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Golden Pride | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of KooVee
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle, bb in 16m.

Chestnut colour, off-white/cream-coloured head that exits quite quickly with little evidence left behind.

Nose is the fig, prune and raisin of medium plus caramel malt. With just a hunch of coffee. Alcohol mixes in creating a rummy combination.

Taste is sweetish, with alcohol at the core, but in a smooth way. Some rounded bitterness at the end. Less of the characteristic Challenger notes than usual for Fuller's. Some nutty, bready malts over a perfect mouthfeel for the style.

Nothing showy here. Nothing particularly complex either in ingredients or method. I would say it is the classic method and recipe refined pver centuries, honed by a unique yeast that brings out the best nuances from malts. A crystal malt that would be a bit cloying and simplistic with another yeast turns into an endlessly subtle expression of grain and sugar. And the alcohol, even if noticeable, serves as a vehicle for highlighting instead of stealing the stage.

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

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Beautiful rich chestnut brown, clear as a bell, Pours with 5mm white head that clears to lacing.
S- Unexpectedly subtle for an 8.5% beer. Just notes of a say roast cherry pudding.
T- Wow, yes distinct cherry pudding, or like a trad British Xmas pudding with a stack of cherries in it. Alcohol tang, very puddingy, this is some beast of a beer.
F- Quite rich, but ironically the alcohol tang balances it well. This is in the realm of a classic winter warmer, to slowly savour.
O- Classic winter warmer, would go brilliantly with dessert on Xmas day. Wonderfully crafted, not a single note out of place. Just wow. I thought this was going to be a Golden Ale until I did a double-take on the ABV%. Oh no it's not! - it is like a big-hitting old school Belgic monastic beer. I bought this in Waitrose, but I don't think some branches stock it. I must have had this as a Got for a while, and I haven't seen it in my local Waitrose or others any time I recall, ie it seems to be elusive to find stocked.

ps Interesting to see others reviewers below referring to this as a barley-wine, that is a style I don't think I've heard mentioned since the late '70s [?]. As a teen that was a folk-loric brew of doom, this might be the first I've tried, and I really like it!

500ml bottle, BB: 01/04/2020

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

British Barleywine, you learn something new every day.
It hits the malt, high gravity nose of the style as well as the malty forward, sweet and hot finish in the taste. It was a little grainy in the finish, which made it less pleasant for me. Very drinkable for the ABV and style since it didn't seem as monstrous as it could've.

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Photo of rangerred
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of StoutBoi
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sraufstok
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold with tints of nut brown, good head. Very traditional but not overpowering English barley wine - toffee, treacle, toasted nuts, mild English bittering hops. A tad sweet, but otherwise very good

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Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frank_TX
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

cool to find this one on tap, we dont get nearly enough english beers on draft around colorado, so always a treat to see something like this somewhere. interesting the beer is called golden pride but it decidedly amber/red in color, unexpected for me, i thought we had a blonde barleywine in the works, but thats my own ignorance, not anything at all wrong with the beer. the head is tall and off white and lasting, and the aroma is exactly what i anticipated from something like this, a little booze and oxidation, sweet nutty english malts, and a biscuity bready ale yeast that smells old school but a little tired. in the flavor there is some up front sweetness from the grain, but its beaten back nicely by the yeast by the middle of this, allowing some cool space for dried fruitiness, earthy minerality, and a cleanness not normally found in the style, this is neither overly alcoholic or sticky sweet, a much more drinkable example of the style than what has come into vogue in the united states. i like it being a little more drinkable, i like the old worldy malt complexion here, and it comes together really well, perhaps less complex than the best english barleywines out there, but a well made classic. it tastes like its a little dated, but i have no confirmation on that. on tap at falling rock downtown.

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Photo of champ103
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber/red color. At first a two finger beige head forms with good retention. That eventually fades to nothing, with light patchy lace lace left behind.
S: Toasted malts, toffee, baked bread. Golden raisins, plums, light alcohol, light leaefy grassy hops in the finish. Really nice and enjoyable.
T: Like the nose, I love the nuanced malt character here. Toasted malts, baked bread, toffee. Certainly some sweetness, with honey, golden raisins, and plums. Just a touch of grassy hops in the finish. Along with a bit of alcohol warmth.
M/O: A full body with moderate carbonation. Ultra smooth and creamy. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. Everything is balanced well, and really warming. A great example of the style.

I think I have had this once before (if memory serves it was when I was working in the UK), but have never been able to easily find it around the states...at least the stats I roam. I am really glad I have come across this again. A great English Barely Wine, and hoping I can come across this more often in the future.

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Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Pours clear, amber in color with minimal head. Taste is toffee, plum, and prune. Medium bodied and carbonation--sweet. Makes for a solid English style ale. I prefer others in the style, but this one is worth a try.

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

Photo of rolltide8425
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rating to style....a quintessential English barleywine from a quintessential English brewery.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frankgabriel2383
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of insouciantx
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2018. Purchased recently from Waitrose. The label describes it as a 'superior strength ale' brewed with pale and crystal malt.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep marmalade-amber hue with good carbonation. Yields a smallish head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or so before collapsing and disappearing, leaving only the thinnest of collars.

S: Aroma of rich, sweet malt with hints of honey, caramel, toffee, barley sugar, mild raisins, ale yeast, faint leafy hops and a warming whiff of booze. Very nice.

T: Tastes of sweet malt with a warm, fruity character. Notes of caramel, toffee, honey, subtle raisins, barley sugar, ale yeast esters, delicate leafy hops and a twinge of alcohol. Decadently creamy, with a sweet finish underpinned by a faint bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is unctuously smooth, with soft carbonation and superb body. Aftertaste of sweet caramel malt, subtle fruitiness, ale yeast and faint leafy hops.

O: Excellent - a demonstration of Fuller's capacity to produce timeless classics. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are sweet and characterful. Lovely body; perhaps a shade more carbonation wouldn't hurt. Probably more appropriate in the colder months but it goes down a treat. Add this to your must-try list.

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Photo of maxist
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mishi_d
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Golden Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 216 ratings