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.

Added by TMoney2591 on 06-16-2010

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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown. A thick mocha head, messy lacing.
Smell: smooth malt with a not overwhelming but discernible peppery edge.
Taste: much like the nose. Quite smooth up front but with a slight peppery burn in the finish.
Overall: a bit thin.
Overall: nice with just a bit of edge to differentiate.

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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to try this beer, being that chipotle peppers are some of my favorite, as are porters. This one did not disappoint.

A - Tulip glass pour...frothy 2 inch head that lingers on a slow pour. Medium to heavy density (for a porter).

S - Smoke and black pepper dominate the nose, characteristic of the chipotle pepper in food (and drink in this instance).

T - Subtle coffee and bittersweet chocolate, but the pepper, spice, and smokiness are the stars here. Not hot spicy, and not overpowering...

M - Smooth and silky. Medium carbonation...just right for this full body porter.

O - I WILL drink this again. Really liked the spice and pepper. Skeptic no more.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body beneath the mocha head with scattered flecks of yeast floating about the beer.

Nice smoky aroma, perhaps a touch chared with kicks of chili spice and well roasted malt.

Much spicier on the palate with a jalapeño like finish and offering more roasted malt again bordering on charred with hints of dark bread qualities. As the beer warms there is also a cocoa like quality to the flavor as well.

Medium in body with medium carbonation and a warming peppery finish.

Grat beer with an appropriate amount of chipotle to offer the flavor without detracting from the quality and enjoy ability of the beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a solid black, no highlights to speak of, and I looked hard for them, with a teeming amount of spillage-baiting tight foamy milk chocolate brown head, which sinks away lazily, rendering a pleasantly consistent array of forest-scape lace around the glass.

It smells of acrid smoked wood, kind of medicinal, or fishy, maybe. Whew - lots of meaty character in this haze, soaked up a bit inadequately by the base chocolate and mildly caramelized malts. The taste is more straight ahead big chocolate and caramel malt, a bit of charred BBQ veggie skewer ash, some fairly strong bitter leafy and earthy hops, all blindsided by a subtly rising metallic capsicum heat.

The carbonation is quite sedate, few bubbles stepping out of line, the body a sturdy medium weight, the spicy edge taking a chunk out of an assumed smoothness. It finishes somewhat surprisingly sweet, as the heat takes a breather, letting the singed cocoa malt apply its salve.

It's a wee shame that the heat, enjoyable as it is, tends to obscure the interplay of the spiked malt, under-appreciated hop bitterness, and subtle singular smokiness. Oh well - it all seem to work, in that there is no shortage of aggressive flavour here.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight up dope. After having the BA version first I expected less. Good head retention and lacing (unlike) the BA version. Heavy lacing.

A: Darker then a normal porter, but it's something I'm okay with.

S: Really smokey with a strong pepper backer.

T: Super great. Balance is the key here. More silky smooth then the BA version. Smoky smooth.

M: Great

O: You rarely expect a regular version to be better then the barrel aged version. This one was.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Had on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Johnson City, TN.

Arrives almost pitch black with a thick dark tan head. Really good lacing and head retention.

Coffee and dark chocolate are most evident in the aroma. There are some spices there too.

The flavor is all dark chocolate and coffee up front with some peppery spice in the background. Pepper becomes more apparent towards the middle and finish as a moderate warmth builds in the back of the throat. Some smoke is there too.

Overall this is an awesome beer. I don't think I have had a chili beer before that was this nicely balanced. The warmth is just right and the chili flavor doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. Really glad I got to try this one.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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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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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
4.05 out of 5 based on 429 ratings.
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