherries, caramel and a faint aroma of floral hops.

The taste is up front with caramel malts along with berry fruitiness. The beer displays a slight bitterness and a bit of floral hops. An ever so slight touch of alcohol also rears its head.

The body is over medium with a nice subtle carbonation. The beer also finishes a bit dry as well.

Overall, this beer gets a lot better as it warms. It'd be a nice beer paired with creamy cheeses or as a post meal sipper. By itself though, its not exactly my first choice to kick back and drink. Still a nice beer

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Photo of rousee
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to compare this with Smutty's pale ale --Shoal's- cuz I just tried that and I am pairing both beers with some french baguette, Spanish chorizo and Vt. cheddar and goatsmilk brie. I am trying to have appropriate style beers for this food and both match up real well. Branston pickle has now been added to the mix....

They don't match up on style description but both have a similar taste/smell/appearance profile. This one actually has a better appearance of dark mahogany and amber--burnt sienna almost but more red. Woody earthy smell but more malty than the aforementioned brew. It is very pleasant and may actually have a nicer mouthfeel too but taste and smellwise I give the nod to Smutty. Maybe its just that much fresher but you can definitely taste the higher abv in this one too. I tend to prefer lower abv beers as a rule because if I like them, I don't have to worry about having too many of them as much as I do with a real high abv beer.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC is one of my favorite brewers on the planet. This is and has been one of my old staple beers for a long time. The color is very good and the nose is definitely malted hops. The hops in this one are very strong and should pleasing to any serious hop head. If you don't like bitters or hops then avoid this one. It is a bitter beer and can be rough on the palate depending on what you have before it. I recommend avoiding sweet stuff before this one. (I had a Mackeson's XXX prior and the sudden change shocked the palate)

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Photo of fisherman34
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber colour with a slightly off white head. A combination of earthy hops aroma, baked apples, nutmeg and cinnemon. Full bodied, with lots of different flavors ranging from sweet malt, to red grape, to butter, and perhaps just the slightest hint of coffee. All of the richness of this beer is well balanced by some nice bittering hops.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luigi
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presented in a 1 pint .9 oz bottle. Bottle conditioned.

Pours a deep amber color with a gigantic off white head!! Rocky and sticks all over the glass.

Smells sweet and malty with a nice hops spice! Taste like plums, floral hops, butterscotch, and soft toasted grains!

A semi dry hoppy finish.

Oh my god heaven in a bottle! I could drink it all day if I had the money!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan head sits atop a very red, brownish-red colored ale. Some haze, but that's expected with the bottle conditioning.
Aroma of sweet malt, plenty of fruity tones, along with notes of alcohol and earthiness.

Taste is smooth and somewhat complex. Sweet caramel malt flavors with lightly roasty notes. Fruit tones. Finishes crisp and clean. An earthy character is there as well.

Plenty of body and some creaminess lend to a great mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of stephendr
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent dark brown hue-thick white head, small bubbles – nose crisp coffee and hint or hops – Light to medium body –coco, coffee, smoked almonds, tin/metallic and slight bitter taste, very clean- - aftertaste soft- very nice beer I did however taste it four months after the best before date

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,130 ratings
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