Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) | Mikkeller ApS

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Chipotle Chilli Peppers at De Proef, Belgium.

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Photo of genitempo
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Guzzles nicely into a pint glass. Short-lived cream-colored head that sticks to the sides a bit. Good, black body.

S- Musty and rich, with a bit of warmth hitting the nose.

T- Beautifully done. Sappy and robust but not overly-alcoholic. Finishes very clean. But the best comes later, a rich heat build on your palate from the Chipotle Chiles.

MF- Thick and syrupy, but not too heavy. Minimal foam/carbonation.

O- I've tasted a lot of collab. beers that Mikkeller has done with Jester King, but this is a brilliant intro to their independent stuff. This is the way experimental beers should be approached. This beer stays within the noble limits of what a truly impressive porter yields, but dances into a new realm of experimentation. Top Notch.

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Photo of Oneeighthcuban
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. The heat of the chipotle comes through at the end but isn't overwhelming. There is a strong chocolate flavor as well, that balances extremely well with the heat. Flavor became more complex as the beer warmed. Very tasty and will buy again if I see it again.

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Photo of mattster
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a Bordeaux style glass at Grape Juice in Kerrville, Texas.

Brew has a chocolate froth colored head of about 1" over a dark, opaque brew. Smell is of coffee.... with light hints of mocha.

Taste follows coffee smell is well balanced flavors. Very smooth and chipotle flavor is subtle; just right in my opinion. I've had other chipotle brews which - to me - seemed far too "hot." Texas Ranger is perfect, IMHO.

Excellent mouthfeel and finish is quick and pleasant - especially considering this is a porter.

I hope to visit GJ again to try this wonderful brew.

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Photo of stlunatic15
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml to an English Pub glass.

A - Extremely black color with a very dark head. This head isn't just off-white, this is literally a beige-colored head. LOTS of foam. Seems to be very carbonated.

S - Smokey chocolate. No hint of chipotle peppers yet - but as of now it is pure chocolate, toffee, and butterscotch.

T - The smoke is there, slightly spicy, but I personally don't taste the chili peppers. The chocolate aroma was very intimidating - as there is not a single hint of chocolate taste in this beer (very interesting). I feel a slight heat sensation in the back of my throat (assuming it's the chipotle). Spicy for a porter.

M - Thick, syrupy, slightly chewy. Goes down easily until that chipotle kicks you in the ass towards the end. This beer has got some heat/spice to it - Mikkeller doesn't disappoint.

Overall: This is by far one of the most complex, interesting beers I've had (that I can remember). I've had a few chipotle porters prior to this, but this one blows all of them out of the water. It literally seems like I just ate a bunch of peppers - this beer will sneak up on you and unleash its spice content. It's not exactly 'spicy', but the smokey flavors and aromas leave my taste buds feeling like I had just swallowed a whole habanero.

Out of the all the beers I have reviewed, this was honestly one of the most difficult ones to review, since there is SO much going on. I highly recommend this; not because it's a good beer, but because it is an incredibly fascinating one. This beer is definitely worth the buy, and I hope to drink it again one day. Cheers

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Photo of nlmartin
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came my way via secret santa 2010. The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer looked delicious as I poured it into my glass. The body of the beer is black and impervious to light. The head was a thick nugget coloration with mega head retention. The lacing on my glass looks like the film from chocolate milk. Seldom have I seen a beer this inviting.

Smell: Darkly roasted coffee and semi sweet peppered azteca cocoa swirl around my nose. Nice earthy and smokey tones flirt with this malty beer. Very nicely executed.

Taste: I love the bold no bullshit roasted and toasted malt flavors that charge my palate. A bit of semi sweet cocoa starts to round out the flavor then a flash of smoke followed by a very pleasing spicy pepper hit. The execution of the flavors in this beer are no bullshit but well balanced. The spice level is perfect.

Mouthfeel / Drinkabilty: The body of the beer is creamy and full bodied. The carbonation is low but works very well. This isnt a beer I could or would drink alot of in a setting. I shared the 750 with my wife and this was the perfect amount. The beer paired very well with a dark salty bacon chocolate bar.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a big"bomber" bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep brown/black in color, with a big frothy head of dark tan foam. Very inviting!
Aroma-Coffee, chocolate and faint roasted chilies
Taste-Wow! Creamy chocolate, coffee with rich cream and a fantastic smoky/spicy wave of chipotle pepper that weaves in and out with every sip. A mouth warming balance of creamy semi-chocolate sweetness and smoky spiciness that make your tastebuds stand up and salute and then bow down in unworthyness. This brew cries out for a food pairing: Black pepper rubbed steak,spicy tacos,chili, or any BBQ dish.
Truly one of the most flavorfully bold and tasty porters I have ever had. Find a food match, or just sip slowly and savor. A must try if you are a big flavor porter or stout lover.
Get Some!!!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a capped 750ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Back label dated 25/02/13 (above the bar code)

A: Whew! What a pour. Nearly pitch black with a touch of mahogany at the edges. Sitting atop the blackness is about 3 1/2 fingers of sticky/creamy head the color of rye bread. Retention was fantastic and a surplus of dark brown webs stuck themselves to the glass. The second pour (with all of the swirled sediment) netted me a spectacular layer of dark brown meringue that took a full 2-3 minutes to drop below the rim of the glass!

S: Amazing nose with a lot of different elements. Big in the beginning is molassas and maple syrup. Coming on strong after that is some bitter bakers chocolate, dark fruit, dark roast coffee, blackened malt, smoky freshly chopped Chipotle peppers, dark chocolate, and finally a hint of dirty/earthy yeast.

T: See above. As it warms the flavors start to shift to the smoky pepper side of things. Some tangy berries and cherry dart in and out along with some green hops.

M: Pretty thick and coating with a wonderful layer of peppery heat that underlines the sweet and savory qualities of this. Long finish with a perfect pepper burn!

D: This is what it's all about! This just proves you don't have to make a barrel aged, mega abv beer to be amazing. Very rich and flavorful with the perfect amount of smoky pepper heat. I was a little let down after the Yeast series beers and this is exactly what I was looking for from Mikkeller. I think their next "series" should be the same porter base brewed with different peppers.

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Photo of DavidST
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. This pours a pitch black stout color with a nice Mocha head, a beautiful beer. The smells are of roasted malts, espresso, a hint of pepper. The feel is somewhat thick and creamy. With the taste, I definitely get the peppers which were light in smell, anyways the taste is of nice roasted malts, a little alcohol burn on the way down with a nice peppery finish, I loved this beer exceptional.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Gorgeous. Mikkeller never disappoints on appearance. Burnt caramel head with towering foam and sheets of lace. Bowling ball black body.

S – Chocolate malted milk balls, bitter cocoa powder. Woody second note with raisins, paprika, and chipotle smoke.

T – Big roast malt with burnt edges. An acidic char bite brightens the center of the drink as a dry smoky chili note glows in the back of your throat.

M – Medium-full body is smooth with a lingering dry heat.

O – Delicious, smooth and creamy. Fantastic smoky chili character with a heat that builds through the drink.

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Photo of Donis
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bottle after speaking with the sales rep at my local beer shop. I was told it wouldn't be as spicy as some of the other chipotle porters so my expectations ended up in line with what I experienced. This beer finished beyond my expectations and one I would definitely recommend for those that enjoy a mildly spicy porter.

I poured this from the bottle into a 12 oz mug.

A - Thick and lasting pour. Head that chills out for quite a while afterward.

S - If the Johnny Depp movies "Chocolat" and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" had a baby... this is what it would smell like.

T - Unlike the smell, the chocolate was very subdued. The chocolate hits you first and the spice hits you about halfway through your sip and lingers very nicely as the coffee / pepper / cherry adds a fantastic finish.

M - The weakest aspect of this beer in my opinion. The beer begins highly carbonated and almost crisp for a creamy porter and by the time I got to the end of my mug became relatively flat.

O - This beer has a great balance between the chipotle peppers and the porter's natural flavors. I thoroughly enjoyed the complex taste of this brew and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys the twinge of spice to their beer.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown in color with a thick creamy tan head. Spotted lacing.

S: Malts, chocolate and a hint of chile.

T: Sweet chocolage on the front side turns to a mild chipotle smoke and heat on the back end. The heat takes a while to build up but after several sips it is noticeable but not over the top.

M: Medium to heavy but nice.

O: Really solid brew and enjoyable. Sweet for a porter but nice complexity.

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Photo of mattisloco
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Flying Saucer Houston Texas... The wosrt Flying Saucer in Texas by the way.

A - Dark mocha brown. Lots of carbonation... a nice chocolate colored head that fizzles away a minute of two into drinking.

S - Smells of rich robust coffee and peppers. A slight chocolate smell is also present after you drink.

T - Not as thick as it looks but has every taste you smell. Love the gradual burn that builds as you drink, however this burn doesnt over power.

M - Carbonation is present, this beer changes for the better the more you drink it. Delicious!

D - Love this beer but I dont think I could drink more than one... Very filling and the spice is nice but warmer and warmer every drink.

I went and bought 6 750ml bottles for a campout Im going on in a month... This'll be a great campfire beer.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a dark brown bordering black. Has a decent brown head that leaves some good lacing.

S - The nose is very smokey and spicy. Toasty smokey malts dominate the nose. Excellent. Smells like my clothes after a BBQ

T - Toasted spicy caramel, coffee, hot toasted red pepper, burnt sugar.

M - Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Just about right.

D/N - Wish I would have bought another bottle. Very good stuff here. Ill more than likely post an ISO for this one.

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Photo of drmeto
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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 TMoney2591
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the most interesting beer i've sampled in a while, poured from a bottle into a beer mug at about 55 degrees F.

It pours beautifully rich and malty syrup colored dankness into the mug with a monolithic chocolate milk looking foam head at least 4" tall up the side of the glass. Lacing coats everything in sight like a foam party at a cheap nightclub.

The smell hints at cocoa nibs and bourbon roastyness and plum fruit with a medicinal alcohol finger up the nose. Taste is interesting, it's much more subtle than other smoked porters. There's a definite hint of soy sauce mixed in with coffee and plum sour notes, slight alcohol presence on the back of the tongue with only a hint of smoked chipotle ending on the aftertaste. It's so subtle and warm, it makes you want to take another sip. Then another, then one more... then it's gone!

Overall, it's an excellent beer. I just wish i'd have had the opportunity to try it fresh from the brewery.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

A: Pours an inky black with tinges of dark brown, forming an impressively thick dark tan head that leaves equally impressive lacing down the glass.

S: Rich notes of dark chocolate and smoky roasted malt swirl out of the glass, mingled with some hints of spicy heat and dark fruits like cherry and plum.

T: The dark roasted malt forms the backbone of the flavor, smoky and black, with a complex mixture of cocoa and light coffee whirling around the palate. There is spiciness present from the chipotle, but not overly pronounced - more a background singer, offering some harmonic support to the rest of the beer. Notes of cherry and plum come through as well.

M: Heavy, sticky, this completely avoids the watery issues many porters have.

O: An enjoyable experience. I don't know if I'll repeat it at the price point of a Mikkeller beer around here, when I can grab at least two bottles of Wulver for what this runs, but that takes nothing away from this beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious sable just a whisker above black with a very thick and fluffy dark tan head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma has a strong overtone of semi-sweet chocolate as well as molasses and roast coffee notes and a hint of toffee. Flavor fills the mouth with chocolate, roast coffee and molasses tones plus nutty and toffee hints. The chilis add an interesting and unique zing to the full-bodied and fizzy flavor, making it unique among all beers that I have tried so far. A must for porter fans, if you don't mind a bit of pepper heat.

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Photo of rwf08
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle in over sized tulip.

A: Dark as night with a thick fluffy two finger mocha head. Some spotty sticky lacing. Head sticks around and leaves a rocky head.

S: The chipotle is up front. Spicy, smoky, some dark chocolate sweetness to round off the spice.

T: Fruity, spicy and good chocolate. Not overly spicy. Slight tingle but I'm very happy this isn't just over the top spice. The sweet and spice are very balanced in this beer.

M: Creamy, this is the creamiest beer I have ever had. Not overly viscous though. Medium body.

D: Pretty damn impressed. They brewed this for Tx from what I understand and I approve. I love spicy and this is hitting the spot. If you don't mind the $12 price tag then go for it!

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Photo of danieelol
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with great tan frothy head. Like a chocolate mousse.

Smell is chocolate fudge, fruitiness, some nice bitey hops, ice cream, marshmallows.

Taste is all sweet chocolate fudge and syrup. Subtle chilli on the finish. A touch smoky.

Mouthfeel is big: thick and viscous.

This is just an all round winner. Looks great. Get the huge chocolate, the chilli and the subtle but lingering smokiness. Inspired.

Only slight issue is that the Mikkeller soy is unfortunately a little present here, but less so than in some other beers.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a huge chocolate colored head-rarely do you see a beer this good looking. It is a shame to even drink it at this point! Great aroma of dark chocolate, peppery spiciness, espresso, some mild licorice. Big dark chocolate flavors abound. Almost has a wet tobacco flavor. The peppery spice really comes thru once you get into it. Nice, slight burn going on the tongue. Powdery cocoa flavor. Good creamy body-the lingering burn of the peppers may get to be a bit much but sure is a nice feeling. A killer brew all in. I wish I had read some of the reviews before opening this as I would have put it aside for another time, not 5 pm on a Sunday. Still, a great, great beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Jun 19 2018. I have very little experience with chile beers. Served slightly chilled.

This spiced porter pours a murky brownish-black colour, totally opaque and topped with a beautiful, foamy, deep tan-coloured head. It starts off nearly two fingers high, but slowly recedes over the next five or six minutes, giving rise to a thin collar/cap and a ring of messy, sticky beige lace. This is a beautiful-looking beer, and the aroma is similarly impressive - lots of chipotle smoke comes through easily with each whiff, with lesser contributions of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark stone fruit and pepper.

Absolutely stellar. Molasses sweetness and roasted malts start things off, with a nice blend of dark chocolate, plums and coffee. Somewhat smoky, with a charry note that leads into the chipotle spice - which provides a nice little kick of chile pepper heat at the tail end of the profile. The pepper lingers into the aftertaste, outlasting the roasted malt sweetness, but still fades with time and fails to build up with each sip (I consider this an advantage, but YMMV). On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with relatively low carbonation levels that only gently agitate the palate - strangely, though, the spicy heat seems to help this one out, providing the illusion of a livelier mouthfeel. This is a delicious beer, but it's still a sipper - the abv isn't all that high, but the heat and bold flavour profile demands a slow, deliberate approach to quaffing.

[Updated July 8 2016]

Opened my second-to-last 330 mL bottle of this (BB Jun 19 2018), served at cellar temperature this time. The aroma is intoxicatingly good, and the spicy pepper heat is still there, although softened with age. Texas Ranger is still the best chile beer I've ever tried. It possesses just the right amount of peppery heat - impossible to ignore, but not so pungent as to drive people away, or to make finishing the bottle a chore. Unique and delicious - absolutely worth a shot, and probably the most interesting Mikkeller beer to be brought into the LCBO (save perhaps the Black). I wish I'd bought more of these in 2015 when they were still lingering around.

Final Grade: 4.47, a superb A grade.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is spot on but there isn't much head. A lot of roasted notes and smoke in the aroma. The flavor is like you'd expect. A velvety smooth smoked porter with chile heat at the end. It's a late heat that really lingers. I'd put the heat on a level close to a mild jalapeno.Certainly not overpowering. And, since it's a porter, if you search for some bittersweet chocolate, you'll find it. The smoke comes out more as it warms.

Really pleased with my first chile beer and I want more!

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Photo of pants678
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.


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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, small chocolate with a spicy chipotle peppers. In the taste, spicy pepper with a chocolate like undertone. A small spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry chocolate to spicy pepper aftertaste. Nice spice, chocolate hides it, but a nice spice underlying the whole way through.

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
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