Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
Bottled 08/25/11, batch 006
Very dark brown to black with a thin, tan blanketing. The head is thick and fluffy right after pouring, thick enough to provide some generous lacing, but eventually falls flat.
The body appears cloudy in the light, but it's hard to determine if there is sediment.
A light rauch smokiness with a touch of roastiness as well. I can't tell right off the bat that this beer is "mesquite smoked," but it's definitely smokey and a little leathery. This is definitely a beer best served slightly warmer than their recommended 45 degrees.
A tad sweet and chocolatey, smooth with a very distinct smokiness that I've never experienced before. I really like the combination of flavors and after a few sips, everything blends quite nicely. There really isn't too much spiciness, but there is a little bit that helps balance out the rich, velvety smokiness.
Very smooth and drinkable beer with a solidly medium body and interesting contrast from the modest alcohol, potent woodiness, and complimentary spiciness. The aftertaste is quite an intense woodiness, which makes this beer distinct and interesting.
This was a pretty tasty beer! I would have liked to try it paired with some bbq, but it was good with some 5-year gouda. I would probably not drink this beer in a bar...it's really meant for pairing with food in my opinion.
01-13-2012 00:11:06 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
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!
*Trader's note: Many thanks to wolffman17 for the opportunity.
01-08-2012 19:58:37 | More by Beertracker
2.98/5 rDev -20.7%
22oz into 8oz tasting glasses, split 2 ways, twice. Batch 005, bottled June 1, 2001.
Very cloudy pour, hazy, muddy, thin bubbled. Not very bright, not particularly appetizing.
Aroma: Rich malt, layered mesquite smoked characteristics.
Flat taste. A touch watery. The first sip is all smoke and by the time this is coating your mouth the underlying porter simply doesn't stand up. I don't know if I would drink the porter alone, thus the sub 3 rating. This would likely be excellent pair with something, a complementary flavor. However, as a standalone sipper, this isn't up to snuff.
It's a bit watery, which may be a blessing. If it where more full bodied I believe the smoke would be the only flavor. Some carb issues as well, this bottle gushed over even after an 8oz pour was taken.
The first in my Texas box that I haven't enjoyed. While I'm reviewing it here first, I need to type my reviews to two other Texas beers that were solid.
01-08-2012 15:54:40 | More by CooperEllis
2.42/5 rDev -35.6%
A 22 ounce bottle from turfy that I received for winning his "Taste of Texas LIF" a while back. Bottled on 06/01/2011, batch 005, and reviewed from notes taken 09/30/2011.
Gushed a considerable amount upon opening, and what was collected had a Crayola crayon brown color with a chocolate milk sheen to it. About an inch of foamy, khaki head develops. Aroma is of chipotle, charred wood, meat, campfire smoke, anaheim peppers, chile, and faint cocoa. Lots of smoke and spice. It tastes of chipotle, smoke, pork, a strange beef sausage, cocoa, dirt, and chile. A significant amount of wood as well, giving it the flavor of wood fired meat. Mouthfeel is sticky, dry on the finish, has ample carbonation, but lingers for a considerable amount of time with a potent aftertaste. Overall, this wasn’t my favorite beer and isn’t one I plan on revisiting.
01-07-2012 20:10:49 | More by eclipse54
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
01-01-2012 04:37:46 | More by suspect
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
12-29-2011 22:53:43 | More by Phelps
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
12-25-2011 22:00:19 | More by bmwats
3.08/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
12-24-2011 02:49:37 | More by ms11781
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
11-23-2011 02:36:06 | More by omnigrits
Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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