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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
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123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 7
Gots: 27 | FT: 5
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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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-07-2013 02:12:34 | More by Ethywen
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4/5  rDev +13%

06-27-2013 18:02:20 | More by BMart
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-21-2013 03:47:22 | More by Gagnonsux
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b-one

California

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

06-19-2013 01:51:42 | More by b-one
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Musineer

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

06-15-2013 20:10:42 | More by Musineer
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jkane101

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-30-2013 00:12:28 | More by jkane101
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CasanovaCummins

Nevada

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

05-14-2013 02:50:11 | More by CasanovaCummins
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

05-12-2013 02:54:47 | More by KiMiRaiK
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

05-08-2013 03:50:18 | More by leftoverburrito
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metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger and a half high dense mocha colored head that has good retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present, although no beer is noticeable—it's almost like smelling a glass of whiskey.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has noticeable traces of the underlying beer in the form of hints of chocolate malts, the latter of which become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some alcohol warming is also present.
O: Although this beer is rather drinkable considering its strength, it tastes too much like watered down whiskey and the underlying beer isn't all that noticeable.

Note: 2012 vintage

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:51:18 | More by metter98
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.08/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle, $10.49. I haven't has this one since the 2008 edition which I enjoyed, this sucked. Aroma was a hint of wet moldy wood and straight booze. Mouthfeel was thin. Flavor had a tinge of sour and a lot of booze, extremely poor. I love bourbon barrel aged beers but very few breweries know how to pull it off. This was garbage and I couldn't even finish one snifter. I'd say I ended up pouring 19.5 ounces down the drain. Stay away from this.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 01:49:22 | More by ArrogantB
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StArnoldFan

Texas

1.9/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2012 Reserve

22oz bomber poured into a DC Brau tulip.

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a nice thick mocha head. As I take a second look at my glass in the light I see sediment floating around throughout the glass. All I get from the nose is strong bourbon scent. The taste is just foul, somewhat sour, and mostly bourbon. Very thin, makes me think the base beer couldn't handle the barrels, or they aged it too long (the bottle says 12 months). Quite simply the worst barrel aged beer I have ever had. This is defiantly going to be a drain pour. I bought the BA porter and BA stout from Full Sail at the same time, looks like I'm just going to tuck the BA stout way in the back of the cellar and forget about it, maybe time will help it.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 23:50:35 | More by StArnoldFan
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danielz324

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-30-2013 00:55:44 | More by danielz324
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DruRho

Maryland

4/5  rDev +13%

03-19-2013 01:02:42 | More by DruRho
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brotherloco

California

2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

03-10-2013 02:41:29 | More by brotherloco
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russwbeck

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours out decently dark with a full hand's worth of light brown head. The retention of the head is great, and it laces here and there on the way down. Exactly what I expected the beer to look like and more. 4.5

S: Bourbon, dark fruits, and vanilla greats the nose initially. Not a lot of roast or chocolate, which I was hoping to get more of, but I do really like the hints of alcohol I'm getting. The bourbon is assertive, and slightly intrusive. 3.5

T: The taste isn't really that great. The bourbon takes the forefront again, with vanilla and an ever so slight amount of roast in the middle. The end is offensive alcohol, with some roast trying to balance it out. The balance just isn't there, and the alcohol is weirdly assertive. This needs another aspect to be considered a good bourbon barrel aged porter. 2

MF: Thin body with a normal amount of carbonation. The alcohol makes it tough to say it's all that drinkable. The aftertaste isn't the most pleasant I've come across. 2

O: Overall, not much else to say. Not a great beer for its style, but if you've never had a bourbon barrel aged porter before it wouldn't be a bad starting place.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:30:29 | More by russwbeck
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

03-04-2013 03:46:56 | More by TXhomebrewer
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cfinch2

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13%

02-22-2013 08:35:52 | More by cfinch2
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HALB

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

02-17-2013 22:31:19 | More by HALB
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throwback

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

02-02-2013 01:20:25 | More by throwback
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Braz

Washington

2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Purchased at Tacoma Boys cause it looked interesting and I love porters. Black to dark brown in color with a tan head that's not thick but sustains well. Tastes of chocolate and booze. The high alcohol tastes ruin this for me. Tastes like porter mixed with Jack Daniels. This tastes so much like Jack Daniels or bourbon in general that I'm suspicious of the given ABV. The feel and body are great but this is whiskey beer, that for all I know could become a new genre.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 07:34:52 | More by Braz
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genovm

New York

4/5  rDev +13%

01-20-2013 01:39:00 | More by genovm
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beergoot

Colorado

3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very dark, essentially solid black body with a rich, thick, tan head. Bittersweet chocolate and figs and dates in the aroma, all wrapped up in a noticeable but acceptable alcohol presence; some roasted grains, too. Bright, somewhat sour flavors overall with a strong, boozy character; bitterness and malt notes seem secondary. A somewhat weak and fizzy feel to the beer.

A rather disappointing offering from Full Sail with this year's imperial porter. Where I would have anticipated a more malt-centric character overall, this particular beer screams with its high ABV and notes of cherries and dark fruits. with little harmony with whatever hops and malts they may have used. Personally, I think it suffers because of this. It's not a bad beer per se, just wild mish mash of crazy, non-integrated tastes with poor balance and eccentric complexity. Eh, maybe next year for something better...

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 02:18:19 | More by beergoot
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ATXRyan

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-05-2013 20:36:11 | More by ATXRyan
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blackcloud

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

01-03-2013 22:26:59 | More by blackcloud
Top Sail Imperial Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve 2012) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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