Golden Pride | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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194 Ratings
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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:
194
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
30
For Trade:
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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of PorterThwarter
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rarbring
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is clear amber, an off-white head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is sweet, honey with raisins, bread and hops,

Taste has a sharp bitter taste after having started as a sweet honey and orange. Some alcohol is felt.

The carbonation is mild, small bubbles and a slightly dry finish.

This was a real ale cask, a bit past it's prime.

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Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of safaricook
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 15/02/10:

Pours bright amber copper with an off-white head. Nice retention and lacing.

The smell is of citrus and wood with a grainy sweetness - very boozy - borders rubbing alcohol.

The taste is of caramel and nuts - malty with a bitter, boozy aftertaste.

The body is full and almost syrupy, yet with a certain "swish" about it.

Alcohol is not covered well. The malty complexity quickly turns bitter in the finish (too quickly). I'm thinking aging would help to bring things together, but that's just a guess. As it is it is sweet and boozy turning quickly to a bitter aftertaste. Still, it is an interesting brew with some nice malty complexities going on.

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Photo of Stigh
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately a little bit to sweet for my taste

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of HankC
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Geert
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of petluo
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of pipinmalikonj
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of AndreBileski
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of rekel
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Momon
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveUK
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
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 Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best before may 2013

A- Deep amber colour, some bubbles are visible right under the head. Head is big, white, has very big bubbles, it does not show great retention but it leaves some quite good amounts of lacing

S- Soft/buttery malts with dominant caramel notes. Spicy esters on the back of things. Maybe some light fruity hints as well (apple?)

T- Caramel malts are indeed playing a major role, with some honey notes showing up in both taste and aftertaste. A mild fruitiness is present throughout the whole tasting experience, with notes of apple, white grapes, maybe a slight citricness. Finish a bit on the earthy side, with a touch of hops making themselves heard. Maybe just a hint of alcoholic spiciness, much less than the smell suggested

M- Medium bodied. Very smooth with just a bit of soft carbonation texture on the tongue. Actually pretty watery for a 8.5%ABV beer but it still feels ok in this one

O- Not a stormer for sure. Just a nicely balanced, quite refreshing strong ale which almost feels like a session ale

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Photo of Marius
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Twisted Kilt. Aroma initially strong, then some fruit scent involved. Some colour in there, with a little head hanging in. Mouthfeel a pinch above average. Taste was initially a bombardment of alcohol, with some old ale and rum syrup. An odd taste that grows on you and is drinkable, but the odd high a.b.v. of an english beer is stunning disbelieve and neither pleasant but perhaps somewhat unpleasant.

Much better in the bottle 2 years later, and that is the rerate. Good caramel and sweetness.

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3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, bright red-orange beer with nice small bubbles. No mentionable foam though.

The smell is sweet with very clear apple-traces. Its fresh and has traces of malt in it.

The taste is clearly bitter with a quite strong alcohol taste. There is no strong sweetness but there is a string malty and bitter taste. The aftertaste is somewhat bready, citric and bitter.

This is a "big" beer that has a great taste. Sadly i think the alcohol is way to overwhelming but its nice to sit and sip on this one.

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Golden Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.06 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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