Churchill's Finest Hour 2012 - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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3.78/5 rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-12-2013 20:21:54 | More by kojevergas
4.66/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
22 oz bottle, 2012 copper wax version, poured into a snifter.
A- Pours black, very thick and viscous looking, topped with a thin layer of mocha head, nice retention, leaves a bit of spotty lacing.
S- One of the best smelling BA stouts ever. Incredible mix of oak, bourbon, vanilla, roast, caramel, dark chocolate, maybe a bit of coconut. The barrel aromas on this beer are just flawless.
T- Tastes aaalmsot as nice but not quite, the flavors have a heavier focus on dark and milk chocolate, which tastes amazing, also some roasted grain, and oak, bourbon, vanilla and coconut.
M- Full-bodied, low-ish carbonation, with a creamy, slightly thick feel and mild alcohol warmth.
O- A very, very good stout, the chocolate and barrel flavors are delicious and blended really smoothly. Hopefully I'll be able to have this again sometime soon.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2013 01:13:49 | More by WillCarrera
4.25/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Huge thanks to Bill for sharing some of his bottle at The Armsby Abbey's Stoutfest 2013 after I shared one of the worst beers I've ever had with him. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a tulip.
A - Poured a clearish dark brown hue with a thin mocha head that left a light, light halo. Quite nice and appealing.
S - Roasty nuts and malts. Very tiny amount of vanilla, nice bourbon and oak with some solid bourbon booze.
T - Taste is very nice. Good chocolate, bourbon notes, some booze, nice malty roast, sweet candy elements. Really nice and smooth.
M - Mouthfeel is solid. Boozy but creamy.
O - Overall a solid Imperial Stout. The best beer I had that day by far.
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2013 00:30:10 | More by rudzud
Churchill's Finest Hour 2012 from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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