Mexas Ranger - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.14/5 rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3
Acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $15.00. Expectations are high; this is me favourite brewer. "Ale brewed with spices, almond milk, cocoa, chili, black beans & avocado leaves." This is not to be confused with the tequila barrel aged version of this beer, which comes in a smaller format green glass bottle. 6.6% ABV confirmed. Brown glass bottle with standard unbranded silver pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. The number "9621210" appears on the back label; not sure what that means. Brewed & Bottled at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.
I need to take a minute to note something really odd. On the bottom right of the front label, it says 11.2 fl oz - but I've seen one or two bottles of beer in my time, and this is most definitely NOT that size; I figure this for 750ml format. Very strange; this must be a labeling mistake.
Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a gorgeous rich dark tan colour head of great cream, great thickness, and great (~9+ minute) retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Quite appealing. I'm looking forward to trying it. Thin lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.
Sm: Roasted barley, cocoa powder, dark malts, chocolate malts, and spice. I don't get any of the strange notes mentioned on the label. Maybe a hint of buried chili pepper. Interesting enough; the roasted barley alone grabbed my attention. A moderately strong aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
T/Mf: Creamy up front, giving way to a rough dry body comprised of dark malts and muted chili powder. Boy, that dryness is wretched; I'm not sure which ingredient is to blame but I doubt it's the milk. Body is weak and it thins out towards the climax. Coarse in the early second act, really destroying drinkability. Mouthfeel here does not at all suit the flavours. Carbonation is good, but that's the best thing I can say about the texture. Buried roast. I think proteins are the problem here, maybe from the beans. Chocolatey throughout, with some nice cocoa notes. I get spice up front; structurally almost all of the flavour is right there in the first and early second acts; it really falls off towards the end. The finish is nice, though, evoking slick chocolate milk. Fairly thick. The flavour is nice, but the mouthfeel is very poorly done and noticeably stands out for its low quality. Methinks the weird spicing and ingredients resulted in this.
Dr: A disappointment from Mikkeller, especially at its high price. The main flaw is the mouthfeel, which is not at all what it needs to be. Hides its ABV well, though. I wouldn't get it again, but I'll probably end up trying the tequila barrel aged variant. After all, every beer gets a chance - especially Mikkel's. Wouldn't recommend to friends. I'll be able to finish the bottle without issue, but I'm not excited to do it. A failed experiment.
The above notes withstanding, it does get better as it warms.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2013 04:14:29 | More by kojevergas
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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.