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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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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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4/5  rDev +13%

08-26-2012 18:15:23 | More by Kevlee722
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-25-2012 00:59:35 | More by Prost76
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13%

08-24-2012 10:49:54 | More by twowheelssoar
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2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown with a thick off white head that leaves pretty good lacing.

S Some light bourbon, alcohol and what I think might have been some caramel.

T Lots of alcohol and bourbon with a hint of chocolate. Very harsh.

M Slightly thin with a bit of a warming feeling going down.

Overall this is a bit of a disappointment and another mediocre beer from Full Sail. The bourbon overpowers what ever base beer is there making this a boozy alcohol flavored mess. The only saving grace was the fact that it was 5 bucks.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:35:35 | More by beerandcycling88
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4/5  rDev +13%

08-20-2012 03:50:01 | More by MarkyMOD
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

08-19-2012 22:29:01 | More by BeefSkillet
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1/5  rDev -71.8%

08-16-2012 15:15:02 | More by Danielbt
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

08-13-2012 22:57:49 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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4/5  rDev +13%

08-11-2012 04:51:20 | More by Sarunas7
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

08-09-2012 17:58:28 | More by CaptDavyJones
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2.43/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of light brown, frothy/creamy head. Retention is pretty good given the ABV and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Bourbon heavy to the point that I can't really smell the base beer aside from some roast and maybe some chocolate. Otherwise, the bourbon is leathery and earthy with plenty of vanilla. Light apple fruitiness. Smells good, I just wish I could get more of the base.

2.0 T: Like the nose, the bourbon rules the taste. Unfortunately, it doesn't taste all that great. It's pretty much just watered down bourbon. Roast from the porter, but not much else. Bourbon and barrel give leather, apple, earth, vanilla, and oak, but none of these flavors are satisfying given their intensity.

2.0 M: Medium body. Too thin for what this should be. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess big time.

2.0 D: Perhaps my scores are a bit harsh, but after you get past the nose, this beer is wholely unsatisfying. Very little upside to this.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 18:08:48 | More by DavoleBomb
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4/5  rDev +13%

08-06-2012 02:49:20 | More by rab53
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

consumed on 7/18, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my SH IRS snifter.

a - brew poured a watery black with a finger of spongy foamy greyish cream colored head that hung out for a while. a small mass of bubbles lay below the head seemingly holding it in place. as i swirled the oversized snifter, i could see streaky lacing of the same greyish cream color left on the glass.

s - when i poured the bottle a very pleasant balanced chocolate boozy smell started to fill the air, but upon closer inspection in the glass, the booze leads the way heavily. beneath the woody slap you in the face alcohol is a chocolate vanilla.

t - not as boozy as the nose suggested, but the barrels are definitely present. vanilla is much bigger in the flavor than the nose and is surrounded by a milk chocolate glaze. kind of milk stouty. not really any roast or char to speak of. certainly a malt beverage aged in oak bourbon barrels as promised.

m - fairly creamy, but still has a lot of porter char.

o - this one was good, but i had really high expectations after being blown away by black gold and this one doesn't hold a candle to black gold. much more milk stout than porter. the barrel adds a nice element to the beer, i'm glad i tried it, but if you've been looking at this one on the shelf like me, thinking that you needed to get it because black gold was so amazing, it is not black gold. it is not bad, but not a must try.


Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 02:02:28 | More by cosmicevan
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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-21-2012 20:17:27 | More by 2neardead
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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from malt and vine, about 12$.

jet black with a fine head of dark tan.

scent is caramel, coffee, sweet malts, smoke. not discernibly bourbony.

taste brings the bourbon, but it is not as forward as some other examples. malty, alcoholic, a bit thin. Easy drinking for 9.5% abv.

drinkability / overall is pretty good. I enjoy it but might not seek out again given the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 03:42:09 | More by henrysunset
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3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark beer with a thin head. The taste and smell are high on soft vanilla notes. Robust and smooth, finishes with a slight tartness. Overall this is a solid imperial porter with an interesting finish to it. Worthy of a try, but at the price point there's probably better options.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 01:23:49 | More by zander4dawin
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4/5  rDev +13%

07-14-2012 17:04:06 | More by duff247
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail gives us another bourbon barrel beer. I'll try anything aged in bourbon at least once. Full Sails BBA Imperial Porter looks the part of a proper porter. A dark brown, near black body is topped off by a healthy finger or so of khaki head. Head settles to a thick ring, leaving plenty lace down the glass.

Initial whiff gives loads of sweet bourbon on the nose. Some dark roasted notes crack through the bourbon. Oak and vanilla come through as well. Some coffee and light chocolate notes round things out.

The bourbon in the nose takes on a boozier quality on the palate. Vanilla notes are much stronger. Drying tannic wood takes hold mid palate. Some caramel and milky chocolate notes hit next. Light roast coffee present as well. Bourbon reappears in the sweet yet tannic finish.

Top Sail Imperial porter has a nice medium body. Carbonation is adequate.

Full Sails BBA Imperial Porter is a nice enough brew. The bourbon barrel takes hold of this beer and never lets up. This porter has a too much bourbon character, preventing the porter qualites from shining. This brew might benefit from some aging, but fresh is a bit of a letdown.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 01:53:58 | More by Sweasty
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-27-2012 00:47:01 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev +13%

06-26-2012 16:56:06 | More by BeerHunter76
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours black with a big dense light brown head. Fades slowly, leaving fairly thick lines of lacing on the glass.

S: Loaded with strong bourbon. Huge oaky vanilla aroma with some big toffee and caramel notes. Biting alcohol. Just a hint of roasted malt behind it.

T: Overpowering bourbon notes. Harsh flavor and harsher alcohol kick. Super oaky, like licking a charred 2x4. There is just a hint of roasted malt from the porter and the rest is all bourbon. The worst part about all the bourbon flavor is that it doesn't even taste like good bourbon.

M: Medium-heavy bodied, a little thinner than you might expect. Carbonation a bit low.

O: Decent idea, poor execution. Probably spent way too much time in bourbon barrels. Maybe it's better with a year or three on it, hard to say. Doubt I'll buy any more to find out though.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 02:46:00 | More by Dope
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

06-21-2012 04:34:48 | More by bsimms
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-15-2012 04:14:19 | More by EzraAtom
Top Sail Imperial Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve 2012) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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