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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
bytemesis (9489) - 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.

3.6
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.

4.4
WABeerFiend (426) - - 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.

3.8
drsordr (2925) - 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.

3.7
Theydon_Bois (21425) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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.

3.6
Suttree (6537) - 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.

3.7
slowrunner77 (13204) - 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. "

5
Ionlyrate5s (103) - 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
stevoj (5867) - 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
alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, 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.


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