Churchill's Finest Hour (2011)
Port Brewing

Churchill's Finest Hour (2011)Churchill's Finest Hour (2011)
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Port Brewing
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.36 | pDev: 7.8%
Jan 01, 2019
Mar 09, 2011
Churchill's Finest Hour (2011)Churchill's Finest Hour (2011)
Notes: Silver Wax
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4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

When did we drink this one? March Madness 2015? Right out the gate, the best thing about this compared to other Lost Abbey/Port brews is that it is fully carbonated. None of that not even plausible deniability 'dUrR iT iS sUpPoSsEd tO b tHaT wAy' excuses, just finally, a properly carbonated barrel aged stout from these guys.

Pours black, good tan head 3/5" deep. Good no frills bourbon aroma and roasted malt. I think this is a blend of a few of their products, but I like how there isn't a cardboard like presence to the aroma, just all neat and tight. A lighter current of caramel underneath it, not bitter, not hoppy, not overly roasted, just bourbon and caramel for the most part. Its not as roasty as the Santa's Little Helper barrel aged beer that no doubt makes up part of this blend, I think there might be some Serpent's Stout and Deliverance in this one as well. The 11% abv is there, but it isn't problematic.

Its a good beer, but I don't ever plan on going to one of these shitshow one day only events, especially now that there are multiple world class barrel aged stouts that sit on shelves at my grocery store practically year round now.

Jan 01, 2019
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4 by dvsbizzyb from California on Sep 11, 2013
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4 by aasher from Indiana on Jul 05, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

Served on-draught at the 2013 Churchill's Finest Hour release at Churchill's pub. Reviewed side by side with the 2012 vintage. The pub was crowded and I reviewed while standing, so I couldn't go into as much detail as I usually like to in my reviews. Reviewed from notes.

Vessel was a 4 oz taster glass.

A: Pours no head whatsoever. Body colour is an opaque nontransparent dark solid black. There's a khaki colour floater ring about the edges of the glass.

Rich and inviting. Vibrant, silky, and attractive. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Apt for the style.

Sm: Licorice, dark malts, chocolate. Refined caramel. Lovely and appealing. A bit of alcohol/warmth. No yeast character comes through. Hop character is minimal. A moderate strength aroma. Aroma is better than that of the 2012 vintage.

T/Mf: A bit of smooth vanilla. Chocolate and dark malts. Rich caramel. Delightfully subtle. Not as boozy as the 2012 vintage. I also don't get the licorice/anise of the 2012. Very tasty. Coarsens and dries right on the finish to encourage the next sip. Balanced and enjoyable. Complex and full-bodied. There's a lot going on here. It does get a bit too dry, even taking on a vinous scratchy quality. The chocolate notes are lovely.

Smooth and wet. Lighter on the palate than the 2012. Unrefreshing, but enjoyable. Suits the flavours well. Good palate presence. Perfect carbonation.

Dr: Quite drinkable. I think the age has mellowed it out; the alcohol is quite restrained compared to the 2012 vintage. More drinkable than the 2012. I quite fancy it. It's a nice little sipper, and I imagine it would pair well with cigars. I prefer this to the 2012 vintage. I'd like to revisit it in a better environment to really review to the degree of depth it deserves. Another success from Port.


Jun 12, 2013
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4 by StarRaptor from California on Mar 05, 2013
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4.75 by Gobzilla from California on Mar 03, 2013
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4.5 by mindfuldave from New Jersey on Feb 24, 2013
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5 by 3Hops from Minnesota on May 13, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by FosterJM from California

1273rd Review on BA
Bottle to CCB snifter
22oz Silver Wax

2011 Vintage

App- Bordering on a dark black, it had a multi-faceted brown color with a great density and sheen. A very nice head formed and was a bit puffy in nature. Good cling.

Smell- It was a nice stout with good aromatics, just a tad ashy for me. The oak was there with some grain and a little booze but much to much ash and char.

Taste- I enjoyed the beer. It was full of layers of dark roast and a bit of coffee. I didnt get much from the oak in terms of vanilla but had a good maltbackbone as well. The chocolate is the most prevalant note with a earthy woodchip flavor.

Mouth- A full medium body with a low medium carbonation. A bit creamy with a large bourbon aftertaste of booze.

Drink- A nice blend and collaboration. The barrel notes are large and tasty. Not overpowering but that ash just creeps up on ya.

May 11, 2012
4.5 by BdubleEdubleRUN from California on May 07, 2012
4.5 by imperialking from Illinois on Apr 03, 2012
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