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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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BA SCORE
85
very good

168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | 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:
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(Beer added by: champ103 on 12-10-2010)
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

rph97, May 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

phishbone23, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think I might prefer this one more from bottle than the tap. Something about the bottle conditioning that just took my enjoyment of it to a whole ‘nother level.

This poured a solid jet black with a tightly compacted, thin layer of foam.

I get a roast aroma with some smoke. Flavor is big and smoky, but never one-note as there’s a roast complement to it that rounds it out. For such a smoky brew this is surprisingly smooth and mellow. I like my smoked ales like I like my Scotches—I enjoy ‘em all. Tho if I had to I might be plagiarizing from their advertising description here but I think velvety is an apt description for the mouthfeel. It’s that smooth. Absolutely fantastic.

elNopalero, Apr 01, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +24.9%

Octobers_CJB, Sep 20, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +21.7%

SkywardJ, Sep 01, 2014
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.

AtrumAnimus, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Stevotex
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

had this one in a two ounce sample cup at the Untapped Beer Festival in Dallas. very nice. the mesquite smoke flavor was evident throughout, but not overpowering. felt nice in my mouth, balanced carbonation. I was blown away. I will be looking for this one locally to try with some ribs or brisket.

Stevotex, Sep 09, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is as close to a brisket or plate of ribs in a bottle as I have ever had. I was blown away by the smoke and bbq like smell and taste. A great way to diet. The appearance was black black with a very small head. The first sip will catch you off guard.

atxdelivery, Jun 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Mayhewbc, Aug 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

J_Dub, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Michaeldmanley, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of JizackFH
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My buddy Eduardo hooked me up with a bottle of this when to came to NYC to visit. Thanks again man!

A - This beer pours a an extremely dark brown color. It has a nice 1.5-finger light tan head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind a nice sheet of sticky lace on the glass.

S - The nose starts off with some toasted malt and a nice mesquite smokiness. There are notes of chocolate, coffee, leather, and wood as well. Smells delicious.

T - There is a nice toasted malt flavor up front. There's some nice mesquite smokiness that comes and sticks around throughout. Also, I'm getting flavors of chocolate, coffee, mild hop presence, wood, and a touch of alcohol. The finish leaves some lingering roastiness and smokiness.

M - This has a body that is on the heavy side of medium and good carbonation. It has a nice smooth creamy feel to it. It goes down easy.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy, and it has a really nice flavor. It has all the good qualities of a good porter and rauchbier mixed into one. I really enjoyed this beer. I definitely recommend trying this one. A very good and interesting beer.

JizackFH, Sep 16, 2011
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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
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4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - I took other BA's warning in mind when pouring this one. High amount of carbonation. Poured a dark brown, forming a massive mocha head. Medium spots of lace once the head resided.

S - Strong but not overpowering smoked malt aroma dominates the nose with a noticeable roasted malt aroma rounding out the edges.

T - The smoked malts again are the most pronounced, giving the beer a nice rauchbier/smoked meat taste up front. Nice bitter cocoa finish from the roasted malt. Maybe a hint of hop spiciness throughout buta bit hard to tell through the smoke. More rauchibier taste than smoked porter (more emphasis on the smoke than roasted malt).

M - Mediium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Very clean finish.

D - Great smoked flavor makes this a highly drinkable ale (maybe not so much for others, but I LOVE smoked beers!) The only complaint being the high carbonation which I believe the brewery is working to correct. Highly recommended and a great beer to put Ranger Creek on the beer map.

beeragent, Aug 11, 2011
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Hopmodium, Jun 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

cam12, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Jbasstic, Oct 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Listers, Jul 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

reyna311, Jun 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

msanborn, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of HardTarget
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown glass shows some light through the edges giving a soft glow. Holds a tan head of tight head that gives some lacing.

Smell: Smoke comes through in the nose without a problem, smells a little BBQ, but that just may be my association with mesquite. Some sweet malt and slightly barrel sour gives some complexity and depth.

Taste: Goes a little lighter in flavor than I expected, more toward a Black lager than a Porter. Again, the woody smoke comes through at a nice level, firmly there without overwhelming everything else. Balance between the roasted malty sweetness and smoke doesn't let any hop flavor through.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a low carbonation level. Slick and dry at the same time, a nice trick.

Overall: A milder package than I expected, but what's here is good! Smoke level is very nice, this is a complex sessionable beer that hides any trace of flaw or alcohol. I'm impressed, hope to see more Ranger Creek about!

HardTarget, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Lagerquestrian, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of DoktorZee
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap from the Draught House in Austin. On cask.

A - black with a quarter inch of fluffy tan head.

S - all smoke with a hint of sour mash

T - less smoky than I expected but still very complex, hint of vanilla off the start, with smoke in the middle and finishing with dark malts plus enduring light bitterness

M - light with only slight carbonation

D - slight alcohol warmth, but super smooth

Very nice beer, awesome Sunday patio cool weather beer.

DoktorZee, Mar 13, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

Big thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

Cracking my second bottle o' this stuff, welcoming my boy VDubb86 back from his romantic getaway in Florida. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises charred wood, light roasted malts, light chocolate powder, and a touch of molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the smoked wood really coming through nicely, balancing and complimenting the roasty notes. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a very tasty smoked porter, straight up and down, baby. Good times.

TMoney2591, Oct 06, 2011
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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
85 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.