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Golden Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
90
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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
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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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.

MattyV, Dec 07, 2011
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!

JohnnyBarman, Dec 01, 2011
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.

Kartoffeln, Nov 29, 2011
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

ferrari29, Nov 20, 2011
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, barley, 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.

cratez, Nov 20, 2011
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)

crnipeter, Nov 13, 2011
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.

pettis, Oct 28, 2011
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.

danieelol, Sep 26, 2011
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.

stjaernstoft, Jul 01, 2011
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?

juju7, Jun 09, 2011
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.

RuudJH, May 21, 2011
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!

beerdrifter, Apr 05, 2011
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.

CrazyDavros, Apr 01, 2011
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.

Zimbo, Jan 20, 2011
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)

thierrynantes, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

rarbring, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of dolzan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

dolzan, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Coppery caramel brown with an average sized foamy white head. Really good retention, especially considering the ABV, that leaves a nice foamy layer of lacing.

S - Some caramel smelling malt serves as a springboard for golden fruit (particularly apple, but some pear too) and some floral and tea like hop aromas. A hint of honey in the background along with a hint of breadiness. Alcohol is just barely present.

T - Similar to the nose. Strong malt presences creates the base for this beer with a lot of caramel and bready flavors coming out. Interplaying with each other are golden fruit (apple, pear, golden raisin) and floral/tea hops. They wax and wane throughout the sip. Also present in the background is some honey, butterscotch, spiced, and nutty (more sweet than earthy) flavors.

M - Medium body with slightly above average carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D - Great drinkability. The alcohol is very well hidden and the flavors are well balanced and none of them overpower the others. Easy on the palate and pretty tasty (dangerously so for the ABV).

Notes: Best before 01/01/11. A solid beer that is a good example of an English Strong Ale. A touch on the sweet side, but it has enough to counterbalance that. Dangerously easy to drink given the ABV. It didn't necessarily blow me away, but it is definitely worth getting a deserve a place near the top as far as English Strong Ales are concerned.

FreshHawk, May 12, 2010
Photo of Trizzle
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
Photo of bartle
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at bar Volo. Pours copper to amber with a thick creamy head. The nose is floral, with a touch of herbs, lots of bright fruits, mild biscuit and a touch of vinegar. Tastes of apricots, little bready, some grassy undertones, sweet and caramel tones. A touch of whiskey. It's a heavy mouthfeel. Nice and thick, a little chewy, full bodied, and the alcohol isn't too brash. Very balanced in the cask.

bartle, Jan 28, 2010
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
Photo of dqrull
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
Photo of allboutbierge
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

allboutbierge, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Viggo
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
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Sammy, Dec 13, 2009
Golden Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
90 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.