Churchill's Finest Hour 2012 - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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3.78/5 rDev -16.7%
Served on-draught into a 4 oz taster at the Churchill's Finest Hour Release earlier this year. 2012 vintage (obviously). Reviewed from notes taken standing up in the crowded pub; I couldn't go as in-depth as I wanted as a result. Consumed side by side with the 2011 vintage.
A: Pours no head at all. Body colour is a dark solid black. Opaque. There is a floating ring about the edges of the glass which is khaki in colour.
Rich and inviting. Vibrant. Silky. Attractive. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Chocolate, licorice/anise, caramel, dark amlts, vanilla. Complex, with no boozy notes. Inviting. A moderate strength aroma.
T: Chocolate malt, chocolate, dark malts. Light alcohol warmth. Caramel. Refined and decadent. Balanced, if boozy. Not as complex as expected. I do like it. Definitely a sipper, though. It's tasty. Far boozier than the 2011. Much more licorice and anise than the 2011 as well; licorice is one of the flavours I'm not a big fan of - just in terms of my own personal tastes.
Mf: Smooth, wet, and full-bodied. Heavy. She's a sipper alright. Unrefreshing. Refined. Good presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile well. Perfect carbonation. Heavier on the palate than the 2011 vintage.
Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV, yet still a sipper. You wouldn't chug it. I'd have to share a full bottle with others, but a 4 oz sample is lovely. A tasty imperial stout, but not among the best I've had. Not worth seeking out; I'm glad the other beers at this event made it worth the time and expense. I expected to be blown away, but that wasn't the case. It's another solid brew from Port/Lost Abbey, and I'd definitely get it again if possible, but I wouldn't trade for a bottle. I'd sure like to revisit it in a better environment to really go into as much depth as I like to.
06-12-2013 20:21:54 | More by kojevergas
4.01/5 rDev -11.7%
I love a "hot" ba beer, and this one is definitively that!
A- Older Viscosity black with minimal lacing with medium legs
S- Big booze upfront, with chocolate malts. Booze overpowers much of the nose.
T- Crazy booze, like a freshly bottled BCBS. The taste has five steps: 1. booze 2. booze 3. booze 4. chocolate 5. booze
M- Very smooth. Up there with BCBS.
O- If you like "hot" BA stouts, this one is for you. Almost turning on Black Tuesday's block. I am glad I got to try it, but if I had one, I would let it mellow for another year. I also don't like Older Viscosity anymore, and I am getting too much of that.
03-07-2014 02:03:49 | More by gueuzedreg
4.1/5 rDev -9.7%
Pours black with a nice chocolaty looking head on it. Nose consists of resiny milk chocolates with soft, sweet oak wood. Taste starts off with silly milk chocolates that move into even deeper rich milk chocolates. Almost milk shake like. The chocolates yield a bit to some oak, but the milk chocolate holds strong and finishes it off. Mouth is full and creamy. Overall, this is really nice if you like chocolate beers. A little one dimensional as chocolate and oak are the two biggest and most dominant players in this beer and there are no strong traces of other layers of complexity present.that being said, the flavors are bold and delicious.
10-29-2012 02:57:16 | More by birchstick
Churchill's Finest Hour 2012 from Pizza Port Solana Beach
100 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.