Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Mikkeller ApS

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 35
Gots: 60 | 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.

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Photo of bruachan
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of Reaper16
3.95/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Brez07
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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

Photo of cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
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

Photo of stevenseg
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Parrotshake
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Nosferotto
2.5/5  rDev -38%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. Served it at a dinner party seconds after a guest remarked that he hated Rogue's Chipotle Ale. Uh-oh.

A - Big tan foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind lots of spotty lace. The body is a near-black dark, dark brown color that is lighter at the fringes. There's a glass-coating brownish film left behind. This is pretty impressive-looking for a 6.6% porter.

S - Big chipotle, milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malt. Not subtle by any stretch of the imagination, but quite pleasant nonetheless.

T - The taste is quite similar, but unfortunately it has the unpleasant burnt finish that is typical of many Mikkeller beers. Not as much overt chili flavor, but a late mild heat instead.

M - Creamy medium body, medium carbonation, and a sticky and smoky finish. There's the above-noted chili heat, but no alcohol.

D - I liked this a fair bit, but the char and tar finish was a touch off-putting and the chili heat makes it tough to drink copious amounts. I like the barrel-aged version better. If you like chili beers, be sure to give this one a try!

Photo of ArrogantB
2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle that I scored for $7 which s good because I would not have bought it at $14. Looks like your standard porter, black with a decent head. Smells slightly like a porter but here come the chipotles, uh oh....The flavor is overwhelming, straight chipotle peppers and adobo sauce smothering the porter to death. Both me and my friend found this to be very one dimensional. It wasn't gross but it wasn't tasty either,

Photo of Patrick999
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.33/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

Photo of nlmartin
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of mothman
2.05/5  rDev -49.1%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of wedgie9
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of kiltedtxn
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.