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5 Vulture - 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

5 Vulture5 Vulture

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 19.31%


Brewed by:
5 Rabbit Cerveceria visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
5 Vulture is a deep ambered-colored ale with complex caramel aromas with toasted sugar notes and a long, elegant spicy finish. Roasted ancho chile is used to add depth and complexity, without adding heat or strong chile flavors.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-05-2011)
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Kerabatsos

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear, amber colored with a medium, fizzy white head which slowly dissipates to a ring of foam. Some lacing.

S: Malty smell, slight chili scent.

T: Very subtle hints of chili, mostly caramel.

M: Medium bodied, much like a belgian dubble. Slightly dry though due to use of candi sugar.

D: An excellent chile beer. A very distinctive taste that does not have overpowered chili presence. Surprisingly refreshing. After about 10 minutes it began to leave a warm, tingling sensation on my throat. Chili residue?

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 18:23:42 | More by Kerabatsos
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lstokes

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored with a thin white head and pretty respectable lacing. Smell is a sort of cocoa/caramel and very light chile. The taste is caramel, a strong sugar, some peppery clove, and a wonderful slow-simmer chile which never overwhelms but never really goes away. Amazing--the beer genuinely grows on you throughout the glass.

This is probably the best chile beer I've ever had. I do hope they put it on the market in six packs--I cook a lot of Mexican food and it would become a dinner party staple for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 15:31:07 | More by lstokes
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suspect

New York

4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Thanks to bpolglaze for the hookup.

A: Beautiful clear, dark amber color. Normal pour leads to a half-finger darkish off white head. Lacing is plentiful and sticks for a long time.

S: Nice caramel malt baseline, some hop presence, definitely picking up on the ancho chiles. They are subtle yet crisply present and add a wonderful touch to this really well balanced beer.

T: Flavor follows suit with the nose. The malt is again the foremost flavor but not in the way that, say an old IPA is malt forward. This one has a supremely nice malt base and is all around well balanced. Again, the anchos are present but not overpowering, it's enough to make you enjoy the fact that there's something exciting going on.

M: Nice creamy feel...perfectly carbonated. Anchos do not provide any heat as they do in other chile beers (Horseheads Hot Jala Jaim comes to mind).

O: A delicious chile beer. Not hot but the flavor is wonderfully mixed in to a perfectly balanced beer. At 6.4% this is an easy drinker and one that I'm glad to have had the privilege of trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 01:59:01 | More by suspect
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark worn dirty leather color. After a bit only a thin ring remains, per usual.
The aroma gives hints of the chili over a caramel malt base, and a touch of smoke. Really interesting aroma, i don't know why but good chili beers always make me stick my nose in them a lot, they really capture me. I like this.
The flavor of the chili is just warming, and then fades out, leaving you wanting another sip. If you take a long continuous sip there is a slight tingle with the chili flavor. The malt is the right level to support but not over ride the chili, if it was any stronger you would lose the chili flavors.
The mouth feel is low carb, medium body.

This is a good chili beer, i have drank 3 tonight, i just keep wanting to drink it, and i never open repeat beers(except maybe hopslam). I will pick up this often, happy with this purchase.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 05:05:54 | More by ChadQuest
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense walnut brown with a thin film of light tan head that fades to a ring. There is a very gentle carbonation of a few lost bubbles finding their way to the top.

S- The fruity chile aroma has some pumpkin notes to it and wonder blend of fresh brown malt and some cracker notes with some toffee note mixed in aswell.

T- The soft chile flavor has fruity qualities with some nice support from the malt flavor. There is some brown malt and cracker malt that lead to a dry finish with some field corn and raw barley notes and a gentle chile spice lingers for a moment.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a carbonation prick in the finish that supports a soft chile head that hits the back of the throat, but is gone by the next sip.

O- This is a nice blend of chiles and softer malt support and some nice English yeast esters start to show up as the beer warms. Underneath the chiles is a great easy drinking brown ale that has lots of nice depth and character.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 22:28:33 | More by rhoadsrage
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Listed as a "Dark Ale" at Bad Apple, served in a tapered 5 Rabbit pint glass. Review from written notes.

Reddish hazy copper, lasting head of tan foam on top. Foam sticks a bit, but not really leaving any lasting lace. Head retention is good, as it lasted for the duration of the glass. Malty, yeasty aroma, pleasant but slightly muted.

Caramel malt, some toastiness, fruity yeast and peppery spice. Ancho gives it a nice lingering spicy sweet heat in the aftertaste, subtle and nuanced. Successfully balanced without numbing heat, which can be rare in a Chile Beer. Definitely a little bit smoky, pretty malt forward. Medium carbonation, easy to drink. Paired well with food. An interesting first effort from this fledgling brewing company. Expectations are high since Mr. Mosher is involved, and this is a unique beer... a dark ale with ancho chiles added.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 03:18:26 | More by emerge077
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 5 Rabbits pint glass at Bad Apple 10/8/11. Thanks to Steve and HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a clear-ish chestnut brown. Any haze was of the chill variety. A thin and creamy layer of foam spread out on top and quickly gravitated to the edge where it left a small amount of lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Pretty standard stuff for a brown ale. Sweet caramel malt, chocolate, and what not. After the initial fresh from the tap chill wore off, I began to notice a bit of earthy ancho pepper flesh in the nose.

T: See above. Didn't really do much until it began to warm up and open up. Delicious bits of cocoa and earthy (and slightly smoky) pepper flesh.

M: Smooth and full with a nicely sweet beginning that ushers in the dry and peppery middle and finish.

O: Very nice. I actually would've preferred some more heat and possibly more of a fire roasted pepper flavor to compliment the caramel and chocolate. Overall though, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 17:46:25 | More by GbVDave
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really sure why this beer has a lower rating. I thought this beer was tasty. Pours a dark red-brown. Has a really nice after-taste from the chilis it is brewed with. Provides a nice little bite on the way down. Nothing really bad to say about this beer. I would not drink more than a few at a time, but overall....not too bad!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 20:57:39 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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vande

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - a sandy colored two finger head that shrinks to one finger quickly...darker top than bottom as it seems to thin out..but definitely a somewhat clearer crayola brown in hue.

s - some Mexican spice, bits of chocolate, light hop aroma... interesting...

t - little peppery, somewhat spiced beer... leaves a "warm" feeling on the tongue, but not bad...intriguing..

m - somewhat thinner, yet creamy flow

0 - an interesting beer...not sure if i could drink a 6 pack, but one I could share out and try..

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:40:42 | More by vande
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Solid brown when poured. Looks ruby red under the light. Very little lacing and foam.

Smell: Spicy pungency in the smell, but it's not overpowering. Orange zest and balsamic vinegar. Very pleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly orange zest. Nice malt/hop balance. The chile doesn't come out until the finish, but it does provide a nice heat. Definitely more red pepper than black pepper. Mouthfeel is clean, and even a bit oily from the chiles I think. I think this might be the first time "oily" is a good trait in a beer, because I think it fits perfectly with the chile and permeates the flavors. Nice peppery bite in the mouthfeel, but I wish it were a bit thicker to highlight the spices.

Overall Drinkability: This beer gets better as you drink it and as it warms a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 00:38:37 | More by tjsdomer2
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Duff27

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Half finch beige head, translucent dark mahogany body. Cap and collar head stayed throughout, decent lacing.

S- Caramel malts, bread. Has just the faintest whiff of chile. Probably only notice it because I know this is a chile beer, hah.

T- Starts off on the sweet end and only towards the tail end of each sip does the heat come out, very subdued at that. Would not guess this is a 6.4%abv beer.

M- Carbonation compliments the ancho nicely. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Well implemented chile heat. Not overpowering in the least as it is with most beers label "chile". Pleasantly surprised with this one from 5 Rabbit.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 01:59:38 | More by Duff27
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is brutally underrated on here. a very fine chili beer, one of the more drinkable ones out there, and with a remarkable depth and complexity in front of the pepper, not behind it. its got a dark amber color, closer to brown but still glowing red, and about an inch of tan head that becomes a thin film in a few warm minutes. the nose on this is way out, honey sweetness from the red malt, fire roasted long chilies, and semisweet chocolate, as well as a slight overdose of ale yeast which is abundant on the front of the tongue at the first sip. hard to tell if its chili hotness or burn from the alcohol, the pepper gives that kind of taste and mouthfeel, and ends up both in the back of the throat and on the tip of my tongue. I love the depth here, vanilla and spice, maybe cinnamon, like something from the age of exploration, this goes seemingly beyond the ales of mexico to a much more global, albeit it primitive, time period. it takes me there, and I like that. quite a bit of body, but plenty drinkable. chili feel and taste, but not too much heat, well refined and far better than its scores indicate. my brother was right about this one, and I now am in search of other beers from 5 rabbit. this is a clever and well executed concoction.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 22:58:28 | More by StonedTrippin
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit of peppers. Taste is spicy, malty, good pepper flavor without to much heat. Well done. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a different beer I wouldn't want a steady diet of, but worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 14:24:36 | More by tone77
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours cola colored with the translucence to match, topped by a head of coarse khaki bubbles. Aroma is sweet but controlled, smelling of caramel, honey, nuts, and milk chocolate. Flavor is marvelously rich and balanced, featuring many of the flavors noted in the nose. Toffee, nuts, caramel, and brown sugar coat the palate in a rich wash of flavor. There's also a pleasant kiss of milk chocolate as well. Whatever bitterness exists is only for balance, which it accomplishes sufficiently. One of its minor defects, the sweetness can become slightly cloying if imbibed too vigorously. The label touts ancho chiles, and while there are suggestions of that chile spice in the finish, it's hardly a featured flavor. The warming effect of the alcohol lingers palpably beneath the surface. Carbonation is perky and vigorous, offsetting some of the sweetness, while the body is medium and slightly sticky. Both complement the beer's flavor profile well.

Overall, this is a unique and complex brew that is both flavorful and easy to drink. As it is widely available locally, it's a beer I'm more than comfortable falling back on when more stellar offerings aren't available.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 02:44:52 | More by MaximalC
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pschul4

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A gift from my friend Mike, Thanks man!

A- Pours a traslucent brown with a 1 finger head. Nothing special but nothing bad by any means

S- Very faint. Picking up some malts and some dark fruits. A bit of pepper but as I said, very very insanely faint

T- Much stronger than the scent. Malt is the big player here but there are some nice fruit tastes and some chili taste but little to no burn in the back of the throat. Enjoyable

M- Tries to be smooth but the chili flavor fights it

O- Really glad I got to try this. I really like trying chili beers and this is another chili tick

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:20:52 | More by pschul4
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areich6

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4

A: Pours a hazy copper/amber color with small amount of head.

S: Amber malts seem to stick out to me alonng with a very faint amount of citrusy scents. Can also somewhat distinguish some hoppiness.

T: I cant detect a lot malty flavors and that is it really. No hops. No alcohol. The chile flavor becomes more evident as the beer sits in the mouth, but it is significantly lacking for a chile beer.

M: Really smooth beer. Pleasant to drink. Little carbonation.

O: Pretty average overall but not terrible. THe main problem being that for a chile beer the chilly characteristics of this beer are not pronounced enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:26:14 | More by areich6
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Florida9

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark brown in color. Forms a small off white head that slowly, but eventually fades away to just about nothing. Only the faintest amount of lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malt with a mild earthy pepper undertone.

T: Mild, with lots of caramel malt. There is some dark, earthy pepper in the background, but the flavor is a compliment and certainly doesn't dominate the beer.

M: Medium bodied, but somewhat dirty feeling with an mild astringency that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

O: While this isn't a great beer, it's a good one and the blend of a dark lager and some restrained chiles just seems to work. Bought this to pair with quesadillas and tacos and it worked just fine.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 00:40:20 | More by Florida9
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored with a thin white head and pretty respectable lacing. Smell is a sort of cocoa/caramel and very light chile. The taste is caramel, a strong sugar, some peppery clove, and a wonderful slow-simmer chile which never overwhelms but never really goes away. This is probably the best chile beer I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 15:13:43 | More by WoodBrew
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gangstafaceclay

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is ruby color with a thin head.

Smell is some sweet-spicy malts.

Taste is light roasted malts, caramel, mild hops and some chili powder at the end to make a nice spice.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but smooth.

Overall, this is only the second 5 rabbit beer I've had and I was hesitant if trying this after the disappointing golden ale I had. I was more pleased with this brew, although I don't think this is great but it's decent. I would probably drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:44:48 | More by gangstafaceclay
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sweethome

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is light brown with red hue - almost chestnut. Very light colored head - rises up nicely.

Nose of carmel malts, candy sugar and spicey backing - I'm picking up the peppers, but don't know if I would have identified as such without knowing they are there.

Entry is quite soft, a bit on the watery side for this color - sweet malts with a black pepper feel midmouth. Hops provide some palate cleansing and a touch of bittering. The chili doesn't come in until the finish. As I consumed, the cumulative effect led it to being there throughout.

Some very nice flavors here - chocolate, black pepper and chilis - but seems to lack a bit of depth in mouthfeel that would help the flavors to shine. The rather thin feel makes the flavor a bit clunky.

A nice effort - interesting flavor profile, going in it's own direction. This has the makings of being a good signature beer for this brewery. Flavorful and drinkable, but complex and unusual. Just wish it had a bit more depth.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 23:10:37 | More by sweethome
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby and bronze in color. Quick head and foam, but good bubbling.

Roasty, toasty, and a little smokey, malt aroma. A little smokey fruit aromas as well.

Heavy toasted malts with some added, smokey hints here and there. The middle gets a little musty, and the finish holdsto the toasted and faintly smokey malts and chilis.

Palateis smooth and a little oily. This is a chili beer I could drink one after the other.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 01:03:58 | More by scruffwhor
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this for $2.19 at Vintage Estate. Into a goblet

A - Deep porter brown almost black with a 1/2 inch of mocha head.
S - Smells ok roasted chilies is quite different smells like vegital roasted bell peppers. Quite strange with some sweet caramel malts and nutty malts.
T - Quite good it taste sort of like a brown ale with some chocolate and nutty notes but it comes off very vegital with the roasted chilies. Not that it's terrible its just strange.
M - Pretty drinkable I found it light to medium bodied. ABV is pretty balanced.

Overall nothing I would buy again. Quite a strange beer I was kind of turned off by the fact I bought a chili beer but roasted chilies is quite different. No heat.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 04:04:29 | More by DrDemento456
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codsmith

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with thin off white head

Thin clean smell. No hop or grain smell

Very mild brown ale that lacks character. The description says mild spice, but nothing even comes close. Good for a session brown ale, horrible when compared with description

light to medium body and crisp finish. Carbonation is great

If the beer matched the description it would have been a great beer, but I felt I was left out to dry. All in all not bad, but nothing I would go out of my way for again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 00:57:38 | More by codsmith
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark tea/cola color, with a nice two-inch head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt
Taste-Toasted malt, caramel, mildly spicy, faintly warming finish. Flavors a bit muddled and unbalanced, but interesting and subtle. A better match with food than on its own. Maybe a plate of tacos or a burrito.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 18:10:48 | More by hosehead83
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours mahogany in color with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet with caramel, toffee, and some spice. Tastes are sweet also, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, spicy, and finishes with a bit of a kick that builds as you drink more. Mouth-feel is lighter bodied and smooth. Overall, well spiced, well balanced, not too much heat, but enough to enjoy it. Well done for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 02:25:30 | More by barnzy78
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5 Vulture from 5 Rabbit Cerveceria
79 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.