Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Mikkeller ApS

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 395
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 39
Gots: 74 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-16-2010

Brewed with Chipotle Chilli Peppers at De Proef, Belgium.
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (654 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (685 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,994 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (782 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 (478 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,228 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,282 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (785 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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... (1,986 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a beautiful, thick tan head and very good retention. Great looking beer.

Smell: Roasty with dark chocolate notes and some sweetness. Very nice.

Taste: Very roasty but still manages to be smooth. A bit spicy from the pepper, and the heat builds as the beer gets warmer. Dark chocolate and some hop bitterness. The finish is bitter and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: The pepper was hotter than I expected, but I liked it. Very complex. I would have it again. (585 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,223 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Strange how so many Euro beer producers are adapting US idiosyncrasies, and trying to mimic US styles. Is the world finally taking note? slowing realizing that American beer is superior? ;)

Served in a tulip glass, this beer was gloriously presented to me, an impenetrable black color, dark brown around the edges, with a doming cap of super-creamy dark brown head that resembled a thick chocolate mousse. This retained well for the majority of the session, and rejuvenated a bit with a few swirls. I've had several "dark" chili beers now, and they all--including this one--seem to give me a strangely muted aroma, like the peppers and the malts are fighting for dominance, but neither really comes to the foreground; instead I get some kind of distant phenolic / dark malt essence, and not much more. Maybe it's just me, maybe it's just the style, I'm not sure. On the palate things are different. Lots of flavor here, dark roasty malts up front, dark chocolate and hints of coffee; mid-palate brings a nice infusion of earthiness and peppery spice, with a tingling burn from the peppers that comes out most in the finish and aftertaste. It's a nice effect, and I like it a lot when it's done right, as it was in this beer. Medium to full body, smooth and warming, nicely balanced, very good overall. (1,348 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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! (1,122 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/02/11 notes. Open by argo0 (RB) at a local tasting; thanks Aaron.

a - Pours a jet black color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of peppers, roasted malts, chocolate, and spices.

t - Tastes of spices and peppers, roasted malts, chocolate, and very light alcohol. Lots of spice in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice porter with some definite spice. I think there was a little too much in the taste for me, but I think they probably acheived what they were going for. Would try again, but would definitely split this bottle with some friends. (614 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.05/5  rDev -49.4%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a couple of snifters. Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for sharing with ClockworkOrange and I. This brew appears black in color with 2 fingers worth of creamy to silky brown head. A thick wall of lace sticks all over the glass. Some clarity and lighter brown coloration is seen through the edges when held to the light.

The smell is roasty with a light sweetness of chocolate malt and a touch of citrus and earthy pepper scents. The pepper inclusion is minority reminiscent of Tobasco sauce but with less sting to the aroma. A little bit of earthy quality is also present and mild leather to mineral notes. The earthy smell is somewhat like dirt but enjoyable coupled with the other aspects. At times it almost smells like green bell peppers as it gets warmer.

The taste is very earthy and dirty with leather and roasted chocolate malt. Minorly bitter and roasted, the peppers bring forth a zap of citrus very much unlike the citrus inclusion of hops. Also included is a light smoked character which adds nice depth to the flavoring. As the experience continues it gets warming down the throat with almost a black pepper aspect thrown in as well.

This is a medium bodied brew with a lot of carbonation that seemingly errupts in the mouth. It completely fills the inside of the mouth and coats it with a light, yet full creamy feel. There is lots of pepper quality in this brew but it is more flavorful than it is hot which I really enjoyed. Having a beer with peppers in the ingredients usually makes me proceed with caution but I went back for more with this offering. It lingers in the mouth with a lightly oily texture. Overall well done. (1,654 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
2.08/5  rDev -48.6%
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. (1,248 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured thick and black with a huge chocolaty head to it. Pretty nice looking beer overall.

The aroma has some great flavors to it. I get a good amount of the roasted, chipotle peppers flavor to it that mixes well with the darker, roasted malts. Together they give it a very good roasty, burnt, smoked pepper flavor that I really enjoy. Surprisingly I also get a relatively bold hoppy citrus flavor to it that integrates pretty well. Really loved the aroma on this one.

The taste shows some big smoky and burnt flavors to it up front. I get more of the sweeter chocolate and roasted pepper flavors coming out in the finish. I get just a bit of heat from the peppers as well throughout the beer. Very good pepper beer, probably the best integrated and drinkable one I've had.

The the mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style and carbonation was about average. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. They really did the pepper thing very well, and maybe only second to Hunahpu in that regard. It was fairly intense though, a great beer to share. Really enjoyed this one. (1,122 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep and very opaque brown-black colour, with a very fine head of chocolate brown. Body looks almost yellow-oily on the edges. Very sharp and classy looking. Body is just a little lighter than it could have been, otherwise, this is top-notch.

Nose is crispy and dark, with a sharpness that maybe speaks to the smoky chipotle note. In some senses the smoke gives it a lightness, although this and the true charred nature of the roasted malt mingle meaning you can't extricate either of the characters. Nice.

Taste is really pleasantly smoky and dark, with a tingle of spicy chilli on the back of the palate. But it's subdued enough that in mingles with the smoke, the roast and the slightly astringnet bitterness, dancing on the palate and giving a zing to elevate the beer above any other.

Very nice brew. Very nice indeed. It has the classic Mikkeller elan, but with the lift of something sharp, weird and different. One of my picks. Good beer. (956 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer pours a beautiful, rich, dark brown to black coloring that is just about opaque. A tall, frothy, dense, creamy, chocolate brown colored head sits atop at about an inch and a half, and slowly settles into a firm, filmy surface coating that clings to everything it touches. Aromas of rich, creamy chocolate in the backbone, with a subtle, overlaying highlight of smokey and slightly spicy chipotle peppers. Smells pretty damn good, and well balanced, too. Flavors of coffee and cream first, with a charred and spicy pepper profile following immediately. The pepper characteristics build rapidly as you drink, with a slowly cumulative heat. Oaky and earthy undertones throughout, which help give some layering to the brew. Spiced and peppery aftertaste, with a bittersweet chocolate backbone to it. Mid-bodied and fairly dry throughout, with a spicy, semisweet, thin finish that has a spicy linger to it. Moreso the more you drink. (979 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Texas Ranger has one of those heads that makes me grunt like Tim Allen in Home Improvement; such a wickedly rustic red-oxide colour, you'd think it were stained by the chilies themselves. This foam that floats overtop the lightless black body is permanent.

The nose presents an impressive battering ram of dark chocolate squares and pulls of espresso but there's spice amidst all those bitter, dark, roasty qualities. All in all, it's an engrossing bouquet with no shortage of flavours. I don't know whether to ask for a steak or a spring roll.

Notes of charcoal and char are the absolute perfect accompaniment to the taste of hot peppers - if ever there was a beer to pair with BBQ surely this is it. Background tastes of vanilla, malted milk, and coffee are eventually elapsed by a cayenne- and paprika-like spice that makes this considerably hearty porter more of a main course than dessert accompaniment.

Unlike wine, I think most beers are best consumed on their own, without the accompaniment of food. But this is one glaring exception; red meat can take this porter to new levels. Heck, lather a steak or rib rack in barbecue sauce, this has got the soy salt, lively spices, and mesquite smoke undertones to match any dressing. It is practically designed for a cookout.

Texas Ranger ought to be the darling of 4th of July parties across America and the automatic go-to for summer barbecues everywhere. Better suited to food than arguably any other beer, it is a genius ale that earns a spot at lunch or dinner tables anywhere there's meat present. Awesome recipe. (1,581 characters)

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.