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Golden Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
90
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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 36
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2003)
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Reviews by parintele:
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

parintele, Jul 22, 2014
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Photo of ricke
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber colored with brown hues. A very small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacings.

S: Plenty of malts, sweet chocolate, very light hop aromas. Dried fruits, raisins and quite prominent alcohol, almost solvent-like.

T: Predominantly sweet. Bold juicy malt character with plenty of caramel notes. Some fruits and raisins. Brown sugar and sweet chocolate. Nutty flavors (almonds), hints of oak. Gentle floral hops and faint spices. The finish is surprisingly short, minimally bitter and is dominated by warming alcohol.

M: Full bodied, very smooth. Low levels of carbonation. The mouthfeel is actually the highlight of the beer.

D: A good beer, but nothing spectacular. It's slightly too focused on sweet flavors. The alcohol isn't really that overly prominent, but still it doesn't feel totally integrated with the other flavors. I liked it, but I think there are better strong ales out there.

ricke, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working my way through the Fuller's seasonal release. We had our first actual accumulation of snow today, after a long drive back from work - if ever there was an occasion demanding a strong ale or barleywine, this was it!

Poured into a nonic. Clear copper, leaves about an inch of head, good lacing, a thick ring survives.

Nose is quite pleasant and pushing into barleywine territory. Caramel, bread, pale malt, and lots and lots of fruit - orange peel, cherry, apple, grape and currant. Damned fine-smelling brew.

Tastes as good as it smells. Starts with a caramel bready hit, with a touch of roasted nuts, then on to a sweet, boozy, fruity finish. Medium bodied, nice subtle carbonation keeps this from getting cloying.

For those who want a bit more out of their pale ales, but don't want to go too far into barleywine territory, this is the ticket. Another fine brew from Fullers, and definitely among the better strong ales I've come across. Making this one a Christmas brew for sure!

JohnnyBarman, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of rawknrall
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

rawknrall, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of BGDrock
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep copper; clear; pours a good head, but fades fairly fast, leaving fine lace

Aroma: butterscoth; fruity yeast; apple or pear; light aroma overall

Taste & Mouthfeel: initial taste is like nothing had before, complex, and again the fruity/spicy yeast character, and a pleasant bitter bite comes with the finish; good length; some butterscotch balances well with the spice notes; medium-heavy body with a slightly buttery texture

Overall: would be a great fall beer, bringing to mind thoughts of pumpkin or sweet potato pie; very well balanced

BGDrock, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Miha
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Miha, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of linnet
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small white head, amber colour, some lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty, jam, oranges, solvents, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, jam, sugar,almonds, oranges and some hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very smooth, small bubbles. I have been told that this is supposed to be similar to a barleywine in character, but it wasn't to me, good beer though.

linnet, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of anders36
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a lovely colour this beer has. It pours a amber colour into the glass, with a medium thick head. That disappear quickly, leaving a thin lacing on the glass. It has a big fruity smell with hints of caramel and fudge. It has a rich bittreness in the taste and also some fruity taste. Some hints of orange??? Even some caramel in the after taste. It is a strong beer but you only feel the warmth of the alcohol. This is a very nice beer and like the name says it is pride of Fullers.

anders36, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Twisted Kilt. Aroma initially strong, then some fruit scent involved. Some colour in there, with a little head hanging in. Mouthfeel a pinch above average. Taste was initially a bombardment of alcohol, with some old ale and rum syrup. An odd taste that grows on you and is drinkable, but the odd high a.b.v. of an english beer is stunning disbelieve and neither pleasant but perhaps somewhat unpleasant.

Much better in the bottle 2 years later, and that is the rerate. Good caramel and sweetness.

Sammy, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Ciocanelu, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

aztraz, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Mansoul
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

Mansoul, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a straight sided glass.

Appearance - Deep golden body. Big off white head. Retains forever. Clings inside the glass.

Smell - Sweet smelling. Fruity and malty. Caramel and raisins, but it's a lighter fruitiness than other barleywines.

Taste - Pretty hoppy. Right up front. Sweet pale malts. Grapefruit hops. Fruity, caramelly, and sweet into the finish, which has a hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - Very flavorful, but pretty sweet.

Alieniloquium, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Seaba
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of blamoe
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fullers Golden Pride is a very good example that strong ales can be smooth and highly drinkable. The taste is very malty but with a kick of hops and to my suprise not a heavy ale. This is one of my prefered Barley Wines and it's so easy to forget how strong they are and have a few to many. Well done Fullers.

blamoe, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of cragus
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a clear amber with a finger of white head
S - Caramel with some light floral notes
T - Primarily tastes of chocolate with a hint of grape and a slight spice from the alcohol
M - Medium weight with moderate carbonation
O - A tasty ale that is relatively complex and flavourful while still being quite drinkable. Would definitely get again.

cragus, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Stocean1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a two finger off white beige head on a amber copper body with great retention and lots of thick foamy lacing leaving a good collar.

Smell is caramel malt, lots of floral hops, and light fruit.

Taste is bready caramel malt upfront with the hops taking over that is floral with grape and apple notes, some earthy mineral backing as well. Only a slight bit of ethanol as it warmed.

This is a medium bodied brew with a little carbonation. It is like all fuller's brews, soft on the palate and well balanced. It is bitter but very crisp and refreshing and masks the abv very well.

Another tremendously drinkable Fuller's ale that should be bought whenever it is available.

Stocean1, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a large, slowly fading head.
Nose shows lots of sweet malt: heaps of brown sugar, raisins, bread and butter pudding, golden syrup and a little alcohol. Very complex.
Similarly rich flavours, although the booze is more evident. Big syrupy malt dominates but some nutty hints are introduced along the way. Booze is a little bit too full on.
Soft carbonation could be higher.

CrazyDavros, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Anze
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Anze, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of caramelized malt with light dry malt notes. Taste is a solid mix between some caramelized malt notes with a somewhat dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice malt forward English strong ale with well balanced sweetness level though some limited complexity.

Phyl21ca, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of dolzan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, what can you say? In the words of the legendary Michael Jackson, this is the cognac among beers.

You can feel the heaviness in your mouth, both from flavours, as from the alcohol. The stomach positively feels warm and glows while drinking this brew. If one is used to beers you can drink one after another, you have to stop and reconsider here. This is a one for the winter night fireplace beer only.

dolzan, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of RuudJH
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The strong brew from Fuller's.
0.5 l. bottle at 8.5% will give you a buzz all on it's own.

Looks chestnut colour, with a good 1 inch head, that hold up well.

More fruity smell than the 1845. More similar to belgian double, but again a nice appropriate amount of bitterness in the taste.
The alcohol is evident, however. Not completely covered by the flavours.
This is a demanding beer: you have to leave it for a while before drinking, to take the edge off.... and more modest hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste, than I expected.
Still it's a good, warming beer.

RuudJH, May 21, 2011
Photo of Liquoric3
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Liquoric3, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Beer-Ed, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Sage
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had to have one of these when I saw it in the fridge in a Fuller's in North Greenwich - this is one of the best English beers i've ever had. Pours a rich goldy-red, a wonderfully vivid colour, with minimal head. Smell is not hugely strong, but sweet and fruity. It was perhaps a bit too cold (i've never quite discovered the best temperature to serve this beer at), but there are a lot of fruit flavours in here, with the satisfying alcoholic kick coming in towards the finish. Superbly well-balanced for a beer of its strength, nowhere near as heavy as most barley wines. And dangerously drinkable - you'll find it an effort of will to go back to a weaker beer after this...

Sage, Sep 11, 2008
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Golden Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
90 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.