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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 182
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 12
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: 62 | Hads: 182
Photo of Phelps
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.86/5  rDev +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. (1,184 characters)

Photo of ms11781
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to duff247. 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a deep brown color, almost black. Looks to have a bit of a body to it as it comes out of the bottle. A massive light brown head develops before settling in as a creamy looking tan foam cap. Not much lacing as the foam slips back down the glass to meet the head, but the retention is exceptional. Really nice looking beer.

The nose is extremely smoky and is detectable before the beer is even poured from the bottle. Really heavy char and some woody aromas are here as well. It really is all about the smokiness though.

The taste follows along with the nose. Hugely smoky flavors, some light wood and really strong, slightly bitter char. It's pleasant at first but sort of runs its course after a glass.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, which is surprising considering how the beer looked going into the glass. The carbonation is lively, which is also surprising, but probably contributes to the thinner mouthfeel.

This was an interesting and unique beer. More smoke than porter. The aromas and flavors aren't unpleasant but they do wear on the palate after a bit. If the smoke could be dialed back a bit to let the porter characteristics come through more this beer could be great. (1,256 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Almost straight black with some dark brown at the edges. Pours with a good-size dark khaki head. Creamy with decent retention. Eventually drops to a small, tight bubbly, cap and collar.

Smell: Burnt and smoky. Lots of mesquite and smoked wood. Nice malt profile hits chocolate, cocoa, and some darker fruit. Smoky sweet. Some char. Old fire pit. Some clean yeasty undertones. Slightly grassy in the back. A nice thorough smoked profile. Some grainy coffee as well.

Taste: Liquid barbecue potato chips. Distinct spicy sweet mesquite smoke. Very smoky without being cloying. Some backing malt sweetness pushes some caramel sweetness. Hints of dark cherry. Woody with some grassy elements. Some char and burnt malts. Some baker's chocolate and super stale, old coffee. Grilled and charred. Warming smooths out some of the rougher smoked edges.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side with an above average carbonation. Bubbly and mostly smooth. Clean smoky finish.

Overall: Silly Bobby Flay, you can't grill beer...oh wait, yes you can.

Smoky without being meaty or overbearing. A weird sensory experience as mesquite usually means barbecue chips, but the lack of syrupy sweetness helps keep that distinction. A bit thin for my taste, but delightfully unbalanced with a nice use of smoked malt. (1,307 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,198 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (462 characters)

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. (504 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (518 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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] (997 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (1,453 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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. (1,141 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (1,053 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of JMad
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
2.29/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Batch 5. Bottled 6-1-11

I start to crack the cap and this thing sprays everywhere, a ton of psi in the bottle. I set it in the sink and come back a few moments later.
In the glass this looks dark brown, opaque and hazy, really murky.
The aroma is smokey, barbeque mesquite, smoked wood, wet ashy wood.
Flavors are not overpowering as i thought, the smokey flavors are decent, this is really woody though throughout the whole beer, everything is inoculated with damp saturated wood. keeps reminding me of burning houses i've been in.
Not any carbination left, the gushing took it all out. Mouthfeel is thin. Dont know if the psuedo-infection did this or not, i'd assume so. (675 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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). (725 characters)

Photo of suspect
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of Onslow
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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!! (368 characters)

Photo of jamescain
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (1,525 characters)

Photo of Stevotex
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of Ranz
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,096 characters)

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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.