Bristol Beer Factory Bristol Vintage (2011- )

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


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RATINGS: 78   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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john44 (3392) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2017
Cask at White Horse Old Ale Festival 2011. (Backlog / historic rating from old records. NO tasting notes taken / kept) (Backlog)

Pudding (267) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2017
500ml. 2015 Vintage, sampled at least a year after bottling. 6.6% abv. Poured reddish brown, some haze. Aroma/Taste: dark fruit, leather. Mouthfeel syrupy. Aftertaste wine-like. Overall: a well aged strong ale. Perfectly brewed and conditioned.

ManVsBeer (10946) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2016
Bottle, 2014 Vintage. Cloudy dark amber-red with a thin head. Has a notable strength behind a rich sweetened fruitiness, evident in both aroma and taste.

sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2016
Bouteille 50cl, de et partagée avec Pierre et Thomas. BB 06.11.2016, batch# 1907. Brune-ambrée, col fin beige. Arôme au nez fruité, rouge et noir, touche de baies, sur rétro sec, pointe de figue. Un peu vanillé voire anisé.Bouquet malté reste bien présent avec de belles notes de caramel, pâle et fin chocolaté. Palais est malté, caramel, chocolaté, un peu oxydé voire de soufre, fine amertume houblonné plutôt noble arrive en fin de bouche. Prend un envol vers les jeune barley wine au caractère bien anglais surtout au niveau malts.

minutemat (6045) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2016
500ml bottle from Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours a dark mahogany with a good off-white head. Aroma is nutty autumnal malts. Taste is rather earthy with some dark fruits, nutty malts, oak and stronger sweet barley wine echoes. Body is rather thin and weak with a drying finish. Lacks a bit of oomph.

gegwilson (3794) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2016
2015 Bottle from Favourite Beers, Cheltenham. Hazy ruby with a nice frothy cream head. Quite a few chunks of sediment, but it wasn’t a careful pour. Aroma of ripe red fruits. The taste has lots of fruity malts. Barries, light spice and a touch of aniseed. Maybe a hint of grapefruit hop too. Toffee malt undertones. Tasty.

hawthorne00 (4111) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2016
2014 bottle (blended with "a portion of bourbon barrel aged wheat wine", according to the label). Deep clear copper with a coat of beige head. Aroma of singed toffee, sherry, whisky, mace, vanilla. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Fruit and toffee, dries out at the end where there is still strong bitterness and a little overt alcohol. Some oak and vanilla, a little chocolate. Dry and bitter enough that if the malt’s sagging much at all I can’t tell. A few months past best before - happy to try a fresh one, happy to go another year or two older. A beer for cheese and crackers.

vanvenlo (1913) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2015
Diviano bottle(23-Nov-2015)Sweet raisin caramel aroma.Cloudy brown,low head&suds lace.Raisin wood caramel flavour.Dry raisin finish&caramel wood aftertaste.

Lunkie (1963) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2015
Caramel spice malt aroma. Murky dark Amber colour poor head and lacing. Malt herbal chocolate caramel flavour. Flat palate.

VastActiv (7592) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle 0.5l at home, Nivala. Vintage 2012. BBE 15/11/2014. Colour is clear reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dry fruits, raisins, dryness, some wood, some sweetness, hints of caramel and malts. Quite watery and weak.

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