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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: 339
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 32
Gots: 58 | FT: 4
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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 mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Tone
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Tone, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of PittBeerGirl
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.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
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.

cpetrone84, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of nlmartin
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.

nlmartin, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of mothman
2.05/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ahh Mikkeller, we meet again. Hopefully this experience will be better than the BA black hole series.

Poured into pint glass. Pours 1 finger of tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. Color is black. Off to a good start.

Aroma: I think someone played a prank on me as this smells a lot like the BA black hole series. Sharpie markers, roasted malts, chocolate, tar, burnt rubber. Has some smoke, but no chipotles.

Taste: Smoked malts, roasted, flavors, chocolate, vanilla, creamy flavors, burnt rubber, tar, and black sharpie marker. The chipotles show in the finish and are great, but it is hard to get through to that part of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and toxic. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends hot, spicy, and dry.

Overall, the best part of this beer was the chipotles in the finish, but everything else sucked. Tasted so much like the BA Black Hole beers. I feel like I was robbed on another one of their beers. Huge waste of money. Glad they only sent this one to TX so less people have to experience this tragedy.

mothman, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a nice deep chocolate brown that settles in black in the glass. The head is tan, thick and enormous, refusing to go anywhere and leaves sheets of lacing.

The aroma is massively roasted with almost a burnt malt character. Plenty of cocoa powder and only the faintest hint of chipotle pepper, though it does grow as it warms.

The taste is much like the aroma except for the finish. The start is all about the black malts, heavily roasted, with chocolate and hints of espresso. But the finish is where it gets interesting with the pepper flavors coming out and leaving a serious burn on the palate after each sip.

The mouthfeel is smooth and close to full bodied for a normal porter. This thing almost has the feel of a Baltic porter, which is impressive given the ABV.

There is certainly no doubt that Mikkel knows his way around stouts and porters and this is one of the more interesting ones I've had. It's a big, robust porter with a big dose of peppers in the taste. Certainly not the most drinkable porter, but very complex and tasty for a porter.

gford217, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a huge chocolate colored head-rarely do you see a beer this good looking. It is a shame to even drink it at this point! Great aroma of dark chocolate, peppery spiciness, espresso, some mild licorice. Big dark chocolate flavors abound. Almost has a wet tobacco flavor. The peppery spice really comes thru once you get into it. Nice, slight burn going on the tongue. Powdery cocoa flavor. Good creamy body-the lingering burn of the peppers may get to be a bit much but sure is a nice feeling. A killer brew all in. I wish I had read some of the reviews before opening this as I would have put it aside for another time, not 5 pm on a Sunday. Still, a great, great beer.

lackenhauser, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another new one for me, i had been waiting for the right time to open this one and settled on last night. served chilled and split into a couple pint glasses, this one was consumed on 10/02/2010.

really the most perfect pour i could have imagined with a thick dark, abyss like black color an a huge three finger head of thick tan foamy lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass throughout the session, really quite impressive i have to admit.

aroma is deep chocolate and coffee, immensly complex but not overly spicy up front. this seemed to come more into play as it warms, bringing an earthy tone into play and a thick peppery spice that starts to tingle the nostrils. as i take the first sip a warm, thick, wave of chocolate and rich coffee washes over the tongue with the force of a thick wave. letting this shake off starts to give you some nice bitter coffee notes as well as touches of sweet molasses which try and wipe the palate clean, but then it hits. nice hot chili peppers that hit you with a twang. not overly done an to be honest very well placed it gives it just enough of an accent to be totally forceful and complex. smooth, decadent, nice dessert beer.

overall a really solid offering and one i am gla i got to try. now if i can get beer geek bacon i am set.

mikesgroove, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Pours opaque black with a massive mocha head that slowly recedes to massive lace. The first smell is coffee, but underlying is the smoky chipotle whose spice sticks with the nostrils for a few seconds after nosing. There are also some stewed fruit and wet tobacco aromas. The flavor is very similar, tasting like a complex coffee porter up front with some prune and tobacco and then moving on to the spicy and smoky combination of chipotle on the back. The body is huge and coating with heavy carbonation and a long spicy (literally) finish. This beer is very unique, and I cannot imagine this combination of flavors coming together any better.

wedgie9, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of kiltedtxn
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour into a pint glass from a 750ml bottle at 46 degrees.

A- Appears black with a dark tan head. It hold the head very well.

S- Nice malt slightly smell the chipotle peppers. No hop aroma.

F- nice malt ballance with the chipolte peppers coming in at the end. As I drink the warmer it gets.

M- as a poter should feel.

D- Ok as a porter I feel it needs a little more malt to balance ou the peppers.

kiltedtxn, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of smoked malt with roasted oat and some light spicy undertone. Taste is not as spicy as I would have expected but smoked malt is very prevalent with some black chocolate notes as well. Body is full with nice creamy texture and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Different with great execution and nice creamy texture with not too much peppers

Phyl21ca, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of STEG
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured room temperature into duvel tulip.

Appearance - pours a pitch black color with a 3 finger dark brown sugar colored head with real nice retention.

Smell - Coffee, smoke, light pepper

Taste - its actually spicy, wtf, its like liquid coffee rubbed pulled pork smoke, meatiness, coffee slight chocolate its all here but its still a bit odd.

Mouthfeel - Relatively smooth, would have liked something slightly more thick, it would have really rounded this one out to something unique. But overall its still great, it has light carbonation and works well with the mouthfeel. I'd love to try this on tap.

Drinkability - I used to eat a ton of spicy food but the spiciness really impedes this brew for me. It has a kick.

I'd love to try this again paired with some BBQ it'd probably be phenomenal.

STEG, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL pours black as night with a huge, stiff brown head. Retention is sick and lacing is great as well. Awesome looking beer.

Nose has a smoky, dark fruit nose with a chalky chocolate aspect that is pretty unique. Almost smells like a rusty nail, in a good way.

Taste is unsweetened chocolate with a definite hop bite and bitterness. Light chipotle heat comes through at the end and some of the peppery flavors at mid-palate if you look for it. Dry cocoa wants to be the main act, but dark fruits kind of get in the way of showcasing what could be a smooth, chocolaty porter. Mouthfeel is nice and rich, oily even. Hops and chipotle clash a little bit for me, but I can see why so many people love this beer.

twiggamortis420, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark motor oil black with a brown half finger of head and left good lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was a good interpretation of a porter consisting of roasted malts, chocolate but also had a chipotle character that was not over done along some smokey and woody notes. I honestly thought the chipotle peppers would have more of a spicey bite but it still went well with the raosted malts, chocolate, woody, and earthy notes. The brew was full body to my surprise with a decent amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight spicey, but creamy finish. It drank very good and will have to seek out another bottle for myself.

Gobzilla, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml into tumbler. From notes.

A- Motor oil black, oatmeal cookie head that has some serious volume.

S- Roasty smoky malts, a bit of an undefined spice.

T- Follows the nose, at first you're awash with the roasty malts and then the chipotle smoke comes in. Spicy? No. But it's nice. There is a robust chopotle flavor that comes out the more you drink. I've had a few pepper/chipotle beers and I must say this one dials in on the flavor. High marks for that.

M- HEAVY body. Cannot believe this beer is under 7%. Tasty, but thick.

D- Moderately low. I like it, but it has its time and its place and I predict there will be a long time before I crack my 2nd bottle. Still... a great beer.

ShogoKawada, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of mattisloco
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Flying Saucer Houston Texas... The wosrt Flying Saucer in Texas by the way.

A - Dark mocha brown. Lots of carbonation... a nice chocolate colored head that fizzles away a minute of two into drinking.

S - Smells of rich robust coffee and peppers. A slight chocolate smell is also present after you drink.

T - Not as thick as it looks but has every taste you smell. Love the gradual burn that builds as you drink, however this burn doesnt over power.

M - Carbonation is present, this beer changes for the better the more you drink it. Delicious!

D - Love this beer but I dont think I could drink more than one... Very filling and the spice is nice but warmer and warmer every drink.

I went and bought 6 750ml bottles for a campout Im going on in a month... This'll be a great campfire beer.

mattisloco, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Onslow
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My slogan was, when it comes to lemons, I'm your main squeeze! .. pours a asphalt black, light headring, only touches of lacing .. . light roast level, goes very well the slight heat from the peps .. . two on the aisle .. . a very nice beer, i enjoyed my small sample but happy i didn't buy a whole 750, i bet it would get a bit much.. . i didn't make a killing at little Al's lemonade stand by slashing prices..

Onslow, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of mattster
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a Bordeaux style glass at Grape Juice in Kerrville, Texas.

Brew has a chocolate froth colored head of about 1" over a dark, opaque brew. Smell is of coffee.... with light hints of mocha.

Taste follows coffee smell is well balanced flavors. Very smooth and chipotle flavor is subtle; just right in my opinion. I've had other chipotle brews which - to me - seemed far too "hot." Texas Ranger is perfect, IMHO.

Excellent mouthfeel and finish is quick and pleasant - especially considering this is a porter.

I hope to visit GJ again to try this wonderful brew.

mattster, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml capped brown bottle. Bottling code doesn't really make sense but this one is fairly new.

The appearance is absolutely the best I have ever seen. It is a stunning looking beer. As it pours it TRULY looks like motor oil. It is pitch, pitch black with a HUGE awesome looking head that is a gradient of sparkling tan. It is large, billowing, pillowy, but shiny. It sticks for a good while before receding to globs of lacing.

The smell is very interesting. Lots of smoke, some chili pepper, not spicy though. There is some chocolate as well. Yes, maybe even bacon, but mainly because of the smokiness.

Teh first noticeable part of the flavor is the thick mouthfeel, this beer is only 6.6 but it has the richness of a 12 percenter, but without an overbearing alcoholic tinge. The flavor is primarily a smoky american porter which is very nice. The peppers are there but aren't spicy at all. It is like the chocolates you get with cayenne in them. This one lacks any sort of spiciness despite its use of peppers. It is a smooth, exotic american porter done extremely well.

It cost me 14$ but I would say it was worth it, a very good beer.

crossovert, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is viscous and black with a big mocha colored head that has great staying power.

S: A very subtle chili spice that lies underneath a nice smokey and roasty nose. There is a bit of a woody note too, along with a bit of earth and salt.

T: The chipotles give this beer a real interesting flavor. Smoke, spice, salt, and earth all come to mind immediately. The beer is quite rich and chocolatey with lots of roasted character as well.

M: I was surprised when I checked the label to see this beer is only 6.6% because the mouthfeel is very impressive. Very full bodied with a nice creamy carbonation.

D: This is (surprisingly) one of the best Mikkeller beers that I've come across. A really nice porter with a well done chili addition.

womencantsail, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of busternuggz
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I kind of rated this like halfway between porter and chili beer.
Had on tap at Flying Saucer in Kansas City. 8 oz pour in a small snifter.
Looks great, opaque black with a frothy light brown head, leaves thick lacing on the glass.
The nose was mainly rich chocolate and roasty malts with a hint of pepper. There was some smoke and a hint of dark fruit as it warmed up.
Awesome roasty & bitter chocolate with a slow pepper burn. The heat is never overbearing. The chocolate and pepper mingle together well in the aftertaste with a touch of coffee grounds.
The texture was nice. It came on medium bodied and creamy and ended light & dry, it worked very well with what was going on in the taste.
Pretty smooth, but it is a pepper beer. You don't really need to drink more than one. Having it with food made it more drinkable, it went well with some pepper & cheese tater tots.

busternuggz, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I buy beer. I trade for beer. But yet again, thanks for sharing this one Andy. Apparently these days I only drink yours. Poured this one into a pint glass. Big black pour with a creamy looking tan head sitting at a big two fingers tall! Lookin' good! Sticky lacing crawling up the sides and really nice head retention. Smells like coffee and cocoa. The interesting thing is I can smell the heat. It reminds me of my hot cocoa that I make at home, in which a key ingredient is cayenne pepper. The seems to be balanced in the smell, only coming into play after other aromas have exited. Very interesting to smell.

It's official. This is spicy. Porter characteristics with a kick! Roasted coffee with a kick of heat to finish. It's done nicely though; it's really just an after burn that completes a nice bitter finish.

So call me names all you want but this is making my lips burn a little bit. It's not overpowering and I'm not scrambling for some milk, but I can feel a little heat on my lips and the back of my tongue. It lingers for quite a bit. Overall this beer has a nice body and the carbonation brings the flavors alive nicely, Good drinkability but there is some heat. A great sipper for a cool summer night.

Bendurgin, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of andrewinski1
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Daniel for sending this my way. Poured into a pint glass. The mocha colored head is huge on this one. Even after settling down there is a quarter-inch of foam. The body is of course pitch black. The smell indicates roasted coffee; not much chipotle to be detected in the nose. This is a spicy beer! The taste is deliciously smooth and feels silky in the mouth. The heat is strong with this one and hits aggressively, but doesn't overshadow the nice coffeeish flavors of this porter. Would love this one again!

andrewinski1, Aug 09, 2010
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.