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5 Rabbit Cerveceria
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

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.

Added by emerge077 on 05-05-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
276
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
40.69%
 
 
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Photo of Kerabatsos
4.65/5  rDev +33.2%
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?

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Photo of Fredex8
4.56/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only chilli beer I've had that wasn't completely disgusting and a surprise to find in America given that it is far closer to a British ale. Perhaps best left to chilli lovers in general though as it does pack a little bit of a kick. Has quite a distinct taste of chilli but is well balanced by the sweetness.

Only complaint with this beer is that as a small brewery they don't have wider distribution. I found this in a restaurant in Chicago and have never seen it anywhere since. Still have the bottle on my shelf as a reminder but really wish I could find this again.

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Photo of lstokes
4.55/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

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Photo of JuniperJesus
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cool, damp night was a welcome relief. The scorching sun had roasted everything within reach. The buzzards that flew overhead all afternoon had nested with their bellies empty. If it was a tavern, it was long abandoned. The barkeep had a dressing wrapped around his head at least three times, covering one eye and creating enough padding to keep his Stetson firmly in place. With his one eye and one nod, he welcomed the company. Two towns west he used to be a farmhand; one town west he was a road merchant; here, he sat in the dark. It was warmer inside but dryer than the night air because the doors and window shutters were always closed. When asked if it was to keep others out or keep him in, he grew angry and thundered incomprehensibly. Rather than face isolation, he deliberately calmed and feigned interest sparged with dry humor. Every wrinkle on his filthy visage was an evaporating river threatening to finally reveal the countless skeletons of every drowning. He was perhaps gregarious as an expectation, but never a preference. It’s as if we place ourselves amidst anguish and tease a fury ready to manifest as an assault on what is expected of us rather than what we want. Facing the shelves of empty bottles, he rubbed the back of his neck hoping to wipe away perspiration but only shook off flaking skin he had been shedding for years. Proprietors and squatters know the tales but money only tells one story. The buzzards tell the rest.

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Photo of suspect
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

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Photo of vande
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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..

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: just like diet coke 1/2 cream head leaves with no trace
S: rich chocolate with toasted sugar with a kick
T: like a dark chocolate chili pepper
F: good that leaves a spice on back of tongue
O: surprised so chocolatey the chili sticks to your tongue I will drink occasionally for a change up

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Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first chile beer.
Expecting jalapeño hot, I also bought some chips and Frontera Chipotle salsa to go with the beer.
One sip of the beer and I knew it was too subtle for the chipotle's heat... but like a hungry fool, I ate some and ruined the taste of the beer. So about 30 minutes after I satiated the foolish hunger, I went back to the subtle beer and saw that the brewer's label recommended pairing with a mole. Of course.

The beer is good to the eyes and nose, but doesn't get better until the taste of caramel and sugar get going on the buds. While the mouth is not substantial, it is subtle melding all the smelled and tasted flavors into a spicier finish.

I am relatively new to 5 Rabbit. I have appreciated one of its principal's (Randy Mosher) reviews for several years and am glad to see this company's strategy of crafting beer for the central American kitchen.

I recommend all four of their beers now reviewed which, now, includes this.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, with chocolate/toffee notes, very slight pepper notes. Medium body, yes there is that added depth.. Overall a very tasty brew, to me really no pepper notes at all. I've had a couple of these Chile Beer's lately and this one is not in the same class, but still a very tasty brew.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown.

This beer tastes like a Flemish ale. Which I am a-okay with! However, juxtaposed against the last beer I just tried of theirs that was supposed to be a witbier and tasted like a Berliner Weisse, I'd say something is amiss here. I get minimal chile tones that give a mild touch of smoked heat on the backend. Mild fruity aspects.

An interesting beer. But probably only because it happens, by chance, to taste like a Flemish ale.

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Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Creamy tan head over nigh-on-black liquid. Head doesn't last or leave any lace, though.
Smell is mostly cocoa butter with a hint of wood.
Taste is roasted malt, cocoa butter, light peppery spice.
Lightish body and carbonation. Spice comes out a tic more after the swallow. A different brew to be certain but I like it.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz shaker pint on tap

A: very dark brown to a black very dark creamy looking head

S: raisins figs dates

T: lots of dark fruits and burnt sugar plums

M: very low carbonation almost non existent

O: it's a pretty good Belgium nothing crazy good solid plum fig raisin taste with a decent burnt sugar backbone

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Photo of KTCamm
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

7/19...pours dark brown, fast fizzy bubbles, no foam on top. Dark malty nose, caramels, smoky. Slight peppery spice. Taste is a light sweet malt which swings swiftly to an ancho spice burn. Kept in check, but a nice smooth burn. Milk chocolate sweetness in the background. Very interesting.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of pschul4
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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

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