Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)
Mikkeller ApS

Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)
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American Porter
Ranked #43
Ranked #4,197
4.08 | pDev: 11.76%
Mikkeller ApS
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)
Notes: Brewed with Chipotle Chilli Peppers at De Proef, Belgium.
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2018. Purchased a while back from the Brewdog webshop. The label calls it a chipotle porter.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Produces a large head of creamy chocolate-coloured foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of rich roasted malt with hints of fruitiness, molasses, chocolate, subtle smokiness, faint coffee, yeast esters and a musty earthiness in the background. A deep, complex character that lingers - very nice.

T: Tastes of rich dark malt with notes of roasted grain, fruitiness, molasses, subtle chocolate, mild smokiness, a twinge of coffee, earthy yeast and a touch of chilli spice in the background. Slightly sweet, with an understated malty bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and a velvety body. A subtle chilli heat tickles that palate and slowly builds as you drink. Could be a shade more textured. Aftertaste of roasted malt, fruitiness, light bitterness, faint smoke and a delicate spicy heat.

O: Lovely - a rich, complex porter with layers of flavour. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are a superb blend of roasted malt, fruity notes, molasses, mild smoke and faint chilli. Good body; perhaps just a twinge more carbonation is in order. The use of chipotles is well judged, adding complexity and depth to the character without excessive palate-killing heat. Another excellent brew from Mikkeller; worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

Pitch black in color, it tops with a finger of foamy tan head that stays with decent retention before sinking to a long-lasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaving lots of lacing here and there.

The aroma is intense with lots of espresso, cocoa, and dark yet creamy chocolate. Roasted malt with some smoke, along with charcoal, tobacco, burnt wood, caramel, dark bread while chipotle yields some spiciness undertone together with citrusy hop.

Heavily roasted malt in the lead with its sourness of roasted coffee bean, then it is dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, some smoke, charcoal, tobacco, burnt wood, slight sweet caramel, and dark bread. Hop provides some bitterness and citrus while chipotle thereafter reveals with some peppery spice that is nicely complement with all the other characters. The aftertaste is a bit lingering with roasted profile and some residual spiciness.

Medium body with some bold touch through the palate, smooth through the mouthfeel with good crisp and moderate carbonation, finish is pleasantly dry.

The equation for this is that Porter+Chipotle equal to delicious treat, another good mixture and creation from Mikkeller.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A deep and dusky black with a 2 finger light brown fine igneous volcanic rock like head. The larger foaminess of the heads speeds away in short order, but there remains a good deal of crown and small farms of foam that maximize the surface area of the kingdom.

Aromatics: An odd citrus tang sits under an otherwise aromatic mix of caramelized plums and dark chocolatey with roasted coffee. I can barely sense the chipotle, which I’m hoping is going to hypothesize is going to be fairly mild in the flavour, but the smokiness it generates in the smell is there just as an accent though.

Taste: Ooooh… yeah, thank the chili gods I was not disappointed. A great smokey chipotle flavour as if it were stained through a dark roast coffee and then set to absorb some hickory and oak embers. It is a super dark and moody flavour with a gentleness in the chili spice which tastes like it has been sprinkled on a bowl of toasted shredded wheat cereal with hints of sweetened malt blending it together like the leftover sugar-milk at the bottom of the bowl.

Palate: Slightly bolder than straight medium, The carbonation is really nice, it moves the spice heat around the palate superbly. The spiciness likes to build up over time - and if you are a chili fan, than you will appreciate this one a lot. Aside from the warming heat there really is no other linger after effects in the finish. As expected.

Overall: I am impressed. I love chili stouts a lot and this porter does not disappoint at all. It has a fantastic balance of natural porter-ness and pepper, definitely doesn’t let the chipotle run amok.

Pairing : Oh the things I would love to pair with this, or even cook with it… So I think the first thing I would try would be my 10 bean chili. I normally make it with brown sugar to sweeten it, but I think I would cut that down quite a bit and build up the chiptoleness - make it a bit more spice based. Chipotle chill powder, smoked paprika, and fresh oven roasted onion, sweet red peppers, and maybe a couple of jalapeño to add in as well… and I think normally I would make this with no meat - I would make this one with some fine chunks of a decent steak - t-bone or even stewing beef would work (just no hamburger).

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a tulip.

A: The body is opaque black with a very brown head. Lacing is average.
S: The aroma is very soft having only coffee that's not very prominent. Roasted barley can be felt if you really focus.
T: The taste is very sweet that has a strange tone of smokiness. The taste is simply coffee, roasted malts and smokiness.
M: The smokiness provides some acidity to the best that connects very well with little bitterness present here. Density is spot on.
O: Again, Mikkeller and stouts. This is heaven.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black crude oil, no carbonation, a half finger of dark, deep brown chocolate foamy head.

Cocoa, hot sauce, slightly acidic, tar, freezer burnt dark chocolate.

Cocoa, chocolate, then turns hot, spicy, then goes into a hot sauce like Crystal's or Franks with notes of acidic sourness, then mixes again with cocoa.

Medium thick, oily body, low carbonation.

Got on Wish beer, drank in Chiangmai Sept 5th, 2016 sitting beside my wife on our bed. Really well done brew. I've had their Mexas Ranger which is hard to beat, but this one is excellent.

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Photo of pants678
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a brown head.

Malts are real potent.

Chipotle doesn't immediately present. The base stout is quite rich, though. Campfire character, more so graham cracker than smoke. Dry heat builds, though and adds more than a subtle accentuation. Not quite Bomb! but I passed on this one too many times.


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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger head and a little bit of lace. The aroma mixes a blend of smoke and chiotle peppers along with bitter chocolate. Heavy body, slightly sticky, the toasted/smoky malts with peppers balance with a light and bitter chocolate feel. Passes easy and is simple beer but I like the interplay between the heat and chocolate sweetness.

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Photo of stevoj
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bangers. Dark brown/ ruby pour, a ring of reddish beige head. Aroma comes off as sweet, grapes, but taste goes on a different direction, and peppers only play a minor role. Low key heat, focus on some sweet, roast malt. Nice!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

long before this is a chili pepper beer, its a wonderful base porter. important to remember, this base beer is delicious and huge, sturdy and deep, tons of body and ashy dark roast, hints of smoke and dry dark cocoa, and its awesome. thick too, it coats the palate and teeth, and warms the belly. the peppers are only used as accents in it, do not expect a chili heat blast, its more mild than that. there is a tickle of warmth in the nose and throat, but it never escalates, and it never covers up the porter. the smoke from the pepper works with the smoke in the beer, a post-fire charred bitter high carbon thing going on. strongly flavored, not for the faint of heart. this is big boy (and big girl) beer through and through. a hint of oxidation at the end is out of place, but its still so smooth and gripping that it doesn't both me much. a great edition to the advent calendar box this year, but I definitely prefer some of the barrel aged variants of this one. it almost needs the heat and mellowness from the booze barrels to pull it together. cool use of chili, nice example of it in a style I don't usually dig too much...

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Photo of Sabtos
2.92/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This sounded delicious, but alas, that enjoyment wasn't in the cards. Oddly, it also wasn't even spicy. Just kind of musty, stale, maybe nutty, and kind of metallic.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/1/2019. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoked pepper, caramel, toast, dark bread, light licorice/molasses/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chipotle pepper, and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoked pepper, caramel, toast, dark bread, light licorice/molasses/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/pine bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoked pepper, caramel, toast, dark bread, pine, light char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chipotle pepper, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Some light-moderate drying bitterness and pepper spice after the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. A mild amount of pepper heat builds up on the finish as you finish the glass, but never gets too strong. Overall this is an awesome pepper spiced porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chipotle pepper, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced pepper spiciness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours Pitch black colour with a tanned head. Aroma dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, chilli, espresso. Taste much the same as the aroma I get heat at the end a peppery heat not a bad heat.

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Photo of drmeto
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-pours the darkest of brown with a big,creamy,chocolate-coloured head
-coffee,chocolate,pepper,smoke,oats,tobacco,a touch f dark fruits
-coffeee,burnt toast,chocolate,present pepper heat,tobacco,toasty,faint mint
-low to medium carbonation
-medium to full body
It's thick.It's complex.It's not too hot.Great

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pint, 9oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: The beer is dark, dark brown and totally opaque, even against the light. Mousse-like caramel head which is reddish at the edges where it meets the beer.

S: Dark semi-sweet bakers chocolate rises hard from the glass. Old, dark toast and the sweet and sour scent of milk follow meekly behind. No sign of chipotle fresh from the bottle. Peppery notes - as in Piper, not Capsicum - start to emerge as an aftereffect as the beer warms.

T: Strong roasted note, like the char on a steak, is followed by bitter chocolate and a hit of pepper on the finish, which gets a touch more aggressive with warming. This palette is rounded out with a gentle, almost oatmeal stout-like backdrop. The tang of the char carries through the whole tasting and lingers along with the pepper bite on the finish. Since a chipotle is a smoke-dried jalapeno, and I am getting neither a smoky nor a capsicum aspect to the beer, I am docking points on flavor despite it being a robust (read: stout-like), well-executed, and enjoyable porter.

M: Full and milky smooth without being sticky or heavy. The pepper aspect gives a slight warmth on the throat on the swallow and even a little heat on the lips. Very little carbonation and a clean finish.

D: A robust porter that should be served with an equally robust meal. Grilled chicken in mole would probably be the way to go.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled on date or freshness information present. My bottle labeled as Mikkeller Chipotle Porter. 6.60% abv on the label.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter.

A - Pours one of the darkest blackest inkiest looking beers I've ever seen. Opaque as all hell, with just over a finger of dark dark mocha chocolate head, that falls to a skimming. Some small sticky spotty lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is of roasted barley, huge as all hell. Mild hints of cream, chocolate, char, and smoke. Maybe slightly earthy. No peppers really appear in the smell.

T - Taste follows the nose: tons of roast, barley, smoke, char. The chipotle pepper heat builds on the finish.

M - Feel is thick, full, & creamy. Good carbonation. Lots of lingering, slow-building Chipotle pepper heat. Very bitter & chocolatey.

Overall, an excellent chipotle pepper porter from Mikkeller. Borderling stout tasting. I might have expected more initial pepper heat, but it turned out very nice. Very dark and flavorful, especially for the moderate 6.60% abv.

Mikkeller Chipotle Porter -----4/5.

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Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle. Pitch black pour with a tall espresso head, dense, slow to rise to the surface. Hoppy smell, with notes of pine resin, cocoa, chocolate, subtle grape and cherry sourness and paprika. The taste is rich with chocolate, roasted grains, smoke, bell peppers and a bit of licorice. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation and a roasty, chili-hot aftertaste.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours jet black in color. Forms a two finger, dark tan to light brown colored head. High head potential, good head retention. Whispy lacing.
S - 4.75 - Lots of wood here for me. Oak wood, wood sap, whiskey cask barrel staves, bitter baker's chocolate, lots of chipotle chili, coffee beans and a very light smoke.
T - 4 - LOTS of chili pepper, almost too much...but not quite, its just right if you want a good kick. Lots of woodiness again, bitter chocolates and coffee. However, there isn't much sweetness here, and I feel with the amount of heat this has, it needs some more sweetness to balance it out.
F - 4 - Medium bodied mouthfeel
O - 4 - A VERY good pepper porter...but needs more sweetness. So close to being perfect.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic pint

A: big fat mocha head chunky and it lingers and laces the glass. very dark black body

S: I'm getting a metallic, peppery smell like crushed red pepper smells, a little bit of a lager smell

T: lots of that metallic and faint crushed pepper taste but very nice deep roasted barley and coffee with some deep chocolate and maybe a little bit of tingle from the peppers

M: nice almost chalky mouthfeel very interesting

O: Delicious I was a little off put by the initial nose but I think it was the peppers has an amazing porter taste it's everything you want roasty and thick with just the right amount of chocolate delight. The more this beer warms the peppers shine.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black pour with dark tan head and good lacing. Spicy chilis aroma. Peppery caramelized malt; chili pepper on the exhale. Hot peppery tongue coating, medium lite body. Peppers lightly done - just enough to make tongue tingle.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pry the exceedingly fragile top off a 750mL. bottle, pouring into our three-quarter sized snifters. It settles out as a dense motor oil black, with a fantastic head standing two fingers tall. The latter is composed of cakey russet colored bubbles, showing supreme retention. Lacing eventually plays out into alien craters. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be lightly medium. The chili peppers are apparent in the aroma before your nose even comes close to the beer. Notes include intensely metallic chipotle and jalapeno pepper flesh and heat, cooling banana bread esters, sour cream lactics, sweet buttery diacetyls, charred chocolate and coffee grain, smoked tar, chalked and flaked cacao bean, hypersterile iodine, soapy hoppy burn, Band-Aid phenols, French vanilla sweetness, alcoholic burn, corn breadiness of adjuncty white flour, balsa wood, lipstick waxiness, and pumpernickel bread. The flavoring offers up deeply smoky maltiness of black, coffee, chocolate, and raw barley roastiness, licorice, barnyard straw, old resinous pipe stickiness, clayed mineral, shoe polish, meaty leathers, distant metallic chipotle pepper Tabasco sauce (without hardly any heat), milk chocolate syrupy sweetness, fiery plastics, medicinal and Band-Aid phenols, bunt corn and white rice, dried twigs, moldy maple sugars, mild peaty grittiness, succulent aloe plantiness, Styrofoam, and synthetic peanut frozen yogurt. The body is full and oily, while the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives big slurp, smack, cream, and froth, but melts into nicely roasty chalked and astringent pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back well.

Overall, this was a nice dark beer from Mikkeller. It is just dawning on us now that we haven’t had a whole lot of their beers, but of what we have had that has been memorable has been their darker stock. As far as hot chili beers goes, this is extremely mild. The heat is light, if at all palpable, but offers tingling warmth to the far back of the tongue and palate if you’re willing to search for it. Nothing like the heat of a hearty pepper meal. What is much more present is a malty, roasty smokiness; it’s the base porter that wins here. This offsets as the chalky, chocolatey profile of the malts, producing a beer that is easy to get along with.

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Texas Ranger has one of those heads that makes me grunt like Tim Allen in Home Improvement; such a wickedly rustic red-oxide colour, you'd think it were stained by the chilies themselves. This foam that floats overtop the lightless black body is permanent.

The nose presents an impressive battering ram of dark chocolate squares and pulls of espresso but there's spice amidst all those bitter, dark, roasty qualities. All in all, it's an engrossing bouquet with no shortage of flavours. I don't know whether to ask for a steak or a spring roll.

Notes of charcoal and char are the absolute perfect accompaniment to the taste of hot peppers - if ever there was a beer to pair with BBQ surely this is it. Background tastes of vanilla, malted milk, and coffee are eventually elapsed by a cayenne- and paprika-like spice that makes this considerably hearty porter more of a main course than dessert accompaniment.

Unlike wine, I think most beers are best consumed on their own, without the accompaniment of food. But this is one glaring exception; red meat can take this porter to new levels. Heck, lather a steak or rib rack in barbecue sauce, this has got the soy salt, lively spices, and mesquite smoke undertones to match any dressing. It is practically designed for a cookout.

Texas Ranger ought to be the darling of 4th of July parties across America and the automatic go-to for summer barbecues everywhere. Better suited to food than arguably any other beer, it is a genius ale that earns a spot at lunch or dinner tables anywhere there's meat present. Awesome recipe.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. This one has been aging in my cellar for about four years. Thick, pitch black pour with a gorgeous two finger caramel-colored head with great retention and lacing. The nose is totally dominated by the smoke. Hints of cocoa, licorice and espresso try to emerge, but the smokey malts are totally dominant. The taste follows suit with the smokiness tempered a bit allowing hints of dark chocolate, espresso, subtle vanilla, coffee, cocoa, and some really subtle Chipotle. The mouthfeel is thick and mouth-coating with light carbonation and a nice subtly spicy chili pepper finish that intensifies as it warms. Overall, not my cup of tea as I'm not a big fan of smokey beers. With that said, the taste is more balanced than the smell and makes for an interesting chili beer.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really dark brown with a nice dark mocha head, receding really slow and leaving nice curtains on the side of the glass.
Rich roasted malts, black coffee, dark chocolate, big smokey notes, a nice warm veggie pepper note too. Very nice.
Rich roasted malt up front, but also a light dark fruit juiciness. Smoked peppers stand out, at first with a pulpy bell pepper note, and later on warm and prickly, really nice. Hint of licorice and cinnamon. Light cocoa powder, but more coffee bean, burnt dark bread and quite some hop in the finish.
Aftertaste has smokey ashy malt, chilli pepper warmth, coffee dregs and hops. Lasts a lot too. Medium body, a bit oily, smooth carbonation.
A great American porter with the perfect amount of chipotle, enriching the roast and bringing a really awesome spiciness.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a nice half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Looks like a stout in the glass. Aroma is sweet, dark toasted malt, licorice, milk chocolate, light smoky hot pepper that makes the nose tingle. Flavor is rich dark toased malt, chocolate, vanilla, licorice; smokiness develops and then the full chipolote smoked hot pepper flavor finishes the taste off. Pepper is distinct, but lightly done, making it very drinkable. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very impressive porter; flavors are intense and rich enough I would have thought I was drinking a much more powerful brew. Possibly the most complex and full flavored standard porter I've ever had. The smoky pepper spicing is handled very well, complementing and being supported by the other rich flavors. Really well done. This bottle does not mention the Texas Ranger name, but has the same ABV and is certainly the same porter. This is a potent enough beer it should probably come in a smaller bottle. Although it is delicious and the pepper is handled well, it is daunting to face a 750ml bottle of this. I am willing to sip on this for while, though.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

Appearance: looks like a freshly poured espresso, almost black, with a milk chocolate head

Aroma: black licorice, fresh pine hops (upon realizing this has chili pepper, think that is what I was actually picking up here), dark chocolate, something almost floral, vanilla

Tate & Mouthfeel: chocolate at first, but rapidly taken over by rich, dark roasted coffee that is just sliding into burnt territory and acquiring the associated bitterness, but not so much that it overpowers the robust coffee taste; long finish is of pure dark cocoa, even including a slight powdery mouthfeel; mild and fine carbonation with a medium-heavy body make for a luxurious feel; hint of chili heat is a nice touch and build over time playing a more significant role

Overall: the big, powerful, deep roast malt flavours are fantastic, with chocolate and malt pairing up beautifully with the chipotle heat; saddle up, it packs a punch

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 434 ratings