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: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4083) - 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
tiong (4016) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3923) - 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 wasnít sure Iíd like, but itís rather refreshing. Bitter, hard malt, with some relieving chubby-leaved UK hop. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (3485) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (3453) - 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
sunevdj (3271) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle at Jesperís. Pours a clear light brown with a small off-white head. Sweet with aromas of toasted caramel and hints of nuts. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (3246) - NORTHERN IRELAND - OCT 31, 2011
Tried as part of the "beer vs wine and cheese smackdown" at cheese scool @ the Ethicurean on 30/10/11. Great ruby-brown pour with aroma of digestive biscuits and caramel. Good sweet body with decent level of bitterness to prevent it from becoming cloying. I expect this will develop well on aging. Alcohol well disguised.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerViking (2689) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2014
2011 bottle - thanks Dave! Deep red-brown with a thin cream head and a musty woody nose with hints of old wine barrels and maybe a little dark dried fruit. Palate has caramel, red fruit and some more barrel notes, but also with a yeasty and oxidised note. Interesting and reasonably complex, but not a good result overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beese (2560) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2545) - 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.

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