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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 591   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Embrouille (2830) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 18, 2010
Bottled 50cl. Caramel, white pepper, leafy earthy english hops, pear, sweat, pop corn, bergamot orange, salt and wild strawberries in the nose- reminiscent of Youngís special London ale with a lot more butterscotch, diacetyl-elements. Caramel accentuated. Nutty and remarkably leafy. Potato components sneaking in. Complex. Sweetish. Low bitterness. Sweet leafy finish which is reminiscent of caramel. Nice, but dissapointing comparing to other beers froms Fullerís. Iím not a big fan of Cognac. (Michael Jacksonís comparison). This beer definitely doesnít deserve a high rating.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2010
A good brew, howerever it has a bitterness I donít appreciate. It is sweet, and has an asprin-like bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2202) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle from Sainsburyís supermarket. Attractive mahogany pour with good fluffy white head. Aroma is oranges/caramel. Tastes of orange, caramel, honey, festive fruits, very rich. A really warming, satisfying and delicious beer and dangerously drinkable. Glad I bought 12 bottles for Christmas!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3882) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 25, 2009
Pours orange radiant highly carbonated with a huge tan head, aroma of apricot, vanilla, wood caramel with clove-like anf grape fruit peel notes, flavors is very sweet and malty, thick and syrupy, toast, grain, vanilla, wood, quite alcoholic with a bitter grassy finish, medium to full bodied, quite satisfying at the winter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Bottle. Rich coppery orange-amber with scant head. Aroma is rich, slightly rusty, metallic, with burnt sugar, caramel, jaggery. Nice quaffability, soft palate. Nice burnt lingering aftertaste after a pleasant malty body. Burnt cookie character. Tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - DEC 15, 2009
Bottle: rich sweet malt, fruity, caramel, some vanilla notes, toasted wood, faint nutty notes, faint coffee notes, faint cocca notes, nice orangy cirtic hoppiness which balances the malt, light alcoholic bite, rich and satisfying beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
Bottle, found in Saigon. Dull amber-brown colour. Has a deep, chewy malt aroma showing traces of oxidation. There are subtle brown sugar accents but in general the aroma is muddled. Rich, with light brown sugar, light oxidation, some dried leaf notes from hops, and a little bit of pithy hop bitterness underpinning it all. It lacks the vibrant yeast of a classic example, being pasteurized. Finishes chewy, with a light booziness and a hint of leafy hop bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (1985) - 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.


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