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RATINGS: 409   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (800) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (1096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2016
2010 bomber. I think Stefan left it here. At home on a Sat while waiting for Taylor to get ready so we can go out to a concert in Dallas. Pours flat black. Around is weak toasted charred malt and dark grains. mouthfeel is silky coating the palate with a delicious dark bourbon coco. I like a lot, it has some complex tasty notes. slight oxidation on the back end, but very minimal. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (2074) - 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 (5472) - 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 (12371) - 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 (6189) - 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. Canít figure out why itís a porter instead of a stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WABeerFiend (377) - - 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 (2097) - 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 (16006) - 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 (5882) - 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.

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