Golden Pride
Fuller's

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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #89
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,401
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 8.64%
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
229
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Fuller's
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  50
Gots
  37
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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bobsy from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brewery website describes this beer as follows:
"This superb quality premium beer is the equivalent of a Belgian 'Abbey Beer' or barley wine and is arguably the 'grand cru' of Fuller's bottled beers."

The comparison to an abbey beer is an odd one, but I can see what Fuller's mean when they call this the 'grand cru' of their bottled lineup. I was lucky enough to have this on cask, and my perception is that its closest in style to a traditional English barley wine in every aspect.

Looks pretty amazing in the snifter. A ruby red body supports a large foamy off-white head that slowly drops to a ring and leaves some spots of lace. The clarity is brilliant, and its a great appearance for a higher octane brew. The aroma is surprisingly dominated by alcohol, which is quite odd for a British beer, partially because the ABV tends to be quite restrained, and partially because the brewers usually excel at hiding it. Beyond that there's notes of sherry, brown sugar, raisins, stone fruit and a spicy woodiness. If the alcohol presence was toned down a bit (as it hopefully would if aged in a bottle) this would be a definite winner.

The flavour actually reminds me a lot of a local English barley wine we have in Toronto. Sugar upfront, melting into raisin, berries, caramel, vinous notes and a warming finish. Lots of malty goodness in here and it shows. Hop bitterness is low, as per the style.The flavours are quite dense, which definitely makes this a sipper. Mouthfeel is a touch chewy, slightly oily, and impressively smooth on cask.

A pretty damn good beer from Fullers, whatever style it is (pssst.... its a barley wine).

Jan 12, 2010
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pazzo's took the Ole Winter Ale off tap for a few hours to share this treasure of a beer with their patrons. Certainly glad I was there. This beer is quite special, reminding me of the Vintage Ales, with a more subdued alcohol complex and power in the flavors. The first sip delivers a plethera of complexity, tons of flavors, and spicy character. Certainly rests on a foundation, built on malts. Shows a lot of cotton-candy sweetness, berries, cherries, dates, figs, plumbs, nuts, caramel, and lightly toasted breads. Balanced by firm, pungent hops with a faint herbal tone. Alcohols are warming, but weave nicely into the complex malts until they are hardly noticed. Finishes sweet, but balanced and with a long sherry-like lingering.

Jan 03, 2008
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vinicole from England

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

Bottle. Burnished copper. Lively carbonation but no head.
A bouquet of mixed fruit and candied peel
Tastes of sweet prunes, figs and malt. Light bitter finish.
Syrup like. Alcohol present (not surprising).
Profiles the Fuller's yeast well.
Rich and fulfilling.

May 27, 2015
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BlackHaddock from England

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 18 Dec 09, drank on a cold semi-sunny Sunday afternoon in Nov 09. Poured into a bateman's branded UK pint sleeve.

Looked good, a creamy coloured foaming head sat on top of a dark mahogany, clear body.

Toasted malts and rich molasses hit my nose, toffee and treacle but without a sweetness, more a prosperous, well-healed, confident air about it. In short, it smells like a rich persons tipple.

That richness carries on into the flavours, very oak wood rather than plywood, delicious, sumptuous and very moorish. I almost forgot it is 8.5%ABV, no wonder it tasted so full, warming and luxurious.

There are few beers in the world better than a well made English Strong Ale and this is up there with the best, I take my hat off to Fuller's, this is one well crafted beer and well worth the extra couple of pence I paid for it.

Nov 29, 2009
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thierrynantes from France

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in dec. 2010.

Appearance : amber color with a white foamy head.
Smell : malty with notes of wood and spices
Taste and mouthfeel : caramel flovours with strong alcohol presence, and malty after taste.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style English Strong Ale (near Barley Wine style, 8,5% ABV)

Dec 23, 2010
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

May 16, 2013
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pin from Australia

3/5  rDev -25.9%

Mar 26, 2014
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brendan13 from Australia

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a orange hued copper colour with a couple of centimetres of slightly off white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Toffee & dark fruit maltiness with some light floral hop notes.
T - Toffee and dark fruit also comes through quite strongly in the taste with some floral hop notes and a bit of warming alcohol.
M - Medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation, a bit of bitterness.
D - Quite nice but something to sip on over the course of an hour or so.

Aug 29, 2009
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crnipeter from Slovenia

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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)

Nov 13, 2011
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rangerred from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 07, 2018
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GentleKnight1 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 16, 2016
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LittleCreature from Australia

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.0
Pours two fingers of yellowy cream head over a clear, copper coloured body. Head retention somewhat lacking, but it is a gorgeous colour.

Smell - 4.0
Rich and malty, boozy fruitcake, rich malt loaf, caramel and a little zestiness from the hops. A little too much alcohol on the nose.

Taste - 4.0
A pattern is emerging here. At 8.5% ABV, Golden Pride is a strong beer, but there are stronger that hide their alcohol a lot better. A full bodied beer with rich, toasty malt, hard toffee, burnt fruitcake, and a complex hop character that provides flavour (pine needles, orange peel)as well as balance to the brew.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine carbonation, smooth, almost oily in the mouth, but overall mouthfeel is affected by the alcohol, which is overly warming.

Drinkability - 3.0
This should really be in a 330mL bottle, it's too strong to really want to drink 500mL in a sitting. Best suited as a sipper while watching a movie on a cold night.

OVERALL - 3.9
Good but not great. I would buy Golden Pride again, as it makes a fine winter night's sipper. The rest of the time, its (alcoholic) strength is its greatest weakness.

Jun 26, 2009
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xander10 from England

4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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DaveUK from England

3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Nov 18, 2007
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Geert from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Jan 17, 2014
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champ103 from Texas

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 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.

Feb 25, 2018
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Fuller's. So why I can't I find this beer where I live? But wait, I was at O'Malley's in São Paulo two days ago. And they had this beer! So, let's try it out. On to the beer:

A darker tinted orange, hues of yellow and fool's gold in the body. Great head retention. The aroma is very pleasant, but will knock you out if you're not careful. Lots of toasted caramel and nuts, with bits and pieces of butterscotch.

In the mouth, you get slapped with a big body and kick of booze. Once you get passed that, it's great. Strong nutty flavor, Toasted grain with caramel and toffee notes make this a stronger pale ale to my taste, but a well constructed one. Some fruity undertones beneath. The stomach warms up the further I go along. This is just a damn good ale.

Jan 26, 2009
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Asgeirr from Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Apr 25, 2009
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spycow from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Nov 30, 2014
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CrazyDavros from Australia

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a large, slowly fading head.
Nose shows lots of sweet malt: heaps of brown sugar, raisins, bread and butter pudding, golden syrup and a little alcohol. Very complex.
Similarly rich flavours, although the booze is more evident. Big syrupy malt dominates but some nutty hints are introduced along the way. Booze is a little bit too full on.
Soft carbonation could be higher.

Apr 01, 2011
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 21, 2018
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blamoe from England

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Jun 17, 2008
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Bananaman from Sweden

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

May 09, 2009
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Sage from England

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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...

Sep 11, 2008
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jwhawkins81 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Dec 24, 2011
Golden Pride from Fuller's
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 229 ratings