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


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RATINGS: 71   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (9604) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (9443) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
50 cl. bottle. Dark amber colour with abn off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, fruit, hops and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8849) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (8448) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of fruity hops, floral notes, malt, light caramel and light wood. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8436) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (8322) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours reddish brown, taste is sweet toffee, light bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7772) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (7724) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
Bottle at the School’s Out Tasting. Pours murky brown with a thin white head. Aromas of bran, sweet booze note. Taste is almond, marzipan, more booze notes. Grassy bitterness, some orange coming through. Makes quite a good ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (7624) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2013
500 ml bottle.
Pours a copper amber colour with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted malts, licorice, dried fruits and apricot. Flavour of toasted malts, some metallic notes, chocolate, apricot, grass and some licorice. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a fruity, dry, malty finish. Decent.

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