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Churchill's Finest Hour 2012 - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 531
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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.

Each Churchill's Finest Hour release is a unique blend of various Port Brewing barrel-aged stouts. Copper wax.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-07-2012)
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

CJS, Mar 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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3/5  rDev -33.9%

Fritobandito, Jun 03, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served at Churchill's

A - Pours black, moderately viscous with only a small cap of head that quickly recedes. No lacing to speak of.

S - Nice smooth bourbon aroma, with vanilla and a decent amount of oak. Also quite a chocolate presence. Some roasted malts. Smell is a bit obscured by the fire pit on the Churchill's patio, but is very nice overall.

T - Similar to smell. Nice bourbon presence, but not boozy. Subtle roasted malts, and there seems to bit a faint hop presence. Also some nice dark fruits and a faint sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is medium, almost a bit thin, but nice. Some numbing alcohol, especially noticeable on the finish.

O - Very tasty blend. Bourbon presence is assertive but not overwhelming. Had a taste at DLD, and this confirms what I thought then: a very good stout that avoids the traps of being too thick or too sweet. Definitely a treat.

warnerry, May 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Callmecoon, Mar 04, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Lawson's snifter. Thanks to Dan (totoropanda) for this one!!!

A: WOW! Beautiful black beer with a nice brown head. Leaves beautiful lacing as the head recedes.
S: A lot of bourbon and oak. Apart from that I can smell a tiny bit of vanilla but that's it.
T: I can taste tons of bourbon at the first sip. After that I feel coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak and dark fruit! It has a bit of heat from the alcohol but the sweetness/chocolate/everything else balances it out. As this warms the taste gets even more amazing. The heat dies down and everything else comes to play. WOW this is an amazing BA stout.
M: A bit over carbonated for my taste. Leaves a huge, sticky feeling in the mouth.
O: Sweet and boozy but damn good! Great mix of bourbon and chocolate! This just tied up there with BA Speedway and FW Parabola as my favorite BA stouts! Definitely worth looking out for! Outstanding beer.

standardcherry, Dec 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black, thick, heavy looking body with a very small light brown cap atop. This leaves some small dots of lace down the glass.

As with last year's version of this beer, the best aroma is present at room temperature. The nose is a wonderful combination of earthy sweetness, whiskey, and wood. The sweet consists of brown sugar, molasses, some dark chocolates, and then comes the warming, comforting, familiar notes of barrel and bourbon.

Layers of flavor develop throughout the sip. Initially, the bourbon flavors are strong and stinging, mellowing out to reveal vanilla, oak, and chocolate. Very, very nice.

Medium to full bodied and ample carbonation.

Incredible, though I prefer the 2011 just slightly (at this point). With some age, this may become a world-beater.

Edit 5/14/2012: After having tried this beer a half-dozen times, and side-by-side with the 2011 on 3 different occasions, I'm more than willing to pronounce this the better vintage. This is extraordinarily smooth, integrated, and delicious. The best Finest Hour yet.

ehammond1, Mar 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

rudylaw, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

acurtis, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

JasonFromLA, Jan 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

MrVonzipper, Mar 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Maxxthepenguin, Jan 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

AlexChillton, Apr 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

blabaer, Aug 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

joshwith, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

huskermike12, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

PretzelCity, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Gonzoillini, Feb 09, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to joe for opening this @ DLD

thick black and oily.

sweet, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit

very complex and well integrated. the bourbon was blended into this perfectly. deep rich chocolate with a very complimenting sweetness. smooth vanilla.

very thick, a tad high on the carbonation but a few swirls evened that out.

this was amazing. nuff said

hooliganlife, Apr 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

mdvatab, Jan 19, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Inky black. Good bit of a khaki head. Decent retention.

Smell - Wow. Booze, bourbon, and barrel. Rich roasted character. Vanilla and oak all over, but the stout comes through nicely. Awesome, but boozy.

Taste - Bourbon is less intense, but the barrel is more intense. Vanilla and oak. Someone said, "Peanuts," and for a brief moment, I agree. Rich chocolate malts. Slight dark fruit/licorice character. Great flavors. Maybe a little astringent.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly dry. That might be the Older Viscosity in this. Boozy, but a nice feel. Well carbonated and not tremendously heavy for what it is.

Overall - Really impressive. Dry and a little astringent, but otherwise damn near perfect barreling of a great stout.

Alieniloquium, Jul 21, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

CFH Release 2/3/12

A: Black as black can be with a thin lace of foam at the crest.
S:Tons of chocolate and very roasty. I got a faint coffee waft from this but not overpowering.
T: Again very heavy chocolate and a good roasting flavor. Very good balance between the barrel and the beer.
M:Light and playful, was a very easy beer to drink.

O: Way better than both bottles I've had of CFH '11. Open em now or wait a few years, either way this batch is phenomenal.

deathcharms, Mar 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

GuisseppeFranco, Jun 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

GRG1313, Aug 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

StarRaptor, Mar 05, 2012
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Churchill's Finest Hour 2012 from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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