Mexas Ranger | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with spices, almond milk, cocoa, chili, black beans & avocado leaves.

Added by oline73 on 05-13-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
197
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
26.92%
 
 
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10
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3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $15.00. Expectations are high; this is me favourite brewer. "Ale brewed with spices, almond milk, cocoa, chili, black beans & avocado leaves." This is not to be confused with the tequila barrel aged version of this beer, which comes in a smaller format green glass bottle. 6.6% ABV confirmed. Brown glass bottle with standard unbranded silver pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. The number "9621210" appears on the back label; not sure what that means. Brewed & Bottled at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

I need to take a minute to note something really odd. On the bottom right of the front label, it says 11.2 fl oz - but I've seen one or two bottles of beer in my time, and this is most definitely NOT that size; I figure this for 750ml format. Very strange; this must be a labeling mistake.

Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a gorgeous rich dark tan colour head of great cream, great thickness, and great (~9+ minute) retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Quite appealing. I'm looking forward to trying it. Thin lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Sm: Roasted barley, cocoa powder, dark malts, chocolate malts, and spice. I don't get any of the strange notes mentioned on the label. Maybe a hint of buried chili pepper. Interesting enough; the roasted barley alone grabbed my attention. A moderately strong aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T/Mf: Creamy up front, giving way to a rough dry body comprised of dark malts and muted chili powder. Boy, that dryness is wretched; I'm not sure which ingredient is to blame but I doubt it's the milk. Body is weak and it thins out towards the climax. Coarse in the early second act, really destroying drinkability. Mouthfeel here does not at all suit the flavours. Carbonation is good, but that's the best thing I can say about the texture. Buried roast. I think proteins are the problem here, maybe from the beans. Chocolatey throughout, with some nice cocoa notes. I get spice up front; structurally almost all of the flavour is right there in the first and early second acts; it really falls off towards the end. The finish is nice, though, evoking slick chocolate milk. Fairly thick. The flavour is nice, but the mouthfeel is very poorly done and noticeably stands out for its low quality. Methinks the weird spicing and ingredients resulted in this.

Dr: A disappointment from Mikkeller, especially at its high price. The main flaw is the mouthfeel, which is not at all what it needs to be. Hides its ABV well, though. I wouldn't get it again, but I'll probably end up trying the tequila barrel aged variant. After all, every beer gets a chance - especially Mikkel's. Wouldn't recommend to friends. I'll be able to finish the bottle without issue, but I'm not excited to do it. A failed experiment.

The above notes withstanding, it does get better as it warms.

C+

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Draft @ Mikkeller Bar SF on 1/19/20. Pours dark brown in color with slight tan head. Aroma of chills, chocolate, with some sweet almond and smoke. Flavor is chocolate, brown sugar, noticeable but not overbearing chili, and some smoke. Mouthfeel is relatively thin. Very nice flavor profile, although personally I would have enjoyed some more chili pepper heat.

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3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - Mikkeller goes whole-hog on the Mexican immersion here, brewing this with almond milk, cocoa, chili (peppers, I presume), black beans, avocado leaves, and unspecified spices - now why do I suddenly crave a burrito? And Mexas? Why not Texaco? Oh, right.

This beer pours a rather solid light-destroying black, with no highlights, nowhere, no how, and an effusive climbing tower of puffy, frothy, densely foamy, and bubbly chocolate milk head, which leaves some awesome striated lace around the breadth of the glass as it slowly skulks away. I want to have carnal relations with this, I do.

It smells of musty bittersweet chocolate, roasted caramel malt, hard toffee, a nutty sour milkiness, a muddled earthy vegetal character (black beans and avocado work great in Tex-Mex, but not so much in beer), subtly smoky chipotle peppers, a bit of dark coffee, and a slight medicinal astringency. The taste is fairly spicy, again in the smoked chili pepper vector, baker's chocolate, a heady almond milk sweetness, toasted bready caramel malt, zingy and gritty black bean sauce (Oodle Noodle represent!), a reduced green vegetal component, and some soft, almost overlooked leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite understated, just a plain, unassuming zippiness pervades, the body a so-so medium weight for my assumed base style for this offering, and smooth, even amongst the loitering spice yobbos. It finishes pretty dry, the smoky chili, nuttiness, and lingering fleshy bean essence (not something I ever expected to write here) catching and exploiting their second wind.

Definitely an American Stout, what with all that creative, south of the immediate border adjunct tomfoolery, eh? Nice to see all the guest ingredients having some sort of impact on the flavour profile here, all atop a decent enough 'regular' stout. Maybe not quite worth the sticker price (more than the once), locally or anywhere, but an interesting look at a particular country's culinary take on a beer that might, and does, welcome it - even if the concept is executed from afar.

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3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brew, topped with a huge mocha head. Retention is also fantastic, leaving behind thick clumps of lacing. It almost looks like brown sugar lines the rim of the glass as the head slowly recedes, with a chunk of root-beer-float-ice-cream in the middle.

Smells like a spiced stout, all right. Lost of roasted barley; slightly ashy. Chilies are slightly present, but any other spices meld together into an unidentifiable soup of aromas.

Flavor is similarly muddled. All roasted barley up front, with chilies emerging slightly on the back end, followed by a massively roasty finish: burnt coffee, ash and char, and bitter chocolate. Dry and bitter.

Easy drinking, bitter, dry finish.

Some spiced beers pull things off perfectly: Bomb! and Xocoveza come to mind. This one comes across as a very good stout base - very impressively roasty for the low ABV - with a muddled, gimmicky execution. The list of ingredients is huge, eclectic, and ultimately doesn't come through. I'm not really sure how black beans and avocado leaves are supposed to taste in a beer, anyway.

I don't think I'd purchase this again, and certainly not at typical Mikkeller prices. As the experience continues, in fact, I find that I'm not really enjoying this beer at all.

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