Bristol Beer Factory Bristol Vintage (2011- )
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Brewed by Bristol Beer Factory
Style: English Strong Ale
Bristol, England


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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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BRISTOL VINTAGE 2011, is a beer we have created to celebrate the 1000th brew in our brewery. It only seemed right to celebrate this milestone with an extra special beer.

Tasting notes;
A very dark beer with a slight red hue to it, there is a sweet aroma of raspberries. It is a rich, full-bodied beer, with berry fruits to the fore and with chocolate and toasted notes. The finish lingers with a nice hint of oak and moreish hop bitterness. Bristol Vintage is delicious fresh, with the hop characters really prevalent, however it will age really well, developing flavour and complexity as the hop flavours diminish and the strong malt backbone of the beer takes over. Try it fresh, but also put a bottle away for months or years into the future. A unique, one and done beer, but hopefully the first of an annual release of a Bristol Vintage. An extra special brew day was required to produce the amount of beer we wanted to get, Simon starting the brew day off at 1am, and Chris finishing the day at gone 9pm. 3 mashes were required to produce the 6000 pints we wanted. Hops were selected from England, Germany, New Zealand and the US that all bring something different to the beer, and lead to a distinctive hop presence that compliments the malts and balances the beer. MD, Simon Bartlett, along with brewers Chris Kay and Brett Ellis have carefully selected 5 malts and 4 of our favourite hop varieties to make a full flavoured strong dark ale. After fermentation the beer was aged on some fresh English Oak to add another layer of complexity to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9618) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 19, 2013
500ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Fest2013)
Pleasant old nutty roasty aroma, but not so big. Dry nutty palate. English estery almondy componts come out in the aroma and retronasals later. Soft palate, nice carbonation. High drinkability for the strength, but the very dry attenuation makes it drying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4090) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. 2012 vintage. Brown and slightly cloudy. Lingering maltiness and slightly smoked. Classy an different. I am really warming to this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (2143) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2013 Bottle from Theatre of Wine, (as Vintage 2012) Greenwich. Burnt orange pour with a light beige head. Aromas of orchard fruit, raisin and pear drops. Quite a malty character, I’m drinking it fresh and the malts are much more dominant for me. Berries and orchard fruit in the flavour with a splash of spice and caramel. Sweet malt finish. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2013
Bottled 50 cl tasted at GB RAF. Slightly sweet malty nose. Coppery colour. Pale beige fast disappearing head. Sourish malty and mildly hopped taste. Adding the bottom sediment made the beer hazy. At the end hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
Erm, the 2012 version (exactly the same recipe as 2011??). Pale chestnut topped with creamy beige. Rich, plummy, deeply Belgian aroma with suggestions of cinder toffee, almond, Shep-like hopcone. A sniffer. Slick, weighty, rich malt and oak softness with hints of liquorice, berries, yeast extract, smooth oak and sweet almond. Mature, elegant sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3925) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Ruddy red/orange, with dusky fluff top. Smells tart, like pickled citrus fruits. From the smell I wasn’t sure I’d like, but it’s rather refreshing. Bitter, hard malt, with some relieving chubby-leaved UK hop. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (4018) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2013
500ml bottle @ Gallows Bird, Espoo

Pours dark orange with a bubbly head. Aroma of dark ripe fruits, caramely malts and grassy hops. Taste is malty, grassy, sweetish and hints of fruits, oak and nutty notes. Finish is malty, slightly hoppy with hints of oak and nuts. Decent, quite malty ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14138) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
500ml bottle from Utobeer. Clear ruby red with lasting beige head. Aroma of dry malt and fruity malt. Flavour of fruits, milk choc, some alcohol, some hop tingle on finish. Good warming beer. Quite a lot of sticky sediment stuck to bottom of bottle. Good warm beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7695) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle from My Favourite Beers, Cheltenham, 11.02.12 consumed the same day in new Frank at Brierfields campsite, Cheltenham, Glos after a day of Morris dancing at Cheltenham Folk Festival Pours hazy brown with a head that swiftly departed. Malty and with a good depth of flavour, the oakiness showing along with a good hoppy profile. Plenty of dark fruits and some hedgerow ones as well but its the big maltiness that I find most striking and enjoyable. I have to confess to drinking this very late in the day after quite a few beers so my notes were at best sketchy, but I enjoyed this and will have to try and age one for the future. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6296) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2011
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 26 Nov 2011) Dark brown colour with hints of ruby when seen through light. Brief, bubbly head. Malty, fruity nose with caramel, dried fruit, raisins and coffee. Malty, roasted taste with notes of coffee, raisins, prunes, red berries (raspberries?) and a slightly bitter-sweet finish. Medium body, with a slight sweetness and a decent bitterness. Well balanced, tasty and quite nice.

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