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


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RATINGS: 57   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13983) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (13233) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2013
Slightly hazy amber color, small steady beige head. Light toffee and malts in the nose. Medium-bodied. Nutty, sweetish, English hops. Light alcohol, a bit too watery finish. Something between ESB and English strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (12616) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (12340) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11802) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle, 6.6%. Clear dark brown medium tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark fruit, toasted and a little oak. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, sweet, dark fruit, hop, little bitter and yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (10583) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9817) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 19, 2013
500ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Fest2013)
Pleasant old nutty roasty aroma, but not so big. Dry nutty palate. English estery almondy componts come out in the aroma and retronasals later. Soft palate, nice carbonation. High drinkability for the strength, but the very dry attenuation makes it drying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (8479) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7911) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7869) - 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.

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