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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
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dgilks
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.21/5  rDev +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!

Photo of Chincino
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Photo of Cmack15
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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

Photo of nickhiller
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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%

Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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