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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pdx77 (1329) - Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2012
On draught at Roscoe’s Holiday Summit. Aged 2010 vintage. Deep dark chocolate and Bourbon flavors. Rich and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (782) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
22oz Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown almost black with an average (1-2 finger) medium brown creamy head that had great retention, eventually reducing to a thick puddled film and large collar, which in turn created some really awesome full sheets of lacing. The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt, mild resin hops and a bold leathery yeast along with notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, a bit of oak cask and a decent hint of bourbon. The taste was a roasty and malty with a nice chocolate sweetness from the beginning, slowly progressing with a slight coffee bitterness and a mild woody alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a decently long time following the swallow, with a nice roasty alcohol warming sensation lingering on. Mouthfeel was quite a few steps beyond medium in body with a oily and slightly dry texture and a soft carbonation. Overall this brew settled very nicely on the taste buds, allowing for a nice robust mocha coffee taste to take hold, which just left you wanting more while doing a great job of concealing the high ABV...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1525) - Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on November 24th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark opaque with light red head.
Aroma: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, decent amount of bourbon.
Taste: Light bitterness, bourbon, faint roast, some chocolate.
Palate:Medium body.

Summary: Bourbon isn’t really my thing, but there was a solid balance in this one. Nice to try this and the regular imperial porter back to back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Had this one right after the regular version. Roast and nuttyness is repalced by booze, chocolate, and vanilla. Much stronger nose, thicker body. Good, but not great, as barrel-aged variants go it was average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3480) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark brown with a tan head that diminishes rather quickly to nothing. The aroma is oak roast and bourbon. Thin mouthfeel with a strong chocolate and roast with oak and nice lingering light smoke finish. A good Imperial porter from Full Sail.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gregner (11) - Cedar Park, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Appearance - Black with ample tan head that fades quickly Aroma- Predominantly woody with alcohol and subtle notes of roast malt, chocolate, and bourbon Taste - roasted malt, oak, alcohol, bourbon, some acidity, bitterness seems a bit overbalanced in relation to malty sweetness Palate- somewhat thin, moderate carbonation, a bit too much alcohol warmth Overall - An OK beer, but was expecting more; could use a more substantial mouthfeel and a bit more sweetness to offset bitterness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crispy34 (374) - Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Bomber bottle. The aroma is very woody. Bourbon is also present with dark malt. The appearance is gorgeous. Black with a tan head. The taste is very oakey. I get more wood out of the flavor, than I do bourbon. The flavor starts out woody and bourbon and finishes of dark malt. The palate is good for such a high abv. Overall, this beer is good, but I have had better bourbon aged. I would buy it again, however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (717) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2012
From notes - sample pour of deep dark brown with a tan head. Nose up front was booze and bourbon, sweet rich malts. Thick with rich caramel.. almost chewy. Flavor was boozy as well, with sweet toasty malts, caramel, sugary malts and bourbon. Medium body, but I found myself wanting more outta that... Overall, pleasant and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Served at denver rare beer tasting 2012. Tons of bourbon on the nose. Dark black. Bitter. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
2009 bottle. Held up better than I thought it would. Pours dark and black with a small brown head. Nose is lots of vanilla and whiskey, chocolate and molasses. Taste is very sweet but has a great bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great. Time smoothed this one over. Silky and smoove with a heavy body and a long finish. Wow. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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