Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) | Mikkeller ApS

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

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

330ml bottle into snifter, best before june 19, 2018, enjoyed on november 7, 2014

a: pitch black, very dark, two fingers of dark brown head. sticks to the walls of the glass. very impressive

s: smoky chipotle, prunes, chocolate, roasted malts

t: chocolatey and roasty up front, then the smoke and chipotle come mid-palate. finishes with roasted coffee flavours, a kind of ashy dryness, slight dark chocolate notes, and a mild kick of chipotle heat that becomes more apparent as the beer warms

m: medium mouthfeel & light carbonation. creamy

o: a good chocolatey porter where the chipotle makes itself known -- not as strongly as i was hoping, but still quite apparent

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Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

PLEASE NOTE- This beer is NOT aged nor does it have peppers!

Purchased at the LCBO for $4.60 for a 330ml bottle. Mighty steep. Served at 10deg C in a challis.

A- 4.25- Opens well and pours not much head that is gone fast. Nearly black color

S- 3.5- Wicked hot. Tons of malt and chocolate. Unrefined stout all the way

T- 4.0- Very good. Chocolate, malt. Coffee. Good blend but a touch bitter.

M- 3.75- Pretty good. Dry

O- 3.88- This is a good young beer. Would love to try an RIS of this company

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with...... Moose Stew. Carrots, celery, onions, water and let it simmer.


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Photo of Digimaika2
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Near pitch black with a huge dense mocha coloured head, much like an imperial stout – excellent stuff. Long lasting retention and good lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, smoke, roasted coffee bean, gingerbread, and vanilla. Can’t detect any chipotle or heat but the gingerbread may have been it, albeit a sweet heat. If creamy and smooth could be an aroma this would be it.

T: Caramel-molasses, chocolate & coffee, smokey peat, vanilla, and definitely a backend chipotle flavour. The heat from the pepper is strong enough without being too overpowering, although a full 750 of this for one person may be a bit much to get through.

M: Medium bodied with milder carbonation maybe more akin to a stout. Creamy and smooth.

D: Porter or stout, whichever this may be, it is a tasty one with a definite presence of chipotle with nice smoky and roasted elements.

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Photo of BradC
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark dark brown into a goblet, nice two fingers of head that fades to thin tan line.

Smells of roasted grains, chocolate

This tastes like a great porter with some chipotle on the finish. Roasty and chocolately to start

Light carbonation, medium bodied, this beer is pretty easy drinking

Overall, the pepper is just barely there, but does add some flavor and depth to this one. Would definitely try again

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Photo of poolemhore
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a foamy brown head

S - chocolate, toasty and hints of the spicyness

T- chocolate with that chipotle spice hanging out through the experience; spicy in your throat

M - not a whole lot of carbonation but a little to start and finishing quite smooth; on the thicker side

O - wish there was more chipotle flavor in this. Was hoping it would taste closer to the traditional Mexican molé. Really enjoyable but I suggest sharing it with a friend or two as I did as it would be hard to finish a bomber of this by ones self. I look forward to trying more Mikkeller beers!

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Photo of fourstringer
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No clear date on the label. Stamped 6801210, whatever that might mean. Floating cowboy head. 100th review!

A: Very dark, opaque brown with 1 finger of caramel-colored head. Good retention. Lots of lacing. Boom!

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, mocha. Nice and assertive. Faint smoky pepper if I strain. Trace indistinct hop. Light booze.

T: Great chocolate, roasted malt sweetness develops into a round, balancing bitterness. Semi-dry finish. Chipotle develops in the aftertaste as a light chili heat - a perfect amount, really. Touch of coffee. Light alcohol.

M: Smooth, moderate/low carbonation with a pretty full body. Very solid.

O: Delicious porter with excellent chocolate notes. Superb treatment of the chipotle-infused heat. A little more smokiness would have sat nicely in the mix, but this was all-around good drinkin'.


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Photo of TheBiercast
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark as your soul after cheating on your wife. This porter clearly spent all of its time sleeping on the couch for months waiting to sign divorce papers and give up half of its earnings. A wonderful mocha brown head lingers for a very long time as you drink this porter. If eyes were your only clue to how this beer tasted you would have no reason to believe it wasn’t gooey chocolate paradise. The carbonation isn’t too intense. But, it is definitely more carbonated than a lot of porters.

Smell: It’s a lot like what you’d expect given the name. Spicy nose. Lots of pepper lingering over the top of a great chocolately foundation. Can find a lot coffee roastiness in it as well. Really pleasant kick in the smell.

Taste: Think of biting into a perfect piece of chocolate candy and then out of nowhere, while you’re chewing, chasing it with a chili pepper. That’s exactly how it tastes. It is smooth and velvety at the start, but as soon as you get to the middle of the taste it starts the burn and that lasts all the way down your throat and warms your stomach. Great base of coffee like you’d expect. I could imagine myself drinking this with some canned beans on a fire I made in the Old West with John Wayne. Extremely interesting, and wonderfully spicy.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but not creamy like a stout. It has the classic bottom dropping out of a porter. Good amount of carbonation in the roof of your mouth.

Overall: Of all sort of gimmicky beers, this is one of my favorites of all time. It is not something I could drink every day because I think I couldn’t deal with the heartburn. But, it is certainly worth the buy any time you see it. And pour one for your friend before he/she knows what you’re giving him/her. They will either love you for life, or hate you for a few minutes until they give you their beer back and you drink it all yourself.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

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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 tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for cracking this one. It pours a continuous black, only broken up by the darkest brown and ruby edges that hug the glass. The cloud-like tan head grows as big as the beer itself and is very slow to settle. Thick sheets of lace stick to the glass as the frothy head makes its descent.

Simply put, the aroma is full of roast and spice. Toasted and nearly burnt, roasted malts with some char, coupled with zesty, peppery and chipotle barbecue-ish spices. There's definitely some spicy heat coming off the aroma, and it's backed by a mild smokiness with a light, peaty undercurrent.

The taste pretty much follows through exactly where the aroma leaves off. Pretty smokey up front with a quick rush of BBQ-like chipotle peppers that invade the palate quickly. It's actually not as tingly-spicy as I was expecting, rather the flavor of the peppers and the spices are more prominent than their actual heat; that is definitely a good thing.

Roasty malts are the structure of everything, though they're pretty light in comparison to the heavy chipotle spice. I really like the flavors of this brew; the problem is, they are intense enough to kind of wear the palate down quick. Drinking this is copious amounts would be difficult, even at only 6.6% ABV. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a pretty smooth and lightly creamy mouth feel.

Definitely an interesting beer, and even a bit different than most of your smoked options. Chipotle peppers are easily identifiable, and while tasty, a little bit certainly goes a long way. Would be good in smaller pours of 4 oz or so, but finish even half a bottle would be a challenge for me.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows chocolate, coffee, soft roasted malt and liquorice. Very decadent!
Very rich flavours too. Heavy roasted malt with some coffee notes. Not much chipotle flavour but there is a soft burn on the palate. Finish is very roasty.
Rich, syrupy, creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

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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 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 AndrewScottPentland
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark, almost black, color. There's a little bit of brown around the edges, but primarily thick black. It looks to be thick and is coating the glass with a dark brown film. - showing some subtle signs of alcohol. The head is large and is a dark espresso - mocha color.

A dark roasted quality is most prominent in the nose. There are some big caramel/burnt sugar notes. The pepper is leaving a lingering burn in my nostrils. It smells as though it's going to leave some heat on the palette. Not a lot of chocolate and coffee notes. There are very dark roast/burnt flavors and very light sweet sugary flavors - not a lot in between to round it out.

Starts off with a burst of sweetness. The caramel is very prominent and so is the roast - as in the nose. Still lacking those middle of the road chocolately/dark fruit flavors. Finishes with some residual sweetness and mellows out into a nice coffee bitterness. The chipotle could easily be confused as alcohol warmth while the beer is on your mouth, but once you swallow it quickly becomes clear that it is the chipotle spice. I would of liked to see it contribute to the flavor more than just in the aftertaste.

The beer looks thick but doesn't feel as viscus as it looks in the glass. It has a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, but it doesn't hold up to the bold flavors. If it was a bit more full-bodied or more carbonated and effervescent then the mouthfeel would of meshed better with the flavor.

Overall, I nice spicy porter. Not my favorite, but worth trying. Chipotle seemed like an after thought but it played its part okay.

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Photo of IPA35
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful thick, dark brown to black beer with a dense dark tan head.

Smells of chocolate malts with a spicyness to it that tingles the nostrils. Strange by intriguing!
Some coffee, slight dark fruits.

This is so wierd. A very decent porter, or more like a stout maybe but it has a burning sensation to it! It's crazy! But not in a bad way. Slightly smokey and savory.

Once you drink the beer it tastes like a nice, medium-sweet and even slightly fruity stout but once it sits in your mouth for a second or two, and especially with the swallow you get the burning pepper. The aftertaste has a pepper burn to it as well. The burn is not too strong but it is quite noticable, as someone who has not had a chilli beer before it is a wierd experience.

Mouthfeel is quite full and creamy. Nice, low to medium carbonation.

Overall a very good porter, with heat! Truely a must try, these kind of beers.
But to be honest I would prefer this without the burn.

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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 GarthDanielson
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer pours a beautiful, rich, dark brown to black coloring that is just about opaque. A tall, frothy, dense, creamy, chocolate brown colored head sits atop at about an inch and a half, and slowly settles into a firm, filmy surface coating that clings to everything it touches. Aromas of rich, creamy chocolate in the backbone, with a subtle, overlaying highlight of smokey and slightly spicy chipotle peppers. Smells pretty damn good, and well balanced, too. Flavors of coffee and cream first, with a charred and spicy pepper profile following immediately. The pepper characteristics build rapidly as you drink, with a slowly cumulative heat. Oaky and earthy undertones throughout, which help give some layering to the brew. Spiced and peppery aftertaste, with a bittersweet chocolate backbone to it. Mid-bodied and fairly dry throughout, with a spicy, semisweet, thin finish that has a spicy linger to it. Moreso the more you drink.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet dark chocolate malts, chipotle, roasted coffee, black licorice, bit of molasses.

T - Sweet dark chocolate malts, bit of milk chocolate, lightly spicy chipotle peppers, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a spicy, warming, and sweet finish.

D - Nice spicy porter. The chipotle adds some nice heat without taking over.

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Photo of KingSlayer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle poured at room temp.
poured a jet black untranslucent liquid, formed a 2 fingers tan dense persistent head, good lacing.
deep intense aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malts and definitely hints of chipotle, smoke (woody), and black pepper.
palate is the same as above, nice balance of malts and hops, the chipotle flavor is prominent and i can feel towards the end the lasting medium to mild spicy heat in my lips, tongue and throat.
full body, nice adequate carbonation, alcohol is not noticeable.
overall this is a strong porter, id say this could fit into stouts, the coffee chocolate favor is very rich and delicious, the chipotle is a nice adventurous touch, and its hot! very nice experimental stout like brew.

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

A: Pours jet black with an enormous, super dense, very dark brown head. Top-notch head retention, takes at least 10 minutes to fade away to drinkable levels. Never seems to really fade completely either. Big thick spiderweb lacework left behind too.

S: Smoky with distinctive chipotles. Lots of them. Mild chile heat is discernible in the nose. Get some char and some chocolate mixing in there too.

T: Smoky sweet chocolate up front with notable chipotle pepper taste, but no heat . Some char joins in the middle and then the sweetness fades away, leaving bitter baker's chocolate, smoke, char and a quick burst of chile pepper heat (finally). Lingering smoky chipotles with very mild heat in the aftertaste. Very drying.

M: Very nice body for only 6.6%. Medium/heavy body, very full and creamy. Exact opposite on the back end, becomes chalky and drying in the finish.

O: An excellent example of the style (if chile porter were a style). The smoky chipotles integrate well with the typical smoke character of a porter. Not very spicy at all, just a quick wave of heat in the finish but even that is minor. It could actually stand to be a lot hotter but then again I am a chile lover.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely dark colored beer, almost black and completely opaque. The beer poured with a dark brown head, tiny bubbles and had a decent amount of retention but the head was pretty thin.

S: The first two notes that hit your nose are smokiness and black pepper almost resembling bacon. There are light notes of malt and some floral hop notes. Overall though, the nose wasn't that strong and it took a lot of inhaling to discern the notes I have.

T: A wonderful blend of chocolate and smokey pepper. It packs quite a bit of spiciness that is balanced by the smooth chocolate and malty sweetness. This is what I feel a chipotle porter should taste like. I'd venture to say that this beer sets the flavor bar for all chipotle porters.

M: This beer has a medium body which is almost perfect however a bit more residual sugar would benefit it. The carbonation adds a nice bite of the tip of the tongue while the spice hits the back of the tongue.

Overall this beer is close to perfect. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes the flavors I mentioned above. The only thing stopping the beer from greatness is the lack of aroma.

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Photo of cvm4
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours thick for a porter. Very black with a tan one finger head. Not much lacing.

S - Dark Chocolate and smokey haze lingers. I'm not getting much chipotle on the nose.

T - Subdued cocoa and weak coffee start you off and then halfway in you feel the heat. This lingers to the end and a pleasant ending of spices & heat.

M - Lighter body, high carbonation.

O - I was happy to find out the base porter has good legs on it and the chipotle isn't overwhelmingly spicey.

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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 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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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
4.05 out of 5 based on 426 ratings.
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