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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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 21, 2011
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4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Rickythejeweler, Jun 29, 2013
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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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4.38/5  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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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Cmack15, May 19, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

andrenaline, Nov 17, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

DoubleJ, Jan 28, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Chincino, May 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jbriggs7, Aug 19, 2014
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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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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black pour, with a mocha / beige creamy head. Quite a good retention.

S: Dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, slightly smoked.

T: Roasted, burnt malts. Light sourness. A bit peppery, spicy. Flavors are coffee, smoke, and bitter chocolate aftertaste. Hot peppers are warming on the long term.

M: Medium bodied, but still smooth, highly drinkable.

O: A very good surprise. A very booming brew, given the ABV. I would never have guessed that the ABV was so low given the intensity of this beer. Will definitely drink again.

Fux, Jan 22, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, thick, and black with a milk chocolate head. Nice stouty aroma with the standard dark chocolate, milk chocolate, sherry, and port flavors, a little benzaldehyde, and a smoky whisky-like quality. Liquid barbecue, but the pepper is barely there. The flavor echoes the aroma with a nice, full-bodied oil slick of chocolate and coffee, some cherry cola and a very faint chilli kick - but faint in a good way. It drinks like a cherry chilli brownie. Really nice, actually. Potentially a good match for strong, rich cheese.

soulgrowl, Feb 09, 2011
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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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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Rado, Aug 06, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another interesting brew from Jason. A barrel-aged chipotle porter from Mikkeller. Holdbar May 15th, 2013!

A - Big foam here! Two-plus fingers of ecru foam that settles to a thick cap and leaves behind spotty lacing. The body is black with hints of brown at the fringes.

S - Dark chocolate, wood, smoke, roastiness, chipotle, light whiskey. Yeast seems Belgian in character, or at least there's something distinctly Euro about the nose versus US barrel-aged porters.

T - Very smooth, earthy with some smoke and wood. Not as much chipotle here, but more roasted malts, chocolate, and other typical porter flavors. Pleasant, but not quite as attention-grabbing as the nose. Probably closer to 4.25 for me.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium body that is more than sufficient for 6.6%. Carbonation is surprisingly soft for a Mikkeller beer, which was a nice surprise.

D - I really enjoyed my pour of this one. At first I was quite skeptical, but it was surprisingly good. The intensity and depth of flavor made me think this was a much bigger beer (read: not the alcohol), and doing more with less is a trait I admire. I'm curious how the base beer compares.

MasterSki, Aug 04, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black colour with a small tan head. Good head retention.

Bourbon, vanilla and caramel all feature prominently in the aroma with oak, chocolate and a hint of herbal character also present.

Big roasty notes with bourbon and oak. There’s a touch of malt and chocolate. Very mild chilli.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Prickly chilli heat. Good.

A well balanced beer achieving distinction between the bourbon, roast and chilli. Smooth and tasty.

dgilks, Aug 07, 2011
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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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