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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

130 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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
Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

duceswild, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of lordofstarside
2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
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
Photo of KlayWey
4/5  rDev +12.7%

KlayWey, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of twizzard
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

twizzard, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of CEDAMA
4/5  rDev +12.7%

CEDAMA, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of meatyard
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

meatyard, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
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
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

DanGeo, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of KELPAK
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

KELPAK, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Fluteswell
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Fluteswell, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Ethywen
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Ethywen, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

BMart, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Gagnonsux, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of b-one
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

b-one, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Musineer
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Musineer, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of jkane101
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jkane101, May 30, 2013
Photo of CasanovaCummins
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

CasanovaCummins, May 14, 2013
Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

KiMiRaiK, May 12, 2013
Photo of leftoverburrito
1.5/5  rDev -57.7%

leftoverburrito, May 08, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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

metter98, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
2.08/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

ArrogantB, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of StArnoldFan
1.9/5  rDev -46.5%
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.

StArnoldFan, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of danielz324
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

danielz324, Mar 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 130 ratings.