Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.2/5 rDev +4%
750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A big, brimming cinnamon-brown head forms from a healthy pour. Bubbles look like Swiss cheese as they settle slowly to a fat cap of foam. Great lacing. Beneath is a beautiful beer--coffee black body and completely opaque. Righteous nose, Mikkeller. Dark fruity figs and plum balance with a dose of roasted chocolate malts and a hint of Chipotle pepper heat. Bready, earthy, nutty, and all-around enticing.
Flavor packs pepper heat and charred chocolate in equal quantities, with a bitter balance of musty, earthy hops and coffee for good measure. A little liquid smoke in the finish with a lingering note of Chipotle. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium-full body and tightly-wound carbonation. Bottom line: Mikkeller hit it out of the park with this one. Not quite a grand-slam, but at the very least a walk-off homerun. One of the best foreign-brewed beers to hit the Texas market in quite some time...
08-08-2010 00:25:02 | More by wagenvolks
4.2/5 rDev +4%
Had this on tap at Armsby Abbey. It's new American imported name is Texas Ranger, which I'm trying to change this listing.
A: Thick dark 1 finger head fades slowly with crazy lacing all over the glass, with no light escaping the darkness of the black beer.
N: Roast galore. Lots of roasted barley, coffee, dark malts, a little bakers chocolate, some creamy oatmeal, a little caramel, lots of earthy charred malt bitterness, is that hops? Creamy nougat too. Just a hint of a spicy pepper.
T: Start thick, rich and creamy, some oatmeal and a little chocolate milk, loaded with roasted barley and coffee, spicy strong bitter earthy charred malts with a little minerality, hints of spicy cayenne pepper especially on the back of the throat. Some sweetness and little syrupy with no real booze taste. Very light fluffy marshmellow and nougat candy bar.
M: Thick and rich, creamy, heavy body with decent carbonation.
F: Finishes slightly dry with a little lingering sticky sweetness. Some lingering cayenne pepper as well. Also lots of bitterness stemming from the earthy charred malts. Touch of minerality with lots more roast and a little coffee lingering as well as other dark malts. Coats the mouth quite a bit too.
08-03-2010 12:21:56 | More by jlindros
4.63/5 rDev +14.6%
poured from a capped 750ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.
Back label dated 25/02/13 (above the bar code)
A: Whew! What a pour. Nearly pitch black with a touch of mahogany at the edges. Sitting atop the blackness is about 3 1/2 fingers of sticky/creamy head the color of rye bread. Retention was fantastic and a surplus of dark brown webs stuck themselves to the glass. The second pour (with all of the swirled sediment) netted me a spectacular layer of dark brown meringue that took a full 2-3 minutes to drop below the rim of the glass!
S: Amazing nose with a lot of different elements. Big in the beginning is molassas and maple syrup. Coming on strong after that is some bitter bakers chocolate, dark fruit, dark roast coffee, blackened malt, smoky freshly chopped Chipotle peppers, dark chocolate, and finally a hint of dirty/earthy yeast.
T: See above. As it warms the flavors start to shift to the smoky pepper side of things. Some tangy berries and cherry dart in and out along with some green hops.
M: Pretty thick and coating with a wonderful layer of peppery heat that underlines the sweet and savory qualities of this. Long finish with a perfect pepper burn!
D: This is what it's all about! This just proves you don't have to make a barrel aged, mega abv beer to be amazing. Very rich and flavorful with the perfect amount of smoky pepper heat. I was a little let down after the Yeast series beers and this is exactly what I was looking for from Mikkeller. I think their next "series" should be the same porter base brewed with different peppers.
07-24-2010 22:48:52 | More by GbVDave
3.33/5 rDev -17.6%
A: Pours an opaque, pitch black color. A rocky, two finger brown head forms with excellent retention. Lace crawls along the side of the glass.
S: Smoke, peppery spice and a roasted malt base. Chocolate and toffee with some light coffee lingering. Really good.
T: Kind of falls apart here. Smoke and pepper up front which is interesting. Huge roasted malt, burnt charred ash and leather. Very astringent. Strong and bitter coffee. Hot peppery spice lingers on. Just an odd mesh of flavors that do not add up right for me.
M/D: A medium to full body that is slightly syrupy. Very rough around the edges. Pretty hard to drink. The odd mesh of flavors are making me struggle through the bottle.
Mikkeller is very hit and miss with me. While I applaud the effort here, all the parts just don't add up to anything. Just a big mess. Very unique though, and I would say it is worth a try. Just not a repeat buy for me.
07-24-2010 21:51:58 | More by champ103
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
quite a rudimentary beer but a spit shine in form. a great porter with the proper look and a head that says volume and great mouth feel but not excessive carbonation. nice and thick but smooth. with a good retention. nose is molasses and coffee grounds predominately. some smoke. no chipotle though. nice dark and roasty. palate is wonderful broad of molasses mild sweet, coffee, earth... a lovely tickle in the back that become something quite warm chipotle... not to be noticed at first but then becomes some what of a well balanced property to the malt and roasty earth sweet.
07-24-2010 05:30:57 | More by rtepiak
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
PIB 7.17.2010, bottled version.
Very minimal head, thin ring around edge of glass. Ultra dark brown body, no visible carbonation. I pick up a bit of smokiness in the nose, some roasted malt, with floral and grassy hops. Taste is pretty complex, some chocolate up front, a small bit of coffee, leading to a warm peppery finish, not too hot, fairly subtle but certainly noticeable. Mouthfeel is fairly full, medium effervescence. Drinkability is pretty high, the chilis don't overwhelm your palate. An exceptionally tasty beer, one of the most interesting beers I tried to PIB. Recommended.
07-19-2010 18:04:35 | More by jdense
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
750ml capped bottle into a snifter
A: Pours a deep black with a huge white head that slowly fades leaving a ton of lacing on the glass. Probably the best looking porter I've ever seen.
S: The nose is full of cocoa and milk chocolatey aromas. I can also detect a slight hop presence in the background.
T: Taste is chocolate malts, milk chocolate, dark fruits, slight hops in the background, and on the finish you can taste a bit of the heat and spiciness from the peppers. You can feel the pepper heat on your tounge and lips get hotter and hotter as you drink this.
M: The feel is creamy and relatively thick with a good amount of carbonation.
D: This is one tasty porter. With the huge amount of flavors and the thick mouthfeel it's amazing this is just a 6.6% beer. Drinking one of these in a night will probably be enough though.
07-17-2010 01:49:45 | More by GregSVT
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
pour a thick black oil lookin sludge.
the head grows slowly... so slowly, in fact, it grew right out of my glass and onto my counter after I stopped pouring with, what I thought was plenty of room. damnit.
smell is of chocolate and a hint of spice on it. other than that, a smell of something I can only describe as "clean".
taste is of a nice chocolate front, with the typical porter smoothness, but the best thing about this is the waaaay in the back of my throat, on the finish, there is some heat, excellent!!
overall this is an excellent porter, and for those that like spicy foods, and darker beers, this is for you! easily one of the best porters I have had... they didnt try to kick up the alcohol, though I have become accustom to that, so am a bit disappointed it isnt an imperial... but bein a spice-head, I'll take what I can get!
07-16-2010 21:54:46 | More by crusian
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
Poured into a snifter black with a thick tan head. Good lacing. Smells strong of stale smoke. Not too terribly appealing. The taste is of deep smoke also with strong coffee taste. The chili begins to warm your mouth after about 30 seconds. It also isn't too terribly appealing in taste.
I don't know that this is such a great drinking beer. BUT . . . I bet this would make a GREAT marinating beer. Stick a nice NY Strip in some of this for about 12 hours and you might get something.
07-16-2010 02:12:09 | More by whoneeds8
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a syrupy black. Dark, tan head forms and stays. The foam looks sticky and moves as one. Impressive.
Smoke dominates the aroma. This is fresh, young, and green. Raw jalepeño. Sweet vanilla in the background. Unique, but what I would expect with a chipotle Porter, really.
Smoke again. Tastes similar to aroma. Ah...there's the Porter: it's roasty with chocolate and some faint fruitiness. Plenty of heat, even on my lips. Water needed. Maybe a bit of tobacco in there.
Thick and viscous. Expands in the mouth.
The pure originality keeps me going back for sip after sip. Not necessarily easy to drink, though.
What an experience. I think the obvious pairing would be Mexican food, but I'm thinking vanilla bean ice cream would be perfect. Worth the $13 price tag.
07-11-2010 03:08:58 | More by wolffman17
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is chipotle peppers, roasted malt and some smoke. The flavor is great. I get roasted malt, chocolate, smoke and pepper with some medium heat. There is a little burn in the flavor which is very nice. Thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.
07-10-2010 00:31:34 | More by Mora2000
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
750mL bottle in over sized tulip.
A: Dark as night with a thick fluffy two finger mocha head. Some spotty sticky lacing. Head sticks around and leaves a rocky head.
S: The chipotle is up front. Spicy, smoky, some dark chocolate sweetness to round off the spice.
T: Fruity, spicy and good chocolate. Not overly spicy. Slight tingle but I'm very happy this isn't just over the top spice. The sweet and spice are very balanced in this beer.
M: Creamy, this is the creamiest beer I have ever had. Not overly viscous though. Medium body.
D: Pretty damn impressed. They brewed this for Tx from what I understand and I approve. I love spicy and this is hitting the spot. If you don't mind the $12 price tag then go for it!
07-08-2010 00:27:44 | More by rwf08
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
A: The beer poured dark brown with a thin mocha-colored head.
S: There is a light to moderate aroma of roasted malts with smoky and chocolaty notes.
T: The initial taste is very similar to the smell but flavors of chipotle peppers quickly make their presence known. The overall taste isn't that malty and there is some spiciness in the finish. There is a good balance between the malts and the spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate. There is a low level of carbonation and a little bit of dryness.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is unique and well done for its style. I would definitely have another one of these.
06-18-2010 21:08:52 | More by metter98
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.
A beast of a treat from my beer-of-the-month club! From bottle to glass, this is some thick-ass porter, I tell you what. The result is a nearly completely opaque black-brown, though a very tiny bit of smoked garnet shines through when held up to the light (and held really close to it...). More than a finger of thick, strong foam serves as the head, burnt sienna in color and high in longevity. Some killer lacing is left behind during the head's long, cruel descent to the beer's surface. Not content with such strong visuals, Mikkeller goes on to craft quite the scent. Notes of jalapeño peppers, dark chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malts, coffee, maple sugar, and very dark greenery paint a portrait, simultaneously Cubist, Futurist, and Turnerian, of jumbled, yet extremely pleasing, olfactory goodness. The taste has now been hyped worse than a Summer blockbuster, CGI spilling out into the streets. Talk about ogre-like layers: The first consists of the darker sides of life, including molasses, chocolate sauce, dark-roast coffee, and maple syrup. Then comes a bitter layer comprising greenery, citrus hops, and bitter dark chocolate (the kind you'd bake with rather than feast upon directly). Then in steps the chipotle peppers at last, bringing some smoke, some more greenery, and a slight kick of peppery heat and spice. It isn't much in that department, but it's enough to add some extra complexity. Finally, another layer of cocoa and roasted malts finish things off, bringing it all full-circle, the artist's signature. The body straddles the border between heavy medium and light heavy, with a fairly light carbonation and a small amount of oral coating. And as I type this, the pepper is coming back in an otherwise bitter chocolate-dominated aftertaste. Man, does this brew taste good! And with that relatively low ABV, this bad boy can be downed fairly easily on a regular basis. If only I had more bottles of this gem...
06-16-2010 01:55:30 | More by TMoney2591
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.