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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: woosterbill on 11-29-2011)
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Photo of womencantsail
2.05/5  rDev -48%

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.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of CityofBals
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

brystmar, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

MrDave, Jul 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of CummingsK21
3/5  rDev -23.9%

CummingsK21, Feb 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

GRG1313, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of woosterbill
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%

375ml bottle poured into a Surly Darkness glass. Big thanks to Tony for sharing this one.

A: Black body, 1/2" head of fine brown foam that settles into a ring. Nice.

S: Fruity, with apple and honeydew melon being bizarrely prominent. Some oak and whisky are also present, but the slightly overripe fruit sadly dominates. Too bad.

T: A touch of overripe apple is up front, followed by much nice chipotle spice, whisky, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Pleasant spicy aftertaste. Still not great overall, but much better than the aroma.

M: Medium body, plenty of fine, creamy carbonation. Good.

O: Well, what can I say? It's not the worst barrel-aged Mikkeller offering I've tried, but it's definitely far from a success. The rotten fruit overtones were inescapable, and suggested something gone seriously awry. I wouldn't mind trying the base beer (I have a feeling that the peppers would have gone great with a nice chocolatey porter without the weird fruit in the way), but I'm definitely disappointed in the Speyside version. I love Scotch, but this just didn't deliver. Save your $12.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%

330mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours an opaque browned color with some dark, almost black hues. Topped with a one-finger high layer of lightly tanned head, leaving a slick of film across the brew. Not much lacing.

The barrel is a bit lighter than I thought it might be, but still delivers a spike of whiskey heat up front. Touches of chocolate and nuttiness with coffee beans and some roasted notes. Faint notion of spice with a little bit of vanilla.

A little sweet and warm up front with plenty of roasted malts. Nutty with coffee and chocolate notes underneath. Slightly boozy, although not over powering, coupled with a few hits of smoke. The peppers come in towards the back end, and mesh fairly well with the whiskey barrel character. Finishes a warm and boozy.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, a bit sticky and chewy on the tongue. This was decent - I was actually expecting something completely out of control, considering who the brewer is, but I found the chipotle and whiskey presence slightly subdued.

xnicknj, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Apr 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

JeffNev, Oct 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

acurtis, Dec 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Kahlerbock, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%

Another lovely Christmas present from my lovely wife, who intentionally seeks out odd, obscure bottles that I might never quite have gotten to. European green bottle of 12.7 ounces, split with said wife.

Pour is black black; no leakage around the edges, & a quick-collapsing head. After a suitable period to warm, nose is sharp peppers, warm chocolate, & a smoke from a distant fire. There are worse things than these three. Nice.

Texas Range Chipotle Porter aged in Speyside Barrels sounds like an aggressive little bastard, but he ain't. The chiles push to the forefront of the tastes, but they are quiet, & balanced out by mild chocolates & sleepy sweetness. Mid-section is moderately smokey, sliding into a close of peat. The chiles make themselves known further south, as my stomach begins to warm. That warning might limit my consumption of this beer.

With the promised smoke & whiskey & peppers, I was hoping for a triple high off the wall, but this is more balanced than blast. Good.

maximum12, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%

Appearance: Pours out a simple-looking, black body with a smallish, dark tan head.

Smell: Moderately roasty, smoky aroma staked by reserved notes of chipotle peppers, peat-smelling Speyside whiskey, chocolate, and caramel.

Taste: Essentially roasted malts with a fair amount of upfront sweetness and a touch of semi-sweet chocolate chunks. Heat from the added peppers begins slinking in, building on the tongue. Noted smoke element contributed by the malts as well as the chipotles. Little hints of sea salt caramel, vanilla, earthy peat. Dry finish with some lingering pepper heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I thought it was alright. Yep, just alright.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of codsmith
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

codsmith, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of 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.

beerdrifter, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

kojevergas, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, Mar 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mctizzz, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Kevincredible, Sep 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ShanePB, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

polishkaz, May 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ithinkimasofa, Apr 10, 2012
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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.