Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) | Mikkeller ApS

Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)
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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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Ratings: 430 |  Reviews: 179
Photo of ShanePB
2.08/5  rDev -48.5%
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 cosmonick
2/5  rDev -50.5%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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 MattSweatshirt
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and black. Produces a nice large brown head in my tall snifter. Some big bubbles here and there. It falls down fairly quickly to almost nothing on top.

Big dark chocolate notes dominate. Coffee comes next. Lots of that malt thang going on. The chipotle isn’t really exposing itself much.

The first sip was kind of a wow. The heat creeps up on you at the end. I think it might cancel out some of the other flavors though. I’m digging the coffee, but the big chocolate notes in the nose seem to be subdued in the taste which is a bummer. The pepper really shines as you drink it.

Small amount of carbonation. The peppers leave a tingle all throughout the mouth but after a break from drinking it is mostly felt in the back of the mouth/top of the throat.

A 750 by yourself is a tall order if you aren't big on porters like I am, but it works great as the last beer for a Texas X-Mas night.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of biglite351
2.79/5  rDev -30.9%
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 StaveHooks
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black body with a big fluffy mocha head slowly sink to a creamy film.

S - Chipotle comes out immediately along side semi sweet chocolate, coffee grinds, hints of anise, light hickory smoke, and chocolate liqueur.

T - A mix of dark and milk chocolate, with a steady presence of chipotle creating mild heat on the tongue and back of the throat. The pepper becomes more smokey towards the finish.

M - Silky and smooth feel, creamy carbonation, dry and warming finish.

This exceeded my expectations. Perfectly balanced flavors. Chipotle was not over or under used and melded perfectly with the big chocolate malts. I didn't want the bottle to end. Picked it up out of state, wish I would have bought more than one.

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Photo of dbol
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of jheezee
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of tsauce2
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours dark dark almost black brown. Two fingers of dark tan head with great retention. Sticky lacing.

S- semisweet chocolate blends with a dried smokey chipotle pepper aroma. Lots of roasty malt on the finish.

T- starts of with a rich cocolate flavor with a roasty malt flavor bitterness. The smokey pepper flavor blends in with a hint of coffee. Nice heat on the backend.

MF- slick mouthfeel with a medium body and light soft carbonation.

D- good drinkability

overall a superb beverage.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was something I was looking really forward to trying. The peppered beers really spark my interest. The beer poured out as a really dark brown color, it poured out looking much thicker than a porter also. The head on the beer was tan in color and had a nice sticky lacing to it. The smell of the beer was roasted and had just a minor touch of pepper on the nose. The taste was fun, I didn't get much pepper in the first sip... There was plenty of roasted chocolate flavors at first. As I drank the beer the pepper really started to come through. There was a subtle amount of heat in the aftertaste that I enjoyed a lot. The mouthfeel was creamy and thick feeling. Overall I though this brew was very nice. I wouldn't decline it if I happened to see it around again one day.

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Photo of codsmith
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black and a finger size of mocha colored foam head that settles slightly and leaves a very nice thin cover over the top. There is nice lacing to the glass as well

S: There is a decent amount of sweetness mixed with a slight vegetal aroma. No spice off the noise like I was expecting

T: There is a healthy amount of whiskey flavor, but its very mellow and well done. It doesn't over-do the palette. Nice amount of chocolate and slight amount of roasted malts. Not really sure that the chipotle comes through in the taste, but there is a vegetal aftertaste that doesn't sit very well. Maybe I got an old batch and thats the reason for no spice???

M: Moderate-to-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect. Easy to drink as it doesn't sit heavy.

O: I was expecting a little more from the aroma and also a kick or at the very least a hint of spice... but none was there. It has a very solid grain bill and great whiskey flavors.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 85.6% out of 100 with 430 ratings
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