Mexas Ranger | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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
Ratings:
210
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
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10
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look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Taste like an ashtray... In a good way. Kind of like my grandparents house."

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2.61/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mikkeller's Mexas Ranger, ale brewed with spices, almond milk, cocoa, chilli, black beans, and avocado leaves. 6.6% ABV.

A: A bit over a finger of cocoa head; dark cream in the center. Black inside the glass; really dark brown in the dimple. Light sheeting; very little lacing; faint inkiness.

S: Roasty, very dark cocoa. Light coffee. Hint of waxy pepper. Dirt, faint grass/green leaf. Faintest hints of black bean skin and almond skin. Slight chilli powder.

T/MF: Bitter vegetal quality. Black bean, blackened plant matter. Nothing pleasant.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of mwilbur
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours an extremely dark brown with 1/4 inch dark mocha head. Good retention. Decadent in appearance.
S: Cocoa, spice (chili), brown sugar, and an earthy funk.
T: Hot chili, cocoa, and a bunch of other muddled flavors. Way too much going on here.
M: Light body. Hot spice.
D: Not very drinkable beyond more than the first couple sips. An interesting idea, but the result is too muddled and way too spicy.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
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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3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
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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3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was hoping for more from this one. Never saw something with this kinda spice to it. But reallt, to me, it fell flat. Pours a jet black with a small tan head. Smells more roasted than anything. Taste was more stout than anything. Didn't really notice any spice. Little bit of pepper, coffee and some chocolate. I suppose I put my expectations to high. Good beer, solid choice, just not what I actually wanted.

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