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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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Reviews: 171
Hads: 413
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.52%
Wants: 39
Gots: 75 | FT: 6
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Mikkeller ApS
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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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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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for cracking this one. It pours a continuous black, only broken up by the darkest brown and ruby edges that hug the glass. The cloud-like tan head grows as big as the beer itself and is very slow to settle. Thick sheets of lace stick to the glass as the frothy head makes its descent.

Simply put, the aroma is full of roast and spice. Toasted and nearly burnt, roasted malts with some char, coupled with zesty, peppery and chipotle barbecue-ish spices. There's definitely some spicy heat coming off the aroma, and it's backed by a mild smokiness with a light, peaty undercurrent.

The taste pretty much follows through exactly where the aroma leaves off. Pretty smokey up front with a quick rush of BBQ-like chipotle peppers that invade the palate quickly. It's actually not as tingly-spicy as I was expecting, rather the flavor of the peppers and the spices are more prominent than their actual heat; that is definitely a good thing.

Roasty malts are the structure of everything, though they're pretty light in comparison to the heavy chipotle spice. I really like the flavors of this brew; the problem is, they are intense enough to kind of wear the palate down quick. Drinking this is copious amounts would be difficult, even at only 6.6% ABV. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a pretty smooth and lightly creamy mouth feel.

Definitely an interesting beer, and even a bit different than most of your smoked options. Chipotle peppers are easily identifiable, and while tasty, a little bit certainly goes a long way. Would be good in smaller pours of 4 oz or so, but finish even half a bottle would be a challenge for me.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows chocolate, coffee, soft roasted malt and liquorice. Very decadent!
Very rich flavours too. Heavy roasted malt with some coffee notes. Not much chipotle flavour but there is a soft burn on the palate. Finish is very roasty.
Rich, syrupy, creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

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Photo of jpro
2.97/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown in color with a thick creamy tan head. Spotted lacing.

S: Malts, chocolate and a hint of chile.

T: Sweet chocolage on the front side turns to a mild chipotle smoke and heat on the back end. The heat takes a while to build up but after several sips it is noticeable but not over the top.

M: Medium to heavy but nice.

O: Really solid brew and enjoyable. Sweet for a porter but nice complexity.

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Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark, almost black, color. There's a little bit of brown around the edges, but primarily thick black. It looks to be thick and is coating the glass with a dark brown film. - showing some subtle signs of alcohol. The head is large and is a dark espresso - mocha color.

A dark roasted quality is most prominent in the nose. There are some big caramel/burnt sugar notes. The pepper is leaving a lingering burn in my nostrils. It smells as though it's going to leave some heat on the palette. Not a lot of chocolate and coffee notes. There are very dark roast/burnt flavors and very light sweet sugary flavors - not a lot in between to round it out.

Starts off with a burst of sweetness. The caramel is very prominent and so is the roast - as in the nose. Still lacking those middle of the road chocolately/dark fruit flavors. Finishes with some residual sweetness and mellows out into a nice coffee bitterness. The chipotle could easily be confused as alcohol warmth while the beer is on your mouth, but once you swallow it quickly becomes clear that it is the chipotle spice. I would of liked to see it contribute to the flavor more than just in the aftertaste.

The beer looks thick but doesn't feel as viscus as it looks in the glass. It has a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, but it doesn't hold up to the bold flavors. If it was a bit more full-bodied or more carbonated and effervescent then the mouthfeel would of meshed better with the flavor.

Overall, I nice spicy porter. Not my favorite, but worth trying. Chipotle seemed like an after thought but it played its part okay.

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Photo of IPA35
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful thick, dark brown to black beer with a dense dark tan head.

Smells of chocolate malts with a spicyness to it that tingles the nostrils. Strange by intriguing!
Some coffee, slight dark fruits.

This is so wierd. A very decent porter, or more like a stout maybe but it has a burning sensation to it! It's crazy! But not in a bad way. Slightly smokey and savory.

Once you drink the beer it tastes like a nice, medium-sweet and even slightly fruity stout but once it sits in your mouth for a second or two, and especially with the swallow you get the burning pepper. The aftertaste has a pepper burn to it as well. The burn is not too strong but it is quite noticable, as someone who has not had a chilli beer before it is a wierd experience.

Mouthfeel is quite full and creamy. Nice, low to medium carbonation.

Overall a very good porter, with heat! Truely a must try, these kind of beers.
But to be honest I would prefer this without the burn.

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Photo of danieelol
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with great tan frothy head. Like a chocolate mousse.

Smell is chocolate fudge, fruitiness, some nice bitey hops, ice cream, marshmallows.

Taste is all sweet chocolate fudge and syrup. Subtle chilli on the finish. A touch smoky.

Mouthfeel is big: thick and viscous.

This is just an all round winner. Looks great. Get the huge chocolate, the chilli and the subtle but lingering smokiness. Inspired.

Only slight issue is that the Mikkeller soy is unfortunately a little present here, but less so than in some other beers.

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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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet dark chocolate malts, chipotle, roasted coffee, black licorice, bit of molasses.

T - Sweet dark chocolate malts, bit of milk chocolate, lightly spicy chipotle peppers, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a spicy, warming, and sweet finish.

D - Nice spicy porter. The chipotle adds some nice heat without taking over.

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Photo of KingSlayer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle poured at room temp.
poured a jet black untranslucent liquid, formed a 2 fingers tan dense persistent head, good lacing.
deep intense aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malts and definitely hints of chipotle, smoke (woody), and black pepper.
palate is the same as above, nice balance of malts and hops, the chipotle flavor is prominent and i can feel towards the end the lasting medium to mild spicy heat in my lips, tongue and throat.
full body, nice adequate carbonation, alcohol is not noticeable.
overall this is a strong porter, id say this could fit into stouts, the coffee chocolate favor is very rich and delicious, the chipotle is a nice adventurous touch, and its hot! very nice experimental stout like brew.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with an enormous, super dense, very dark brown head. Top-notch head retention, takes at least 10 minutes to fade away to drinkable levels. Never seems to really fade completely either. Big thick spiderweb lacework left behind too.

S: Smoky with distinctive chipotles. Lots of them. Mild chile heat is discernible in the nose. Get some char and some chocolate mixing in there too.

T: Smoky sweet chocolate up front with notable chipotle pepper taste, but no heat . Some char joins in the middle and then the sweetness fades away, leaving bitter baker's chocolate, smoke, char and a quick burst of chile pepper heat (finally). Lingering smoky chipotles with very mild heat in the aftertaste. Very drying.

M: Very nice body for only 6.6%. Medium/heavy body, very full and creamy. Exact opposite on the back end, becomes chalky and drying in the finish.

O: An excellent example of the style (if chile porter were a style). The smoky chipotles integrate well with the typical smoke character of a porter. Not very spicy at all, just a quick wave of heat in the finish but even that is minor. It could actually stand to be a lot hotter but then again I am a chile lover.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely dark colored beer, almost black and completely opaque. The beer poured with a dark brown head, tiny bubbles and had a decent amount of retention but the head was pretty thin.

S: The first two notes that hit your nose are smokiness and black pepper almost resembling bacon. There are light notes of malt and some floral hop notes. Overall though, the nose wasn't that strong and it took a lot of inhaling to discern the notes I have.

T: A wonderful blend of chocolate and smokey pepper. It packs quite a bit of spiciness that is balanced by the smooth chocolate and malty sweetness. This is what I feel a chipotle porter should taste like. I'd venture to say that this beer sets the flavor bar for all chipotle porters.

M: This beer has a medium body which is almost perfect however a bit more residual sugar would benefit it. The carbonation adds a nice bite of the tip of the tongue while the spice hits the back of the tongue.

Overall this beer is close to perfect. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes the flavors I mentioned above. The only thing stopping the beer from greatness is the lack of aroma.

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Photo of cvm4
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours thick for a porter. Very black with a tan one finger head. Not much lacing.

S - Dark Chocolate and smokey haze lingers. I'm not getting much chipotle on the nose.

T - Subdued cocoa and weak coffee start you off and then halfway in you feel the heat. This lingers to the end and a pleasant ending of spices & heat.

M - Lighter body, high carbonation.

O - I was happy to find out the base porter has good legs on it and the chipotle isn't overwhelmingly spicey.

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Photo of disjunction
2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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Photo of genitempo
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Guzzles nicely into a pint glass. Short-lived cream-colored head that sticks to the sides a bit. Good, black body.

S- Musty and rich, with a bit of warmth hitting the nose.

T- Beautifully done. Sappy and robust but not overly-alcoholic. Finishes very clean. But the best comes later, a rich heat build on your palate from the Chipotle Chiles.

MF- Thick and syrupy, but not too heavy. Minimal foam/carbonation.

O- I've tasted a lot of collab. beers that Mikkeller has done with Jester King, but this is a brilliant intro to their independent stuff. This is the way experimental beers should be approached. This beer stays within the noble limits of what a truly impressive porter yields, but dances into a new realm of experimentation. Top Notch.

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Photo of Donis
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bottle after speaking with the sales rep at my local beer shop. I was told it wouldn't be as spicy as some of the other chipotle porters so my expectations ended up in line with what I experienced. This beer finished beyond my expectations and one I would definitely recommend for those that enjoy a mildly spicy porter.

I poured this from the bottle into a 12 oz mug.

A - Thick and lasting pour. Head that chills out for quite a while afterward.

S - If the Johnny Depp movies "Chocolat" and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" had a baby... this is what it would smell like.

T - Unlike the smell, the chocolate was very subdued. The chocolate hits you first and the spice hits you about halfway through your sip and lingers very nicely as the coffee / pepper / cherry adds a fantastic finish.

M - The weakest aspect of this beer in my opinion. The beer begins highly carbonated and almost crisp for a creamy porter and by the time I got to the end of my mug became relatively flat.

O - This beer has a great balance between the chipotle peppers and the porter's natural flavors. I thoroughly enjoyed the complex taste of this brew and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys the twinge of spice to their beer.

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Photo of stlunatic15
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml to an English Pub glass.

A - Extremely black color with a very dark head. This head isn't just off-white, this is literally a beige-colored head. LOTS of foam. Seems to be very carbonated.

S - Smokey chocolate. No hint of chipotle peppers yet - but as of now it is pure chocolate, toffee, and butterscotch.

T - The smoke is there, slightly spicy, but I personally don't taste the chili peppers. The chocolate aroma was very intimidating - as there is not a single hint of chocolate taste in this beer (very interesting). I feel a slight heat sensation in the back of my throat (assuming it's the chipotle). Spicy for a porter.

M - Thick, syrupy, slightly chewy. Goes down easily until that chipotle kicks you in the ass towards the end. This beer has got some heat/spice to it - Mikkeller doesn't disappoint.

Overall: This is by far one of the most complex, interesting beers I've had (that I can remember). I've had a few chipotle porters prior to this, but this one blows all of them out of the water. It literally seems like I just ate a bunch of peppers - this beer will sneak up on you and unleash its spice content. It's not exactly 'spicy', but the smokey flavors and aromas leave my taste buds feeling like I had just swallowed a whole habanero.

Out of the all the beers I have reviewed, this was honestly one of the most difficult ones to review, since there is SO much going on. I highly recommend this; not because it's a good beer, but because it is an incredibly fascinating one. This beer is definitely worth the buy, and I hope to drink it again one day. Cheers

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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.

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Photo of Casedogg43
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Mikkeller offerings. I have had it in tap previously at NewAlbanian pizzeria. Been hoping to run into it again.
Found it in Covington Louisiana. Very pleased about that.

A - nice black pour with terrific chocolate color head dissipated slowly
S - coffee,, charcoal, smoked peppers, and chocolate
T - roasted coffee with chocolate to start, a hint of pepper with dark and mild chocolate hits mid way. Then the chilling pepper heat gives that tingle that stays on your pallet until you get another sip in. Truely awesome
M - medium mouthfeel that starts creamy smooth. Chipolte chilli stays with you for a while
O - love this beer. One bottle left on the shelf, and I'm on the hunt form more! Great beer

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

On-tap at Armsby Abbey.

A- Intense black pour into a generic stemmed tulip, looks inviting. Dark mocha tan head forms to cap the beer and complete a nice appearance. Decent head retention and lots of lace coating the glass.

S- Resembles a dessert consisting of fudge and a dark cherry like fruit. The roast malts lend cocoa but chipotle is only a background hint here. Still good and rich.

T- Things start here like the nose. A rich cocoa filled palate with notes of dark dried cherries, vanilla, cereal grain and caramel. Peppers are there in the first sip but really make their presence known as you sip on. You can taste the vegetable pepper flesh, smoke and a great spicy burn as you sip on.

MF- Moderately thick body with a fairly creamy feel. Spicy pepper level starts low but builds enough to leave the palate satisfied.

Porter and chipotle combine to form a good overall brew. Spicy enough to satisfy a chili lover but doesn't ruin the beers balance.

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Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thick medium brown in color, this brew certainly looks the part. A nice, creamy light tan head between one and two fingers tall hoilds itself well and leaves patchy lacing in good quantity on the glass.
Chocolate notes with some roast are found in the nose with a touch of coffee, the heat of the peppers just rising up a bit underneath. As I'd hope with any good beer brewed with peppers, the pepper flesh is detectable, even slightly vegetal wihout being overly so.
It all comes out in the flavor as well with a nice, almost but not quite peaty flavor coming out. A bit of smoke is the result, and it works. The pepper isn't just to blow the drinker away with heat: it builds up, keeping the flavor all the way while the heat radiates at the back of the throat. Otherwise, it's almost sweet in the malty aspect of it.
This beer is actually surprisingly dry at times, a medium-bodied brew with just a touch of crispness and a decent smoothness as well. People seem enemaored with the thickness of it, but nobody mentions that it actually tends to go a little thin here and there.
While I'd take a Stone Smoked w/ chipotle, this is a very good beer. If I could, this beer's flavor would be a 4.3 while Stone's would be a 4.7, but I an't do that. Oh well. Guess I'll just have a tasty porter with chipotle peppers.

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Photo of brystmar
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chipotle Porter pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s opaque. No light cuts through at all. Looks sharp. A very dark, mocha colored head covers the top. Carbonation looks to be active, yielding a head that stands nearly three fingers tall. It takes quite a while to completely dissipate. Lacing was very stick and thick. Look excellent!

The nose is good. Chocolate malts are very prevalent. Doesn’t smell very sweet. Smells more like cocoa and dark chocolate. There’s a bit of a charred scent. It could be attributed to roasted coffee or espresso. Smells a bit smokier with each passing whiff. There is a bit of peppery, spicy scent, but it’s secondary. IT works pretty well into the mix. Alcohol is buried and doesn’t come through at all. Smells pretty good. Definitely interesting given the spicy notes.

The flavor is quite good, as well. The chocolate malt base is nice and sturdy. It’s not sweet at all. Definitely cocoa and bittersweet dark chocolate. It’s a tad smoky and has a very strong charred barley or burnt espresso flavor. It’s a tad strong for my taste, but isn’t too much of a distraction. There is a spicy flavor that’s not bad at all. It adds some heat to the mix, but it’s not so much that it’s offensive. Frankly, it’s an interesting complement to the other flavors. Alcohol is very light and goes mostly unnoticed. Finishes with a spicy, warm flavor that’s a bit charred.

Chipotle Porter has a medium body. Carbonation seems active, but it feels nice and soft. It’s not buzzy at all. It goes down smooth and easy. This 750 will go down without much trouble.

Mikkeller has a pretty nice beer in Chipotle Porter. The spicy side of it is definitely an interesting twist to its Porter roots. It works well though. If you can deal with the spicy warmth, you just might like it. It’s definitely worth checking out, even if you’re averse to spicy things.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - shiny black, tall mocha head dissipated slowly leaving lots of random lacing
S - cold espresso, charcoal, smoked peppers, and pleasant milk chocolate
T - french roast coffee quickly followed by the sweet & heat of chipotle pepper, dark and mild chocolate, and charcoal maltiness rounding it out
M - medium to heavy body that starts creamy smooth, chili heat begins to build and sticks in the back of the throat, finishes with a mix of milky and dry with heat hanging around
O - i haven't had many chili beers, but a rich malty approach like a porter is the way to go, big enough in beer flavours to hold up against the chili flavour and heat, very impressed

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.