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Churchill's Finest Hour 2014 - Port Brewing

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99
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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 124
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopsMatt on 03-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 4
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4.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Huge thanks towards the west & phantastiic, who provided me with a bottle of the bottle I have ached for. Had this at a tasting a couple years back & has a huge history buff, this might be the rare empty bottle I stick on the mantel. 22 oz. bottle popped open for my wife’s birthday (her choice!).

The pour is black, minimal carbonation: I furtively tilt a few drops into my mouth for a preview….ohhh. The nose is that gorgeous combination of vanilla, sweet malt, bourbon: the perfume of angels. May I have another? Thank you.

Churchill’s Finest Hour 2014 warms belly, heart, & brain pan. The roast is still shell-sharp, rare in a barrel-aged beer, reined in by a long, hard shot of bourbon goodness. Beneath that palate-assault is a lot of vanilla, molasses sweetness, slight smokiness, chocolate that comes forward as it warms. End-game is so well integrated it’s hard to know where the barrel ends & the beer begins. Smooth, creamy, & stupid easy to drink. If they sold this in gallon jugs, they’d have to put my picture on one when I disappeared.

Slap my ass & call me Sally: do It all day if you’ll buy me a glass or two of Churchill’s. I enjoyed my evening at Churchill’s in September, but might have rented a room if this had been on tap regularly. An elite beer, & sometimes you can just sum it up in one word: wow.

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4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass. Not much of a head, though.

Smell - Very bourbony. Sharp oak. Very intense. Too much, really. Dark chocolate. No sweetness.

Taste - Totally dominated by bourbon and oak. Sharp oak. Boozy bourbon. Bitter chocolate. Vanilla and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Very dry and kinda harsh. Bitter. Not easy to drink.

Overall - It's not easy to drink, but it's delicious.

Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml blue wax bottle, poured into a FFF/DMC snifter 6/21/2014.

A- Dark black body, not oily like a BADL but certainly substantial with a half finger mocha head with minimal retention and no lacing.

S- Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon. Very clean, with a sweet milk chocolate accompaniment as well as brownies and a bit of vanilla and oak. Well-executed on the nose. This is what I wish Parabola smelled like.

F- Bourbon- sweet, smokey charcoal- with sweet milk chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate, espresso and more bourbon. This is essentially bourbon milk chocolate. This is not complex but this is delicious and well-executed; despite the strength of the individual flavours, there is no harshness to be found on the palate.

M- Medium bodied, on the thicker side but not motor oil, not quite. Lower carbonation, slick and sticky. Bourbon chocolate brownies on the finish.

O- This really hits the spot very well, if that spot tastes like bourbon chocolate brownies. Not complex but very enjoyable nonetheless. It is what it is; if I had my druthers, this is a similar beer to Central Waters' Sixteen, so I would recommend just going for that one instead given that for every CFH you trade for, you could trade for 3-4 bottles of Sixteen instead.

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4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the 2014 vintage of Churchill's Finest Hour from from Port Brewing Company (Lost Abbey's alter ego). Each vintage of this beer is a unique blend of barrel aged stouts. The 2014 vintage is signaled by the blue wax and blue foil colored cigar smoke on the label.

Score: 95

2014 vintage bottle served in a Goose Island Black Friday 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter and enjoyed on 03/25/14. Thank you Ryan for sharing this treat!

Appearance: Deep brown color, with a half finger of dark khaki head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing lacing and retention, but nice oily legs and solid browning. 4.5/5

Smell: Oak, bourbon, alcohol and fudge. Hard to balance the unpleasantness of the sharp boozy alcohol aroma with the big fudginess, but this strikes a nice balance. Reminisce of the 2012 vintage (albeit hotter), rather than the 2013. With some time, and with the alcohol mellowing out, this aroma should develop nicely. 4.25/5

Taste: Vanilla/oak upfront and then a little bitterness and char, followed by boozy bourbon and an insanely fudegy finish. So much chocolate and fudge in the finish, which lasts forever and ever and is nicely bittersweet. Really excellent balance. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation but apt for the profile. Bittersweet overall. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild stinging booziness, which is more akin to drinking a spirit neat rather than a beer. 4.25/5

Overall: Give this beer a little more viscocity or age, and it could be something special. Even by my standards, I found this beer to be a bit boozy. Enjoyed thoroughly nonetheless. Cannot wait to revisit this in a year.

Cost: $50 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Churchill's Finest Hour 2014 from Port Brewing
99 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.