Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP | Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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3.79/5
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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSPMesquite Smoked Porter - MSP
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Texas, United States
drinkrangercreek.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by champ103 on 12-10-2010

BEER STATS
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#17,963
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
186
pDev:
13.46%
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Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of HardTarget
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown glass shows some light through the edges giving a soft glow. Holds a tan head of tight head that gives some lacing.

Smell: Smoke comes through in the nose without a problem, smells a little BBQ, but that just may be my association with mesquite. Some sweet malt and slightly barrel sour gives some complexity and depth.

Taste: Goes a little lighter in flavor than I expected, more toward a Black lager than a Porter. Again, the woody smoke comes through at a nice level, firmly there without overwhelming everything else. Balance between the roasted malty sweetness and smoke doesn't let any hop flavor through.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a low carbonation level. Slick and dry at the same time, a nice trick.

Overall: A milder package than I expected, but what's here is good! Smoke level is very nice, this is a complex sessionable beer that hides any trace of flaw or alcohol. I'm impressed, hope to see more Ranger Creek about!

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Freed the beer from its bottle and got a thick tan head made out of a mixture of micro bubbles and larger atomic bubbles all forming a nice creamy head surrounded by a thin lacing. The body itself is dark, even when held up to the light, no other colors come through. The aroma is light, but mild chocolate and figs smells come through. Raisins and banana bread are also present. The smokiness does present itself throughout but it’s not overwhelming Chocolate and roasted malts are well represented here, apple, figs, pears and grapes also pop up here and there. I have to admit that this one was a little more bitter than I expected at first, but the bitterness does calm down as it warms up. The smoked mesquite stays with you even after you swallow.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

Big thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

Cracking my second bottle o' this stuff, welcoming my boy VDubb86 back from his romantic getaway in Florida. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises charred wood, light roasted malts, light chocolate powder, and a touch of molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the smoked wood really coming through nicely, balancing and complimenting the roasty notes. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a very tasty smoked porter, straight up and down, baby. Good times.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 08/25/11, batch 006

Appearance:
Very dark brown to black with a thin, tan blanketing. The head is thick and fluffy right after pouring, thick enough to provide some generous lacing, but eventually falls flat.
The body appears cloudy in the light, but it's hard to determine if there is sediment.

Smell:
A light rauch smokiness with a touch of roastiness as well. I can't tell right off the bat that this beer is "mesquite smoked," but it's definitely smokey and a little leathery. This is definitely a beer best served slightly warmer than their recommended 45 degrees.

Taste:
A tad sweet and chocolatey, smooth with a very distinct smokiness that I've never experienced before. I really like the combination of flavors and after a few sips, everything blends quite nicely. There really isn't too much spiciness, but there is a little bit that helps balance out the rich, velvety smokiness.

Mouthfeel:
Very smooth and drinkable beer with a solidly medium body and interesting contrast from the modest alcohol, potent woodiness, and complimentary spiciness. The aftertaste is quite an intense woodiness, which makes this beer distinct and interesting.

Overall:
This was a pretty tasty beer! I would have liked to try it paired with some bbq, but it was good with some 5-year gouda. I would probably not drink this beer in a bar...it's really meant for pairing with food in my opinion.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark khaki head forms two fingers thick, recedes somewhat quickly. Lots of fizzy carbonation is visible in the pitch-black liquid. 4

S- Deep mesquite aroma, kind of like with Lay's BBQ chips. Also reminds me of a smoky scotch. Faint roast malt and vanilla. 4

T- Tastes true to the nose, mesquite-heavy, charcoal smoky, and reminiscent of a scotch again. Chocolate is subtle, vanilla and roast malt too. 4.25

M- Creamy and smooth, this still retains some lively carbonation mid-palate. It's medium in body and neither sweet nor bitter. 4.25

Quite an impressive beer. The smokiness and mesquite are bold and reminiscent of the scotches I like, but no scotch is this creamy and chocolatey.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 3/31/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: I am reluctant to call this black, since it's a porter, but it's definitely black - black, perhaps with some shades of brown - big, fluffy, light tan head that doesn't quit - chunks of lacing

Smell: Smoky, in a very nice, very woody way - more like smoked beef jerky than liquid smoke - decidedly BBQ - some burnt, roasted tones, and char - chocolate malts, with some sweet chocolate - some general sweetness in the background, including some black licorice

Taste: Remarkably balanced, especially considering the delicious smoke - smoky, burnt, char, with some charred, smoky wood - some really nice malt flavors to back this up - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, and some burnt sugar and toffee - at times this kind of tastes like someone put a cake on a charcoal grill - lightly sweet, and kind of savory

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, smooth, pretty clean

Overall: Can I put a piece of bacon in my snifter?

This is quite tasty. It's smoky in a very flavorful way, without tasting like an ashtray. The malt profile is quite interesting on its own, and I would love to try some other variations of this.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it with a size able amount of head(1.5 fingers worth) still in the glass, great black color, the head quickly dissolved into a thin lace ring around the outside of the glass

Smells like smoked chocolat with coffee and that's really all I could get from it, don't get me wrong though the smell was pretty cool!

The mesquite flavor really comes through, coffee and chocolate flavors are present as well as some roasted malt flavor on the finish. The mesquite flavor is present all through out and I was afraid at first that after a few sips it would feel like I was drinking wood pulp but that never happened the mesquite stayed a pleasant flavor the whole time.

Doesn't feel heavy at all and it's very drinkable, the smoke my be a turn off for some but I will certainly be ordering this again

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Photo of kinupanda
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a one finger head that has a slight reddish glow and which provides occasional lacing during drinking. A spicy and smoky nose with noticeable mocha and lots of mesquite-infused malty goodness. It hits the back of the tongue with a woody kick and the expected bite of the coffee. The combination of the moderate carbonation, felt primarily in the front and mid palate, and the bitterness works well. The mouthfeel is semi-dry but not overwhelmingly so, and it is occasionally reminiscent of drinking a well-made root beer as it warms. A pleasant smoky aftertaste that is reminiscent of what one expects after enjoying a dessert containing high percentage cacao.

FourthBeer potential: VERY HIGH, as a good porter with more intriguing taste characteristics relative to others.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a straight pint glass.

A. Seriously dark with no light coming through, even around the edges. Very good pale tan head.

S. The smoke comes in straight away, and it's that unmistakeable mesquite smoke aroma. Hints of bacon too. This isn't breakfast though, and the beer character is asserting itself with some very porter-y chocolate smells.

T. Much less smoke in the taste but it's still there. The beer comes through more here. Definitely not a sweet porter - there's a pleasant bitterness in the finish that I think comes more from the roasted malts than from hops.

M. Medium bodied, very light carbonation. Pretty smooth all round.

O. A really nice porter which, I can see, might not be for everyone. I've had other similar porters which barely pay lip service to the smoked part of the beer. This one brings it front and centre, especially when fresh.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to redredwino (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a huge darker colored head with big fluffy and some lacing as it slowly fades, super dark almost black colored beer.

Nose brings smoke, but not crazy overpowering smoke, some smoked meats, a definite mesquite smoke aroma and almost hickory, then some crystal malts under that, light toasted caramel and hint of black malt aromas.

taste starts again with some smoked malts, there is mesquite but much less prominant than the nose brought, some light smoked meat flavors, and hint of char, some roasted malt flavors bringing a slight burnt char salty flavor, a bit of acidic charred malt flavor that gets just a touch acrid, some malts with that bringing a light caramel and toasted crystal malt flavor, very light black malts and touch of a creamy porter, a bit of bitterness more from the charred malts than any hops. Finishes a bit drier, not sticky like I thought it would be, with a long smoked malt finish, a bit of charcoal like taste, and some bitter charred malt flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, good carbonation as I was a bit worried it would be over carbonated as many try to do with smoked beers to bring the smoke out more but the smoke speaks for itself in this one.

Overall not bad, the charred malt flavors get a bit tough to swallow but they never get too strong, a light burnt acrid taste starts to come but never really dominates, otherwise nice malt flavors, a nice smoke addition, the nose has a nice mesquite smoked aroma, and nice body that wasn't over carbonated.

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Photo of tempest
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great smoked beer with an excellent balance between the chocolate malts and mesquite smoke. The Texas wood is a lot more interesting than your typical smoke, with an earthy, extra meaty tang. Go find a bottle.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black. Brown around edges, light tan finger of head.

Smells like a bag of BBQ chips. Smoky, malty, rich, smoked chocolate.

Bitter chocolate, smoky finish, malts, light sweetness, roasty.

A bit thin, but creamy, low carbonation and slick. Smooth though.

Drink is solid. Solid smoked porter.

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Photo of Phelps
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by ottovon, this is batch 001, bottled 8-25-11. Poured into Russian River stemware.

Burnt mahogany, amber at the edges. The liquid’s thin as cola, with a head that continues in kind. Big and quickly fizzy, fading from its brown sugar color to a thin layer of light tan.

Oh yeah. Perfectly smoky aroma — you can really get the mesquite. It makes me crave Texas barbecue. Beneath the smoky top layer I get oats, bitter chocolate crumbles and an impressive amount of dark fruits — maybe raisins and prunes.

The flavor takes the acrid, smoky char a tiny step too far. Dark chocolate and a bit of fruity tang and to the bitterness, but it corrects a second after the finish, when oats round it out. Nice smooth blend, all in balance.

Fairly fizzy and a touch over medium-light in body. The overactive bubbles pack the mouth with air as the beer moves. Light, prodding carbonation, with nary a hint of alcohol.

This smoked porter’s a smooth, tasty blend of smoky flavors. Not too ashy, nicely chocolatey and fruity. Would be great with a steak.

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass. Started fizzing out of the bottle as soon as I opened it.

A- Not black but a really really dark opaque brown color with an enormous tan head that sticks around for a long time.

S- Smells awesome. Smells like barbecuing in the back yard. Heavy mesquite smell.

T- A little bit of chocolate malt at the beginning but then the mesquite takes over.

M- Creamy and very easy to drink.

O- This is the first smoked beer I've had but it is definitely a style I will be trying more of. It reminded me of summer barbecues.

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Photo of J85jam
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer in the big bottles!!...Now that its in the 12oz 4-pack I am sold!!! I live right down the street from the distillery and they give tours every weekend. If you haven't tired their whisky and bourbons u must.. they just released a Beer/White whisky blend that is very unique!!

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Photo of llcooldave
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Ranger Creek grand opening. Musky cheese with some fruitcake and toasted malt aromas. Muddy brown leather in color. Very fruity... raisin and crusty rye bread flavor profile. Banana notes as well. Overall, good! This one should be a crown jewel for Ranger Creek as time goes on. Well done!

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown with a good solid 1 inch head with great retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Smoked pork comes to mind. It has a great smokey aroma with just a hint of chocolate in the background

Taste: Lots and lots of smoke upfront almost like chewing on a piece of smoked alder wood not that I have ever done that but I'm just saying. The backend of the beer does have just a hint of a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with with medium to full carbonation and slightly dry

Overall: Good smoked beer with good flavor. This is hands down the best smoked beer I have had.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into hand-washed and dried Ranger Creek nonic
Aroma of smoke – I’ll take their word that it’s mesquite
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of smoke and roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl; leaves my lips slightly sticky
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of jaydoc
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHead84
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8/7/2011

Thanks! I remove the cap and foam starts rising above the rim of the bottle so I begin pouring. I look over one minute later and half the bomber is foam and it's about to overflow again. This beer is out of control.

A: Black with two inches of froth that recede in 5 minutes. No lacing is left on the glass.

S: Strong beechwood profile in the nose with some mesquite bacon. The smoke character is really aromatic and smells great with the dark chocolate aspect of the beer. There's an earthy hop presence. The nose is clean, with no fruity esters.

T: There's a little more chocolate in the flavor and a little less smoke. Malt is toasted and roasted, and smoke is woody and mesquite, with bacon and beechwood. The beer is dry, with a minimal level of malt richness. There's a low bitterness and an earthy hop profile. The dry finish is clean, toasted, and smoky.

M: Upper medium body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth.

Overall: A nice smoked porter. The mesquite addition is interesting.

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Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of awalsh
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for the bottleshare.
Black with a 1cm light brown head with medium retention and mild lacing.  

Nice dark malty BBQ goodness on the nose. Big spicy mesquite smoke. Smells like a smoky pork spice rub.

Great bold spicy smoke. Supported by nice dark malt. Nice BBQ flavor. 

Medium bodied. High carbonation. Slightly dry. 

Overall its Good. Can't drink a ton of it. But it's a great smoked beer with great character. I recommend if you like exotic smoke beers.

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Mesquite Smoked Porter - MSP from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 186 ratings
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