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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: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013

Bottle 500ml.

Unclear medium to dark red amber colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark fruit, light candy. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20121208]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (30913) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
50 cl bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is mild citric and toasted malty. Wooden, toasted malty, mild mouldy and breadish. Dry and roasted malty finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joergen (20662) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle at Papsø. Clear orange-brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with oxidized notes. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and hops with oxidized notes. Hoppy fonosh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
Bottled 2012 vintage. Ambery brown colour with a small head. Aroma is nutty, caramel, some slight nutmeg, floral notes as well as mild alcohol. Flavour is fruity and floral with some nutty and caramelly notes along with some fudge, alcohol and mild toasted notes. Some wood and vanilla in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16584) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14195) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 27, 2013
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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13599) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12544) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2013
Slightly hazy amber color, small steady beige head. Light toffee and malts in the nose. Medium-bodied. Nutty, sweetish, English hops. Light alcohol, a bit too watery finish. Something between ESB and English strong ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (10955) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle, 6.6%. Clear dark brown medium tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark fruit, toasted and a little oak. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, sweet, dark fruit, hop, little bitter and yeast.


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