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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Oaxacan-Style Dark Ale brewed with piloncillo sugar and chile ancho. 5 Vulture is a deep amber-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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1.3
zgaier (1957) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Pours amber brown with a light tan head and unpleasant grainy aroma. Taste is of grains, malt, and caramel but overall doesn’t come together nicely while I dot get any chili. Not a good tasting craft beer

3.2
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Dark amber pour with a brown head that totally went away. Aroma is malt and a hint of spice. Taste is malty, a little smoke and spice. OK flavor. The pepper is detectable as the beer warms. An ok beer.

3.8
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2012
A nice beer with an appealing look: dark brown, a bit of a light tan head. It has a medium finish with a nose of caramel and grapefruit. Lots of dark sugar, caramel, nuts and malt in the taste. Very good.

2.6
ChadPolenz (1827) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable (base style: 19A American Amber Ale)

AROMA: Moderately sweet sherry-like scent with notes of milk chocolate and dark malt. No pepper aroma. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Extremely dark mahogany to brown proper. Small tan foam mostly dissipates. No lacing. 1/3

FLAVOR: Sweet palette with a caramel/toffee/peanut brittle base and a sherry-like flavor in the background (oxidized). Peppers emerge on the very finish and leave a gentle warming sensation in the throat. No distinct hop presence. Malts are generally dark but no distinctiveness.12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; low carbonation. Texture feels flat and slightly watery. Clean aftertaste is nice. Much too light for 6.4%. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: While not bad-tasting, there isn’t much here to like. A fresh bottle is probably a completely different brew. 4/10

TOTAL SCORE: 26/50


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User29624 (1683) - - OCT 5, 2011
I was actually really excited about this one, but was sort of disappointed. I was really pumped for some chile flavor, but there wasn’t much of one. Pours brown with very little head. Touch of smoke, little chocolate, but fairly thin.

1.9
tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2012
12 oz bottle from Capones. Pours dark brown with thick fluffy tan head with good lacing. Aroma is soy sauce, burnt brown sugar, butterscotch. Sweet brown sugar taste, soy sauce, a little smoke and a little heat.

2.6
Lowe1983 (1605) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Pours a mahogany color with an off-white head. Aroma is pretty strong of the caramel malts with only a hint of the chile. Flavor is also overly sweet from the caramel malts. A slight hint of the chile comes out on the finish with only a slight spicy flavor on the finish.

2
SanfordBrewer (1577) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Opaque mahogany with no head. Somewhat syrupy medium-full body with sharp carbonation.

aroma: roasted malt, soy sauce, worchestershire sauce, faint smoke.

taste: sweet roasted malts, licorice, soy sauce, dark fruits, some acidity, with moderate heat in the finish. Some crystal malt sharpness and rubbery phenols come out as it warms.

pepper character comes across as somewhat harsh, seemingly due to the roasted malt, as the fruitiness is lost, but the stem/coffee notes remain.

3.2
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Pours a very dark brown color with a modest, quick fading, light tan head. Aroma has a sweet molasses and malty nose, light toasted notes with a touch of chocolate. Flavor starts off with a very sweet molasses kick followed up by a nice sweet/toasted malt combo and finishes with a light peppery touch. Body is low in carbonation, smooth with a light sugary feeling and light heat from the pepper. Overall not a bad brew. The pepper doesn’t dominate the flavor and add just a touch of heat which works very nicely with this brew.

3.3
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2011
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 chile’s 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.


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