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Golden Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 172
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 43
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2003

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Photo of BeerGogglesReviews
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my word! This is very strong but unlike many strong beers it's not a sumo wrestler in a tutu. There is a lorry load of honey nut oaty caramel lushness spread over Granny's homemade fresh baked bread. Warm marmalade and hot cuddles. These flavours are powerful yet subtle and balanced the alcohol isn't just there for numbers but adds to the symphony and helps carry those heavy flavours. These brewers are artists and should be celebrated as such. The Tate gallery should have a Fuller's exhibition.
B G Score 97/100.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've really been impressed by several of the English ales Ive came across recently.

Body has a very creamy but bright clear texture to it. Orangish mahogany colors with a boisterous white head which settles well and leaves heavy lacing.

Aroma is refined and although it offers a lot its not overpowering. Some spice in there, some biscuit, some pininess reminiscent of an aged SN Bigfoot. No real citrusness to it.

Tongue is lush and infinitely entertaining, but again, in a controlled and comfortable way. Theres no hop burn here, no unpleasant sweetness, just a well made blend of biscuit, pine spice with a lightly creamy texture.

Reminds me greatly of a one to two year old Bigfoot, however as this is more than likely more traditional, maybe it should be the other way around.

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Photo of Derek
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Their Vintage Ale series is based on this recipe, with seasonal tweaks of the malts & hops. The Vintage is good, but always wonder if it's really worth the sticker price. This one doesn't come in a fancy box and it's as good as any vintage... hell of a value.

A: Amber-bronze with an off-white head, great retention & lace.

S: Very fruity: Pear, candied pineapple, mango, cotton-candy; toffee; light alcohol aroma that hints at sherry.

T: Loads of fruit on the palet: pear, mango, candied pineapple, swedish berries; nice sponge toffee from the malt with a generous bitterness for balance. Only a hint of alcohol warmth. Truly remarkable.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

O: I've wondered why they call it Golden Pride, but this just might be the Gold standard for an English strong ale... and even a big industrial brewer should take pride in that.

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Photo of liamt07
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Beer Bistro. 275ml serving into a Fulelr's branded tulip.

Reddish copper body with an offwhite head. Minimal lacing and only some modest retention. Nose has rich caramel notes, a sligth breadiness and some dried darker fruit notes. Taste is similar and offers a bit more complexity - dried fruits and caramel notes dominate and establish a really solid and quite English malt profile. Modest sweetness and a subtle dryness and bitterness in the finish. A bit of alcohol is interwoven within the flavour, and adds some complexity. Excellent mouthfeel and completely smooth on the palate. An excellent English strong ale, and I'd certainly have this again. Tremendously disappointed that I passed on this when bottles were available at the LCBO.

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Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Pride is in fact a resplendent bronze. One should hardly be surprised considering that in England anything lighter than brown was traditionally referred to as "pale"; seen through the eyes of a Brit this very well may be golden. It's clear (allowing some distortion) and its head is merely a long, thin string of unbroken white.

The bouquet boasts a dynamite amount of fruit that features both tropical (mango, papaya) and the sticky dark varieties we're more accustomed to in English ales: dates, figs, and that sort of thing. It's the former that really grabs my attention, however - it smells like candy. It's as if toffee and caramel were drizzled on top.

Golden Pride is really fantastic beer. It has a chewy-sweet biscuity malt base that tastes of honey, golden raisin and toffee and a hop bill that is so earthy and pungent so as to be almost scratchy. Then, as if that weren't enough already, what parachutes in but chunks of mango, papaya, and candied ginger, rounded out by water minerals and alcohol esters.

Most readers on this site will recognize the beer as basically an American strong ale in British dress - the fruity hops being cut with more grassy, herbal notes as well as a super-sized serving of caramelly, dried fruit maltiness. Notes of prune and dates become prominent with warming but their sweetness is subdued by nutmeg-like spice.

Fuller's Golden Pride contradicts the official line that traditional British (not to mention big brand-name) beers must be ordinary and plain. This is inspired despite retaining its classic features. I've said it before but I've never said it with more confidence than now having tried this: there may be no better brewery in Britain, perhaps the world, than Fuller.

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Photo of hopley
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

• Look – 5.0 – Can’t get much better than this – Strong initial head that levels back to about half an inch after about 5 minutes. Then fades to a gloppy aggregation of artfully creative “inverse puddles”.
• Smell - - 4.0 – Can’t get much other than a tiny bit of sweet molasses.
• Taste 4.75 – Sweet syrupy molassassey goodness, but not overly heavy. Some bitterness towards the end balances the sweetness.
• Feel - 4.5 – Thick and solid, but not over the top in any respect – just right for the style / ABV.
• Overall - 4.75 – This is a great beer, very balanced, a definite classic.

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4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out a beauitful peachy gold colour. Has a beautiful cream coloured head which is complex and comprises various small bubbles. Poured straight into the middle and after a couple of minutes there's not much head but what's left remains for the duration.

S: Caramel and fruit. Strikes me as smelling like Bassett's Fruit Allsorts, which is quite unreal.

T: An even mix of strong sweetness and bitterness, woodyness, a touch of liquorishness and a tropical fruit which is either mango or guava. Very balanced, silky smooth.

M: It's hard to describe the carbonation but this is truly the silkiest, smoothest beer I've ever had.

O: An English strong ale which is exceedingly smooth and well balanced.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Assertively aromatic with molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of prune; there is also some caramel and breadiness. The body is a deep, orange-ish amber with an off-white head. The flavor upfront is a slightly sour, bread-like maltiness with a bit of toffee; there is some smooth alcohol, a raisin-like fruitiness, and some spicy, herbal hops. The body is somewhat light with subtle but crisp carbonation. The alcohol provides some warming.

Very flavorful in all the right ways. Deliciously malty. Not very bitter. The alcohol is quite noticeable.

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Photo of marquis
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At the pub I found this gem the beer was cheaper than Amstel and Guinness!
A lovelybeer, mostly reminiscent of a tawny port , packed full of flavour and beautifully balanced.
Being used to beer which one can just drink and drink again I had to adjust my sights a little.Personally, bearing in mind the sheer amount of flavour packed into the brew, I regard it more as a barley wine rather than a beer.Semantics? Perhaps but that's how I see it.

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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 18 Dec 09, drank on a cold semi-sunny Sunday afternoon in Nov 09. Poured into a bateman's branded UK pint sleeve.

Looked good, a creamy coloured foaming head sat on top of a dark mahogany, clear body.

Toasted malts and rich molasses hit my nose, toffee and treacle but without a sweetness, more a prosperous, well-healed, confident air about it. In short, it smells like a rich persons tipple.

That richness carries on into the flavours, very oak wood rather than plywood, delicious, sumptuous and very moorish. I almost forgot it is 8.5%ABV, no wonder it tasted so full, warming and luxurious.

There are few beers in the world better than a well made English Strong Ale and this is up there with the best, I take my hat off to Fuller's, this is one well crafted beer and well worth the extra couple of pence I paid for it.

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Photo of Sage
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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...

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Photo of Jetulio
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... amber/copper beer with head colour white of almost 2 fingers
Aroma...malt, alcohol, caramel, hops. Fresh and strong smell with a touch of malty aroma
Taste... fenolic with a sweet malty touch, bitterness appears soon lasting all the time, with a dry finish
Mouthfeel... medium/full body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice strong ale, bitterness is present but in a perfect combination with malt and alcohol. One of my favourites, definitely a great English ale in his section (strongs ales) .

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of twilight
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired at Sainsbury's Vauxhall, a supermarket, in London last May. Been in the fridge ever since. Pours a beautiful reddish brown, belying the "golden" on the label. then again, I didn't think this was going to be a pale beer. Aroma is sweet with slight caramels and a "Dry smell" that I'm attributing to the hops. Big caramel and toffee with very bitter earthy hops in there. Huge. Almost like a proper English version of Arrogant Bastard. Call him a Rough Yob. Kind of like drinking candy. Sweet and malty and yum and yum and yum. Balanced with the hops, but not like the licorice taste of 1845. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and proper, and drinkability goes through the roof with its lovely English character.

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4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright, clear, coppery amber with a sizeable, bubbly head of off-white foam. Modest retention, settling in short order to a ring of foam and lots of spotty, patchy lacing.

S: Sweet toffee malts with robust biscuit and brown malt undertones mingle with rich fruit aromas of raisins, black plums, candied figs and pears, and orange. Undertones of butterscotch, yeast, honey, black molasses, and a bit of cocoa throughout. Faint booziness.

T: Mildly sweet toffee malts with bready and biscuity undertones segue into treacle, butterscotch, vanilla, honey, and an explosion of fruit notes. Sultana raisins, black plums, figs, black cherries, concord grapes, and loads of orange flesh and zest stand out and blend into a floral, citric, and slightly spicy hop finish. Increasingly noticeable booziness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with low, mild carbonation that keeps it light on the tongue. The balance of malts, fruity esters, and hops is flawless and leaves an off-dry, lingering finish.

D: A bridge between strong ales and barleywines, bursting with complex, fruit-forward flavours while keeping a well-balanced medium body. Seek it out, let it warm, and sip it slowly.

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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this ranks as the strongest British Ale I've had yet (as in ales brewed in Britain), which I suppose explains why my English friends would describe this as akin to a single malt scotch. Not quite, I say... that's Samichlaus's territory. This is more of a watered down cognac, to complete the metaphor.

On cask at The Old Ale House, Truro, Cornwall (that's the English county, rather than the Canadian town). A deep gold with ruby tinges at the right angles. Head doesn't show very long (and it shouldn't as this bar pours a proper pint of cask ale), and is white with large bubbles while it is around. The nose betrays some of the same characteristics of a standard English ale. The taste is sweet, with caramel malt playing wreaths around the lighter golden sugar style sweetness (did I mention that this was sweet). Hops touch and go at the edges, but never fully land. They merely threaten bitterness with some slight earthiness.

Don't confuse with a scotch heavy ale after all my talk of caramel malt. This is much lighter in colour and texture. Someone mentioned golden syrup, and that does seem a fairly good analogue. Just with a little more depth of flavour than the aforementioned syrup. It's very good, I like it.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Chris_Burton
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very tasty ale! It pours a dark orange with minimal head. Smells of spicy, earthy hops and orange marmalade. Taste is rich and fruity, with caramelised orange and Christmas fruitcake. A malty forward beer, but with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rich and full. Overall this is close to perfect. Well done Fullers!

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Photo of cratez
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from the Richmond & Fanshawe LCBO in London, ON.

Pours a clear ruby hue with one finger of cream-coloured froth and strands of stringy lacing on the tulip glass. Solid appearance.

Smell is cherry, caramel, candy apple, red grape, faint toastiness, perfume, hard water, alcohol, and floral-earthy hops (a little leafy and seadweed-like). Appetizing.

Taste follows the nose with juicy cherry, caramelized apple, and red grape upfront, toffee, fig, toasty-roasted malts, and orange jujube mid-palate, lightly floral undertone precedes an earthy, grassy, and lemony hop bitterness with fruity-medicinal liquor on the cough. So complex and delicious it makes me laugh.

Mouthfeel is lush and silky, fuller than medium-bodied, juicy-tangy middle, balanced hop bitterness transitions to a drying finish with some warmth going down. A very rich palate that stops short of the syrupy viscosity you would expect from a barley wine.

Overall, Golden Pride is a delectable, nuanced cross between an English Strong Ale and barley wine. It packs all the flavours of the latter style with the drinkability of the former. Just a beauty of a beer; I hope the LCBO re-stocks this limited release so I can grab more bottles.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a Barley Wine. It says so on the Fuller's website and was referred to as such by the late great Micheal Jackson. They should both know.
Forms a very easy head and has a clear sparkling orangy colour not all that different to Remy Martin VSOP. The head is consistent and persistent while the nose is nutty not unlike honey roasted cashews. Chewy with a deep bitter end. As you follow through your palate there is some initial flavour which only really develops once you've swallowed. Not overly complex but definitely bitter and warming with a strong caramel/tablet element. Heavy yet subtle.

Quite impressed by the head retention here. I think it causes confusion with more potent headless barley wines like Thomas Hardy's Ale but this is most definitely a barley wine. And a good introduction to the English style as well. Very fine.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a London Pride pint glass.

A: Pours a deep orange to amber color. Clear. Forms a big creamy and bubbled yellow head. Good retention and tons of lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet and toffee. Fruity. Notes of grapes. Toffee, caramel malts, yeasts and flowery hops

T: Sweet upfront. Toffee, caramel malts and grapes. Fruity an bready. End is bitter with notes of citrus hops. English character

M: Medium body. Medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste. British style hops profile

O: Excellent drinkability. Another great Fuller's specimens. Highly recommended :)

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Photo of vinicole
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Burnished copper. Lively carbonation but no head.
Mixed fruit and candied peel.
Sweet prunes, figs and malt. Some bitterness to finish.
Alcohol present (not surprising). Rich and filling.
It's taken me a long time to review this one considering the number of times I have rowed passed the brewery in my youth followed by a few pints of either Fuller's or Young's afterwards.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear copper-red with a medium,quickly dissipating,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose
-medium-full body,low-medium carbonation
-noticable alcohol,but not boozy
Great Strong Ale.
This is basically a beefed-up 1845 ale

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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle. BB 23/06/06. Served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a clear, elegant dark tawny to copper hue, coming with a thick, off-white frothy head with a texture as tight as pre-cooked meringue... leaving very fine sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass; a lone stream of tiny bubbles ascends in the glass--beautiful.
S: semi-sweetish pale or amber malt aroma combined with a touch of caramel, a bit like flavoured malt syrup, not thick but intense; backed by a lovely flow of sweet flower hop and fruit estery aroma like processed honey+red apples+sweet pears+a hint of marmalade. All elements are well-blended together, against a solid backbone of light alcoholic touch--ever so pleasant and not overpowering at all.
T: thick textured malts flow onto the palate, bringing with it smooth fruity hops, black tea syrup, treacles, licorice, and a fast-magnifying herbal hoppiness and slightly peppery bitterness on the sides of the palate; slowly an underlying dark fruity flavour like unsweetend dried longan-fruits+dried dates+dried forest berries+faintly marmalade intensifies at the back of the palate, along with a warmish spring creeping down the throat; finished semi-dryish and lingering, satifyingly and quietly bitter, almost like Chinese herb medicine soup added with touches of spice and malt syrup. Beautifully structured flavour and nice balance is retained on the palate throughout.
M: very rich yet smooth on the palate, thankfully not too sharp for its high alc. strength; 100% body, no more no less, while the rich flavour is tuned quite nicely to make it rather easy to sip!! An impressive beer by the Fuller's. It used to be available only in 330ml bottles around four years ago as I remember it, and now it comes in bigger bottles, maybe due to higher popularity I reckon? But this beer is best to be shared b/w buddies over a fireside chat, otherwise it could trick people to consume too much without even feeling the strength!!

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4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper colour into an English pint. Thin but creamy off-white head with a long-lasting cap that laces well. Smells very sweet, mostly of toffee and subtle hints of fruit and nuts. Sweet toffee and bready malt flavours up front, which are quickly overtaken by the alcoholic warmth which plays off of the faint bitterness. The alcohol fades into a slight warming finish that's accented by dark fruit and nuts. Soft and creamy carbonation, decent slightly oily body. A delicious sipper that straddles the boundary between English strong ales and barleywines.

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Golden Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
90 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.