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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel AgedTexas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel Aged

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88
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woosterbill on 11-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A Porter brewed especially for Texas: water, malt (smoked, maris otter, cara-crystal, brown and chocolate), roasted barley, hops (zeus, Saaz and centennial), yeast and chipotle chili. Aged in Speyside whisky barrels.
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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Pitch black pour with a one finger, creamy, tan head with decent retention and lacing. Roasty, smokey nose with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, booze, and just a subtle touch of chili. The taste follows suit with lots of cocoa, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. As expected, the flavor from the Speyside barrels is much smokier than with the bourbon barrel version. As it warms, the chipotles begin to emerge and make for an enjoyable combination with the peat from the barrels. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and chalky with a subtle warming finish. Overall, it's a step down from the Bourbon BA version and it lacks depth, but is still a solid Porter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of zaphodchak
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A finger of brown, sudsy head with some lace. Apparently I didn't write down exactly what color it was, but it was dark brown.

Big dark chocolate porter and faint chili on the nose.

Coffee and subdied chili spice, trace of leather. Quite balanced, actually. The spice/heat comes in on the long post-aftertaste. I think the barreling has mellowed most of the burn. Possible chicory in the taste as well.

Super-smooth.

Nice porter but the spice isn't as much as you might be anticipating. Rich, dark chocolate flavor, trace of heat, and bitter coffee malt.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle.

This beer pours a solid oily black, with very shy caramel edges, and one fat finger of dense foamy milk chocolate brown head, which wicks away at due pace, leaving a rainforest treetop vista of lace around the glass.

It smells of sharp, chalky chocolate, bready caramel malt, and some spicy vegetal pepper notes. The taste is more clipped, dry cocoa, a subtle lactic sourness, that gets well overshadowed by a growing smoky pepper edge, which also dims any burgeoning hops that may have been. Lost mostly is the Speyside barrel influence, again, I blame those frisky chipotles.

The carbonation is fairly mild, but not without a purpose, the body an unsteady medium weight, showing some thin cracks at points, and the sticky heat makes it tough going for better marks at smoothness. It finishes quite dry - the chocolate and sneaky peppers in charge.

A pretty decent porter, if a bit light - but one that is well differentiated by the simmering pepper warmth. Good stuff.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. The head stays around a little while, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like smoky whisky, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of chilies. It tastes like bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, smoky/peaty whisky, oak, and some light chilies. The chili flavor does get stronger as the beer warms up, but it's not close to being overpowering at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating, and has moderate, soft carbonation. It certainly goes down easy enough. I think it's a pretty good brew. It's pricey at $11.99 a bottle, but I'd probably buy it again at that price.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz green bottle to CBS snifter. Enjoyed the regular TR, though it was pretty hot. Let's see this barreled version.

Pours just like the regular: Black, with a finger of bold chocolate colored head. Leaves nice spotted lacing. There's a big whiskey note initially, but there's an equally big chocolate and roast note that powers through this bold oaky, vanilla and alcohol laden nose. The peppers are super hard to get with all the other things going on. The aroma is almost too much straight whiskey, but toes the line. The taste is miles better! Gentle oak and vanilla, a hint of alcohol, BIG chocolate and roasted notes, with a milder peppery finish than the original...which I thoroughly enjoy; makes it much more drinkable. The feel has a nice full body to it, with a pleasant creaminess.

Despite the somewhat harsh nose, this is a beautiful brew.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The appearance is of espresso: very dark brown color with minimal head and lacing left behind. The viscosity is of used motor oil. This is so thick that if you tilt your glass it takes a good few seconds for the beer to make it's way back down the glass.

S: coffee, chocolate, chili peppers, slight alcohol and slight oakiness. Being that this was aged in Speyside Scotch Whiskey barrels, there is definite smoky aroma that compliments the alcohol smell.

T: smoke, chocolate, chili pepper, coffee flavor, with a semi-sweet finish that lingers mostly as a dark chocolate.

M: With just a moderate ABV for a barrel aged ale and for as thick as it is this was highly drinkable and would go well with a nice slab of red meat.

O: If you are looking for a dark beer with more complexity than your standard porter, you should definitely give this one a try.

Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Hunahpu's glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with some red at the edges when the light hits the beer. There is a half finger of thick, tan head that fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Roasty, smokey, and sweet. Full of dark fruit notes. There is a note of heat from the peppers.

Taste: Roasty up front and then the heat builds. It isn't a dominating heat, just enough to make sure you know it's there. There is a whiskey flavor as well as some oak from the barrels. The finish is roasty and bitter with some more heat.

Mouthfeel: The body is a touch on the watery side with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The flavor was a bit muddled. I think I preferred the non barrel aged version of this beer. I don't think I'd spend the money on another bottle.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. This one was quite pricey at $12.

4.5 A: Black color. Three fingers of medium brown, frothy/creamy head. Retention is very good and a healthy sized ring of lacing is left behind.

4.5 S: I love me some chilis and this beer has the chipotles way up in the forefront. After that there's ample chocolate. The whiskey isn't very strong. If I hadn't read the label, I probably wouldn't have even detected it. Supple roastiness and maybe a touch of oak and caramel. I don't think I'd be this impressed if the chipotles weren't done perfectly.

3.5 T: The flavors don't mesh nearly as well in the taste. Foremost, the whiskey seems to be a bit off as it gives out a leathery tanginess that I don't quite care for. Too much peat as well. The chilis are done very well again though. They add a great flavor while being reserved with the heat. The chocolate and roastiness are congruent with the peppers. Moderately powerful smokiness. I think if I got a hold of the regular version, I'd like it better.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use some more creaminess. Tannic astringency on finish.

3.5 D: This was a tasty beer, but I think it's mostly due to the peppers. The barrel aging did not improve this beer and I feel confident saying that without having had the original.

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, 375ml into a tulip. Holdbar til 17/08/17.

Black with a brown head. Great retention and lacing. Dark fruity notes in the nose, light oak and whiskey character. Some dark chocolate. Tastes like a sweet chocolatey and lightly roasty porter. Some oak and whiskey, chipotle heat way into the finish. Quite good, but not as much heat (burn) as the original. Very drinkable however.

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Gorgeous pour. Dark black body with a full 4 fingers of dark mocha colored head. Exceedingly creamy and long-lived. When it finally receeded, it left a beautiful lattice pattern of lace in the glass.

S: This pretty much covers all the bases...smokey chipotle pepper, rich dark chocolate, bruised dark fruit, burnt barrel, and peaty whisky.

T: Everything noted above with a slight hint of cherry, more pepper, and more dark fruit.

M: Mighty peppery burn. Just awesome! It's time in the barrel didn't tame the heat. In fact, the sweetening that was a result of the barrel aging perfectly compliments the heat from the peppers.

O: I love pepper beers. Especially dark ones. And, I loved regular Texas Ranger. And, I loved this version of it. Werd.

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied dark, dark brown on the verge of black in color with a beige lacing around the snifter. The aromas are pretty similar to the original version. You get the soft chocolates with ever so slight coffee with some barley there pepper and a hint of whiskey barrel. I enjoy scotch, but I can't tell that it's scotch from the nose. The flavors are smooth and more complex than the original. You get smooth chocolates with a little more upfront pepper than the regular with a smoky, perhaps peaty finish. It's pretty solid. The whiskey is a complementary flavor behind the chocolate and pepper. It's smoother than I remember the original too. It has a nice mouthfeel and is really an easy drinker. I'm a fan of this and I'm interested in trying the bourbon barrel version.

Photo of ludachris
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The viscosity of its opaque black body surprised me as I poured it out of the bottle. At 6.6%, I didn't expect it to look so beastly. A finger's worth of tan coloured head falls almost as fast as it rises. Thin legs of lace spread themselves horizontally across the glass.

The deep, rich, and gooey qualities of the dark chocolate brownies that form the core of the nose are somehow accentuated by soft minty/pine and grapefruit flesh derived from the American hops. Smooth vanilla and oak undertones become more pronounced as the beer warms and pair perfectly with its chocolatey dessert-like goodness. With a few quick whiffs I can pick up the chipotle as well, which plays off of the delicate smokey background. The smokey/sweet whisky scent becomes increasingly pronounced as it reaches room temperature. This is one of the most complex porters I have ever put to my nose. I hope this carries into the taste.

Chipotle, encased in a soft smokey layer, cuts across the center of the palate and flicks it at the back. The more sips I take the more the spiciness becomes amplified, but only in small increments. Rich dark chocolate dances around all sides of the mouth. Vanilla and oak carry their same smoothness in the taste and show up as the beer nears its finish.

Judging from how it poured alone, I expected the body to be more plump. It may sound strange but my initial impression as the beer hits my lips tells me that this is barrel aged. Soft, delicate, and almost oily is how I would describe the feeling. Medium bodied and well rounded but it's just a tad too thin for all of the flavour it packs.

I look at the beers Mikkeller produces as some of the most interesting and innovative beers I've ever encountered. A porter aged in Speyside whisky barrels and brewed with chipotle chili; that was an immediate sell for me. The only other beer I've had brewed with any sort of pepper was Great Divide's Chocolate Yeti, and I can say that I enjoyed the slightly spicy character in this porter much more than I did in the Yeti. It's there and it helps to bring the chocolate out more but it's tamed and balanced and doesn't interfere with anything else that's going on, even at the end of the bottle. I enjoyed every drop of this. With a bit more body I'd say this would make for a world class porter.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip

A- pours jet black with a two finger dark brown head. Looks amazing

S- nice aroma of spice from the peppers, and I'm getting a decent bit of the whiskey as well

T- the finish gives me a slight peppery burn, while the oaky whiskey flavor is what starts off...I'm actually not getting any "porter" characteristics, though

M- this is actually pretty damn thick...very viscous!

O- it really doesn't have any of the coffee or chocolate notes you'd expect from a porter....but the heat from the chiles is there and not overwhelming, and the whiskey barrel isn't offensively strong either. Great beer

Photo of Listers
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Smell of nuts, coconut, sweet raisins, and dark fruit. Good carb, smooth and creamy. The barrel shines through but the whiskey is lacking. Not much of the chipotle in the beer anywhere but I'm sure it has subtly added to the beer overall. Interesting as always from Mikkeller and worth a try but not up my alley.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a deep onyx-approaching black-brown topped by a healthy molehill of fairly dark brown foam. Immediately after popping the cap off, I was bludgeoned with a blast of sweetness, followed later (in the glass now) by some strong cocoa, roasted malts, molasses, and bitter dark chocolate powder. The taste follows the smell pretty closely, with the dark chocolate coming off even more bitter (bitterer?) and the roast a bit roastier. God, I'm dangerously close to sounding like some sort of Nick Jr. segue (don't judge me...)... The body comes close to hefty, with a light moderate carbonation, a lightly chewy feel, and a slightly dry finish. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. At first I questioned the lack of the peppers, but in retrospect I think they just blended really well with the barrels. Damn fine beer (good on ya, Mikkel!).

Photo of womencantsail
2.05/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

The pour is black in color with a tan head. Aroma isn't very good. Green apple, paint thinner, and alcohol. Some roasted malt and maybe a bit of dark chocolate. Really quite abrasive. The flavor is a touch better than the nose, luckily. Green apple, chocolate, roast, alcohol, and maybe just a hint of whiskey. There's a weird chlorine flavor to it, too. I don't really get any of the peppers. Too bad as the regular version was quite good.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown - black, 2 finger frothy brown head, great lacing.

S - Light smoke, cocoa, peppers, bitter hops.

T - Wow! Milk chocolate, light smoke, very malty, faint whisky, oak, bitter hops, finishes with chipotle heat, oak, & cocoa.

M - Smooth, perfect carbonation, aftertaste lingers with pepper and oak.

O - This might be my new favorite Mikkeller. He is a genius!

Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with a standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high as this is me favourite brewery in the world, and Mikkel's best beers tend to be his darker ones.

A: Pours a beautiful three finger head of wondrous tan colour, fantastic cream lacing, incredible thickness, and excellent retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Cream, chocolate, chili peppers, and yeast. A moderate strength aroma. The chilis pique my interest.

T: Quite creamy, even from the open, which is wonderful. Some chocolate is present - especially on the finish, which is strange in the balance. The chili is a bit light, but it's a nice touch. Overall, it's a delightful creamy porter. It comes off a bit simple, but doesn't disappoint. Well balanced.

Mf: Smooth, creamy, and wet. I quite fancy this aspect of the beer. Really rolls off the tongue.

Dr: Very drinkable, though the ABV is only above average. It isn't as complex as expected, but it's fanciful nevertheless.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Very dark black; lets no light through at all. Thick head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell – Dark cocoa, burnt oak, whiskey. I can’t smell chipotle; I smell something more like a cross between tomatoes and peppers.

Taste – Baking chocolate, whiskey, burnt oak, pepper and spice. I’m not tasting any chipotle.

Mouthfeel – Thick and creamy, low carbonation, and spicy.

Drinkability – A bit on the bitter side. The spiciness is mild. I might have preferred more chipotle flavor.

Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half inch dark mocha head on a dark down body. Well above average head retention, nice lacing as well.

Cocoa and slight chipotle pepper heat in the nose

Not getting a lot of barrel notes, more of the peppers although not overwhelmingly so. Chocolate. Very drinkable.

Creamy mouthfeel. Low but adequate carbonation.

Overall I really liked this one a lot. Different enough to make me want to have it again but not off the wall tithe point where it's just confusing. Thanks TATURBO.

Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into tulip 22/2/12

A shes pretty dark right out of the bottle, massive mocha head falls to a finger of dense foam leaving just a partial ring of lace

S candied cherry come at me right away with some milk chocolate, campfire, molasses, and smokey peat, reminds me of a cherry colt paired with some scotch

T more of a smokey chocolate liqueur flavor then the nose, more peaty smoke and less cherry, just a little booze and cayenne pepper

M the peppers slowly warm your mouth but its pretty mellow, creamy from the bubbles and a long roasted aftertaste

O well suited for a chilly evening with a interesting mix from the warming chilly, smokey peat and a solid porter

I might grab one to drink next winter, pretty mellow now but a year or two couldn't hurt its cause, great stuff grab one if you see it

Photo of AgentMunky
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. No best before date.

A: A lush, dense, chocolate-coloured head erupts to two and a half fingers. The beer itself is black as coal. An auspicious beginning. Really great lacing.

S: Sweet, bitter, musty, spicy, roasted barley, vanilla, and just barely metallic. An interesting, but not obviously pleasant, melange. Creamy alcohol.

T/M: It's thin, quite thin, maybe too thin. That's my first impression. Then, trying to track down the flavours, I find all sorts of things -- fruit, slightly sour cream, roasted malts, a hint of chocolate dust. Very little heat from the peppers, but a wisp of smoke that probably doesn't come from Speyside. The barrel ageing is not pronounced, but may emerge in a sort of creamy mouthfeel. Very little actual whisky. At 6.6% I get the sense that this beer has been watered down or diluted; I'm not sure how I feel about that. Despite a promising uncapping, minimal carbonation.

O: I think I like it, but it's hard to say. The thinness is countered by the occasional creaminess and the flavours are interesting, even if the chili is distant. A worthy beer that's not worth the sticker price ($13). I would recommend one, but I wouldn't have another.

Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle opened in 2013

A - Bowling ball black with dark muddy highlights. Creamy milk chocolate head with ok retention and lace. Classic Mikkeller.

S - Holy crap. Ancho chilies, peat smoke, milk chocolate, molasses, salt, warm scotch, touch of oak, and mission figs. Nice complexity and great integration.

T - Dry dark chocolate, fresh oak, salt, raisiny chipotle peppers, pumpernickel bread, touch of smoke, cocoa nibs, sharp ginger, dusty char.

M - Milky, medium body. Nice dry, lingering finish.

O - Drinking great 2 years after bottling. While not a heat bomb, the chili pepper plays a starring role in an extremely well balanced profile.

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a 1.5 finger mocha head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Bold roasted malt aroma with a nice barrel presence that doesn't overpower the elements of the base beer. Some toasted oak and vanilla along with a sweet booze/whiskey presence. Underneath there is a slightly smokey, meaty dark malt presence with a strong dark chocolate character along with some oatmeal, toffee and chili powder. The chipotle presence is subtle in the nose allowing the other notes to come through.

Slightly chewy medium body with a nice balance of barrel, whiskey, roasted malt and chili. Not quite as complex as the aroma suggests but there is a lot going on here. The Speyside whiskey is well integrated into the flavor with some sweet booze that gives off little heat. There's also some dry, toasted oak that is complimented by a nice roasted malt presence. Slightly smokey with hints of bacon, toast, dark chocolate, caramel and toffee. There is a decent amount of sweetness from the whiskey and chocolate notes countering the dry/roasted character. The chipotle peppers are most prominent toward the back end of the palate but again, this flavor is well integrated into the flavor without overpowering everything. A subtle touch of peppery heat that goes really well with the silky chocolate, roasted malt and whiskey barrel flavors.

Given Mikkeller's reputation I was skeptical that this might turn into a whiskey or chili bomb but it's surprisingly well balanced and complex. Considering all that's going on, it's still pretty easy to drink, although the chipotle heat intensifies as it warms.

My wife says it tastes like chlorine water.

Photo of codsmith
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark black with a slight caramel head

S: Spicy sweetness and hot alcohol aroma

T: Very slight residual whiskey flavor. Taste is a lot like the smell. Kind of left open ended and seems to be missing something to round it out. Finish is was an odd bitterness and a charred wood character.

M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel that seems to sit a little heavier than it might need to

O: I was hoping a little more from this. The flavor it distinct...but maybe not in the best way.

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