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Hopshackle Restoration

Hopshackle Restoration
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Brewed by Hopshackle
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Peterborough, England


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bottle; Brewed annually.
This beer was inspired by some of the strong ales of Belgium and contains five different malts and two hops. In early 2007, when the local church "St Guthlacs" needed to raise funds for repair work and improvements, it was agreed with the Reverend Philip Brent, the vicar of St. Guthlacs that a competition would be run to name a new beer from the brewery and for every bottle sold a donation of 25 pence would be given to the church funds. The winning name was of course, "Restoration". It is only made once a year and the Reverend Brent blesses the beer whilst it is still in the primary fermenter.
Once the initial fermentation is over the beer is transferred into a conditioning tank, placed in the brewery cellar and aged for a period of six months. This allows the complex flavours to develop before the next stage which is bottling. The beer is reprimed with sugar and a fresh dose of alcohol tolerant yeast, bottled and then placed in a conditioning room between 25-30oC. After 4-6 weeks the beer is checked for carbonation levels, taste and other quality parameters. If all is well, then it is ready to be sold which is usually around November or December. As the beer is only made once a year there is a limited supply each year which is usually around 1600 bottles. Every bottle is numbered and marked with the month and year of production and is therefore unique. It is deep copper in colour with an aroma of rich fruit and malt with a hint of apple. The taste fills the mouth with flavours of vinous fruit, cherries, plums and malt leading to a warming finish of alcohol. This beer tastes great straight away but will improve with aging over many years. A number of cases are kept back each year and the intention is to use these for vertical tasting sessions i.e. comparing different years with each other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gary (1476) - Boosting beer @ London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2014 {2011 vintage275ml bottle} .. Typical kinda barley wine headless beer..nose of boozy butterscotch ,caramel, toffee, aged and classy ..Dranks; for one thing prety bitter ,too bitter and more bitter than id expect after 4 years in a god damn hole in the ground ...notes of caramel, musty accents , acidic notes than slide into bitterness , maybe stewed tofee , shoe polish on leather ,earthy hops, some peach notes . A bit of a let down ,though the ratings are a diverse score range , i expected more from a 4 year old vintage bottle .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (4475) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2014
275ml bottle from beers of Europe. 2010 vintage. 9.5%. Pours clear reddish brown, firm off-white head. Aromas of spicy yeast, nuts, raisins and caramel. Taste is light sweet, light booze notes, nutty too. Like dessert wine, in a way. Smooth texture, smooth finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesie1857 (1492) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
330ml bottle from Beer Hawk - Dark amber, almost brown body with a dissipating tan head. The flavour is very fruity to start with some spice, almost winelike. Big robust round and oily body. Very nice finish, dry and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdiBeer (1626) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
Aroma: alcohol, raisins, dark berries, sweet malts. Appearance: hazy dark brown, small white/beige head. Taste: medium to heavy sweet. Palate: alcohol again, cherries, heavy sweets continue. Overall: well, not so sure about this one, has great elements of a nice Belgium Strong Ale, but then the alcohol is too dominant ruining the experience. Produced March 2009, bottle from Beerhawk, England.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Appearance: Hazy ruby with no head other than a few ivory bubbles. Aroma: Vinous, bread, stewed fruit and sour cherry. Taste: Medium sourness, low sweetness, low/medium bitterness and a note of umami. Palate: Smooth thick texture, medium body, low carbonation, abrupt vinous, sour finish with alcohol warmth. Comments: Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (13118) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Bottled 275ml PBFVIII vintage 2009
Hazy ruby color, small white head. Some toffee aroma, light cellar. Medium-bodied. Toffee, alcohol, light bitterness. Nice dessert beer. Oy?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (3730) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle no 434/1600 bottled 2010 Gift by the brewer - thnx man ! Pours rather clear , dark brown . Almost no foam Smells sweet earthyness Light carbo . Fresh , bit hoppy , earthy , bit bitter This is redicolously good , with a hell of an aftertaste ! Damn . The guy told me it would be good , but this is better than good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (21122) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled@PBF VIII. Amber colour with some small head. Aroma is good tart wood notes along with mild raisins. Flavour is very similar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (6153) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
27,5 cl bottle vintage 2009 @ PBF, bottle #673
Aroma is sourish and somewhat tart with yeasty notes, cone sugar and a Belgian feeling. Flavour is tart and sourish with woody notes, dark fruits and oak. Reminds me of Bush de Nuits. And feels a bit old too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (6603) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
275 ml bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours a dark copper colour with a white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, some cardboard and grass. Flavour of sweet caramel, cherries, grass, cardboard, biscuit and hay. Medium bodied, soft carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. Finishes very sweet, cardboardy, and light grainy. Good.

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