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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: 532
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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. So far this looks pretty much the same as the 2011 blend. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. The cocoa flavor in the 2012 blend is much more robust and enjoyable than the 2011 blend. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel and a nice medium body. Again, the mouthfeel is pretty much the same as the 2011 blend. Overall, this is an exceptional barrel aged stout that I enjoyed a bit more than the 2011 blend. Both years are great beers but this year’s blend was my favorite.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of deathcharms
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%

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
Photo of StarRaptor
5/5  rDev +10.1%

StarRaptor, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%


Bottle poured into a snifter at Churchill's.

A: Black and viscous with an inch of light brown foam.

S: Cocoa and dark chocolate with aggressive bourbon aromatics. Coconut blends with vanilla, brown sugar, maple, and oak. Caramel meets a dash of coffee. Smells fantastic. 

T: Rich dark chocolate and brown sugar accompany bourbon and vanilla. I get a little coconut with a restrained nuttiness and evident oak. Roasted grains are pronounced. Caramel is present. The chocolate profile is fantastic. Booze is notable but it's not over the top and I think it's at a nice level right now. Not at all harsh.

M: Full in body with upper medium carbonation. 

Overall: Another amazing vintage blended for an awesome pub. This might be better than last year's blend. I consider myself fortunate to be able to enjoy this in a calm setting on premise.

HopHead84, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%

This beer has a deep hateful pallor of rich spent motor oil, viscous and viscious. the coating is intense and imparts generous sheeting on the glass.

The smell imparts a mild brownie batter sweetness but the real show is in the dark pitted fruits, plum and figs with currants all up in the mix, would have liked to have a bit more coffee and/or roasted malts, but now we are just nit picking the torque curve of a GTR.

The taste is incredible and all aspects of the flavor are balanced and well integrated. there's a nice warmth with some chocolate and slight charred oak, I get a bit of a Zero bar sort of marshmellowy campfire aspect going on that is incredible.

The carb is dead on given the flavor profile of this beer and doesn't steal the show, the mellow character is just right and hits all the zones with generous coating.

This is incredibly drinkable and it was not uncommon for others to seek out several pours. very recommended.

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

PretzelCity, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Callmecoon
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Callmecoon, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of SDDanC
4.95/5  rDev +9%

On tap at anniversary party. Pours jet black, no head. Appears slick and heavy. Nose contains burnt marshmallows and wood. Smoked wood. Alcohol burn is present, underneath a minute sweetness. Taste is much comparable; great whiskey character upfront that meshes with a heavy chocolate and smoked oaked. Again there are some burnt mallows. Mouthfeel is thoroughly sticky, but slight thin and oily. But it does not suffer from that aspect. Great carbonation level for its intese flavor profile.

SDDanC, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +10.1%

A-A black empty void that will suck your soul in if you stare too long. Looks flat but bubbles spring to life with a swirl of the glass.

S-Milk chocolate, coffee and a light barrel character.

T-Milk chocolate, sweet Bourbon, vanilla and a little oak in the background.

M-Medium body with ample carbonation.

O-Fucking delicious. Its so tasty now I'm not sure if I should age it.

ZX6Chris, Mar 03, 2012
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Churchill's Finest Hour 2012 from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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