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Mexas Ranger - Mikkeller ApS

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

11-18-2013 01:20:09 | More by tednkelly
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4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celebrating all-thing-Mexican, Mikkeller jam-packs this stout full of every flavor that's even loosely associated with the Central American country. Aside from tomatoes, this ale is meant to be a mole quesadilla in a glass.

Opaque black in the glass, the beer slowly separates its dark and ominous body underneath from its mocha whipped topping to cap. Long in its retention, the ale coats the glass with intricate lacing patterns as the beer fades.

Sweet and sour in its scent, the ale is rounded with a plethora of complexity. Thinly sweet with candy-shop sweet scents, the beer soon releases tart sherry and port notes that are as succulent as it is acidic. Spicy agave with heavy toast and cocoa powder round out its rich but cidery scent.

Deliciously sweet and roasty, the beer starts out with a French-press coffee flavor, equipped with roast, nuttiness and earthen rootiness. Its burnt sweetness invites that taste of dark fruits- grapes, currants, raisin, dates and licorice all playing a role in its complex middle palate. As the smoky sweetness recedes, its tequilla flavor rises with a spicy fruitiness along with some bright vegetative tones.

Full bodied but not shy on balancing agents, its roast provides dryness. Its hop bitterness provides resinous dryness. Both its natural ale and infused booze provide dryness. Its fading sweetness provides dryness... yet, the beer finishes lightly chalky and only malty-dry with vinous tartness to round it out in the end.

Even though the beer's marketing seems to be a mockery of what's Mexican in America, its taste is true to those flavors south of the boarder, even though the avacado, black bean and honey flavors remain largely below flavor threshold.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 06:51:26 | More by BEERchitect
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2.85/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 02:26:35 | More by mwilbur
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

10-26-2013 01:54:23 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-21-2013 16:09:20 | More by FrankHammer
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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

09-12-2013 17:42:45 | More by CityofBals
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-31-2013 02:10:11 | More by blkcld
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing this interesting guy.

Huge creamy fluffy dark mocha colored thick rich almost 2 Finger head that partially reverse waterfall, so much soapy lacing that just sticks forever, pitch black beer. Huge legs too. The appearance can't get any better.

Nose brings tons if dark malts, some roast, hint soy, super heavy dark choc and malted milk ball, bitter with hint acrid but barely, hint of coffee and touch of hot pepper, nice nutty aroma with some creamy almond milk, light green plant leaf, big dark brick choc, a deep nosing brings dried black beans like the crusty beans on the sides of black bean dip. Also some earthy spicy chewy hops.

Taste is a bit different, this time tons of hops and bitterness, big earthy spicy hops, chewy hops, light acrid burnt taste, hint char and dark roast, light tin too. Then lots more chocolate, very bitter dark choc, brick of choc, light creamy lactose and a nutty almond milk. Bitter acrid blends with an earthy green leaf flavor and light vegetative. Light chili pepper heat in the back of the throat. Some light creamy black bean dip flavours. Finish is very bitter, semi sticky sweet, lots more dark choc, light pepper heat lingering, plenty of earthy spicy hops, chewy like, light green plant flavor.

Mouth is thick bodied, bit creamy thick, decent small bubble carb.

Overall great to start, bit iffy to finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 19:17:15 | More by jlindros
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New York

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Omg... why do Mikkeller beers always look so great. Pitch black body. Thick, creamy cap of dark mocha foam. Sky scraper head leaves carpet-levels of lacing along the glass. Incredible retention.

S - Bright chili peppers, black beans, nutella, chocolate milk, saffron, turmeric, cocoa nibs. Fantastic complexity.

T - Kaladoskopic. Ancho peppers, coffee grinds, cocoa, black beans. Leafy, almond center. Dry, green pepper, tomato plant stems, and burnt chipotle finish.

M - Medium frame with a dry, chalky body.

O - One of the best looking single stouts I've ever seen. Excellent execution with above average enjoyability.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 00:19:11 | More by vfgccp
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-21-2013 21:25:13 | More by Jeffrey2310
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared this with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a shockingly dark brown almost black hue with a massive mocha head that's super creamy and dense. Tons of lacing, just incredible. Lacing sucks around too.

S - Aromas of that chocolatey spice notes reminiscent of chipotle, super creamy almond milk, lots of cocoa, light vegetation, just tons of chocolate. Very nice Mexican black bean dip when exhaling and inhaling quickly. Super fun.

T - Taste is not evenly remotely close to the nose. Very bitter, almost metallic, light chocolate, spices/chili, flashes of vegetable, very weird to be this far from the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, not nearly as creamy as I expected.

O - Overall I was blown away by the appearance and nose, taste just fell flat for me though

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 17:16:28 | More by rudzud
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

08-19-2013 04:15:40 | More by MinorThreat
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

08-13-2013 16:37:39 | More by Paisan
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-10-2013 00:29:30 | More by Giggy
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-29-2013 16:53:58 | More by RocksteadyRye
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.
O:This beer has an interesting mix of flavors and isn't that difficult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 01:01:07 | More by metter98
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3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was pleasantly surprised with the jet black pour and big brown head that lingered for about 10 minutes with thick brown lacing reaching the top of the glass
Smells of roasted coffee beans, brown sugar, caramel, burnt chocolate
Taste of sweet cocoa and a lactose like sweetness. A little bit of lingering spiciness from the chilles in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel a bit thin
Overall okay beer which I would compare to a Westbrook Mexican Cake that in my opinion is much better as far as complexity and mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 21:49:06 | More by alaimoa
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-22-2013 17:09:36 | More by Poupae
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-21-2013 05:03:10 | More by AaronandAmberGrafe
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-20-2013 18:37:24 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-16-2013 15:39:52 | More by Bonis
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-15-2013 18:22:34 | More by claspada
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

07-13-2013 19:29:19 | More by EastBay_Nick
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4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 03:07:26 | More by SteveTheDog
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-11-2013 15:36:21 | More by JohnK17
Mexas Ranger from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.