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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel AgedTexas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel Aged

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88
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%


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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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AgentMunky

California

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 02:23:45 | More by AgentMunky
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kmatlack

California

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 06:12:42 | More by kmatlack
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 23:28:49 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Listers

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Smell of nuts, coconut, sweet raisins, and dark fruit. Good carb, smooth and creamy. The barrel shines through but the whiskey is lacking. Not much of the chipotle in the beer anywhere but I'm sure it has subtly added to the beer overall. Interesting as always from Mikkeller and worth a try but not up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 01:12:51 | More by Listers
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:39:03 | More by bluejacket74
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tsauce2

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12.7 fl oz bottle into a snifter.

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Opaque. Head is tan, 1/2 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium/heavy lacing.

S: Big dark roast malt, bigger bourbon notes, chocolate, chipotle (earthy pepper and smokiness)

T: Dark roast malt, bittered chocolate, bourbon, oak, earthy smoked jalepeno (chipotle), light char, a hint of spicy heat. Aftertaste is malt, oak, chipotle, bourbon, and light char.

M: Full body. Overall feel is complex and robust due to ample use of ingredients. Malt provides a nice base, but bourbon oak barrels and chipotle give added layers of flavor for the palate to process. Semi-dry finish.

O: I get much more chipotle off of this version as compared to the regular Texas Ranger. That said, chipotle is still underplayed, imo. Big bourbon flavors blend in nicely with dark roast malt and chipotle, making for a beer that blends ingredients together thoughtfully but still has big, bold flavors. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 14:07:35 | More by tsauce2
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kojevergas

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 09:03:38 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 04:49:05 | More by corby112
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Super-smooth.

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 19:03:38 | More by zaphodchak
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Very dark black; lets no light through at all. Thick head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell – Dark cocoa, burnt oak, whiskey. I can’t smell chipotle; I smell something more like a cross between tomatoes and peppers.

Taste – Baking chocolate, whiskey, burnt oak, pepper and spice. I’m not tasting any chipotle.

Mouthfeel – Thick and creamy, low carbonation, and spicy.

Drinkability – A bit on the bitter side. The spiciness is mild. I might have preferred more chipotle flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 07:12:57 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:43:31 | More by EgadBananas
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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!).

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 03:44:25 | More by TMoney2591
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown - black, 2 finger frothy brown head, great lacing.

S - Light smoke, cocoa, peppers, bitter hops.

T - Wow! Milk chocolate, light smoke, very malty, faint whisky, oak, bitter hops, finishes with chipotle heat, oak, & cocoa.

M - Smooth, perfect carbonation, aftertaste lingers with pepper and oak.

O - This might be my new favorite Mikkeller. He is a genius!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 20:31:18 | More by Rickythejeweler
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ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 00:48:42 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 01:54:58 | More by MasterSki
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yesyouam

New York

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 20:43:49 | More by yesyouam
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 13:47:31 | More by GbVDave
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 04:15:27 | More by aasher
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours very dark brown with a finger of dark crema tan head.

S- tons of whisky barrel oak with notes of vanilla, spice and peat up front. Rich creamy semi-sweet chocolate with a hint of smokey pepper.

T- alot of oak, peat, vanilla tons at first. Pepper skin with faintest touch of smokey chipotle. Real roasty malt on the finish with a long lasting oaky flavors.

MF- smooth velvety mouthfeel with a medium body and soft fine carbonation.

D- nice drinkability

overall a very fine beverge.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 02:25:04 | More by Viciousknishs
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 01:59:48 | More by woosterbill
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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.