Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter (Brewmaster Reserve 2010) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)
91 Ratings
Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.85%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
After its initial release in February 2009, Top Sail was aged for about 10 months in Bourbon casks from Kentucky.

Added by beertunes on 02-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown with one inch of brown head. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells very strongly of bourbon. Also has some oak and fig to it. Hints of chocolate.

t - Taste again is a lot of bourbon up front. After that some oak, coffee, booze, and chocolate.

m - Full body and light carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

d - A pretty nice porter but definitely a sipper. Some nice bourbon smell and taste and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark, chocolate brown. Light brown head that leaves sporadic blotches of cylindrical lace. Aroma is quite distinctive. Lots of good wafts of chocolate, bourbon, caramel and roasted malts. On the palate, it's a lot more of the same. Nice roasted malt base with a little caramel character. Bourbon traits are nice as are the chocolate characteristics. Mouthfeel is velvety. Alcohol is noticeable, but integrated nicely. This is well done.

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Photo of pastradul
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had never had this one before, it was recommended to from a friend of at K&B wine cellars. It pours a very dark brown, even in a taster glass it is hard to see through. The aroma is of roasted malt with mild coffee notes hitting the nose and a trace of alcohol. the initial mouth feel is very smooth and creamy. This is very similar to the John John Ale in the sense that it isn't a very "big" beer. Not a lot of bourbon taste to speak of but just enough. Not bad in my book but nothing to get excited about.... give it a 3.5

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Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black with a silky tan head. Nose has roasty malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, figs, dates, floral hops and coffee. Taste has bitter hops and molasses followed by espresso, cocoa, whickey, wood and vanilla. Medium bosy is nicely carbonated. Tasty stuff, should age well.

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Photo of BDJake
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- black as night, with a tan finger of lingering head

S- obvious booze/bourbon, with fig, raisin, oak, and dark chocolate malts

T- an overload of boozy bourbon and oak, with the malts and dark chocolate taking a back seat

M- chewy, boozy, with a strong aftertaste

D- don't let the bottle fool you into thinking this is a porter, it's clearly an imperial stout- i had to mix a teaspoon of chocolate syrup into it to make it palatable

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a thin tan head that quickly becomes patchy.
Smell is heavy on dark chocolate and cocoa, with the bourbon coming in after, along with some chalky vanilla. Some raisins as well.
Taste is bourbon and vanilla up front. Quite heavy on the bourbon. Some caramel and milk chocolate, and cocoa. The alcohol is pretty well concealed. A bit heavy on the bourbon aspect though.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Almost flat, but there is a little bit of carbonation. Some heat from the alcohol. Works well for this beer.
Decent drinkability, but the bourbon is strong and the alcohol really starts to hit about halfway through. But of course it's supposed to be a sipper, and as a sipper it's good.
Very good beer, but a little unbalanced. I think a year or two on this one will round it out quite nicely.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - BB version. Nice almost black body, tan thin head, leaves fast. Some but not much lace.

S - A little smoke, bourbon, wood, coffee.

T - Nice, bright flavors, booze, wood, coffee.

M - Very balanced. Good carb and coating. Like it.

D - Hard on the ABV but very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of froghop
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a very thin brown head, and some lacing.

smell is of cocoa, bourbon, malt, and a little licorice.

taste is smooth, definite bourbon cocoa, malt, some licorice, and a little coffee, ends somewhat bitter.

overall a great porter.

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Photo of Docer
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked into a bomber... poured into a nice short-pint glass.

- Looks like a nice solid imperial porter. We all know what that looks like right? Dark, rich, can't see through brown and black... nice quick fizzling mocha head, down to a little ring and tad bit of lace making sticky rings.

- Nice huge vanilla nose, oak, and strengthy bourbon right up front.. (I hope not as forward as the Black Gold). Sweet chocolate and alcohol. Malt and oats... highly bitter hop perhaps..

- Wonderfully smooth chocolate velvet malts... just the right touch of sweetness... oats, sweet grains.... huge vanilla oak... fantastic hops... bitter, dry, and just right for the style in my opinion. What a good drinking imperial porter without being too over-the-top like last years Black Gold.

- Little dry and chalky... watering, and medium bodied... overall not bad for a strengthy imperial porter.

- Overall I am very impressed with this, and plan to buy a few more to sit on for awhile... I bet with 4 years or more on these bottles, they would turn out absolutely amazing.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon first, then cocoa powder, medjool dates, french roast coffee, oak, and a creamy vanilla finish. 12 months in Bourbon barrels has really rounded the edges. When you smell it and even as you begin to take your first sip, this beer seems like a beefcake. But on the finish, it just fades away. None of the aggressive, rich, astringency you might expect. Just smooth, soft, and creamy.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil/Capped
Imperial Porter 9.85% ABV

I must be having a totally complete different brew than the other's that have reviewed it.

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice quick creamy tan head, with some nice oil slicks and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a good dose of chocolate/toffee, very nice touch of bourbon. The taste is sweet, malty, lots of dark stuff, and loving the bourbon note, vanilla. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one is very nice, recommended and I would definitely drink more of it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 picked up at the COOP.. Poured into my Delerium goblet... Dark tan head.. black brew... nice lacing.

dark malts... and a bunch of smoke.. bourbon is there, but only with a bit of vanilla and bunches of booze... meaty.

I like the bourbon, but the smokey notes seem way out of place.. dark malts.. heavy cocoa... some sweet cherries.. I'm having a hard time pulling beer from this one.. the bourbon is huge... and the smoke seems like a smoked porter or maybe a scotch barrel brew...

Body and carbonation are nice.. but really the drinkability is pretty bad.

Man... wow.. I loved the last BBTop Sail... Had one recently and was still amazed... but this is a smokey boozey mess.


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Photo of iD9
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a straight pint.

Appearance: Opaque. Black. You know the drill. Sufficed to say its dark. A light ring of hazel brown is visible around the edges. The head pours thick and tan but dissipates quickly. As I review this beer with Wiseman Justin his glass, once again, looks much better.

Smell: I definitely get the strong notes of bourbon off this guy. It does remind me a bit of Full Sail's Black Gold in the respect that the warm, malty, boozy smell of the bourbon seems to overwhelm all the other aspects of the beer.

Taste: Malty, it has a slight syrupy taste to it possibly the influence of sugary molasses. The boozy bourbon makes itself known for sure and warms up the chocolaty finish on the end. Again, much like Full Sail's offering of Black Gold last year this beer is sweet and thick. This is not a brew for everyone.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth and thick. You can feel the sugary molasses on this beer for sure. Not my favorite porter but not bad by any stretch of the imagination.

Drinkabliity: Eh, a decent beer but nothing makes me want to come back for more. I'll be interested to see how it holds up with time. This beer is certainly drinkable and not too bad by any stretch of the imagination but not terribly remarkable either.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Imagine pouring out engine oil. This is not like that. It's much lighter. It pours a dark black color with a half finger mocha khaki head (this was with a viscious pour). Appearance: 4.0

Smell: It smells good. All the normal porter components are there; chocolate and roasted malts. Aging it in Bourbon barrels was a great idea, it fully compliments and almost dominates the smell. I get a strong smell of alcohol even on top of everything else. This one might need to age a little longer. Smell 4.0

Taste: I'm not a big fan of this. The bourbon dominates the palate. I wanted it in the smell, I got it in the taste. It's strong and overpowering. I get a very burnt aftertaste. Taste: 2.5

Mouthfeel: This beer is hot. The alcohol needs to calm down. I'm not a fan. Mouthfeel: 2.5

Drinkability: I dunno, there are many many more drinkable porter's than this. Drinnkability: 2.0

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2010 bottling pours an opaque black with tan head that recedes to a thin layer after a few minutes. Nose is boozy bourbony with roasty aromas taking backseat. On the palate there's a real bitchslap of bourbon flavors, with a pathetically weak roasty stout component in the background that cannot overcome the whallop of bourbon. Alcohol warmth is evident, and well before it warmed to room temperature.

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Photo of beertunes
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured black, like a stout, not the opaque dark brown of a Porter. The beer had a dark tan head, which had almost no retention or lacing.

The aroma is dominated by bourbon, so much so that it takes significant effort to even detect that there is beer in the aroma. No definable beer scents. The taste was also dominated by the bourbon, but you could at least taste some of the roasty malt characteristics of a Porter on the tongue.

The body was well on the side for such a solid style. Drinkability is going to depend on you taste for bourbon. I like bourbon, but I want those flavors to complement the flavors of the base beer, not lord over them.

Overall, not a completely bad beer. I think it could have used less time in the barrels and have a stronger backbone to stand up to the bourbon. It's worth a try if you see it, but probably not worth a big effort to try.

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Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter (Brewmaster Reserve 2010) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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