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RATINGS: 394   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Pours thick and next to black w/ a solid two finger head. Superb head retention reducing to a full canopy and a fluffy ring. Aromas of earth, chocolate, vanilla bean, wet rocks, and roasted chestnuts. Full, thick, and viscous nectar w/ good carbonation that produces a milky, creamy texture. Massive roasted malts. Chunky chewy black chocolate smothered in Kentucky Bourbon. This thing kicks up a distinctly defined Bourbon flavor that rushes forward right behind the chocolate. Iíve had this kind of stuff before and I have to tell you, this is the frst to exhibit true flavor from the barrel. Fresh evergreen, toasted waffers, just mildly sweet. The finish is long and satsfying like a steak and egg burrito in the morning. Give me another mamí!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2008
22 oz bottle via Rothís. Pours midnight black with a tiny tan head that leaves a ton of spidery lace.. Nose is oak, smoke, bourbon. Mmmmm this is yummy....starts with the chocolate, then some roasted coffee, roasted barley, bourbon, molasses, dark currants, and finishes with a subtle yet enduring oak that lingers for a nice long while into the aftertaste. Body is medium, carbonation is low. This is a world class late night sippers delight

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blackbear (9) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2010 does not count
Devine beer, black and sooty with fantastic Makers Bourbon notes. Lasts like a grand organic coffee with complexity. Delicious and worth the aging. Age longer longer!

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!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2009
I have been anticipating this since I saw it on the Full Sail Brewmasterís Reserve calendar for 08. I was expecting a blast of bourbon when I sniffed the open bottle but I got a nice surprising aroma. Very subtle bourbon, chocolate,vanilla, oaky complex aroma. Of course it is black and the light brown head quickly dissipated into a thin bubbly film. Wow, the taste is really, really good. It has nice bourbon flavors (but not strong), vanilla, and a real woody finish without a hint of the alcohol until hit hits your stomach and starts spreading the warmth. This is a really nice way to improve a porter that was already pretty darn good. This also tastes completely different than the regular Top Sail I was drinking last year and it also costs twice as much but if you see it, buy one. I thought the bourbon-barrel aged black gold was a bourbon-bomb (back in 06) so I was impressed by how subtle this beer was which made it easy to drink. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-11-2008 02:50:01

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BCMike22 (80) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Poured into snifter glass. Smells chocolaty. No light is passing through this glass, thatís for damn sure. Smell alcohol in the second whiff. Unbelievably smooth. Malt just flows. You can taste the distinctive cask flavor, but itís far from overpowering. You could smell the alcohol, but you really canít taste it. Just a delicious bree.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
timfoolery (1123) - California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 Bottle from Market of Choice in Ashland, OR. This brew was outstanding! It mimiced a quality Cabernet and had the alcohol content to boot. This beer was full-flavored and satisfying. Itís a definite re-buy, if I get the chance... (a month later) I had a dream about this one last night...

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8540) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2008
OMG this is an amazing beer. Black pour with a brownish head. Aroma is chocolate and a hint of bourbon...flavor is ALL chocolate and bourbon...oh my oh my oh my what a beer...wow. seriously amazing. I need more of this and NOW!!!!!!!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tower (9) - USA - JUL 16, 2010 does not count
Not a beer for the faint hearted. This is what a strong imperial is all about. The bourbon aging process imparts a taste akin to a whiskey(w/out the nasty charcoal aftertaste). Itís a smooth beer with a great aroma definitely a must try.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Appearance: solid black with a khaki/tan collar. Swirls with espresso crema hued spots and a thin puddly film of the same color.
Nose: chocolate truffles, bourbon, and vanilla. Chewy caramel nougat, chocolate covered cherries, fudge thick and rich. Chocolate truffle powder dusting. Bourbon esters abound with wood, vanilla, and gentle warmth.
Palate: first impressions leave me quite pleased at the balance of weight, mouthfeel, and texture; she is an imperial porter and not an imperial stout after all (even though the line of difference is often quite blurred). Melted chocolates, caramel nougat, vanilla fudge, caramel truffles coated in chocolate powder. Dry brittle burnt finish; espresso beans and wood burnt black as ash. Caramel coats the lips. Each quaff glides effortlessly across tastebuds. Warmth settles quickly yet gently in the chest and a touch in the throat. Hint of ash in the breath. Wood, vanilla, and spice mingle.
Final Thoughts: wow. While Full Sail has a small line of decent regular beers, it is in their Top Sail limited releases that this brewery truly shines. But thatís also the beauty of it; one can both session a beer from Full Sail and one can contemplate and wax poetic over another one. The best of both worlds, if I do say so myselfÖand I do.


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