Golden Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 37
Gots: 11 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2003)
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Photo of galluch
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date 13 Oct 2011 tasted on 28 Jan 2011

Aroma - Subdued sweetness with a slight maltiness with hints of fruitiness

Appearance - Golden amber clear with a medium white head with a slight amount of residual carbonation

Taste - Smooth caramel flavor which in the end was generally very good. A crazy smooth beer for 8.5% ABV. Flavor was mostly malt sweetness no real hop characters.

Notes - Good medium mouthfeel. One of the beers I brought home from the brewery. I wish I could find it locally.

Photo of Conrad
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.

Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 16 July 12 (not sure if that is ddmmyy or yymmdd)

A strong pour results in about two finger-widths of off-white head on top of a copper coloured beer. Decent retention, a little bit of lacing.

Lots of caramel malt in the nose. Floral scents, probably provided by the hops, along with some bright fruits: apple, orange. Nice.

Taste is like the nose but more. Strong caramel malt flavours provides a sweetness that is nicely balanced by some bitterness from the hops. Apple is the strongest fruit flavour, also some orange, grape and a bit of cherry. Finish is fairly bitter.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Chewy feel.

Overall, another very nice beer from Fullers. I am pretty impressed by the consistency of this brewery. A tasty beer that is remarkably drinkable despite the strength.

Photo of tbeckett
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice copper colour with good carbonation coming up. A two finger head of off white is fizzing away with a fluffy look to it. Bright. Great chunks and streaks of white lace around the nonic and a half finger of head left. Nice.

S - Rich dark fruits, brandy/sherry, toffee, and candied fruits.

T - Dark and candied fruit with an alcohol note coming through like that brandy/sherry element.

M - Good carbonation, a smooth, medium body and a nice sweet fruity finish.

O/D - Really easy drinking. Not overly complex like you'd find in a lot of strong ales, but it sure does the trick. I could drink this all day. Worth a shot. Keeping with Fuller's quality standards.

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.

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.

Photo of spinrsx
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.

Photo of MattyV
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

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!

Photo of Kartoffeln
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of ferrari29
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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

Photo of cratez
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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, vinous red grape aroma, 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 British 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.

Photo of crnipeter
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber with good clarity, overlain by up to an inch thick off-white head that sticks to the walls, creating sheets of semi-stable lace with each swirl . The nose is heavily malty with distinctive caramel and bready qualities, raisiny esters tightly interwoven with sweet citrus orange oil-like aroma that might originate from Golding hops used, and shows spiciness and alcohol aromatics with notes of sherry.
The sweet flavor is dominated by complex maltiness with caramel, biscuity and toasty qualities, esters of dark fruits and exhibits mild spicy-earthy and orangeish hop flavor. Although the beer remains firmly malty hop-bitterness increases towards
the medium-sweet finish, rounded by warming alcohol.
Body is medium to thick and somewhat oily with rather low carbonation, hence the thin head.

Despite classed as English Strong Ale here this a Barleywine and rated like that. In short: an English Barleywine with strong and complex maltiness, fruitiness and orange-like aroma/flavor. (Best before 12-08-2011, into tulip)

Photo of pettis
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a medium-frothy head that settles into a nice bubbly lacing. Retention is good for an 8.5% ale. A few swirls in the snifter bring out a nice foam.

Cherry-like fruit in the nose. First sip: rich malts and slightly tart, fruity flavors dominate, with a hint of floral hops in the background.

As far as I can remember, this is my first time tasting an English strong ale. So far, I think I can say I like this style and this beer in particular. It's kind of like a "light" barleywine--and I mean this in a good way. Lot's of nice malty, fruity flavor, but lighter body and a bit smoother drinking. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of danieelol
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris @ Slowbeer

Pours a nice red-ochre colour with good head and lacing.

Smell is a lot of honeycomb, carob and rye. Toffee too. Very English, like an imperialised take on the marzipanny-malt of a classic English ale.

Taste is a translation of the nose. Decent hop/alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. Real creamy with decent body and low carb.

Overall a really nice English barleywine / old ale / strong ale. Can't deny its quality. Distinct from 1845 which had more toffee qualities and bittering hops. This is its big, less subtle brother.

Photo of stjaernstoft
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fuller's Golden Pride, ABV: 8.5%.
330 ml bottle, 17.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

Appearence: Clear, reddish brown colour, like copper, with a slightly brown, bright head.

Smell: Big bittersweet aromas of mainly toffee and syrup, some malt and hops, hints of citrus peels, spices, and even some chocolate. Perhaps some cherry, or red wine.

Taste: I get toffee, caramel, something sour like citrus, maybe dark chocolate, and some alcohol. Nearly perfect balance and amount of body and bitterness. Not too hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Sits nice on the tongue. Not too heavy, but heavy enough. Pretty elegant. Warming. A pleasure.

Overall: A nice beer. Nothing to complain about really. Given its strength I'm surprised it doesn't cost more. I'd drink it alone to reward myself, or on a nice, not too hectic evening with friends, and maybe a steady meat dish.

Photo of juju7
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quality barleywine. Not over the top or in your face style of sticky, sweet hop bomb.

Instead, you get an elegant, sexily sweet malt driven sipper. Almost like melted toffee. Carbonation is nice and low helping this puppy slide down nice and smooth. Alcohol is nicely in check too. What's not to like?

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.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Cear copper-amber pour with quickly fading two finger head and minimal lacing. Very unique nose for a British beer. It was typically malty, but also had a strong aroma of dark fruit and alcohol as well as hints of biscuits and tea. The taste is complex, full bodied and rich. Tons of oak and vanilla, with hints of caramel, toffee, grape skins, rum, and a touch of orange peel. Incredibly smooth and drinkable for a big beer. I'm kicking myself for only grabbing one of these. This is everything the Fuller's Vintage should be and isn't for less than half the price. Can't wait for my next visit to the UK!

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.

Photo of Zimbo
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
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)

Golden Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
90 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.