Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Mikkeller ApS
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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
3.55/5 rDev -12.1%
Picked this bottle up at Connecticut Avenue in DC. Served in a Cantillon tulip.
Pours black with a really nice tan head--very cream with good spotty lacing and a really thick collar. The nose is slightly roasted with a nice chipotle afterburn. Slight roasted malt character underneath. The taste, however, is all chipotle on the first sip. Pretty intense. Nothing too terrible or wrong with it other than that it is not really balanced out by roasted malt, chocolate, or anything else. This is just quite one-dimensional. Finish has a bit of actual chipotle taste with some burn in the finish. Medium body with little balance. Okay, but I think they could have made this much better.
01-25-2011 12:20:10 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
A: The beer poured dark brown with a thin mocha-colored head.
S: There is a light to moderate aroma of roasted malts with smoky and chocolaty notes.
T: The initial taste is very similar to the smell but flavors of chipotle peppers quickly make their presence known. The overall taste isn't that malty and there is some spiciness in the finish. There is a good balance between the malts and the spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate. There is a low level of carbonation and a little bit of dryness.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is unique and well done for its style. I would definitely have another one of these.
06-18-2010 21:08:52 | More by metter98
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
another new one for me, i had been waiting for the right time to open this one and settled on last night. served chilled and split into a couple pint glasses, this one was consumed on 10/02/2010.
really the most perfect pour i could have imagined with a thick dark, abyss like black color an a huge three finger head of thick tan foamy lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass throughout the session, really quite impressive i have to admit.
aroma is deep chocolate and coffee, immensly complex but not overly spicy up front. this seemed to come more into play as it warms, bringing an earthy tone into play and a thick peppery spice that starts to tingle the nostrils. as i take the first sip a warm, thick, wave of chocolate and rich coffee washes over the tongue with the force of a thick wave. letting this shake off starts to give you some nice bitter coffee notes as well as touches of sweet molasses which try and wipe the palate clean, but then it hits. nice hot chili peppers that hit you with a twang. not overly done an to be honest very well placed it gives it just enough of an accent to be totally forceful and complex. smooth, decadent, nice dessert beer.
overall a really solid offering and one i am gla i got to try. now if i can get beer geek bacon i am set.
10-03-2010 19:37:10 | More by mikesgroove
3.88/5 rDev -4%
A very sturdy Porter that balances chocolate and heavy cream against smoky chipotle pepper flavor and warmth. Though not timit, it's certainly not overwhelming either.
A very creamy and somewhat viscous pour leads to a dark brown, chocolaty hue and haze. A creamy off-white head builds and slowly fades to an even blanket of foam across the beer. A very nice looking Porter.
As expected, chocolate and peppers control the rim. Malty notes play first with the bittersweet cocoa, coffee, and nutty aromas promise to give a firm base and not to let the peppers get away from it. Vegital peppers with smoke and mild notes of hot sauce compliment the Porter base while adding complexity and intrigue. Not off-putting at all.
Flavors follow suit with the scent: The chocolate, coffee, nutty, and cream flavors coat the mouth and saving it from the brunt of peppery capsasin. Chipotle flavors give the same smoky vegitable taste and with the same level of intensity. Low in hoppiness, the beer's peppery character balances against the malty sweetness instead, giving a lingering bite and building warmth in the throat. As peppers do, the heat builds in warmth and into moderate head nearly mid way through the session. The soft heat spreads from the throat and onto the palate as a constent reminder of the peppers that are used. Good control of pepper additions and a fantastic balance, through the unusual ingredient makes drinkability a bit tough.
Very rich and creamy throughout, the beer acts as a silky buffer against the assertive warmth of the peppers. Mild permiation though that film allows for the peppery warmth/heat to grow with subtle increases with each sip. Malty dry, but probably more due to the impression of heat than actual high attenutation.
A very solid Porter with very clever and delicate use of peppers for an ultimately bold vegitable beer without becomming bullyish. This beer is likely my prefered pepper beer, but I'm still not likely to reach for glass after glass.
12-06-2010 17:22:04 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -1%
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
09-17-2010 19:03:14 | More by Phyl21ca
4.08/5 rDev +1%
Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.
A: The pour is viscous and black with a big mocha colored head that has great staying power.
S: A very subtle chili spice that lies underneath a nice smokey and roasty nose. There is a bit of a woody note too, along with a bit of earth and salt.
T: The chipotles give this beer a real interesting flavor. Smoke, spice, salt, and earth all come to mind immediately. The beer is quite rich and chocolatey with lots of roasted character as well.
M: I was surprised when I checked the label to see this beer is only 6.6% because the mouthfeel is very impressive. Very full bodied with a nice creamy carbonation.
D: This is (surprisingly) one of the best Mikkeller beers that I've come across. A really nice porter with a well done chili addition.
08-12-2010 22:03:37 | More by womencantsail
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
This brew was something I was looking really forward to trying. The peppered beers really spark my interest. The beer poured out as a really dark brown color, it poured out looking much thicker than a porter also. The head on the beer was tan in color and had a nice sticky lacing to it. The smell of the beer was roasted and had just a minor touch of pepper on the nose. The taste was fun, I didn't get much pepper in the first sip... There was plenty of roasted chocolate flavors at first. As I drank the beer the pepper really started to come through. There was a subtle amount of heat in the aftertaste that I enjoyed a lot. The mouthfeel was creamy and thick feeling. Overall I though this brew was very nice. I wouldn't decline it if I happened to see it around again one day.
11-25-2011 07:32:06 | More by Knapp85
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
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
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
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
Got this at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. Served it at a dinner party seconds after a guest remarked that he hated Rogue's Chipotle Ale. Uh-oh.
A - Big tan foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind lots of spotty lace. The body is a near-black dark, dark brown color that is lighter at the fringes. There's a glass-coating brownish film left behind. This is pretty impressive-looking for a 6.6% porter.
S - Big chipotle, milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malt. Not subtle by any stretch of the imagination, but quite pleasant nonetheless.
T - The taste is quite similar, but unfortunately it has the unpleasant burnt finish that is typical of many Mikkeller beers. Not as much overt chili flavor, but a late mild heat instead.
M - Creamy medium body, medium carbonation, and a sticky and smoky finish. There's the above-noted chili heat, but no alcohol.
D - I liked this a fair bit, but the char and tar finish was a touch off-putting and the chili heat makes it tough to drink copious amounts. I like the barrel-aged version better. If you like chili beers, be sure to give this one a try!
01-16-2011 16:52:40 | More by MasterSki
4.2/5 rDev +4%
Had this on tap at Armsby Abbey. It's new American imported name is Texas Ranger, which I'm trying to change this listing.
A: Thick dark 1 finger head fades slowly with crazy lacing all over the glass, with no light escaping the darkness of the black beer.
N: Roast galore. Lots of roasted barley, coffee, dark malts, a little bakers chocolate, some creamy oatmeal, a little caramel, lots of earthy charred malt bitterness, is that hops? Creamy nougat too. Just a hint of a spicy pepper.
T: Start thick, rich and creamy, some oatmeal and a little chocolate milk, loaded with roasted barley and coffee, spicy strong bitter earthy charred malts with a little minerality, hints of spicy cayenne pepper especially on the back of the throat. Some sweetness and little syrupy with no real booze taste. Very light fluffy marshmellow and nougat candy bar.
M: Thick and rich, creamy, heavy body with decent carbonation.
F: Finishes slightly dry with a little lingering sticky sweetness. Some lingering cayenne pepper as well. Also lots of bitterness stemming from the earthy charred malts. Touch of minerality with lots more roast and a little coffee lingering as well as other dark malts. Coats the mouth quite a bit too.
08-03-2010 12:21:56 | More by jlindros
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.