Brewed by Bristol Beer Factory
Style: English Strong Ale
Bristol, England


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (5876) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2013
50cl bottle, bb 15/11/14. Vintage 2012. Dark, mahogany color, thick, lacing beige head. Nutty, toasty aroma, plums, hops. Flavor has caramel, toasted malt, dark fruits, light boozyness in the background. Nutty, hoppy, dry finish. Some mild sticky glueish notes in aroma as it warms up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (6034) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; chestnut brown pour with soapy tan head, fruit aroma, taste is sweet with some dried fruit, raisin I think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
1st January 2013
Hazy dark brown beer with a tidy pale tan head. Palate is softish with fine carbonation. Mild minerals. Fairly rich malt with mildly bitter dark toffee. Subtle dried fruits. Quite a bitter hop kick towards the finish which also provides a spicy bubblegum ester. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (4083) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2013
2012 Vintage from Rehills, Newcastle. A dark brown hazy beer with milk chocolate and roasted flavours followed by vanilla and mild coffee on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beese (2561) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2013
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Poured a cloudy amber colour with a thin off-white. Aroma of cake, toffee and some grass. Sweet flavours of caramel and golden syrup, bread and orange peel. Palate of grain, roasted nuts and some pine hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (20248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 27, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2014 bottle at home ... deep red brown ... small tan head ... soft sweet cheewy roast nose ... light fizz ... rich dark fruits ... soft malt ... juicy fruits ... ligth metalic bitterness ... rich soft smooth malts ... nice Keg at the hanging bat nye 2014... Golden copper. . Thin white lacing... Soft sweet toffee fruit... Light zezty nose... Soft fruits.. Light fruits.. Oily orange fruits 3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2013
50cl, as Bristol Vintage 2012, new exclusive English brew, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, complex brew, malty/woody and slightly fruity/spicy, balanced, hazy, good head, good brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2723) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle from Beer Hive, Edinburgh [040613]
Copper reddish amber, clear, frothy off white head, some lacing
Aroma of fruity malts, caramel, touch of peach, smooth malty aroma, no alcohol, sherry notes
Taste of rich caramel malts, some toffee, soft bitter hops in the background, dab of red berries, getting some biter orange in there, alcohol well hidden, quite subtle flavour
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, very smooth, oily texture, soth mouthfeel. Finish - a bit dry, alcohol well hidden, smooth silky caramel malts, then a slight bitter tail
Overall - Smooth vintage ale. Initially, I found it a bit bland (didn’t help drinking Jaipur before) but it got better with the drinking. Subtle, smooth well made ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7894) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2013
50 cl bottle vintage 2012 @ home, BBE 15.11.2014
Aroma is quite light with some caramel, toffee and hay. Flavour has English hops, toffee and some biscuits. Also hints of vanilla and wood. Finishes with grainy notes and some gooseberry bush. Too English for me but decent anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8810) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2013
50 cl bottle, vintage 2012. BBE 15.11.2014.
Pours hazy copper color with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is quite faint with some nuts, malts and dried fruits. Flavor of malts, dried ripe fruits, some nutty notes, wood, hints of toffee and mild hay. Quite straightforward and flawless. Has a mouth-drying effect. Decent.

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