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

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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.

Added by woosterbill on 11-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
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8
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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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4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle opened in 2013

A - Bowling ball black with dark muddy highlights. Creamy milk chocolate head with ok retention and lace. Classic Mikkeller.

S - Holy crap. Ancho chilies, peat smoke, milk chocolate, molasses, salt, warm scotch, touch of oak, and mission figs. Nice complexity and great integration.

T - Dry dark chocolate, fresh oak, salt, raisiny chipotle peppers, pumpernickel bread, touch of smoke, cocoa nibs, sharp ginger, dusty char.

M - Milky, medium body. Nice dry, lingering finish.

O - Drinking great 2 years after bottling. While not a heat bomb, the chili pepper plays a starring role in an extremely well balanced profile.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Chipotle Porter is an opaque black beer with a dense, thick brown head that has awesome retention and lacing. The aroma has notes of chipotle, wooden barrel, chocolate, vanilla. It the mouth, it's full bodied, soft, smooth and dry with a slightly chalky finish. It tastes dry, chocolaty and salty with some chipotle and an aftertaste of peat. It's complex and unique.

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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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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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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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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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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12.7 fl oz bottle into a snifter.

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Opaque. Head is tan, 1/2 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium/heavy lacing.

S: Big dark roast malt, bigger bourbon notes, chocolate, chipotle (earthy pepper and smokiness)

T: Dark roast malt, bittered chocolate, bourbon, oak, earthy smoked jalepeno (chipotle), light char, a hint of spicy heat. Aftertaste is malt, oak, chipotle, bourbon, and light char.

M: Full body. Overall feel is complex and robust due to ample use of ingredients. Malt provides a nice base, but bourbon oak barrels and chipotle give added layers of flavor for the palate to process. Semi-dry finish.

O: I get much more chipotle off of this version as compared to the regular Texas Ranger. That said, chipotle is still underplayed, imo. Big bourbon flavors blend in nicely with dark roast malt and chipotle, making for a beer that blends ingredients together thoughtfully but still has big, bold flavors. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

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4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into tulip 22/2/12

A shes pretty dark right out of the bottle, massive mocha head falls to a finger of dense foam leaving just a partial ring of lace

S candied cherry come at me right away with some milk chocolate, campfire, molasses, and smokey peat, reminds me of a cherry colt paired with some scotch

T more of a smokey chocolate liqueur flavor then the nose, more peaty smoke and less cherry, just a little booze and cayenne pepper

M the peppers slowly warm your mouth but its pretty mellow, creamy from the bubbles and a long roasted aftertaste

O well suited for a chilly evening with a interesting mix from the warming chilly, smokey peat and a solid porter

I might grab one to drink next winter, pretty mellow now but a year or two couldn't hurt its cause, great stuff grab one if you see it

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