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Bristol Beer Factory Bristol Vintage (2011- )

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


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RATINGS: 72   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3318) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2016
2014 bottle (blended with "a portion of bourbon barrel aged wheat wine", according to the label). Deep clear copper with a coat of beige head. Aroma of singed toffee, sherry, whisky, mace, vanilla. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Fruit and toffee, dries out at the end where there is still strong bitterness and a little overt alcohol. Some oak and vanilla, a little chocolate. Dry and bitter enough that if the malt’s sagging much at all I can’t tell. A few months past best before - happy to try a fresh one, happy to go another year or two older. A beer for cheese and crackers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1652) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2015
Diviano bottle(23-Nov-2015)Sweet raisin caramel aroma.Cloudy brown,low head&suds lace.Raisin wood caramel flavour.Dry raisin finish&caramel wood aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lunkie (1734) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2015
Caramel spice malt aroma. Murky dark Amber colour poor head and lacing. Malt herbal chocolate caramel flavour. Flat palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (5328) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle 0.5l at home, Nivala. Vintage 2012. BBE 15/11/2014. Colour is clear reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dry fruits, raisins, dryness, some wood, some sweetness, hints of caramel and malts. Quite watery and weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3276) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
500ml bottle from beer gonzo, Coventry. Deep hazy Amber colour with an off white head. The aroma rich and spiced fruit. The taste is on the whole sweet with a marmalade bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjik83 (1247) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2015
50cl flesje via Firma Bier Alcoholpercentage van 6,6% Uitgeschonken in Grimbergen glas Uiterlijk: hazelnootbruin, amper schuim, weinig carbonatie typisch Engels dus Aroma en smaak: bittertje, caramel, nootachtig, moutig zoet, geroosterd Conclusie: drinkt vrij relaxed weg, maar niet helemaal mijn ding qua smaak en carbonatie ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mortlach (1798) - Rome, ITALY - APR 30, 2015
500ml bottle shared @Bir&Fud Bottega. Honey amber color with a light off-white foam. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, nuts, dried fruits. Flavour is medium sweet with a light bitter finish, some astrincency in the end. Medium body, low carbonation. Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ALLOVATE (2828) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2015
At cellar temperature and into a snifter it goes. Vibrant, ruby red body with minute particles caught in suspension. Head is a mere wafer, off-white and lasting. Nose has hints of stewed plums, cherries, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, wood, but it is the fruit that shines. A complete 360° shift on the palate. Quite weedy and bitter. Light bodied with a boozy warmth in the finish. Sweet, sugary aftertaste with bitter, burnt fruit like raisins coming through. There is something chemical in the aftertaste too, that’s a little unsettling. I think I’ll hold on to a bottle for a few years to compare. Aromatic but a little rough on the palate. (50cL, BB 30/10/15, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (2618) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
Bottle thanks to AshtonMcCobb. Pours cloudy brown. Nose is sweet marmalade, oak, berries. Taste is nuts, wooden notes, malts, something slightly sweet, some orange. Slightly light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (4910) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
Bottle from Saucy Pears. Appearance - murky orange brown. Thin head. Nose - wholemeal toast with marmalade. Taste - orangey, nutty and biscuity. Light caramel background. Light booze. Palate - medium bodied with a tangy yet somehow drying texture and a long dry yet somehow a little sweet finish. Overall - I think this fits better into the ESB style.

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