Top Sail Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Reserve)
Full Sail Brewing Company

Top Sail Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Reserve)Top Sail Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Reserve)
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Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Imperial Porter
3.87 | pDev: 12.4%
Nov 21, 2021
Mar 30, 2007
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Rated: 3.85 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 3.78 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Sep 11, 2015
Rated: 3.92 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jan 30, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by MikeDAdams from Idaho

Nov 01, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by JoelClark from Idaho

Aug 03, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

Aug 02, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

Dec 22, 2013
Rated: 4 by jaydoc from Kansas

Nov 16, 2013
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Sludgy black pour. A quarter inch of beige head settles into a thin slip. A thin web of lacing remains.

S: Thick, heavy fudge. Brownie batter and tootsie rolls. Brown sugar. Strong bourbon presence. Spicy, toasty oak. Nothing subtle about it, this is a direct assault on the nose, and the charge is lead by bourbon barrel and roasted malt.

T: Fudge, Hershey's chocolate, brownies. Rich and chocolatey. Strong pull of bourbon brings a slight peppery taste with it. Fading green, spicy hop profile. Drying charred oak on the back end and into the finish.

M: Heavy and sludgy. Full. Tingling carbonation provides just enough lift.

O: A thinking man's beer this is not. That's OK though, I was in the mood for something blatant tonight, and boy did I get it. A huge beer from top to bottom, very bold and straightforward. Full Sail also has a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout? God help us, that must be an endeavor to drink. Looking forward to the challenge . . .
Jul 15, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

May 26, 2013
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Reviewed by Osirus from North Carolina

1.87/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75
Appearance: Black. No head to speak of but at 9.5% ABV that's understandable.

Smell: Raisins, oak, chocolate, booze....a lot of booze. It smells like a chocolately bourbon to me.

Taste: Simply put, it tastes like a shot of bourbon with some porter added. The chocolate comes out along with the dark fruit, raisin that I smelled.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. Medium/full mouthfeel.

Overall: Maybe I am not a bourbon fan but to each his own. I will not be having it again. The predominant feature of this beer is the bourbon taste and smell. A touch may be ok but it goes beyond that and I think this is a flaw.
Apr 01, 2013
Rated: 4 by DCgolfpro from Maryland

Feb 06, 2013
Rated: 4 by NickThePyro from Washington

Dec 24, 2012
Rated: 4.75 by MadeInOregon from California

Oct 03, 2012
Rated: 4 by ebrauser from Utah

Sep 24, 2012
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Reviewed by Kendo from New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Note: My 2012 bottle says the ABV is 9.5%, not the 7.5% that's listed here.

A: Poured from the bomber into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. The body is black - even when backlit, it's black - with a 1-finger bubbly, chocolate milkshake-colored head that settles to a tight film of a head. Leaves good lacing.

S: Bourbon, a hint of vanilla and malt.

T: First impression on the flavor is the bourbon. Second impression is really one of feel - it seems a bit thin to stand up to the bourbon-barrel-aging. Heat is felt on the way down and in the belly before I take the second sip. There's some chocolatey malt going on (which becomes more prominent as it warms), but other than the mouthfeel telling me this isn't quite a stout, I'm not getting that roasted malt or charcoal taste that I expect in a Porter. It may have just been overwhelmed by the bourbon.

M: Like I said, a bit thin in heft detracts from the effort at bourbon-barrel-aging this one. Carbonation, however, is gentle and a modestly creamy feel saves the overall mouthfeel score from dropping any lower.

O: A decent sipper.
Sep 14, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by GOMECK from Georgia

Aug 09, 2012
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Reviewed by LXIXME from New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from about an inch above the glass gave this clear dark black colored beer a big light brown head that slowly settled into a pretty nice lacing.

The bourbon overwhelms everything else that the aroma might have.

The bourbon is still overwhelming but the taste also has some dark rich roasted malts coming through.

A dry aftertaste on this full bodied beer that harbors some of the roasted malts and bourbon from the taste.

A rich full taste but just to much of the bourbon for me also, I'm not a drinker of hard alcohol but if I were this beer would definitely rate much higher with me.
Aug 07, 2012
Rated: 4 by Joshgonzales79 from Texas

Jul 01, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by dlello2 from Illinois

Feb 25, 2012
Top Sail Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 78 ratings