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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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Reviews: 166
Hads: 397
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 39
Gots: 74 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-16-2010

Brewed with Chipotle Chilli Peppers at De Proef, Belgium.
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Reviews: 166 | Hads: 397
Photo of inthebeeraisle
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight up dope. After having the BA version first I expected less. Good head retention and lacing (unlike) the BA version. Heavy lacing.

A: Darker then a normal porter, but it's something I'm okay with.

S: Really smokey with a strong pepper backer.

T: Super great. Balance is the key here. More silky smooth then the BA version. Smoky smooth.

M: Great

O: You rarely expect a regular version to be better then the barrel aged version. This one was. (454 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Johnson City, TN.

Arrives almost pitch black with a thick dark tan head. Really good lacing and head retention.

Coffee and dark chocolate are most evident in the aroma. There are some spices there too.

The flavor is all dark chocolate and coffee up front with some peppery spice in the background. Pepper becomes more apparent towards the middle and finish as a moderate warmth builds in the back of the throat. Some smoke is there too.

Overall this is an awesome beer. I don't think I have had a chili beer before that was this nicely balanced. The warmth is just right and the chili flavor doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. Really glad I got to try this one. (703 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 9/3/12

A near black with a massive half glass of mocha foam that just sits there for quite a while and leaves a few nice thick rings of lace

S a quick citric hop blast is overrun by coco, and dark chocolate, there's a little smoke but it's mild, smells pretty good

T the chili comes out a little stronger then I'd like, I get a fair amount of charred wood and even some chocolate covered cherry, no hops sneaking around just spicy malt

M a little heat but not from the booze, thick enough but its on the verge of having too many bubbles but its in check, long aftertaste of chili and char

O decent stuff but there's room for improvement, the spice kept building as I drank it never becoming unpleasant but could have used less

I prefer the Speyside barrel version to this one, the chili was mellowed and it had more going for it in general. Still worth trying for sure and if you like chili go looking for it (949 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, small chocolate with a spicy chipotle peppers. In the taste, spicy pepper with a chocolate like undertone. A small spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry chocolate to spicy pepper aftertaste. Nice spice, chocolate hides it, but a nice spice underlying the whole way through. (358 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Julio's a while back 12 months?? Shared with bpk59 at his house.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a dark chocolate hue with a mocha one finger creamy head that fades to a cloudy mocha with a dense halo.

S - Aromas rich chocolate and light coffee with rich earthy tones with some faint pepper aroma.

T - Taste of rich dark bakers chocolate and some light Smokey notes. Faint chili heat and nice chipotle flavour . Not too potent. Very tasty.

M - Nice and lowly carbonated makes it slightly thin but velvety. Nice lingering warmth and heat.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Was nervous I wouldn't get any chili nut the chipotle flavour is there. Very enjoyable. Would like another bottle of this. (724 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black as night hue which leaves a two finger mochaa laced head and lacing everywhere looks pretty much like a coffee with the lacing,the smell is oak,mocha and an earthy herblaness,the mouthfeel is creamy full bodied and milky with tastes of feint oak,chocolate,milky cappicino,a touch of hops and a lingering chilli heatness that numbs the lips a touch on finish and overall a very nice chilli porter and i would definately drink again. (450 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black as pitch with about two fingers of creamy mocha head. The beer itself is completely opaque and the foam takes quite a bit of time to settle. There is some substantial lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is interesting. I'm picking up huge malt, chilies, and dirt. All three of those scents dominate. The dirt is a weird one, I don't get that too often in a beer. As it warms, I'm getting note of leather and tobacco. Damn, this beer kinda smells like an ashtray. That being said, I'm kinda into it.

T: This beer starts off malty with huge roast and burnt toast. I get a bit of dirt and some chilies right after the initial blast. The finish has notes of chocolate and some really nice heat.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer coats the palate in a single sip. It starts out bittersweet and finishes with a good amount of spice. The thing that really stick out in my mind is how chalky the lingering flavors are. It's like a mix between being sticky and dry.

O: I've always been a fan of beers brewed with chilies, but I feel like this one misses the mark. The heat from the peppers is definitely present, but it seems to detract from the other aspects of this beer. A solid brew, but I don't think I;d seek it out again. (1,232 characters)

Photo of Aiptasia
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the most interesting beer i've sampled in a while, poured from a bottle into a beer mug at about 55 degrees F.

It pours beautifully rich and malty syrup colored dankness into the mug with a monolithic chocolate milk looking foam head at least 4" tall up the side of the glass. Lacing coats everything in sight like a foam party at a cheap nightclub.

The smell hints at cocoa nibs and bourbon roastyness and plum fruit with a medicinal alcohol finger up the nose. Taste is interesting, it's much more subtle than other smoked porters. There's a definite hint of soy sauce mixed in with coffee and plum sour notes, slight alcohol presence on the back of the tongue with only a hint of smoked chipotle ending on the aftertaste. It's so subtle and warm, it makes you want to take another sip. Then another, then one more... then it's gone!

Overall, it's an excellent beer. I just wish i'd have had the opportunity to try it fresh from the brewery. (955 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid black with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. Thick wall of lace down the glass.

S - Smoky chipotle, cocoa, coffee grounds and earthy malt.

T - Smoky chipotle, earthy, leather, light pepper heat that lingers into the aftertaste, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, black coffee. Taste of the chipotle is quite noticeable but the heat is subtle.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel, creamy with low carbonation and a linger pepper heat.

D - A good porter as the base with just enough chipotle to provide the right amount of heat without being overwhelming. Still a slow sipper though. (590 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a glass stein.

Appearance- The head is three fingers of soapy foam and intimates brown sugar. This porter has an appropriately black body and decent sheet lace.

Smell- It smells earthy and definitely has that sweet stank of chipotle peppers. I even detect some oak and dark chocolate. I love me some chipotle peppers, and so far, this nose has me pretty excited.

Taste- The sweet and musty chipotle hits the palate immediately. The beer is not spicy in any way though, in case people are expecting that.

I am also surprised by the smooth dark chocolate flavor, but not the roasty backbone. That smokey chipotle is the perfect pairing for roasted malt.

I get a sense of oak in the drink after a little while, but not any whiskey booziness.

Mouth feel- This may be more of a medium body, but it is very watery. No stick to it at all, which is too bad. I would really like for these flavors to linger on the palate longer.

Overall- This beer is certainly interesting, but the parts fit together surprisingly well. I think a little more whiskey and boozy quality would suit this beer just fine.

A leathery flavor hitting hard with the smoky pepper and roast would round this one out quite well. If this is ever brewed again, I really hope the feel is improved; way too watery to leave a good impression. (1,323 characters)

Photo of uno99
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite curious about this one from Mikkeller... Bottle cap seems to have let out a little of the beer -- evidenced by some sticky syrupy gloop around the neck. Doesn't seem to have effected the carbonation or taste...

A: Poured into a Lucifer snifter. Super dark brown, perfect porter color. Nice dense head that leaves some decent lacing. Looks more like a light-heavyweight rather than a 6.6% welterweight.

S: I asked myself before opening; "Is this going to smell like the chipotle and beer BBQ sauce I have in the fridge?". Well... It sort of does!! The spicing is more laid back than I imagined however, which is probably a good thing. Definitely some chili's and whatnot in the background though.

....Oh and it smells like a decent porter as well.

D: First few sips is sort of unimpressive, but once you get into this it really steamrolls you with some interesting heat. The only time I've experienced a beer like this is with Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel, Route Des Épices.

M: Sort of averagely good mouthfeel here. It's probably best its not any thicker, but does feel lacking to some degree. I imagined it thick like BBQ sauce, but its definitely not. Carbonation is lively, however there is not much dryness on the finish.

Overall this is a good porter not made better from the added chipotle, but definitely made more interesting. Well crafted as usual from the Mikkeller lads. Goes good with chocolate. (1,416 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
2.08/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Well, I've already reviewed the bottled version of this and apparently it must have mellowed out differently than the kegs, if this is really only once brewed. Served on-tap into a 12 ounce goblet.

A: Deep dark brown body, almost black with a small tan head. It settles quite quickly and doesn't really leave much other than a small ring. No real lace to speak of.

S: Chipotle pepper flesh, seeds, chocolate, wood and smoke. The peppers seem way more intense here than they did in the bottle. It's certainly the dominant profile on the nose.

T: Wow, that's not good at all. The Porter-like qualities do start off okay - roasted, dark malts but quickly are overtaken by the chipotle peppers. Way too much, way too powerful and completely overwhelm everything else. It's spicy, too. Much too spicy for what it should be, in my opinion.

M: Lower carbonation gives this a very standard medium body for being a Porter. It's very smooth, a bit bubbly on the back palate and easy drinking. Though it may be somewhat thinner than the bottle.

This was pretty terrible on draft. I struggled to put down the 12 ounces of this. Nothing I'd ever need to revisit on draft again, but certainly lay a bottle down for a few months and it should be much better. (1,248 characters)

Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass. It was almost black with a decent head, which was brownish-grey.

I could definitely smell peppers, a bit of dark chocolate and roasted malts.

The mouthfeel wasn't as heavy as I expected, but the taste was classic porter with a bit of smoke, chocolate, and pepper with a lingering spicy burn, but it wasn't over the top.

I saw this a more of a novelty and probably wouldn't go out of my way to get this again, but it wasn't bad and definitely worth at least one try. (520 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and black. Produces a nice large brown head in my tall snifter. Some big bubbles here and there. It falls down fairly quickly to almost nothing on top.

Big dark chocolate notes dominate. Coffee comes next. Lots of that malt thang going on. The chipotle isn’t really exposing itself much.

The first sip was kind of a wow. The heat creeps up on you at the end. I think it might cancel out some of the other flavors though. I’m digging the coffee, but the big chocolate notes in the nose seem to be subdued in the taste which is a bummer. The pepper really shines as you drink it.

Small amount of carbonation. The peppers leave a tingle all throughout the mouth but after a break from drinking it is mostly felt in the back of the mouth/top of the throat.

A 750 by yourself is a tall order if you aren't big on porters like I am, but it works great as the last beer for a Texas X-Mas night. (911 characters)

Photo of biglite351
2.79/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Some cascading of the head. Very dark brew and a medium dark vert tight head. More Imperial Stout looking.

S - Spice (ie: chipotle), malts and maybe a touch of cocoa.

T - Heavy chipotle, smoke flavor. A touch of malt and cocoa, but not much.

M - Thick for a porter. A spicey burn, as opposed to a tingle, on the tongue and back of throat.

O - Just not my bag. I can see the appeal of the beer if you are into spicey stuff, but I do not want a "burn" from a beer. (470 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black body with a big fluffy mocha head slowly sink to a creamy film.

S - Chipotle comes out immediately along side semi sweet chocolate, coffee grinds, hints of anise, light hickory smoke, and chocolate liqueur.

T - A mix of dark and milk chocolate, with a steady presence of chipotle creating mild heat on the tongue and back of the throat. The pepper becomes more smokey towards the finish.

M - Silky and smooth feel, creamy carbonation, dry and warming finish.

This exceeded my expectations. Perfectly balanced flavors. Chipotle was not over or under used and melded perfectly with the big chocolate malts. I didn't want the bottle to end. Picked it up out of state, wish I would have bought more than one. (726 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Bottle poured in to pint glass.

A: SRM is dark brown. Semi-translucent. Head was dark tan/brown, 1 in, dissipates to line the rim of the glass. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Light roasted malt, semi sweet, light pepper notes.

T: Good porter flavor. Nicely malted, some chocolate notes and light coffee notes. The only thing I got from the chipotle was a little smokiness. Not much pepper flavor or heat, but my heat tolerance is off the charts, so my palate is skewed in this aspect. Aftertaste is slightly malty and chocolatey.

M: Medium bodied. Maltiness and carbonation give a slightly creamy texture. Light smoke notes contribute to a dry finish.

O: Not bad, but not really impressed. For a beer that is called "Chipotle Porter" and being made by Mikkeller, I was expecting a more ingredient heavy beer and was expecting to be able to taste chipotle. Otherwise, this was a good porter, but a bit pricey. (923 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours dark dark almost black brown. Two fingers of dark tan head with great retention. Sticky lacing.

S- semisweet chocolate blends with a dried smokey chipotle pepper aroma. Lots of roasty malt on the finish.

T- starts of with a rich cocolate flavor with a roasty malt flavor bitterness. The smokey pepper flavor blends in with a hint of coffee. Nice heat on the backend.

MF- slick mouthfeel with a medium body and light soft carbonation.

D- good drinkability

overall a superb beverage. (495 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was something I was looking really forward to trying. The peppered beers really spark my interest. The beer poured out as a really dark brown color, it poured out looking much thicker than a porter also. The head on the beer was tan in color and had a nice sticky lacing to it. The smell of the beer was roasted and had just a minor touch of pepper on the nose. The taste was fun, I didn't get much pepper in the first sip... There was plenty of roasted chocolate flavors at first. As I drank the beer the pepper really started to come through. There was a subtle amount of heat in the aftertaste that I enjoyed a lot. The mouthfeel was creamy and thick feeling. Overall I though this brew was very nice. I wouldn't decline it if I happened to see it around again one day. (782 characters)

Photo of codsmith
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black and a finger size of mocha colored foam head that settles slightly and leaves a very nice thin cover over the top. There is nice lacing to the glass as well

S: There is a decent amount of sweetness mixed with a slight vegetal aroma. No spice off the noise like I was expecting

T: There is a healthy amount of whiskey flavor, but its very mellow and well done. It doesn't over-do the palette. Nice amount of chocolate and slight amount of roasted malts. Not really sure that the chipotle comes through in the taste, but there is a vegetal aftertaste that doesn't sit very well. Maybe I got an old batch and thats the reason for no spice???

M: Moderate-to-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect. Easy to drink as it doesn't sit heavy.

O: I was expecting a little more from the aroma and also a kick or at the very least a hint of spice... but none was there. It has a very solid grain bill and great whiskey flavors. (939 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. This pours a pitch black stout color with a nice Mocha head, a beautiful beer. The smells are of roasted malts, espresso, a hint of pepper. The feel is somewhat thick and creamy. With the taste, I definitely get the peppers which were light in smell, anyways the taste is of nice roasted malts, a little alcohol burn on the way down with a nice peppery finish, I loved this beer exceptional. (438 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seriously good beer.

Black in color with a small rust-colored head. Nice contrast. A little bit of lace.

Roasted malt aroma. Cocoa and ground coffee. Peppery.

The flavors work together quite well. Chocolate and espresso. Pepper. Great afterburn.

Just the right amount of heat in this porter. Assertive, not aggressive.

Thoroughly enjoyed this. (348 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Gorgeous. Mikkeller never disappoints on appearance. Burnt caramel head with towering foam and sheets of lace. Bowling ball black body.

S – Chocolate malted milk balls, bitter cocoa powder. Woody second note with raisins, paprika, and chipotle smoke.

T – Big roast malt with burnt edges. An acidic char bite brightens the center of the drink as a dry smoky chili note glows in the back of your throat.

M – Medium-full body is smooth with a lingering dry heat.

O – Delicious, smooth and creamy. Fantastic smoky chili character with a heat that builds through the drink. (586 characters)

Photo of Oneeighthcuban
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. The heat of the chipotle comes through at the end but isn't overwhelming. There is a strong chocolate flavor as well, that balances extremely well with the heat. Flavor became more complex as the beer warmed. Very tasty and will buy again if I see it again. (283 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens glass. Beautiful to watch form in the glass. Looked like thick chocolate in the pour. Black with two fingers of tan head. The head retreated just a little to some nice lacing. Simply amazing looking.
The chipotle is obvious on the nose, but not to the point of burning. Lots of malt, some burnt, underneath.
Decent porter flavors: soft malt, dark bread and burnt malt.
But the reason we all came here was for the chipotle; and it does not disappoint. Mellow at first, with a slow rising heat until it is minutes since the last drink and you can still feel the heat on your lips. For a pepper beer, top marks.
The body is lighter for a porter, fairly smooth and almost no carbonation.
Really good. A little more on the "porter" part of the beer would be nice, but overall a super job with the chipotle. Unique, interesting and most of all, good. (878 characters)

Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.