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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Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 68
Photo of Onslow
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

mmm, aroma is goood!! like sucking on the exhaust of an oil spewing Trabant.. . high roast level, lip smacking with oil notes, a touch of spicey smoke, tar and very light espresso .. nice balance .. smooth fun beer but as a smokehead- would have liked more sweet smoke! .. but a great beer from this brand spanking new brewery!.. . No its not melissa! its my brother!!

Photo of jdense
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Flying Saucer San Antonio, 4.20.11, $4.75 shaker pint.

Little if any head, a thin broken layer of medium brown foam, ultra quick dissipation, over dark brown almost black body, no visible carbonation, a really dark beer. Not picking up much smoke in the nose, but starts to assert itself in taste, big chocolate hit, a bit of burnt brown sugar not molasses, floral and grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel, not much effervescence, got really interesting as it warmed. Worth a try for smoke beer fans.

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 htomsirveaux
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Black Star, 8 Jan 2011.

Small dark brown head. Medium carbonation. Very dark brown, almost black. Aroma is smoky and toasty, almost charred. Lots of Roasty smokiness. Some coffee, slight touch of chocolate. Medium body. Moderate alcohol. Mocha and BBQ, like a smoked pork with a cola rub. Finishes with lingering charred malts.

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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; batch 10, bottled 9/19/2012. Pours fairly clear almost pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, coffee, apple, pear, wood, smoked meat, light floral, and light roasted earthiness. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted notes; but it is definitely infected, but it is not that terribly offensive in the aromas as it warms up. Taste of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, smoke, wood, smoked meat, light char, floral, light pepper, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, coffee, smoked meat, light char, wood, floral, light pepper, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted notes and smokey flavor; with a great balance of malt/smoke; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice smoked porter. Luckily the infection seemed to only be noticed in the aromas. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt and smokey flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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 AlCaponeJunior
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty darn nice looking. monster head that just wouldn't go away and stuck heavily to the glass topped an otherwise midnight black brew.

Aroma was heavy on the mesquite smoke and light on most other attributes, but there were some dark fruits and burnt/roasted malt notes.

Taste was a bit more balanced but was still heavy on the smoke, along with roasty/burnt malts, a touch of very dark fruits (figs, raisins, dates), and a tinge of coffee/chocolate.

Drinks more like a stout than a smoked porter, pretty full body with a lingering dark malt, smoky aftertaste.

For smoked beer lovers, definitely try this one. As a porter it's a bit stout-like but there's enough overlap where many beer drinkers could enjoy this one.

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 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 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]

Photo of MickeyKnox
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Somehow the 4 pack tastes different than the pints, it seriously tastes like 2 different beers. The pints taste much better.

Photo of ed_loves_ipa
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was scared of the mesquite flavor, but glad I overcame my misconception.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown to black with a mocha colored head about a centimeter thick and lingers for a while. The head fades into a thick lacing over the top of the beer and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Large amounts of roasted notes, a hint of smokiness, but I’m not really able to distinguish regular smoke aroma from the mesquite.

Taste: Roasted flavors with bittersweet chocolate and a touch of smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with moderately high carbonation.

Overall: I’m not sure if the mesquite lends enough of a flavor or aroma to really be necessary. Even if you can’t tell that it was smoked with mesquite wood, it is still a good smoked porter.

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

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston. It was dark brown and opaque, with a thin tan foam. It had good smoked malt aromas, some sweet malts beneath, very solid smelling.

Tastes a lot like Stone Smoked Porter, at least based on memory. Not a bad thing, I appreciated it quite a bit. Lots of smoke character, less of the roasty malt character that you might get from a porter but still you know what you're getting when you order this. A rauchbier through and through.

Medium-to-medium plus body, and easy sipper. This was my final beer for the night, and the lingering flavors kept me satisfied.

Photo of HopHead84
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8/7/2011

Thanks! I remove the cap and foam starts rising above the rim of the bottle so I begin pouring. I look over one minute later and half the bomber is foam and it's about to overflow again. This beer is out of control.

A: Black with two inches of froth that recede in 5 minutes. No lacing is left on the glass.

S: Strong beechwood profile in the nose with some mesquite bacon. The smoke character is really aromatic and smells great with the dark chocolate aspect of the beer. There's an earthy hop presence. The nose is clean, with no fruity esters.

T: There's a little more chocolate in the flavor and a little less smoke. Malt is toasted and roasted, and smoke is woody and mesquite, with bacon and beechwood. The beer is dry, with a minimal level of malt richness. There's a low bitterness and an earthy hop profile. The dry finish is clean, toasted, and smoky.

M: Upper medium body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth.

Overall: A nice smoked porter. The mesquite addition is interesting.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into hand-washed and dried Ranger Creek nonic
Aroma of smoke – I’ll take their word that it’s mesquite
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of smoke and roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl; leaves my lips slightly sticky
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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 llcooldave
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Ranger Creek grand opening. Musky cheese with some fruitcake and toasted malt aromas. Muddy brown leather in color. Very fruity... raisin and crusty rye bread flavor profile. Banana notes as well. Overall, good! This one should be a crown jewel for Ranger Creek as time goes on. Well done!

Photo of Phelps
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by ottovon, this is batch 001, bottled 8-25-11. Poured into Russian River stemware.

Burnt mahogany, amber at the edges. The liquid’s thin as cola, with a head that continues in kind. Big and quickly fizzy, fading from its brown sugar color to a thin layer of light tan.

Oh yeah. Perfectly smoky aroma — you can really get the mesquite. It makes me crave Texas barbecue. Beneath the smoky top layer I get oats, bitter chocolate crumbles and an impressive amount of dark fruits — maybe raisins and prunes.

The flavor takes the acrid, smoky char a tiny step too far. Dark chocolate and a bit of fruity tang and to the bitterness, but it corrects a second after the finish, when oats round it out. Nice smooth blend, all in balance.

Fairly fizzy and a touch over medium-light in body. The overactive bubbles pack the mouth with air as the beer moves. Light, prodding carbonation, with nary a hint of alcohol.

This smoked porter’s a smooth, tasty blend of smoky flavors. Not too ashy, nicely chocolatey and fruity. Would be great with a steak.

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass. Started fizzing out of the bottle as soon as I opened it.

A- Not black but a really really dark opaque brown color with an enormous tan head that sticks around for a long time.

S- Smells awesome. Smells like barbecuing in the back yard. Heavy mesquite smell.

T- A little bit of chocolate malt at the beginning but then the mesquite takes over.

M- Creamy and very easy to drink.

O- This is the first smoked beer I've had but it is definitely a style I will be trying more of. It reminded me of summer barbecues.

Photo of J85jam
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer in the big bottles!!...Now that its in the 12oz 4-pack I am sold!!! I live right down the street from the distillery and they give tours every weekend. If you haven't tired their whisky and bourbons u must.. they just released a Beer/White whisky blend that is very unique!!

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 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 omnigrits
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a straight pint glass.

A. Seriously dark with no light coming through, even around the edges. Very good pale tan head.

S. The smoke comes in straight away, and it's that unmistakeable mesquite smoke aroma. Hints of bacon too. This isn't breakfast though, and the beer character is asserting itself with some very porter-y chocolate smells.

T. Much less smoke in the taste but it's still there. The beer comes through more here. Definitely not a sweet porter - there's a pleasant bitterness in the finish that I think comes more from the roasted malts than from hops.

M. Medium bodied, very light carbonation. Pretty smooth all round.

O. A really nice porter which, I can see, might not be for everyone. I've had other similar porters which barely pay lip service to the smoked part of the beer. This one brings it front and centre, especially when fresh.

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