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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSPMesquite Smoked Porter - MSP

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BA SCORE
85
very good

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 11
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 12-10-2010)
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Reviews by JMad:
Photo of JMad
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber of this at the local beer store.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a gigantic, marshmallow looking light brown head. Smells like a bonfire, lots of woodsmoke with a hint of molasses in the background. It almost tastes like brisket in a way. The flavor is overwhelmed by smoke and wood and it has an earthy hop background. It's medium bodied with perfect carbonation and a nice dry, lingering finish.

This is an excellent beer and I'm glad I finally tried Ranger Creek, been keeping track of them for awhile but never got a chance to try their beer, I'm glad I did.

JMad, May 11, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Draught House in Austin.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the smoke with some chocolate and roasted malt mixed in. The flavor is more of the same, with the mesquite smoke really standing out. The other flavors, chocolate and roasted/burnt malt, really compliment the smoke and prevent the beer from being overly smoky and hard to drink. Creamy, medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I love smoke beers and this one didn't disappoint.

Mora2000, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +5.8%

ryancl, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Thanks for sharing, DarthKostrizer!

Dark brown and nearly black with a thick, persistent brown head and leaves splotches and lines of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous!

Insanely smoky aroma: this is like walking in to the pit at your favorite barbeque joint. This smells of smoke, and delicious, charred, fatty meat.

Boldly smoky flavor, though interestingly so. This tastes like a combination of campfire and smoked, fatty pork skin--quite incredible for a beer, though it ends up seeming relatively simple after multiple passes. There's also a bit of sweetness lingering at the end.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with just a bit too much carbonation per the style.

An interesting, tasty, and boldly smoky porter.

ehammond1, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of awalsh
4/5  rDev +5.8%

awalsh, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of jbphoto88
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A coal colored beer with slight ruby highlights . The head is cappuccino brown and thick. A pretty brew that seems appropriate to drink while I'm smoking some animal flesh on the grill.

The nose is way mild for what it should be. I get a handful of roasted malts but not really any smoke or big scents like coffee or chocolate. Kind of a nasal let down.

The taste is rich and sweet but not in a good way. The sweet over powers the malts flavors which end up muted and plain. The smoke comes through more then the nose but isn't the best flavor to compliment the malts. This brew is a let down.

Mouthfeel is the best part with a firm carbonation yet the smooth body of a porter. It helps me to drink this otherwise disappointing beer. In the end this is a weak porter and the novelty of smoke does little to distract from that fact. Mesquite smoked porter is average at best.

jbphoto88, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of cisteve
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of weonfire
3/5  rDev -20.6%

weonfire, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark khaki head forms two fingers thick, recedes somewhat quickly. Lots of fizzy carbonation is visible in the pitch-black liquid. 4

S- Deep mesquite aroma, kind of like with Lay's BBQ chips. Also reminds me of a smoky scotch. Faint roast malt and vanilla. 4

T- Tastes true to the nose, mesquite-heavy, charcoal smoky, and reminiscent of a scotch again. Chocolate is subtle, vanilla and roast malt too. 4.25

M- Creamy and smooth, this still retains some lively carbonation mid-palate. It's medium in body and neither sweet nor bitter. 4.25

Quite an impressive beer. The smokiness and mesquite are bold and reminiscent of the scotches I like, but no scotch is this creamy and chocolatey.

ONovoMexicano, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for the bottleshare.
Black with a 1cm light brown head with medium retention and mild lacing.  

Nice dark malty BBQ goodness on the nose. Big spicy mesquite smoke. Smells like a smoky pork spice rub.

Great bold spicy smoke. Supported by nice dark malt. Nice BBQ flavor. 

Medium bodied. High carbonation. Slightly dry. 

Overall its Good. Can't drink a ton of it. But it's a great smoked beer with great character. I recommend if you like exotic smoke beers.

MrVonzipper, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to lnashsig for this one! Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Samuel Smith nonic. Batch 005, bottled 6/1/2011 - this one comes in at 6.4% ABV.

Opaque seal brown liquid with three fingers of tan soft peaks which while very delicate and seemingly active, recede slowly. Loose soapy lacing with no real adhesion. Good retention.

Dark roast malt, toffee, caramel, coffee, and maybe the slightest touch of DMS in the nose. Roasty, sweet, and inviting.

Almost sour palate entry with burnt sugar, scalded coffee, and grain producing a moderate astringency in concert with the smoke which tastes primarily of mesquite chips at first, slowly taking on more of a charcoal character evolving into the finish which is part sweet and part sour with hints of earth, leaves, and cheap tobacco.

Light bodied, well carbonated, and astringent mouthfeel.

Loosely inspired by a rauchbier, I recognize the craft that went into creating this beer (house smoked malt!), but the execution leaves just a little to be desired if evaluated as anything other than a unique specialty beer. The tangy pungent smokey flavor profile is likely to inspire a love/hate reaction among those that sample it.

augustgarage, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev +5.8%

mhenson42, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of TexasBrewSlinger
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured very dark brown/black with head that dissapated slowly

Smell is VERY smokey. Charred gamey meat, a little salty note, underneath all that there is some classic toasty chocolate.

Taste very much like the nose. It has a very strong barbequed meat flavor, some nice rich notes underneath but the smoke is overbearing.

Overall I think this could be interesting paired with the right food but I was not feeling it tonight. They need to dial back that smoke to make a balanced drinkable beer.

TexasBrewSlinger, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +5.8%

jheezee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jmccraney, Yesterday at 05:48 PM
Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev +5.8%

dumptruck81, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of nickhiller
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pitch black crude, the faintest ring of a tan head.

S: smoky kielbasa, paprika, chipotle, molasses.

T: wood chips, obviously, tastes like a sauna smells, charcoal, molasses, savory like breakfast sausage, soy sauce, real sharp sweetness that's broken down by hops lurking in the background and that's absent at the finish

M: medium body, very low carbonation, I'm surprised this wasn't the cask (it wasn't but they did have it), dry bitter charcoal finish.

D: smooth, mild, not too smoky, though it did leave my mouth taste like a smoker's. The mouthfeel was a big drawback for me, it was very flat, considering this was the draft veraion. Otherwise it's well executed beer by a new Texas brewery (new to me at least).

nickhiller, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of zillo043068
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

zillo043068, May 20, 2013
Photo of Nolan_Moulle
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Nolan_Moulle, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Beertracker
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ranger Creek's Mesquite Smoked Porter is currently "hand" bottled which probably accounts for all of the trub (sediment) at the bottom of the bottle, but it makes the package very unappealing nontheless! MSP takes the patience of Job to pour & pours up with an overabundance of yeast & hard sediment with a low carbonation that creates a smallish khaki-brown head that barely manages to sustain itself over the brackish jet black body. The smoky aroma is unmistakably mesquite with its hearty, pungeant Texas BBQ character that carries along with a heavy roasted maltiness that comes across as slightly acrid/burnt. Unfortunately, some of the milky yeastiness comes through with an acidic, breadiness that spoils the peppery finish. The flavor starts of with some initial sweetness from the caramel malt then carries into a charred roastiness from the chocolate & black malts with hints of burnt ends/brisket, cayenne pepper, cocoa powder, leather & tobacco that carries into the slightly acrid, bitter finish. This medium-full bodied smoked porter is wonderfully smoky, but overly astringent (chewy) and bready from being bottled with so much yeast & sediment. I think this one is probably much better on draught, so I'll definitely be seaking it out on my next trip to Texas Hill Country. Afterall, everything's bigger in Texas... keep up the good work Ranger Creek!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Trader's note: Many thanks to wolffman17 for the opportunity.

Beertracker, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of gsumers
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

gsumers, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of SpdKilz
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

SpdKilz, May 01, 2012
Photo of CooperEllis
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz into 8oz tasting glasses, split 2 ways, twice. Batch 005, bottled June 1, 2001.

Very cloudy pour, hazy, muddy, thin bubbled. Not very bright, not particularly appetizing.

Aroma: Rich malt, layered mesquite smoked characteristics.

Flat taste. A touch watery. The first sip is all smoke and by the time this is coating your mouth the underlying porter simply doesn't stand up. I don't know if I would drink the porter alone, thus the sub 3 rating. This would likely be excellent pair with something, a complementary flavor. However, as a standalone sipper, this isn't up to snuff.

It's a bit watery, which may be a blessing. If it where more full bodied I believe the smoke would be the only flavor. Some carb issues as well, this bottle gushed over even after an 8oz pour was taken.

The first in my Texas box that I haven't enjoyed. While I'm reviewing it here first, I need to type my reviews to two other Texas beers that were solid.

(154th)

CooperEllis, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Magery, Nov 22, 2013
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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
85 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.