Golden Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 164
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 5.38%
Wants: 40
Gots: 15 | 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 rarbring
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of DaveUK
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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 (1,048 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of stjarnflikka
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of ricke
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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 (827 characters)

Photo of jahred
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of dolzan
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of Trizzle
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
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) (1,167 characters)

Photo of bark
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep brown red; the beige two finger head slowly sinks down, leaving some lancing.

The sweet smell is nutty and alcoholic with matured notes of raisins, Madeira and dried fruits in general. It is a very rich scent.

The taste is sweet and very matured (there are some light notes of oak/wood casks) with lots of marzipan, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts. Some traces of cocoa, dark rum, caramel and candy sugar. The aftertaste got a hint of bitterness, although it is mild. There are also some raisins, bitter almonds, sweet wine, oak aged flavours and a touch of cinnamon. The alcohol is overall well hidden.

The carbonation is medium strong, some small bubbles. The liquid is very smooth.

This is a clearly well crafted beer; balanced, matured and all. But I just don’t appreciate the style enough to give it a higher grade. And in fact, I prefer the Strong Ale from Swedish brewery Slottskällans. (916 characters)

Photo of dqrull
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,391 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of LittleCreature
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

OVERALL - 3.9
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of Bananaman
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of Conrad
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (738 characters)

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Golden Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.