Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) | Mikkeller ApS

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by TMoney2591 on 06-16-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
428
Reviews:
179
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
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45
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81
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Photo of dlee33
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 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 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 Rifugium
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Strange how so many Euro beer producers are adapting US idiosyncrasies, and trying to mimic US styles. Is the world finally taking note? slowing realizing that American beer is superior? ;)

Served in a tulip glass, this beer was gloriously presented to me, an impenetrable black color, dark brown around the edges, with a doming cap of super-creamy dark brown head that resembled a thick chocolate mousse. This retained well for the majority of the session, and rejuvenated a bit with a few swirls. I've had several "dark" chili beers now, and they all--including this one--seem to give me a strangely muted aroma, like the peppers and the malts are fighting for dominance, but neither really comes to the foreground; instead I get some kind of distant phenolic / dark malt essence, and not much more. Maybe it's just me, maybe it's just the style, I'm not sure. On the palate things are different. Lots of flavor here, dark roasty malts up front, dark chocolate and hints of coffee; mid-palate brings a nice infusion of earthiness and peppery spice, with a tingling burn from the peppers that comes out most in the finish and aftertaste. It's a nice effect, and I like it a lot when it's done right, as it was in this beer. Medium to full body, smooth and warming, nicely balanced, very good overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Casedogg43
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Mikkeller offerings. I have had it in tap previously at NewAlbanian pizzeria. Been hoping to run into it again.
Found it in Covington Louisiana. Very pleased about that.

A - nice black pour with terrific chocolate color head dissipated slowly
S - coffee,, charcoal, smoked peppers, and chocolate
T - roasted coffee with chocolate to start, a hint of pepper with dark and mild chocolate hits mid way. Then the chilling pepper heat gives that tingle that stays on your pallet until you get another sip in. Truely awesome
M - medium mouthfeel that starts creamy smooth. Chipolte chilli stays with you for a while
O - love this beer. One bottle left on the shelf, and I'm on the hunt form more! Great beer

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Armsby Abbey.

A- Intense black pour into a generic stemmed tulip, looks inviting. Dark mocha tan head forms to cap the beer and complete a nice appearance. Decent head retention and lots of lace coating the glass.

S- Resembles a dessert consisting of fudge and a dark cherry like fruit. The roast malts lend cocoa but chipotle is only a background hint here. Still good and rich.

T- Things start here like the nose. A rich cocoa filled palate with notes of dark dried cherries, vanilla, cereal grain and caramel. Peppers are there in the first sip but really make their presence known as you sip on. You can taste the vegetable pepper flesh, smoke and a great spicy burn as you sip on.

MF- Moderately thick body with a fairly creamy feel. Spicy pepper level starts low but builds enough to leave the palate satisfied.

Porter and chipotle combine to form a good overall brew. Spicy enough to satisfy a chili lover but doesn't ruin the beers balance.

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Photo of cyrusturbak
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thick medium brown in color, this brew certainly looks the part. A nice, creamy light tan head between one and two fingers tall hoilds itself well and leaves patchy lacing in good quantity on the glass.
Chocolate notes with some roast are found in the nose with a touch of coffee, the heat of the peppers just rising up a bit underneath. As I'd hope with any good beer brewed with peppers, the pepper flesh is detectable, even slightly vegetal wihout being overly so.
It all comes out in the flavor as well with a nice, almost but not quite peaty flavor coming out. A bit of smoke is the result, and it works. The pepper isn't just to blow the drinker away with heat: it builds up, keeping the flavor all the way while the heat radiates at the back of the throat. Otherwise, it's almost sweet in the malty aspect of it.
This beer is actually surprisingly dry at times, a medium-bodied brew with just a touch of crispness and a decent smoothness as well. People seem enemaored with the thickness of it, but nobody mentions that it actually tends to go a little thin here and there.
While I'd take a Stone Smoked w/ chipotle, this is a very good beer. If I could, this beer's flavor would be a 4.3 while Stone's would be a 4.7, but I an't do that. Oh well. Guess I'll just have a tasty porter with chipotle peppers.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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 prototypic
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chipotle Porter pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s opaque. No light cuts through at all. Looks sharp. A very dark, mocha colored head covers the top. Carbonation looks to be active, yielding a head that stands nearly three fingers tall. It takes quite a while to completely dissipate. Lacing was very stick and thick. Look excellent!

The nose is good. Chocolate malts are very prevalent. Doesn’t smell very sweet. Smells more like cocoa and dark chocolate. There’s a bit of a charred scent. It could be attributed to roasted coffee or espresso. Smells a bit smokier with each passing whiff. There is a bit of peppery, spicy scent, but it’s secondary. IT works pretty well into the mix. Alcohol is buried and doesn’t come through at all. Smells pretty good. Definitely interesting given the spicy notes.

The flavor is quite good, as well. The chocolate malt base is nice and sturdy. It’s not sweet at all. Definitely cocoa and bittersweet dark chocolate. It’s a tad smoky and has a very strong charred barley or burnt espresso flavor. It’s a tad strong for my taste, but isn’t too much of a distraction. There is a spicy flavor that’s not bad at all. It adds some heat to the mix, but it’s not so much that it’s offensive. Frankly, it’s an interesting complement to the other flavors. Alcohol is very light and goes mostly unnoticed. Finishes with a spicy, warm flavor that’s a bit charred.

Chipotle Porter has a medium body. Carbonation seems active, but it feels nice and soft. It’s not buzzy at all. It goes down smooth and easy. This 750 will go down without much trouble.

Mikkeller has a pretty nice beer in Chipotle Porter. The spicy side of it is definitely an interesting twist to its Porter roots. It works well though. If you can deal with the spicy warmth, you just might like it. It’s definitely worth checking out, even if you’re averse to spicy things.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - shiny black, tall mocha head dissipated slowly leaving lots of random lacing
S - cold espresso, charcoal, smoked peppers, and pleasant milk chocolate
T - french roast coffee quickly followed by the sweet & heat of chipotle pepper, dark and mild chocolate, and charcoal maltiness rounding it out
M - medium to heavy body that starts creamy smooth, chili heat begins to build and sticks in the back of the throat, finishes with a mix of milky and dry with heat hanging around
O - i haven't had many chili beers, but a rich malty approach like a porter is the way to go, big enough in beer flavours to hold up against the chili flavour and heat, very impressed

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Black color headed by brownish beige froth. Medium size bubbled, rocky, slowly dissipated crown. Roasted malts, spicy notes, burnt bread & yeast to the nose. Sweet roasted malt & coffee flavors with chocolate hues. Subtle spicy chili & moderate bitterness in the middle. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Flavorful & plentiful palate. Intense roasted coffee grains finish & long peppery aftertaste. Amazing well balanced flavor beer.

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
4.05 out of 5 based on 428 ratings.
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