Churchill's Finest Hour 2011 - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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3.85/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-12-2013 20:32:56 | More by kojevergas
Churchill's Finest Hour 2011 from Pizza Port Solana Beach
96 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.