Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by TMoney2591:
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
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...
06-16-2010 01:55:30 | More by TMoney2591
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4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured into a becker a deep chocolate brown with a fluffy tan colored head that left broken globs of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Sweet smoked chili,roasted nut,and bitter chocolate in the nose.Bitter chocolate and some roast at the onset on the palate then comes a big shot of smoke and spice in a lingering finish.This is what a smoked/chili porter should be,all elements get their turn,nice job.
08-19-2011 23:45:09 | More by oberon
3.75/5 rDev -7.2%
Thanks to Jeff for cracking this one. It pours a continuous black, only broken up by the darkest brown and ruby edges that hug the glass. The cloud-like tan head grows as big as the beer itself and is very slow to settle. Thick sheets of lace stick to the glass as the frothy head makes its descent.
Simply put, the aroma is full of roast and spice. Toasted and nearly burnt, roasted malts with some char, coupled with zesty, peppery and chipotle barbecue-ish spices. There's definitely some spicy heat coming off the aroma, and it's backed by a mild smokiness with a light, peaty undercurrent.
The taste pretty much follows through exactly where the aroma leaves off. Pretty smokey up front with a quick rush of BBQ-like chipotle peppers that invade the palate quickly. It's actually not as tingly-spicy as I was expecting, rather the flavor of the peppers and the spices are more prominent than their actual heat; that is definitely a good thing.
Roasty malts are the structure of everything, though they're pretty light in comparison to the heavy chipotle spice. I really like the flavors of this brew; the problem is, they are intense enough to kind of wear the palate down quick. Drinking this is copious amounts would be difficult, even at only 6.6% ABV. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a pretty smooth and lightly creamy mouth feel.
Definitely an interesting beer, and even a bit different than most of your smoked options. Chipotle peppers are easily identifiable, and while tasty, a little bit certainly goes a long way. Would be good in smaller pours of 4 oz or so, but finish even half a bottle would be a challenge for me.
06-28-2013 11:16:54 | More by tectactoe
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
Seriously good beer.
Black in color with a small rust-colored head. Nice contrast. A little bit of lace.
Roasted malt aroma. Cocoa and ground coffee. Peppery.
The flavors work together quite well. Chocolate and espresso. Pepper. Great afterburn.
Just the right amount of heat in this porter. Assertive, not aggressive.
Thoroughly enjoyed this.
11-08-2011 16:29:07 | More by lordofthewiens
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is chipotle peppers, roasted malt and some smoke. The flavor is great. I get roasted malt, chocolate, smoke and pepper with some medium heat. There is a little burn in the flavor which is very nice. Thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.
07-10-2010 00:31:34 | More by Mora2000
4.78/5 rDev +18.3%
Served on tap in a Bordeaux style glass at Grape Juice in Kerrville, Texas.
Brew has a chocolate froth colored head of about 1" over a dark, opaque brew. Smell is of coffee.... with light hints of mocha.
Taste follows coffee smell is well balanced flavors. Very smooth and chipotle flavor is subtle; just right in my opinion. I've had other chipotle brews which - to me - seemed far too "hot." Texas Ranger is perfect, IMHO.
Excellent mouthfeel and finish is quick and pleasant - especially considering this is a porter.
I hope to visit GJ again to try this wonderful brew.
08-20-2010 04:05:24 | More by mattster
4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
750ml bottle poured into a sampling glass.
Pours a very very dark black color with a huge black head, soo J and creamy its be your rich and dark. Th nose is sweet and spin on its very rich.
Taste is spicy and chocolate, it's sweet and smooth very tasty and delicious with a light Mouthfeel and its ve y good.
10-14-2011 08:53:31 | More by kingcrowing
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
Poured into a snifter black with a thick tan head. Good lacing. Smells strong of stale smoke. Not too terribly appealing. The taste is of deep smoke also with strong coffee taste. The chili begins to warm your mouth after about 30 seconds. It also isn't too terribly appealing in taste.
I don't know that this is such a great drinking beer. BUT . . . I bet this would make a GREAT marinating beer. Stick a nice NY Strip in some of this for about 12 hours and you might get something.
07-16-2010 02:12:09 | More by whoneeds8
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
A thick medium brown in color, this brew certainly looks the part. A nice, creamy light tan head between one and two fingers tall hoilds itself well and leaves patchy lacing in good quantity on the glass.
Chocolate notes with some roast are found in the nose with a touch of coffee, the heat of the peppers just rising up a bit underneath. As I'd hope with any good beer brewed with peppers, the pepper flesh is detectable, even slightly vegetal wihout being overly so.
It all comes out in the flavor as well with a nice, almost but not quite peaty flavor coming out. A bit of smoke is the result, and it works. The pepper isn't just to blow the drinker away with heat: it builds up, keeping the flavor all the way while the heat radiates at the back of the throat. Otherwise, it's almost sweet in the malty aspect of it.
This beer is actually surprisingly dry at times, a medium-bodied brew with just a touch of crispness and a decent smoothness as well. People seem enemaored with the thickness of it, but nobody mentions that it actually tends to go a little thin here and there.
While I'd take a Stone Smoked w/ chipotle, this is a very good beer. If I could, this beer's flavor would be a 4.3 while Stone's would be a 4.7, but I an't do that. Oh well. Guess I'll just have a tasty porter with chipotle peppers.
07-17-2012 21:52:00 | More by Brenden
3.88/5 rDev -4%
This beer pours a solid black, no highlights to speak of, and I looked hard for them, with a teeming amount of spillage-baiting tight foamy milk chocolate brown head, which sinks away lazily, rendering a pleasantly consistent array of forest-scape lace around the glass.
It smells of acrid smoked wood, kind of medicinal, or fishy, maybe. Whew - lots of meaty character in this haze, soaked up a bit inadequately by the base chocolate and mildly caramelized malts. The taste is more straight ahead big chocolate and caramel malt, a bit of charred BBQ veggie skewer ash, some fairly strong bitter leafy and earthy hops, all blindsided by a subtly rising metallic capsicum heat.
The carbonation is quite sedate, few bubbles stepping out of line, the body a sturdy medium weight, the spicy edge taking a chunk out of an assumed smoothness. It finishes somewhat surprisingly sweet, as the heat takes a breather, letting the singed cocoa malt apply its salve.
It's a wee shame that the heat, enjoyable as it is, tends to obscure the interplay of the spiked malt, under-appreciated hop bitterness, and subtle singular smokiness. Oh well - it all seem to work, in that there is no shortage of aggressive flavour here.
03-25-2012 00:06:51 | More by biboergosum
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
A great porter, with imperial stout thickness, chocolate,roast mollases,controlled smoked malt, spicy peppers in the finish. Complex, carbonation right there. Masterful. Black with thick head retaining a quarter inch of off-white head.Lot of fun to drink.
06-10-2011 04:24:22 | More by Sammy
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
The color is spot on but there isn't much head. A lot of roasted notes and smoke in the aroma. The flavor is like you'd expect. A velvety smooth smoked porter with chile heat at the end. It's a late heat that really lingers. I'd put the heat on a level close to a mild jalapeno.Certainly not overpowering. And, since it's a porter, if you search for some bittersweet chocolate, you'll find it. The smoke comes out more as it warms.
Really pleased with my first chile beer and I want more!
10-29-2011 01:22:21 | More by McNealc31
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
Chipotle Porter pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s opaque. No light cuts through at all. Looks sharp. A very dark, mocha colored head covers the top. Carbonation looks to be active, yielding a head that stands nearly three fingers tall. It takes quite a while to completely dissipate. Lacing was very stick and thick. Look excellent!
The nose is good. Chocolate malts are very prevalent. Doesn’t smell very sweet. Smells more like cocoa and dark chocolate. There’s a bit of a charred scent. It could be attributed to roasted coffee or espresso. Smells a bit smokier with each passing whiff. There is a bit of peppery, spicy scent, but it’s secondary. IT works pretty well into the mix. Alcohol is buried and doesn’t come through at all. Smells pretty good. Definitely interesting given the spicy notes.
The flavor is quite good, as well. The chocolate malt base is nice and sturdy. It’s not sweet at all. Definitely cocoa and bittersweet dark chocolate. It’s a tad smoky and has a very strong charred barley or burnt espresso flavor. It’s a tad strong for my taste, but isn’t too much of a distraction. There is a spicy flavor that’s not bad at all. It adds some heat to the mix, but it’s not so much that it’s offensive. Frankly, it’s an interesting complement to the other flavors. Alcohol is very light and goes mostly unnoticed. Finishes with a spicy, warm flavor that’s a bit charred.
Chipotle Porter has a medium body. Carbonation seems active, but it feels nice and soft. It’s not buzzy at all. It goes down smooth and easy. This 750 will go down without much trouble.
Mikkeller has a pretty nice beer in Chipotle Porter. The spicy side of it is definitely an interesting twist to its Porter roots. It works well though. If you can deal with the spicy warmth, you just might like it. It’s definitely worth checking out, even if you’re averse to spicy things.
07-07-2012 03:31:12 | More by prototypic
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
Poured into a Delirium Tremens glass. Beautiful to watch form in the glass. Looked like thick chocolate in the pour. Black with two fingers of tan head. The head retreated just a little to some nice lacing. Simply amazing looking.
The chipotle is obvious on the nose, but not to the point of burning. Lots of malt, some burnt, underneath.
Decent porter flavors: soft malt, dark bread and burnt malt.
But the reason we all came here was for the chipotle; and it does not disappoint. Mellow at first, with a slow rising heat until it is minutes since the last drink and you can still feel the heat on your lips. For a pepper beer, top marks.
The body is lighter for a porter, fairly smooth and almost no carbonation.
Really good. A little more on the "porter" part of the beer would be nice, but overall a super job with the chipotle. Unique, interesting and most of all, good.
10-30-2011 22:11:23 | More by Fatehunter
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.