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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
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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 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 bluejacket74
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.

bluejacket74, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +15%

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 chillies, 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 pepers, 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.

vfgccp, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Duff27
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.

Duff27, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of aasher
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.

aasher, Dec 06, 2011
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 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 EgadBananas
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.

EgadBananas, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

AgentMunky, Feb 07, 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
Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%

A - Dark black with a hint of brown and a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Sweet dark chocolate malts, oak, vanilla, whiskey, chipotle, roasted coffee, black licorice, bit of molasses, some booze.

T - Sweet dark chocolate malts, bit of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, Whiskey lightly spicy chipotle peppers, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a spicy, warming, and sweet finish.

D - Nice spicy porter. The chipotle adds some nice heat and the barrel adds some nice complexity.

ngeunit1, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
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.

GbVDave, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

SadMachine, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
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

bigfnjoe, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of peensteen
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.

peensteen, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
5/5  rDev +26.9%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Pours an extremely dark, completely opaque black with about one finger of creamy mocha colored head. The foam settles in a decent amount of time. There is some nice lacing as it drinks. It looks exactly like the regular Texas Ranger but with less head.

S: The barrel treatment on this beer is totally evident. Big notes of booze, earth, peat, salt, and malt. The chilies don't really come through in the nose and that dirtiness that I picked up from the regular version is gone.

T: It starts off with some of the peat, salt, and malt shining through. There are also some chocolaty notes mixed with just a touch of funk. I can't put my finger on it, but it seems familiar. The finish is smooth with just a touch of heat at the very end. In fact, the peppers are almost non existent in this beer.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer coats the palate, hangs on, and finishes smooth. The barrels seem to have gotten rid of that chalky like feeling from the regular version.

O: If I didn't already know, I would never have guessed that this beer is the BA version of the Chipolte Porter. The heat from the chili peppers has diminished quite a bit, and the mouthfeel has smoothed out from the whiskey barrels. I this this beer is pretty good, but again, I won;t be seeking it out any time soon.

trxxpaxxs, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +1.5%

CaptDavyJones, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +1.5%

tbryan5, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of brystmar
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of yesyouam
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Chipotle Porter is an opaque black beer with a dense, thick brown head that has awesome retention and lacing. The aroma has notes of chipotle, wooden barrel, chocolate, vanilla. It the mouth, it's full bodied, soft, smooth and dry with a slightly chalky finish. It tastes dry, chocolaty and salty with some chipotle and an aftertaste of peat. It's complex and unique.

yesyouam, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +1.5%

pixieskid, May 30, 2012
Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +1.5%

samEBC, May 20, 2012
Photo of AltBock
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Odd 12.7 oz. undated green bottle with a dark mahogany label with the standard Mikkeller bearded man, but with a cowboy hat on his head. In front of him are 2 red hot peppers making an X. Right below the peppers is the ABV%, the Government warning, and the only description of the beer. It's aged in Speyside Whiskey barrels. There is a back label, but it's useless unless you're a shop owner. That's where the barcode is. This beer is too special for an ordinary pint glass. Snooze! I decided to pour this barrel aged beer into a Cycle Brewing snifter.

Well, it looks like a barrel aged Porter to me. It's as thick as molasses and as black as an all black cat at midnight. Holding this beer up into the light is not a good thing. It's so thick and black that light will just bounce off it. It might blind you if you're not careful. On top was a fluffy 3/4 of an inch dark tan almost coffee colored head of foam. It had good retention that left behind some rings around the beer and only a streak or two of lace. Loved the color!

The aroma was just as nice and dark as the color of this beer. The first aroma that came to me was the sweet scent of whiskey. It wasn't an overpowered boozy whiskey aroma. It was just right! Directly behind the whiskey was the dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and the bitter dark chocolate. After the roasted elements had their time in the sun, in comes the sweet caramel, molasses, a few raisins, a plum or two, and then it finishes up with a subtle spiciness. Wonderful and complex! Nothing overshadowed anything. Everything had the same amount of time to shine.

Instead of the whiskey starting off, the roasted elements started off the taste. That consisted of the dark roasted malt and the dark roasted coffee beans. After that is when the whiskey stepped in. Again, it wasn't boozy or overpowering. Just right! Directly after the whiskey was a short lived sweetness. That consisted of dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a little black cherry and raisin. This beer then finished up with a nice spicy punch. It wasn't so spicy that I needed a glass of water next to me to extinguish the fire in my mouth. Great taste! I got plenty of roasted flavors, whiskey flavor, and even a little peppery spice.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and full of flavor. The aftertaste had plenty of roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, whiskey, raisins, caramel, and more spiciness. The spiciness left some heat behind. Not so much that it ruined it. It was just right.

I honestly thought this was going to be a novelty beer. It wasn't! It was a nice roasted spicy beer with enough whiskey flavor to keep you coming back for more. Like every other Mikkeller beer, it's on the pricey side. Is it worth it? This one is.

AltBock, Feb 19, 2013
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.