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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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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 30
Gots: 55 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Chipotle Chilli Peppers at De Proef, Belgium.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-16-2010)
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jamescain

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Darkside Fermentation sniffer. Thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one.

Appearance: Dark brown, but not dark enough to not be able to see any light through it. If you hold it up to the sun a nice reddish ring forms around the outside. I got about a fingers worth of tan head out of this one.

Aroma: Some more subtle roasted/smoky notes and some chocolate. There is a more subdued chipotle aroma then I was expecting.

Taste: There is a lot more chipotle in the taste then in the aroma. It works well with the chocolaty and smoky malt. It’s definitely an interesting taste and experience from a beer.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner then I was expecting; however, I don’t know what I was expecting, I guess a thicker chewier mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated and the spiciness definitely provides a tingling sensation too.

Overall: Unique is the only way to describe this beer. I’ve only had one other chili beer before, and it was mixed from two different taps, thus making it a chili bomb. This one was more subdued in comparison, which made it more enjoyable. I would recommend this if you want to try something new.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 19:16:49 | More by jamescain
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours like motor oil into my glass except for the thin milk chocolate foam that started to rise at the end...and it may have been because I started pouring it quicker in hopes to rouse some sort of head. The head falls to end up as small islands on top of the beer.

Aroma: In the cold beer, I get lots of dark roasty notes with coffee and some bitter chocolate being the most prominent of the aromatics. I don't pick up any pepper spice as of now. As the beer warms up some, the peppers are coming out, but as more of a smokey presence than anything, but you can tell that it is the peppers apart from the smokey roast grains. The aroma is getting rather interesting as it warms.

Taste: The flavor is much less roasty than the aroma suggested it would be, and the peppers are in here, but mildly detectable in the cold beer. They are showing up more in the finish than anything and are adding an ethyl alcoholic like warming, though I know that isn't the source since this beer is only 6.6%. The second sip is giving me more coffee than the first. The peppers are also starting to show up in the flavor more as the beer sits. The body is full with ample to a little low carbonation for what it is. The flavor is getting a whole lot more smokey as it warms and is starting to make me think of a Rauchbier.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and a Porter is probably one of the better choices of style to put Chipotle peppers into since it is already smokey. That said, the beer itself is a bit rough to drink since the roast makes it acidic and then you slap some pepper heat and smoke on top of it...you are left with a flavorful beast that will only go down a small sip at a time and I am drinking a lot of water with this one. This is probably the best Mikkeller beer that I have tried so far, but that isn't saying much as I haven't been too impressed with this brewery so far. I applaud their creativity, and the fact that they are brave enough to wood age most of their beers, but the beers aren't as incredible as you would think that they would be from the print on the bottle. Going forward, I will be very selective of which beers from this brewery I shell out the coin to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 07:20:56 | More by SkeeterHawk
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown. Thick, creamy, chocolate colored head. The head is quite dark, which is cool to see. Good silky lacing.

Smokey dark chocolate and a little bit of vegetal chili pepper on the nose. Touch of coffee. Nice roastiness throughout.

Dark roasted malts transition to a touch of chocolate and then a wave of chilies on the tongue. Nice heat on the finish without being too hot. I'm not a huge fan of the vegetal flavors the chilies add, but the spiciness level is well done. Touch of coffee as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin to be combined with the chili heat. Lingering burnt character. Nice spiciness.

Overall, this is a pretty good chili porter. I'm not huge fan of the lingering vegetal flavors, but it's well executed overall. I probably wouldn't seek this out, but worth trying if you like a little chili heat in your beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 01:16:13 | More by sisuspeed
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750mL bottle shared among friends; $12.99 at Sherlock's Cook's Warehouse in Decatur, Ga USA.

Poured up a very dark brown, nearly black, with a darker sandy coloured head about an inch or so thick.
Smell was very smokey and woody with a healthy dose of sweet malts. The chipotle pepper is definitely present in the smell, but it's very mild, becoming a *little* more prominent as the beer warms.
Smells very nice!
Flavour was quite smokey with plenty of sweet malts and the heat and flavour of the chipotle pepper was quite a bit more assertive on the tongue and in the throat than in the nose. The blend of traditional porter flavour profiles with the smoke and spicy chipotle created a complexity that was just fantastic. I don't believe this would be for everyone, but enjoying chipotle beers as I do, combined with the craftsmanship of Mikkeller, I thought this was absolutely terrific. Without a doubt *the* best offering I have had from Mikkeller thus far, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 15:33:24 | More by SilentSabre
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LiquidCucumber

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thanks to joshcavett for this brew. Shared with Bonis.

A - Dark as a stout with a massive tan head that wants to go no where until you suck it out of the glass. And even then sticks to the sides...

S - Very roasty and a little sweet. The chipotle is there and comes out as smokey.

T - Very roasty, smokey and spicy. Smooth and complex. There are mostly earthy flavors here that are very reminescent of the mythology of Texas culture. I taste leather, smoke, chili, roasted fruit and some deep dusty earth. The only thing missing would be that barnyard or horseblanket... guess it's time for a sour version, or not. This one is tasty.

M - Creamy and smooth. Leaves a spicy tingle in the mouth and all down the throat. Can be a little harsh, but I got very used to the burn quickly.

D - Another please! Ok, so I can't readily get this beer and it's pretty rare, but I am a true fan. If Mikkeller would ever settle down and bring down his prices then I would gladly buy a brew like this any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:32:09 | More by LiquidCucumber
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Gmann

New York

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

Pours a pitch black color with a dense mocha colored head that settles into a light cap with some lacing. Looks very stout.

The porter has a berry like sweet and sour combo, with caramel to add more sweetness. A nice whiff of smoke from the chipotles. Gives the beer a nice meaty scent.

The taste starts off very meaty between the heavy roasted malt and smoke flavors. Somewhere in the middle comes the sweet/sour berry and a metallic twang. The finish is big on roasted malt, ground coffee and light chocolate. Noticable heat from the chipotles.

Well bodied with tingly carbonation. Fairly silky but also sticky. Finishes with a roasted bitterness and chipotle heat. The bitterness tends to linger a bit too long on this one.

I like it. It is a heavy duty porter with stronger roasted flavor than the "porter" style. I dig the smokiness from the peppers and the heat is interesting. Feels much larger than the 6.6ABV, not that you can detect the alcohol. Not sure if this would be for everyone but I like smokey brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 04:58:18 | More by Gmann
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my bottle doesn't say "Texas Ranger" so it took me some time to find the right beer in the database. wahhh

thick and robust body. decent head leaves lacing (brown)

smells like a thoroughly american porter: sweet, rich, hoppy, and a touch of heat and smoke

more heat for sure once it hits my throat. and i was right about the american-porter-ness (he gets it every time). not enough smoke from the peppers for my taste (though it's there to an extent). mouthfeel is a great delivery agent for the heat; too often the chile beer is thin and sprintzy, which doesn't work well with heat

the chipotle contribution is less of a flavor than an element

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 04:18:28 | More by bruachan
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a warm, dark seal brown color, like Hershey's chocolate sauce. 1.25 fingers of tiny, fallow colored bubbles sit on top. The lacing is somewhat unimpressive. Not much to say about it other than it looks good. That warm brown body sells the whole thing.

Chipotle Porter smells incredibly acerbic. There's quite a bit of roast on the nose, which is definitely something I like to smell in porters. There's also an awful lot of charred wood. Totally a campfire component. Very bitter smelling. No hop character to speak of, or if there is it is buried underneath all of the creosote. I don't smell the chipotle peppers, but I do get something that smells like pepper extract. Like, just the bitter, pain-causing portion of the pepper. Pepper spray, if you will. That comes across a bit on the nose. I like it, but it is aggressive.

Chipotle Porter, underneath the aggressive flavors that the beer is sold on, is a soild, understated porter. Good malt flavor, a bit in the English porter style of things rather than an American porter ala Edmund Fitzgerald or Bully! Porter. That is, of course, until you take into account the aggressive smokiness. It isn't even that there's a lot of roast flavor. I mean, this much char taste has to be coming from roasted grains, but it doesn't taste like how roasted malt typically tastes. Total campfire action. The chipotle heat is there throughout the entirety of the drink. Its spiciness cuts through the burning wood flavors in an appreciable way. The pepper heat is strongest on the finish, where it feels like you've chewed two sticks of Big Red cinnamon flavored gum. That heat accentuates a lasting note of bitter dark chocolate, which I wasn't really picking up on until swallowing. Correction: with warmth, the bitter chocolate is really starting to show on the midpalate.

This has a lovely mouthfeel for the porter style. It's thick, it has heft to it, but it isn't in stout territory. It retains a certain smoothness, especially on the swallow. If I were rating completely to style, then the drinkability would only get a 3.0 -- the pepper heat makes this a taxing beer at 750mL. But in this case I have to account for the heat being intended. The heat never gets out of hand, it's always interesting and appreciated by this drinker. It gets even better as it warms up (which is good for beers in 750mL bottles) and it would make an excellent food play with a bowl of chili or a reindeer sausage or something that can go toe-to-toe in terms of smoky flavor. Worth a purchase for sure. Mikkeller nailed this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 04:19:41 | More by Reaper16
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Brez07

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from notes. 750ml bottle, served in a wine glass

A: Dark chocolate color. Leaves 1 finger head. A little bit of lacing left at the top

S: Nose is mostly roasted malt. Definitely smells like a porter. Occasionally I get a whiff of chocolate

T: Again, roasted malt is the biggest player here. Some dark chocolate accompanies the roasty flavor. There is some heat from the pepper in the finish, but you notice it the most after each sip

M: Medium bodied. Brief tingle from carbonation before it smooths out. As noted above, there is a peppery heat in the back of the throat

D: I really liked the chipotle aspect of this beer. The beer itself though is fairly average. If chile beers are your thing, make sure to try this one

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 23:48:07 | More by Brez07
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cosmicevan

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was very excited to find this on shelves locally after trying to set up a trade for it.

a - Popped it open and readied my Duvel tulip taster glass. Nice silky and glassy looking black that build a small dark foamy head (at least a finger and a half). As the head dissipated it left thick frothy milkshake trails on the glass. Solid.

s - Roasted chocolate burnt smokey malts. Nowhere near rauch breakfast but a really nice smoke to it. Little bit milky...way thick and greasy for a porter.

t - Definitely a lot going on in the taste. Starts off roasty and spicey. Franks and beans and chilli...then chocolate, roast, smoke, grease, spicey salsa.

m/d - Leaves a bitter drying after taste, but most of all it leaves your mouth feeling like you just ate some hot salsa with a robust set of peppering and flavoring. Not really like anything I've ever had before. Tasty and discussion worthy...great beer for a tasting, but not something that you'd really look for all of the time (unless you really like spice and hot sauce)...novel.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:34:00 | More by cosmicevan
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark black pour, opaque, dark brown head at first, quickly goes away, minimal lacing

S: chipotle peppers come through big up front with an emphasis on smoked quality, notes of chocolate sit beneath the chipotle

T: sweet malty notes up front, some notes of chocolate, the chipotle pepper makes a big appearance with smokiness and a touch of heat. The pepper clashes with some of the sweet notes. The finish is bitter and hot.

MF: medium body, a big tingly on the throat, medium carbonation

D: interesting beer here, the taste of chipotle is a little too heavy IMO, the building heat is nice

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 07:23:10 | More by homebrew311
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stevenseg

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

First of all, after reviewing some of the reviews of Mikkeller's Chipotle Porter (NOT referred to as Texas Ranger in any fashion on the bottle or anywhere on the Internet, as the BA title suggests), I noticed several slightly negative reviews given because of the chipotle bite. This beer does not purport to be anything other than what it is...and any beer brewed with chilies is going to have a bite and should not be scrutinized because of it. Reviewers, you're not rating a beer based on whether or not you personally like a style...you're reviewing based on how well you feel the intended style is reflected in the glass. Just because you don't like chilies doesn't mean the beer should get a bad rating. Rather, it means you picked up a beer style you shouldn't have at the beer store. This is a huge peeve of mine, but enough of my rant, and I digress...

With that said, I really like any kind of chili bite associated with the richness of anything dark...ice cream, dark chocolates, and, yes, dark beer. Dogfish Head's Theobroma gave me a taste of what chilies in beer should taste like, and the character is quite unique and pleasant. Mikkeller's Chipotle Porter is actually brewed and bottled by De Proef Brouwerij in Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium, and the beer will be reviewed knowing it has Belgian origins.

Chipotle Porter pours beautifully...oil dark brew flows from the bottle accumulating an amazingly dense, red-tinted dark head leaving beautiful lacing after a glass slant.

The smoky roastiness comes out in the nose. Roasted malt and chocolate with faint hops comes through. The malt is profiled very well.

Like the name suggests, Chipotle Porter does have that chili bite. I would like to taste some of the actual chipotle flavor come through, but the bite at the tail end of the drink is extremely pleasant. The beer is very roasty, as a thick dark brew should be. The line between porter and stout is a little cloudy, and I would say this "porter" leans toward the latter, but then "chipotle stout" just doesn't have the same ring as "chipotle porter," does it?

I like thick beers, and the Chipotle Porter does not disappoint. Maybe a stout might be a little thicker and heavier on the non-roasted malt, but this porter dances on the fence. The consistency is great, and the carbonation is very well done.

As far as drinkability, I have to rate the chipotle porter a bit on the low side. This is not a session beer, but rather a taste experience. The glass was enjoyed, but as with extremely rich beers, the chipotle bite makes this a one-and-done style.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 00:40:25 | More by stevenseg
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Parrotshake

Australia

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. ABV listed at 7.7% rather than 6.6%.

Pours opaque into my Unibroue tulip, a very dark brown with a slight reddish tinge. Big tan head and lots of lacing. Nice.

Milk-chocolate nose with hints of smoke, alcohol and spice. Not really noticing any overt chile smell.

Sweetish milk-chocolate on first sip, quickly turning darker and bitter as it crosses the palate. Roasty and smoky flavors and then a good whack of chile heat which lingers. Pretty much exactly what I expected. Lovely.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel. Perhaps a little under-carbonated. Obviously the chile is going to make this a little less drinkable than a lot of beers, but it's surprising how moreish it is. Would be great with any number of food-pairing options - cheeses, oysters, rustic and substantial Mexican dishes, chocolate. If it's at all possible, I'd love to get a lot more.

Not exactly high praise considering the competition, but this is easily the best chile beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 10:10:37 | More by Parrotshake
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Nosferotto

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 13:35:40 | More by Nosferotto
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle courtesy of jenray. Thanks Jen!

Best by Feb 25, 2013.

A pitch black with a 2 finger tan head, nice lacing.

Lots of milk chocolate in the smell, some roasted malt, bit of a white pepper/peppers aroma that grows as the beer warms up.

The taste starts off sweet from the chocolate but takes a serious turn to a peppery heat. Whoah! Lots of warming from the pepper, not so much from the alcohol. A great beer to drink if you have a sore throat...or not. A bit of roasted malt finds its way to my palate but the warming heat from the spice rules it. Now, there's some decidedly bitter chocolate notes in the mix. It sure took a while before I noticed most of what's going on with this Porter. ;^)

Full bodied, lowish carbonation and I'm enjoying a very nice mouth feel.

Drinkability is a tough call. I'm liking the base beer a lot but the heat is definitely slowing me down. I'll have to split the difference.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 00:01:51 | More by Bitterbill
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 12:20:10 | More by Thorpe429
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 16:52:40 | More by MasterSki
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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,

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 21:54:25 | More by ArrogantB
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Patrick999

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

American Porter with a kick, let's do it! Poured into a globe-style goblet an opaque dark brown; the beer is very dark. Two thumbnails of espresso crema foam adorn the inky liquid.

The nose offers some indication of the spiciness within - it smells a lot like those artisan dark chocolate bars containing chile pepper. Also hints of sweet marshmallow and mesquite smoke.

Time for a taste...whoa, this is one spicy beer. Now, let's get this straight, it's not Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer - there's far more substance here, obviously. However, if you don't like the idea of a spicy beer, this beer is not for you. I am thrilled at the idea of chile flavor in my beer, so this hits the spot. Up front, the beer shows firm on the palate with the traditional flavor components of an American Porter - chocolate, coffee, earthy hop character. It's at the back end where the smoky chile pepper builds and builds. Aftertaste of chocolate, ashy Sumatran coffee, and chile is extremely long - if you're not pairing this with anything, you'll probably be tasting it for an hour or more after the last sip.

I'm thinking of this as a baby Cigar City Hunahpu - one with far less alcohol, yet with the chiles amped up a bit.

Mouthfeel is very good; it lands with big-beer silkiness even though we're playing at 6.6%.

To sum up, a beer for hardcore fans of chile pepper, chocolate and coffee. In that context, it's quite drinkable. I also appreciate Mikkeller packing this much flavor into a relatively "light" beer, ABV-wise.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 21:01:14 | More by Patrick999
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 03:53:06 | More by mdfb79
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Tone

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, strong roasted malt, strong sweet malt, slight dry hop, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, strong roasted malt, hint of chile, slight sweet malt, and hint of dark citrus. Overall, great appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 02:29:08 | More by Tone
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is a dark brown, nearly black hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy tan head which has good retention and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Smell is big and asky-lots of chipolte, smoke, and roasted malt.

T- Flavor is full of chipolte-as it is the highlight of this brew- behind this is mild to moderate smoke and roasted malt. The chipolte intensifies for the finish and lingers on and on for a long time with an ominous spicy heat.

M- Carbonation is high and tingly. Body is medium weight and chalky.

D- This is a great beer overall-if you like a spicy brew- if you don't you will hate this beer. Its not very complex overall but the smoke adds an interesting component to the spicy porter. The spiciness is big and the highlight. I like that the ABV is reasonable and it offers so much flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 14:26:51 | More by PittBeerGirl
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 01:15:14 | More by cpetrone84
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came my way via secret santa 2010. The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer looked delicious as I poured it into my glass. The body of the beer is black and impervious to light. The head was a thick nugget coloration with mega head retention. The lacing on my glass looks like the film from chocolate milk. Seldom have I seen a beer this inviting.

Smell: Darkly roasted coffee and semi sweet peppered azteca cocoa swirl around my nose. Nice earthy and smokey tones flirt with this malty beer. Very nicely executed.

Taste: I love the bold no bullshit roasted and toasted malt flavors that charge my palate. A bit of semi sweet cocoa starts to round out the flavor then a flash of smoke followed by a very pleasing spicy pepper hit. The execution of the flavors in this beer are no bullshit but well balanced. The spice level is perfect.

Mouthfeel / Drinkabilty: The body of the beer is creamy and full bodied. The carbonation is low but works very well. This isnt a beer I could or would drink alot of in a setting. I shared the 750 with my wife and this was the perfect amount. The beer paired very well with a dark salty bacon chocolate bar.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 14:56:54 | More by nlmartin
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 17:22:04 | More by BEERchitect
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.