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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
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-04-2010)
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Reviews by Vdubb86:
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4/5  rDev +1%

Vdubb86, Jan 02, 2012
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Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

mdaschaf, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Mar02x, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

Sammy, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of fiedler84
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

fiedler84, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Desaparecido, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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!

inthebeeraisle, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

joemcgrath27, Jul 22, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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%

nickhiller, May 08, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

thagr81us, Jul 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Neffbeer, Dec 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

S4M, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

jlb502, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

hoppymcgee, Jan 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

enelson, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of spicelab
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

spicelab, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

dbol, Dec 10, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Zaphog, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of beerdrifter
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

beerdrifter, Dec 04, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

-NESTO-, Sep 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Train54, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jbriggs7, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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