Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS
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4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
01-02-2012 04:49:05 | More by corby112
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
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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
04-11-2012 01:37:03 | More by bigfnjoe
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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!).
12-26-2011 03:44:25 | More by TMoney2591
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Another bottle shared by Liam.
Basically jet black in colour, tan head with some lace on the glass. Smell has a lot of oak and whisky notes with a huge roasted malt presence lurking behind it, burnt and a bit smokey as well, dont get too much pepper in the nose but it is there. Taste has more heat from the pepper, whisky and oak, deeply roasted malt and some chocolate as well. Medium carbonation, med-full body, good feel. This was really good, lots of interesting flavours here and it all works really well.
08-07-2012 21:40:59 | More by peensteen
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
extraordinary! i a a sucker for all of the mikkeller beers, they are so creative and i get excited to try every new one i see. you always know you are in for a trip. this one is wonderful. it pours a luxuriuos black color, smooth as butter, and with a short mocha colored head that fades out rather quickly. the smell is very alcoholic, cant believe this is only 6.6% abv. smells like about 10%. theres just the smallest hint of peppery heat, but theres tons of roast on the malt, a good dollop of dark chocolate, and an earthy peaty intensity from the barrel. the flavor has all the same characters, but they come in different orders and proportions. first the chocolate, then the boozy, and the speyside whiskey meshes with the chipotle only in the finish, which is long and a little sweet. there is so much going on in this beer, i wish i bought two. i hate to admit it was worth the 14 bucks i paid for a small one, but it is. its got a full full full body, with only enough carbonation to keep it moving. i was left wanting more of this. absolutely worth checking out if you like clever porters. also the barrel has added something special to this, not like any whiskey barrel brew ive ever tasted.
10-13-2012 20:16:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
03-05-2012 01:48:49 | More by ludachris
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into my Stone snifter.
A- Now this is what a beer should look like. Wow. Dark black liquid glugs into the glass and renders an amazing dark brown, creamy chocolate head. Substantial amount of lacing on the glass. 90% of imperial stouts dont look this good. Absolutely amazing.
S- Smells of smoked malts and dark chocolate. An abundance of earthy notes and bourbon barrel present on the nose. I pick up a little bit of chipotle pepper but not enough to call it a chipotle porter.
T- Front palate is void of sweetness, bitter bakers chocolate and earthy peat make themselves known immediately. Alot of smokiness. Mid palate actually has some sweetness to it and you get alot of milk chocolate and more whiskey barrel. Strangely enough, there is a brief moment when there is a bit of tartness. Kinda strange... On the back end, there is a lingering roasted malt and whiskey presence.
M- Thick, creamy, slick mouth feel. No real trace of abv.
O- Mikkeller usually catches alot of flak for overcharging for mediocre beers, but id say that this one is different. I like the barrel aged version of this better than the regular Texas Ranger for sure. I think that the time in the barrel dulled down some of the smokiness, and gave it alot more character. Overall, a great beer.
02-02-2012 06:12:42 | More by kmatlack
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
04-10-2012 21:16:17 | More by Duff27
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
88 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.