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Golden Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

supermeniscus, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mizx, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

OsakaRedbeard, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in dec. 2010.

Appearance : amber color with a white foamy head.
Smell : malty with notes of wood and spices
Taste and mouthfeel : caramel flovours with strong alcohol presence, and malty after taste.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style English Strong Ale (near Barley Wine style, 8,5% ABV)

thierrynantes, Dec 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

GRUUMSH, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dcmchew, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper colour, collar of white head with touches of lace. Smell is quite fruity followed by rich malts and sweet caramel scents, getting some raisin and dried fruits, light alcohol scents and toffee. Taste is quite rich and malty, mild hop bitterness, fruity with nice berry flavours in the finish, caramel and toffee sweetness as well. Lightly syrupy, light-med carbonation, fairly full bodied. Solid drinking, strong and flavourful, a very pleasant beer.

peensteen, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of bobsy
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brewery website describes this beer as follows:
"This superb quality premium beer is the equivalent of a Belgian 'Abbey Beer' or barley wine and is arguably the 'grand cru' of Fuller's bottled beers."

The comparison to an abbey beer is an odd one, but I can see what Fuller's mean when they call this the 'grand cru' of their bottled lineup. I was lucky enough to have this on cask, and my perception is that its closest in style to a traditional English barley wine in every aspect.

Looks pretty amazing in the snifter. A ruby red body supports a large foamy off-white head that slowly drops to a ring and leaves some spots of lace. The clarity is brilliant, and its a great appearance for a higher octane brew. The aroma is surprisingly dominated by alcohol, which is quite odd for a British beer, partially because the ABV tends to be quite restrained, and partially because the brewers usually excel at hiding it. Beyond that there's notes of sherry, brown sugar, raisins, stone fruit and a spicy woodiness. If the alcohol presence was toned down a bit (as it hopefully would if aged in a bottle) this would be a definite winner.

The flavour actually reminds me a lot of a local English barley wine we have in Toronto. Sugar upfront, melting into raisin, berries, caramel, vinous notes and a warming finish. Lots of malty goodness in here and it shows. Hop bitterness is low, as per the style.The flavours are quite dense, which definitely makes this a sipper. Mouthfeel is a touch chewy, slightly oily, and impressively smooth on cask.

A pretty damn good beer from Fullers, whatever style it is (pssst.... its a barley wine).

bobsy, Jan 12, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white/beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel/butterscotch, leather, raisins

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, raisins, caramel/butterscotch. There is also a bit of a cherry sweetness and notes of hops and leather. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall – This is basically a barleywine.. great full flavour and perfect to drink as a winter warmer. I'm glad I had the chance to try it.. and I didn't have to go far to get it, which is a bonus.

spinrsx, Dec 08, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish-amber, great clarity, thinnish cap of off-white foam that flattens to a smattering of bubbles

Aroma: caramelly malt, pineapple fruitiness, bubblegum scent, faint herbal hops

Flavor: chewy maltiness up front, grassy hop flavor, slight roast edge, zesty alcohol punch, raisins, hint of caramel, finishes semisweet with a caramel aftertaste and lingering alkaloidal bitterness

Mouthfeel: full body, fine carbonation, blooming alcohol warmth, soft texture

Other comments: Wow! Not what I was expecting! Didn't read the label before I poured the beer and was surprised by the color, body, and sweetness. Then I see 8.5% abv and it all makes sense!

Pretty scrumptious beer!

GreenCard, Mar 22, 2005
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not golden, as it turns out - more of a nectarine skin-amber brown. Its parchment head is not very impressive in terms of size or retention, but the nose is lovely: plenty of caramel/toffee malts to anchor more volatile, spicy notes of ginger, lemon, brandy, and a little bit of leafy/piney hops. Sweet on the palate with a nice, sticky, lush (and a bit syrupy) body, nicely balanced by a punch of fresh, citric hops and warm alcohol spice. Vanilla, rum, and perfumey floral notes lend a festive feel to a sweet, mellow, fruity barleywine base. Quite drinkable despite its strength; a good "fireplace beer," but I can imagine this could even be refreshing if served chilled. It's also nice with fried fish, especially with a bit of lemon.

soulgrowl, Jun 04, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The end of the blurb on back of the label reads "Without Doubt, this is the finest example of our brewers art. Truly the connoisseur's choice." Pretty Ambitious (some might say boastful). Since I love at least 4 of Fuller's brews, I thought this was worth a try.

pours a deep amber that looks incredible. The head is quick to dissapear but leaves plenty of lace behind. The aroma is of plums, brandy and grains, with an alcohol twang. The taste is very complex with malts dominating. I keep thinking of different liquors when sipping this, like cognac, brandy, and port. Theres lots of raisins, figs, plums and even some grape skins. The hops are barely perceptable except for some structural bitterness.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with medium amounts of carbonation. The drinkability is fine but a bit encumbered by a spicy alcohol aftertaste. Over all a very great beer, though not as great as the label claims, that goes for Fuller's ESB.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 28, 2004
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, at The Beehive, Brentford, London. Copper coloured, moderate head. Malty sweet aroma with hints of dried fruits, oak and sherry. Flavour is malty sweet with oak, dried figs and dusty hops. Interesting beer. Warming mouthfeel, as expected from an 8.5% ABV beer.

Sigmund, Mar 01, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good one from UK.
I concur with the other reviews, except for a few points: the head did not last in my standard British pint glass. It fizzed out in less than 5 minutes. The lacing was also thin. The flavour is big, with complex malts upfront and a good balance of bitters. At 8.5% ABV, this is not a wimpy beer. Yes, I do believe I will have another. Later.

Conrad, Dec 18, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well then, another beer from Fuller's - one of my favourite breweries from England. Here we go;

The beer pours a amber color with a nice white/beige head that later settles to a nice, tight, lid of foam. The bottle is clean and good looking as always from these brewers.

Aroma holds some nice malty notes with hints of toffee or caramel. There are also some slightly flowery notes from the hops. Nice, but nothing special really.

Taste is better though! Lots of malts, this beer is very malt dominated and quite sweet actually. There are also some of those earlier mentioned, slightly flowery, hops in there! In general this is a very warming beer, would be perfect on a cold winters day. The mouthfeel is quite silky, almost oily, nice!

In general, a good strong ale from Fuller's, and quite some value for the money around since it costs only 17.90 SEK which is slightly less than 2 USD.

Bananaman, May 09, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this 500ml bottle on 22.11.2008 (best by date 08/05/09).

It had a short-lived light tan coloured head over a mahogony coloured body with a slight haze.

The taste was a back-of-the-throat maltiness with a dark toffee sweetness to offset the bitter hop kick.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Overall a fairly complex and strong warming earthy brew.

JohnfromDublin, Nov 24, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber gold - head fades quick - no lace.

Aromas of malts, caramels, toffee.

Taste is more of the same, a real malt bomb. A slightly astringent bitter finish stops a descent into overall sweetness. Alcohol warmth noticeable

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, warming.

From an Aus perspective, almost a dead ringer for Coopers Vintage.

heygeebee, May 12, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear copper liquid with a slightly off-white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving alot of creamy lacing on the glass.

Smells really malty in a fresh way, some earthy english hops along with a caramelly fudge-ness a really nice, quite complex malt profile containing a dry hint of almonds and some faint fruits, almos a bit grapish, maybe a little raisins and some date plums.

Taste is caramelly, some fudge and a surprisingly dry and bitter hop precense, nothing like an american hop-onslaught mind you, but still. The really solid malt holds up and carries the brew all the way to the finish with continued fudge, almond paste and some slight hints of fruits in a ... malty way, really mellow and nice, finishes surprisingly light, almost a bit watery after the great malt-profile, a little stingy touch of alcohol in the finish as well. I don't think that would have bothered me if the malt had pulled though all the way to the end of the taste. A bit sweet all thoughout as well.

A really creamy and smooth mouthfeel, without getting too thick, but it tends to get a bit sickish after a while, especially when it gets warmer, sickish in a really english way.

Over all, a great beer that surprised me as it was really cheap here in Sweden, and the last time I tried it, I have a hazy memory of me almost pouring it down the drain due to being too sickish and cloyingy sweet.

dqrull, Jan 08, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Volo, served in a snifter.

Pours a clear dark red, nice ruby colour, very brilliant, nice cascading head settles to a slightly offwhite ring and layer, some lace spots stick, looks pretty fantastic.

Smell is real nice, very malty, caramel, honey, biscuits, real nice toasty malt character, some sweet fruit, raisin, alcohol, a bit plasticy, sherry and lightly earthy, pretty nice malty character.

Taste is similar, sweet at first, treacle and caramel, honey wafers, biscuit and toasty malt goodness, raisin, dark fruit, alcohol, again a strange plastic flavour, but really nice malt character, very rich.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, pretty damn smooth for the ABV and works great on cask. Good work Ralph getting firkins of this stuff.

Viggo, Dec 13, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.0
Pours two fingers of yellowy cream head over a clear, copper coloured body. Head retention somewhat lacking, but it is a gorgeous colour.

Smell - 4.0
Rich and malty, boozy fruitcake, rich malt loaf, caramel and a little zestiness from the hops. A little too much alcohol on the nose.

Taste - 4.0
A pattern is emerging here. At 8.5% ABV, Golden Pride is a strong beer, but there are stronger that hide their alcohol a lot better. A full bodied beer with rich, toasty malt, hard toffee, burnt fruitcake, and a complex hop character that provides flavour (pine needles, orange peel)as well as balance to the brew.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine carbonation, smooth, almost oily in the mouth, but overall mouthfeel is affected by the alcohol, which is overly warming.

Drinkability - 3.0
This should really be in a 330mL bottle, it's too strong to really want to drink 500mL in a sitting. Best suited as a sipper while watching a movie on a cold night.

Good but not great. I would buy Golden Pride again, as it makes a fine winter night's sipper. The rest of the time, its (alcoholic) strength is its greatest weakness.

LittleCreature, Jun 26, 2009
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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
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3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought from Fullers Ale & Pie house, Fleet St, London. Delivered ice cold from the fridge. It's February in London and not that warm in here. When asked if they had any unrefridgerated the 18yo barman almost laughed when declining. Ale house indeed... Anways.. Give me halfa to let this warm up.

Good pour, small retaining dense head without a lot of sticking (I'm surprised it's not freezing to the glass). Body is an orange amber, grand marnier-esque. Pretty colour.

Sweet citrus aromas. Candi sugar, crystal malt and a vague hop dryness.

Initially tasted like a frozen vodka shot. Seriously, they pulled this thing from next to the corona.
...after about 45 mins... Not quite the sweetness I was expecting. A pleasant rounded malt body, some orange rind and almonds. Dry English hops enter early but grow slowly, giving a balancing and lingering dryness. The alcohol is sufficiently hidden once it warms.

Medium-full body and low carbonation coupled with the dry finish actually provide this higher abv and slightly sweet ale with quite good drinkability.

Not a bad strong ale. (I agree with an earlier reviewer that this is almost a barley wine)

Trizzle, Feb 01, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Miha, Jul 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Ciocanelu, Jan 25, 2013
Golden Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
90 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.