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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) | Mikkeller ApS

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)
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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Chipotle Chilli Peppers at De Proef, Belgium.

Added by TMoney2591 on 06-16-2010

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Photo of pants678
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a brown head.

Malts are real potent.

Chipotle doesn't immediately present. The base stout is quite rich, though. Campfire character, more so graham cracker than smoke. Dry heat builds, though and adds more than a subtle accentuation. Not quite Bomb! but I passed on this one too many times.

Thick.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger head and a little bit of lace. The aroma mixes a blend of smoke and chiotle peppers along with bitter chocolate. Heavy body, slightly sticky, the toasted/smoky malts with peppers balance with a light and bitter chocolate feel. Passes easy and is simple beer but I like the interplay between the heat and chocolate sweetness.

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Photo of stevoj
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bangers. Dark brown/ ruby pour, a ring of reddish beige head. Aroma comes off as sweet, grapes, but taste goes on a different direction, and peppers only play a minor role. Low key heat, focus on some sweet, roast malt. Nice!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

long before this is a chili pepper beer, its a wonderful base porter. important to remember, this base beer is delicious and huge, sturdy and deep, tons of body and ashy dark roast, hints of smoke and dry dark cocoa, and its awesome. thick too, it coats the palate and teeth, and warms the belly. the peppers are only used as accents in it, do not expect a chili heat blast, its more mild than that. there is a tickle of warmth in the nose and throat, but it never escalates, and it never covers up the porter. the smoke from the pepper works with the smoke in the beer, a post-fire charred bitter high carbon thing going on. strongly flavored, not for the faint of heart. this is big boy (and big girl) beer through and through. a hint of oxidation at the end is out of place, but its still so smooth and gripping that it doesn't both me much. a great edition to the advent calendar box this year, but I definitely prefer some of the barrel aged variants of this one. it almost needs the heat and mellowness from the booze barrels to pull it together. cool use of chili, nice example of it in a style I don't usually dig too much...

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/1/2019. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoked pepper, caramel, toast, dark bread, light licorice/molasses/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chipotle pepper, and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoked pepper, caramel, toast, dark bread, light licorice/molasses/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/pine bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoked pepper, caramel, toast, dark bread, pine, light char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chipotle pepper, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Some light-moderate drying bitterness and pepper spice after the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. A mild amount of pepper heat builds up on the finish as you finish the glass, but never gets too strong. Overall this is an awesome pepper spiced porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chipotle pepper, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced pepper spiciness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours Pitch black colour with a tanned head. Aroma dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, chilli, espresso. Taste much the same as the aroma I get heat at the end a peppery heat not a bad heat.

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Photo of drmeto
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with a big,creamy,chocolate-coloured head
S:
-coffee,chocolate,pepper,smoke,oats,tobacco,a touch f dark fruits
T:
-coffeee,burnt toast,chocolate,present pepper heat,tobacco,toasty,faint mint
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-medium to full body
O:
It's thick.It's complex.It's not too hot.Great

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pint, 9oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: The beer is dark, dark brown and totally opaque, even against the light. Mousse-like caramel head which is reddish at the edges where it meets the beer.

S: Dark semi-sweet bakers chocolate rises hard from the glass. Old, dark toast and the sweet and sour scent of milk follow meekly behind. No sign of chipotle fresh from the bottle. Peppery notes - as in Piper, not Capsicum - start to emerge as an aftereffect as the beer warms.

T: Strong roasted note, like the char on a steak, is followed by bitter chocolate and a hit of pepper on the finish, which gets a touch more aggressive with warming. This palette is rounded out with a gentle, almost oatmeal stout-like backdrop. The tang of the char carries through the whole tasting and lingers along with the pepper bite on the finish. Since a chipotle is a smoke-dried jalapeno, and I am getting neither a smoky nor a capsicum aspect to the beer, I am docking points on flavor despite it being a robust (read: stout-like), well-executed, and enjoyable porter.

M: Full and milky smooth without being sticky or heavy. The pepper aspect gives a slight warmth on the throat on the swallow and even a little heat on the lips. Very little carbonation and a clean finish.

D: A robust porter that should be served with an equally robust meal. Grilled chicken in mole would probably be the way to go.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled on date or freshness information present. My bottle labeled as Mikkeller Chipotle Porter. 6.60% abv on the label.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter.

A - Pours one of the darkest blackest inkiest looking beers I've ever seen. Opaque as all hell, with just over a finger of dark dark mocha chocolate head, that falls to a skimming. Some small sticky spotty lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is of roasted barley, huge as all hell. Mild hints of cream, chocolate, char, and smoke. Maybe slightly earthy. No peppers really appear in the smell.

T - Taste follows the nose: tons of roast, barley, smoke, char. The chipotle pepper heat builds on the finish.

M - Feel is thick, full, & creamy. Good carbonation. Lots of lingering, slow-building Chipotle pepper heat. Very bitter & chocolatey.

Overall, an excellent chipotle pepper porter from Mikkeller. Borderling stout tasting. I might have expected more initial pepper heat, but it turned out very nice. Very dark and flavorful, especially for the moderate 6.60% abv.

Mikkeller Chipotle Porter -----4/5.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours jet black in color. Forms a two finger, dark tan to light brown colored head. High head potential, good head retention. Whispy lacing.
S - 4.75 - Lots of wood here for me. Oak wood, wood sap, whiskey cask barrel staves, bitter baker's chocolate, lots of chipotle chili, coffee beans and a very light smoke.
T - 4 - LOTS of chili pepper, almost too much...but not quite, its just right if you want a good kick. Lots of woodiness again, bitter chocolates and coffee. However, there isn't much sweetness here, and I feel with the amount of heat this has, it needs some more sweetness to balance it out.
F - 4 - Medium bodied mouthfeel
O - 4 - A VERY good pepper porter...but needs more sweetness. So close to being perfect.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic pint

A: big fat mocha head chunky and it lingers and laces the glass. very dark black body

S: I'm getting a metallic, peppery smell like crushed red pepper smells, a little bit of a lager smell

T: lots of that metallic and faint crushed pepper taste but very nice deep roasted barley and coffee with some deep chocolate and maybe a little bit of tingle from the peppers

M: nice almost chalky mouthfeel very interesting

O: Delicious I was a little off put by the initial nose but I think it was the peppers has an amazing porter taste it's everything you want roasty and thick with just the right amount of chocolate delight. The more this beer warms the peppers shine.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black pour with dark tan head and good lacing. Spicy chilis aroma. Peppery caramelized malt; chili pepper on the exhale. Hot peppery tongue coating, medium lite body. Peppers lightly done - just enough to make tongue tingle.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pry the exceedingly fragile top off a 750mL. bottle, pouring into our three-quarter sized snifters. It settles out as a dense motor oil black, with a fantastic head standing two fingers tall. The latter is composed of cakey russet colored bubbles, showing supreme retention. Lacing eventually plays out into alien craters. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be lightly medium. The chili peppers are apparent in the aroma before your nose even comes close to the beer. Notes include intensely metallic chipotle and jalapeno pepper flesh and heat, cooling banana bread esters, sour cream lactics, sweet buttery diacetyls, charred chocolate and coffee grain, smoked tar, chalked and flaked cacao bean, hypersterile iodine, soapy hoppy burn, Band-Aid phenols, French vanilla sweetness, alcoholic burn, corn breadiness of adjuncty white flour, balsa wood, lipstick waxiness, and pumpernickel bread. The flavoring offers up deeply smoky maltiness of black, coffee, chocolate, and raw barley roastiness, licorice, barnyard straw, old resinous pipe stickiness, clayed mineral, shoe polish, meaty leathers, distant metallic chipotle pepper Tabasco sauce (without hardly any heat), milk chocolate syrupy sweetness, fiery plastics, medicinal and Band-Aid phenols, bunt corn and white rice, dried twigs, moldy maple sugars, mild peaty grittiness, succulent aloe plantiness, Styrofoam, and synthetic peanut frozen yogurt. The body is full and oily, while the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives big slurp, smack, cream, and froth, but melts into nicely roasty chalked and astringent pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back well.

Overall, this was a nice dark beer from Mikkeller. It is just dawning on us now that we haven’t had a whole lot of their beers, but of what we have had that has been memorable has been their darker stock. As far as hot chili beers goes, this is extremely mild. The heat is light, if at all palpable, but offers tingling warmth to the far back of the tongue and palate if you’re willing to search for it. Nothing like the heat of a hearty pepper meal. What is much more present is a malty, roasty smokiness; it’s the base porter that wins here. This offsets as the chalky, chocolatey profile of the malts, producing a beer that is easy to get along with.

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Texas Ranger has one of those heads that makes me grunt like Tim Allen in Home Improvement; such a wickedly rustic red-oxide colour, you'd think it were stained by the chilies themselves. This foam that floats overtop the lightless black body is permanent.

The nose presents an impressive battering ram of dark chocolate squares and pulls of espresso but there's spice amidst all those bitter, dark, roasty qualities. All in all, it's an engrossing bouquet with no shortage of flavours. I don't know whether to ask for a steak or a spring roll.

Notes of charcoal and char are the absolute perfect accompaniment to the taste of hot peppers - if ever there was a beer to pair with BBQ surely this is it. Background tastes of vanilla, malted milk, and coffee are eventually elapsed by a cayenne- and paprika-like spice that makes this considerably hearty porter more of a main course than dessert accompaniment.

Unlike wine, I think most beers are best consumed on their own, without the accompaniment of food. But this is one glaring exception; red meat can take this porter to new levels. Heck, lather a steak or rib rack in barbecue sauce, this has got the soy salt, lively spices, and mesquite smoke undertones to match any dressing. It is practically designed for a cookout.

Texas Ranger ought to be the darling of 4th of July parties across America and the automatic go-to for summer barbecues everywhere. Better suited to food than arguably any other beer, it is a genius ale that earns a spot at lunch or dinner tables anywhere there's meat present. Awesome recipe.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. This one has been aging in my cellar for about four years. Thick, pitch black pour with a gorgeous two finger caramel-colored head with great retention and lacing. The nose is totally dominated by the smoke. Hints of cocoa, licorice and espresso try to emerge, but the smokey malts are totally dominant. The taste follows suit with the smokiness tempered a bit allowing hints of dark chocolate, espresso, subtle vanilla, coffee, cocoa, and some really subtle Chipotle. The mouthfeel is thick and mouth-coating with light carbonation and a nice subtly spicy chili pepper finish that intensifies as it warms. Overall, not my cup of tea as I'm not a big fan of smokey beers. With that said, the taste is more balanced than the smell and makes for an interesting chili beer.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really dark brown with a nice dark mocha head, receding really slow and leaving nice curtains on the side of the glass.
Rich roasted malts, black coffee, dark chocolate, big smokey notes, a nice warm veggie pepper note too. Very nice.
Rich roasted malt up front, but also a light dark fruit juiciness. Smoked peppers stand out, at first with a pulpy bell pepper note, and later on warm and prickly, really nice. Hint of licorice and cinnamon. Light cocoa powder, but more coffee bean, burnt dark bread and quite some hop in the finish.
Aftertaste has smokey ashy malt, chilli pepper warmth, coffee dregs and hops. Lasts a lot too. Medium body, a bit oily, smooth carbonation.
A great American porter with the perfect amount of chipotle, enriching the roast and bringing a really awesome spiciness.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a nice half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Looks like a stout in the glass. Aroma is sweet, dark toasted malt, licorice, milk chocolate, light smoky hot pepper that makes the nose tingle. Flavor is rich dark toased malt, chocolate, vanilla, licorice; smokiness develops and then the full chipolote smoked hot pepper flavor finishes the taste off. Pepper is distinct, but lightly done, making it very drinkable. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very impressive porter; flavors are intense and rich enough I would have thought I was drinking a much more powerful brew. Possibly the most complex and full flavored standard porter I've ever had. The smoky pepper spicing is handled very well, complementing and being supported by the other rich flavors. Really well done. This bottle does not mention the Texas Ranger name, but has the same ABV and is certainly the same porter. This is a potent enough beer it should probably come in a smaller bottle. Although it is delicious and the pepper is handled well, it is daunting to face a 750ml bottle of this. I am willing to sip on this for while, though.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance: looks like a freshly poured espresso, almost black, with a milk chocolate head

Aroma: black licorice, fresh pine hops (upon realizing this has chili pepper, think that is what I was actually picking up here), dark chocolate, something almost floral, vanilla

Tate & Mouthfeel: chocolate at first, but rapidly taken over by rich, dark roasted coffee that is just sliding into burnt territory and acquiring the associated bitterness, but not so much that it overpowers the robust coffee taste; long finish is of pure dark cocoa, even including a slight powdery mouthfeel; mild and fine carbonation with a medium-heavy body make for a luxurious feel; hint of chili heat is a nice touch and build over time playing a more significant role

Overall: the big, powerful, deep roast malt flavours are fantastic, with chocolate and malt pairing up beautifully with the chipotle heat; saddle up, it packs a punch

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

A: Pours an inky black with tinges of dark brown, forming an impressively thick dark tan head that leaves equally impressive lacing down the glass.

S: Rich notes of dark chocolate and smoky roasted malt swirl out of the glass, mingled with some hints of spicy heat and dark fruits like cherry and plum.

T: The dark roasted malt forms the backbone of the flavor, smoky and black, with a complex mixture of cocoa and light coffee whirling around the palate. There is spiciness present from the chipotle, but not overly pronounced - more a background singer, offering some harmonic support to the rest of the beer. Notes of cherry and plum come through as well.

M: Heavy, sticky, this completely avoids the watery issues many porters have.

O: An enjoyable experience. I don't know if I'll repeat it at the price point of a Mikkeller beer around here, when I can grab at least two bottles of Wulver for what this runs, but that takes nothing away from this beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $4.60

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some roasted/charred notes and the chiles don't really some into play until the aftertaste kicks in. Not an inferno by any means, but enough kick to tingle your throat.

Overall - As much as I can appreciate that this is a well done spicy brew, I find myself pondering how it would be without the chiles in it. The chocolate/malty flavour is really fantastic. Anyways, still a beer well worth trying but not something I'd want a whole lot of, or very often.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Jun 19 2018. I have very little experience with chile beers. Served slightly chilled.

This spiced porter pours a murky brownish-black colour, totally opaque and topped with a beautiful, foamy, deep tan-coloured head. It starts off nearly two fingers high, but slowly recedes over the next five or six minutes, giving rise to a thin collar/cap and a ring of messy, sticky beige lace. This is a beautiful-looking beer, and the aroma is similarly impressive - lots of chipotle smoke comes through easily with each whiff, with lesser contributions of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark stone fruit and pepper.

Absolutely stellar. Molasses sweetness and roasted malts start things off, with a nice blend of dark chocolate, plums and coffee. Somewhat smoky, with a charry note that leads into the chipotle spice - which provides a nice little kick of chile pepper heat at the tail end of the profile. The pepper lingers into the aftertaste, outlasting the roasted malt sweetness, but still fades with time and fails to build up with each sip (I consider this an advantage, but YMMV). On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with relatively low carbonation levels that only gently agitate the palate - strangely, though, the spicy heat seems to help this one out, providing the illusion of a livelier mouthfeel. This is a delicious beer, but it's still a sipper - the abv isn't all that high, but the heat and bold flavour profile demands a slow, deliberate approach to quaffing.

Final Grade. 4.41, a superb A grade. Texas Ranger is the best chile beer I've ever tried. That in and of itself is not saying very much - because I've only had one other chile beer, and it was pretty forgettable. This one, on the other hand, is an excellent spiced porter that possesses just the right amount of peppery heat - it's impossible to ignore, but not so pungent as to drive people away, or to make finishing the bottle a chore (at least, the small bottle I picked up - a bomber would be a bit much for me). Unique and delicious - absolutely worth a shot, and probably the most interesting Mikkeller beer to be brought into the LCBO (save perhaps the Black).

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Photo of kevinlater
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter, best before june 19, 2018, enjoyed on november 7, 2014

a: pitch black, very dark, two fingers of dark brown head. sticks to the walls of the glass. very impressive

s: smoky chipotle, prunes, chocolate, roasted malts

t: chocolatey and roasty up front, then the smoke and chipotle come mid-palate. finishes with roasted coffee flavours, a kind of ashy dryness, slight dark chocolate notes, and a mild kick of chipotle heat that becomes more apparent as the beer warms

m: medium mouthfeel & light carbonation. creamy

o: a good chocolatey porter where the chipotle makes itself known -- not as strongly as i was hoping, but still quite apparent

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Near pitch black with a huge dense mocha coloured head, much like an imperial stout – excellent stuff. Long lasting retention and good lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, smoke, roasted coffee bean, gingerbread, and vanilla. Can’t detect any chipotle or heat but the gingerbread may have been it, albeit a sweet heat. If creamy and smooth could be an aroma this would be it.

T: Caramel-molasses, chocolate & coffee, smokey peat, vanilla, and definitely a backend chipotle flavour. The heat from the pepper is strong enough without being too overpowering, although a full 750 of this for one person may be a bit much to get through.

M: Medium bodied with milder carbonation maybe more akin to a stout. Creamy and smooth.

D: Porter or stout, whichever this may be, it is a tasty one with a definite presence of chipotle with nice smoky and roasted elements.

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Photo of BradC
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark dark brown into a goblet, nice two fingers of head that fades to thin tan line.

Smells of roasted grains, chocolate

This tastes like a great porter with some chipotle on the finish. Roasty and chocolately to start

Light carbonation, medium bodied, this beer is pretty easy drinking

Overall, the pepper is just barely there, but does add some flavor and depth to this one. Would definitely try again

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Photo of poolemhore
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a foamy brown head

S - chocolate, toasty and hints of the spicyness

T- chocolate with that chipotle spice hanging out through the experience; spicy in your throat

M - not a whole lot of carbonation but a little to start and finishing quite smooth; on the thicker side

O - wish there was more chipotle flavor in this. Was hoping it would taste closer to the traditional Mexican molé. Really enjoyable but I suggest sharing it with a friend or two as I did as it would be hard to finish a bomber of this by ones self. I look forward to trying more Mikkeller beers!

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.