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Churchill's Finest Hour 2011 - Pizza Port Solana Beach

Churchill's Finest Hour 2011Churchill's Finest Hour 2011

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.26%


Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Silver Wax

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 03-09-2011)
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kojevergas

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught at the 2013 Churchill's Finest Hour release at Churchill's pub. Reviewed side by side with the 2012 vintage. The pub was crowded and I reviewed while standing, so I couldn't go into as much detail as I usually like to in my reviews. Reviewed from notes.

Vessel was a 4 oz taster glass.

A: Pours no head whatsoever. Body colour is an opaque nontransparent dark solid black. There's a khaki colour floater ring about the edges of the glass.

Rich and inviting. Vibrant, silky, and attractive. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Apt for the style.

Sm: Licorice, dark malts, chocolate. Refined caramel. Lovely and appealing. A bit of alcohol/warmth. No yeast character comes through. Hop character is minimal. A moderate strength aroma. Aroma is better than that of the 2012 vintage.

T/Mf: A bit of smooth vanilla. Chocolate and dark malts. Rich caramel. Delightfully subtle. Not as boozy as the 2012 vintage. I also don't get the licorice/anise of the 2012. Very tasty. Coarsens and dries right on the finish to encourage the next sip. Balanced and enjoyable. Complex and full-bodied. There's a lot going on here. It does get a bit too dry, even taking on a vinous scratchy quality. The chocolate notes are lovely.

Smooth and wet. Lighter on the palate than the 2012. Unrefreshing, but enjoyable. Suits the flavours well. Good palate presence. Perfect carbonation.

Dr: Quite drinkable. I think the age has mellowed it out; the alcohol is quite restrained compared to the 2012 vintage. More drinkable than the 2012. I quite fancy it. It's a nice little sipper, and I imagine it would pair well with cigars. I prefer this to the 2012 vintage. I'd like to revisit it in a better environment to really review to the degree of depth it deserves. Another success from Port.

B+

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 20:32:56 | More by kojevergas
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FosterJM

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1273rd Review on BA
Bottle to CCB snifter
22oz Silver Wax

2011 Vintage

App- Bordering on a dark black, it had a multi-faceted brown color with a great density and sheen. A very nice head formed and was a bit puffy in nature. Good cling.

Smell- It was a nice stout with good aromatics, just a tad ashy for me. The oak was there with some grain and a little booze but much to much ash and char.

Taste- I enjoyed the beer. It was full of layers of dark roast and a bit of coffee. I didnt get much from the oak in terms of vanilla but had a good maltbackbone as well. The chocolate is the most prevalant note with a earthy woodchip flavor.

Mouth- A full medium body with a low medium carbonation. A bit creamy with a large bourbon aftertaste of booze.

Drink- A nice blend and collaboration. The barrel notes are large and tasty. Not overpowering but that ash just creeps up on ya.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 16:31:25 | More by FosterJM
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brystmar

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Shared a silver-waxed bottle at the brewpub on our way down to SD.

Beautiful pour, nice head and lace. Sweet caramely booze in the nose plus your typical other stouty aromas.

Taste reminds me of a blend of Dark Lord '10 and Darkness: toffee & dark chocolate-y complexity washed down by warming alcohol. Good mix of flavors here, and the amount of booze works well with everything else.

My only gripe is with the carbonation -- I dislike stouts being this effervescent. Still a great beer; glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 19:05:31 | More by brystmar
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.28/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this in a trade with GoGriz a while back. Thanks a lot for saving this one for me man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
Silver Wax

APPEARANCE: Slowly foamed out the top after opening. Once it was poured, however, it settled just fine. Dark brown out of the bottle, a two finger, medium-looking, tan head with good retention forms. Black, transparent body with piles of carbonation evident. Very carbonated. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A good wisp remains and leaves some good lacing down the glass. Good head and lacing, but too carbonated and transparent for the style.

SMELL: Big barrel nose on this one. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate. Some nice cocoa notes and a touch of smoky, roasted malts as well. Pretty big with a nice blend of barrel and base beer.

TASTE: Quite boozy. Lots of bourbon, oak and vanilla in there. Plenty of barrel for sure. Milk chocolate through the middle into a boozy and barrel heavy finish. Lots of bourbon flavors linger on the palate with hints of dark chocolate and roasted, smoky malts from the base beer. Big, bold and flavorful, and much more barrel heavy than the nose had led on. Tasty, but not as balanced as the nose.

PALATE: Thinner body and very high levels of carbonation. Light and airy on the palate, goes down a little harsh and burns at the swallow. Sticky finish and plenty of heat lingers. Almost completely backwards for the style.

OVERALL: This is a beer I’ve always been interested in trying. Enjoy a lot of Port Brewing stuff and barrel aged imperial stout might be my favorite beer style. There were a few things I enjoyed about this one, such as the intense barrel flavors and the relatively balanced nose. That said, the overly carbonated body and the light, thin, harsh feel definitely kept this one from being as enjoyable as it could be. I would have also liked to see the base beer come through in the taste profile like it did in the nose. This beer apparently changes every year, and I’d be interested in trying future vintages. The 2011, however, is not one I need to revisit. Thanks again for the killer trade GoGriz. Always a pleasure!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 20:27:23 | More by Jeffo
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing is present on this one. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, burnt sugar, bourbon, and wood. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel and a nice medium body. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged stout. I am very happy I was able to try last year’s blend of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 21:49:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing this rare tick.

A: BLack body, 1/2" head of light brown foam. Ok retention, spotty lace. Nice.

S: Incredibly rich aroma of dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, and toasted marshmallow. Complex, deep, and amazing.

T: Bourbon-soaked chocolate up front, coconut and oak right behind, and more chocolate upon the finish. The finish is boozy as all hell, but that's seriously the only flaw - and it's not much of one for an 11% beer.

M: A little thin, lots of carbonation, but it's more creamy than prickly. Not abad, but definitely the beer's weak spot.

O: A bit less booze and more body would have put this one seriously high in the running for my favorite BA stout of all time. Amazing stuff.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:38:33 | More by woosterbill
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cracked this 2011 vintage open in celebration of our first home purchase. Been saving this special (and expensive) rare brew for that special occasion. Pours black with a thin off-white head that lasts very well throughout. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and caramel. Lots of nice bourbon alcoholic heat in the taste along with some wonderful oak and vanilla flavors. Some molasses were detected. Medium and sticky mouthfeel with beautiful lacing. A very nice Imperial Stout!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 23:00:46 | More by CuriousMonk
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tasting glass - big thanks to pat for opening this

Pours an inky blackness with a tuft of tanned dark head resting on top. A few patches of lacing streak the glass with some filminess on top.

Huge, bold dark chocolate scents with roasted cocoa notes. Slightly bitter with oak, bourbon, and vanilla notes. Robust and in your face.

A bit sweet up front with an avalanche of roasted dark malts. Massive dark chocolate flavor with an almost rawness from the purity. Cocoa powder and brownies with bourbon tones. Sweeter vanilla with warm boozy notes in the finish.

Fuller body, well carbonated, soft and slick on the tongue, smooth and easy drinking. I loved the dark chocolate flavor on this - combined with the barrel character was a complete win for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 03:27:33 | More by xnicknj
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claaark13

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the hookup Brian. I've been staring this one down for months. The bottle began to hiss as I cut the wax, leading to some immediate concerns. However, the carbonation was not jeopardized. Poured into a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours pretty dark, no light escaping anything here. Pretty nice, fluffy light-tan head. Leaves a good, thick lacing.

S - Pretty nice, I can get a brief whiff of the barrel during the pour. A slight amount of fudge and barrel. Certainly smells a little bit woody. There is a little vanilla coming through as well, which is more dominating than whatever chocolate I was finding. The aroma could be a little more potent.

T - Dark malts, smooth barrel and a little bit of vanilla. Clears the nostrils a little bit. The back part of the flavor seems a little hot, but in an oddly pleasant way. I think some people would find the accumulation of a few ounces to be too hot, but I don't find it to be off-putting. The slightly sweet vanilla mixes in the middle with some oak. The vanilla and oak fight a little bit in the end for dominance. Even with the heat, the flavor on this one is great.

M - Smooth and oddly soft feeling for the medium thickness of this one. It actually drinks and carries the flavors well. Just a tad bit below "perfection".

O - Well worth the trade to get it. I'd read reviews that indicated I should wait for this one, but I think it drinks well right now.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 23:59:16 | More by claaark13
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep dark black, thick like a shake and a full two finger head of caramel brown foam at the top. Nice gradual settle down left behind some very nice side glass lace. The smell was wonderful, full of sweet caramel and lactose sugar with a rich coffee and chocolate undertone, simply to die for as for as RIS’s go. The taste was so complex and diverse, I did not know what I was trying, this one was nuts to say the least. Full on assault of sweet caramel and chocolate from the very start, as this mellowed some very nice coffee tones. Very full, rich, and robust profile. This was one not to take lightly. The feel was like a dessert shake. Such a warming feeling

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 00:37:54 | More by mikesgroove
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DaveJanssen

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz split three ways. Poured into red wine glasses. Reviewed 20 March 2011.

Ar: Alcohol, molasses, very sweet, mild date/prune, brandy, toasty brown malt, coffee, boozy but not beautifully full like BCBS, much better with warmth, chocolate, something seems a bit odd

Ap: Medium smooth dark tan head, good retention, clear deep brown/black, lace hints

T: Coffee, dirty burnt character, full rich sweetness, alcohol, burnt/charred barrels, moderate coffee, weird combo of rich full sweetness and roasty/burnt stout, vanilla and smooth bourbon increase with warmth while coffee and dirty character decrease, slightly rough alcohol, chocolate, boozy, again something a little odd and difficult to describe

M: Very creamy, medium carbonation, sweet, alcohol warmth in end, great full body/creaminess, slightly rough burn character

O: I much prefer the base beers, perhaps with a bit of time this would mellow, the coffee character is a bit off putting to me (but i have a slight bias there and my score reflects correcting for that)

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 23:28:10 | More by DaveJanssen
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Churchill's Side by side with 2010

Pours a pitch black with a nice tan head. Looks very pretty. Smells buttery and bourbon heavy. All about the bourbon on this one. Tastes like a very nice dark chocolate stout with a bourbony cover. Thick solid mouthfeel. Low carbonation which is perfect.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 12:26:56 | More by Urbancaver
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Ehammond1 for hooking me up with this piece.

Look: Black as night with a 1/4 tan head and ok retention and a nice amount of lacing

Smell: Very bourbon forward with lots of oak and chocolate. If you have ever had a Port or Lost abbey barrel aged beer you know the smell

Taste: Upfront is bourbon and lots of it I would say this aged about a year or so in the barrel. The middle carries a great amount of oak and chocolate and finishes nicely with a coffee note or two

Mouthfeel: Very full body and low carbonation. The feel is very heavy and velvety on the palate and just coats the whole mouth beautifully

Overall: Unfortunately I think this one is very similar to most of the port/lost abbey barrel aged stouts and I guess I was just hoping for a little more uniqueness to it. Is that a bad thing no because I think the only thing lost/port does right are their stouts. I think with a little more time on the bottle it will be a exceptional beer but as of right now the flavor just feel alittle short for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:38:51 | More by DarthKostrizer
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MrVonzipper

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review. A big thanks to Ehammond1 for opening and sharing this bottle with us after the Stone 15th anniversary.
Pours a Pitch black color with a nice Creamy khaki head with good retention and excellent lacing. Nice oily viscosity.

Big burbon up front and mild creamy milk chocolate nose.

Big bourbon flavor up front with a slight but nice faint burn. A little oaky and chocolatey. Mouth coating flavor like a bourbon coffee ganache. Excellent flavor and transition of flavors.

Full bodied richness yet Very smooth and Creamy and a great palate coating viscosity.

Overall IMO this pretty similar to Parabola with a little more chocolate notes. An amazing Imperial Stout. I think with maybe a year of age it'd be that much better although I like the faint bourbon burn.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 06:11:55 | More by MrVonzipper
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Churchill’s Finest Hour, Imperial Stout 11% abv

A: As to be expected, this beer has an oily thick blackness like the trails of a frightened squid. It sticks to the glass and drags its fingers wantingly to the depths below. Also coffee brown head with nice lacing, bust mostly poltergeists and petulant wanting.

S: There is a great deep dark fruit coming from the wafts. It feels like high brow huffing to inhale this beer. There are licorice notes and some burnt chocolate.

T: There is a nice thick “black” caramel taste, were that even to exist. It follows with a fully presentable chocolate palate that dominates the palate with minor bits of mocha and toasted almond burning through on the tail end.

M: This coats very well but, it feels like it is fighting in a league where it is simply out classed. The stickiness is nice but the flavors aren’t so impressive as to warrant searching high and low for this beast. I feel that rarity has boosted the curb appeal of this old chestnut. It seems like after 2 weeks of summer camp, when anything shy of a size 12 gets a second look from angst ridden adolescents.

D: Sadly, this beer does not perform well in this category either. The bourbon notes impart a dryness that makes it totally inapplicable for all of my Integra modification days in the hot sun. It also makes it unworthy of chilly times fixing my lift kit on my truck simply due to its unavailability. There is simply much cigar gnashing and grinding of top hats in the acquisition and execution of this old lion.

Narrative: He stared fatefully out the window of the palatial estate. The sky lit up with rosy fingers of dawn and the trails of fire bombing from the night before. His cigar embers seemed to fall with the same careless regard that had afflicted all of those around him, a man, reduced to the headstone of a nation. “WILLIAM FOR FUCKS SAKE ARE YOU EVEN ON YOUR BREAK?” He snapped back to reality, the year is 2134 and in this advanced time, William Zerkov is an accomplished actor living in the pre-modern equivalent of a “frontier village.” It was his charge to play the role of, well, that would seem to belabor the point. “AND BEFORE THE NEXT SECREENING WILL YOU AT LEAST GET ANOTHER CIGAR, COME ON NOW WILLIAM!” He clenched his proud jowls, for no one could portray a pre-post historical figure not unlike him.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 06:45:11 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super FABULOUS glittery wax.

Black pour with a mocha head.

Heavy bourbon and fudge on the nose. Roasted malt, caramel and dark chocolate.

Deep dark chocolate fudge coats the palate. Not a very strong bitterness from the roasted malts but enough to balance out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than I'd expect.

This beer suffers from some major cheapo alcohol coming from the bourbon. Almost comes off like fusel alcohol but I'd imagine that the fermentation of the blended beers were fine since I've never had a bad Serpents stout or Older Vis. I think they use a lot of Heaven Hill barrels but this tastes like lower quality.

This would be great if you smoked a big fat stogie with it like the Hitchcock lookin bro on the label.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 04:47:12 | More by BearsOnAcid
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womencantsail

California

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Tim via an in-person trade.

A: The pour on this beer is almost black in color with a rather large brown head, sort of overcarbonated, just like last year's.

S: As anticipated, there is a huge whiskey/bourbon aroma to the nose. Lots of vanilla and oak in there as well as some roast and dark chocolate. A fair amount of coffee with just a hint of brown sugar.

T: The flavor is a touch boozy, but overall, good. Lots of bourbon and vanilla flavors to it with plenty of chocolate and roast. Some mild coffee notes in there with the molasses and toffee sweetness.

M: Medium in body with a rather high carbonation for an imperial stout.

O: I think this one was better than last year's blend and a nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 15:41:15 | More by womencantsail
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jampics2

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with silver wax into my Cantillon tasting tulip. Split with some great beer people while enjoying a summer evening on the deck. Non-infected 2011 version thanks to a great trader!

This beer looks great in the glass. It's dark black with just a hint, and I mean a hint of lighter color around the edges. Otherwise it looks like a dark night on the front lines of the war. A nice off-white crown caps this excellent looking beer and some lace is also noticed as I sip my way down the glass.

From the first scents, I could tell this was going to be something special. There's a huge fudge note from the malt, backed up with some caramel sweetness and just a hint of coffee roast. But the wood and the bourbon are the star of the show - as the sweetness subsides, the chocolate fades into wood, vanilla, toasted coconut shavings and really nicely integrated bourbon. Easily one of the best smelling American Stouts ever - up there with PVW Goose Island Rare.

The taste is also sensational. The beer lacked a bit of sweetness at first and seemed a bit heavy on the barrel, but something magical happened over the course of the tasting experience. A wonderful sweetness emerged that was so well defined and perfectly complex and palatable at the same time. Once the sweetness spiked in a chocolate, marshmellow and caramel peak, the bourbon and wood took over - again, in one nice, perfectly integrated wave of flavor. The bourbon, oak, vanilla and coconut notes are nicely integrated and just sensational. This seems like it was made for my palate. Just an awesome beer!!

The mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation is just a touch too active. But we're really nit-picking here. This beer is awesome, really - I wish it was more available so others could enjoy it! In the meantime, I'll be in search - Permanant ISO! Just a sensational tasting experience, and one of my finest hours as well!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 14:58:18 | More by jampics2
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ehammond1


4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black pour. Medium sized head has some nice retention. Wonderful lacing down the glass.

This beer really expresses itself best when allowed to warm nearly to room temperature. The nose is a wonderful combination of sweetness and a warming, comforting note of whiskey and wood. The sweet consists of sticky caramel, brown sugar, molasses, some dark chocolates, and this is all balanced by the warm, just barely stinging whiskey notes. Really nice.

But the flavor is even better than the nose! All these delicious, rich, and typical RIS flavors are wrapped nicely within the warm, rich whiskey along with a woody and earthy note. Really tremendous. A pleasure.

Medium bodied and ample carbonation.

An extraordinary creation. It touches every right nerve. It's a delicious and big stout, wrapped warmly in whiskey and woody flavors, yet still remains remarkably drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 23:30:04 | More by ehammond1
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Jason! Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, mocha head, thick collar, lots of big bubbles on top, and some whisps left over after the initial pour.

S - Boozy, oak, chocolate brownies. Very booze-forward here, and could probably use some time in the cellar to mellow out a bit more.

T - Not as sweet as I was expecting. Lots of booze, bitter dark chocolate, slight roast, and a good dose of oak. The booze is the predominant note on the palate...could use some more sweetness and less booze. As stated before, some cellar time will improve this.

M - Full, rich and smooth, good carbonation, roasty creamy finish.

O - The alcohol is a little to hot right now for me to really enjoy this one to the fullest. That said, it's a very nice barrel-aged stout that I hope to try in the future to see how it's coming along. It's good right now, but wait a bit on this one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 19:00:35 | More by Sean9689
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch, thanks to me... black body with a light tan head and ring, light lace... nose of bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, a bit of roast and vanilla, pretty nice.... taste is roasty bourbon coffee, really good not great, but I would gladly have again

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 05:18:22 | More by jrallen34
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ArthurPendragon. Thanks.

Black body with a voluminous tan head that settles down to a half-inch cap. Nice retention and lacing, surprisingly so for a big barrel aged stout and especially for one from Lost Abbey. Chocolate caramel candy nose, toasted malt and brown sugar, some very evident alcohol that singes the nostrils a bit. Tastes good but not great. A little less sweet than it smells, some licorice up front, oak, caramel and milk chocolate - very nice flavors, but it's unabashedly boozy, and the alcohol overwhelms some of the subtleties of the beer. Quite a bit of tannin and roast roast in the finish. Ends on a dry note. Enjoyable overall, but not as good as 2010 Churchill's (before it went sour).

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:43:47 | More by largadeer
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dmsohyea

California

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Silver wax dipped bomber at Churchill's. Served in a chalice.

Pours pitch black with one finger light brown/tan head and very fine bubble structure. A bit of lacing, but not much. Great head retention, there was foam in the bottom of the glass.

Smell was very off putting right out of the bottle, tons of alcohol. Under the strong booze scent was a good amount of chocolate and vanilla, with a touch of brown sugar. As the beer warmed and decanted, it became significantly less boozy and more enjoyable.

Taste follows the nose. Tons of whiskey up front, followed by a whole bunch of sugary chocolate. Finishes with a bunch more chocolate and vanilla, and a dry, boozy finish. I can taste every bit of that 11% ABV which is a huge turn off for me. This beer drank more like a 15-17% beer. Still good, though.

Mouthfeel is quite nice despite all the hot feelings. High carbonation for this style and a nice creamy feel.

Overall good, but could be great in a year or two after some of the alcohol mellows out.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 01:15:24 | More by dmsohyea
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hamilton23

California

4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours black as night with very little head.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coconut

T: Follows the nose. Big on the vanilla, coconut, bitter chocolate and bourbon

M: This is the only slight let down...it lacks carbonation a bit...go figure a Lost Abbey beer without carb. But it had enough to make it still quite pleasant on the mouth. Slightly oily.

O: An amazing beer. I am sure this one will only get better with a bit of age on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 04:07:57 | More by hamilton23
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alex for being awesome

A - RIS

S - The nose is really expressive with notes ranging from hazelnut to toffee to espresso, initially. As it warms a bit, nuances of vanilla, booze and chocolate emerge, in that order.

T - This is a damn good BA stout, and it holds its own against 50/50-EC (it is better than) and Czar Jack (hard to compete with perfection) in a head-to-head-to-head showdown. All the basic hallmarks of Imperial Stout are spoken for: cocoa, coffee, burnt sugar, charred wood, toasty almond and coconut, small dark-fruity and vinous notes, the whole nine... This also shows some unusual barrel character, and seems to have a healthy dose of oak flavor in addition to the sweet whisky notes. As it airs out, the whisky becomes far more apparent, pleasurably so.

M - Big and sticky.

O - Quite a delicious -bal. Thanks Alex.

Serving type: bottle

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