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 13/20
kermis (8085) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2015
Poured reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet berries and light malt. Light to medium body,flavour is medium sweet berries, slightly hoppy and wooden astringency.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (7200) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2015
KRS 111014. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, hop, berries. Flavour is roasted malt, hop, berries, caramel, dried fruits, chocolate , alcohol. Full body. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle (2013) at Yespr’s - Thanks. Clear amber - white head. Toasted, knækbrød, fruity, berries, dryness, tart, oakey, sweet malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (7829) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours reddish brown, taste is sweet toffee, light bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3548) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle at Jesper’s. 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (14828) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle @ Yespr tasting. Vintage 2013. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light hoppy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and light bitter finish. 221114

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (9017) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (31499) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
Bottled. An amber beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of malt and cinnamon. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and spices, leadintg to a dry finish.

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