Top Sail Imperial Porter (Full Sail Brewing)
Purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe ($11.99/22 oz. bottle) and poured into lowball glasses.
Full Sail’s bourbon barrel-aged imperial porter pours an impenetrable black with an insignificant brown head. The powerful nose whacks you with dried fruit (especially figs, raisins, and berries), old wood, vanilla, and hard alcohol. Whiskey and dried dark fruits are also predominant on the palette, with only the bitterness of baker’s chocolate to remind you of this brew’s imperial porter roots. Top Sail was aged in Kentucky bourbon casks for a full year, and the resultant beer is completely dominated by whiskey and oak barrel flavors. It could use some more richness to balance out the alcohol fire, but Top Sail is still a solid slow sipper.