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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Influenced by the classic Bamberg rauchbiers, our Mesquite Smoked Porter is brewed with a Texas twist, using malt smoked in-house over Texas mesquite. This dark mahogany porter has a velvety mouthfeel, and a roasty, dark chocolate flavor balanced with a subtle hop spice. The nose is warm and pleasing with aromas of cured meat, pepper, leather, dark roast coffee, and a distinct mesquite wood aroma. The Mesquite-Smoked Porter’s medium body, rich complex taste of roasted grains, coffee, dark chocolate, and meaty, smoky character make this perfect for any Texas day, be it the cold of winter, or the accompaniment to a summer barbecue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5593) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
(22oz bomber thanks to ericandersnavy) espresso brown with a fine tan ring of bubbles. Nose of mesquite, fudge, rich. Taste is very mesquite influenced, smoke, raisins, chocolate and smoky. Creamy/smoky palate linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8592) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2011 Bottle thanks to Tim. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of charred meat, smoked wood chips, smoked cereal grains, ash and roasted dark chocolate malt. Overall a solid brew. Medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
onceblind (4287) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2011
GABF 2011. Opaque milky brown, looks like used mop water. Aroma has a lot of mesquite wood and dark roasty malts. Flavor is mesquite wood, smokey, and roasted dark cereal grains. Awkwardly smooth mouthfeel, but on a huge body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4971) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Eric brought this one to the October 3R6P tasting. This is my first beer from this brewer. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a murky black color with a large tan head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was strong mesquite and roasty malts. The flavor was strong hickory, mesquite, bacon, light roasty malts, faint vanilla, toast and cream. More sweet than I expected. The finish was long with hickory, cream and roasty malts lingering. Fairly full bodied and nicely smooth. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Botte from Matucci. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma of smoked malts. Medium bodied, but with a lighter texture- but in a good way that makes it more drinkable with a meal. Flavor of dark roasted malts, smoke, bitter unsweetened chocolate. Dry and somewhat ashy finish. Not bad and smoke is not overdone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Bomber, bottled on 6/1/11, Batch 5. Poured deep brown with a very nice cap of dense tan head. The aroma picked up sweet campfire smoke and vanilla over burnt dark chocolate, molasses, and ash.. the smoked, woody character led, and was really enjoyable. The flavor found burnt black patent & chocolatey maltage at the core, with campfire smoke and vanilla laced throughout.. dry and a bit grainy on the back-end.. tasty stuff. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate.. OK feel and flow.. I’d love to see the same treatment on a little bigger porter or stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
bottled, pitch brown black with tight mocha ice cream foam, aroma is sweet molasses, campfire, raisin, flavor of some bitter charred wood, slim jims, jerky, chocolate , thin finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2011
(22oz bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a murky brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, light smoke, grilled meat, and chocolate. Flavor of smoke, roasted grain, coffee, nuts, and chocolate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (975) - Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Pours pitch black with fluffy tan head. Smells extremely smoky and roasted, hints of chocolate and coffee. Tastes like liquid smoke with chocolate and coffee and a touch of pepper underneath. Medium-bodied with a velvety smooth texture and very soft mouth-carbonation, Ranger Creek Mesquite Smoked Porter finishes smooth with a touch of smoky dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
blm225 (8) - Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2011 does not count
I tried this both on tap and in the bottle. The bottle was a bit better. However, I honestly think this ale is more of a novelty. Mesquite is a very strong aromatic smoke. It smells wonderful. In this ale, it is way overpowering. It leaves an aftertaste of "Just licked the inside of a barbecue pit" in your mouth instead of a subtle smokey flavor adding to the ale. These folks can do better. They need to tone it down a bit and add some balance to the mesquite smoke. Perhaps they need to observe some of the folks using peat smoke in the malting process of their barley. For those who enjoy exaggerated smoke flavors, this is the one for you. I am one who enjoys smoke flavors to compliment what I am cooking instead of overpowering it. Ignoring the overpowering smoke flavor, the ale is actually not too bad. Fix it.

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