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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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Photo of portia99
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%

22oz bottle at Armsby Abbey's Stoutfest in April. Poured into a tulip glass. Had to power thru a KBS to make sure I didn't lose the opportunity to try this one.

A - Pours a super clear dark brown color. Not much for a head - just a low mocha collar that leaves behind faint traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Booze, molasses and brown sugar. Light smokiness, vanilla with sweet caramel and toffee. This even smells thick.

T - Super smooth beer. Lots of vanilla, firm booziness/bourbon, brown sugar and molasses, smoky malt, some chocolate. A bit candy-like, dessert beer. Could sit with this one for a long time and enjoy every minute.

M - Very thick and full bodied. Low carbonation, but works perfectly here. Extremely smooth. Sweet with a mild alcohol warmth and low smokiness.

O - This one definitely lives up to the hype it gets. Very glad to have the opportunity to try this. One of the best BA stouts I have had - definitely in my top 5.

portia99, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

DonFrap, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of dmsohyea
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

dmsohyea, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
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.

Low B+

kojevergas, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Hopbully
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Hopbully, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

WillCarrera, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of POTABLE83
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

POTABLE83, May 14, 2013
Photo of tourdot
5/5  rDev +10.1%

tourdot, May 12, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

rudzud, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

seeswo, Apr 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

TheRuss9585, Apr 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

chippo33, Apr 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

xgeneralzodx, Apr 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

AlexChillton, Apr 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Tienicus, Apr 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

aditrapG, Apr 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

pmoney, Apr 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

huskermike12, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Grant35
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Grant35, Mar 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Gobzilla, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of HopsintheSack
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

HopsintheSack, Mar 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

MrVonzipper, Mar 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

sliks96, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

imperialking, Mar 02, 2013
Churchill's Finest Hour 2012 from Pizza Port Solana Beach
100 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.