Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by beerdrifter:
3.61/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
03-17-2013 14:55:05 | More by beerdrifter
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3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
03-17-2012 22:02:36 | More by biboergosum
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
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.
12-31-2011 19:03:38 | More by zaphodchak
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
01-22-2012 00:39:03 | More by bluejacket74
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-27-2011 01:43:31 | More by EgadBananas
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-14-2011 00:48:42 | More by ReelBigwigFish
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
04-23-2012 21:27:47 | More by oline73
3.7/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
03-04-2012 02:41:20 | More by DavoleBomb
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
08-05-2012 05:22:43 | More by liamt07
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
12-11-2011 13:47:31 | More by GbVDave
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-06-2011 04:15:27 | More by aasher
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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