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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: 377
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 38
Gots: 67 | 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 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.
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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.

Photo of BrewerB
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of jamescain
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.42/5  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.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
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