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Golden Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Liquoric3, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of crnipeter
4.1/5  rDev +2%

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 petluo
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

petluo, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Florya, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

JohnfromDublin, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%

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

Cozzatoad, May 03, 2012
Photo of jwhawkins81
4.1/5  rDev +2%

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.

jwhawkins81, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of pipinmalikonj
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

pipinmalikonj, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev -0.5%

parintele, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Jose9e
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Jose9e, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of KingSlayer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

KingSlayer, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of mizx
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mizx, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

Hoppsbabo, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of MattyV
4.3/5  rDev +7%

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 BGDrock
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

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

BGDrock, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

the42ndtourist, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of WGO
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

WGO, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Anze, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Miha
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Miha, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of dqrull
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

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 Asgeirr
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Golden Pride pours a brown toned copper along with a umbra-to-white crown of circa 2" of height, it diminishes in a clearly visible manner, however, it leaves a lid on top of the brew which remains for quite some time.

Smell: Oh, interesting! Strong scents of butterscotch, a cream-like and pleasant roundness along with some acidic notes and an overall rum-like sense to it. Pretty darn powerful in my not so humble opinion!

Taste: Burnt malt characteristics linger on from beginning to the - not all too - bitter end. A slightly rough hop touch which brings forth the fruitier end of this brew. Finally we get a strong touch of, should I say pepper?!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and warming due to the high level of alcohol, low in carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinkable? You freaking bet, it's full in character resounding in smell and taste, and plenty of it will knock ya of yer boots - what more could you ask for?

Asgeirr, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of jahred
3.7/5  rDev -8%

Purchased this bottle at the store located by the Fuller's brewery and brought it back to the states. Pours a dark, reddish color, with a thick tan head. The clarity of the beer's color was impressive - another very pretty Fuller's beer.

The smell is strong - mostly honey, with some hints of hops as well. The taste is sweet, thick and doughy, with a pleasant tingly, hoppy aftertaste. Not much depth to this, but otherwise a nice beer.

jahred, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of Bananaman
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Well then, another beer from Fuller's - one of my favourite breweries from England. Here we go;

The beer pours a amber color with a nice white/beige head that later settles to a nice, tight, lid of foam. The bottle is clean and good looking as always from these brewers.

Aroma holds some nice malty notes with hints of toffee or caramel. There are also some slightly flowery notes from the hops. Nice, but nothing special really.

Taste is better though! Lots of malts, this beer is very malt dominated and quite sweet actually. There are also some of those earlier mentioned, slightly flowery, hops in there! In general this is a very warming beer, would be perfect on a cold winters day. The mouthfeel is quite silky, almost oily, nice!

In general, a good strong ale from Fuller's, and quite some value for the money around since it costs only 17.90 SEK which is slightly less than 2 USD.

Bananaman, May 09, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Acquired at Sainsbury's Vauxhall, a supermarket, in London last May. Been in the fridge ever since. Pours a beautiful reddish brown, belying the "golden" on the label. then again, I didn't think this was going to be a pale beer. Aroma is sweet with slight caramels and a "Dry smell" that I'm attributing to the hops. Big caramel and toffee with very bitter earthy hops in there. Huge. Almost like a proper English version of Arrogant Bastard. Call him a Rough Yob. Kind of like drinking candy. Sweet and malty and yum and yum and yum. Balanced with the hops, but not like the licorice taste of 1845. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and proper, and drinkability goes through the roof with its lovely English character.

twilight, Sep 02, 2005
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Beer-Ed, Jul 27, 2014
Golden Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
90 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.