Golden Pride | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
195
Reviews:
92
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
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Photo of pettis
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a medium-frothy head that settles into a nice bubbly lacing. Retention is good for an 8.5% ale. A few swirls in the snifter bring out a nice foam.

Cherry-like fruit in the nose. First sip: rich malts and slightly tart, fruity flavors dominate, with a hint of floral hops in the background.

As far as I can remember, this is my first time tasting an English strong ale. So far, I think I can say I like this style and this beer in particular. It's kind of like a "light" barleywine--and I mean this in a good way. Lot's of nice malty, fruity flavor, but lighter body and a bit smoother drinking. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Saviour
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 1996? Best before date of 1997..

Pours cloudy amber with chestnut hues. A spritzy head rose to a quarter inch at best and quickly fizzled away.
A few errant dots of beige lacework clung to the glass above the still, bare surface.
Aromatics are juicy and malty, with dark fruit and a vineous nod.
Slight boozy undertones run tandem with a syrupy honey note.
Hints of cherries and spicey phenols round out the nose.
Mouthfeel is tacky and thickish. Carbonation is light and doesn't cut through the body.
Fruits with a plump malt character lead the pallet, with some hottish vineousity carrying through. Firmly bitter and a bit crispish, but residuals win out. Lingering clover honey and hints of grape jam and red wine appear as the brew warms.
Finishes warming and a bit prickly on the throat, with a slick afterthought.
Oxidation is mildly apparent with a wet cardboard aftertaste, and freshers days have since passed, but all in all, she held up pretty damn good.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
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.

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Photo of crnipeter
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)

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Photo of cypressbob
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark amber body, slight tan head with pretty poor retention

Smell, strong whiff of alcohol, some hint of toffee and caramel, nutty with a hint of cinnamon

Taste, not overly carbonated, sweet alcohol coming through, toffee, some hop bitterness on the finish

A very good strong ale, as far as it being a scotch wee heavy, methinks not, more a strong ale or barely wine, very potent alcohol on the breath, not something you'd want to even touch if your driving

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Photo of brendan13
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.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The strong brew from Fuller's.
0.5 l. bottle at 8.5% will give you a buzz all on it's own.

Looks chestnut colour, with a good 1 inch head, that hold up well.

More fruity smell than the 1845. More similar to belgian double, but again a nice appropriate amount of bitterness in the taste.
The alcohol is evident, however. Not completely covered by the flavours.
This is a demanding beer: you have to leave it for a while before drinking, to take the edge off.... and more modest hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste, than I expected.
Still it's a good, warming beer.

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Photo of GentleKnight1
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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. warming and bittersweet finish
complex barleywine, nice brew.

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

It has a nice smell and amber colour. You can sense the high alcohol content. A very good ale!

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Photo of linnet
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small white head, amber colour, some lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty, jam, oranges, solvents, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, jam, sugar,almonds, oranges and some hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very smooth, small bubbles. I have been told that this is supposed to be similar to a barleywine in character, but it wasn't to me, good beer though.

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Photo of anders36
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a lovely colour this beer has. It pours a amber colour into the glass, with a medium thick head. That disappear quickly, leaving a thin lacing on the glass. It has a big fruity smell with hints of caramel and fudge. It has a rich bittreness in the taste and also some fruity taste. Some hints of orange??? Even some caramel in the after taste. It is a strong beer but you only feel the warmth of the alcohol. This is a very nice beer and like the name says it is pride of Fullers.

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Photo of robotiks
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stjaernstoft
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fuller's Golden Pride, ABV: 8.5%.
330 ml bottle, 17.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

Appearence: Clear, reddish brown colour, like copper, with a slightly brown, bright head.

Smell: Big bittersweet aromas of mainly toffee and syrup, some malt and hops, hints of citrus peels, spices, and even some chocolate. Perhaps some cherry, or red wine.

Taste: I get toffee, caramel, something sour like citrus, maybe dark chocolate, and some alcohol. Nearly perfect balance and amount of body and bitterness. Not too hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Sits nice on the tongue. Not too heavy, but heavy enough. Pretty elegant. Warming. A pleasure.

Overall: A nice beer. Nothing to complain about really. Given its strength I'm surprised it doesn't cost more. I'd drink it alone to reward myself, or on a nice, not too hectic evening with friends, and maybe a steady meat dish.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich look with a reddish copper appearance and topped with a white, half centimetre head that has a foamy texture and disappears quite fast.

Rich, dry malts with a mix of caramel and toffee straight away, this was quickly followed by a strong fruity aroma that lingered in the background and gradually became more pronounced. Some alcohol but the spiciness of the beer covered most of this. The aroma was a strong one with applea, pear and biscuit.

A strong malt presence to start along with a taste of rich, creamy toffee and an accompanying caramel flavour. There is a fruity apple and pear taste too that is complimented by some spice and a linger, sweet taste of sugar.

Smooth with a medium to full body and a warming sensation when drank. The beer has a pleasant alcohol kick along with medium to low carbonation and a background sweetness.

An excellent beer and one that really packs a punch with a well hidden alcohol content for the most part and well balanced, complimentary flavours. A great beer for sipping away at.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die".
MJ's "Guide" gave it 3 of 4 stars and called it "a honeys, but quite dry, pale, barley wine."

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Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

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

A: It pours amber wiht a large off-white head that stays for a long time and then it leaves nice lacings.

S: Floral hops, malt, dark syrup, dried fruit, chocolate and some coffee.

T: Complex! Slightly roasted and sweet with notes of dried fruit. Then there is alcohol and bitter hops mixed with chocolate and syrup in this dry beer.

M: Alcohol and bitterness combined with richness gives this beer a powerfull mouthfeel.

D: This is a perfect beer for sitting down and talking with your boys - a "Talk-beer"

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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 mdagnew
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's..

Poured a deep coppery brown / amber colour... Creamy tan head poured quite thick and foamy then faded to light layer... no real lacing or carbonation...

Aroma - Spicy fruits (figs, raisins, dates), toffee maltiness, some biscuity notes, treacle, some nuttiness, rum hints, light hops, some floral notes...

Taste – Rich toffee / caramel malts, molasses, spicy fruits (alchohol soaked raisins, dates), nice warming alcohol, bready - malt loaf notes, rum, nice hop bitterness cuts through the sweetness, light aniseed traces...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy, slight oily notes... Medium / full body...

Overall - A nice warming brew for sipping... an excellent example of the style... recommended...

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Coppery caramel brown with an average sized foamy white head. Really good retention, especially considering the ABV, that leaves a nice foamy layer of lacing.

S - Some caramel smelling malt serves as a springboard for golden fruit (particularly apple, but some pear too) and some floral and tea like hop aromas. A hint of honey in the background along with a hint of breadiness. Alcohol is just barely present.

T - Similar to the nose. Strong malt presences creates the base for this beer with a lot of caramel and bready flavors coming out. Interplaying with each other are golden fruit (apple, pear, golden raisin) and floral/tea hops. They wax and wane throughout the sip. Also present in the background is some honey, butterscotch, spiced, and nutty (more sweet than earthy) flavors.

M - Medium body with slightly above average carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D - Great drinkability. The alcohol is very well hidden and the flavors are well balanced and none of them overpower the others. Easy on the palate and pretty tasty (dangerously so for the ABV).

Notes: Best before 01/01/11. A solid beer that is a good example of an English Strong Ale. A touch on the sweet side, but it has enough to counterbalance that. Dangerously easy to drink given the ABV. It didn't necessarily blow me away, but it is definitely worth getting a deserve a place near the top as far as English Strong Ales are concerned.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Golden Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.05 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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