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RATINGS: 408   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (2051) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (2056) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2016
2011 bomber and it aged nicely. poured a dark brown with tan head. the initial aroma is of bourbon and roasted malts. this was a full bodied porter with a nice roasted malt flavor and lots of bourbon. very smooth on the tongue. alcohol hidden nicely. this was super delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (5419) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2015
Bottle @ home. Black colour with a small beige head. Smells chocolate, roasty, sweet, bourbon, wood. Tastes bourbon, almond, vanilla, roasty, coffee, chocolate, whisky. Lovely taste. Medium body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (12187) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2015
Bottle [no doubt from trade but I completely forgot from whom I got this, thanks though!] @ home. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized light brown colored head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, quite strongly bourbon, some vanilla, lightly roasted malts. Taste malts, lightly roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, oak/wood lightly, lightly metallic, moderately bitter initially, nice firm bitterness in the finish. Texture-wise a bit thinner than I had expected and hoped, body is decent, carbonation is average to medium. Hmm decent beer, but not as good as I had hoped it would be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6003) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle from 2012. Pours opaque black, medium creamy brown head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak. Flavor is medium sweet, and light bitter, lots of bourbon, even more oak. Some woody astringency. Medium body, high carbonation. One of the woodiest beers i have tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Tastes of prunes and a sundry other dried fruits. Also chocolate and coffee. Good beer. Can’t figure out why it’s a porter instead of a stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WABeerFiend (376) - - JAN 18, 2015
2012 edition. Poured from a bomber into a beer can glass on 09.07.14. A: Chocolate pie, vanilla, and dark fruit. It smells very well balanced. A: 1/2 finger brown fizzy head which quickly recedes. Midnight black body with no red. T: Chocolate pie, vanilla, and dark fruit dominate. Oak is subtle. P: Creamy. A bit bubbly but it feels nice on the tongue. O: Full Sail does an excellent job with balance. This one continues the trend. Chocolate hits first, then vanilla, with dark fruit on the back end. The alcohol is completely hidden. Granted, the ABV is only 9.5% but I expected to feel it more than I did in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (2060) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours opaque black with thin light tan head. Nose sweeter malt, Bourbon barrel, and slight earthy, some vanilla. Taste sweeter malt up front, then mid palate barrel and vanilla. Late palate the roast, coffee, and chocolate shows up. Lighter roasted chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (15550) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Keg at APEX, PDX, 09/11/14. Black with a decent tan covering. Nose is chocolate, spice, coconut shavings, spoce, rich fruit loaf, subtle bourbon. Taste comprises rich dark fructis notes, light boozey overture, Red wrapper Bounty Bar, spice, dark malt,light BA woodness. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent impy affair, good balance, never gets too hot or sweet, well tempered bitter sweet levels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5844) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2014
This was odd. The bourbon seemed to fade, and there were a lot of red wine flavors. Nice hint of vanilla and coffee, plus some alcohol flavors. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (8991) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"falls a little short only because there are so many super barrel aged dark beers on the mrket these days. this was good, but not among the best, and not worth $10 IMO. maybe a little more time in the bottle? the beer aspects from the IP (which i like better than this) are overpowered by the bourbon, and the body is medium to full, but not as smooth as, say, a bourbon county. the aroma was not what i’d hoped. the flavor of bourbon and chocolate nice. "

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