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: 47   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerViking (2467) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2302) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (2105) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2013 Bottle from Theatre of Wine, (as Vintage 2012) Greenwich. Burnt orange pour with a light beige head. Aromas of orchard fruit, raisin and pear drops. Quite a malty character, I’m drinking it fresh and the malts are much more dominant for me. Berries and orchard fruit in the flavour with a splash of spice and caramel. Sweet malt finish. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2099) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle from Beer Hive, Edinburgh [040613]
Copper reddish amber, clear, frothy off white head, some lacing
Aroma of fruity malts, caramel, touch of peach, smooth malty aroma, no alcohol, sherry notes
Taste of rich caramel malts, some toffee, soft bitter hops in the background, dab of red berries, getting some biter orange in there, alcohol well hidden, quite subtle flavour
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, very smooth, oily texture, soth mouthfeel. Finish - a bit dry, alcohol well hidden, smooth silky caramel malts, then a slight bitter tail
Overall - Smooth vintage ale. Initially, I found it a bit bland (didn’t help drinking Jaipur before) but it got better with the drinking. Subtle, smooth well made ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (2094) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle@Papsø - amber fuzzy pour with thin bubbly head. Sweet malty, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, grainy, slight citrus fruity, with some slight spicey and herbal elements. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beese (1783) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2013
Bottled 50 cl tasted at GB RAF. Slightly sweet malty nose. Coppery colour. Pale beige fast disappearing head. Sourish malty and mildly hopped taste. Adding the bottom sediment made the beer hazy. At the end hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardW (1511) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2013
2012 bottle. Sour tart fruit aroma, leading to a rich red full bodied beer. Good tang with cherry notes and red fruit; some yeasty characteristics, warming late on with a dry finish and faint metallic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle at home. 2012 vintage. Dark chestnut brown, thick foamy off-white head quickly dissipates to a small cap with little lacing. Warm malty nose, some caramel, nuts, some light chocolate roast, touch of red fruit, tiniest bit of woodiness too. Medium sweetness, oily malts, some varnish notes, fairly strong bitterness on the finish and a touch of alcohol burn. Soft foamy carbonation. Pretty good complex sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1209) - SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Light hazey hazelnut, filmy screen of tan head. Burnt redcurrant and clovey with puffs of sweet treacle. Soft parboiled banana initial taste, rusty dark fruit and creamy middle. Woody, tang of spice and sweet finish. Loosely bitter but mostly dry linger.

Keg, Vintage Leith

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