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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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BA SCORE
85
very good

169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 12-10-2010)
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3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 fl oz brown glass bomber with standard label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery, which has put out a few trainwrecks via its barrel aging program. 6.4% ABV confirmed. Bottled 07/16/13. 15 plato. 20 IBU. 45 SRM. Reviewed as a rauchbier-meets-porter.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor.

Paired with waffle pretzels and melted camembert.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 3 finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice even smooth consistency, if a bit airy. Lacks creaminess. A bit thin for a porter head. It's fluffy. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good - about 5-6 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black - not quite a jet black. Yeast particles/sediment are plainly visible floating in the body, especially towards the bottom of the beer.

Overall, it looks like a pretty standard porter. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

I'd prefer the head fuller and creamier, with a darker coloration and better lacing.

Sm: Harsh mesquite smoke dominates the aroma, with notes of meat and char in there as well. Dark malts. Subdued chocolate malts. The meat aroma here isn't the usual pork of a rauchbier, but comes off vague and indistinct. Leather, sure. I'm not picking up any nuanced mesquite wood per se; it's just muted smoke.

No hop character, yeast, or alcohol is detectable. Lacks sufficient roast.

Overall, it comes off more like a timid rauchbier than a robust porter. More chocolate as well as some cream presence would be very helpful. For a rauchbier, it's pretty average in strength. More intense aromatics would be welcome.

Given my previous experiences with Ranger Creek's attempts at wood-aging beers, I can't say I'm overly excited to try this one.

T: Okay, so they got the standard foundation right - there's your usual portery dark malts and chocolate malts. No roast, cream, or true chocolate though. There's also none of the coffee they advertise on the label.

Mesquite smoke lends a nice cured meat flavour to the beer, and luckily no overt char or ash makes its way into the flavour profile. I don't find any nuanced mesquite wood notes; it's all the smoke. I'm not an experienced barbecuer, but I doubt I could identify this as mesquite if I tried it blind; I'd be equally as likely to guess hickory.

It's got a leathery tone and some black pepper, sure.

No hop character or yeast character comes through. I do find some very light alcohol presence which doesn't distract from the flavour profile per se, but is nevertheless detrimental.

Okay balance. Has some nice cohesion, but isn't gestalt. They combine the two constituent styles in interesting ways, and I'd mostly consider this a success. Not particularly complex or subtle, but there's a bit of intricacy here. Not nuanced. I'd really love more depth of flavour, especially where the mesquite wood is concerned. Intensity of flavour is below average. Flavour duration is average.

Acridity grows as it warms.

Mf: Not as harsh or aggressive as you might expect. The smoke does roughen up the otherwise smooth and wet mouthfeel, to its detriment, but the effect is slight. Fairly creamy; I'd like it better creamier. Way overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. It's surprisingly soft for a smoked beer, but they could push it still further. Medium-bodied, with a good apt thickness. Nice presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile well.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: It's not an ideal marriage of a rauchbier to a porter, but it surpassed my meagre expectations. It's not a great beer in either style, and the whole is not more than the sum of its parts. I wouldn't pick it up again, but it's an enjoyable brew for what it is and would pair well with barbecue. I suppose it accomplishes its aims, and that's respectable.

Ultimately, the smoke element just doesn't blend seamlessly into the porter build, and the beer feels unfocused and a bit scattered as a result. This lack of fundamental balance is what really holds it back.

C+

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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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 HopHead84
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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 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 AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 LoveStout
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of champ103
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Have tried several bottles, and they all seem infected?

A: Pours jet black. A huge tan head gushes out of the bottle. It takes forever to poor this. The first sign of an incfection.
S: A plastic, bandaid, veggie, sulfur, slighty sour aroma. Smoke, chocolate, wood, roast. This is an odd one.
T: Again, a mingling flavor of bandaid, veggies, sulfur, smoke, roast, and chocolate. An odd metallic sourness. This is bad.
M/D: A medium to full body. High carbonation that is a bit prickly. Hard to drink, and a bit over the top.

I think a few batches have been infected. A gusher with odd plastic, bandaid, and sulfur. On tap, one of the best smoked porters I have had. This is a mess though. I hope RC can clean this up cause it is one of my favorite Texas beers. See my tap review for what this should be.

Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
85 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.