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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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Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Bottle generously donated to csbosox’s tasting (3/7/08) by an absentee mreusch. Thanks a ton, Matt! This was one of the highlights of the night, for me. It pours black with a creamy, tan head that diminishes to a ring around the edge of the glass; nice legs. On the nose are: bourbon, vanilla, dark roasted malt and light chocolate. Medium to full-bodied and creamy, it is silky-soft with a dry roasted finish. The flavor is of bourbon, light vanilla, wood, chocolate and dark malt. This is one tasty and very satisfying brew. If you can get your hands on a bottle, don’t hesitate to do so.

3.8
notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Shared by Dickinson beer (thanks, Paul!) - dark brown beer, amber around the edges - light oak, bourbon, and chocolate malt in the aroma, with light notes of roast, spices, and vanilla - soft carbonation - oak and vanilla are prominent, but the bourbon is quite mild - a bit of spicy alcohol, and some notes of tobacco and slightly burnt wood - quite subdued for a BA beer, which makes it quite enjoyable.

3.7
JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
Bottle shared by dickensonbeer. Dark black beer with a thick brown head. Aroma is quite nice. Sweet and very rich. Loaded with a light salty sweetness, dark chocolate with a soft charry roastiness on the back. There is a bit of caramel sweetness in back and some subtle bourbony character. It’s good, but a bit understated really.

3.7
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Shared, thanks to dickinsonbeer. Black pour with small brown head. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt and some caramel malt, some bourbon. The flavor is burnt malt, bitter chocolate, roasted bitterness, and alcohol.

4
BuckeyeBoy (8853) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2008
On tap at The Front Door Boise. Pours out a almost black topped with a small tan head. A big bourbon aroma and tast. I also picked up some Almond Joy on this. You know Coconuts, vanilla, and chocolate. It still is pretty hot. I have a few bottles to age. I know the BA Black Gold aged very well I hope this turns out to be the same.

3.8
Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Bottle from BlackforestCO. Black and oliy with a small milk chocolate head. a real attractive beer.Aroma was of strong bourban, choclate, and roasted malt. The flavor was the same with creamy milk chocolate bourbon finish. Get much better as it warms up.

3.5
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2008
2008 Bottle 22oz - Viscous pour, very little head. Chocolate and caramel aroma. Dominated by chocolate malt, and tastes more like a scotch barrel age than a bourbon. Very bitter on the end. Definitely more dry than most barrel aged brews, but necessarily in a good way. Drinkable, but for an enjoyable imperial dark, spend the extra dollar and ge yourself an Abyss (if you still can find it).

3.8
kramer (6975) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
22 oz bottle, via thooper41. Pours a black body under a 1cm fizzy mocha brown head that slowly subsided to a thin covering. The nose is equal parts bourbon, oak, and Porter. A little vanilla and char, and minimal alcohol for 10%. The flavor is a little more bourbon forward, but also alot more of the vanilla too. Some burnt notes, coffee, tar, moderate alcohol, a little sweet on the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a little oily and clingy. Moderate fizzy soft carbonation. Long lingering bourbon finish. Overall, pretty nice, very on par with their Bourbon Barrel Black Gold. You know that it’s a BA beer, but it’s more than a one trick pony.

3.8
OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2008
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Pours deep black with a nice fine tan head. Nose is dominated by the characteristic bourbon vanillas that mark the BA Black Gold; flavor as well, with powerful bourbon character this comes through dry and almost chalky, serious mouth-drying woodiness on top of some high ABV head. Fairly mellow roastiness considering the style, not a burnt-coffee porter or anything of the sort, just an adequate dark-malt backdrop to show off the BA character.

It’s very drinkable, certainly enjoyable, but somehow lacks the depth that would be required to put it into the top echelon of BA imperial stouts and porters.

3.9
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Nice pour with a nearly black color with a tan, average, creamy, pillowy head; it settles to a very small, frothy bit and leaves little lace. Nose is nice with lots of milk chocolate and bourbon and lighter notes of caramel, burnt oak, vanilla, and whisps of alcohol. Flavor is similar with dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, light oak, and only hints at some roast. Palate is medium, soft, and silky. Finishes with lots of chocolate and vanilla bean with some bourbon, oak, and some lingering dry hop and roast notes. It’s hard for me to believe that this is even the same beer as the Top Sail from a year ago. The bourbon barrels have smoothed out all the dryness but the complexity has diminished. The bourbon and vanilla notes would have been a nice addition to an imperial stout but it almost took out the the flavors of the porter. Nice but too simple to be great.


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