Churchill's Finest Hour 2014 | Port Brewing

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Churchill's Finest Hour 2014Churchill's Finest Hour 2014

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopsMatt on 03-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 165
Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Moderate bourbon aroma, some char, heavy malt roast with a light bitter dark chocolate malt aroma.

A: Black color, totally opaque with a very fine ring of head that recedes to nothing.

T: Big bourbon character, light bitter dark chocolate malt, almost anise-like with plenty of oak and a light bitterness on the finish.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. The beer is super viscous and really coats the mouth.

O: Pretty delicious; the big bourbon aroma and flavor has mellowed over the last two years and is a bit smoother and not nearly as sharp when fresh. Yum!

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

'14 Blue Wax. Opened and shared with a good friend.

L: Pitch black. Oily. Looks great in the taster glass.
S: BOURBON. Lots of it. Some fruity notes. Chocolate for sure.
T&F: Far less boozy than it smells. Roasty, vanilla notes, oak. It's not King Henry, but it's damn close. Good thick mouthfeel, but not too thick.
O: Seek it out. Trade a lot for it. It's one of the best BA stouts around.

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Photo of linnymtu
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Goes beyond the hype for me. This bottle seems to have lost steam in value but shouldn't have. Didn't get a whole lot other than chocolate and barrel, just a world class BA RIS.

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Photo of timc100
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very excited to get into this, been holding onto it for almost 18 months.

Looks great. Incredibly dark, pitch black and very pure and reflective. Smooth, thin foamy dark-roast espresso head.

Bourbon whiskey screams on the nose, one of the, if not the, most intense bourbon aromas I've ever had on a beer. Also heavy roast, earthy oak barrel, raw char, bitter dark chocolate, and some lighter berry in the background. Overall just tons of oak and bourbon.

Just as big on the palate, but more balanced. Needed sweetness comes through in the way the caramelized oak and vanilla cream. More chocolates as well, dark and light. Bourbon is real on this from start to finish, leaves a lasting warmth. Mouthfeel is perfection. It is not viscous, more oily and silky with very minimal carbonation.

Incredible beer. Wish it were not so limited, would love to see what this would be like a few years down the line.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

massive thabks very first trader portable for tissing this my way. enjoyed from the natching mini snifter.
a - black as night silky and oily. thick.

s -thick and chocolatey with lots of dark fruit.

t/m/o - wow a meal and a half in a glass. thick and rich BA suitor. on par with the better eclipses but.but earth shattering. a worthy tick as there are nice very rich and bold. great drinker. super delicious, just very rich and lush has if that's a bad thing?)

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Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black with no head. Great nose - toffee and caramelized sugar. Toffee dominates the flavor profile all on a malty backbone. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation falling just shy of lively. Overall, a very good English Barleywine; however, I hold all examples of the style up to King Henry and this falls short, despite being a long-time want.

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Photo of dar482
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The aroma his of bourbon, sweet caramel, brown sugar, raisins, milk chocolate.

The flavor offers a bitterness, almost acrid bitter roasted malt, along wit bourbon, sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, but still finishes sweet along with some anise. A good tannic oak flavor throughout.
The beer has a medium plus mouthfeel.

A comparable beer to Parabola, but more evenly balanced.

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Photo of maximum12
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of jegross2
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
4.53 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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