Churchill's Finest Hour 2011 | Port Brewing

Churchill's Finest Hour 2011Churchill's Finest Hour 2011
BA SCORE
95.5%
Liked This Beer
4.36 w/ 88 ratings
Churchill's Finest Hour 2011Churchill's Finest Hour 2011
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States
portbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Silver Wax

Added by HopHead84 on 03-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
88
Liked:
84
Avg:
4.36/5
pDev:
8.03%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
234
Gots:
24
Trade:
1
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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.

B+

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Churchill's Finest Hour 2011 from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 95.5% out of 100 with 88 ratings
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