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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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Photo of HopHead84
2.18/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

HopHead84, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of enelson
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

enelson, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of retreminy
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

retreminy, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of AlastairM
3/5  rDev -24.2%

AlastairM, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -24.2%

brez8791, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.13/5  rDev -21%
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.

stakem, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of -NESTO-
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

-NESTO-, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of EkimGram
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

EkimGram, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

hoppymcgee, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

AgentZero, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

TasteTester, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

TheCrowsNest, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

BeerHunter76, May 01, 2012
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

TrickkyGangsta, Feb 14, 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 fiedler84
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

fiedler84, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Zaphog, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

MikeCactusGordon, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Lare453, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

akang, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

t0rin0, Mar 29, 2013
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 Chico1985
3.84/5  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.

Chico1985, Apr 16, 2014
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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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