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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: 55   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.


BrotherLogic's rating

4.4
   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3271) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (11988) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (6309) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29850) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brandman (2148) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Mahogany body, offwhite had. Aroma of very sweet malt, nutty, fruity, bit earthlike hoppiness. Very subtle. Flavour has more yeasty fruitiness, some dark caramel. Alcohol presence, not taste though. Bit underattenuated feeling.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. 2012 vintage. An unclear, dark amber beer topped by a small, dense, beige head. Nice lacings. The aroma is sugary and malty, with some dried fruits and canned tropical fruits. Some sourish hints and green grapes. It’s soft on the palate, with a pleasant carbonation level. Medium body, semi-dry. Caramel maltyness, dark sugar, dried fruits and some resiny bitterness in the flavor. Some sourish hints too. Seems to be slightly off this one. Not that it matters, it’s quite uninteresting anyway. 141011

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (8271) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some fruitiness, some cellar notes and berries. Flavor is sweet and bitter with some berries, cellar notes and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.Strange one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4099) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 7, 2014
500ml bottle [2012 vintage]. Clear, reddish, dark amber colour with average, thick, creamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Sweetish malty aroma has notes of lingonberry and other red berries, a cautious touch of toffee, a dry, woody touch. Taste is slightly sweet malty with a cautious touch of toffee, dry and fruity hoppy overtones with notes of red berries and their parings, a dry oaky touch. Very easy drinking, well hidden alcohol, counter-style facileness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (5008) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Toasted malts and some light dark fruit. Clearish copper with a rich beige head. Dark fruit, caramel and cocoa. Some plum notes peek out as well.


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