Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 11
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: champ103 on 12-10-2010

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Reviews by TexIndy:
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled date of 5/31/12 and Batch 9 clearly marked on front label (love that!). It was a dark brown, almost black, with deep mahogany edges. It had a good sized tan head that slowly settled into a good collar and covering foam. Good, quick sliding lace with a little sticking.

The aroma was cured meat, mesquite, dark roasted malt and a bit of coffee. Very good aroma and similar to a rauchbier. The taste follows the aroma with the smoke giving a great taste without being overpowering. Good sweet and bitter offsets from the chocolate and coffee flavors. There was a metallic taste that did distract a bit though. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation and a nice aftertaste.

Overall, a really good smoked porter that I recommend. My first Ranger Creek - looking forward to trying more from them. Available here in TX obviously. Rotation - would love to try on-tap. For bottle, I can see getting it every so often when the smoked mood hits [SF]

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of TexasBrewSlinger
2.76/5  rDev -27%
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.

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).

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.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
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)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Freed the beer from its bottle and got a thick tan head made out of a mixture of micro bubbles and larger atomic bubbles all forming a nice creamy head surrounded by a thin lacing. The body itself is dark, even when held up to the light, no other colors come through. The aroma is light, but mild chocolate and figs smells come through. Raisins and banana bread are also present. The smokiness does present itself throughout but it’s not overwhelming Chocolate and roasted malts are well represented here, apple, figs, pears and grapes also pop up here and there. I have to admit that this one was a little more bitter than I expected at first, but the bitterness does calm down as it warms up. The smoked mesquite stays with you even after you swallow.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black. Brown around edges, light tan finger of head.

Smells like a bag of BBQ chips. Smoky, malty, rich, smoked chocolate.

Bitter chocolate, smoky finish, malts, light sweetness, roasty.

A bit thin, but creamy, low carbonation and slick. Smooth though.

Drink is solid. Solid smoked porter.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 3/31/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: I am reluctant to call this black, since it's a porter, but it's definitely black - black, perhaps with some shades of brown - big, fluffy, light tan head that doesn't quit - chunks of lacing

Smell: Smoky, in a very nice, very woody way - more like smoked beef jerky than liquid smoke - decidedly BBQ - some burnt, roasted tones, and char - chocolate malts, with some sweet chocolate - some general sweetness in the background, including some black licorice

Taste: Remarkably balanced, especially considering the delicious smoke - smoky, burnt, char, with some charred, smoky wood - some really nice malt flavors to back this up - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, and some burnt sugar and toffee - at times this kind of tastes like someone put a cake on a charcoal grill - lightly sweet, and kind of savory

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, smooth, pretty clean

Overall: Can I put a piece of bacon in my snifter?

This is quite tasty. It's smoky in a very flavorful way, without tasting like an ashtray. The malt profile is quite interesting on its own, and I would love to try some other variations of this.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bottled on 06/06/11, batch 005...hand written, wow, someone in San Antonio is suffering from severe hand cramps, haha. Pours an opaque, near-black color with a thick froth of brown head. Retention is good and lacing is decent. The large amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle is worth noting as well.

Smoke is moderate and has alot of roasty aromas. The smokiness shows the sweeter side of mesquite, which is quite distinctive once you have smelled it smoking a few times. Smells pretty good.

The base porter seems to show some sweet chocolate, black licorice and is pretty light on the roast and dark fruit. Hops are noticeable, which must mean they are there aplenty to show above the smoke and dark malts. The smoke is pleasantly middling (neither dominant nor too light) and the fact it is mesquite lends its own unique aspect. Quite nice, I am digging on this. Only complaints I have is that they could beef up the body and maybe give a touch of dark fruit to compliment the roast.

Photo of ruzzal
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It sure is smokey. Couldn't drink a lot but glad I tried it.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really wanted to try this one, especially after having tried the whiskey that is made from this beer. Ranger Creek Rim fire Mesquite Smoked Texas Single Malt Whiskey which is one of the best whiskeys I have ever tasted.

This beer pours a midnight black that is darker than the devil's soul. The head is thick, rich and tan. While it can build above the rim of the glass it can also maintain it's shape without collapsing or coming out over the edge of the glass. The head settles so slow that it pulls itself back down from the glass resulting in no lacing. I believe the absence of lacing is a good sign with a head this thick.

The nose is surprisingly subtle with hints of the malt and subdued smokiness. I was expecting the mesquite to be dominant; It is a trace at best. The hops are almost undetectable as well. The nose is not unpleasant, it is just weak.

The taste, now that is something to write home about. The maltiness is heavily caramelized and dry with subtle sweet undertones. Wonderfully balanced with the mesquite smokiness that is there in the rush of the first flavors that include dark chocolate, bourbon, raisin that gives way to bitterness of the hops that are then followed by a dry mesquite finish that is very nice on the palate.

As for the moutfeel we experience a highly effervescent beet that has a very pleasant, silky to velvet touch across the tongue.

Overall this is highly drinkable, extremely palatable and goes excellent with the Bratwurst, Gruyere and roasted garlic I had just ate.

Photo of Fenris244
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it with a size able amount of head(1.5 fingers worth) still in the glass, great black color, the head quickly dissolved into a thin lace ring around the outside of the glass

Smells like smoked chocolat with coffee and that's really all I could get from it, don't get me wrong though the smell was pretty cool!

The mesquite flavor really comes through, coffee and chocolate flavors are present as well as some roasted malt flavor on the finish. The mesquite flavor is present all through out and I was afraid at first that after a few sips it would feel like I was drinking wood pulp but that never happened the mesquite stayed a pleasant flavor the whole time.

Doesn't feel heavy at all and it's very drinkable, the smoke my be a turn off for some but I will certainly be ordering this again

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown with a good solid 1 inch head with great retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Smoked pork comes to mind. It has a great smokey aroma with just a hint of chocolate in the background

Taste: Lots and lots of smoke upfront almost like chewing on a piece of smoked alder wood not that I have ever done that but I'm just saying. The backend of the beer does have just a hint of a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with with medium to full carbonation and slightly dry

Overall: Good smoked beer with good flavor. This is hands down the best smoked beer I have had.

Photo of kinupanda
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a one finger head that has a slight reddish glow and which provides occasional lacing during drinking. A spicy and smoky nose with noticeable mocha and lots of mesquite-infused malty goodness. It hits the back of the tongue with a woody kick and the expected bite of the coffee. The combination of the moderate carbonation, felt primarily in the front and mid palate, and the bitterness works well. The mouthfeel is semi-dry but not overwhelmingly so, and it is occasionally reminiscent of drinking a well-made root beer as it warms. A pleasant smoky aftertaste that is reminiscent of what one expects after enjoying a dessert containing high percentage cacao.

FourthBeer potential: VERY HIGH, as a good porter with more intriguing taste characteristics relative to others.

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.

Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hopefully got extra'd a bad bottle - completely over-carbonated, which prevented being able to enjoy the flavors they attempted to present here.

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to redredwino (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a huge darker colored head with big fluffy and some lacing as it slowly fades, super dark almost black colored beer.

Nose brings smoke, but not crazy overpowering smoke, some smoked meats, a definite mesquite smoke aroma and almost hickory, then some crystal malts under that, light toasted caramel and hint of black malt aromas.

taste starts again with some smoked malts, there is mesquite but much less prominant than the nose brought, some light smoked meat flavors, and hint of char, some roasted malt flavors bringing a slight burnt char salty flavor, a bit of acidic charred malt flavor that gets just a touch acrid, some malts with that bringing a light caramel and toasted crystal malt flavor, very light black malts and touch of a creamy porter, a bit of bitterness more from the charred malts than any hops. Finishes a bit drier, not sticky like I thought it would be, with a long smoked malt finish, a bit of charcoal like taste, and some bitter charred malt flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, good carbonation as I was a bit worried it would be over carbonated as many try to do with smoked beers to bring the smoke out more but the smoke speaks for itself in this one.

Overall not bad, the charred malt flavors get a bit tough to swallow but they never get too strong, a light burnt acrid taste starts to come but never really dominates, otherwise nice malt flavors, a nice smoke addition, the nose has a nice mesquite smoked aroma, and nice body that wasn't over carbonated.

Photo of AgentZero
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, almost black beer that had a tan head that rose up decently enough.

S - Wow, this smells smokey. After a little bit I start to pick out the very distinct mequite flavor, just like bbq potatoe chips. The beer is appropriately named.

T - Lots of roast, smoke, mesquite, grease? There is some of the more traditional porter flavors buried in there but you really have to look for them. It's interesting, but pretty much a one note of mesquite/smoke/roast.

M - Medium bodied, a decent bit of carbonation.

O - This is a nice novelty beer for a little bit, but I found it hard to drink after a short while. The taste isn't bad, but it's so in your face I tired of it quickly. Worth trying, but nothing I'll really care to ever have again.

Photo of bmwats
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 650 ml bottle into a tasting snifter

a: dark brown or black. pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown white head. settles fairly slowly leaving a persistent beer ring and a thin layer of foam. persistent lacing.

s: mesquite smokiness is extremely prominent. a little cocoa in there, too.

t: peat, black licorice, and oak.

m: robust body, smoke permeates the entire palette.

d: great sipping brew, but smooth and laid back.

great atmosphere. dark with a nice head, and persistent lacing. nose is pungent and smoky. combination of bitter and pungent components. very woody and smoky. overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
85 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.