Golden Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
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87 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 164
Photo of bartle
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of linnet
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small white head, amber colour, some lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty, jam, oranges, solvents, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, jam, sugar,almonds, oranges and some hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very smooth, small bubbles. I have been told that this is supposed to be similar to a barleywine in character, but it wasn't to me, good beer though. (342 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 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 pettis
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of Chris_Burton
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very tasty ale! It pours a dark orange with minimal head. Smells of spicy, earthy hops and orange marmalade. Taste is rich and fruity, with caramelised orange and Christmas fruitcake. A malty forward beer, but with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rich and full. Overall this is close to perfect. Well done Fullers! (333 characters)

Photo of marquis
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At the pub I found this gem the beer was cheaper than Amstel and Guinness!
A lovelybeer, mostly reminiscent of a tawny port , packed full of flavour and beautifully balanced.
Being used to beer which one can just drink and drink again I had to adjust my sights a little.Personally, bearing in mind the sheer amount of flavour packed into the brew, I regard it more as a barley wine rather than a beer.Semantics? Perhaps but that's how I see it. (445 characters)

Photo of Kristing
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a deep amber, brandy-like colour, and very little head.

The bouquet is mellow with tones of dried fruit and even a little raisin. As the beer has settled in the glass, there is also a fair deal of smokiness. The taste is rather complex, with much hop bitterness and smokiness.

This is a beer that is meant to be savoured, like a fine brandy or whiskey. Even though I feel that some more variations in taste are left to be desired, it is still a fine brew. (466 characters)

Photo of cragus
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of blamoe
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fullers Golden Pride is a very good example that strong ales can be smooth and highly drinkable. The taste is very malty but with a kick of hops and to my suprise not a heavy ale. This is one of my prefered Barley Wines and it's so easy to forget how strong they are and have a few to many. Well done Fullers. (309 characters)

Photo of Sage
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had to have one of these when I saw it in the fridge in a Fuller's in North Greenwich - this is one of the best English beers i've ever had. Pours a rich goldy-red, a wonderfully vivid colour, with minimal head. Smell is not hugely strong, but sweet and fruity. It was perhaps a bit too cold (i've never quite discovered the best temperature to serve this beer at), but there are a lot of fruit flavours in here, with the satisfying alcoholic kick coming in towards the finish. Superbly well-balanced for a beer of its strength, nowhere near as heavy as most barley wines. And dangerously drinkable - you'll find it an effort of will to go back to a weaker beer after this... (675 characters)

Photo of BeerGogglesReviews
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

http://youtu.be/wHAngPrzh2k
Oh my word! This is very strong but unlike many strong beers it's not a sumo wrestler in a tutu. There is a lorry load of honey nut oaty caramel lushness spread over Granny's homemade fresh baked bread. Warm marmalade and hot cuddles. These flavours are powerful yet subtle and balanced the alcohol isn't just there for numbers but adds to the symphony and helps carry those heavy flavours. These brewers are artists and should be celebrated as such. The Tate gallery should have a Fuller's exhibition.
B G Score 97/100. (548 characters)

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