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: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6276) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6174) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Geokkjer (5887) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some fruitiness, some cellar notes and berries. Flavor is sweet and bitter with some berries, cellar notes and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.Strange one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (5755) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5548) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (4492) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Toasted malts and some light dark fruit. Clearish copper with a rich beige head. Dark fruit, caramel and cocoa. Some plum notes peek out as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4001) - 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
Idiosynkrasie (3920) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 7, 2014
500ml bottle [2012 vintage]. Clear, reddish, dark amber colour with average, thick, creamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Sweetish malty aroma has notes of lingonberry and other red berries, a cautious touch of toffee, a dry, woody touch. Taste is slightly sweet malty with a cautious touch of toffee, dry and fruity hoppy overtones with notes of red berries and their parings, a dry oaky touch. Very easy drinking, well hidden alcohol, counter-style facileness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3848) - 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 (3818) - 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.

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