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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Pasteurised bottle. Also available in keg for export only. The very occasional cask version is only available in the UK and has a separate listing.
Goldings hops and Golden Promise malt.
At 8.5% ABV, Golden Pride guarantees a superb range of flavours, that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of palates. Our brewers describe Golden Pride thus: í deep amber in appearance, Golden Pride is full bodied, of moderate bitterness, moderately hopped and rich in malt. Full flavoured, and reminiscent of sweet orange oil, toasted grains, and bread. Rich malty aromas lead to a similarly styled palate, with an intense finish. Sweet and bitter flavours are expressed in good balance in this weighty brew.í Or as the late Michael Jackson, beer writer and connoisseur, put it: íthe Cognac of beersí.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (1960) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours a orange copper colour with a slightly off white head. The aroma is all toffee and dark fruit maltiness with some light floral hop notes. The toffee and dark fruit also comes through quite strongly in the taste with some floral hop notes and a bit of warming alcohol, with a dry bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2009
Amber colored with brown hues. A very small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacings. Plenty of malts in the nose, sweet chocolate and very light hop aromas. Dried fruits, raisins and quite prominent alcohol, almost solvent-like. The taste is predominantly sweet. Bold juicy malt character with plenty of caramel notes. Some fruits and raisins. Brown sugar and sweet chocolate. Nutty flavors (almonds), hints of oak. Gentle floral hops and faint spices. The finish is surprisingly short, minimally bitter and is dominated by warming alcohol. Full bodied, very smooth. Low levels of carbonation. The mouthfeel is actually the highlight of the beer. A good beer, but nothing spectacular. Itís slightly too focused on sweet flavors. The alcohol isnít really that overly prominent, but still it doesnít feel totally integrated with the other flavors. I liked it, but I think there are better strong ales out there. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sound67 (223) - Offenbach, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2009
50cl bottle, as shown. Pours a beautiful mahogany with a medium-sized, creamy off-white head with decent retention and plenty of lacing. Aroma is of dried fruit: raisins, some orange peel, plus caramel. Medium carbonation and a thick, creamy and oily mouth feel that, at 8.5 % abv, should surprise no one. A full-bodied strong ale, as Iíve come to expect from Fullerís. Taste is of sweet roasted malt, toffee, stewed dark berries, with a lot of herbal spices adding to the complexity of this brew - again with a freshening note of orange peel. Malty, full, medium dry finish and gripping, slightly boozy after taste. Very similar to the much more expensive "Vintage Ale", which seems logical if that beer is indeed based on Golden Pride (same abv, to begin with). Unlike the "Vintage" variety, itís pasteurized. As with all the strong ales and premium esbs from Fullerís, this one is beautifully balanced, with the strong alcohol well integrated into the intricate fabric of aromas. Sweetness and malty bitterness complement each other brilliantly, If youíre searching for the perfect "fireside brew", look no further.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (5074) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2009
Copper-colored, the foam is a bit dirty white. Aroma was rather inviting, malt toffee, apricot, nuts. The relatively high alcohol content of 8.5%, passed through a bit in the flavor. The beer is sweet, body was quite full. Bitterness is pretty high on the beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8589) - Bochum, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2009
(bottle) Hazy, copper-ish amber colour with a beige and dense foamy head. Sweet and strong Bock-like cara-malty aroma with notes of caramel, subtle fruity notes and almost ethereally spices. Sweet flavour with a balancing bitterness, full bodied with a calm carbonation. Robust (cara-)malty, slightly toasted base with caramel/toffee, liquorice, subtle fruity elements and again almost ethereally spicy notes; sweet and slightly bitter malt-accented, delicately toasted finish with an inoffensive, but very present alcoholic burn in the warming sense. A hearty, very flavourful brew. 28.IX.09

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6326) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2009
bottle. deep caramel chestnut pour, medium rich maltiness, strong pronounced flavor, warm booziness follows the rich malts, very smooth at 8.5%

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toml42 (6) - , Dorset, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2009 does not count
Aroma: smells strongly of alcohol, hints of raisins, dried fruit and yeast. Appearance: Rich tawny hue, head dissipated quite quickly Flavour: Full on sweet fruitiness followed by a malty, treacley body with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, finishes with a distinct alcoholic kick, lingering warmth and sweetness. Palate: Would have preferred a little more range and complexity, the bitterness and the hops are definitely outweighed by the sweetness and alcohol, nevertheless, delicious, if a little hard to drink in large quantities (probably a good thing due to the ABV!). Overall impression: A very enjoyable, powerfully flavoured beer, will definitely buy again!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (4454) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - SEP 10, 2009
Flaske 0,33l kjÝpt pŚ Systembolaget i Kiruna. Gyldenbrun pŚ farge. HÝyt kremaktig skum. Veldig pent Ś se pŚ. Fruktig aroma med plommer i forgrunnen. Smaken preges av sÝt alkohol og mandler. PŚ grensen til sherry. Blir litt uvariert - men bevares: Dette er et godt Ýl. KI=7

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2009
Dark coppery colored with medium sized yellow head. Raisinny and vinous aroma with chocolate and thin spices, mild warming alcohol also comes up. Medium to full bodied, smooth palated. Flavor starts with same raisin-chocolate combination, aftertaste gets vinous with mild alcohol, drying hops and lemon. Fine brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle. Pours beautiful golden copper with an off white head that leaves lots of lacing. Nose is very mild but you can detect notes of toffee, brown sugar and a hint of whisky. Flavour is quite similar to the aroma with aded malt, butter, honey and a little woodiness. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy and those are excellent words to describe this beer, as well as outstanding, beautiful and delicious.


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