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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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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 36
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
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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 Treebs
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle with people in line at the CBS release. Poured from a 750ml into my Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice khaki head and leaves a webbed lace down the glass.

S: Smells of green peppers, a little chocolate and a little malt bill. The pepper is dominated which I expected.

T: The taste blows the smell out of the water. A great smokiness is present first and foremost. The spice from the chipotle gives it a great kick and there is a green paper freshness that is great. There is a slight sweet chocolate on the backend that really rounds it out.

M: Refreshing and spicy, medium bodied with a nice carbonation.

O: The nose wasn't too inviting but the taste more than made up for it. Very well balanced. The best pepper beer out there.

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a massive trade with thagr81us, thanks Calton! I LOVE peppers.

This one pours a medium bodied black in color with a light beige lacing around the glass. The nose is made up of sweet dark roasted malts with light peppers. It smells like a Baltic with a load of spice. The flavor follows the same lines. You get a lot of dark, roasted malty sweetness with a light pepper burn. It's solid but not as strong as it should be. It drinks medium in body and the peppers does increase the longer you drink it. Overall it's solid and on the better end of pepper beers. It's worth a try.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious sable just a whisker above black with a very thick and fluffy dark tan head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma has a strong overtone of semi-sweet chocolate as well as molasses and roast coffee notes and a hint of toffee. Flavor fills the mouth with chocolate, roast coffee and molasses tones plus nutty and toffee hints. The chilis add an interesting and unique zing to the full-bodied and fizzy flavor, making it unique among all beers that I have tried so far. A must for porter fans, if you don't mind a bit of pepper heat.

Photo of oline73
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of deepchills
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours black as night with a leathery head.

The nose is complex with smoke, pepper, malt & chocolate all present.

The malt is what I first notice upon drinking this beer, then the smoke. There is some bitterness as well, and I don’t notice the chocolate anymore. The finish is unmistakable chipotle pepper. And it strong, leaving a peppery tingling in my mouth.
Continued drinking is a nice blend of all three flavors with pepper being the most powerful.

It’s rare that I find a bottle of beer in my fridge that wasn’t brewed in the USA. This beer isn’t for all occasions, but here in Texas we should be able to find many meals to go with spicy porter.
I doubt I’d drink this again without a specific meal pairing in mind.

On the down side there is a little grittiness when you start with this beer, it does go away in time. Also, let this beer warm a little before you begin drinking.


Photo of rarbring
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black. Period. A brown head that leaves little lacing but good curtains, as expected.

Smells of juniper, smoke, soft brown bread and chocolate.

A good upfront sweetness, chocolate on toast, thenspices, yes, it's chili. And it works, just as chili chocolate does!

Little carbonation, soft and oily texture, a warm feeling.

A really nice intriguing dessert.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola, hint of brown up to the light. Head is ochre, nice and dense. Lovely lace left behind; looks great.

Smell is coffee-esque with lots of toasty malt and chocolate notes. Yeah, cocoa with a hint of espresso. Spice, yes, but not a lot of smoke or chilli. Maybe just whispered suggestions. Nice porter smell though.

Taste is a good balance. Starts portery with toasted grain that develops cocoa and coffee on there with light roasty spice, dry-toasted cumin and coriander seeds. Hint of chilli on mid balances well with cocoa-rich chocolate nots and hint of smoke, then nice finish with a mild chilli heat to it. Very enjoyable, with the most bold flavours not overdoing themselves. Not to everyone's taste but I'm definitely a fan.

Thin on the feel, though plenty of substance to it.

Yeah, I like a good spicy dark beer. And this be one. This gives credence to the idea that chilli can be served with dark beer.

Photo of bluesplit63
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured thick into a goblet. Color was a deep brown with a lighter brown head.

Lace was thin with immediate scent of smoked chili pepper and nuts.

Taste was that of a smoked chocolate with stronger notes of chili.

It was a little too overpowering with the smokiness of the beer, but overall not a bad porter by Mikkeller.

Purchased At: Nikki's Liquors

Photo of hosehead83
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a big"bomber" bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep brown/black in color, with a big frothy head of dark tan foam. Very inviting!
Aroma-Coffee, chocolate and faint roasted chilies
Taste-Wow! Creamy chocolate, coffee with rich cream and a fantastic smoky/spicy wave of chipotle pepper that weaves in and out with every sip. A mouth warming balance of creamy semi-chocolate sweetness and smoky spiciness that make your tastebuds stand up and salute and then bow down in unworthyness. This brew cries out for a food pairing: Black pepper rubbed steak,spicy tacos,chili, or any BBQ dish.
Truly one of the most flavorfully bold and tasty porters I have ever had. Find a food match, or just sip slowly and savor. A must try if you are a big flavor porter or stout lover.
Get Some!!!

Photo of paperbackfoster
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep mahogany pour appears the blackest of browns in the glass. The head comes up on a very impressive clay colored two-finger head, which reduces to a sudsy one finger head and leaves sticky lacing on the glass. A looker, for sure.

S - The dark smokiness of the chipotle definitely comes through, as well as notes of other chilis such as adobo. Undertones of coffee and the rich, blacker fruits/berry notes that tend to be associated with red wine and dark roasted coffee beans.

T - The chipotle pepper does hit first and carries out ‘til the last. You’ll still be tasting it on down your throat. That said, there’s no aggressive spiciness. The chili’s heat is muted as the smokiness comes through. The porter that carries this flavor isn’t just a mild backdrop. Very roasty malts with a bit of a sharp bite, chocolate and coffee notes, and a fair bit of hops come across the tongue. The finish is almost sweet, vanilla coming through. The flavor runs deep in this one.

M - Coats the tongue, almost mealy. Feels thin upon the first few sips, but accumulates and lingers. The only heat you feel from the chipotle arrives in a slight hotness in the back of the throat.

Overall, a beyond worthwhile porter to try. Even those that aren’t a fan of chili beers will appreciate the smokiness that permeates this beer. It’s not a gimmick beer like so many others. This is an outstanding porter that someone took a step further with the addition of chipotle peppers. Very balanced. A good ride all around.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a becker a deep chocolate brown with a fluffy tan colored head that left broken globs of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Sweet smoked chili,roasted nut,and bitter chocolate in the nose.Bitter chocolate and some roast at the onset on the palate then comes a big shot of smoke and spice in a lingering finish.This is what a smoked/chili porter should be,all elements get their turn,nice job.

Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a really nice porter with a lot going on. I really like the dark notes with the the chipotle flavor while present didn't over power the beer but complimented it nicely.

A nice dark beer with a thin chocolate head lots of lacing on the glass as well.

Worth trying and a must have if you are some one that likes spicy beers.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a medium sized dark brown head that sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing.

Nice aroma of chocolate, smoked malt and a hint of citrus with a mild peppery tone in the background.

Taste starts off with notes of chocolate and coffee with slight hints of pepper, then gives way to the more intense chipotle flavors. Spicy and smoky flavors hit in the middle and stick around long into the aftertaste.

Meidum bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel. These spicy beers are often a bit overdone, but this one was put out very nicely, not too subtle but not too extreme. Was interesting to see how well pronounced the chipotle flavor was as it warmed up more fully.

Photo of bark
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is pitch black (100 EBC), it is a bit thick. The warm beige compact head is 2 fingers high. It leaves som lacing when it slowly sinks down.

The smell is sweet, almost dense with dry notes of smoke. Some chilli and olives. Roasted sweet malt dominates.

Strong flavours, yet very balanced. Dry roasted/burned notes, some rubber. Growing hot chilli-flavours. Roasted/burned flavours. Semi-sweet. Some smoke. Mid body. The aftertaste is straightforward and clean with smoked chilli, hot spicy flavours. Some sour-bitter notes, Hints of cucumber. Chilli and smoke in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the bubbles mid sized. The liquid is mid-smooth.

A very creative and inviting beer, if you like smoked chilli. Better than the other chilli beers I have had through the years.

Photo of atis
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from Riga, Latvia.

Pours very black with dark brown foamy head with excellent retention, patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee with spicy notes, hints of salt.

Taste is smoky and roasted malt, reminding of chocolate, the presence of chili soon develops and lasts well into sweetish aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth medium/full with low carbonation.

Overall, a great porter, but I am not sure I would be able to drink more than one bottle of it. Maybe with food.

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Great brew. Poured with a large tan head that quickly settled down to a light cover that lasts and some lace. Color is an absolutely opaque brown black. Aroma is dark malt, loam, toffee, cocoa, coffee, and a hint of chipotle. Flavor is much the same as nose with a little bittersweetness coming out. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has good lenght. Very easy, slow drinking beer with just enough edge from the chipotle to keep it interesting. Well done.

Photo of Bonis
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of ferrari29
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Photo of EgadBananas
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.