Frank (4010) - 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.
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 3, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber with small beige head. Fruity bready peppery aroma. Caramel and ancho chilis . Not spicy. Medium body.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Pawola22 - thanks, Brian! Thinnish copper pour with a fast-evaporating head, leaving just a partial film of bubbles. Bitter chiles and burnt sugar in the nose and an impression of general harshness. Nice little bite on the tongue, and the chiles do tend to meld fairly well with the sweet caramel. Itís not poorly done, just overall not my kinda beer I think.
drewbeerme (3916) - 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
Headbanger (3851) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle 2/19/13 (Binnyís Naperville Mix Six)-40į in Lager Glass-Pours a dark amber with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, toffee, and chile. Taste of the same with more chile and earthy. This medium bodied brew is not bad but nothing I would go searching for.
BelgianBeerGal (3838) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Belmont bottle. Different overall. Kinda reminded me of a lighter porter with a hint of sweetness. I really didnít get much from the chilis; maybe a little spice but no heat. Fine but a touch thin overall.
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 12 oz. bottle poured to a SA lager/pint glass showing a nearly opague brown color with amber highlighting, a frothy, brownish tan head, and wavy cling to the lacing. The aroma was toasted, almost roasted, creamy malt, caramel, treacle, and brown sugar sweetness. The flavor intro was some initial sharpness to alert the palate, lingering pepper/chiles, then moderate, earthy bitterness, and even keeled malt. Sweetness was less evident in the flavor. The body was medium+, with a light syrupy texture, decent carbonation, and a finish that was peppery, extended bitterness, with a touch of dryness. Appreciated the balanced flavor notes, and the non-abrasive expression of the chiles.
edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle pours hazy brown with a off white head. Aroma of malts and a hint of chili. Taste is just malts.
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown sugar, caramel, and very light chili aroma. Deep chestnut with a large beige head. Caramel malt, herbal bitter chili flavor. No heat to speak of, just vegetal bitter pepper flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Draft. Poured a clear light brown color. The head was thin and off white. Cloying diacetyl dominated the aroma. There were also whiffs of nondescript spices. Medium bodied and moderately sweet. Buttery caramel and spice flavors with a hint of chocolate. No chile pepper to speak of in my opinion.