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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 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 BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pazzo's took the Ole Winter Ale off tap for a few hours to share this treasure of a beer with their patrons. Certainly glad I was there. This beer is quite special, reminding me of the Vintage Ales, with a more subdued alcohol complex and power in the flavors. The first sip delivers a plethera of complexity, tons of flavors, and spicy character. Certainly rests on a foundation, built on malts. Shows a lot of cotton-candy sweetness, berries, cherries, dates, figs, plumbs, nuts, caramel, and lightly toasted breads. Balanced by firm, pungent hops with a faint herbal tone. Alcohols are warming, but weave nicely into the complex malts until they are hardly noticed. Finishes sweet, but balanced and with a long sherry-like lingering.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap 4/10/08 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large, dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, nuts, tea, some honey and some hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of caramel, honey and tea. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easy, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a very good beer that I could stick with for the duration of the evening.

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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 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 DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Fuller's. So why I can't I find this beer where I live? But wait, I was at O'Malley's in São Paulo two days ago. And they had this beer! So, let's try it out. On to the beer:

A darker tinted orange, hues of yellow and fool's gold in the body. Great head retention. The aroma is very pleasant, but will knock you out if you're not careful. Lots of toasted caramel and nuts, with bits and pieces of butterscotch.

In the mouth, you get slapped with a big body and kick of booze. Once you get passed that, it's great. Strong nutty flavor, Toasted grain with caramel and toffee notes make this a stronger pale ale to my taste, but a well constructed one. Some fruity undertones beneath. The stomach warms up the further I go along. This is just a damn good ale.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 18 Dec 09, drank on a cold semi-sunny Sunday afternoon in Nov 09. Poured into a bateman's branded UK pint sleeve.

Looked good, a creamy coloured foaming head sat on top of a dark mahogany, clear body.

Toasted malts and rich molasses hit my nose, toffee and treacle but without a sweetness, more a prosperous, well-healed, confident air about it. In short, it smells like a rich persons tipple.

That richness carries on into the flavours, very oak wood rather than plywood, delicious, sumptuous and very moorish. I almost forgot it is 8.5%ABV, no wonder it tasted so full, warming and luxurious.

There are few beers in the world better than a well made English Strong Ale and this is up there with the best, I take my hat off to Fuller's, this is one well crafted beer and well worth the extra couple of pence I paid for it.

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Photo of liamt07
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Beer Bistro. 275ml serving into a Fulelr's branded tulip.

Reddish copper body with an offwhite head. Minimal lacing and only some modest retention. Nose has rich caramel notes, a sligth breadiness and some dried darker fruit notes. Taste is similar and offers a bit more complexity - dried fruits and caramel notes dominate and establish a really solid and quite English malt profile. Modest sweetness and a subtle dryness and bitterness in the finish. A bit of alcohol is interwoven within the flavour, and adds some complexity. Excellent mouthfeel and completely smooth on the palate. An excellent English strong ale, and I'd certainly have this again. Tremendously disappointed that I passed on this when bottles were available at the LCBO.

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Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Pride is in fact a resplendent bronze. One should hardly be surprised considering that in England anything lighter than brown was traditionally referred to as "pale"; seen through the eyes of a Brit this very well may be golden. It's clear (allowing some distortion) and its head is merely a long, thin string of unbroken white.

The bouquet boasts a dynamite amount of fruit that features both tropical (mango, papaya) and the sticky dark varieties we're more accustomed to in English ales: dates, figs, and that sort of thing. It's the former that really grabs my attention, however - it smells like candy. It's as if toffee and caramel were drizzled on top.

Golden Pride is really fantastic beer. It has a chewy-sweet biscuity malt base that tastes of honey, golden raisin and toffee and a hop bill that is so earthy and pungent so as to be almost scratchy. Then, as if that weren't enough already, what parachutes in but chunks of mango, papaya, and candied ginger, rounded out by water minerals and alcohol esters.

Most readers on this site will recognize the beer as basically an American strong ale in British dress - the fruity hops being cut with more grassy, herbal notes as well as a super-sized serving of caramelly, dried fruit maltiness. Notes of prune and dates become prominent with warming but their sweetness is subdued by nutmeg-like spice.

Fuller's Golden Pride contradicts the official line that traditional British (not to mention big brand-name) beers must be ordinary and plain. This is inspired despite retaining its classic features. I've said it before but I've never said it with more confidence than now having tried this: there may be no better brewery in Britain, perhaps the world, than Fuller.

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Photo of wl0307
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle. BB 23/06/06. Served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a clear, elegant dark tawny to copper hue, coming with a thick, off-white frothy head with a texture as tight as pre-cooked meringue... leaving very fine sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass; a lone stream of tiny bubbles ascends in the glass--beautiful.
S: semi-sweetish pale or amber malt aroma combined with a touch of caramel, a bit like flavoured malt syrup, not thick but intense; backed by a lovely flow of sweet flower hop and fruit estery aroma like processed honey+red apples+sweet pears+a hint of marmalade. All elements are well-blended together, against a solid backbone of light alcoholic touch--ever so pleasant and not overpowering at all.
T: thick textured malts flow onto the palate, bringing with it smooth fruity hops, black tea syrup, treacles, licorice, and a fast-magnifying herbal hoppiness and slightly peppery bitterness on the sides of the palate; slowly an underlying dark fruity flavour like unsweetend dried longan-fruits+dried dates+dried forest berries+faintly marmalade intensifies at the back of the palate, along with a warmish spring creeping down the throat; finished semi-dryish and lingering, satifyingly and quietly bitter, almost like Chinese herb medicine soup added with touches of spice and malt syrup. Beautifully structured flavour and nice balance is retained on the palate throughout.
M: very rich yet smooth on the palate, thankfully not too sharp for its high alc. strength; 100% body, no more no less, while the rich flavour is tuned quite nicely to make it rather easy to sip!! An impressive beer by the Fuller's. It used to be available only in 330ml bottles around four years ago as I remember it, and now it comes in bigger bottles, maybe due to higher popularity I reckon? But this beer is best to be shared b/w buddies over a fireside chat, otherwise it could trick people to consume too much without even feeling the strength!!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours amber wiht a large off-white head that stays for a long time and then it leaves nice lacings.

S: Floral hops, malt, dark syrup, dried fruit, chocolate and some coffee.

T: Complex! Slightly roasted and sweet with notes of dried fruit. Then there is alcohol and bitter hops mixed with chocolate and syrup in this dry beer.

M: Alcohol and bitterness combined with richness gives this beer a powerfull mouthfeel.

D: This is a perfect beer for sitting down and talking with your boys - a "Talk-beer"

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Photo of Derek
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Their Vintage Ale series is based on this recipe, with seasonal tweaks of the malts & hops. The Vintage is good, but always wonder if it's really worth the sticker price. This one doesn't come in a fancy box and it's as good as any vintage... hell of a value.

A: Amber-bronze with an off-white head, great retention & lace.

S: Very fruity: Pear, candied pineapple, mango, cotton-candy; toffee; light alcohol aroma that hints at sherry.

T: Loads of fruit on the palet: pear, mango, candied pineapple, swedish berries; nice sponge toffee from the malt with a generous bitterness for balance. Only a hint of alcohol warmth. Truly remarkable.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

O: I've wondered why they call it Golden Pride, but this just might be the Gold standard for an English strong ale... and even a big industrial brewer should take pride in that.

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Photo of DrJay
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed this one at a pub in Paddington. Thin beige cap over a bronze, clear beer. Decent retention with some clinging bubbles. Super fruity aroma, dried fruit like raisins and figs, along with a nearly tropical character and sturdy biscuit malt base. Solid bitterness didn't get in the way of fruity and malty flavors, as well as a bit of alcohol. Nicely balanced between hops, malt and yeast. A bit bready, biscuit, slight caramel, dried fruit. Full bodied with low carbonation, a bit drying, malty texture. I enjoyed this quite a bit. I'd love it if this was easier to get on the other side of the pond.

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Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of bark
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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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 jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger thinner bubbly looking off-white head that makes lots of crackling noises. Head quickly fades and pops down to a thin splotchy film and a bubbly ring around the edges. Carmine red or maybe burnt umber brown in color. Nice clarity with medium carbonation and big bubbles rise, decorating the film top. Minimal film remains until the end and leaves minimal lacing.

SMELL: Nice bold scent. Caramel and toasted malt with hints of toffee as well. Fruity esters, perhaps cherries and dark grapes, as well as other dried fruits. Some floral hops in there as well. Very nice.

TASTE: Caramel and toasted malt and lots of toffee again. Not as fruity as the nose had indicated, but the cherries and dark grapes are there. More floral hops here and some spicy notes as well, perhaps from the higher ABV. Some sweet caramel and burnt sugar at the swallow. The strong and long lasting aftertaste of floral hops and some spicy alcohol puts you in your place. This is one you ponder and enjoy for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi creamy on the palate with prickly carbonation. Goes down with a scratch and finishes with a little alcohol bite at the end. This could be smoother and creamier for my liking, and the alcohol could be hidden better, but I kind of get the impression that they don't want to hide it any better.

OVERALL: Certainly a very enjoyable beer. It was tasty and surprisingly drinkable for the ABV, with only the rough and aggressive palate holding it back in the ratings for me. The back of the bottle reads, "This is the finest example of our brewers' art," and I'd certainly like to commend them on their fine masterpiece. Recommended.

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Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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).

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Photo of mdagnew
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's..

Poured a deep coppery brown / amber colour... Creamy tan head poured quite thick and foamy then faded to light layer... no real lacing or carbonation...

Aroma - Spicy fruits (figs, raisins, dates), toffee maltiness, some biscuity notes, treacle, some nuttiness, rum hints, light hops, some floral notes...

Taste – Rich toffee / caramel malts, molasses, spicy fruits (alchohol soaked raisins, dates), nice warming alcohol, bready - malt loaf notes, rum, nice hop bitterness cuts through the sweetness, light aniseed traces...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy, slight oily notes... Medium / full body...

Overall - A nice warming brew for sipping... an excellent example of the style... recommended...

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