drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft, pours hazed amber brown wh head. Nose of toasted malts, brown sugar, mild peppery notes. Really tame toasty nose. Flavors are toasted malts, mild pepper character, clean finish, that heat is there but itís
DrnkMcDermott (2810) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally Iíve found a bottle out here in the burbs. Got the last two in the "build-a-6" shelf at Lemon Tree. So when I mark it as "available" there, I mean it may show up there again. Time to pop this bad niŮo! Pour is a deep, but clear brown beer color. Few bubbles in the beer itself, but a good spongy head. Roasty, brown bread malt smell, plenty of the piloncillo in evidence. Taste has perhaps a little bit of cocoa to it, doughy bread taste, around doppelbock or porter territory, but not overly alcoholic. I cannot find chile heat here, except for a very slight burn at the sides of my tongue. Probably replaces some of the hops in keeping the malt balanced. Taste is indeed less sugary than the nose was. Despite the slightly elevated abv, the alcohol stays light, and the mouthfeel is similarly a bit light too. Not a "chile beer" by any means.
HonkeyBra (3421) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, cookie malts, mild peppers, some heat. Flavor is brown sugar, baked cookies, some dark bread. Mild heat from the peppers. Some chocolate, some dessert bread like tendencies. Almost like a proper Mexican Mole. Lovely, nice to drink, This is interesting although not a world beater. Although, I love the heat in the back of the throat. Medium carbonation, medium bodied, itís interesting to drink. Good beer.
Frank (2929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Despite the exotic ingredients, this comes off as sort of a basic brew--not that thatís a bad thing. In fact, what I like about the crew at 5 Rabbit is they use unusual ingredients w/o being ridiculous about it and wind up making some very fine beers. For something called a dark ale, this one pours a much lighter color than I expected, a deep brownish amber, rather clear and around what Iíd expect out of a red ale or a light colored brown. There is no head and this is unfortunately on the flat side w/ maybe slightly more carbonation than Iíd expect from real ale from a hand pump. Itís a generally clean and malty beer w/ a nice, rich maltiness. The ancho chile flavor is subdued but itís definitely there and adds a non-distracting touch of heat thatís so faint as to almost be imaginary. Itís all fairly tasty in the end and those who might fear a chili beer can relax and enjoy.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Revolution. Pours a clear, deep amber colored body with a finger-width, dense and foamy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweeter caramel with some breadiness and a light cocoa. Just a touch of pepper. Flavor is better. Caramel, grain and bread, and a touch of cocoa up front before a more distinguishable, although light chile pepper comes in. A bit of an earthy cinnamon spice before a light heat from the peppers comes in and guides this into the finish. The chile pepper heat is evident, but light and very well balanced with some slightly sweet and grainy caramel. Light bitterness that dries and leaves a pretty lengthy aftertaste. Light body with a fairly crisp, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really solid, well balanced, easy drinking beer. This would go great with some ceviche and hot sauce. A light grainy caramel sweetness with a chile pepper that offers a touch of heat and keeps things interesting. Solid beer.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Fountainhead. Pours dark murky brown with small head. Aromas of chocolate and caramel with some faint spices. Flavors of caramel, dark malts, chocolate, some earthy spices. Did not really pick up any of the heat or smoke I was hoping for. Bit disappointing.
rhsiung (766) - USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma: complex caramels. appearance: deep amber. taste: toasted sugar notes, depth and complexity, but not heat or strong chile flavors, from the roasted ancho chile, and a long, elegant spicy finish. #10!
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft... Dirty medium mahogany, light tan head, too light on the fringes of the body... The nose is restrained, just not much going on, light caramel, just sweet no pepper at all... Tastes so boring and a bad mouthfeel makes it hard to drink, light toasted sugar, more caramel, feel is rough and harsh, was so drained on sand pepper. Iím guessing this is the sandpaper... Another bad 5 rabbit but more drinkable then their other flagships
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Hopleaf. Pours deep brown with a small off white head. Aroma is fairly simple, sweet lightly chocolatey malts, some spicy notes, caramel. Flavor is a bit more complex, though the beginning is pretty straightforward, sweet light roasty, a touch nutty, the chileís finally come out in the end adding some interesting lingering bite and earthy character. Medium body and a soft with crisp carbonation. Ok, but I was hoping for more all around depth and complexity in the flavor.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was actually really excited about this one, but was sort of disappointed. I was really pumped for some chile flavor, but there wasnít much of one. Pours brown with very little head. Touch of smoke, little chocolate, but fairly thin.