Mikkeller Chipotle Porter
(Always drink responsibly. Seek help when alcohol affects your life and the lives of those around you. For readers of a legal drinking age.)
So I know Mikkeller is not from Mexico, it’s a Belgian brewery that I’ve seen a lot of recently. But it’s Cinco de Mayo, and I thought the Chipotle Porter could be a way to celebrate without the stereotypical beer of the season (though apparently it’s called Texas Ranger in other parts). When I opened this 6.6% ABV brew it smelled like a typical porter, which to me is a little sweet from the brown malt. The head was slow to separate with tiny bubbles fading their way up, resulting in a dulce de leche-colored, creamy head. The flavor, though, was not what I expected from the smell – it doesn’t seem sweet at all, and the very light chipotle is an aftertaste. This is an ale to try for those who like super dark beer with a surprise ending.