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 mothman
2.05/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ahh Mikkeller, we meet again. Hopefully this experience will be better than the BA black hole series.

Poured into pint glass. Pours 1 finger of tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. Color is black. Off to a good start.

Aroma: I think someone played a prank on me as this smells a lot like the BA black hole series. Sharpie markers, roasted malts, chocolate, tar, burnt rubber. Has some smoke, but no chipotles.

Taste: Smoked malts, roasted, flavors, chocolate, vanilla, creamy flavors, burnt rubber, tar, and black sharpie marker. The chipotles show in the finish and are great, but it is hard to get through to that part of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and toxic. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends hot, spicy, and dry.

Overall, the best part of this beer was the chipotles in the finish, but everything else sucked. Tasted so much like the BA Black Hole beers. I feel like I was robbed on another one of their beers. Huge waste of money. Glad they only sent this one to TX so less people have to experience this tragedy.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.08/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Well, I've already reviewed the bottled version of this and apparently it must have mellowed out differently than the kegs, if this is really only once brewed. Served on-tap into a 12 ounce goblet.

A: Deep dark brown body, almost black with a small tan head. It settles quite quickly and doesn't really leave much other than a small ring. No real lace to speak of.

S: Chipotle pepper flesh, seeds, chocolate, wood and smoke. The peppers seem way more intense here than they did in the bottle. It's certainly the dominant profile on the nose.

T: Wow, that's not good at all. The Porter-like qualities do start off okay - roasted, dark malts but quickly are overtaken by the chipotle peppers. Way too much, way too powerful and completely overwhelm everything else. It's spicy, too. Much too spicy for what it should be, in my opinion.

M: Lower carbonation gives this a very standard medium body for being a Porter. It's very smooth, a bit bubbly on the back palate and easy drinking. Though it may be somewhat thinner than the bottle.

This was pretty terrible on draft. I struggled to put down the 12 ounces of this. Nothing I'd ever need to revisit on draft again, but certainly lay a bottle down for a few months and it should be much better.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.36/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A-pours an opaque black, viscous liquid with a thick creamy caramel brown head with a solid lace.

S-milk chocolate, mikkeller ash and peat moss, hints of smoke, somewhat assertive spice towards the back.

T-milk chocolate up front, notes of smokey peat moss, huge peppery spice in the back that I can't get over. rough to drink for me but beer spice heads might like.

M-creamy feel, full bodied, somewhat dry with a clean finish.

D-this starts like a milk stout and immediately burns my throat with nothing I enjoy. the pepper is extremely spicy and overpowering in the back lingering throughout the sip.

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Photo of Nosferotto
2.6/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I'd like to see Mikkeller and Southern Tier team up to make a brew that I would call "Holy Mole" (hole-E mole-lay).

This beer is obviously not for everyone. It was heavy on the smoke and a little chalky but the residual heat was a nice touch. The smoked Chipotle made it tough to drink for me but I was lucky (or prepared) enough to have a bottle of Southern Tier's Choklat Stout open so I blended the two. It added a delicate chocolate/Choklat scent and a smoke-dampening sweetness that made the Chipotle Stout more palatable while retaining just enough of the roasted chili flavor and mild lingering heat.

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Photo of disjunction
2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Firstly, I enjoy Mikkeller beers a great deal for the most part but...This is a smoked up novelty beer. This beer has the usual and increasingly extreme Mikkeller body. Getting through just one was difficult. It was too rich and had a savoury character, presumably from the Chipotle that overwhelmed.
I love you guys but just stop for a second and reflect.

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Photo of biglite351
2.79/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Some cascading of the head. Very dark brew and a medium dark vert tight head. More Imperial Stout looking.

S - Spice (ie: chipotle), malts and maybe a touch of cocoa.

T - Heavy chipotle, smoke flavor. A touch of malt and cocoa, but not much.

M - Thick for a porter. A spicey burn, as opposed to a tingle, on the tongue and back of throat.

O - Just not my bag. I can see the appeal of the beer if you are into spicey stuff, but I do not want a "burn" from a beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.86/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle that I scored for $7 which s good because I would not have bought it at $14. Looks like your standard porter, black with a decent head. Smells slightly like a porter but here come the chipotles, uh oh....The flavor is overwhelming, straight chipotle peppers and adobo sauce smothering the porter to death. Both me and my friend found this to be very one dimensional. It wasn't gross but it wasn't tasty either,

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Photo of brystmar
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this a few times. Decent looking pour, good lace and head. Lots of peppers in the nose, overwhelming everything else that might be preset.

Almost fruity initially followed by roast, then briefly chocolatey before the chiles take over. Far too much pepper at the end and in the aftertaste. Similar to barrel aging, they should accentuate the base, not overwhelm it.

Not balanced, not good, and not my thing.

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Photo of jpro
2.97/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Single picked up at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen DK. I've had this beer for about two months and decided to crack it open the other night. Poured into shaped glass...

A: Black, with a massive, four-finger head of frothy, thick, milkshake-like head; leaves some serious crusts of lace.

S: Smoked malt; roasty char; plastic (chipotle?)

T: Chocolate malt; roasted malt; leaves an odd aftertaste that I do not particularly find enjoyable.

M: Medium feel; higher carbonation; spicy heat on the finish, but no real pepper flavor; again, finishes with an undesirable flavor on the palate.

O: Smh... pretty much just a porter with a heat kick on the end; nothing really crazy; not really appetizing, either.

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Photo of deapokid
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 9/3. Reviewed from notes.

Liquid has a root beer brown head that seems to stick around for a bit. Carbonation is noticeable, even with the opaque, black body. A sticky web of lacing and dense foam make for a creamy, milkshake-esque concoction.

Aroma has a whiff of that mouth-watering peppery burn. Also present is a woody smokiness that reminds me of bacon sizzling in a pan. Smell is a bit faint, but boy is it resonant.

Flavor profile features roasted beans, chocolate bar and the dry rasp provided by spicy chili peppers. The rasp is a shade overwhelming, reminiscent of an overload of coarse ground pepper. The smokiness is nice, but the bitterness is way too pronounced and sticks around for quite a while.

The smooth and sweet opening is almost forced out by a heavily pronounced black pepper scratch in the back of the throat. It's not entirely pleasant.

Overall, there are some good things here. The chocolate notes and roasted coffee bean vibes suggest a tasty porter somewhere in the mix, unfortunately overshadowed by the namesake ingredient. Some pepper burn is usually nice, but 25 ounces goes a long way. Share with a friend or two.

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Photo of champ103
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque, pitch black color. A rocky, two finger brown head forms with excellent retention. Lace crawls along the side of the glass.
S: Smoke, peppery spice and a roasted malt base. Chocolate and toffee with some light coffee lingering. Really good.
T: Kind of falls apart here. Smoke and pepper up front which is interesting. Huge roasted malt, burnt charred ash and leather. Very astringent. Strong and bitter coffee. Hot peppery spice lingers on. Just an odd mesh of flavors that do not add up right for me.
M/D: A medium to full body that is slightly syrupy. Very rough around the edges. Pretty hard to drink. The odd mesh of flavors are making me struggle through the bottle.

Mikkeller is very hit and miss with me. While I applaud the effort here, all the parts just don't add up to anything. Just a big mess. Very unique though, and I would say it is worth a try. Just not a repeat buy for me.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark black pour, opaque, dark brown head at first, quickly goes away, minimal lacing

S: chipotle peppers come through big up front with an emphasis on smoked quality, notes of chocolate sit beneath the chipotle

T: sweet malty notes up front, some notes of chocolate, the chipotle pepper makes a big appearance with smokiness and a touch of heat. The pepper clashes with some of the sweet notes. The finish is bitter and hot.

MF: medium body, a big tingly on the throat, medium carbonation

D: interesting beer here, the taste of chipotle is a little too heavy IMO, the building heat is nice

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Photo of Brez07
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from notes. 750ml bottle, served in a wine glass

A: Dark chocolate color. Leaves 1 finger head. A little bit of lacing left at the top

S: Nose is mostly roasted malt. Definitely smells like a porter. Occasionally I get a whiff of chocolate

T: Again, roasted malt is the biggest player here. Some dark chocolate accompanies the roasty flavor. There is some heat from the pepper in the finish, but you notice it the most after each sip

M: Medium bodied. Brief tingle from carbonation before it smooths out. As noted above, there is a peppery heat in the back of the throat

D: I really liked the chipotle aspect of this beer. The beer itself though is fairly average. If chile beers are your thing, make sure to try this one

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter black with a thick tan head. Good lacing. Smells strong of stale smoke. Not too terribly appealing. The taste is of deep smoke also with strong coffee taste. The chili begins to warm your mouth after about 30 seconds. It also isn't too terribly appealing in taste.

I don't know that this is such a great drinking beer. BUT . . . I bet this would make a GREAT marinating beer. Stick a nice NY Strip in some of this for about 12 hours and you might get something.

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Photo of tsauce2
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Bottle poured in to pint glass.

A: SRM is dark brown. Semi-translucent. Head was dark tan/brown, 1 in, dissipates to line the rim of the glass. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Light roasted malt, semi sweet, light pepper notes.

T: Good porter flavor. Nicely malted, some chocolate notes and light coffee notes. The only thing I got from the chipotle was a little smokiness. Not much pepper flavor or heat, but my heat tolerance is off the charts, so my palate is skewed in this aspect. Aftertaste is slightly malty and chocolatey.

M: Medium bodied. Maltiness and carbonation give a slightly creamy texture. Light smoke notes contribute to a dry finish.

O: Not bad, but not really impressed. For a beer that is called "Chipotle Porter" and being made by Mikkeller, I was expecting a more ingredient heavy beer and was expecting to be able to taste chipotle. Otherwise, this was a good porter, but a bit pricey.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Huge chocolate head atop an inky black body. Beautiful lacing and surface foam.

Smell - Deep roasted malts. Very chocolatey. No chipotle in the nose. Some smoke.

Taste - Chocolate. Very rich. Some burnt coffee. Peppers start to build in the middle. Not a distinct chipotle flavor. Pepper spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and nicely chewy. Spicy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I think this would be a great porter if it weren't the chipotle.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
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 Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this bottle up at Connecticut Avenue in DC. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours black with a really nice tan head--very cream with good spotty lacing and a really thick collar. The nose is slightly roasted with a nice chipotle afterburn. Slight roasted malt character underneath. The taste, however, is all chipotle on the first sip. Pretty intense. Nothing too terrible or wrong with it other than that it is not really balanced out by roasted malt, chocolate, or anything else. This is just quite one-dimensional. Finish has a bit of actual chipotle taste with some burn in the finish. Medium body with little balance. Okay, but I think they could have made this much better.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a dark brown, almost black, colored body; no head; opaque; latte/espresso colored head; no visible carbonation

S - Chipotle; chili powder and other Mexican spices; black pepper; roasted malt; smokiness

T - Chili pepper and chipotle bomb; spicy and chocolaty at the same time; smoked malt flavor profile; lupin beans (bitterness); medium flavor salsa; cherry tomato acidity; tangy and crisp pepper flavor and heavy malt back end

M - Medium body and slightly less body than I would expect from a porter; chipotle salsa aftertaste; slightly syrupy; chipotle flavor coats the tongue

D - Worth a shot if you're into something different; unique, even for a specialty flavored brew; well-balanced for a spicy porter; should be considered for those into different tastes

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL pours black as night with a huge, stiff brown head. Retention is sick and lacing is great as well. Awesome looking beer.

Nose has a smoky, dark fruit nose with a chalky chocolate aspect that is pretty unique. Almost smells like a rusty nail, in a good way.

Taste is unsweetened chocolate with a definite hop bite and bitterness. Light chipotle heat comes through at the end and some of the peppery flavors at mid-palate if you look for it. Dry cocoa wants to be the main act, but dark fruits kind of get in the way of showcasing what could be a smooth, chocolaty porter. Mouthfeel is nice and rich, oily even. Hops and chipotle clash a little bit for me, but I can see why so many people love this beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours like motor oil into my glass except for the thin milk chocolate foam that started to rise at the end...and it may have been because I started pouring it quicker in hopes to rouse some sort of head. The head falls to end up as small islands on top of the beer.

Aroma: In the cold beer, I get lots of dark roasty notes with coffee and some bitter chocolate being the most prominent of the aromatics. I don't pick up any pepper spice as of now. As the beer warms up some, the peppers are coming out, but as more of a smokey presence than anything, but you can tell that it is the peppers apart from the smokey roast grains. The aroma is getting rather interesting as it warms.

Taste: The flavor is much less roasty than the aroma suggested it would be, and the peppers are in here, but mildly detectable in the cold beer. They are showing up more in the finish than anything and are adding an ethyl alcoholic like warming, though I know that isn't the source since this beer is only 6.6%. The second sip is giving me more coffee than the first. The peppers are also starting to show up in the flavor more as the beer sits. The body is full with ample to a little low carbonation for what it is. The flavor is getting a whole lot more smokey as it warms and is starting to make me think of a Rauchbier.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and a Porter is probably one of the better choices of style to put Chipotle peppers into since it is already smokey. That said, the beer itself is a bit rough to drink since the roast makes it acidic and then you slap some pepper heat and smoke on top of it...you are left with a flavorful beast that will only go down a small sip at a time and I am drinking a lot of water with this one. This is probably the best Mikkeller beer that I have tried so far, but that isn't saying much as I haven't been too impressed with this brewery so far. I applaud their creativity, and the fact that they are brave enough to wood age most of their beers, but the beers aren't as incredible as you would think that they would be from the print on the bottle. Going forward, I will be very selective of which beers from this brewery I shell out the coin to try.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass. It was almost black with a decent head, which was brownish-grey.

I could definitely smell peppers, a bit of dark chocolate and roasted malts.

The mouthfeel wasn't as heavy as I expected, but the taste was classic porter with a bit of smoke, chocolate, and pepper with a lingering spicy burn, but it wasn't over the top.

I saw this a more of a novelty and probably wouldn't go out of my way to get this again, but it wasn't bad and definitely worth at least one try.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 9/3/12

A near black with a massive half glass of mocha foam that just sits there for quite a while and leaves a few nice thick rings of lace

S a quick citric hop blast is overrun by coco, and dark chocolate, there's a little smoke but it's mild, smells pretty good

T the chili comes out a little stronger then I'd like, I get a fair amount of charred wood and even some chocolate covered cherry, no hops sneaking around just spicy malt

M a little heat but not from the booze, thick enough but its on the verge of having too many bubbles but its in check, long aftertaste of chili and char

O decent stuff but there's room for improvement, the spice kept building as I drank it never becoming unpleasant but could have used less

I prefer the Speyside barrel version to this one, the chili was mellowed and it had more going for it in general. Still worth trying for sure and if you like chili go looking for it

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown. Thick, creamy, chocolate colored head. The head is quite dark, which is cool to see. Good silky lacing.

Smokey dark chocolate and a little bit of vegetal chili pepper on the nose. Touch of coffee. Nice roastiness throughout.

Dark roasted malts transition to a touch of chocolate and then a wave of chilies on the tongue. Nice heat on the finish without being too hot. I'm not a huge fan of the vegetal flavors the chilies add, but the spiciness level is well done. Touch of coffee as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin to be combined with the chili heat. Lingering burnt character. Nice spiciness.

Overall, this is a pretty good chili porter. I'm not huge fan of the lingering vegetal flavors, but it's well executed overall. I probably wouldn't seek this out, but worth trying if you like a little chili heat in your beer.

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Photo of kiltedtxn
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour into a pint glass from a 750ml bottle at 46 degrees.

A- Appears black with a dark tan head. It hold the head very well.

S- Nice malt slightly smell the chipotle peppers. No hop aroma.

F- nice malt ballance with the chipolte peppers coming in at the end. As I drink the warmer it gets.

M- as a poter should feel.

D- Ok as a porter I feel it needs a little more malt to balance ou the peppers.

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