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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.88%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

TasteTester, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Fux
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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4/5  rDev +1%

Desaparecido, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Doodler, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

nmann08, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Vdubb86, Jan 02, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

enelson, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Neffbeer
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Neffbeer, Dec 30, 2011
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
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4/5  rDev +1%

crusian, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

dbol, Dec 10, 2011
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.

Jeffo, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

sweatervest27, Dec 04, 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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4/5  rDev +1%

DoctorB2B, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 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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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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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
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4/5  rDev +1%
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.

mulder1010, Jul 17, 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
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.