Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Week of British Beers - Part 2

Continuing with my British theme this week, up next was Fuller's 1845. This beer promised a lot, it is bottle conditioned and matured for 100 days. It has also won numerous awards since it was first released in 1995 (to celebrate Fuller's 150th Anniversary) including the CAMRA best bottle conditioned beer award.

A rich, complex beer, highly
The beer pours a blood red colour with a thick creamy off white head that stays all the way to the last drop. Aroma is of Christmas cake, fruity and spicy, with plums and raisins very apparent on the nose. Medium bodied with a nice smooth mouth feel. After a very powerful aroma the taste is actually quite subtle. The amber malt that is used comes to the fore with moreish caramel flavour, this is backed up by a nice floral characteristic from the Golding's hops. The bitterness on the end is followed by a nice warmth from the 6.3% ABV.
A very complex, flavoursome beer and it really shows what can be done with bottle conditioning. Would make a great winter warmer for the forthcoming festive season. Highly recommended.


TaleOfAle said...

1845 is an absolutely cracking beer. Something I have yet to try on Cask but next time I am in the UK I will try and track it down.

Mark (Halite) said...

Yes a great beer, and head and shoulders above the other two british beers I blogged about this week.

Beer Pack said...

Wow, look at the colour of this Fuller's 1845 it looks more like a Belgian Kriek!