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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: 318
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 32
Gots: 54 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Chipotle Chilli Peppers at De Proef, Belgium.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-16-2010)
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Photo of TheBiercast
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark as your soul after cheating on your wife. This porter clearly spent all of its time sleeping on the couch for months waiting to sign divorce papers and give up half of its earnings. A wonderful mocha brown head lingers for a very long time as you drink this porter. If eyes were your only clue to how this beer tasted you would have no reason to believe it wasn’t gooey chocolate paradise. The carbonation isn’t too intense. But, it is definitely more carbonated than a lot of porters.

Smell: It’s a lot like what you’d expect given the name. Spicy nose. Lots of pepper lingering over the top of a great chocolately foundation. Can find a lot coffee roastiness in it as well. Really pleasant kick in the smell.

Taste: Think of biting into a perfect piece of chocolate candy and then out of nowhere, while you’re chewing, chasing it with a chili pepper. That’s exactly how it tastes. It is smooth and velvety at the start, but as soon as you get to the middle of the taste it starts the burn and that lasts all the way down your throat and warms your stomach. Great base of coffee like you’d expect. I could imagine myself drinking this with some canned beans on a fire I made in the Old West with John Wayne. Extremely interesting, and wonderfully spicy.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but not creamy like a stout. It has the classic bottom dropping out of a porter. Good amount of carbonation in the roof of your mouth.

Overall: Of all sort of gimmicky beers, this is one of my favorites of all time. It is not something I could drink every day because I think I couldn’t deal with the heartburn. But, it is certainly worth the buy any time you see it. And pour one for your friend before he/she knows what you’re giving him/her. They will either love you for life, or hate you for a few minutes until they give you their beer back and you drink it all yourself.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

TheBiercast, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

schnarr84, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

AlexChillton, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

ddedhed, Jul 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

spw109, Jul 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Poupae, Jul 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

SimonTja, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Roger55, Jun 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

cacostaj, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

tectactoe, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

brycevolk, Jun 27, 2013
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.