Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)
Mikkeller ApS

Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)
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Mikkeller ApS
Porter - American
Ranked #69
Ranked #8,744
4.05 | pDev: 11.85%
Oct 02, 2020
Jun 16, 2010
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)
Notes: Brewed with Chipotle Chilli Peppers at De Proef, Belgium.
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Ratings by TMoney2591:
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4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

A beast of a treat from my beer-of-the-month club! From bottle to glass, this is some thick-ass porter, I tell you what. The result is a nearly completely opaque black-brown, though a very tiny bit of smoked garnet shines through when held up to the light (and held really close to it...). More than a finger of thick, strong foam serves as the head, burnt sienna in color and high in longevity. Some killer lacing is left behind during the head's long, cruel descent to the beer's surface. Not content with such strong visuals, Mikkeller goes on to craft quite the scent. Notes of jalapeño peppers, dark chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malts, coffee, maple sugar, and very dark greenery paint a portrait, simultaneously Cubist, Futurist, and Turnerian, of jumbled, yet extremely pleasing, olfactory goodness. The taste has now been hyped worse than a Summer blockbuster, CGI spilling out into the streets. Talk about ogre-like layers: The first consists of the darker sides of life, including molasses, chocolate sauce, dark-roast coffee, and maple syrup. Then comes a bitter layer comprising greenery, citrus hops, and bitter dark chocolate (the kind you'd bake with rather than feast upon directly). Then in steps the chipotle peppers at last, bringing some smoke, some more greenery, and a slight kick of peppery heat and spice. It isn't much in that department, but it's enough to add some extra complexity. Finally, another layer of cocoa and roasted malts finish things off, bringing it all full-circle, the artist's signature. The body straddles the border between heavy medium and light heavy, with a fairly light carbonation and a small amount of oral coating. And as I type this, the pepper is coming back in an otherwise bitter chocolate-dominated aftertaste. Man, does this brew taste good! And with that relatively low ABV, this bad boy can be downed fairly easily on a regular basis. If only I had more bottles of this gem...

Jun 16, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Jet black color, one finger brown head, amazing thin lacing, light carbonation. Gorgeous!

S: Chocolate, coffee.

T: Chocolate, coffee, spicy. Delicious!

F: Medium bodied, tons of flavor.

O: Mikkeller at their best.

Oct 02, 2020
4.06 by samEBC from Belgium on Aug 04, 2020
4.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 13, 2020
4.07 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Apr 05, 2019
4 by emincems from Turkey on Jan 12, 2019
4 by redfox405 from California on May 07, 2018
3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Nov 05, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jazzyjeff13 from England

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.

Oct 07, 2017
4.14 by Foley67 from Scotland on Aug 26, 2017
5 by JavierGC from Spain on Jun 02, 2017
4.42 by mnine from California on May 27, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Everydayoff from Thailand

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.

Feb 06, 2017
3.56 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Feb 02, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

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).

Dec 03, 2016
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

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.

Nov 06, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by patre_tim from Thailand

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.

Sep 05, 2016
3.96 by Mongrel from Maryland on Jun 08, 2016
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4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by pants678 from California

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.


May 10, 2016
3.75 by Aspjohansson from Sweden on May 04, 2016
4.15 by safaricook from Netherlands on Apr 29, 2016
4.84 by Brewxer from Canada (ON) on Apr 24, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

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.

Apr 07, 2016
4.03 by Tdenham from England on Apr 02, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

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!

Feb 10, 2016
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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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...

Dec 23, 2015
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2.92/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Dec 23, 2015
4 by deac83 from Texas on Dec 07, 2015
4.09 by jws7968 from Illinois on Dec 07, 2015
4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Nov 16, 2015
4.25 by ghirsh from Virginia on Nov 04, 2015
3.5 by PorterThwarter from Maryland on Nov 03, 2015
3.93 by Kevinkarpiak from Michigan on Oct 28, 2015
4.02 by gspeer711 from California on Oct 26, 2015
4.5 by brewduder from North Carolina on Oct 15, 2015
4.25 by johunnic from Illinois on Oct 13, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

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.

Sep 26, 2015
3.5 by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON) on Sep 22, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Andrewharemza from Australia

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.

Sep 07, 2015
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4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by drmeto from Germany

-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

Sep 06, 2015
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