Churchill's Finest Hour 2012
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American Imperial Stout
4.56 | pDev: 7.68%
Port Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Churchill's Finest Hour 2012Churchill's Finest Hour 2012
Notes: Each Churchill's Finest Hour release is a unique blend of various Port Brewing barrel-aged stouts. Copper wax.
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing, Shane.

Pours black in color with a khaki head. Nose of whiskey, vanilla, oak, and roast. Very heavy on the chocolate notes. Fudge, cocoa, and dark chocolate are quite strong in this. Slightly sweet on the palate with heavy dark chocolate character. Oak, whiskey, and a touch of vanilla. Some molasses and burnt sugar give most of the sweetness. Definitely some coffee and a moderate roast quality. Very nice.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black, thick, heavy looking body with a very small light brown cap atop. This leaves some small dots of lace down the glass.

As with last year's version of this beer, the best aroma is present at room temperature. The nose is a wonderful combination of earthy sweetness, whiskey, and wood. The sweet consists of brown sugar, molasses, some dark chocolates, and then comes the warming, comforting, familiar notes of barrel and bourbon.

Layers of flavor develop throughout the sip. Initially, the bourbon flavors are strong and stinging, mellowing out to reveal vanilla, oak, and chocolate. Very, very nice.

Medium to full bodied and ample carbonation.

Incredible, though I prefer the 2011 just slightly (at this point). With some age, this may become a world-beater.

Edit 5/14/2012: After having tried this beer a half-dozen times, and side-by-side with the 2011 on 3 different occasions, I'm more than willing to pronounce this the better vintage. This is extraordinarily smooth, integrated, and delicious. The best Finest Hour yet.

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4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

651mL copper wax 2012 ed thanks to Emily! Pours deep black. Medium, spritzy reddish head. Awesome savory, tawny bourbon nose: malted milk balls, rendered fat, smokey bacon, dried guajillo pepper. Wow. Taste is lighter than Serpents Stout, tangy, rich dark chocolate, butter, lactic semisweet chocolate, cocoa butter. Palate is not sticky sweet or even dense- very fluffy and light with mega cocoa butter. Awesome. One of the best barrel characters I’ve experienced. Classic. 11/8/2012 9/4/8/5/17=4.3

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle at Armsby Abbey's Stoutfest in April. Poured into a tulip glass. Had to power thru a KBS to make sure I didn't lose the opportunity to try this one.

A - Pours a super clear dark brown color. Not much for a head - just a low mocha collar that leaves behind faint traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Booze, molasses and brown sugar. Light smokiness, vanilla with sweet caramel and toffee. This even smells thick.

T - Super smooth beer. Lots of vanilla, firm booziness/bourbon, brown sugar and molasses, smoky malt, some chocolate. A bit candy-like, dessert beer. Could sit with this one for a long time and enjoy every minute.

M - Very thick and full bodied. Low carbonation, but works perfectly here. Extremely smooth. Sweet with a mild alcohol warmth and low smokiness.

O - This one definitely lives up to the hype it gets. Very glad to have the opportunity to try this. One of the best BA stouts I have had - definitely in my top 5.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Inky black. Good bit of a khaki head. Decent retention.

Smell - Wow. Booze, bourbon, and barrel. Rich roasted character. Vanilla and oak all over, but the stout comes through nicely. Awesome, but boozy.

Taste - Bourbon is less intense, but the barrel is more intense. Vanilla and oak. Someone said, "Peanuts," and for a brief moment, I agree. Rich chocolate malts. Slight dark fruit/licorice character. Great flavors. Maybe a little astringent.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly dry. That might be the Older Viscosity in this. Boozy, but a nice feel. Well carbonated and not tremendously heavy for what it is.

Overall - Really impressive. Dry and a little astringent, but otherwise damn near perfect barreling of a great stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip, cheers mattsander for opening this bad boy

A black with a deep cola edge, not much for head or lace but not the biggest pour so take it with a grain of salt I suppose

S fortified wine, a little smoke, fudge, vanilla, oak, a little booze, bruised dark fruit and faint molasses, smells rich

T great but different, roasts darker, some black strap, a little licorice, lots of barrel but I can't pinpoint, some espresso and chocolate covered raisins, burnt brown sugar rounds things out

M thick and a little sticky on the lips but slick on the palate, some heat but not much, a little burnt wood on the finish and it numbs the lip just a tad

O great stuff, lots of barrel, the booze is mellow, smells and tastes awesome, perhaps the highlight of the night and considering what we drank that says something

one of those beers that I'm just glad I got to try and the fact that it kicked ass is just a minor detail, thanks again Matt

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4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample at DLD 2012. Thanks to Joe!

A - Pours black, mocha head, spotty lace.

S - Chocolate, smooth booze, brownies, light oak, burnt sugars and some roast. Really well-done and spot-on barrel aging with this stout. It's just simply "on" right now.

T - Drinks like it smells. Chocolate brownies, oak, smooth booze, and light roast. Alcohol is well-integrated and smooth for how young this beer is. Finish is roasted dark chocolate.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - I need more of this sample wasn't enough for me. Looks like I'll have to trade for a bottle here soon, because it's too good not to have again. This is the best example I've had fresh out of the 3 years, IMO.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into taster - thanks pat

Pours an inky blacked out color with a slight darkly tanned head resting on top. Fades out completely, leaving a few traces of lacing on the glass.

Heavy, intense and rich in the nose - driven by oaky bourbon, sweet vanilla beans, and roasted dark malts. Complex and intoxicating, it took me about 5 minutes before I could even take a sip. Boozy warmth with hints of syrupy sweetness and raisin.

Plenty of boozy warmth up front, but tempered by pleasant dark chocolate and bourbon soaked vanilla. Soft oaky char with raisin and roasted dark malts. Continuing layers of malt throughout the backbone, dotted with hints of caramel and more chocolate. Boozy and sweet on the finish.

Fuller body, milder carbonation, sticky and smooth on the tongue. Similar to the 2011 release, this is a wonderfully rich and complex beer which had me thinking and marveling for quite some time. It's definitely boozy and sweet, but lands near-perfectly on the line before crossing into the harsh and cloying category.

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

CFH Release 2/3/12

A: Black as black can be with a thin lace of foam at the crest.
S:Tons of chocolate and very roasty. I got a faint coffee waft from this but not overpowering.
T: Again very heavy chocolate and a good roasting flavor. Very good balance between the barrel and the beer.
M:Light and playful, was a very easy beer to drink.

O: Way better than both bottles I've had of CFH '11. Open em now or wait a few years, either way this batch is phenomenal.

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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