Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by TMoney2591:
4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.
A beast of a treat from my beer-of-the-month club! From bottle to glass, this is some thick-ass porter, I tell you what. The result is a nearly completely opaque black-brown, though a very tiny bit of smoked garnet shines through when held up to the light (and held really close to it...). More than a finger of thick, strong foam serves as the head, burnt sienna in color and high in longevity. Some killer lacing is left behind during the head's long, cruel descent to the beer's surface. Not content with such strong visuals, Mikkeller goes on to craft quite the scent. Notes of jalapeño peppers, dark chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malts, coffee, maple sugar, and very dark greenery paint a portrait, simultaneously Cubist, Futurist, and Turnerian, of jumbled, yet extremely pleasing, olfactory goodness. The taste has now been hyped worse than a Summer blockbuster, CGI spilling out into the streets. Talk about ogre-like layers: The first consists of the darker sides of life, including molasses, chocolate sauce, dark-roast coffee, and maple syrup. Then comes a bitter layer comprising greenery, citrus hops, and bitter dark chocolate (the kind you'd bake with rather than feast upon directly). Then in steps the chipotle peppers at last, bringing some smoke, some more greenery, and a slight kick of peppery heat and spice. It isn't much in that department, but it's enough to add some extra complexity. Finally, another layer of cocoa and roasted malts finish things off, bringing it all full-circle, the artist's signature. The body straddles the border between heavy medium and light heavy, with a fairly light carbonation and a small amount of oral coating. And as I type this, the pepper is coming back in an otherwise bitter chocolate-dominated aftertaste. Man, does this brew taste good! And with that relatively low ABV, this bad boy can be downed fairly easily on a regular basis. If only I had more bottles of this gem...
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2010 01:55:30 | More by TMoney2591
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4.25/5 rDev +5.5%
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!
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 01:32:34 | More by poolemhore
4.29/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No clear date on the label. Stamped 6801210, whatever that might mean. Floating cowboy head. 100th review!
A: Very dark, opaque brown with 1 finger of caramel-colored head. Good retention. Lots of lacing. Boom!
S: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, mocha. Nice and assertive. Faint smoky pepper if I strain. Trace indistinct hop. Light booze.
T: Great chocolate, roasted malt sweetness develops into a round, balancing bitterness. Semi-dry finish. Chipotle develops in the aftertaste as a light chili heat - a perfect amount, really. Touch of coffee. Light alcohol.
M: Smooth, moderate/low carbonation with a pretty full body. Very solid.
O: Delicious porter with excellent chocolate notes. Superb treatment of the chipotle-infused heat. A little more smokiness would have sat nicely in the mix, but this was all-around good drinkin'.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2014 01:41:03 | More by fourstringer
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Dark as your soul after cheating on your wife. This porter clearly spent all of its time sleeping on the couch for months waiting to sign divorce papers and give up half of its earnings. A wonderful mocha brown head lingers for a very long time as you drink this porter. If eyes were your only clue to how this beer tasted you would have no reason to believe it wasn’t gooey chocolate paradise. The carbonation isn’t too intense. But, it is definitely more carbonated than a lot of porters.
Smell: It’s a lot like what you’d expect given the name. Spicy nose. Lots of pepper lingering over the top of a great chocolately foundation. Can find a lot coffee roastiness in it as well. Really pleasant kick in the smell.
Taste: Think of biting into a perfect piece of chocolate candy and then out of nowhere, while you’re chewing, chasing it with a chili pepper. That’s exactly how it tastes. It is smooth and velvety at the start, but as soon as you get to the middle of the taste it starts the burn and that lasts all the way down your throat and warms your stomach. Great base of coffee like you’d expect. I could imagine myself drinking this with some canned beans on a fire I made in the Old West with John Wayne. Extremely interesting, and wonderfully spicy.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, but not creamy like a stout. It has the classic bottom dropping out of a porter. Good amount of carbonation in the roof of your mouth.
Overall: Of all sort of gimmicky beers, this is one of my favorites of all time. It is not something I could drink every day because I think I couldn’t deal with the heartburn. But, it is certainly worth the buy any time you see it. And pour one for your friend before he/she knows what you’re giving him/her. They will either love you for life, or hate you for a few minutes until they give you their beer back and you drink it all yourself.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2013 17:56:59 | More by TheBiercast
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
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