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Hopshackle Restoration

Brewed by Hopshackle
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Peterborough, England


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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (1818) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - OCT 12, 2015
Appearance: 2010 vintage, bottle 333/1600. Dark brown with hint of red. Small, fizzy light tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, dark fruit. Raisins.
Taste: Dark fruit, raisins, vinous. Some dark malt. Warming! Very nice.
Bought: Beers of Europe, 275 ml, Ł3.89
Info: 9/10-2015, 96/300M, BB: 30/11-2015

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (14969) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle shared at the ’Beers of London’ Tasting MkII, Bespin Cloud City - Hyde Park zone, thanks to Fin for gifting me this one 11/02/15. Murked up brownish amber with a moderate light beige covering. Nose is earthy toffee, musty tones, some oxidisation present, dark fruit peel, spice, bread pudding. Taste comprises sweet’n’sour notes, toffee fudge, brown sugar, vanilla, biscuit, hint of clove, banana. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with must and light oxidisation. Ok for its age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (10641) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours cloudy red-brown with a white head. The nose is musty, earth, aged malts, dark fruits, bisto gravy granules, mustiness and dried fruits. The taste is crisp, dried fruits, sugary stuff, dried fig, brown sugar, dried banana, banana bread, fruit cake, light spice, dark fruits and a touch of alcohol warmth with a dry, lightly spiced finish. Medium+ body and moderate carbonation. Has a bit of age on it for sure. Not bad though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (16279) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2015
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Colin. Vintage 2008. Pours mostly clear amber-brown with a bubbly off-white head. Rich bready malt aroma, some toasted grains, honey, dried fruits. Lightly oxidized, rich caramel and toffee character, some further ripe and lightly dried fruits, bread, fruitcake. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish, a little sticky, more toffee, rich bread. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (7237) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2015
Bottle shared at Leightons pad. Clouded brown / orange coloured pour with a thin, off white head. Aroma is mint caramel, nutty, Warming alcohol, Little toffee, little veggy broth. Flavour is composed of sweetish vanilla, oak, caramel, Warming alcohol, mint and toffee. Palate is medium full, semi sweet, little viscous on the tongue. Lingering caramel, minty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gary (1754) - 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 (7749) - 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 (1780) - 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 (2592) - 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.

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