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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

160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

t0rin0, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Batch 005. Bottled 6/1/11.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with char and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that seems to have a slight infection going on but it's still fairly drinkable.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a rather tall khaki colored head.

S: Definitely gives off sort of a mesquite/barbeque feel to it. Lots of roast and smoke with a fair amount of char to go with it. Mild chocolate with some hints of licorice and just a touch of sweetness.

T: Smoke, roasted malt, and coffee are all strong flavors. There's a slight toffee sweetness sweetness to it along with a light metallic note. A touch of earthy hops and bitterness with a light acidity coming through on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a rather high level of carbonation for a porter.

O: Smelled pretty decent, but the flavor was a bit off, unfortunately.

womencantsail, Aug 30, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

deadliest, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of suspect
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

Batch 007, bottled 11/09/11. Thanks to miikezombie for the secret santa hookup! Poured into my fancy new Jester King stemmed glass.

A: Pours deep dark brown with some light escaping around the very edges of the glass. Averagely aggressive pour leads to a huge 2.5 finger light tan fizzy head that took minutes to finally fade leaving sticky slug-trails all down the sides.

S: Was expecting a lot of smoke in this one from the name but it wasn't there really at all. Picked up a lot of toasted chocolate malts and some slight hoppy notes as well as some plum and fig notes to sweeten it. It has a very nice, steady smell that invites for a nice big swig.

T: Not a lot going on here. Toasted malts, nice smoke flavor, especially at the end of the swig. Nice flavor.

M: Lots of carbonation going on. Over-carbonated. Creamy coating leaves a lingering aftertaste but not anything that makes me want to grab for more immediately.

O: A pretty average porter. Not terrible, not great. Could have definitely used more of the smoke in order to live up to the name. I was glad to have tried it but will not be clamoring to get this one again anytime soon.

suspect, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

I popped the bottle and went into the living room for a minute, and when I came back a few oz's had slowly gushed out of the bottle, so be careful. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Cigar City tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate to high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smoke, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, some chocolate, and leather. Very smokey, and the sweetness is a bit odd.

t - Tastes of smoked malts, bacon, roasted malts, cream, bitter chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, light fruits. Not as sweet as the nose, much better in my opinion.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy; pretty nice body.

o - Overall a pretty average smoked porter. I wasn't a big fan of the nose as it seemed a bit odd and sweet, but the taste was better. Wouldn't seek it out again but worth trying if you love smoked beers.

mdfb79, May 16, 2012
Photo of Urbancaver
3.43/5  rDev -9%

Thanks Jenray for sending me this tasty treat :)

Pours a light brown. A bit of nice head. Pretty, about what I expected. Lots of smoke on the nose. Not so much mesquite but not a bad smokiness at all. Tastes pretty balanced. The beer is a bit thin given the amount of smoke but its a porter so I can' knock it. A bit overcarbonated and I'm not sure I buy the mesquite distinction. Overall I finished my glass so not but by any means but certainly not a standout

Urbancaver, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Beertracker
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

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
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Nolan_Moulle, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Invictys, Apr 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

cdwil, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

animal69, Oct 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

G_Est, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

whartontallboy, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Tayloraphilips, Aug 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

rolltide8425, Dec 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

MammothTarantula, Oct 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

strib, Apr 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

archero, Jan 09, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

AgentZero, Sep 28, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -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.

bmwats, Dec 25, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Thanks to Mike for sharing this one. Apparently there are a few more bottles at Chris' for our future enjoyment. Served in a Cigar City tulip.

A - A half-finger of tan foam settles to a thin partial cap, leaving behind spotty lacework. Dark brown body that is appropriate for a lower ABV porter.

S - Mesquite, smoke, bacon, dark chocolate, campfire, hickory.

T - Taste is a little less smoky, with more roasted malts. Again, there's a hefty amount of hickory, campfire, mesquite, and bacon. Finish is surprisingly clean for the style.

M - Dry, smokey, tannic, medium-thin body. I suppose that's appropriate for a a lower alcohol smoked beer. No alcohol present which is a plus.

D - Surprisingly decent beer for what it is. Not something I could consume in large quantities but delivers exactly as advertised.

MasterSki, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Ranz
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Wow--I tipped my Duvel tulip rather steeply and poured slowly, and this thing still created a massive head. Frankly, it's pretty ridiculous, but I found it endearing. The lacing is thick; it clumped on the glass, and a circular mound on top maintains composure despite everything happening around it. Color is pitch-black, thick with viscosity.

S: Hints of cayenne pepper, malt, and obvious mesquite-smoked wood abound. There's not a whole lot of subtlety here, but it knows what it is. It leaves a really lovely aftertaste.

T: Vanilla, chocolate, and smokey barbecue are the plate du jour. I could definitely see this paired with a robust red meat cut and some hearty mashed potatoes. Using this for a marinade could probably do some wonders, too.

M: A nice, milky quality gives this some smooth character. It's a great sipping beer. With some warming, it really opens up nicely.

O: Not bad at all. While I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again for drinking, this would provide an incredible nuance to marinated meat destined for the grill. I'll pick it up again for that reason.

Ranz, Feb 02, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -1.6%

Holy smoke! Literally.

This almost comes off as a rauchbier at first. All the smoke and stuff calm down off the initial hit, but it certainly sticks around. It's very distinct and unique, but kind of keeps the beer on a one-track theme. The thick malts on the backbone of things takes a backseat to the smoke. Also too, this thing seems almost out of control with carbonation. It went into a goblet and was still 3/4 foam. And the bubbles really hit the mouth too. It's a pretty good beer. Could definitely use some tweaking if one wanted to refine it. But as it sits now, it's a fairly decent production.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2013
Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
85 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.