Golden Pride
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English Barleywine
Ranked #78
Ranked #5,605
4.05 | pDev: 8.64%
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
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Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of lastmango
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of KooVee
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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 JonnoWillsteed
4.21/5  rDev +4%
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 -3.5%
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 ajm5108
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
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 StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +5.9%
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 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 -11.6%
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 jazzyjeff13
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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 emincems
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

amber color. head needs more duration
strong floral and peppery hops with rich malt aroma
tastes sweet malty and slight toasty. high abv is perceivable
med-full bodied. too flat. warming and bittersweet finish
complex barleywine, nice brew.

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Photo of Spike
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle.

Pours crystal clear, russet colour with a large, tan head that disappears quickly and leaves no trace.

Smell is sweet malt and alcohol.

Tastes of caramel, sultanas, spiced apple and alcohol. Sweet & boozy.

Soft, velvety mouthfeel with an alcoholic bite in the finish. Surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint.
Pours clear deep dark copper beer with nice2,5 finger off-white head, good retention.
Smell - rich, dark fruits, woody notes.
Taste is similar to smell, remarkable alcohol, definite bitter finish.
Full syrupy body, moderate carbonation, warming.

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Photo of FLima
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Intense amber copper color with a thick beige head with great retention.
Aroma with notes of apple juice, caramels, raisins and wood.
Flavor with notes of earthy and floral hops, caramel, slightly toasted malts, mild booze, apple juice, wood, orange marmalade, toffee and figs. Dry aftertaste ending with alcoholic notes, a sudden refresh and an increasing bitterness.
Full body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% is felt, but it is a harmonic piece of its flavor.
Nice Barley Wine with fruity, caramel and woody notes. To drink it slowly to capture its complexity, though a bit cloying.

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Photo of hopley
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

• Look – 5.0 – Can’t get much better than this – Strong initial head that levels back to about half an inch after about 5 minutes. Then fades to a gloppy aggregation of artfully creative “inverse puddles”.
• Smell - - 4.0 – Can’t get much other than a tiny bit of sweet molasses.
• Taste 4.75 – Sweet syrupy molassassey goodness, but not overly heavy. Some bitterness towards the end balances the sweetness.
• Feel - 4.5 – Thick and solid, but not over the top in any respect – just right for the style / ABV.
• Overall - 4.75 – This is a great beer, very balanced, a definite classic.

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Photo of vinicole
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Burnished copper. Lively carbonation but no head.
Mixed fruit and candied peel.
Sweet prunes, figs and malt. Some bitterness to finish.
Alcohol present (not surprising). Rich and filling.

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Photo of drmeto
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear copper-red with a medium,quickly dissipating,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose
-medium-full body,low-medium carbonation
-noticable alcohol,but not boozy
Great Strong Ale.
This is basically a beefed-up 1845 ale

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful amber mahogany with orange highlights. Smell (thankfully) was not the wet cardboard I expected, but a lively malt, fruit, and English hops in the background. Taste is more towards a English strong ale, which is what I would probably categorize this as. Nice rounded bread malts, candied orange peel, light caramel, and just a small alcohol bite and lingering bitterness on the finish. Medium to full mouthfeel. Very nicely balanced. Very good beer.

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Photo of Chris_Burton
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Assertively aromatic with molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of prune; there is also some caramel and breadiness. The body is a deep, orange-ish amber with an off-white head. The flavor upfront is a slightly sour, bread-like maltiness with a bit of toffee; there is some smooth alcohol, a raisin-like fruitiness, and some spicy, herbal hops. The body is somewhat light with subtle but crisp carbonation. The alcohol provides some warming.

Very flavorful in all the right ways. Deliciously malty. Not very bitter. The alcohol is quite noticeable.

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Photo of DrJay
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed this one at a pub in Paddington. Thin beige cap over a bronze, clear beer. Decent retention with some clinging bubbles. Super fruity aroma, dried fruit like raisins and figs, along with a nearly tropical character and sturdy biscuit malt base. Solid bitterness didn't get in the way of fruity and malty flavors, as well as a bit of alcohol. Nicely balanced between hops, malt and yeast. A bit bready, biscuit, slight caramel, dried fruit. Full bodied with low carbonation, a bit drying, malty texture. I enjoyed this quite a bit. I'd love it if this was easier to get on the other side of the pond.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a straight sided glass.

Appearance - Deep golden body. Big off white head. Retains forever. Clings inside the glass.

Smell - Sweet smelling. Fruity and malty. Caramel and raisins, but it's a lighter fruitiness than other barleywines.

Taste - Pretty hoppy. Right up front. Sweet pale malts. Grapefruit hops. Fruity, caramelly, and sweet into the finish, which has a hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - Very flavorful, but pretty sweet.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... amber/copper beer with head colour white of almost 2 fingers
Aroma...malt, alcohol, caramel, hops. Fresh and strong smell with a touch of malty aroma
Taste... fenolic with a sweet malty touch, bitterness appears soon lasting all the time, with a dry finish
Mouthfeel... medium/full body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice strong ale, bitterness is present but in a perfect combination with malt and alcohol. One of my favourites, definitely a great English ale in his section (strongs ales) .

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerGogglesReviews
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
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.

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Golden Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 221 ratings