5 Vulture - 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 247
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-05-2011

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.
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Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.91/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Deep ruby caramel colored ale with a big khaki tan head, fine even layered lacing, I'm scared because of the diacetyle notes already detected. Again as I popped the cap the beer comes gushing out so you better pour quickly. Aroma has dark fruit and band aid notes with hints of dark chocolate roasted malt qualities. Flavor is a cluster fuck of diacetyl, dark caramel roasted malts and supposed chili additions. Either way it's a cluster fuck of a beer that I do not enjoy and will not find a place for in my DBF. Flavor hits me so hard with diacetyl off flavors that I want to retire from beer. The actual flavor is a muddled mess of bitter chemical astringency band aids and alcohol even though it's only 6.4% abv. Look I don't have all the answers but I know beer and this is not a good variation of something I love. Mouthfeel is unbearable pretty much the most horrific beer I've come across in recent times, band aid/chemical bitterness simply kills the beer and I'm not getting any heat from a supposed chili beer. Overall staty the fuck away from this brewer. (1,067 characters)

Photo of areich6
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of pschul4
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (583 characters)

Photo of suspect
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
4.12/5  rDev +17%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of oline73
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish dark amber with a finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Mild malt, mostly bready with just a touch of sweetness.

Taste: This is a fairly bland beer overall. Some malt with a fruity note. The finish does have a touch of heat to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was very happy to get to try a chili beer from a brewery I hadn't heard of before. While I wasn't hugely impressed, it wasn't a bad beer, just a tad boring. (606 characters)

Photo of wschmit
2.61/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint. No dates, apparently.

A: A clear, bock-like rusty brown body topped by a tan, cloud-like head with mild retention. A bit of carbonation up through the body, but not much. Not as "dark" as I expected, but I've never had a Oaxacan-style dark before.

S: Smell is mild, even dull. I don't get much chile at all, just some worn out hops and some musty malt. Meh.

T: Taste is equally meh up front. Thin malt at the beginning, with muddled hop bitterness throughout, until the ancho hits. Noticeable, but not strong, and not hot (unless you're really spice-averse). That feature is well executed. I just wish the rest of the beer was equally inspired.

M: A bit thin, but I suppose the carbonation suits the chile. Insipid.

O: For a commercial example of a chile beer, this might be worth it in a mix-six. Otherwise, I'd pass. (863 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (980 characters)

Photo of vande
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.. (503 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Been waiting a long time to try this. Hope it was worth it. It pours a clear sunset garnet-topaz-amber topped by maybe a half-finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, chile flesh, dank dark greens, and a half-pinch of cinnamon. The taste brings in much of the same, though the caramel comes off much more dull, and the chiles are greener and express a decent (though still pretty small) amount of of heat. Things don't mesh entirely well, unfortunately. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly syrupy feel. Overall, not my choice when it comes to chile beers, but it's not all bad and does go down easily enough. (716 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (1,021 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (974 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,206 characters)

Photo of codsmith
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of samie85
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of lstokes
4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of Kerabatsos
4.65/5  rDev +32.1%
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? (519 characters)

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