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Mexas Ranger - Mikkeller ApS

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87
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with spices, almond milk, cocoa, chili, black beans & avocado leaves.

(Beer added by: oline73 on 05-13-2012)
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Reviews by SteveTheDog:
Photo of SteveTheDog
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect with this beer - I think I was guessing it would taste a little like drinking mole sauce. I was pleasantly surprised and it was a delicious dessert beer.

It poured about as dark as I expected but had a great thick head on it. The smell reminded me of a kona coconut porter because the dark cocoa and burnt coconut was definitely there. The taste proved the nose true and was highlighted with just a hint of spice. The finish was just a little smoother than melted chocolate. This was a great dessert beer and paired well with dark chocolate. I will definitely have another one.

My one small point of contention - being from Texas, I can't say I would associate this beer with a ranger. Too rich.

SteveTheDog, Jul 13, 2013
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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.

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Pours black with a large, dark tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, chocolate, earthy notes and coffee beans.
Similar flavours. Lots of roasted malt, earthy notes, cocoa and an aggressive roasty finish.
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Not sure how much the spices/additions add to the beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high light mocha colored head that died down a bit but consistently left a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts and chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but is more complex and also has notes of spices and chili peppers. The roastiness lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry (from the roasted malts) and creamy on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
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metter98, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of mwilbur
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours an extremely dark brown with 1/4 inch dark mocha head. Good retention. Decadent in appearance.
S: Cocoa, spice (chili), brown sugar, and an earthy funk.
T: Hot chili, cocoa, and a bunch of other muddled flavors. Way too much going on here.
M: Light body. Hot spice.
D: Not very drinkable beyond more than the first couple sips. An interesting idea, but the result is too muddled and way too spicy.

mwilbur, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this bottle at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown with a finger of tan head that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

Smell: Mexican spices with dark malt and some sweetness. I'm not getting much heat from the peppers.

Taste: Mild chilis with a roasty bitterness. I'm getting a flavor that I can only describe as Mexican spice. There seems to be a light woody note here as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I didn't like this quite as much as the regular version. Not a bad effort by any means. I couldn't pick out the individual flavors, but the Mexican spices were interesting.

oline73, May 13, 2012
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Mexas Ranger from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.