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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: 325
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 32
Gots: 58 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-16-2010)
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Photo of cosmonick
2/5  rDev -50.5%

cosmonick, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
2.03/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Well, I've already reviewed the bottled version of this and apparently it must have mellowed out differently than the kegs, if this is really only once brewed. Served on-tap into a 12 ounce goblet.

A: Deep dark brown body, almost black with a small tan head. It settles quite quickly and doesn't really leave much other than a small ring. No real lace to speak of.

S: Chipotle pepper flesh, seeds, chocolate, wood and smoke. The peppers seem way more intense here than they did in the bottle. It's certainly the dominant profile on the nose.

T: Wow, that's not good at all. The Porter-like qualities do start off okay - roasted, dark malts but quickly are overtaken by the chipotle peppers. Way too much, way too powerful and completely overwhelm everything else. It's spicy, too. Much too spicy for what it should be, in my opinion.

M: Lower carbonation gives this a very standard medium body for being a Porter. It's very smooth, a bit bubbly on the back palate and easy drinking. Though it may be somewhat thinner than the bottle.

This was pretty terrible on draft. I struggled to put down the 12 ounces of this. Nothing I'd ever need to revisit on draft again, but certainly lay a bottle down for a few months and it should be much better.

ShanePB, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of mothman
2.05/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ahh Mikkeller, we meet again. Hopefully this experience will be better than the BA black hole series.

Poured into pint glass. Pours 1 finger of tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. Color is black. Off to a good start.

Aroma: I think someone played a prank on me as this smells a lot like the BA black hole series. Sharpie markers, roasted malts, chocolate, tar, burnt rubber. Has some smoke, but no chipotles.

Taste: Smoked malts, roasted, flavors, chocolate, vanilla, creamy flavors, burnt rubber, tar, and black sharpie marker. The chipotles show in the finish and are great, but it is hard to get through to that part of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and toxic. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends hot, spicy, and dry.

Overall, the best part of this beer was the chipotles in the finish, but everything else sucked. Tasted so much like the BA Black Hole beers. I feel like I was robbed on another one of their beers. Huge waste of money. Glad they only sent this one to TX so less people have to experience this tragedy.

mothman, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
2.33/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A-pours an opaque black, viscous liquid with a thick creamy caramel brown head with a solid lace.

S-milk chocolate, mikkeller ash and peat moss, hints of smoke, somewhat assertive spice towards the back.

T-milk chocolate up front, notes of smokey peat moss, huge peppery spice in the back that I can't get over. rough to drink for me but beer spice heads might like.

M-creamy feel, full bodied, somewhat dry with a clean finish.

D-this starts like a milk stout and immediately burns my throat with nothing I enjoy. the pepper is extremely spicy and overpowering in the back lingering throughout the sip.

cpetrone84, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Nosferotto
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I'd like to see Mikkeller and Southern Tier team up to make a brew that I would call "Holy Mole" (hole-E mole-lay).

This beer is obviously not for everyone. It was heavy on the smoke and a little chalky but the residual heat was a nice touch. The smoked Chipotle made it tough to drink for me but I was lucky (or prepared) enough to have a bottle of Southern Tier's Choklat Stout open so I blended the two. It added a delicate chocolate/Choklat scent and a smoke-dampening sweetness that made the Chipotle Stout more palatable while retaining just enough of the roasted chili flavor and mild lingering heat.

Nosferotto, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Woodysbeard
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Woodysbeard, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of disjunction
2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Firstly, I enjoy Mikkeller beers a great deal for the most part but...This is a smoked up novelty beer. This beer has the usual and increasingly extreme Mikkeller body. Getting through just one was difficult. It was too rich and had a savoury character, presumably from the Chipotle that overwhelmed.
I love you guys but just stop for a second and reflect.

disjunction, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of biglite351
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Some cascading of the head. Very dark brew and a medium dark vert tight head. More Imperial Stout looking.

S - Spice (ie: chipotle), malts and maybe a touch of cocoa.

T - Heavy chipotle, smoke flavor. A touch of malt and cocoa, but not much.

M - Thick for a porter. A spicey burn, as opposed to a tingle, on the tongue and back of throat.

O - Just not my bag. I can see the appeal of the beer if you are into spicey stuff, but I do not want a "burn" from a beer.

biglite351, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
2.83/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle that I scored for $7 which s good because I would not have bought it at $14. Looks like your standard porter, black with a decent head. Smells slightly like a porter but here come the chipotles, uh oh....The flavor is overwhelming, straight chipotle peppers and adobo sauce smothering the porter to death. Both me and my friend found this to be very one dimensional. It wasn't gross but it wasn't tasty either,

ArrogantB, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of brystmar
2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this a few times. Decent looking pour, good lace and head. Lots of peppers in the nose, overwhelming everything else that might be preset.

Almost fruity initially followed by roast, then briefly chocolatey before the chiles take over. Far too much pepper at the end and in the aftertaste. Similar to barrel aging, they should accentuate the base, not overwhelm it.

Not balanced, not good, and not my thing.

brystmar, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of jpro
2.94/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Single picked up at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen DK. I've had this beer for about two months and decided to crack it open the other night. Poured into shaped glass...

A: Black, with a massive, four-finger head of frothy, thick, milkshake-like head; leaves some serious crusts of lace.

S: Smoked malt; roasty char; plastic (chipotle?)

T: Chocolate malt; roasted malt; leaves an odd aftertaste that I do not particularly find enjoyable.

M: Medium feel; higher carbonation; spicy heat on the finish, but no real pepper flavor; again, finishes with an undesirable flavor on the palate.

O: Smh... pretty much just a porter with a heat kick on the end; nothing really crazy; not really appetizing, either.

jpro, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of cpinto6
3/5  rDev -25.7%

cpinto6, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of sillydarla
3/5  rDev -25.7%

sillydarla, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of SimonTja
3/5  rDev -25.7%

SimonTja, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of lballstar
3/5  rDev -25.7%

lballstar, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of drgonzo2k2
3/5  rDev -25.7%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of mmcnaughton
3/5  rDev -25.7%

mmcnaughton, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -25.7%

drummermattie02, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of trojankeg
3/5  rDev -25.7%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -25.7%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of deapokid
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

deapokid, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of AlexChillton
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

AlexChillton, Sep 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

brez8791, Apr 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Mattias, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of champ103
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque, pitch black color. A rocky, two finger brown head forms with excellent retention. Lace crawls along the side of the glass.
S: Smoke, peppery spice and a roasted malt base. Chocolate and toffee with some light coffee lingering. Really good.
T: Kind of falls apart here. Smoke and pepper up front which is interesting. Huge roasted malt, burnt charred ash and leather. Very astringent. Strong and bitter coffee. Hot peppery spice lingers on. Just an odd mesh of flavors that do not add up right for me.
M/D: A medium to full body that is slightly syrupy. Very rough around the edges. Pretty hard to drink. The odd mesh of flavors are making me struggle through the bottle.

Mikkeller is very hit and miss with me. While I applaud the effort here, all the parts just don't add up to anything. Just a big mess. Very unique though, and I would say it is worth a try. Just not a repeat buy for me.

champ103, Jul 24, 2010
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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.