Review by Andy
A strong, rich and fruity ale, Fuller’s 1845 was specially commissioned to celebrated 150 years of the Fuller, Smith and Turner partnership. It’s a live, bottle-conditioned beer, skilfully brewed to mature over time.
If bottle conditioning is more art than science, then Fuller’s 1845 might be considered a masterpiece. It’s matured for 100 days prior to its release, allowing the character and depth of flavour to develop into something truly special.
It’s brewed with amber malt – a popular 19th century ingredient that’s now thriving once again. 1845 is the beer that started its renaissance.
Best poured slowly, 1845 delivers a sweet, fruit cake aroma, a dark tawny colour and a dry finish that sings of spices and raisin. Those fruity characteristics harmonise perfectly with the biscuity malts amid a clever and complex range of subtle flavours, the depth of which you could only find in a live beer fermented in the bottle.
Fuller’s are a proper British brewer, with some very decent beers in their stable, we’ve previously reviewed ESB and Bengal Lancer and they were both a hit, so we were hoping for more of the same with 1845.
Once poured, this is a deep dark ruby in colour with a decent head on it. Aroma is fruity, flavour is deep and rich, loads of full flavour in here, slightly spicy and fairly sweet too.
A great one for your beer clubs, this is different and the way its brewed means there is definitely a good talking point to this one. I can see this being a bit like Marmite, you’ll either love it or hate it, its different which is great as there are far to many ‘safe’ beers out there, all I can say to you is you’ll have to try this one for yourself.