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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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359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 36
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
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Denmark

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $4.60

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some roasted/charred notes and the chiles don't really some into play until the aftertaste kicks in. Not an inferno by any means, but enough kick to tingle your throat.

Overall - As much as I can appreciate that this is a well done spicy brew, I find myself pondering how it would be without the chiles in it. The chocolate/malty flavour is really fantastic. Anyways, still a beer well worth trying but not something I'd want a whole lot of, or very often.

Photo of Wajohnst
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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 kevinlater
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter, best before june 19, 2018, enjoyed on november 7, 2014

a: pitch black, very dark, two fingers of dark brown head. sticks to the walls of the glass. very impressive

s: smoky chipotle, prunes, chocolate, roasted malts

t: chocolatey and roasty up front, then the smoke and chipotle come mid-palate. finishes with roasted coffee flavours, a kind of ashy dryness, slight dark chocolate notes, and a mild kick of chipotle heat that becomes more apparent as the beer warms

m: medium mouthfeel & light carbonation. creamy

o: a good chocolatey porter where the chipotle makes itself known -- not as strongly as i was hoping, but still quite apparent

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3.84/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.41/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Near pitch black with a huge dense mocha coloured head, much like an imperial stout – excellent stuff. Long lasting retention and good lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, smoke, roasted coffee bean, gingerbread, and vanilla. Can’t detect any chipotle or heat but the gingerbread may have been it, albeit a sweet heat. If creamy and smooth could be an aroma this would be it.

T: Caramel-molasses, chocolate & coffee, smokey peat, vanilla, and definitely a backend chipotle flavour. The heat from the pepper is strong enough without being too overpowering, although a full 750 of this for one person may be a bit much to get through.

M: Medium bodied with milder carbonation maybe more akin to a stout. Creamy and smooth.

D: Porter or stout, whichever this may be, it is a tasty one with a definite presence of chipotle with nice smoky and roasted elements.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.56/5  rDev +13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.