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


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CloakedDagger (2370) - - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a cloudy brown with a rough, off-white head. Lovely aroma of overripe plums and tobacco. Rich body, lowish carbonation, again plummy with some brown sugar and chocolate. A lovely decay here! 220214

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lonick (1827) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Keg @Vintige, Leith. Pours cloudy, murky brown. On the nose bananas and fruit cake also bread. Toffee and fruity on the palate with hints of tobacco. Quite a lot of sediment for me. Right at the end you get an oak kick which gave it a bit of funk for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (2301) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Light hazey hazelnut, filmy screen of tan head. Burnt redcurrant and clovey with puffs of sweet treacle. Soft parboiled banana initial taste, rusty dark fruit and creamy middle. Woody, tang of spice and sweet finish. Loosely bitter but mostly dry linger.

Keg, Vintage Leith

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerd16 (226) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Hazy chestnut brown body with small tan head. Aroma is raspberry, dark fruits and some floral whispers. Little thin in body, very transient palate. Some dried fruit up front, raisins and some sweet toffee malt. Finishes with soft fleeting bitterness. Feels like half a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (17316) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (7578) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2013
50cl bottle, bb 15/11/14. Vintage 2012. Dark, mahogany color, thick, lacing beige head. Nutty, toasty aroma, plums, hops. Flavor has caramel, toasted malt, dark fruits, light boozyness in the background. Nutty, hoppy, dry finish. Some mild sticky glueish notes in aroma as it warms up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (7666) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; chestnut brown pour with soapy tan head, fruit aroma, taste is sweet with some dried fruit, raisin I think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24303) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
1st January 2013
Hazy dark brown beer with a tidy pale tan head. Palate is softish with fine carbonation. Mild minerals. Fairly rich malt with mildly bitter dark toffee. Subtle dried fruits. Quite a bitter hop kick towards the finish which also provides a spicy bubblegum ester. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (5078) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2013
2012 Vintage from Rehills, Newcastle. A dark brown hazy beer with milk chocolate and roasted flavours followed by vanilla and mild coffee on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beese (2607) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2013
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Poured a cloudy amber colour with a thin off-white. Aroma of cake, toffee and some grass. Sweet flavours of caramel and golden syrup, bread and orange peel. Palate of grain, roasted nuts and some pine hops.

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