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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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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 39
Gots: 70 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-16-2010

Brewed with Chipotle Chilli Peppers at De Proef, Belgium.
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Ratings: 381 | Reviews: 162
Reviews by deapokid:
Photo of deapokid
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 9/3. Reviewed from notes.

Liquid has a root beer brown head that seems to stick around for a bit. Carbonation is noticeable, even with the opaque, black body. A sticky web of lacing and dense foam make for a creamy, milkshake-esque concoction.

Aroma has a whiff of that mouth-watering peppery burn. Also present is a woody smokiness that reminds me of bacon sizzling in a pan. Smell is a bit faint, but boy is it resonant.

Flavor profile features roasted beans, chocolate bar and the dry rasp provided by spicy chili peppers. The rasp is a shade overwhelming, reminiscent of an overload of coarse ground pepper. The smokiness is nice, but the bitterness is way too pronounced and sticks around for quite a while.

The smooth and sweet opening is almost forced out by a heavily pronounced black pepper scratch in the back of the throat. It's not entirely pleasant.

Overall, there are some good things here. The chocolate notes and roasted coffee bean vibes suggest a tasty porter somewhere in the mix, unfortunately overshadowed by the namesake ingredient. Some pepper burn is usually nice, but 25 ounces goes a long way. Share with a friend or two.

More User Reviews:
Photo of thehyperduck
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
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).

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of mattster
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BGDrock
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

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

Photo of whoneeds8
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

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.

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of McNealc31
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Huge chocolate head atop an inky black body. Beautiful lacing and surface foam.

Smell - Deep roasted malts. Very chocolatey. No chipotle in the nose. Some smoke.

Taste - Chocolate. Very rich. Some burnt coffee. Peppers start to build in the middle. Not a distinct chipotle flavor. Pepper spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and nicely chewy. Spicy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I think this would be a great porter if it weren't the chipotle.

Photo of inthebeeraisle
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight up dope. After having the BA version first I expected less. Good head retention and lacing (unlike) the BA version. Heavy lacing.

A: Darker then a normal porter, but it's something I'm okay with.

S: Really smokey with a strong pepper backer.

T: Super great. Balance is the key here. More silky smooth then the BA version. Smoky smooth.

M: Great

O: You rarely expect a regular version to be better then the barrel aged version. This one was.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - shiny black, tall mocha head dissipated slowly leaving lots of random lacing
S - cold espresso, charcoal, smoked peppers, and pleasant milk chocolate
T - french roast coffee quickly followed by the sweet & heat of chipotle pepper, dark and mild chocolate, and charcoal maltiness rounding it out
M - medium to heavy body that starts creamy smooth, chili heat begins to build and sticks in the back of the throat, finishes with a mix of milky and dry with heat hanging around
O - i haven't had many chili beers, but a rich malty approach like a porter is the way to go, big enough in beer flavours to hold up against the chili flavour and heat, very impressed

Photo of Donis
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bottle after speaking with the sales rep at my local beer shop. I was told it wouldn't be as spicy as some of the other chipotle porters so my expectations ended up in line with what I experienced. This beer finished beyond my expectations and one I would definitely recommend for those that enjoy a mildly spicy porter.

I poured this from the bottle into a 12 oz mug.

A - Thick and lasting pour. Head that chills out for quite a while afterward.

S - If the Johnny Depp movies "Chocolat" and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" had a baby... this is what it would smell like.

T - Unlike the smell, the chocolate was very subdued. The chocolate hits you first and the spice hits you about halfway through your sip and lingers very nicely as the coffee / pepper / cherry adds a fantastic finish.

M - The weakest aspect of this beer in my opinion. The beer begins highly carbonated and almost crisp for a creamy porter and by the time I got to the end of my mug became relatively flat.

O - This beer has a great balance between the chipotle peppers and the porter's natural flavors. I thoroughly enjoyed the complex taste of this brew and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys the twinge of spice to their beer.

Photo of rwf08
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle in over sized tulip.

A: Dark as night with a thick fluffy two finger mocha head. Some spotty sticky lacing. Head sticks around and leaves a rocky head.

S: The chipotle is up front. Spicy, smoky, some dark chocolate sweetness to round off the spice.

T: Fruity, spicy and good chocolate. Not overly spicy. Slight tingle but I'm very happy this isn't just over the top spice. The sweet and spice are very balanced in this beer.

M: Creamy, this is the creamiest beer I have ever had. Not overly viscous though. Medium body.

D: Pretty damn impressed. They brewed this for Tx from what I understand and I approve. I love spicy and this is hitting the spot. If you don't mind the $12 price tag then go for it!

Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a dense mocha colored head that settles into a light cap with some lacing. Looks very stout.

The porter has a berry like sweet and sour combo, with caramel to add more sweetness. A nice whiff of smoke from the chipotles. Gives the beer a nice meaty scent.

The taste starts off very meaty between the heavy roasted malt and smoke flavors. Somewhere in the middle comes the sweet/sour berry and a metallic twang. The finish is big on roasted malt, ground coffee and light chocolate. Noticable heat from the chipotles.

Well bodied with tingly carbonation. Fairly silky but also sticky. Finishes with a roasted bitterness and chipotle heat. The bitterness tends to linger a bit too long on this one.

I like it. It is a heavy duty porter with stronger roasted flavor than the "porter" style. I dig the smokiness from the peppers and the heat is interesting. Feels much larger than the 6.6ABV, not that you can detect the alcohol. Not sure if this would be for everyone but I like smokey brews.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows chocolate, coffee, soft roasted malt and liquorice. Very decadent!
Very rich flavours too. Heavy roasted malt with some coffee notes. Not much chipotle flavour but there is a soft burn on the palate. Finish is very roasty.
Rich, syrupy, creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of smoked malt with roasted oat and some light spicy undertone. Taste is not as spicy as I would have expected but smoked malt is very prevalent with some black chocolate notes as well. Body is full with nice creamy texture and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Different with great execution and nice creamy texture with not too much peppers

Photo of fourstringer
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'.

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.