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5 Vulture - 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
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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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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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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MasterSki

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Delilah's - always looking to try new chile beers. Served in a tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin ring, leaving behind no lace at all. Transparent dark cider-brown color.

S - Smells like a fairly typical brown ale - toffee, malted milk chocolate, toffee, and a bit of buttery sweetness (like a Crunchie bar) - perhaps that's the piloncillo sugar. Not much ancho pepper in the nose.

T - The taste is fairly similar to the aroma - milk chocolate and caramel, along with some fruity ale yeast. There's not much overt pepper flavor - the anchos make their presence known elsewhere.

M - Initially there is a nice mild tingle, but after 6oz the heat becomes moderately intense, compelling one to take another sip of the beer thus making things even hotter. Medium bodied, slightly gritty texture, with moderate carbonation.

D - I think I gave up on the last few ounces as the heat became unpleasant and the beer didn't taste good enough to warrant consuming more under those conditions. There's too much heat and not enough chili flavor - you could probably trick someone with this beer actually. Definitely interesting, but not something I'll be rushing to try again any time soon.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 16:15:33 | More by MasterSki
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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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samie85

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/3/11.

A-Served in a tulip with a dark burgundy with a finger of light brown head.

S-I;m getting notes of cocoa and caramel predominantly with maybe a hint of some chile.

T-Roasted and chocolate malt notes with bit of chile pepper on the finish.

M-A little thin in the mouth with moderate carbonation and a prickly, dry feel.

D-Not a bad beer by any means, but I wish the chile was a little more pronounced in this beer; nothing really stood out while drinking this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 05:53:12 | More by samie85
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ryan_Graham

Iowa

2.41/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Black. Opaque. Looks like cola. One finger head fades quickly.

S: Chile is present here. Thick malty smell.

T: Goes down smooth, light on the pallet with a smooth malty finish. Then... It hits you. The aftertaste. Yuck! It tastes like pizza goldfish crackers.

M: Decent mouth feel. Carbonation isn't an issue here but the aftertaste kills this beer.

O: This was my first chili beer and I hope to God it's my last chili beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 03:44:13 | More by Ryan_Graham
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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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LCB_Hostage

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Saw this on the list in a Chicago restaurant and decided to give it a try as I've never tried a chili beer and I've been curious for a while now.

Things started off great. It looked luscious in the glass -- a deep reddish brown with a sturdy, sizable head and good lacing. The aroma was maltier than I expected -- bread, yeast and caramel galore. The flavor followed suit. A touch sweeter than I typically like my beers, but this was nicely balanced with trailing hops and it was working well with my meal, so no harm.

My only complaint was that the whole characteristic that makes this unique -- the ancho chili -- was so subtle as to be almost unnoticeable. If I didn't know ahead of time it was in there, I could have easily overlooked it. I see that other reviewers talk about a notable warming in the belly and whatnot, but I really didn't get any of that. Perhaps it was because I was pairing it with a selection of bold tapas, but it was a little disappointing in that regard.

That said, this was an interesting, malt-forward dark ale that would work well as a night-cap or as an accompaniment to dessert.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 17:49:50 | More by LCB_Hostage
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secondtooth

Indiana

2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clean ruby amber, with a thick, luxurious head. Nice but clumsy lace, if that makes any sense.

Nose is burnt sugars -- caramel and toffee. Unusual and curious.

Taste is toasted, burnt sugar up front, to be followed by a definite hint of heat at the back of the palate, no doubt due to the ancho chiles here. Still, 5 Vulture seems off balance, with far too much weird sweetness. I noticed my bottle was contract-brewed by Minhas Craft Brewery, and this bottle echoes that brewery's propensity for off-balanced, artificial-tasting, overly malted ales.

I'd try this one again now that the brewery itself is up and running, but trust not the Minhas contract-brewed version.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 13:51:24 | More by secondtooth
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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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matjack85

Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I bought a single bottle of this chile beer at th Trader Joe's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.50. Didn't want to get the whole 6 pack until I tried it. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a dark brown color but looked more mahogany when held to the light. The 1½-finger beige head lasted a few minutes and the lacing was decent.

The beer smells really sweet - mostly caramel and sugar.

This is a very sweet tasting beer consisting mostly of toasted malts and brown sugar.
Not much hop presence which means almost no bitterness. The ancho chile pepper doesn't hit right away, but just wait a few seconds and then it really hits you in the throat and lingers way into the aftertaste.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, and surprisingly low carbonation.

Not something I'd seek out again, but something I'm glad I tried. A very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 04:04:19 | More by matjack85
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SerialHiker

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany/amber…dark and dense, not overly transparent…off white head formed and thinned to a nice layer covering the top…it’s got a bit of Belgian yeast life, mildly, but it’s there…it does take the look of a flat beer after about 15 minutes…(3/5)

Smell: Tons of dark fruit sweetness with almost a holiday ale aroma…dark cherry, fig, raisin, malts, earthiness, chocolate, caramel, spices…it’s got a nice smell though it’s not overly aromatic…(3.5/5)

Taste: Classic amber ale up front, sweet/dark/roasted malt flavor, pretty average…but what happens next is what makes this ale different…there is a rush of chili pepper that starts from the back of the throat and touches the outside of my tongue…it does add some unique flavor, but it’s really only trying to improve an average amber beer as it is…definitely warms the belly with each sip…(2.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, tons of carbonation…fluffs up bringing more chili spice to the palate, really setting things on fire…ends sweet and finishes spicy medium…(3/5)

Overall: The more I drink, the warmer my belly gets…it’s a different take on an amber ale, but nothing that I hope catches on…I definitely couldn’t drink more than one of these in a sitting as my gut would ulcer I think…I’m not even sure I’m gonna finish the one I have now…it’s interesting but not worth your precious drinking time…(2/5)

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:51:27 | More by SerialHiker
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present, but brewed in my home state of Illinois so I'm going to assume it's fairly on the fresh side. Uncapped and poured to a Boulevard tulip.

A - Pours a rich dark mahogany reddish color with about a finger and a half of head.

S - Spicy. Malty. Dark cherry. Other dark fruit sweetness in there. I would dare to say some kind of chocolatey spice creeps out as it warms.

T - Very distinct malty taste melded together with the dark fruity sweetness which must be coming from the ancho chiles. As you continue to sip on this one, the spiciness begins to creep out a bit more, but it is nowhere near overwhelming.

M - Nice mouth feel, not too heavy nor too weak. The body of the beer is well-balanced and not overly carbonated. The chiles do begin to present a bit of spiciness in the finish.

Overall, not a favorite of mine, but definitely drinkable. I remember not being able to detect any chili spice last time I drank this, but maybe I'm just more aware now. Give it a try, especially if you're a fan of the style. I would try a different spiced chile beer, although I can't say I'm a big fan of the style.

5 Rabbit Cerveceria 5 Vulture ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 04:13:24 | More by mfnmbvp
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It has a dark, rich reddish almost brown color body with a nice thick foamy head that hangs out for a bit then lays down to a nice thin lace, leaving some nice stickyness on the side of the glass. The smell has a hint of ancho chili but has a balsamic vinegar taste to it. The taste is the same as the smell, vinegar and the chili flavor comes through also. The mouth feel is ok and overall thsi is a ok beer, ihave had better. Just let this one warm up a bit then drink it, the flavors are much better.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 02:59:55 | More by chefhatt
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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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BB1313

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a very hazy, murky brown color that's similar to iced tea. There's virtually no head, decent lacing and retention. The aromas are sweet and full of caramel malts. It kind of smells like a sugar cookie. I can also pick up some vanilla, toffee, and butterscotch. Diacetyl seems very present.The peppers aren't noticeable in the nose. The flavor is pretty bland. More caramel and butterscotch, with a touch of cocoa. There's some toffee in the mix as well. The peppers are extremely subtle and basically non-existent. I don't think I would've known this was a chile beer. It finishes with a touch of heat, but it leaves you wanting more spice. Diacetyl seems to takeover the flavors as well. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied and has very active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This beer isn't too exciting for me. I wouldn't seek it out again. But if you're a brown ale fan, give it a shot. I still appreciate a brewery that tries different things.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 21:54:27 | More by BB1313
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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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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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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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5 Vulture from 5 Rabbit Cerveceria
79 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.