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RATINGS: 397   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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After its initial release in February 2009, Top Sail was aged for about 10 months in bourbon casks from Kentucky. This extended aging presents aromas of oak, coconut and bourbon. Deep chocolate flavors warm to a full-bodied beer. Deep black in color, Top Sail Bourbon Aged Imperial Porter has a roasty malt flavor that is immensely drinkable and smooth. Very limited availability in 22oz. bottles and draught. ABV 9.85% IBU 65


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3939) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 7, 2014
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some light bourbon and oak, a little chocolate and coffee, some dough, and some weird dark fruit notes. Flavor the same with the fruits not helping this beer. Average to smooth texture. A decent beer but could be way better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2261) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4/29/2012. From a 22 oz. bomber. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, oak and spices. Malt flavors with oak, caramel and chocolate. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (909) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2013
This was quite different. The aroma was strong bourbon and oak. The color was a nice and very dark with a brown head. The palate was sharp and dry and of average weight. Much different than what I expected. Bourbon sweetness was upfront followed by a strong malty porter taste, roasted. Hops were hidden. The finish was dry and woody. Interesting beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plovmand (6480) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours jet black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is bourbon, chocolate, roast, licorice and coffee. The flavor contains notes of oak, vanilla, roast, alcohol, chocolate and light coffee. Great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5540) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Albany, Ga - Warehouse Package Store - 22 oz bomber. Inky black pour with a creamy khaki-colored head that clings to the edge of the glass. Aroma is that of bourbon, creosote and soy sauce. Flavor is full bodied and bold with heavy doses of bourbon, some chocolate notes, a bit of molasses and dates and some back end soy sauce notes. Not quite cloying....but n the neighborhood near the bottom of the bomber. thick sticky mouthfeel. Not the hugest bourbon barrel aged fan - but this one drank pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1049) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle from the cellar. Pours black with big, tan head, dissipating to a rimming, creamy film. Nose is bourbon, coffee, cherries and raisin. A bit thin, lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak and fruit, alcohol at the end into the after with a mild roast character that seems muted by the bourbon. Hop bitterness and some astringency comes through as it opens up, Nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

Natifest ’10

8/07/2010: Full Sail Brewmaster Reserve 2012 - Top Sail Bourbon Imperial Porter... Aroma: Silky vanilla and oak, semi-sweet chocolate. Appearance: Black pour, opaque; tan-colored crown. Flavor: Smooth, rich vanilla; calm bourbon; chocolate; alcohol. Palate: Medium-full body; smooth with lots of carbonation; not overly heavy. Overall: Very good.

1 pt 6 fluid ounce bottle (Alc. 9.85% by Vol.). Rating #381 for this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Pitch black body with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet chocolate chips and liquid chocolate syrup. Notes of vanilla and bourbon. The flavor is bourbon and cherry with chocolate. The palate is medium full bodied. Alcohol is well hidden. Not much complexity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (3662) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with a moderate tan head. Nose is heavily bourbon influenced that dominates anything else. Taste is slightly sweet from the bourbon with the roasting coming through. Interesting...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
ericdevin (764) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply, courtesy Phil. 2008 Reserve. Pours very dark with little head. Aroma is lots of booze, bourbon, vanilla, sweetness. Body is thin, finish roasty, chocolaty, warming, just a little bit of woodiness. This beer has aged superbly, and was really a treat.


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