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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 11
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 178 | Reviews: 66
Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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 TexasBrewSlinger
2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured very dark brown/black with head that dissapated slowly

Smell is VERY smokey. Charred gamey meat, a little salty note, underneath all that there is some classic toasty chocolate.

Taste very much like the nose. It has a very strong barbequed meat flavor, some nice rich notes underneath but the smoke is overbearing.

Overall I think this could be interesting paired with the right food but I was not feeling it tonight. They need to dial back that smoke to make a balanced drinkable beer.

Photo of AgentZero
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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 MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Urbancaver
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
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

Photo of JizackFH
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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 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 womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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 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 beeragent
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 atxdelivery
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is as close to a brisket or plate of ribs in a bottle as I have ever had. I was blown away by the smoke and bbq like smell and taste. A great way to diet. The appearance was black black with a very small head. The first sip will catch you off guard.

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 DoktorZee
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap from the Draught House in Austin. On cask.

A - black with a quarter inch of fluffy tan head.

S - all smoke with a hint of sour mash

T - less smoky than I expected but still very complex, hint of vanilla off the start, with smoke in the middle and finishing with dark malts plus enduring light bitterness

M - light with only slight carbonation

D - slight alcohol warmth, but super smooth

Very nice beer, awesome Sunday patio cool weather beer.

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 Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 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 Fenris244
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it with a size able amount of head(1.5 fingers worth) still in the glass, great black color, the head quickly dissolved into a thin lace ring around the outside of the glass

Smells like smoked chocolat with coffee and that's really all I could get from it, don't get me wrong though the smell was pretty cool!

The mesquite flavor really comes through, coffee and chocolate flavors are present as well as some roasted malt flavor on the finish. The mesquite flavor is present all through out and I was afraid at first that after a few sips it would feel like I was drinking wood pulp but that never happened the mesquite stayed a pleasant flavor the whole time.

Doesn't feel heavy at all and it's very drinkable, the smoke my be a turn off for some but I will certainly be ordering this again

Photo of kinupanda
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a one finger head that has a slight reddish glow and which provides occasional lacing during drinking. A spicy and smoky nose with noticeable mocha and lots of mesquite-infused malty goodness. It hits the back of the tongue with a woody kick and the expected bite of the coffee. The combination of the moderate carbonation, felt primarily in the front and mid palate, and the bitterness works well. The mouthfeel is semi-dry but not overwhelmingly so, and it is occasionally reminiscent of drinking a well-made root beer as it warms. A pleasant smoky aftertaste that is reminiscent of what one expects after enjoying a dessert containing high percentage cacao.

FourthBeer potential: VERY HIGH, as a good porter with more intriguing taste characteristics relative to others.

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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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