Frank (3534) - 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.
jrallen34 (3498) - 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
Blairgus (3467) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
17 nov 2012, bottle. Nut brown, clear. Nose is sickly sweet malt, maybe some grape jelly. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Sweet caramel malt. Really sickly caramel malt. Ugh.
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BelgianBeerGal (3457) - 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.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Mariaís Party. Iíve been waiting months to try this and was sadly underwhelmed. Pours a reddish brown, clear, with minimal head that dissipates. Nose is lightly sweet, faint cocoa and just a hint of smoke. On taste, flavors are quite subtle. Slight warming, light smokey chiles. It could really use more depth of flavor here as it just seems undwhelming. Okay, but far from great.
1FastSTi (3346) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coincidentally to another rater, I thought this was very much like a Vienna beer. The ancho is very subtle and simply tries to add to it instead of being the dominant flavor. Lots of Vienna malt. Moderate carbonation. Nothing spectacular for me in this one, like in 5 lizard...
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, 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.
alobar (3159) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cola brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, spice, and toasted malt. Toasted malt and caramel flavor with hint of pepper on the back end. Decent beer.
tmoreau (3054) - 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.
NachlamSie (3025) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
6 pack from Wallabyís. I really enjoyed talking to these guys at GABF and I loved their beer, so I was stoked to see 5 Rabbit on the shelves out here. This beer is a very dark red with a small head. Chili is there, but I could use more. Itís a sweet smelling beer with notes of cola, toffee and a bit of chocolate. The palate is medium with pretty active carbonation. Anchor chili comes out more in the flavor, which provides nice balance. I could still use more pepper and definitely a little more heat. Still, itís a nice beer. A malty, sweeter, well balanced ale.