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Mexas Ranger | Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
3.86/5
Very Good
212 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#10,991
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
212
pDev:
12.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
27
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Saviour
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdamSteve
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ncelauro
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sjones5045
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Is this the craft brewery of the future ? Contract everything out ?
Probably not. But it sure is fascinating.
So was this beer.
I saved this magnum specifically to have a burrito (with a friend) at my favorite BYOB Guatemalan restaurant.
This beer is reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die" and he cites so many herbs in the beer that it astounds me they can be put in a bottle and be drinkable.
They are.
I did.
And it went great with the spices in the food.
If you find it, buy it.

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Photo of DispyDnb
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/14/2019. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky dark brown bread with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Incredible appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, molasses, chili pepper, smoke, tobacco, nuttiness, light dark fruit/licorice, pine, light char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/spice, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, molasses, chili pepper, smoke, tobacco, nuttiness, light dark fruit/licorice, pine, light char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char/pine bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, molasses, chili pepper, smoke, tobacco, nuttiness, light dark fruit/licorice, herbal, pine, and roast/char earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/spice, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/chalky, and sticky/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Very minimal pepper heat as well. Overall this is an outstanding spiced American stout style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/spice, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DudMan
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black w decent head. Smells of an old dirty leather bag. Tastes of a chalky stout with no chili flavor. Mouthfeel is ok. Disappointing for what I thought was.

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Photo of SFC21
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of capnamerica
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sheenisgod
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beervana
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jame515
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
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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Photo of Vylo
4.84/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of informaticsDoc
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NightINgale
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of -DF-
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JackoKershaw
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really bitter. All the chillies and avocado I'm supposed to taste get lost in bitter coffee overtones, but I appreciate the creativity

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Photo of epyon396
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Churchville Inn.

Dark brown ro almost the point of black. Incredibly thin khaki head.

Dark chocolate and coffee in the nose, but very diluted and bland.

Tons of flavors vying for attention (vanilla, spice, chili, a bit of caramel). Kind of a clusterfuck. The only thing that stands out is an artificial dark chocolate than fades into a roasty coffee/bitter espresso aftertaste. I actually really enjoy the aftertaste, but everything leading up to it is pretty mundane.

Medium bodied. Kind of low carbonation.

Overall, kind of forgettable.

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Mexas Ranger from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 212 ratings
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