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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

151 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | 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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California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-14-2013 03:12:36 | More by Radome
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Jentex

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-10-2013 23:55:48 | More by Jentex
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cgrunin

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

09-10-2013 23:53:57 | More by cgrunin
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Stevotex

Texas

4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 02:12:22 | More by Stevotex
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Theortiz01

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-06-2013 21:53:48 | More by Theortiz01
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 15:54:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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trebbates

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

07-27-2013 02:23:31 | More by trebbates
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LoveStout

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-04-2013 16:36:57 | More by LoveStout
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-29-2013 13:33:37 | More by BarrytheBear
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-29-2013 13:05:31 | More by madtowndmb1
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-19-2013 23:54:29 | More by zillo043068
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JMad

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:32:59 | More by JMad
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jl28r1

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-10-2013 00:49:10 | More by jl28r1
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rph97

Texas

5/5  rDev +32.6%

05-09-2013 22:29:37 | More by rph97
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 04:27:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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Meleah

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

04-28-2013 21:16:17 | More by Meleah
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strib

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-28-2013 21:09:42 | More by strib
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JohnBender

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-24-2013 00:19:21 | More by JohnBender
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vcoggins

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-04-2013 01:31:45 | More by vcoggins
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stampfler07

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-02-2013 01:43:26 | More by stampfler07
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 18:03:49 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 18:02:48 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Ford

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-26-2013 22:01:20 | More by Ford
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty darn nice looking. monster head that just wouldn't go away and stuck heavily to the glass topped an otherwise midnight black brew.

Aroma was heavy on the mesquite smoke and light on most other attributes, but there were some dark fruits and burnt/roasted malt notes.

Taste was a bit more balanced but was still heavy on the smoke, along with roasty/burnt malts, a touch of very dark fruits (figs, raisins, dates), and a tinge of coffee/chocolate.

Drinks more like a stout than a smoked porter, pretty full body with a lingering dark malt, smoky aftertaste.

For smoked beer lovers, definitely try this one. As a porter it's a bit stout-like but there's enough overlap where many beer drinkers could enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 21:20:08 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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vickersspitfire

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 17:16:27 | More by vickersspitfire
Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
85 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.