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Top Sail Imperial Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve 2012) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Top Sail Imperial Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve 2012)Top Sail Imperial Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve 2012)

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BA SCORE
81
good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 19.77%
Wants: 7
Gots: 29 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 03-18-2012)
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4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Sir_Goatman, Feb 27, 2014
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2/5  rDev -43.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Feb 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

anteater, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Gobigvt7
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opened Jan 26, 2014, so about 14-15 months on this puppy. Into tulip.

A - Deep brown-black pour with a tan head that dissipates into tight, thin bubbles almost immediately. Doesn't seem super carbed, not necessarily a bad thing.

S - Cocoa, light toffee, some whiffs of subtle pine. Smells slightly oxidized. Some bit-o-honey.

T - This beer seems very confused as it rolls across my palate. very mild acidity up front, into dry cocoa powder, cedar, smoke & ash, vanilla, and fakey-tasting bourbon. Wood not really speaking. Hmmm. There is something strange in there too I can't put my finger on. Sawdust?

M - Surprisingly thin. Adequate carbonation, a touch sweet. I keep coming back to the lack of body.

O - The thin-ness is the real killer here, as I think if it'd been a little bigger/rounder, it would have made up for some of the strangeness of the range of flavors. Not sure what this tasted like fresh. Meh. A fun experiment, but wouldn't age this again.

Gobigvt7, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

DaveRinn, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

dvorsd, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Denzo
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Denzo, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

strange brew has maybe not aged as gracefully as it could have. nice dark brown color and rising inch or more of tan froth after the bottle opens like a shotgun. the nose is bourbon heavy, with the barrel effects crowding out the gain. as it warms the alcohol becomes more detectable, and a slight metallic property appears. the taste is quite nice when its cold, with the barrel being evident all the way through, not just in the finish. alcohol stays hidden until it hits room temperature, and it becomes hot, real hot. also, there isnt much body on this, not quite enough to support the flavors and strength. i like the bourbon forward flavor, but the beer underneath is underwhelming. the price isnt bad though, and if you like your beer barrel heavy, this may be a solid choice for you. full sail is totally hit or miss, and this one wasnt my favorite.

StonedTrippin, Jan 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

duceswild, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of lordofstarside
2.55/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber to a snifter. On sale for $6 at a liquor store. Looks like these are about 20 months old?

Pours pitch black with half a finger of foam that's receded quickly into a frothy ring. No transparency, mild carbonation, good lacing

Smell is really pungent, caught some notes cracking the cap. Strong chocolate with sharp bourbon, oak, coffee, cherry, figs, and alcohol. The smell is almost too sharp, almost burns your nose a bit

Taste is overwhelming figs, some cherry and other dark fruits, alcohol, oak, and bourbon. None of this comes together at all, trainwreck on the palate

Feel is really hot given having so much age. Sharp, thick, hard to drink. Tough not to gag

Overall I understand a store shelf isn't the best place to age something, but my god. I'll be proud of myself to finish even half this

lordofstarside, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

KlayWey, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

twizzard, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

CEDAMA, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

meatyard, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head that reduced to a puffy layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, spices, and a little smoke too.

Taste: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, spices, mocha, boozy alcohol, smoke, ash, and

Mouthfeel: Smooth, boozy, full bodied, medium carbonation, and a little campfire bitterness.

Overall: A nice imperial porter that is nice with the barrel aging, but the bourbon barrel can be a little overpowering of the beers natural characteristics.

Flounder57, Oct 09, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz bottle at the Beermongers

A: Thick, lightless black. A thin mocha ring for a head.

N: Caramel and an overdose of vanilla. Really nice bourbon in the nose. Chocolate expressed under espresso. Brown sugar.

T: In turns bitter and sweet, though neither one takes hold nor shows much power. Oak is well-integrated.

M: Watery and not nearly as heavy as I’d like.

O: A solid rendition of the style, but it lacks complexity and oomph.

Sarlacc83, Sep 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

DanGeo, Sep 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

KELPAK, Aug 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Fluteswell, Jul 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Ethywen, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

BMart, Jun 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Gagnonsux, Jun 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

b-one, Jun 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Musineer, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

jkane101, May 30, 2013
Top Sail Imperial Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve 2012) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.