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


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (11411) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2014
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Dense light beige head. Aroma. Caramel, sweetness, chocolate. Flavour. Caramel, nuts, sweetness, chocoalte. Medium bodied. Ends fruity and nutty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (11268) - Where the wild whales are, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (10971) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle 500ml vintage 2012 @ Geokkjer
Pours slightly hazy brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, chocolate and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long bitter and caramel finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (10880) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours reddish brown, taste is sweet toffee, light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9689) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9562) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9380) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2016
Bouteille 50cl, de et partagée avec Pierre et Thomas. BB 06.11.2016, batch# 1907. Brune-ambrée, col fin beige. Arôme au nez fruité, rouge et noir, touche de baies, sur rétro sec, pointe de figue. Un peu vanillé voire anisé.Bouquet malté reste bien présent avec de belles notes de caramel, pâle et fin chocolaté. Palais est malté, caramel, chocolaté, un peu oxydé voire de soufre, fine amertume houblonné plutôt noble arrive en fin de bouche. Prend un envol vers les jeune barley wine au caractère bien anglais surtout au niveau malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (9213) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2015
50cl bottle from ABCBeers shared. Thin creamy white head. Very hazy amber pour. Herbal aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (8777) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2016
Bottle, 2014 Vintage. Cloudy dark amber-red with a thin head. Has a notable strength behind a rich sweetened fruitiness, evident in both aroma and taste.

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