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 ricke
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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 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 parintele
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of supermeniscus
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 Liquoric3
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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 Hoppsbabo
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out a beauitful peachy gold colour. Has a beautiful cream coloured head which is complex and comprises various small bubbles. Poured straight into the middle and after a couple of minutes there's not much head but what's left remains for the duration.

S: Caramel and fruit. Strikes me as smelling like Bassett's Fruit Allsorts, which is quite unreal.

T: An even mix of strong sweetness and bitterness, woodyness, a touch of liquorishness and a tropical fruit which is either mango or guava. Very balanced, silky smooth.

M: It's hard to describe the carbonation but this is truly the silkiest, smoothest beer I've ever had.

O: An English strong ale which is exceedingly smooth and well balanced.

Photo of petluo
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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

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 pipinmalikonj
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mizx
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of KingSlayer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jose9e
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 BGDrock
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep copper; clear; pours a good head, but fades fairly fast, leaving fine lace

Aroma: butterscoth; fruity yeast; apple or pear; light aroma overall

Taste & Mouthfeel: initial taste is like nothing had before, complex, and again the fruity/spicy yeast character, and a pleasant bitter bite comes with the finish; good length; some butterscotch balances well with the spice notes; medium-heavy body with a slightly buttery texture

Overall: would be a great fall beer, bringing to mind thoughts of pumpkin or sweet potato pie; very well balanced

Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WGO
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of the42ndtourist
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this ranks as the strongest British Ale I've had yet (as in ales brewed in Britain), which I suppose explains why my English friends would describe this as akin to a single malt scotch. Not quite, I say... that's Samichlaus's territory. This is more of a watered down cognac, to complete the metaphor.

On cask at The Old Ale House, Truro, Cornwall (that's the English county, rather than the Canadian town). A deep gold with ruby tinges at the right angles. Head doesn't show very long (and it shouldn't as this bar pours a proper pint of cask ale), and is white with large bubbles while it is around. The nose betrays some of the same characteristics of a standard English ale. The taste is sweet, with caramel malt playing wreaths around the lighter golden sugar style sweetness (did I mention that this was sweet). Hops touch and go at the edges, but never fully land. They merely threaten bitterness with some slight earthiness.

Don't confuse with a scotch heavy ale after all my talk of caramel malt. This is much lighter in colour and texture. Someone mentioned golden syrup, and that does seem a fairly good analogue. Just with a little more depth of flavour than the aforementioned syrup. It's very good, I like it.

Photo of Stigh
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately a little bit to sweet for my taste

Photo of Anze
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Miha
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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