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Churchill's Finest Hour 2012 - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

180 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 538
Gots: 28 | 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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kojevergas

Texas

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.

Low B+

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 20:21:54 | More by kojevergas
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Hopbully

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

06-11-2013 02:53:05 | More by Hopbully
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WillCarrera

Ohio

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
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POTABLE83

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

05-14-2013 19:28:48 | More by POTABLE83
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tourdot

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +10.1%

05-12-2013 06:42:25 | More by tourdot
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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
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seeswo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

04-18-2013 15:15:31 | More by seeswo
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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chippo33

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

04-13-2013 19:06:15 | More by chippo33
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California

5/5  rDev +10.1%

04-12-2013 00:46:40 | More by xgeneralzodx
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AlexChillton

Arizona

5/5  rDev +10.1%

04-02-2013 09:36:58 | More by AlexChillton
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Tienicus

California

5/5  rDev +10.1%

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California

5/5  rDev +10.1%

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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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California

5/5  rDev +10.1%

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Gobzilla

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

03-03-2013 23:53:24 | More by Gobzilla
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HopsintheSack

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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MrVonzipper

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

03-03-2013 07:32:52 | More by MrVonzipper
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sliks96

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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mychalg9

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

02-09-2013 04:02:35 | More by Gonzoillini
Churchill's Finest Hour 2012 from Pizza Port Solana Beach
100 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.