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Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter (Brewmaster Reserve 2010) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.85% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

After its initial release in February 2009, Top Sail was aged for about 10 months in Bourbon casks from Kentucky.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 02-21-2010)
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Reviews by dwilson01:
Photo of dwilson01
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass, this brew is midnight black in color, it's more dark and dense looking than the black writing on my glass. The head was small and dissipated quickly, a dark chocolate mocha color.

In the smell I pick up an initial alcohol and wood scents combined for a nice burn to the nostrils. Small amount of coffee, and almost a nutty smell (freshly crushed walnuts).

The flavor profile of this brew is fricken extensive, the aging process definitely imparted some amazing qualities to it. The initial part is a smooth thick expresso and dark milk chocolate. The estery oak flavor comes out in full force and gives you an awesome bite which I love. The woodiness and the alcohol give way in the very end to a molasses and black cherry flavor which leaves you with a great aftertaste. They say figs on the bottle which I think is what I'm picking up in the end but to be honest I don't know what figs taste like so from my experiences it imparts that darker fruity cherry/currant flavor.

The mouthfeel is awesome, it's thick and molassesy, a dense malty cherry alcohol bomb of a beer. So smooth and yet so aggressive from the alcohol at the same time it makes the drinkability quite a dilemma to rate. I love it for sure but there is no way you could chug this beer, small sips, savor it while it lasts

dwilson01, May 24, 2010
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Photo of ehammond1
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle (2010)

Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

A vigorous pour leaves little hint of carbonation. There's some bubbling and an extremely thin head but this beer has a distinct lack of carbonation. The beer is beautiful and menacing all at the same time; it has a shimming black as night body. Very little lacing. Other than the color, very disappointing.

The aroma is an interesting combination. The strong punch of bourbon is here initially, melting away into strong scents of chocolate and raisins. There's some wood in here as well and an earthy sweetness. (When I smell this, I kind of wish this was a dessert cake/ breakfast pastry instead of a beer (blasphemous?). I wish there was significantly less bourbon and even more malt character in the nose, as the bourbon is clearly front and center.

The barrels as opposed to the beer take center stage here. The initial flavors are of Kentucky bourbon and oak and then the warm alcohol. The porter is lost underneath. There's some malt character of chocolate and toffee, but I really have to search for it.

Perhaps if it were better carbonated I'd have experienced a better taste and mouthfeel, but it is what it is, and this one doesn't score particularly well with me.

Not particularly drinkable or enjoyable. Unfortunately, in this beer's case, I think a decent porter was actually made significantly worse by aging it in bourbon barrels.

ehammond1, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the FW Invitational earlier this month. Nice gem, bringing a 2010 keg to the party. Poured black, good head, especially for being a bourbon barrel beer. Aroma was pretty deep, oak, bourbon, dark fruit fig, cognizant deep burnt and roasted malt.

Taste, wow, pretty smooth, not massive, but not a delicate beer either, puts itself firmly in the middle of substantial and warming. Good vanilla accompaniment. Sweet at times without going overboard (although that can be damn fine sometimes). Good thickness and consistency, neither sludgy nor thin, dare I say this is balanced, and not in the way people say their ipa is (i.e. to make up for the best part not being there or severely unrepresented). Chocolate well represented.

Drank this towards the end of the day at the festival, it was easy to taste, easy to drink, but not simplistic, and I knew with the amount of palate fatigue going on, this was pretty substantial. Would recommend.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

kevwcamp, Nov 29, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Trashcat, Yesterday at 10:12 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

acurtis, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Black as night. Only the smallest tan head formed.

S - There is a lot going on in here: toffee, coffee, brown sugar and rich malt. Overall a rich scent that can get too much for me, but still impressive.

T - Sweet malt, toffee and alcohol, . Long lasting aftertaste of alcohol. Unfortunately the alcohol dominates the taste.

M - Heavy body, almost syrupy and silky smooth. Low carbonation. For awhile after, my mouth had that hot alcohol feel in it.

D - Share it with friends. 22 oz is a lot in one sitting. This is perfect for sipping over a couple hours in front of the fireplace on a cold day. I could go without the heavy aftertaste, but that seems to be par for this style.

Fatehunter, Nov 10, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

cougarbait, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Docer
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked into a bomber... poured into a nice short-pint glass.

- Looks like a nice solid imperial porter. We all know what that looks like right? Dark, rich, can't see through brown and black... nice quick fizzling mocha head, down to a little ring and tad bit of lace making sticky rings.

- Nice huge vanilla nose, oak, and strengthy bourbon right up front.. (I hope not as forward as the Black Gold). Sweet chocolate and alcohol. Malt and oats... highly bitter hop perhaps..

- Wonderfully smooth chocolate velvet malts... just the right touch of sweetness... oats, sweet grains.... huge vanilla oak... fantastic hops... bitter, dry, and just right for the style in my opinion. What a good drinking imperial porter without being too over-the-top like last years Black Gold.

- Little dry and chalky... watering, and medium bodied... overall not bad for a strengthy imperial porter.

- Overall I am very impressed with this, and plan to buy a few more to sit on for awhile... I bet with 4 years or more on these bottles, they would turn out absolutely amazing.

Docer, Mar 10, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 picked up at the COOP.. Poured into my Delerium goblet... Dark tan head.. black brew... nice lacing.

dark malts... and a bunch of smoke.. bourbon is there, but only with a bit of vanilla and bunches of booze... meaty.

I like the bourbon, but the smokey notes seem way out of place.. dark malts.. heavy cocoa... some sweet cherries.. I'm having a hard time pulling beer from this one.. the bourbon is huge... and the smoke seems like a smoked porter or maybe a scotch barrel brew...

Body and carbonation are nice.. but really the drinkability is pretty bad.

Man... wow.. I loved the last BBTop Sail... Had one recently and was still amazed... but this is a smokey boozey mess.

4/3/3/3.5/3

JohnGalt1, Mar 05, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage two year old cellared bottle poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours black with only a hint of reddish brown at the edges. Thin medium tan head dissipates to a ring around the glass and lacing. Aroma is dominated by bourbon with light hints of oak and dark malt. Flavor is also dominated by bourbon. Moderate dark and roasted malt, oak, dark fruit. Rather dry finish with a hint of hops. Medium bodied; perhaps a bit light for an imperial porter. The astringency noted in the fresh bottle has attenuated. This porter is now much more integrated and mellow, however the flavors are also attenuated. The flavor is good, but somewhat underwhelming. Definitely redeemed by the bourbon barrel aging, Better than a standard porter, but not quite up to imperial porter flavor density. I cellared a few of these and they will probably be pleasant to drink, but I do not see this improving much with age. A decent, but somewhat lightly flavored imperial porter.

LiquidAmber, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Xul
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an effervescent dark brown, capped by a half finger brown head. Head dissipates fairly quickly but some light lacing is left behind.

S: Bourbon heavy up front, with vanilla and oak making themselves known. Sweet chocolate and dark fruits - figs and cherries - follow behind, along with some oats and booziness in the background.

T: Bourbon and oak lead the charge again but it clears out mid-sip, allowing a host of other flavors to come through. Chocolate makes itself known right away along with vanilla, backed up by the aforementioned dark fruits and some caramel/toffee tastes. Finish is a bit roasty with coffee notes, along with light bourbon.

M: Solid body with moderate carbonation, very smooth.

D: Alcohol is pretty evident, which combines with the strong bourbon flavors to make it a definite sipper.

Xul, May 31, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

bespin15, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Birdlegs, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of MBrausen
2.28/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a Town Hall Snifter

A. Pours a pitch black pour, 1 mm thick head, dissipates very quickly to a thin mocha ring.

S. Smells like light chocolate and TONS of bourbon. Almost only bourbon. All Bourbon...

T. Tastes of toffee, some light chocolate, some oak, but pretty much all bourbon. Lots and lots of bourbon with a hint of beer.

M. Medium-thin body, dry and somewhat coarse

O. This beer is just overbearing. Far too much bourbon. It's just one flavor, no other angles to be viewed from. This was a drain pour for me.

MBrausen, Jan 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

ucsbmullet, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of velosuds
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewmaster Reserve 2010 - 9.85% ABV per label.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Paid $9.95 at Corvallis Brewing Supply.

A-Pours a very dark brown almost black hue with a scant 1/2 finger tan head that dissipates too quickly leaving virtually no lace.

S-Bourbon from the oak barrels is foremost. Also sweet caramel notes, charred marshmallow (like when happens over an open fire before embers appear), some coffee, and faint licorice. The smell is this beer's best attribute.

T-Bourbon again is the strongest taste attribute, like the nose. Bitter and astringent (from over mashing the malts?). I don't get the impression it is from the hops. These attributes mask the malt sweetness, which improves as it warms. Nowhere near the rich malt texture and flavor expected in an imperial porter. Taste definitely improves as it warms, but not enough to alter my score. Maybe enough to run to the liquor store for some fine bourbon, though. Not the best outcome for a beer advocate, eh?

M-Adequately carbonated but a tad thin mouthfeel; not luxuriant enough.

O-This is a disappointment and overpriced compared to the Full Sail barleywine at $4.29 a bomber.

velosuds, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of JustinQ
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

:NOTE:

I HAD THE BREWMASTERS RESERVE 2012 VERSION.

BOTTLE SAIS: AFTER IT'S INITIAL RELEASE IN FEB. 2011, TOP SAIL WAS AGED FOR ABOUT 12 MONTHS IN BOURBON CASKS FROM KENTUCKY. TOP SAIL BOURBON AGED IMPERIAL PORTER HAS HINTS OF CHOCOLATE, FIGS, AND OAK. CHEERS!

9.5 ABV

Serving Type: 22 oz bottle poured into snifter

Appearence: Totally opaque in any angle of light that i could get. Nice head on the beer. looks like a dark stout.

Smell: Strong notes of bourbon, no hop aroma, Maybe a background hint of malt

Taste: Roasty, Oaky, Not strong on the bourbon flavor but there is complexity from the oak. Very woody.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and dry. maybe more of a ripping dry bitterness then carbonation co2 bite.

Overall: Damn good beer, im usually not big on Bourbon aged beer but this one is definantly good. If i can find another bottle i will be sure to throw it in my cellar.

JustinQ, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown color with a light mocha head. The nose brings forth a good dose of bourbon along with some light oak, roasted malt, and hints of coffee. The taste is dominated by the bourbon, but it's pretty smooth overall. Good semi-hot mouthfeel with a nice body. Drinks very well; glad they put this out.

Thorpe429, Nov 12, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with a thin dark toffee colored head that dissipates quite quickly.
The smell is of dark roasty, almost astringent, malts and oak, but is covered by a strong boozy aroma, that quite frankly leaves me a bit apprehensive for the first drink.
The flavor is a very nice mixture of oak, dark fruits, dark chocolate and roasted malts but is very quickly over-powered by a very boozy, bourbon flavor.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin for such a rich and robust beer.
While the complex flavors are quite enjoyable, the overbearing bourbon aroma and flavor drop the drinkability for me quite a bit, as well as the thin mouthfeel. Although I must say that as this warms, the boozy flavor does mellow out a little bit, allowing for the other flavors to come through.

vkv822, May 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Wayne17, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of iD9
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a straight pint.

Appearance: Opaque. Black. You know the drill. Sufficed to say its dark. A light ring of hazel brown is visible around the edges. The head pours thick and tan but dissipates quickly. As I review this beer with Wiseman Justin his glass, once again, looks much better.

Smell: I definitely get the strong notes of bourbon off this guy. It does remind me a bit of Full Sail's Black Gold in the respect that the warm, malty, boozy smell of the bourbon seems to overwhelm all the other aspects of the beer.

Taste: Malty, it has a slight syrupy taste to it possibly the influence of sugary molasses. The boozy bourbon makes itself known for sure and warms up the chocolaty finish on the end. Again, much like Full Sail's offering of Black Gold last year this beer is sweet and thick. This is not a brew for everyone.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth and thick. You can feel the sugary molasses on this beer for sure. Not my favorite porter but not bad by any stretch of the imagination.

Drinkabliity: Eh, a decent beer but nothing makes me want to come back for more. I'll be interested to see how it holds up with time. This beer is certainly drinkable and not too bad by any stretch of the imagination but not terribly remarkable either.

iD9, Mar 02, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Globe glass. From Notes.

A-- Poured black. Very late erupting dark brown head that quickly dropped to film. A bit of retention but not a lot. No carbonation.

S-- Bourbon, oak, vanilla, stewed figs. Sweet nose with the bourbon and figs being most dominant smell. Quite sweet smell.

T-- Bourbon and vanilla with some figs.

M-- Chocolate, oak, roasted fig, and mocha. Medium low carbonation and very heavy feel. Bourbon and vanilla finish. Alcohol is very obvious in the mouth.

D-- A little harsh with the bourbon. A bit boozy. Smells sweet but actually not sweet tasting. Very much a sipper and worth cellaring to see what happens. Not bad at all.

mulder1010, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Big thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

Man, my man VDubb can really pick some tasty beers from my deep fridge. This selection pours a straight jet black topped by a finger of dark-ish tan foam. As the Three Degrees' "When Will I See You Again" starts up, I sniff: bourbon, oak, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of Coca-Cola. Definitely smells like a bourbon-aged impy porter. I'd say the taste is identical were it not for the addition of cinnamon. The bourbon melds nicely with the dark elements: not too strong, but decidedly there. "Johnny B. Goode" has flared. The body is a heavy medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a very tasty brew, one that I wish was more available 'round these parts. Thanks again, Jason!

TMoney2591, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a deep black color with a solid chocolate colored head on top.

S: The bourbon is evident in the nose along with some mild chocolate, vanilla, and quite a bit of char.

T: Very heavy char and roast flavors to the beer which are underlain by a bit of sweet vanilla. A pronounced bourbon and alcohol flavor provide more barrel characteristics. The chocolate flavor is smooth and slightly sweet.

M: The body seems a bit thin to me, for an "imperial porter", anyway. The carbonation is subtle, which seems appropriate.

D: I had very little in the way of expectations when I opened this beer, and it's a good thing. This one just wasn't really all that great, and the charred oak flavor is just a bit much.

womencantsail, May 16, 2010
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Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter (Brewmaster Reserve 2010) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.