Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) | Mikkeller ApS

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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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Photo of BeerBeast
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikemands
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of williamjbauer
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black pour with dark tan head and good lacing. Spicy chilis aroma. Peppery caramelized malt; chili pepper on the exhale. Hot peppery tongue coating, medium lite body. Peppers lightly done - just enough to make tongue tingle.

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Photo of Casey3236
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Axnjxn
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjd315
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grimey68
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigdb
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gator_Nation
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewo
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pry the exceedingly fragile top off a 750mL. bottle, pouring into our three-quarter sized snifters. It settles out as a dense motor oil black, with a fantastic head standing two fingers tall. The latter is composed of cakey russet colored bubbles, showing supreme retention. Lacing eventually plays out into alien craters. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be lightly medium. The chili peppers are apparent in the aroma before your nose even comes close to the beer. Notes include intensely metallic chipotle and jalapeno pepper flesh and heat, cooling banana bread esters, sour cream lactics, sweet buttery diacetyls, charred chocolate and coffee grain, smoked tar, chalked and flaked cacao bean, hypersterile iodine, soapy hoppy burn, Band-Aid phenols, French vanilla sweetness, alcoholic burn, corn breadiness of adjuncty white flour, balsa wood, lipstick waxiness, and pumpernickel bread. The flavoring offers up deeply smoky maltiness of black, coffee, chocolate, and raw barley roastiness, licorice, barnyard straw, old resinous pipe stickiness, clayed mineral, shoe polish, meaty leathers, distant metallic chipotle pepper Tabasco sauce (without hardly any heat), milk chocolate syrupy sweetness, fiery plastics, medicinal and Band-Aid phenols, bunt corn and white rice, dried twigs, moldy maple sugars, mild peaty grittiness, succulent aloe plantiness, Styrofoam, and synthetic peanut frozen yogurt. The body is full and oily, while the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives big slurp, smack, cream, and froth, but melts into nicely roasty chalked and astringent pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back well.

Overall, this was a nice dark beer from Mikkeller. It is just dawning on us now that we haven’t had a whole lot of their beers, but of what we have had that has been memorable has been their darker stock. As far as hot chili beers goes, this is extremely mild. The heat is light, if at all palpable, but offers tingling warmth to the far back of the tongue and palate if you’re willing to search for it. Nothing like the heat of a hearty pepper meal. What is much more present is a malty, roasty smokiness; it’s the base porter that wins here. This offsets as the chalky, chocolatey profile of the malts, producing a beer that is easy to get along with.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Texas Ranger has one of those heads that makes me grunt like Tim Allen in Home Improvement; such a wickedly rustic red-oxide colour, you'd think it were stained by the chilies themselves. This foam that floats overtop the lightless black body is permanent.

The nose presents an impressive battering ram of dark chocolate squares and pulls of espresso but there's spice amidst all those bitter, dark, roasty qualities. All in all, it's an engrossing bouquet with no shortage of flavours. I don't know whether to ask for a steak or a spring roll.

Notes of charcoal and char are the absolute perfect accompaniment to the taste of hot peppers - if ever there was a beer to pair with BBQ surely this is it. Background tastes of vanilla, malted milk, and coffee are eventually elapsed by a cayenne- and paprika-like spice that makes this considerably hearty porter more of a main course than dessert accompaniment.

Unlike wine, I think most beers are best consumed on their own, without the accompaniment of food. But this is one glaring exception; red meat can take this porter to new levels. Heck, lather a steak or rib rack in barbecue sauce, this has got the soy salt, lively spices, and mesquite smoke undertones to match any dressing. It is practically designed for a cookout.

Texas Ranger ought to be the darling of 4th of July parties across America and the automatic go-to for summer barbecues everywhere. Better suited to food than arguably any other beer, it is a genius ale that earns a spot at lunch or dinner tables anywhere there's meat present. Awesome recipe.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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 kevroe
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of MatChar
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really dark brown with a nice dark mocha head, receding really slow and leaving nice curtains on the side of the glass.
Rich roasted malts, black coffee, dark chocolate, big smokey notes, a nice warm veggie pepper note too. Very nice.
Rich roasted malt up front, but also a light dark fruit juiciness. Smoked peppers stand out, at first with a pulpy bell pepper note, and later on warm and prickly, really nice. Hint of licorice and cinnamon. Light cocoa powder, but more coffee bean, burnt dark bread and quite some hop in the finish.
Aftertaste has smokey ashy malt, chilli pepper warmth, coffee dregs and hops. Lasts a lot too. Medium body, a bit oily, smooth carbonation.
A great American porter with the perfect amount of chipotle, enriching the roast and bringing a really awesome spiciness.

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Photo of enelson
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of T-34-85
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a nice half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Looks like a stout in the glass. Aroma is sweet, dark toasted malt, licorice, milk chocolate, light smoky hot pepper that makes the nose tingle. Flavor is rich dark toased malt, chocolate, vanilla, licorice; smokiness develops and then the full chipolote smoked hot pepper flavor finishes the taste off. Pepper is distinct, but lightly done, making it very drinkable. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very impressive porter; flavors are intense and rich enough I would have thought I was drinking a much more powerful brew. Possibly the most complex and full flavored standard porter I've ever had. The smoky pepper spicing is handled very well, complementing and being supported by the other rich flavors. Really well done. This bottle does not mention the Texas Ranger name, but has the same ABV and is certainly the same porter. This is a potent enough beer it should probably come in a smaller bottle. Although it is delicious and the pepper is handled well, it is daunting to face a 750ml bottle of this. I am willing to sip on this for while, though.

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Photo of peensteen
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 432 ratings