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:
194
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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49
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30
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Photo of Sigmund
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, at The Beehive, Brentford, London. Copper coloured, moderate head. Malty sweet aroma with hints of dried fruits, oak and sherry. Flavour is malty sweet with oak, dried figs and dusty hops. Interesting beer. Warming mouthfeel, as expected from an 8.5% ABV beer.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What strong english ales aspire to.

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Photo of danieelol
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris @ Slowbeer

Pours a nice red-ochre colour with good head and lacing.

Smell is a lot of honeycomb, carob and rye. Toffee too. Very English, like an imperialised take on the marzipanny-malt of a classic English ale.

Taste is a translation of the nose. Decent hop/alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. Real creamy with decent body and low carb.

Overall a really nice English barleywine / old ale / strong ale. Can't deny its quality. Distinct from 1845 which had more toffee qualities and bittering hops. This is its big, less subtle brother.

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Photo of BJSmit
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of captaincoffee
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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 cypressbob
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 rekel
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of ferrari29
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured in a Nonic-shaped pint glass at The Melton Mowbray in London, UK.

A - Beer pours with a two finger beige colored head; head was frothy; no lacing formed on the side of the glass; body had a dark copper color

S - Sweet; banana; brown sugar; prunes and other dark fruits like figs; sweet malts; toffee

T - Sweet caramel taste; brown sugar and toffee taste; slight high ABV taste, comes up rather quickly but disappears soon after drinking; not much of a bitter aftertaste; butterscotch; strawberry; apple; banana; dark fruit and figs

M - Creamy feel; sweet aftertaste; slightly bitter aftertaste, not much though and goes away rather quickly

D - Good drink; great first beer in the UK; I really like the taste in this beer, its well balanced and has a very traditional barley-wine taste; could have had more body

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Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of LittleCreature
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JackieKu
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RuudJH
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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 bmaggot
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 mishi_d
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cratez
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from the Richmond & Fanshawe LCBO in London, ON.

Pours a clear ruby hue with one finger of cream-coloured froth and strands of stringy lacing on the tulip glass. Solid appearance.

Smell is cherry, caramel, candy apple, red grape, faint toastiness, perfume, hard water, alcohol, and floral-earthy hops (a little leafy and seadweed-like). Appetizing.

Taste follows the nose with juicy cherry, caramelized apple, and red grape upfront, toffee, fig, toasty-roasted malts, and orange jujube mid-palate, lightly floral undertone precedes an earthy, grassy, and lemony hop bitterness with fruity-medicinal liquor on the cough. So complex and delicious it makes me laugh.

Mouthfeel is lush and silky, fuller than medium-bodied, juicy-tangy middle, balanced hop bitterness transitions to a drying finish with some warmth going down. A very rich palate that stops short of the syrupy viscosity you would expect from a barley wine.

Overall, Golden Pride is a delectable, nuanced cross between an English Strong Ale and barley wine. It packs all the flavours of the latter style with the drinkability of the former. Just a beauty of a beer; I hope the LCBO re-stocks this limited release so I can grab more bottles.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
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 robotiks
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spike
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 500ml bottle.

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

Smell is toasted malt and alcohol.

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

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

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Photo of simont1
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Seaba
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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