Mexas Ranger - Mikkeller ApS
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3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Dark brown colour, nice foamy ochre head, decent lace left behind. Looks nice.
Smells chocolatey, with some slightly menacing spice notes behind. Chipotle with barbecue sauce, touch of capsicum and relishy onion. Pleasant savoury notes with good chocolate malt base.
Taste is quite roasty, but sweet upfront. Big cocoa nibs and touch of espresso. Late-mid spice comes through, bit of chilli heat with some chipotle smoke, more BBQ sauce as well. Finish has that cocoa resurface to give a molé kind of flavour, roasty mostly though with a bit of a deficit of spice. Nice flavours, could just grab me with more heat.
Smooth feel, full at the front and fluid on the back. Goes down a treat.
A bit lacking in the Tex Mex stakes, but a really nice drinking beer nevertheless.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 05:14:45 | More by laituegonflable
3.96/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750ml bottle - Mikkeller goes whole-hog on the Mexican immersion here, brewing this with almond milk, cocoa, chili (peppers, I presume), black beans, avocado leaves, and unspecified spices - now why do I suddenly crave a burrito? And Mexas? Why not Texaco? Oh, right.
This beer pours a rather solid light-destroying black, with no highlights, nowhere, no how, and an effusive climbing tower of puffy, frothy, densely foamy, and bubbly chocolate milk head, which leaves some awesome striated lace around the breadth of the glass as it slowly skulks away. I want to have carnal relations with this, I do.
It smells of musty bittersweet chocolate, roasted caramel malt, hard toffee, a nutty sour milkiness, a muddled earthy vegetal character (black beans and avocado work great in Tex-Mex, but not so much in beer), subtly smoky chipotle peppers, a bit of dark coffee, and a slight medicinal astringency. The taste is fairly spicy, again in the smoked chili pepper vector, baker's chocolate, a heady almond milk sweetness, toasted bready caramel malt, zingy and gritty black bean sauce (Oodle Noodle represent!), a reduced green vegetal component, and some soft, almost overlooked leafy, weedy hops.
The carbonation is quite understated, just a plain, unassuming zippiness pervades, the body a so-so medium weight for my assumed base style for this offering, and smooth, even amongst the loitering spice yobbos. It finishes pretty dry, the smoky chili, nuttiness, and lingering fleshy bean essence (not something I ever expected to write here) catching and exploiting their second wind.
Definitely an American Stout, what with all that creative, south of the immediate border adjunct tomfoolery, eh? Nice to see all the guest ingredients having some sort of impact on the flavour profile here, all atop a decent enough 'regular' stout. Maybe not quite worth the sticker price (more than the once), locally or anywhere, but an interesting look at a particular country's culinary take on a beer that might, and does, welcome it - even if the concept is executed from afar.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 04:33:26 | More by biboergosum
Mexas Ranger from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.