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RATINGS: 398   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


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ataraxia (369) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2012
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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (86) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bourbon and roast up front, made you want to dive in right away, thin tan head. Taste coffe bourbon and slight malt. Wonderful brew

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (2160) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Lots of bourbon barrel and alcohol right up front, definite winter warmer material, not as smooth as Boulevard Barrel aged quad tried in same session. Pours near black, minimal head, aroma of alcohol and peat. Taste is sharp and biting right from the get go, a true sipper....

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5412) - Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2014
22oz bottle in 2012 from notes. Pours dark brown to black with a small fizzy beige head that doesn’t last. The aroma and flavor had chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and woody notes and hints of dark fruits. Not as big in body or mouth feel as I might have expected. Decent sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (172) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 22, 2014
Bottle. Black body, big, fine head the color of a brown paper bag. Aroma bourbon, molasses, soy sauce, dried plum. Flavor soy sauce, molasses, bourbon, oak, vanilla, black licorice, sour plum, coffee. Body smooth, nice viscosity, but not syrupy, fine, understated carbonation. This is very close to perfect for me. I love the dark, fruity imperials, but this is just a touch too acidic, and I wish it were a touch roastier and maltier.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (689) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2014
2012 bomber from the cellar, served in a tulip. Pours a deep blackish brown, slightly watery, with thin oily brown head. Aroma is darkly roasted chocolate malt, big sweet boozy bourbon, dry oak, and bready milk chocolate. Taste is sweet dark malt, lighter roast notes, high carbonation, and quite thin body. Some harsh dark chocolate, cola, and bitter hop notes on the end. Falls apart on the finish as the thin body and somewhat flabby malts don’t really come together cleanly. In spite of all the rich flavors, very drinkable and easily comes across as lower than 9.5% Shares some of the flaws of its stout sibling - the bourbon is huge and impressive on the nose but really disappears in the taste. That said, the stout help up together better than this. In spite of some sizable flaws, this a tasty beer and I’d drink again. Helps to love bourbon.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1437) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bomber. Pours a dark black color with no head. Nose is upfront whiskey, followed by fruity, mostly cherry chocolate.....cannot miss the bourbon ! Taste is warm whiskey, alcohol and fruity chocolate. Drinks very smoothly. Finishes on the same tasting notes, with a moderately long warm finish. Quaff Score 9 / 10

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1392) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pours black with a brown head and strong aroma of bourbon, and wood. Taste is strong bourbon throughout, with roasted malt, wood, vanilla, oak and alcohol leading to a warming, bourbon finish. Delicious bourbon aged beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (1831) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle. This is a nice medium roast porter with an accessible level of bourbon layered on top. The sweetness and oakiness really balance this out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3671) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2014
bomber, this one is NICE, bourbn brownie batter, that firestone walker type barrel treatment, rich and creamy. NICE


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