Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by stevenseg:
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
First of all, after reviewing some of the reviews of Mikkeller's Chipotle Porter (NOT referred to as Texas Ranger in any fashion on the bottle or anywhere on the Internet, as the BA title suggests), I noticed several slightly negative reviews given because of the chipotle bite. This beer does not purport to be anything other than what it is...and any beer brewed with chilies is going to have a bite and should not be scrutinized because of it. Reviewers, you're not rating a beer based on whether or not you personally like a style...you're reviewing based on how well you feel the intended style is reflected in the glass. Just because you don't like chilies doesn't mean the beer should get a bad rating. Rather, it means you picked up a beer style you shouldn't have at the beer store. This is a huge peeve of mine, but enough of my rant, and I digress...
With that said, I really like any kind of chili bite associated with the richness of anything dark...ice cream, dark chocolates, and, yes, dark beer. Dogfish Head's Theobroma gave me a taste of what chilies in beer should taste like, and the character is quite unique and pleasant. Mikkeller's Chipotle Porter is actually brewed and bottled by De Proef Brouwerij in Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium, and the beer will be reviewed knowing it has Belgian origins.
Chipotle Porter pours beautifully...oil dark brew flows from the bottle accumulating an amazingly dense, red-tinted dark head leaving beautiful lacing after a glass slant.
The smoky roastiness comes out in the nose. Roasted malt and chocolate with faint hops comes through. The malt is profiled very well.
Like the name suggests, Chipotle Porter does have that chili bite. I would like to taste some of the actual chipotle flavor come through, but the bite at the tail end of the drink is extremely pleasant. The beer is very roasty, as a thick dark brew should be. The line between porter and stout is a little cloudy, and I would say this "porter" leans toward the latter, but then "chipotle stout" just doesn't have the same ring as "chipotle porter," does it?
I like thick beers, and the Chipotle Porter does not disappoint. Maybe a stout might be a little thicker and heavier on the non-roasted malt, but this porter dances on the fence. The consistency is great, and the carbonation is very well done.
As far as drinkability, I have to rate the chipotle porter a bit on the low side. This is not a session beer, but rather a taste experience. The glass was enjoyed, but as with extremely rich beers, the chipotle bite makes this a one-and-done style.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2011 00:40:25 | More by stevenseg
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4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2014 01:59:51 | More by BradC
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
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
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.