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Mexas Ranger - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
87
very good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%


Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
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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kojevergas

Texas

3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

C+

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 04:14:29 | More by kojevergas
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Mexas Ranger from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.