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Churchill's Finest Hour 2011 - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.01%
Wants: 244
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by pastradul:
Photo of pastradul
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the renaissance!

Poured in a tulip. Full glass pour so not a lot of head. But is pitch black.

The aroma is heavy roasted malt followed and. Backed up with a strong bourbon kick and just a touch of alcohol.

The taste is just like the nose. You get a the strong malt and coffee Taste first then the bourbon takes over. A strong kick of whiskey on the mid palate. Then finishes like a smooth stout finishes off the palate.

This brew is amazing! I am glad Ivan said they went through extra steps this year to make sure it wasn't having any strange yeast in the beer this year.

pastradul, Mar 09, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

ehammond1, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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.

MrVonzipper, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Hessian257
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Hessian257, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

GuisseppeFranco, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of trodersark
4/5  rDev -8.5%

trodersark, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of StarRaptor
4/5  rDev -8.5%

StarRaptor, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

claaark13, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Devi0us
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Devi0us, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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

mikesgroove, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -8.5%
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).

largadeer, Jun 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Sixofsigmas, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of MrHirschybar
4.5/5  rDev +3%

MrHirschybar, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of dmsohyea
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

dmsohyea, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

DarthKostrizer, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

BearsOnAcid, Jul 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

aasher, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

beerdweeb, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Dudeabide, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of hamilton23
4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

hamilton23, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of jpaulsen
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

jpaulsen, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

SubpoenaDeuces, Jul 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

SanDiegoCraftFan, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of DaveJanssen
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
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)

DaveJanssen, Sep 12, 2011
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Churchill's Finest Hour 2011 from Pizza Port Solana Beach
96 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.