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Churchill's Finest Hour 2014 - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Churchill's Finest Hour 2014
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BA SCORE
98
world-class

69 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 62
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopsMatt on 03-03-2014)
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Smell - Very bourbony. Sharp oak. Very intense. Too much, really. Dark chocolate. No sweetness.

Taste - Totally dominated by bourbon and oak. Sharp oak. Boozy bourbon. Bitter chocolate. Vanilla and bitter finish.

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Score: 95

2014 vintage bottle served in a Goose Island Black Friday 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter and enjoyed on 03/25/14. Thank you Ryan for sharing this treat!

Appearance: Deep brown color, with a half finger of dark khaki head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing lacing and retention, but nice oily legs and solid browning. 4.5/5

Smell: Oak, bourbon, alcohol and fudge. Hard to balance the unpleasantness of the sharp boozy alcohol aroma with the big fudginess, but this strikes a nice balance. Reminisce of the 2012 vintage (albeit hotter), rather than the 2013. With some time, and with the alcohol mellowing out, this aroma should develop nicely. 4.25/5

Taste: Vanilla/oak upfront and then a little bitterness and char, followed by boozy bourbon and an insanely fudegy finish. So much chocolate and fudge in the finish, which lasts forever and ever and is nicely bittersweet. Really excellent balance. 4.75/5

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Overall: Give this beer a little more viscocity or age, and it could be something special. Even by my standards, I found this beer to be a bit boozy. Enjoyed thoroughly nonetheless. Cannot wait to revisit this in a year.

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Churchill's Finest Hour 2014 from Pizza Port Solana Beach
98 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.