Golden Pride | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Golden PrideGolden Pride

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2003

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of DaveUK
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.

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Photo of bark
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep brown red; the beige two finger head slowly sinks down, leaving some lancing.

The sweet smell is nutty and alcoholic with matured notes of raisins, Madeira and dried fruits in general. It is a very rich scent.

The taste is sweet and very matured (there are some light notes of oak/wood casks) with lots of marzipan, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts. Some traces of cocoa, dark rum, caramel and candy sugar. The aftertaste got a hint of bitterness, although it is mild. There are also some raisins, bitter almonds, sweet wine, oak aged flavours and a touch of cinnamon. The alcohol is overall well hidden.

The carbonation is medium strong, some small bubbles. The liquid is very smooth.

This is a clearly well crafted beer; balanced, matured and all. But I just don’t appreciate the style enough to give it a higher grade. And in fact, I prefer the Strong Ale from Swedish brewery Slottskällans.

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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 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 wl0307
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle. BB 23/06/06. Served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a clear, elegant dark tawny to copper hue, coming with a thick, off-white frothy head with a texture as tight as pre-cooked meringue... leaving very fine sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass; a lone stream of tiny bubbles ascends in the glass--beautiful.
S: semi-sweetish pale or amber malt aroma combined with a touch of caramel, a bit like flavoured malt syrup, not thick but intense; backed by a lovely flow of sweet flower hop and fruit estery aroma like processed honey+red apples+sweet pears+a hint of marmalade. All elements are well-blended together, against a solid backbone of light alcoholic touch--ever so pleasant and not overpowering at all.
T: thick textured malts flow onto the palate, bringing with it smooth fruity hops, black tea syrup, treacles, licorice, and a fast-magnifying herbal hoppiness and slightly peppery bitterness on the sides of the palate; slowly an underlying dark fruity flavour like unsweetend dried longan-fruits+dried dates+dried forest berries+faintly marmalade intensifies at the back of the palate, along with a warmish spring creeping down the throat; finished semi-dryish and lingering, satifyingly and quietly bitter, almost like Chinese herb medicine soup added with touches of spice and malt syrup. Beautifully structured flavour and nice balance is retained on the palate throughout.
M: very rich yet smooth on the palate, thankfully not too sharp for its high alc. strength; 100% body, no more no less, while the rich flavour is tuned quite nicely to make it rather easy to sip!! An impressive beer by the Fuller's. It used to be available only in 330ml bottles around four years ago as I remember it, and now it comes in bigger bottles, maybe due to higher popularity I reckon? But this beer is best to be shared b/w buddies over a fireside chat, otherwise it could trick people to consume too much without even feeling the strength!!

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Photo of twilight
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired at Sainsbury's Vauxhall, a supermarket, in London last May. Been in the fridge ever since. Pours a beautiful reddish brown, belying the "golden" on the label. then again, I didn't think this was going to be a pale beer. Aroma is sweet with slight caramels and a "Dry smell" that I'm attributing to the hops. Big caramel and toffee with very bitter earthy hops in there. Huge. Almost like a proper English version of Arrogant Bastard. Call him a Rough Yob. Kind of like drinking candy. Sweet and malty and yum and yum and yum. Balanced with the hops, but not like the licorice taste of 1845. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and proper, and drinkability goes through the roof with its lovely English character.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish-amber, great clarity, thinnish cap of off-white foam that flattens to a smattering of bubbles

Aroma: caramelly malt, pineapple fruitiness, bubblegum scent, faint herbal hops

Flavor: chewy maltiness up front, grassy hop flavor, slight roast edge, zesty alcohol punch, raisins, hint of caramel, finishes semisweet with a caramel aftertaste and lingering alkaloidal bitterness

Mouthfeel: full body, fine carbonation, blooming alcohol warmth, soft texture

Other comments: Wow! Not what I was expecting! Didn't read the label before I poured the beer and was surprised by the color, body, and sweetness. Then I see 8.5% abv and it all makes sense!

Pretty scrumptious beer!

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Photo of Sigmund
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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 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 stjarnflikka
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The end of the blurb on back of the label reads "Without Doubt, this is the finest example of our brewers art. Truly the connoisseur's choice." Pretty Ambitious (some might say boastful). Since I love at least 4 of Fuller's brews, I thought this was worth a try.

pours a deep amber that looks incredible. The head is quick to dissapear but leaves plenty of lace behind. The aroma is of plums, brandy and grains, with an alcohol twang. The taste is very complex with malts dominating. I keep thinking of different liquors when sipping this, like cognac, brandy, and port. Theres lots of raisins, figs, plums and even some grape skins. The hops are barely perceptable except for some structural bitterness.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with medium amounts of carbonation. The drinkability is fine but a bit encumbered by a spicy alcohol aftertaste. Over all a very great beer, though not as great as the label claims, that goes for Fuller's ESB.

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Photo of jahred
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this bottle at the store located by the Fuller's brewery and brought it back to the states. Pours a dark, reddish color, with a thick tan head. The clarity of the beer's color was impressive - another very pretty Fuller's beer.

The smell is strong - mostly honey, with some hints of hops as well. The taste is sweet, thick and doughy, with a pleasant tingly, hoppy aftertaste. Not much depth to this, but otherwise a nice beer.

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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 the42ndtourist
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this ranks as the strongest British Ale I've had yet (as in ales brewed in Britain), which I suppose explains why my English friends would describe this as akin to a single malt scotch. Not quite, I say... that's Samichlaus's territory. This is more of a watered down cognac, to complete the metaphor.

On cask at The Old Ale House, Truro, Cornwall (that's the English county, rather than the Canadian town). A deep gold with ruby tinges at the right angles. Head doesn't show very long (and it shouldn't as this bar pours a proper pint of cask ale), and is white with large bubbles while it is around. The nose betrays some of the same characteristics of a standard English ale. The taste is sweet, with caramel malt playing wreaths around the lighter golden sugar style sweetness (did I mention that this was sweet). Hops touch and go at the edges, but never fully land. They merely threaten bitterness with some slight earthiness.

Don't confuse with a scotch heavy ale after all my talk of caramel malt. This is much lighter in colour and texture. Someone mentioned golden syrup, and that does seem a fairly good analogue. Just with a little more depth of flavour than the aforementioned syrup. It's very good, I like it.

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