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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Belter of a beer - really rich, fruity nose and huge raisiny goodness in the flavour. A good equal to e.g. Fullers VA - not quite the majesty of Fullers but pretty close. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (5065) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Three Tuns, Bristol 14/11/2011. Reddish-amber with a decent, off-white head. Aroma of red berry fruit, caramel, cereal malts and a touch of citrus hop. Flavour had more fruit, biscuity malts and ended with a bitter finish with a touch of warming alcohol. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9684) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 27, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2014 bottle at home ... deep red brown ... small tan head ... soft sweet cheewy roast nose ... light fizz ... rich dark fruits ... soft malt ... juicy fruits ... ligth metalic bitterness ... rich soft smooth malts ... nice Keg at the hanging bat nye 2014... Golden copper. . Thin white lacing... Soft sweet toffee fruit... Light zezty nose... Soft fruits.. Light fruits.. Oily orange fruits 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3284) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2016
2015 Bottle from Favourite Beers, Cheltenham. Hazy ruby with a nice frothy cream head. Quite a few chunks of sediment, but it wasn’t a careful pour. Aroma of ripe red fruits. The taste has lots of fruity malts. Barries, light spice and a touch of aniseed. Maybe a hint of grapefruit hop too. Toffee malt undertones. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18719) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2011
Cask at the White Horse, during the Old Ale Festival. Pours clear, shiny ruby with a faint head. Decent hop aroma, some sweet bread, crackers. Medium sweet flavor, with fresh toast, grass, candy and toasty grain. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Faintly warming finish, sticky, quite bitter, more grass, some wood, toasted sugars. Not bad overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12711) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2011
Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green. It pours very dark brown-ruby, with a thin beige head. the nose is treacle, sticky dried fruit, golden syrup and cinnamon. The taste is roasted malt, toast, oak, chocolate, coffee, salt, meat, raisin, sultana, leather, tobacco and alcohol warmth, with a very long dry-toast finish. Full body and soft carbonation. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
500ml bottle from Utobeer. Clear ruby red with lasting beige head. Aroma of dry malt and fruity malt. Flavour of fruits, milk choc, some alcohol, some hop tingle on finish. Good warming beer. Quite a lot of sticky sediment stuck to bottom of bottle. Good warm beer.

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