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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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89
very good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | 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 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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

t0rin0, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1%

spycow, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

nmann08, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
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
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +1%

beernads, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1%

mdfb79, Mar 23, 2012
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 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 DoubleJ
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
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 KAF
4/5  rDev +1%

KAF, Jul 23, 2014
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 Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Lare453, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
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
Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

AgentZero, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of dgilks
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
Photo of Gobzilla
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Gobzilla, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of enelson
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

enelson, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

akang, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

AgentMunky, Oct 06, 2013
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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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