ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark black with a hint of brown and a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades fairly quickly.
S - Sweet dark chocolate malts, oak, vanilla, whiskey, chipotle, roasted coffee, black licorice, bit of molasses, some booze.
T - Sweet dark chocolate malts, bit of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, Whiskey lightly spicy chipotle peppers, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a spicy, warming, and sweet finish.
D - Nice spicy porter. The chipotle adds some nice heat and the barrel adds some nice complexity.
andrewturba (755) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque black colour with a very fine light brown ring around the glass. Aromas of scotch, oak, chocolate, sweet maltiness. Flavours of chocolate, oak, lighter than the regular on the chipotle peppers, little coffee, smooth scotch flavour.
Reimer96 (861) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark opaque black with a small brown ring. Aroma is of wood, sweet fruits, malted whiskey & some peatiness. Taste is oak, whiskey, faint coffee, sweet dried fruits and then chipotle pepper on the finish that gives a nice warming/burning in the back of your throat. This barrel aged beer helps take the chipotle pepper edge off from the original and is exceptionally smooth.
Garlic_of_Doom (308) - SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Barleywine.
Pours dark brown with no head to speak of.
Aroma is pretty much like regular Texas Ranger, dark chocolate, loads of roasted malts, but with faint whiskey notes.
Taste is a lot like the regular version but almost completely lacks the chili after a few sips, quite strange. The barrel ageing added whiskey notes and some dry woody notes which sits nice with the other tastes but they could have been more prominent. Too bad that the chili wasn’t that forward but perhaps it just was this bottle.
gunnfryd (9387) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, whiskey, coffee. Flavour is oak, whiskey, coffee, roasted malt, chili, chocolate. Very nice beer.
jfb (3175) - GERMANY - NOV 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) pours a pitch black colour with a light brown head. aroma of toasted malts, espresso and heavy vanilla, with a hint of smoke, chayenne pepper and ash. flavour is heavy ash and peat smoke, toasted malts, light dark chocolate and a light, lingering burn in the finish. slightly watery body with soft carbonation.
SirLimpsalot (1847) - SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ Mikkeller Bar: Mycket stor fatdoft, smaken faller bort lite, men trevlig kryddighet och ganska kladdig
gyllenbock (3712) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar, November 2012.
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malt, chocolate, whisky, wood, some fruit and pepper. A bit fuzzy but still a nice one.
sheep (93) - FINLAND - OCT 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle, bottled 17/8/11. Pours pitch black with a small, intensely dark brown, big bubbled head that recedes quickly and leaves lace. Aromas of chocolate, roast, chilipeppers, slight smoke, dark fruit (dried plum and figs) and woody, oakish vanilla with a coating caramelly sweetness. Lots going on, nice. Taste is roasty, dark chocolate, chili, smoke, raisins and port with a slight chili burn in the aftertaste. The chocolate shows itself more as the beer warms up. Palate is surprisingly thick but not sirupy, medium to low carbonation, slightly oily. The Speyside barrel is clearly more prevalent in the aroma and not so in the taste, which was a lot like the regular version. Very nice.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Craft Beer Co. I’d found the base beer to be solid and intense in its singular focus, with the chiles at times being a bit too potent. Somehow, perhaps improbably, the barrel aging here actually brings out some more subtlety in the base in addition to imparting its own flavors. There’s a pronounced chocolatey dimension to it that is enhanced here, balancing out the heat from the booze and subduing the chipotle a bit too. Very slight tannins stitch things together a bit, and there’s a healthy smoke component to the brew too. Overall, quite nice.