Golden Pride

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England, United Kingdom
Barleywine - English
Ranked #112
Ranked #9,282
4.04 | pDev: 8.66%
Jan 19, 2022
May 20, 2003
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Photo of James94
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by James94 from England

L: Dark chestnut colour, some lacing
S: Not much , hints of malt and alcohol, some berries and sweetness
T: Berries, herbs, wafers
F: Full-bodied, rich, syrupy, balanced carbonation

O: 4

Jan 19, 2022
4.16 by pcbnumber1 from England on Jan 07, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by xander10 from England

Look: pours reddish brown with a tan head, lots of lacing.
smell: Dark fruit
Taste: Sweet, dark fruit, rum and rasin maybe? very appealing.
Feel: medium to full bodied with the alcohol quite well masked, though some alcohol warmth does pierce through.
Overall: great beer.

Dec 25, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Spike from England

500ml bottle.
L: Crystal clear, beautiful russet colour with a large & creamy, tan head that collapses quickly but leaves sheets of lacing.
S: Orchard fruit and alcohol.
T: Demerera sugar, sultanas, plums, spiced apple and alcohol. More than a hint of rum.
F: Soft, smooth, velvety mouthfeel with an alcoholic bite in the finish.
O: A dangerously drinkable, fruity, sweet & boozy barleywine. A beautiful autumn evening in a glass.

Never seen this on draught. Would love to try it. As a half pint!

Nov 19, 2020
3.97 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Nov 09, 2020
3.82 by Daniel_Mott from Sweden on Aug 24, 2020
4.1 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania on Jul 28, 2020
3.41 by Mclusal from Colombia on Jun 26, 2020
3.65 by Darthmaul from Florida on May 27, 2020
4.08 by marcrech from Brazil on May 24, 2020
Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mynie from Maryland

On tap in the United States?? It was at Piper's Pub, in Pittsburgh. The barkeep explained that they had been accidentally sent a few kegs a few years ago, in lieu of London Pride, and they proudly hung on to them. So this was not only rare but appropriately aged!

The pour is dark, hazy, and red(?). That is, it's not gold. Whatever, soldiering forward...

The aroma and flavor are both quite stiff. Pleasantly so, but ooph, be prepared. Zippy and boozy all throughout. It never get too wooden or sweet, which makes it, in my humble opinion, vastly preferable to other UK-brewed English Barleywines, such as Lee's. The hops here are much more pronounced, and the back end is wonderfully alcoholic without any huge whiskey complexities bringing everything else down. The burn doesn't come until its hit your gut.

Jan 18, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

Poured a Chestnut brown with a one finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Nose of malt, fig and caramel. Taste follows the nose but nothing remarkable. Medium body and carbonation.

Dec 23, 2019
4.18 by alesinwales from Wales on Dec 06, 2019
4.12 by Lanas from Greece on Nov 09, 2019
4.5 by CrossedRays from Colombia on Aug 21, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by KooVee from Finland

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.

Apr 18, 2019
4 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jan 03, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

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

Dec 19, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

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.

Dec 02, 2018
4.24 by rangerred from Tennessee on Oct 07, 2018
4.01 by BelgianBeerChef from Romania on Sep 25, 2018
4.03 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Aug 17, 2018
4 by paulish from New York on Aug 08, 2018
3.94 by StoutBoi from New York on Jun 29, 2018
4.43 by sraufstok from Slovenia on Jun 21, 2018
Photo of ajm5108
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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

May 02, 2018
4 by shelby415 from Oregon on Apr 15, 2018
4.13 by Frank_TX from Virginia on Mar 30, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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.

Mar 08, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by champ103 from Texas

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 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.

Feb 25, 2018
Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 21, 2018
4 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio on Feb 18, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

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

Feb 11, 2018
4.04 by TheCrowsEye from California on Dec 17, 2017
4.68 by Frankgabriel2383 from Dominican Republic on Dec 05, 2017
3.95 by insouciantx from New York on Nov 19, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jazzyjeff13 from England

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.

Jul 10, 2017
4.25 by maxist from Russian Federation on May 22, 2017
3.98 by mishi_d from Romania on May 15, 2017
4.63 by monkist from Hungary on May 08, 2017
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