Churchill's Finest Hour 2011 | Port Brewing

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4.36/5
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Churchill's Finest Hour 2011Churchill's Finest Hour 2011
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Silver Wax

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
89
pDev:
7.8%
 
 
Wants:
234
Gots:
24
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 36
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4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.84/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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Churchill's Finest Hour 2011 from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 89 ratings