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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Part of the Mysterium Verum program. Morgul Ale is out now. It is a porter (no coffee) that was aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for over 7 months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1542) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Not a bad offering. Bourbon is the first smell followed by some roasted malts. Very dark color with no head. Palate was a little watery and oily. Not as heavy as I would have preferred. No carbonation as can be typical with whiskey infused beers. This offset the friend I was drinking with. Flavors were more complex with bourbon, roasted malts (almost coffee-like), some chocolate but as an afterthought. It still retained characteristics of a porter. Alcohol was definitely present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Sample at Hay Merchant in Houston. The beer is a very dark brown color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, oak and vanilla. Medium to full body with flavors of oaky bourbon, chocolate malt and vanilla. The finish is roasty with a charred malt and bourbon aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Almost black pour w/ a large reddish head. Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit and licorice. Semi-sweet, very strong bourbon flavor with hints of fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2012
It has a really dark brown color, but looks thin (but heavy at the same time) with a very light brown head. The aroma is of very strong chocolate and nutmeg, maybe anise, with hints of biscuit malt. It has a really nice, interesting nose, but smooth at the same time - and light. You can feel the bourbon and wood in the finish, with a little of that alcohol and wood in the aroma as well. The flavor is of very strong bourbon - it’s light, though. Unlike most porters that are aged in such barrels, this is actually very easy. It’s still dark, though, and full of flavor, counter-balancing those insane bourbon notes. You can really feel it in your throat once it passes your tongue, and the bourbon flavor even makes your taste buds curl up a little. It has a really smooth palate, but is almost a little lacking, though - still, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2275) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Murky brown with almost no head. Aroma mostly of bourbon, with wood and vanilla notes. Taste is semi-sweet woody bourbon and just a little bit of caramel malt. Medium bodied with very soft carbonation. Nothing about this made me think it was a porter.Good, but there isn’t much discernible beyond the barrel aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2011
(Draught) Pours a cloudy brown body with a small cream head. Aroma of wood, greenness, raisins, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor of roasted malt, wood, bourbon, chocolate, and raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3407) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Tap at Hoppy Monk in El Paso, TX-pours pitch black with a small tan head that faided fast! Somewhat fizzy looking head at that. nose is wack-lots of bourbon, choclate, tannens and alcohol-baking chocolate. flavors of burnt malt, vanilla, whiskey, lots of dark and baking chocolate. long finish of burnt malt and vanilla with the whiskey s well. decent but again, this type of beer is too over-played. needs a bit more balance however, im glad they only kept it in the barrel for 7 months because if it was anymore, it would be undrinkable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6097) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2011
On tap at the Common Table. The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is very heavy on the oak with some bourbon and vanilla notes. There is no doubt that this is a barrel-aged beer. The flavor is more of the same with a few additions. I get a little roasted malt and chocolate, but once again there is a ton of flavor imparted from the barrel aging. I get a lot of vanilla, maple, oak and some cinnamon. A very tasty mix of flavors. Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2011
On tap @ the Common Table. Near black pour, small amount of tan head. Almost no roast to be found in the aroma with vanilla and tons of bourbon. Flavor is slightly fruity with more bourbon and a chocolatey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6286) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2011
On tap, cola and amber color with no head, malty graham and toffee aroma, flavor is bourbon, malt, cookies, sweet with good finish

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