Churchill's Finest Hour 2010 | Port Brewing

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Churchill's Finest Hour 2010Churchill's Finest Hour 2010

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gold wax.

Added by PeprSprYoFace on 03-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Jwale73
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black with no head. Great nose - toffee and caramelized sugar. Taste predominantly expresses a soy sauce quality, dark malts and notes of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation falling just shy of lively. Overall, a decent English Barleywine that is a bit past its prime but has still held up quite well, despite its age.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of dmsohyea
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of StarRaptor
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of jbuddle
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of seeswo
1.75/5  rDev -54.9%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of brystmar
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Marcos surprised us with this 2010 bottle, and it then surprised everybody by not being infected! Opened alongside the 2012.

A handsome stout, boasting hearty tan head above its black body. Dark, burnt malts kick things off. Smokey, plenty of chocolate, light tobacco aroma too.

Taste follows the nose with distinctively dark, smokey cigar undertones throughout. Chocolate, dark fruits, and burnt malts join the fray, adding their flavors as the boozy warmth creeps in towards the end. A touch sweet in the middle; finishes with bitter dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and dead on for the style.

Been a few months since I had the 2011 so it's hard to say how this compares, but one thing is clear: 2012 is Churchill's finest vintage so far.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of SoCalStout
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of bombadil
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this to tasting on about 4 occasions and never got around to it... so I said, forget it, gonna drink it myself... Poured from a waxed and capped 22oz. bomber into a Southampton oversize snifter.

A: Big fizz as I pop the cap. Amid cries of infection, this is NOT a good sign. Beer pours a 1 finger coarse mocha head with good retention. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is frothy and thick with moderate cling and decent legs.

S: I don't even have to put my nose in the glass to know this one's infected. Aroma wafts from the open bottle. As my nose peers over the rim of the glass, all I get is a pungent, rotting sour cherry smell and plastic. There's a good bit of milk chocolate and roasted malt in the background, hinting at what this could've been but that's long gone now. All I get is an infected mess that makes me wanna puke. I almost have to hold my breathe as I take a sip so as to avoid the odor.

T: Effect on the palate is surprisingly decent, considering the horrible nose. Definitely infected though. Opens sour cherry, ethanol, and sour roasted malt. Chocolate lingers submissively in the background. Dark fruit is present but they've all turned sour. Noticeable unripened prune tartness at the middle to end. Chocolate becomes a bit more prominent at the finish as does the sour cherries. Complemented in the finish by a bit of smokiness. Aftertaste is sour cherries and cocoa powder.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Prickly and abrasive in the mouth but smoothes out significantly as it warms and actually becomes oily and slick. A tad tingly going down but viscous and thick. Messy finish with a filmy, lingering aftertaste.

D: Considering the infection, this beer is not all bad and its the first infected stout that I haven't drainpoured almost immediately. Tartness here is not overwhelming and although overcarbonated, its bearable and smoothe out considerably as it warms. Nose is hellacious though. Drink this one now if you have it, if you don't and can get it for cheap, its worth a try. Definitely infected but that does surprisingly well for this beer.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split with some buddies while watching the Super Bowl. Out of my Maudite tulip.

A- Nice and black, pours with a healthy mocha colored head. Good retention and lacing

S- Bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee, and creamy malt. Some vanilla/brown sugary notes, definitely pretty sweet smelling.

T- An oaky blend of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. No signs of infection which is good. The oak is very prevalent. Soy saltiness, and some tobacco

M- This is probably the worst part of this beer, as it is way too fizzy and lacks body. It has a strong bite at first, and then falls off quickly. Aftertaste is almost non-existent.

EDIT: Got much better after it warmed up and breathed a little bit. The aftertaste was still pretty weak

D- A good beer, but not as good as Older Viscosity or some other Port/LA offerings IMO. While I am happy it wasn't infected, it was a somewhat mediocre barrel aged stout.

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Photo of GoGriz
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reluctantly traded for due to the rumored infection issues. SO HAPPY I DID!

Pours a wonderful inky black with a nice dark mocha head.

Smells of bourbon, chocolate, raisins, vanilla and more bourbon.

Decadent dark chocolate, milk chocolate, soft bourbon, vanilla, coffee, some of the best flavor integration I have ever had. The flavor lingers with a bitter but welcomed mouth cleansing finish.

Medium bodied with a touch too much carbonation for me. The one detraction of this beer but not a killer.

Drinks beautifully. Such an easy beer considering the abv. One of the better barrel aged stouts I have drank. Feeling fortunate that this didn't suffer the same fate as others.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, big thanks to bmanning for sharing this at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice head and some pretty good lacing. The nose brings bourbon, oak, vanilla, a bit of char, brown sugar, chocolate, and some roasted malt. The taste is bourbon mixing wonderfully with some sweet notes, vanilla, and a bit of roast. Good feel with nice balance between alcohol, barrel flavors, and the base. No sourness detected in this bottle. Not sure if we were just lucky or it was because this had been refrigerated throughout its lifespan. Overall, taste is quite good and the nose was really nice. A really great beer that I was glad to try. Thanks, Ben.

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Photo of koopa
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wax coated bomber received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a dark ink like black with a super dark brown 2 finger rocky crown that shows little retention and some lace. Funny thing is that upon second pour (when bottle was much warmer) the crown has lightened in color significantly and has also become much more dense with tons more retention! This is the first time I think I've noticed temperature playing a role in crown appearance!

Smell: Overly roasted malt (espresso like), bourbon sweetness, oak, plums, prunes, dates, and cherries perhaps.

Taste: Same as nose but more balanced and interesting than I was expecting. I get chocolate malt and coffee notes up front with mellowed dark fruits and bourbon in the background. Nicely done!

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium bodied with good carbonation. I'd prefer it to be a bit creamier. UPDATE: It got much better upon warming (damn I review beers to fast sometimes!) so 4.5 instead of 4.0

Drinkability: Really good considering the double digit abv, the bourbon, and the burnt malt. I'm enjoying this brew and regret that it is so limited. I have one more bomber and would be torn to trade it at this point because of how much I'm enjoying it and how limited it is.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, thanks Matt. Open with a big hiss, and foam actually starts creeping out, which is weird for this style. Pour is black with a huge, spongy beige head. Nose is pretty much dark malts, some bourbon, and a really strong chocolate that borders on annoying. Slightly tart in the mouth, some dark sour cherries. Boozy and hot. Doesn't really work as an imperial stout because of the sour level, but actually not bad when looked at as a dark sour ale a-la Perseguidor 4, Black Cherry Bomb, or Sinners 09. Not quite as good as any of those though as the body is really overly thin. Not great, I don't see any reason to age these further.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Shared graciously by Mothman. Roasted malt along with a slight bourbon note in the aroma. Very good head retention. The taste has notes of the roast malt, dark fruits, with a nice slight bitter coffee aftertaste. Pretty smooth. Really happy we didn't get a soured bottle as some have reported. The 1 thing holding this beer back is the mouthfeel for me. It just is a little light in my opinion but other than that this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thedindaniel for sending this one out.

Shared this with a few buddies at the Great Taste. None of us thought it was sour.

Poured into snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is a deep black. Good head retention.

Aroma: Big whiskey, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and light roasted malted.

Taste: More oak up front then the warming whiskey comes along. Some dark fruits show with vanilla and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, a tad fizzy. Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends clean with whiskey flavors.

Overall, I was very happy with this beer and glad it wasn't sour like some have sad. Pretty drinkable with a nice amount of warming whiskey flavors showing. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of capra12
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed with kbutler, mothman and translucent.

Appearance: jet black with 1 1/2 finger of brown chocolate head.

Smell: I get a bunch of bourbon, vanilla and dark malts.

Taste: opens with a ton of dark malts and a bunch of bourbon. There is bunch of dark fruit. There is a subtle vanilla in the background. I got dark malt and fruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation with a medium body. Leaves a film on the palatte.

Drinkability: I would have this again if it wasn't a sour bottle. I recommend this to someone seeking a solid stout but with all the bottle variability it is tough.

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Churchill's Finest Hour 2010 from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 37 ratings