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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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342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 33
Gots: 59 | FT: 4
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Chipotle Chilli Peppers at De Proef, Belgium.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-16-2010)
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Photo of Bonis
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes, way back in March. This was a split with LiquidCucumber (thanks bro).

A - Very dark for a porter. A thick mocha head with some great lace and head retention. This one looks excellent.

S - Load of roasted malts. Chipotle doesn't pack a punch in the nose, but there is a touch of smoke. Notes of sweet chocolate are dominant, somewhat reminding me of a chocolate bar I've had with chipotle.

T - Taste is primarily of dark malts, smoked chillis, and spicy peppers. The chipotle is subtle at first but comes in full force with the other flavors as it begins to warm. Roastiness, smoke, and pepper are all pretty intense here, but combine to form a unique and delicious beer, unlike any other I've tried. There is a touch of balancing sweetness mixed in, and the alcohol goes relatively unnoticed.

M - Heat is prevalent. More full bodied than I anticipated and I little more carb as well, but not bad things.

Overall, an exciting beer that I hope to have again in the future. Pretty impressed with my second Mikkeller ever.

Bonis, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a dark brown, almost black, colored body; no head; opaque; latte/espresso colored head; no visible carbonation

S - Chipotle; chili powder and other Mexican spices; black pepper; roasted malt; smokiness

T - Chili pepper and chipotle bomb; spicy and chocolaty at the same time; smoked malt flavor profile; lupin beans (bitterness); medium flavor salsa; cherry tomato acidity; tangy and crisp pepper flavor and heavy malt back end

M - Medium body and slightly less body than I would expect from a porter; chipotle salsa aftertaste; slightly syrupy; chipotle flavor coats the tongue

D - Worth a shot if you're into something different; unique, even for a specialty flavored brew; well-balanced for a spicy porter; should be considered for those into different tastes

ferrari29, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours with the viscosity of a pretty big stout. Black as night, with a big mocha head. Lace was great, retention was great too.

Aroma is smoky, only a hair peppery, but mostly chocolaty, roasty, with some slight pine.

The taste is initially big and roasted, slightly chocolaty...and then the heat comes. It's not overwhelming or even over done, but it definitely makes itself known with a slightly burning finish. There's a little smoke in there, but it gets a bit lost in translation.

The feel wasn't as robust as it looked, but it was nice and medium bodied, creamy, and slick.

The heat makes this a sipper, so drinkability is hampered a bit, but overall, there is a good enough balance to not be turned off by the heat. It's nicely unique, the porter base is great, and overall, quite enjoyable.

EgadBananas, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful deep brown-black, opaque and crude-like, and capped with a perfect pillowy head ala Duvel except sandalwood-hued; serious lacing ensues.

S - Chipotle peppers are distinctly evoked, accompanied by a surprising light lime-citrus note. Mild suggestions of tanned leather, soy sauce and raisins are also proffered.

T - Smoky and spicy, with some sweet peat, hickory and mesquite type of notes; lots of wood. The smoke is nothing like Schlenkerla-style smokiness; it tastes authentically southwestern. Chipotle heat lingers on the finish. Surprisingly high level of capsaicin here.

M - The feel is big and silky, but has a bit too much astringency.

O - Nice stuff, though I could see how this could be polarizing.

ktrillionaire, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Sammy, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

A: Like raspberry chocolate cake. It's got a crimson hue that infects the 1.5 finger head and the lacing too. One killer looking beer.

S: Crazy spicy malty sweet. Robust, it burns the nostrils just a bit as I inhale.

T: Slight black coffee up front, then the chipotles kick in and turn up the temperature. It really is spicy, and tingles the throat as it goes down.

M: For a 6.6% ABV porter, this thing drinks really well, and has a nice consistancy to it. Proper weight and carbonation are a plus.

O: I love me some spice, and Mikkeller's Texas Ranger certainly packs the proverbial punch. If you dig a little heat then check this one out, as it's a well done brew.

Rhettroactive, May 12, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

billab914, May 11, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at a local Whole Foods for around $14.99.

Pours a rich dark brown color that formed a 2-3 finger tall medium tan head which receded down to about a half-finger but persisted. Lacing. Barbecued beef brisket, roasted peppers, and chicory coffee offer up a unique nose. Subtle earthy undertones. Smoky, dark roasted grains up front on the palette followed sharply by a spicy pepper middle and a lingering chicory coffee. Moderate level of bitterness. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Beer promises to be a Ale (Porter) brewed with chipotle chili and I'm finding it to deliver on the promise. Smokiness of the chipotle peppers carries well in with the darker roasted grains. Glad to have sampled it though not a go-to everyday drink.

BrewerB, May 06, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a dark brown bordering black. Has a decent brown head that leaves some good lacing.

S - The nose is very smokey and spicy. Toasty smokey malts dominate the nose. Excellent. Smells like my clothes after a BBQ

T - Toasted spicy caramel, coffee, hot toasted red pepper, burnt sugar.

M - Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Just about right.

D/N - Wish I would have bought another bottle. Very good stuff here. Ill more than likely post an ISO for this one.

depechemode1983, May 01, 2011
Photo of jamescain
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.

jamescain, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
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.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
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.

sisuspeed, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of SilentSabre
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.

SilentSabre, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of LiquidCucumber
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.

LiquidCucumber, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Gmann
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.

Gmann, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of bruachan
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

bruachan, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
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.

Reaper16, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Brez07
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

Brez07, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
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.

cosmicevan, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
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

homebrew311, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of stevenseg
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.

stevenseg, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Parrotshake
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.

Parrotshake, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Nosferotto
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.

Nosferotto, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
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.

Bitterbill, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 25, 2011
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.