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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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ataraxia (503) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Pours murky deep brown with a thick chocolate head. Huge bourbon aroma, along with thick roasted malts, syrupy chocolate, and treacle. Surprisingly light for an imperial porter on the palate. Smooth and lightly carbonated. Alcohol is well masked by sour tones from the bourbon taste. A little disappointed with the simplicity of the flavor after smelling it, and hearing a coworker buy 2 cases of this because he liked it so much.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drpimento (3227) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2016
2010 batc. Small head, no lace. Strong whiskey, slight porter aroma. Flavors like nose. I cant imagine how this was fresh. Not easy drinking at all.

4.2
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (2264) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (5631) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14476) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (7217) - 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
   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. Cant figure out why its a porter instead of a stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WABeerFiend (399) - - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (2447) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17639) - 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.


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