Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Mikkeller ApS

BA SCORE
3.98/5
91 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 08-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
91
pDev:
12.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
8
Trade:
1
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ErinnA
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of Rado
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at 3floyds brew pub

Appearance - super dark , with ok head retention and good lacing for bba

Smell - smokey porter with a much improved nose thanks to bourbon barrel aging, typical addition of barrel character balances chipotle smoke

Taste - nice smoke and roared flavors, definite chipotle component but waaay better thanks to the addition of bourbon barrels, nice sweetness, vanilla and overall complexity

Mouthfeel - moderate body with a small bite to the finish, barrel adds a boozy sweetness

Overall - great for a chipotle beer, one of the better/best I have tasted

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black, one finger brown head, decent lacing.

S - Chipotle pepper (slightly vegetal), vanilla cream, brown sugar, light bourbon.

T - Dark cocoa, spicy chipotle, oak, brown sugar, light bourbon, lingering chipotle kick.

M - Smooth, thinner side of medium body, medium-low carbonation, dry finish.

O - Body could be bigger and bourbon could be more pronounced, but this still a damn fine beer.

6801301
$15.49 at Stateline Liquors. Elkton, MD

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of danieelol
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with nice tanned head and lacing.

Smell is dusty smoke (gunpowder), bourbon, chocolate, honey. Red wine. Delicious and complex nose.

Taste is vinous- get some tannic sourness and also oak bitterness. More of that smokiness and bourbon and perhaps a little bit of the chilli heat floating above my tongue. After the swallow definitely get a subtle lingering chilli note. Also generally minerally, there are lots of watery gaps in the palate though. Think this may be at least partly from age.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and sour. Do get some enjoyable red wine flavours which vary in the degree to which they show themselves.

Overall very enjoyable beer. Good idea and get some great notes from it but the beer doesn't have the body or depth to stand up to the age it's gone through in my opinion. Varies a lot as you get through the bottle.

A pricy but enjoyable treat. The original is still the best though.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gem procured from a recent trade with joemcgrath27. Thanks man!!

A - Pours jet black, thumb of dark dark mocha head, solid retention and nice dark sheeting lacing.

S - Loads of musty cocoa, sweet cherries, wooden oak, hints of sweet bourbon and hints of espresso on the finish.

T - This one is rich on the palette, loads of musty cocoa and milk chocolate, the wooden oak and sweet bourbon notes come through nicely alongside hints of smokey peppers, vanilla, leather and burnt tobacco.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and sticky.

O - This stuff is insanely good, loads of flavour, super rich and a complex flavour profile. Unique and delicious and incredibly thankful this was included in the latest beer trade.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of EkimGram
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my beer journal dated 5/2/12

Appearance: 12.7 oz bottle poured into a standard pint. Colour is a very dark, brackish-brown with a toffee coloured head that is two fingers in height. Leaves behind a nice thick lacing.

Smell: The burnt and roasted malts mix well with the sweet, boozy aroma fro the bourbon barrels. Overall, sweet, light, and malty.

Taste: Filled with roasted malts and some bitter yet spicy pepper flavours.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied yet light and silky. Moderate level of carbonation. There is also a slight fiery heat.

Overall: Very interesting. The peppers add an odd dimension that is tasty yet perplexing. Definitely not your run of the mill porter but it is worth a try.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - tar black, thumb of dark mocha head held its own and left a fairly consistent lace ring
S - dark coffee, burnt sugar, light smoky peppers, hints of oak and caramel burbon
T - starts with sweet caramel and espresso coffee, tobacco, subtle woody bourbon followed by a mild chipotle finish
M - medium and smooth, sweet tang followed by a mild smoky dry and just a hint of pepper heat
O - this definitely has less heat than the regular Texas Ranger, but the bourbon barrel aging definitely adds a sweet and woody character to it. Not sure if I can pick one over the other, both awesome!

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of fiedler84
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights when held up to the light but had a thin head which ledt very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: chocolate caramel were upfront on the aroma with smokey notes, bit of roasty chipotle pepper spice, and a wierd aroma that I could not quite put my finger on.

T: the taste was also filled with roasted chocolate malts, caramel, some oaky bourbon character, chiptole spice accents, and a touch of underying booze.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, roasty, smokey, spicey, bourbon boozy, and silky finish.

O: actuallreally enjoyed this one all around and liked the spicey bourbon flavor.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.19/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

3/31/2012

Thanks for sharing! Supposedly this is the European version. I'm not sure if that's different from the one that hit the US.

A: Black with a big creamy brown head.

S: Burnt tire with ashy chipotle. Harsh charred oak and an unpleasant earth note. I get a little green apple as well.

T: Scorched earth and burnt rubber. There's some chipotle as well, I suppose, and a light spiciness. Harsh and astringent.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty bad. Harsh and artless. A charred burnt rubber mess.

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Photo of spicelab
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle thanks to [email protected] Liquor.

Near motor-oil black with a sizable dark mocha head that looks impressive but falls apart quickly.

Aromas are driven by a refined leathery, roastiness. Plenty of tar, tobacco, baked caramel and chocolate overlaying subtle dark fruits. The Chipotle brings clarity and roundness.

Flavours follow the nose, with an added tickle from the chipotle creeping in. The smooth leatheriness from the bourbon barrel plays off the chocolate and fruit of the base porter without dominating. Finishes with a rather bitter roast character, like overextracted coffee or raw cocoa.

Medium, slightly oily mouthfeel with lowish carbonation and noticeable warmth - not sure if it's booze heat or chipotle.

Manages to calibrate the use of the barrel near perfectly. A bigger, creamier body might help to quash the charry bitterness, which is borderline unpleasant for mine.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml Barrel Ged Version.

A: A fairly dark color. Hard to get any head on this in my 20 oz. pint glass.

S: Sweeter then it tastes. For a 6.6% beer it smells sweet. Small amount of pepper on the nose.

T: Really nice smokey flavor backed up by the perfect amount (for me) of spicy pepper flavor. Chocolate matly goodnesss is also there to help balance things out. Not very bitter, but a bit of bittering bite. Little barrel flavor present.

M: Light mouthfeel with tons of flavor on the backend. A flat body leads to good times (in this case). Easy drinkiblity.

O: Not blown away, but simply satified. When you spend Mikkeller money you never know. I don't want to bring price into the picture during a review too much, but I'd try this again (although I know I probably won't get the chance). Cheers!

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly mellow compared to expectations. Black bodied with dark head, pleasant pepper and porter aroma. Not as spicy as others I have tried in the style. Good for style though not exceptional. Satisfying as it was, would not seek it out again. Good drinkability.A tad above average mouthfeel.

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 91 ratings
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