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Golden Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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88 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 172
Photo of dolzan
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of jahred
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this bottle at the store located by the Fuller's brewery and brought it back to the states. Pours a dark, reddish color, with a thick tan head. The clarity of the beer's color was impressive - another very pretty Fuller's beer.

The smell is strong - mostly honey, with some hints of hops as well. The taste is sweet, thick and doughy, with a pleasant tingly, hoppy aftertaste. Not much depth to this, but otherwise a nice beer.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sweet and malty British strong ale. A beautiful clear and dark amber with an off-white head. Decent lacing and carbonation level with a pleasantly oily mouthfeel. Aroma is pure caramelized malts. Flavour has the depth of a barley wine without a biting boozy finish. It is a very sweet but well balanced complement of roasted malts and oak tannins.

Not a beer style I'd choose often, but think this is a good example thereof.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured in a Nonic-shaped pint glass at The Melton Mowbray in London, UK.

A - Beer pours with a two finger beige colored head; head was frothy; no lacing formed on the side of the glass; body had a dark copper color

S - Sweet; banana; brown sugar; prunes and other dark fruits like figs; sweet malts; toffee

T - Sweet caramel taste; brown sugar and toffee taste; slight high ABV taste, comes up rather quickly but disappears soon after drinking; not much of a bitter aftertaste; butterscotch; strawberry; apple; banana; dark fruit and figs

M - Creamy feel; sweet aftertaste; slightly bitter aftertaste, not much though and goes away rather quickly

D - Good drink; great first beer in the UK; I really like the taste in this beer, its well balanced and has a very traditional barley-wine taste; could have had more body

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Photo of ricke
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Intense amber copper color with a thick beige head with great retention.
Aroma with notes of apple juice, caramels, raisins and wood.
Flavor with notes of earthy and floral hops, caramel, slightly toasted malts, mild booze, apple juice, wood, orange marmalade, toffee and figs. Dry aftertaste ending with alcoholic notes, a sudden refresh and an increasing bitterness.
Full body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% is felt, but it is a harmonic piece of its flavor.
Nice Barley Wine with fruity, caramel and woody notes. To drink it slowly to capture its complexity, though a bit cloying.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of stjarnflikka
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, bright red-orange beer with nice small bubbles. No mentionable foam though.

The smell is sweet with very clear apple-traces. Its fresh and has traces of malt in it.

The taste is clearly bitter with a quite strong alcohol taste. There is no strong sweetness but there is a string malty and bitter taste. The aftertaste is somewhat bready, citric and bitter.

This is a "big" beer that has a great taste. Sadly i think the alcohol is way to overwhelming but its nice to sit and sip on this one.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best before may 2013

A- Deep amber colour, some bubbles are visible right under the head. Head is big, white, has very big bubbles, it does not show great retention but it leaves some quite good amounts of lacing

S- Soft/buttery malts with dominant caramel notes. Spicy esters on the back of things. Maybe some light fruity hints as well (apple?)

T- Caramel malts are indeed playing a major role, with some honey notes showing up in both taste and aftertaste. A mild fruitiness is present throughout the whole tasting experience, with notes of apple, white grapes, maybe a slight citricness. Finish a bit on the earthy side, with a touch of hops making themselves heard. Maybe just a hint of alcoholic spiciness, much less than the smell suggested

M- Medium bodied. Very smooth with just a bit of soft carbonation texture on the tongue. Actually pretty watery for a 8.5%ABV beer but it still feels ok in this one

O- Not a stormer for sure. Just a nicely balanced, quite refreshing strong ale which almost feels like a session ale

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Photo of DaveUK
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Tawny brown-red with a thick head of foam initially. Disappointing reduction of head down the glass, fading to a thin ring after half drunk.

Aroma - floral hops and dried fruit with the alcohol readily apparent.

Taste - Rich roasted malt and dominated by dried fruit reminiscent of dates, prunes etc. Followed by alcohol and spicy hops that linger for a good while.

Mouthfeel - Initially medium but quickly becomes heavy with a noticeable sweetness as the beer is drunk. A mild but persistent sour note is also present.

Drinkability - A powerful and complex beer, rich and satisfying. However, its strength and richness makes this beer not for all occasions. Perhaps as an digestif or as a winter warmer to combat cold conditions. This inflexibility marks it down in my personal tastes.

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Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 15/02/10:

Pours bright amber copper with an off-white head. Nice retention and lacing.

The smell is of citrus and wood with a grainy sweetness - very boozy - borders rubbing alcohol.

The taste is of caramel and nuts - malty with a bitter, boozy aftertaste.

The body is full and almost syrupy, yet with a certain "swish" about it.

Alcohol is not covered well. The malty complexity quickly turns bitter in the finish (too quickly). I'm thinking aging would help to bring things together, but that's just a guess. As it is it is sweet and boozy turning quickly to a bitter aftertaste. Still, it is an interesting brew with some nice malty complexities going on.

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Photo of rarbring
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is clear amber, an off-white head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is sweet, honey with raisins, bread and hops,

Taste has a sharp bitter taste after having started as a sweet honey and orange. Some alcohol is felt.

The carbonation is mild, small bubbles and a slightly dry finish.

This was a real ale cask, a bit past it's prime.

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