Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Mikkeller ApS
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3.53/5 rDev -12.6%
750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - Huge chocolate head atop an inky black body. Beautiful lacing and surface foam.
Smell - Deep roasted malts. Very chocolatey. No chipotle in the nose. Some smoke.
Taste - Chocolate. Very rich. Some burnt coffee. Peppers start to build in the middle. Not a distinct chipotle flavor. Pepper spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Thick and nicely chewy. Spicy. Medium carbonation.
Overall - I think this would be a great porter if it weren't the chipotle.
07-04-2013 00:57:30 | More by Alieniloquium
3.75/5 rDev -7.2%
Thanks to Jeff for cracking this one. It pours a continuous black, only broken up by the darkest brown and ruby edges that hug the glass. The cloud-like tan head grows as big as the beer itself and is very slow to settle. Thick sheets of lace stick to the glass as the frothy head makes its descent.
Simply put, the aroma is full of roast and spice. Toasted and nearly burnt, roasted malts with some char, coupled with zesty, peppery and chipotle barbecue-ish spices. There's definitely some spicy heat coming off the aroma, and it's backed by a mild smokiness with a light, peaty undercurrent.
The taste pretty much follows through exactly where the aroma leaves off. Pretty smokey up front with a quick rush of BBQ-like chipotle peppers that invade the palate quickly. It's actually not as tingly-spicy as I was expecting, rather the flavor of the peppers and the spices are more prominent than their actual heat; that is definitely a good thing.
Roasty malts are the structure of everything, though they're pretty light in comparison to the heavy chipotle spice. I really like the flavors of this brew; the problem is, they are intense enough to kind of wear the palate down quick. Drinking this is copious amounts would be difficult, even at only 6.6% ABV. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a pretty smooth and lightly creamy mouth feel.
Definitely an interesting beer, and even a bit different than most of your smoked options. Chipotle peppers are easily identifiable, and while tasty, a little bit certainly goes a long way. Would be good in smaller pours of 4 oz or so, but finish even half a bottle would be a challenge for me.
06-28-2013 11:16:54 | More by tectactoe
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.