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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

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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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3/5  rDev -24.1%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

djrn2, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

acurtis, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Texasfan549, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

kjkinsey, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
2.05/5  rDev -48.1%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

GRG1313, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin dark brown head on a jet black body with nice lacing.

S: scotch, oak, roasted malt, vanilla, sweet toffee and butter.

T: scotch and oak up front moving to chocolate, smokiness and mesquite flavors finishing with more scotch whiskey, vanilla and chiles. Nice transition between flavors.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: this one was a lot more drinkable than I was expecting. nicely complex, a lot of flavors that mingle surprisingly well.

kylehay2004, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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!).

TMoney2591, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small head of light brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - A rich, complex aroma of chocolate, peanut butter, whiskey, smoke, vanilla, wood, leather, and so much more.

T - Thick, dark malt up front with some brown sugar, molasses, and smoke. Spicy whiskey notes with a touch of cinnamon in the middle. Finishes with dark chocolate, smoke, nutty caramel, vanilla, and lingering chili sweetness with just a touch of spice in the back of the throat.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet, but balanced finish.

D - This is a weird beer, but it works so unbelievably well! The whiskey barrel works perfectly with the chili and all of it is supported and enhanced by the base beer. Well balanced, extremely complex and really, really good. This is probably the best mikkelller beer I have had to date.

nickfl, Nov 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in an Alchemist pint/stange glass.

A - Two fingers of creamy mocha foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Body is an opaque, extremely dark brown color that would be mistaken for black in low light conditions.

S - Smokey chipotles, rich semisweet chocolate, some peaty and smokey whisky, oaky vanilla, hint of coffee. The whisky has a slight apple note to it - reminds me of Macallan. In any case, potent and well-integrated, and thankfully devoid of the permanent marker flavor I get from some scotch barrel beers (although I think that's an Islay trait).

T - Taste doesn't have the decadent chocolate sweetness in the aroma, and is a bit more smokey and roasty with more oak and coffee present. There's still a fair bit of Speyside whisky presence imparting fruity and peaty flavors, but thankfully this beer avoids the heavy char and ash of some of Mikkel's bigger beers. Still, I could go for a bit more malt sweetness and overt chipotle flavor.

M - Medium body that is a touch watery. Moderate carbonation, and a smooth and creamy texture. Some chile warmth in the finish, but a pleasant and tasteful back-of-the-throat warmth that never grows fatiguing.

D - I liked the bourbon version of Texas Ranger quite a bit, and this is a worthwhile follow-up. I've also learned that I enjoy Speyside barrel aged beers quite a bit more than their Islay counterparts, as the whisky flavors aren't as oppresive and integrate significantly better. I also liked the fact that this was a dark Mikkeller beer that I could actually consume on my own without taking a trip to the hospital for alcohol poisoning/diabetes/palate flushing. Worth checking out, especially if you like chile beers as I do.

MasterSki, Dec 13, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 13, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

oline73, Apr 23, 2012
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3.65/5  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.

kojevergas, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

imperialking, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

InspectorBob, Jun 24, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

corby112, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

liamt07, Aug 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

ShanePB, Aug 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

tobelerone, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

THECPJ, Mar 15, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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

wordemupg, Feb 25, 2012
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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.