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

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95 Ratings
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel AgedTexas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel Aged
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:
A Porter brewed especially for Texas: water, malt (smoked, maris otter, cara-crystal, brown and chocolate), roasted barley, hops (zeus, Saaz and centennial), yeast and chipotle chili. Aged in Speyside whisky barrels.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
45
Ratings:
95
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by Rickythejeweler:
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown - black, 2 finger frothy brown head, great lacing.

S - Light smoke, cocoa, peppers, bitter hops.

T - Wow! Milk chocolate, light smoke, very malty, faint whisky, oak, bitter hops, finishes with chipotle heat, oak, & cocoa.

M - Smooth, perfect carbonation, aftertaste lingers with pepper and oak.

O - This might be my new favorite Mikkeller. He is a genius!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of zaphodchak
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A finger of brown, sudsy head with some lace. Apparently I didn't write down exactly what color it was, but it was dark brown.

Big dark chocolate porter and faint chili on the nose.

Coffee and subdied chili spice, trace of leather. Quite balanced, actually. The spice/heat comes in on the long post-aftertaste. I think the barreling has mellowed most of the burn. Possible chicory in the taste as well.

Super-smooth.

Nice porter but the spice isn't as much as you might be anticipating. Rich, dark chocolate flavor, trace of heat, and bitter coffee malt.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a simple-looking, black body with a smallish, dark tan head.

Smell: Moderately roasty, smoky aroma staked by reserved notes of chipotle peppers, peat-smelling Speyside whiskey, chocolate, and caramel.

Taste: Essentially roasted malts with a fair amount of upfront sweetness and a touch of semi-sweet chocolate chunks. Heat from the added peppers begins slinking in, building on the tongue. Noted smoke element contributed by the malts as well as the chipotles. Little hints of sea salt caramel, vanilla, earthy peat. Dry finish with some lingering pepper heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I thought it was alright. Yep, just alright.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Pitch black pour with a one finger, creamy, tan head with decent retention and lacing. Roasty, smokey nose with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, booze, and just a subtle touch of chili. The taste follows suit with lots of cocoa, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. As expected, the flavor from the Speyside barrels is much smokier than with the bourbon barrel version. As it warms, the chipotles begin to emerge and make for an enjoyable combination with the peat from the barrels. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and chalky with a subtle warming finish. Overall, it's a step down from the Bourbon BA version and it lacks depth, but is still a solid Porter.

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Photo of AltBock
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Odd 12.7 oz. undated green bottle with a dark mahogany label with the standard Mikkeller bearded man, but with a cowboy hat on his head. In front of him are 2 red hot peppers making an X. Right below the peppers is the ABV%, the Government warning, and the only description of the beer. It's aged in Speyside Whiskey barrels. There is a back label, but it's useless unless you're a shop owner. That's where the barcode is. This beer is too special for an ordinary pint glass. Snooze! I decided to pour this barrel aged beer into a Cycle Brewing snifter.

Well, it looks like a barrel aged Porter to me. It's as thick as molasses and as black as an all black cat at midnight. Holding this beer up into the light is not a good thing. It's so thick and black that light will just bounce off it. It might blind you if you're not careful. On top was a fluffy 3/4 of an inch dark tan almost coffee colored head of foam. It had good retention that left behind some rings around the beer and only a streak or two of lace. Loved the color!

The aroma was just as nice and dark as the color of this beer. The first aroma that came to me was the sweet scent of whiskey. It wasn't an overpowered boozy whiskey aroma. It was just right! Directly behind the whiskey was the dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and the bitter dark chocolate. After the roasted elements had their time in the sun, in comes the sweet caramel, molasses, a few raisins, a plum or two, and then it finishes up with a subtle spiciness. Wonderful and complex! Nothing overshadowed anything. Everything had the same amount of time to shine.

Instead of the whiskey starting off, the roasted elements started off the taste. That consisted of the dark roasted malt and the dark roasted coffee beans. After that is when the whiskey stepped in. Again, it wasn't boozy or overpowering. Just right! Directly after the whiskey was a short lived sweetness. That consisted of dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a little black cherry and raisin. This beer then finished up with a nice spicy punch. It wasn't so spicy that I needed a glass of water next to me to extinguish the fire in my mouth. Great taste! I got plenty of roasted flavors, whiskey flavor, and even a little peppery spice.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and full of flavor. The aftertaste had plenty of roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, whiskey, raisins, caramel, and more spiciness. The spiciness left some heat behind. Not so much that it ruined it. It was just right.

I honestly thought this was going to be a novelty beer. It wasn't! It was a nice roasted spicy beer with enough whiskey flavor to keep you coming back for more. Like every other Mikkeller beer, it's on the pricey side. Is it worth it? This one is.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. The head stays around a little while, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like smoky whisky, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of chilies. It tastes like bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, smoky/peaty whisky, oak, and some light chilies. The chili flavor does get stronger as the beer warms up, but it's not close to being overpowering at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating, and has moderate, soft carbonation. It certainly goes down easy enough. I think it's a pretty good brew. It's pricey at $11.99 a bottle, but I'd probably buy it again at that price.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Gorgeous pour. Dark black body with a full 4 fingers of dark mocha colored head. Exceedingly creamy and long-lived. When it finally receeded, it left a beautiful lattice pattern of lace in the glass.

S: This pretty much covers all the bases...smokey chipotle pepper, rich dark chocolate, bruised dark fruit, burnt barrel, and peaty whisky.

T: Everything noted above with a slight hint of cherry, more pepper, and more dark fruit.

M: Mighty peppery burn. Just awesome! It's time in the barrel didn't tame the heat. In fact, the sweetening that was a result of the barrel aging perfectly compliments the heat from the peppers.

O: I love pepper beers. Especially dark ones. And, I loved regular Texas Ranger. And, I loved this version of it. Werd.

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Photo of nickfl
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small head of light brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - A rich, complex aroma of chocolate, peanut butter, whiskey, smoke, vanilla, wood, leather, and so much more.

T - Thick, dark malt up front with some brown sugar, molasses, and smoke. Spicy whiskey notes with a touch of cinnamon in the middle. Finishes with dark chocolate, smoke, nutty caramel, vanilla, and lingering chili sweetness with just a touch of spice in the back of the throat.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet, but balanced finish.

D - This is a weird beer, but it works so unbelievably well! The whiskey barrel works perfectly with the chili and all of it is supported and enhanced by the base beer. Well balanced, extremely complex and really, really good. This is probably the best mikkelller beer I have had to date.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in an Alchemist pint/stange glass.

A - Two fingers of creamy mocha foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Body is an opaque, extremely dark brown color that would be mistaken for black in low light conditions.

S - Smokey chipotles, rich semisweet chocolate, some peaty and smokey whisky, oaky vanilla, hint of coffee. The whisky has a slight apple note to it - reminds me of Macallan. In any case, potent and well-integrated, and thankfully devoid of the permanent marker flavor I get from some scotch barrel beers (although I think that's an Islay trait).

T - Taste doesn't have the decadent chocolate sweetness in the aroma, and is a bit more smokey and roasty with more oak and coffee present. There's still a fair bit of Speyside whisky presence imparting fruity and peaty flavors, but thankfully this beer avoids the heavy char and ash of some of Mikkel's bigger beers. Still, I could go for a bit more malt sweetness and overt chipotle flavor.

M - Medium body that is a touch watery. Moderate carbonation, and a smooth and creamy texture. Some chile warmth in the finish, but a pleasant and tasteful back-of-the-throat warmth that never grows fatiguing.

D - I liked the bourbon version of Texas Ranger quite a bit, and this is a worthwhile follow-up. I've also learned that I enjoy Speyside barrel aged beers quite a bit more than their Islay counterparts, as the whisky flavors aren't as oppresive and integrate significantly better. I also liked the fact that this was a dark Mikkeller beer that I could actually consume on my own without taking a trip to the hospital for alcohol poisoning/diabetes/palate flushing. Worth checking out, especially if you like chile beers as I do.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Electros
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of dbol
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle.

This beer pours a solid oily black, with very shy caramel edges, and one fat finger of dense foamy milk chocolate brown head, which wicks away at due pace, leaving a rainforest treetop vista of lace around the glass.

It smells of sharp, chalky chocolate, bready caramel malt, and some spicy vegetal pepper notes. The taste is more clipped, dry cocoa, a subtle lactic sourness, that gets well overshadowed by a growing smoky pepper edge, which also dims any burgeoning hops that may have been. Lost mostly is the Speyside barrel influence, again, I blame those frisky chipotles.

The carbonation is fairly mild, but not without a purpose, the body an unsteady medium weight, showing some thin cracks at points, and the sticky heat makes it tough going for better marks at smoothness. It finishes quite dry - the chocolate and sneaky peppers in charge.

A pretty decent porter, if a bit light - but one that is well differentiated by the simmering pepper warmth. Good stuff.

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another lovely Christmas present from my lovely wife, who intentionally seeks out odd, obscure bottles that I might never quite have gotten to. European green bottle of 12.7 ounces, split with said wife.

Pour is black black; no leakage around the edges, & a quick-collapsing head. After a suitable period to warm, nose is sharp peppers, warm chocolate, & a smoke from a distant fire. There are worse things than these three. Nice.

Texas Range Chipotle Porter aged in Speyside Barrels sounds like an aggressive little bastard, but he ain't. The chiles push to the forefront of the tastes, but they are quiet, & balanced out by mild chocolates & sleepy sweetness. Mid-section is moderately smokey, sliding into a close of peat. The chiles make themselves known further south, as my stomach begins to warm. That warning might limit my consumption of this beer.

With the promised smoke & whiskey & peppers, I was hoping for a triple high off the wall, but this is more balanced than blast. Good.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Doodler. Served in tulip. Thanks!

A: Opaque black, 1/2 inch cappucino head, sticks well to the glass.

N: A deep, deep breath of baker's chocolate. A little bit of smoke and some of the peppers. The honey and butterscotch of the Speyside show up slightly. This is mostly one dimensional chocolate, though.

T: Chocolate and espresso as par for the course. I get some smoke from the chilies I'm guessing here, as I've never noticed Speyside to be particularly smokey, at least if we're talking Aberlour or MaCallan and some research partially backs me up, but more to the point, I don't get a lot of whisky character out of this. In fact, if given this blind, I wouldn't have guessed Speyside, but there's enough oak/woodiness here to get at some barrel aged character. Additionally, the chipotle is here, but it's subdued until the beer warms. When it does arrive, it adds a slight acidity.

M: Coating and pretty much right on the mark for a porter. Neither too heavy or too light, and as such, I won't mark it down.

Overall: Drinks pretty well, and it has some good dimension. However, it's primarily a balanced pepper beer with some very minor whisky overtones. Nothing to complain about, and I would certainly have again. I'd be really interested to try this next to Black Butte XXIII.

Side note: For anyone who really cares, this pairs fantastically with Sriracha Rooster Sauce. In fact, I'd have to say if you can drink it with a burger or some Asian food slathered in Sriracha, you'll enjoy this beer quite a bit more.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. This one was quite pricey at $12.

4.5 A: Black color. Three fingers of medium brown, frothy/creamy head. Retention is very good and a healthy sized ring of lacing is left behind.

4.5 S: I love me some chilis and this beer has the chipotles way up in the forefront. After that there's ample chocolate. The whiskey isn't very strong. If I hadn't read the label, I probably wouldn't have even detected it. Supple roastiness and maybe a touch of oak and caramel. I don't think I'd be this impressed if the chipotles weren't done perfectly.

3.5 T: The flavors don't mesh nearly as well in the taste. Foremost, the whiskey seems to be a bit off as it gives out a leathery tanginess that I don't quite care for. Too much peat as well. The chilis are done very well again though. They add a great flavor while being reserved with the heat. The chocolate and roastiness are congruent with the peppers. Moderately powerful smokiness. I think if I got a hold of the regular version, I'd like it better.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use some more creaminess. Tannic astringency on finish.

3.5 D: This was a tasty beer, but I think it's mostly due to the peppers. The barrel aging did not improve this beer and I feel confident saying that without having had the original.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The appearance is of espresso: very dark brown color with minimal head and lacing left behind. The viscosity is of used motor oil. This is so thick that if you tilt your glass it takes a good few seconds for the beer to make it's way back down the glass.

S: coffee, chocolate, chili peppers, slight alcohol and slight oakiness. Being that this was aged in Speyside Scotch Whiskey barrels, there is definite smoky aroma that compliments the alcohol smell.

T: smoke, chocolate, chili pepper, coffee flavor, with a semi-sweet finish that lingers mostly as a dark chocolate.

M: With just a moderate ABV for a barrel aged ale and for as thick as it is this was highly drinkable and would go well with a nice slab of red meat.

O: If you are looking for a dark beer with more complexity than your standard porter, you should definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.05/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

The pour is black in color with a tan head. Aroma isn't very good. Green apple, paint thinner, and alcohol. Some roasted malt and maybe a bit of dark chocolate. Really quite abrasive. The flavor is a touch better than the nose, luckily. Green apple, chocolate, roast, alcohol, and maybe just a hint of whiskey. There's a weird chlorine flavor to it, too. I don't really get any of the peppers. Too bad as the regular version was quite good.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ludachris
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The viscosity of its opaque black body surprised me as I poured it out of the bottle. At 6.6%, I didn't expect it to look so beastly. A finger's worth of tan coloured head falls almost as fast as it rises. Thin legs of lace spread themselves horizontally across the glass.

The deep, rich, and gooey qualities of the dark chocolate brownies that form the core of the nose are somehow accentuated by soft minty/pine and grapefruit flesh derived from the American hops. Smooth vanilla and oak undertones become more pronounced as the beer warms and pair perfectly with its chocolatey dessert-like goodness. With a few quick whiffs I can pick up the chipotle as well, which plays off of the delicate smokey background. The smokey/sweet whisky scent becomes increasingly pronounced as it reaches room temperature. This is one of the most complex porters I have ever put to my nose. I hope this carries into the taste.

Chipotle, encased in a soft smokey layer, cuts across the center of the palate and flicks it at the back. The more sips I take the more the spiciness becomes amplified, but only in small increments. Rich dark chocolate dances around all sides of the mouth. Vanilla and oak carry their same smoothness in the taste and show up as the beer nears its finish.

Judging from how it poured alone, I expected the body to be more plump. It may sound strange but my initial impression as the beer hits my lips tells me that this is barrel aged. Soft, delicate, and almost oily is how I would describe the feeling. Medium bodied and well rounded but it's just a tad too thin for all of the flavour it packs.

I look at the beers Mikkeller produces as some of the most interesting and innovative beers I've ever encountered. A porter aged in Speyside whisky barrels and brewed with chipotle chili; that was an immediate sell for me. The only other beer I've had brewed with any sort of pepper was Great Divide's Chocolate Yeti, and I can say that I enjoyed the slightly spicy character in this porter much more than I did in the Yeti. It's there and it helps to bring the chocolate out more but it's tamed and balanced and doesn't interfere with anything else that's going on, even at the end of the bottle. I enjoyed every drop of this. With a bit more body I'd say this would make for a world class porter.

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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a 1.5 finger mocha head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Bold roasted malt aroma with a nice barrel presence that doesn't overpower the elements of the base beer. Some toasted oak and vanilla along with a sweet booze/whiskey presence. Underneath there is a slightly smokey, meaty dark malt presence with a strong dark chocolate character along with some oatmeal, toffee and chili powder. The chipotle presence is subtle in the nose allowing the other notes to come through.

Slightly chewy medium body with a nice balance of barrel, whiskey, roasted malt and chili. Not quite as complex as the aroma suggests but there is a lot going on here. The Speyside whiskey is well integrated into the flavor with some sweet booze that gives off little heat. There's also some dry, toasted oak that is complimented by a nice roasted malt presence. Slightly smokey with hints of bacon, toast, dark chocolate, caramel and toffee. There is a decent amount of sweetness from the whiskey and chocolate notes countering the dry/roasted character. The chipotle peppers are most prominent toward the back end of the palate but again, this flavor is well integrated into the flavor without overpowering everything. A subtle touch of peppery heat that goes really well with the silky chocolate, roasted malt and whiskey barrel flavors.

Given Mikkeller's reputation I was skeptical that this might turn into a whiskey or chili bomb but it's surprisingly well balanced and complex. Considering all that's going on, it's still pretty easy to drink, although the chipotle heat intensifies as it warms.

My wife says it tastes like chlorine water.

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Speyside Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 95 ratings