Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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88
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by Chincino:
Photo of Chincino
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured to be thick and jet black in color with a very small thin mocha colored head.

The aroma is of whisky, malt, and spice.

The taste of this beer is complex. At first sip, you can really taste the sweetness of the malt and this beer then finishes with a spiciness that lingers.

Very interesting beer.

Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. The original version was outstanding, I can't wait to try the barrel-aged version.

The beer ours a dark brown to black color with a brown head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chipotle pepper and oaked notes. I seem to remember the original having a very similar aroma, only with the oak addition.

The flavor is oak, chipotle pepper, chocolate and some roasted malt. The flavor is very nice. One of the main differences from the non barrel-aged version is that the heat from the peppers doesn't seem to be as intense in this version. That is not a good or bad thing, it just is.

Medium to full mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Consumed blind.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head on top. Nice retention leaving a foamy cap on top with decent retention.

S: Very nice bourbon presence, a little wood and vanilla with some chocolate. Very small hint of peppers right at the end.

T: Very similar to the aroma with nice bourbon flavor, wood/oak, and vanilla. Some roasted malt and chocolate in the middle, with some very slight heat/pepper on the finish.

M: Slightly thinner than medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not has hot (spicy) as I was expecting, since chipotles usually have a nice kick to them.

O: A solid beer, my only complaint was that the peppers were not as prominent. Not sure if that is from being in the barrel or not.

Photo of Mar02x
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got it from the Dranken Geers too (see review Jeffo below). Next time lets go together bro.

A - A fantastic looking beer! An enormous brown head on top of a pitch black fluid. The head slowly retracts to a brown fluffy cream, nice to watch.

S - A heavy thick coffee and chocolate smell along with some liquor. Very promising.

T - And than the shit hits the fan. The appearance and the smell gave a such a promise and than the taste doesn't live up to it. The body is just to watery, coffee and chocolate tones are there though, but it is the ABV that is noticeably to low. There is a little sourness in this brew too, is it infected from the barrel???

M - The mouth-feel is than again a good thing, nice soft carbonation together with a creamy feeling.

O - This beer is not a winner, but nice enough to have tried once.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly mellow compared to expectations. Black bodied with dark head, pleasant pepper and porter aroma. Not as spicy as others I have tried in the style. Good for style though not exceptional. Satisfying as it was, would not seek it out again. Good drinkability.A tad above average mouthfeel.

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml Barrel Ged Version.

A: A fairly dark color. Hard to get any head on this in my 20 oz. pint glass.

S: Sweeter then it tastes. For a 6.6% beer it smells sweet. Small amount of pepper on the nose.

T: Really nice smokey flavor backed up by the perfect amount (for me) of spicy pepper flavor. Chocolate matly goodnesss is also there to help balance things out. Not very bitter, but a bit of bittering bite. Little barrel flavor present.

M: Light mouthfeel with tons of flavor on the backend. A flat body leads to good times (in this case). Easy drinkiblity.

O: Not blown away, but simply satified. When you spend Mikkeller money you never know. I don't want to bring price into the picture during a review too much, but I'd try this again (although I know I probably won't get the chance). Cheers!

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - tar black, thumb of dark mocha head held its own and left a fairly consistent lace ring
S - dark coffee, burnt sugar, light smoky peppers, hints of oak and caramel burbon
T - starts with sweet caramel and espresso coffee, tobacco, subtle woody bourbon followed by a mild chipotle finish
M - medium and smooth, sweet tang followed by a mild smoky dry and just a hint of pepper heat
O - this definitely has less heat than the regular Texas Ranger, but the bourbon barrel aging definitely adds a sweet and woody character to it. Not sure if I can pick one over the other, both awesome!

Photo of nickhiller
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: roasted coffee bean, thin ring of espresso head.

S: Kahula/chocolate liqueur, whiskey, nail polish remover, dark chocolate truffles, grilled steak

T: smoky-oaky, vanilla bean, bitter cocoa powder and dark chocolate truffle, you can really taste the chipotle, kind of like a side of refried beans, subtle yet noticeably spicy aftertaste.

M: low carbonation, syrupy, full-bodied.

O: I think this might be my favorite porter. I've also had the regular un-aged version, both are awesomely smoky and dry, though maybe a tad sweet for a porter. But that's not to knock it, I like the fact that it's got the sweetness to balance out the other flavors, and the heat on the finish leaves you with the impression that you've just had a beer that was a hell of a lot stronger than 6.6%

Photo of thagr81us
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one during the Evening Wood' tasting that was graciously hosted by cmrillo! Big thanks goes out to BRoss242 for sharing this one with the group! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep dark brown with a minimal light tan head. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, chipotle, and toffee. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and chipotle. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice beer. The barrel aging on this one definitely added another level of complexity to this one as the wood blended really well (better than I would have expected) with the chipotle in this one. I am a big fan of chipotle myself and this one just worked for me. Really glad I got the chance to give this one a try!

Photo of spicelab
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor.

Near motor-oil black with a sizable dark mocha head that looks impressive but falls apart quickly.

Aromas are driven by a refined leathery, roastiness. Plenty of tar, tobacco, baked caramel and chocolate overlaying subtle dark fruits. The Chipotle brings clarity and roundness.

Flavours follow the nose, with an added tickle from the chipotle creeping in. The smooth leatheriness from the bourbon barrel plays off the chocolate and fruit of the base porter without dominating. Finishes with a rather bitter roast character, like overextracted coffee or raw cocoa.

Medium, slightly oily mouthfeel with lowish carbonation and noticeable warmth - not sure if it's booze heat or chipotle.

Manages to calibrate the use of the barrel near perfectly. A bigger, creamier body might help to quash the charry bitterness, which is borderline unpleasant for mine.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Pitch black pour with a huge three finger, creamy, tan head with decent retention and lacing. Big roasty nose with lots of dark chocolate along with hints of espresso, vanilla, and bourbon and just a subtle touch of chili. The taste follows suit with lots of cocoa, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. The flavor from the bourbon barrels is awesome, and really works well with the subtle heat of the chipotles that emerges more and more as it warms. I was totally expecting this to be a sipper, but the smooth and creamy mouthfeel make this unbelievably drinkable. The finish is nice with a touch of bitterness and a subtle spicy bite from the chilies. Once again, Mikkeller has a winner!

Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something different tonight. esting

375 ML bottle poured into a Mikkeller Tulip

Thanks to Lukie

A-- Poured a dark, near black color. Slightly oily looking. Slight touches of red when pouring. Settled black. Half finger of dark marshmallow brown head. Slowly turned to film. Good head retention to this and left very spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Smells like char, cigar, and earthy in a way. Burnt carmel, burnt and smoked malts, hot chocolate sort of smell along with touches of oak. In the back of the smell I get smoked chipolte. Very interesting.

T-- Milk chocolate, Carmel, wood, and a slight bite from the Chipolte.

M-- Slick, clean feel. Dairy milk chocolate and Carmel. Not a lot of coffee taste. In the back and finish get the spice from the chipolte. Does have some heat associated with it. Barrel is very well hidden in this. Slight bits of vanilla before the Chipolte takes over. Low carbonation and medium feel.

O-- Not a very big beer at all but this is done well. Easy to drink even with the heat in the finish. Not something I would have all the time but a good beer for something very different.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black, one finger brown head, decent lacing.

S - Chipotle pepper (slightly vegetal), vanilla cream, brown sugar, light bourbon.

T - Dark cocoa, spicy chipotle, oak, brown sugar, light bourbon, lingering chipotle kick.

M - Smooth, thinner side of medium body, medium-low carbonation, dry finish.

O - Body could be bigger and bourbon could be more pronounced, but this still a damn fine beer.

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$15.49 at Stateline Liquors. Elkton, MD

Photo of Cmack15
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick inky jet black

Aroma: touch of smoke, whisky, sweet malt,

Taste: starts sweet malt with the whisky note then finishes dry and spicy with the chipotle

Mouthfeel: medium body weak carbonation but appropriate for style

wow Mikkelller hands down makes the most innovative out there beers and this is one of them. Hard to classify and categorize the touch of smoke and whisky combined with chipotle peppers. If you want to expand your palate then this is a good beer to do that with.
Cheers

Photo of Sam-VW
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

When you pour this beer, it's Black with a dark Tan coloured head. The head sticks around for quite a while with good retention throughout drinking, starting medium and ending with a small head. It leaves a lot of sticky lacing around the glass on the way down. On the Nose there's lots of Roasted Malt akin to Coffee, Caramel, Chocolate and a slightly fruity Smokey smell coming from the Chilli Peppers. On the Palate, first there's hints of Roasted Coffee but it quickly goes into a lovely, smooth Bourbon flavour which balances out the heat from the Chipotle peppers. In the background you get Caramel, Chocolate and some Fruity and Smokey tones from the peppers. The body is quite thin, but it works well with this style. It finishes dry and a little bitter with a touch of heat coming from the Chilli Peppers.

Photo of Chico1985
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Black beer with a huge cascading brown head. A thin cap is left by the end with bits of lace.

Smell - Dense, unsweetened chocolate, green apples, molasses, light spice/chipotles and roast, a bit of a veggie feel. The apple/chocolate/spice combo reminds me of a mini-Apple Brandy Hunahpu's in some ways. Not getting much for bourbon, but an intriguing scent overall.

Taste - A little more roast and char here with some chocolate and caramel to help balance it out. Vegetal and smoky chipotles are a little more intense with some lingering spiciness. Still not getting any bourbon, though some oak barrel seems to make an appearance now and then.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat light and slick mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation. Flashes of alcohol here and there, a bit of a sipper from the dense and spicy flavors.

Overall - I like the dense porter/chipotle interplay, though I was expecting something a bit more.

Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gem procured from a recent trade with joemcgrath27. Thanks man!!

A - Pours jet black, thumb of dark dark mocha head, solid retention and nice dark sheeting lacing.

S - Loads of musty cocoa, sweet cherries, wooden oak, hints of sweet bourbon and hints of espresso on the finish.

T - This one is rich on the palette, loads of musty cocoa and milk chocolate, the wooden oak and sweet bourbon notes come through nicely alongside hints of smokey peppers, vanilla, leather and burnt tobacco.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and sticky.

O - This stuff is insanely good, loads of flavour, super rich and a complex flavour profile. Unique and delicious and incredibly thankful this was included in the latest beer trade.

Photo of stakem
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Tasted immediately following the non-barrel aged version. 375ml grey wax dipped bottle enjoyed with CaptinRedBeard and ClockworkOrange. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black with a dark tan head. A finger of head appears and slowly recedes to a thin pattern across the top and hanging close to the wall of the glass. Some spots and fingers of lace stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew is quite green with young yeasty qualities. Some mild vanilla sweetness and oak is present mixed with something similar to green bell peppers, not chipotle. It is earthy with chocolate malt that comes out as the brew warms with more light barrel aged quality like vanilla.

The taste is also green with young yeasty notes. Some minor oak and chocolate malt mixes with a mild vanilla sweetness/smoothness. An earthy flavor is present throughout with some pepper inclusion that has a mild spice to it. This brew is lightly oily and slick. The aftertaste brings on some semi-sweet chocolate notes.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It seems quite young and very muted. It is like a watered down version of it's non-barrel aged counterpart. Creamy in the feel and easy drinking but overall a bit of a disappointment. I normally enjoy barrel aged brews significantly more than the base brews but this is not the case here. Not only did the barrel aging drown out the base flavors but it is a muddled mess that just didn't come together. For the cost of this, it is not worth it.

Photo of HopHead84
2.19/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

3/31/2012

Thanks for sharing! Supposedly this is the European version. I'm not sure if that's different from the one that hit the US.

A: Black with a big creamy brown head.

S: Burnt tire with ashy chipotle. Harsh charred oak and an unpleasant earth note. I get a little green apple as well.

T: Scorched earth and burnt rubber. There's some chipotle as well, I suppose, and a light spiciness. Harsh and astringent.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty bad. Harsh and artless. A charred burnt rubber mess.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Encinitas Alehouse and served in a Saison Dupont glass. On to the beer:

The color of its body is pitch black, while the lace has a tanned coloring. It leaves some strings of lace around the glass as the beer goes down. Its nose features some coffee and a little chocolate, albeit in subtle quantities.

Now we're on the right path. Whatever was missing from the aroma (peppers and barrels) comes into play. With the coffee and semi-sweet chocolate comes pleasant heat from the chipotle peppers, a little brown sugar, grape, some oak, and even a little sourness. It's got a medium, yet chewy body, and a spicy sensation that lingers in the aftertaste.

Despite the dance of flavors, this is quite easy to drink, and in the end, an outstanding barrel aged chipotle porter.

Photo of Rado
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at 3floyds brew pub

Appearance - super dark , with ok head retention and good lacing for bba

Smell - smokey porter with a much improved nose thanks to bourbon barrel aging, typical addition of barrel character balances chipotle smoke

Taste - nice smoke and roared flavors, definite chipotle component but waaay better thanks to the addition of bourbon barrels, nice sweetness, vanilla and overall complexity

Mouthfeel - moderate body with a small bite to the finish, barrel adds a boozy sweetness

Overall - great for a chipotle beer, one of the better/best I have tasted

Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights when held up to the light but had a thin head which ledt very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: chocolate caramel were upfront on the aroma with smokey notes, bit of roasty chipotle pepper spice, and a wierd aroma that I could not quite put my finger on.

T: the taste was also filled with roasted chocolate malts, caramel, some oaky bourbon character, chiptole spice accents, and a touch of underying booze.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, roasty, smokey, spicey, bourbon boozy, and silky finish.

O: actuallreally enjoyed this one all around and liked the spicey bourbon flavor.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Mikkeller Bar in SF.

Dark. Opaque. No lacing. Smells like booze; delicious whisky. Tastes delicious. Stoutish. No smoke. Distant chipotle on the aftertaste is obvious. Barrel aging is less so. Finish is dry, bitter, and pleasant. Recommend.

Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Geers in Gent many moons ago.

From a 37,5cl bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A thicker, black pour yields a three finger, tight, thicker looking dark tan head with great retention. Thick opaque black with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head very slowly fades to a thick cap that coats the sides. A nice swirly wisp remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing. Good looking brew.

SMELL: Roasted, burnt and charred malt with dark chocolate fudge aromas. Bourbon there with oak and vanilla notes. A bold nose and well integrated, with the classic Mikkeller burnt malt qualities.

TASTE: Roasted malts with a touch of dark chocolate upfront before the bourbon barrel kicks in. Less charred and more barrel than the nose had led on. Bourbon, oak and vanilla through the middle into the finish with some of the chipotle at the swallow. Bolder and lingering aftertaste of bourbon barrel, milk and dark chocolate, roasted notes and some booze. The chipotle peppers linger on the palate as well. Pretty good really, but a little too much booze for the ABV.

PALATE: Medium body and medium, soft carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes sticky on the palate. A bit of heat lingers from the barrel.

OVERALL: Pretty good brew. Waited a long time to open this one as I was hoping to find the regular version to compare it to, but alas that didn’t work out. A tasty brew with just enough pepper presence to make it interesting. A soft, creamy palate and a great look on this one too. Worth checking out. Recommended.

Photo of EkimGram
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my beer journal dated 5/2/12

Appearance: 12.7 oz bottle poured into a standard pint. Colour is a very dark, brackish-brown with a toffee coloured head that is two fingers in height. Leaves behind a nice thick lacing.

Smell: The burnt and roasted malts mix well with the sweet, boozy aroma fro the bourbon barrels. Overall, sweet, light, and malty.

Taste: Filled with roasted malts and some bitter yet spicy pepper flavours.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied yet light and silky. Moderate level of carbonation. There is also a slight fiery heat.

Overall: Very interesting. The peppers add an odd dimension that is tasty yet perplexing. Definitely not your run of the mill porter but it is worth a try.

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.