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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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Reviews: 33
Hads: 90
rAvg: 4
pDev: 6.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.19/5  rDev -45.3%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.16/5  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. (1,506 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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! (804 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark, almost black with a 2cm brown head that falls fairly fast.
S - Big chocolate with some spice. Vanilla oakiness and bourbon notes.
T - Chocolate, coffee and chilli hints. Some oaky and bourbon touches.
M - Medium bodied, low carbonation and some chilli heat lingering.
O - I guess it does what it's supposed to do but I wouldn't really drink it again. (365 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. There is just under two fingers of dark tan head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of roasted malt and bourbon. There are also quite a bit chocolate aroma, as well as some aromas of coffee, vanilla, peppers, and booze.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with a nice bit of roasted malt. There is a big bourbon presence as well as some oak. There are also some flavors of dark chocolate, a very mild chili pepper presence, and some coffee. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt, bourbon, dark chocolate and booze behind on the palate.

M - This has a little less than a full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. It has a nice bit of roasted bitterness as well as some sweetness. There is some very mild chili pepper heat, and there is some boozy warmth in the finish.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and has good flavor. Overall, I think it's a good beer and a nice example of barrel aging. I kind of wish there was a little more bourbon presence, I like it regardless. The chili presence, while mild, is still here and adds some nice complexity. I recommend trying it out. (1,334 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of danieelol
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with nice tanned head and lacing.

Smell is dusty smoke (gunpowder), bourbon, chocolate, honey. Red wine. Delicious and complex nose.

Taste is vinous- get some tannic sourness and also oak bitterness. More of that smokiness and bourbon and perhaps a little bit of the chilli heat floating above my tongue. After the swallow definitely get a subtle lingering chilli note. Also generally minerally, there are lots of watery gaps in the palate though. Think this may be at least partly from age.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and sour. Do get some enjoyable red wine flavours which vary in the degree to which they show themselves.

Overall very enjoyable beer. Good idea and get some great notes from it but the beer doesn't have the body or depth to stand up to the age it's gone through in my opinion. Varies a lot as you get through the bottle.

A pricy but enjoyable treat. The original is still the best though. (925 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,571 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jason. 375ml bottle poured into Darkness snifter.

A - Pours black, nice frothy mocha-colored head, spotty lacing, nice cap in top and some bubbles here and there.

S- The bourbon and chipolte give off an apple/fruity aroma. There's still a chipolte aroma in there, but no where near the regular Texas Ranger. Apples, lots of apples...

T - Barrel, ever so slight chipolte, no real bourbon notes or any alcohol, for that matter. Very smooth. Chocolate, apples, oak. Weird, but good.

M - Full, rich and viscous, perhaps a tad too much carbonation, creamy dry finish.

D - I really enjoyed what the barrel aging did to the base beer. It was very enjoyable and I would have this again for sure. The apple notes are very unique. Recommend. (748 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of Rado
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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 (586 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,162 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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! (832 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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! (586 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (786 characters)

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