stephenj007 (103) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! This is a wonderful porter....Dark as old oil in the glass, nice tan head. Very forward aromas of chocolate, (oak?)-roasted malts, vanilla and fine bourbon. Surprisingly, not much in the aromas of tobacco or coffee like many porters. Tastes are mild, bitter hops, and hints of sweet from the malt sugars. Great mouthfeel, a bit of fizzy carbonation. Very smooth, warming finish.
Overall, very drinkable and enjoyable after a great meal.
SPDickerman (826) - Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Smells of chocolate, roasted barley, and bourbon vanilla oak. Taste is bourbon, and hints of coffee. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Full Sail Top Sail Imperial Porter finishes with a sweet bourbon kick.
jhamp9 (878) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a nice khaki head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, and molasses. Taste is molasses, vanilla, wood, bourbon, some chocolate and a bit of fruit. Caramel aftertaste. Very good.
michaelinwa (534) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with minimal head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, wood, roasted malt. Bourbon is surprisingly dominant. Carbonation is soft. Significant bitterness. Odd sourness in the middle. Finish is somewhat bitter with a harsh note. Body is thin. Somehow this just does not come together. Seems like the bourbon is too prominent, the sour note doesnít belong, the bitterness is harsh or out of place. Was hoping this brewer would surprise me, but it has not.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.
4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of light brown, frothy/creamy head. Retention is pretty good given the ABV and a good sized ring of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Bourbon heavy to the point that I canít really smell the base beer aside from some roast and maybe some chocolate. Otherwise, the bourbon is leathery and earthy with plenty of vanilla. Light apple fruitiness. Smells good, I just wish I could get more of the base.
2.0 T: Like the nose, the bourbon rules the taste. Unfortunately, it doesnít taste all that great. Itís pretty much just watered down bourbon. Roast from the porter, but not much else. Bourbon and barrel give leather, apple, earth, vanilla, and oak, but none of these flavors are satisfying given their intensity.
2.0 M: Medium body. Too thin for what this should be. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess big time.
2.0 D: Perhaps my scores are a bit harsh, but after you get past the nose, this beer is wholely unsatisfying. Very little upside to this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-08-2012 18:08:48
Ataraxia (234) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky deep brown with a thick chocolate head. Huge bourbon aroma, along with thick roasted malts, syrupy chocolate, and treacle. Surprisingly light for an imperial porter on the palate. Smooth and lightly carbonated. Alcohol is well masked by sour tones from the bourbon taste. A little disappointed with the simplicity of the flavor after smelling it, and hearing a coworker buy 2 cases of this because he liked it so much.
Marsiblursi (2963) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle) Pours black with nougat to pale brown head. The aroma holds alcohol (way to much) and roast up front with undertones of subtle oak/bourbon (dill, vanilla, coconut), roasted vegetables, earth and asphalt. The mouthfeel is light sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic with touch much alcohol, bourbon/oak, roast, some caramel, touch of fruits and a whisper of hops. The mouthfeel is round and numbing with a light carbonation. Alcohol on the finish. Near medium bodied.
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours pitch black with a creamy light brown head leaving small laces. Aroma is fruity vanilla distinct bourbon a bit boozy and dill. Flavor is velvety smooth but also a bit thin, acidy sweet vanilla in front, fruity apples slightly bitter and boozy from middle, ending dryish vanilla bitter and roasted. Finishes watery acidy bitter roasted. Too much booze character, barely abt roastyness and way too thin fir an Imperial Porter.
MikeJslc (629) - USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, persistent brown head. Aroma showcases bourbon barrel. Also licorice, burnt sugar, toffee, some dark fruit. Flavor of licorice, cola, toffee, some graininess to the malt, dark fruit, and obvious bourbon barrel character. Warming alcohol.
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Fatehunter (965) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Black as night. Only the smallest tan head formed.
Smell: There is a lot going on in here: toffee, coffee, brown sugar and rich malt. Overall a rich scent that can get too much for me, but still impressive.
Taste: Sweet malt, toffee and alcohol, . Long lasting aftertaste of alcohol. Unfortunately the alcohol dominates the taste.
Heavy body, almost syrupy and silky smooth. Low carbonation. For awhile after, my mouth had that hot alcohol feel in it.
Share it with friends. 22 oz is a lot in one sitting. This is perfect for sipping over a couple hours in front of the fireplace on a cold day. I could go without the heavy aftertaste, but that seems to be par for this style.