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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4082) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Side by side with the Black Gold Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel aged) and this was the clear loser. There was too much bourbon and it was too sweet for my taste. I may have been mistaken but I got a hint of celery from the aroma. Still good, but not great. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2014
bomber, this one is NICE, bourbn brownie batter, that firestone walker type barrel treatment, rich and creamy. NICE

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2014
2010 bottle. Incredible decadent, sweet nose of smooth bourbon-soaked raisins, dark chocolate, dark cherry, toffee, and sherry oxidation notes. Pours a light black with a shallow dark tan head. Sadly, the taste is quite thin with light milk chocolate, muted bourbon, slight roasted dark malt, a brief hint of alcohol heat, vanilla coffee creamer, and a mellow, woody finish. The body is a bit watery for a porter with a bit of a chalky mouthful. I had high hopes for this one after such a great aroma, but perhaps the bottle is just too old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5292) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1851) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plovmand (7878) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7404) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1112) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, 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.

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