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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (18230) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
500ml bottle from Utobeer. Clear ruby red with lasting beige head. Aroma of dry malt and fruity malt. Flavour of fruits, milk choc, some alcohol, some hop tingle on finish. Good warming beer. Quite a lot of sticky sediment stuck to bottom of bottle. Good warm 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (16989) - 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. Its 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, its quite uninteresting anyway. 141011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (16730) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle, 6.6%. Clear dark brown medium tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark fruit, toasted and a little oak. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, sweet, dark fruit, hop, little bitter and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (15822) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 19, 2013
500ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Fest2013)
Pleasant old nutty roasty aroma, but not so big. Dry nutty palate. English estery almondy componts come out in the aroma and retronasals later. Soft palate, nice carbonation. High drinkability for the strength, but the very dry attenuation makes it drying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle (2013) at Yesprs - Thanks. Clear amber - white head. Toasted, knkbrd, fruity, berries, dryness, tart, oakey, sweet malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (14832) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14736) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2015
KRS 111014. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, hop, berries. Flavour is roasted malt, hop, berries, caramel, dried fruits, chocolate , alcohol. Full body. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (14253) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2011
Cask at White Horse, Parsons Green. It pours very dark brown-ruby, with a thin beige head. the nose is treacle, sticky dried fruit, golden syrup and cinnamon. The taste is roasted malt, toast, oak, chocolate, coffee, salt, meat, raisin, sultana, leather, tobacco and alcohol warmth, with a very long dry-toast finish. Full body and soft carbonation. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (13802) - 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.

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