Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)
Mikkeller ApS

Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)
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From:
Mikkeller ApS
 
Denmark
Style:
American Porter
Ranked #62
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,540
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 11.85%
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
253
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 02, 2020
Added:
Jun 16, 2010
Wants:
  46
Gots:
  78
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)
Notes: Brewed with Chipotle Chilli Peppers at De Proef, Belgium.
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Ratings by rarbring:
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Reviewed by rarbring from Sweden

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The beer is black. Period. A brown head that leaves little lacing but good curtains, as expected.

Smells of juniper, smoke, soft brown bread and chocolate.

A good upfront sweetness, chocolate on toast, thenspices, yes, it's chili. And it works, just as chili chocolate does!

Little carbonation, soft and oily texture, a warm feeling.

A really nice intriguing dessert.
Sep 06, 2011
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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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
 
Rated: 4.06 by samEBC from Belgium

Aug 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.07 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Apr 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by emincems from Turkey

Jan 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by redfox405 from Virginia

May 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Nov 05, 2017
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.
Oct 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.14 by Foley67 from Scotland

Aug 26, 2017
 
Rated: 5 by JavierGC from Spain

Jun 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.42 by mnine from California

May 27, 2017
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Reviewed by Everydayoff from Thailand

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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.
Feb 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.56 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Feb 02, 2017
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Reviewed by JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

4.21/5  rDev +4%
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).
Dec 03, 2016
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Reviewed by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.
Nov 06, 2016
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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.
Sep 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by Mongrel from Maryland

Jun 08, 2016
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Reviewed by pants678 from California

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Thick.
May 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Aspjohansson from Sweden

May 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.15 by safaricook from Netherlands

Apr 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.84 by Brewxer from Canada (ON)

Apr 24, 2016
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.
Apr 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by Tdenham from England

Apr 02, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.05/5  rDev 0%
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!
Feb 10, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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...
Dec 23, 2015
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

2.92/5  rDev -27.9%
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.
Dec 23, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by deac83 from Texas

Dec 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4.09 by jws7968 from Illinois

Dec 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Nov 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by ghirsh from Virginia

Nov 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by PorterThwarter from Maryland

Nov 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.93 by Kevinkarpiak from Michigan

Oct 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.02 by gspeer711 from California

Oct 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by brewduder from North Carolina

Oct 15, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by johunnic from Illinois

Oct 13, 2015
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.
Sep 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

Sep 22, 2015
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Reviewed by Andrewharemza from Australia

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.
Sep 07, 2015
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L:
-pours the darkest of brown with a big,creamy,chocolate-coloured head
S:
-coffee,chocolate,pepper,smoke,oats,tobacco,a touch f dark fruits
T:
-coffeee,burnt toast,chocolate,present pepper heat,tobacco,toasty,faint mint
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-medium to full body
O:
It's thick.It's complex.It's not too hot.Great
Sep 06, 2015
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