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RATINGS: 402   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Black body with a small tan head, fading. The nose is sweet chocolate, buttery bourbon, ash and molasses. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Medium/full body is round and a bit chalky with moderate carbonation and a rough, warming finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
22oz bottle, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a murky, dark chocolate color; thin khaki head with patchy lacing. Strong bourbon presence in the aroma: burnt / charred wood character, some toasty vanilla, and plenty of dark chocolate; generous and pleasant, if slightly overly ashy and charred. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: strongly roasted / burnt malts, bitter chocolate, warming bourbon-infused wood; the bourbon character is somewhat subdued, and certainly doesnít have the depth of some of the best barrel-aged beers (BA Alesmiths, Older Viscosity, etc.). Lengthy finish shows toasty malts, cardboard and cereal, with some lingering bourbony/wood warmth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 EBF 2008 and a year old bottle from Duck Island in Seattle. This is very nice. It actually tastes like an even more drinkable BCS. Nice smooth oak-whiskey quality added to a very dark and coffee heavy porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Dark brown body with some lighter brown hues at the edges, and a dark tan/brown head. Nose is ashy and buttery bourbon and chocolate, while the flavor is bright bourbon at first (when cold), before turning more towards the ashy, bitter bakerís chocolate and light bourbon with some fudge thrown in for kicks. Flavor is ashy chocolate (thereís a lot of that), light buttered bourbon, a bit chalky as well, and overall itís really good but not stellar - rich, decadent, and savory, but maybe a bit too ashy and chalky overall. Not a bad beer by any means - really tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - MAR 6, 2008
Draft. On cask. Poured a rich dark brown with brown head. Nice lacing. The nose is dominated by bourbon with notes of toffee and chocolate. The taste is also dominated by bourbon with semi-fruity finish. The finish is a bit harsh and gives me the chills. I donít prefer goose-bumps while drinking beer. Very complex but getting towards the undrinkable state.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2008 bottle shared at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop....poured al most black with reddish brown hues towards the edges. topped off with a nice thick tan head.... enticing aroma of bourbon (but not too much so), chocolate, molasses, and was generally came together really well. the barrel-aging did not totally overwhelm the other qualities in the nose.... a very smooth flavor, bourbon and strong chocolate notes, a little boozy, and not too full of a body.....i might like this one just a little more than my score indicates but everyone should try this at some point.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pantanap brought this gem to the PP bottle shop on his visit to San Diego. Wow, what a real treat. Huge thanks Kan! Some bourbon in the aroma/taste. Mellowed to perfection from the barrel aging. Leans to the sweet side (which I like). Delicious. Heavy body. Microfoam head. Malty aroma. Again, very delicious. Yum.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2008
22oz bottle from my man JW77. Interesting. Quite vinous on the nose. Notes of rum soaked figs and plums. Huge bourbon presence. Some charred wet wood. Roasted vanilla bean and alcohol. Pours a silky near opaque brown with a nice lasting thick khaki head leaving excellent lacing. Dark bittersweet chocolate at first on the tongue. Lightly roasted malt, milk chocolate, more wet wood, alcohol. Good, but really lacking some oomph. Flavor starts out quite nice, but really lacks from midpalate back. Virtually no finish. Velvety on the tongue. Minimal carbonation. The mouthfeel really redeems this overrated beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2008
22oz. bomber. You know this came out of bourbon barrels right on the pour. Not much foam, but a nice tight lace down the glass. Rich, whiskey, dark fruit aroma with just a little wood. Smooth, dry, lightly semi-sweet chocolate flavor was a surprise. I was expecting a syrupy brew (which can be nice as well) and the lack of sap really leads you to explore the flavor more completely. Though my experience with the bourbon barrel beers is still limited, this is the best of them Iíve had so far. Magnificent stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1871) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Aroma is rich with the scent of dried fruit and bourbon. Color is solid black with light carbonation and just a thin ring of tight tiny bubbles around the edge. Taste is rich, sweet and oaky. Starting with a full rich body it goes down a little sharp with a sweet feel. Finish is full of flavor with a robust dried fruit (figs and a little plum) flavor, a bourbon/oak and a deep roasted malt flavor. After taste comes in sweet with an alcohol feel, then turns to a bitterness that leaves you with a dry feel. Its like a Barley Wine with a touch of bourbon. This is one amazing brew and I would love to get more.


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