rondphoto (4468) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2015
bottle @ The Andersons / Columbus OH --- Clear dark brown color, light beige rim head, lace dots. Taste is lightly toasted malt that moves through a non-carbonated swallow to a finish that features light hops and light fire. It’s okay, but certainly nothing exceptional. tmoreau (4435) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
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. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2015
The aroma is sweet and spicy with hints of fruit and chocolate. The appearance is brown with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a killer beer. edgallow (4218) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2014
12 oz bottle pours hazy brown with a off white head. Aroma of malts and a hint of chili. Taste is just malts. Frank (4209) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Despite the exotic ingredients, this comes off as sort of a basic brew--not that that’s 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 I’d 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 I’d expect from real ale from a hand pump. It’s a generally clean and malty beer w/ a nice, rich maltiness. The ancho chile flavor is subdued but it’s definitely there and adds a non-distracting touch of heat that’s so faint as to almost be imaginary. It’s all fairly tasty in the end and those who might fear a chili beer can relax and enjoy.
BelgianBeerGal (4086) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Belmont bottle. Different overall. Kinda reminded me of a lighter porter with a hint of sweetness. I really didn’t get much from the chilis; maybe a little spice but no heat. Fine but a touch thin overall. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
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, it’s interesting to drink. Good beer. beastiefan2k (4007) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2013
12oz bottle with no date but purchased at Trader Joe’s, so hopefully pretty fresh. Pours with a medium sized head into an old school Hoegaarden tulip glass. Head fades to a thick tan surface covering lacing. Color is a beautiful dark ruby chestnut. Aroma first presents the ancho chile but without the burn, actual just a dry pepper aroma. Its not strong, just moderate and the first element to present itself. Behind that is just a great clean beer with soft caramel malt sweetness (not sugar). Earthy, clean, and sweet - almost perfect. Nice medium light but felt body with a perfectly melded carbonation. Flavor seems to lose all pepper and ends up with the clean sweet and earthy character. Pretty wonderful as well. Just a damn well made beer with a bit of ancho character on the nose. SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 3, 2013
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
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. It’s not poorly done, just overall not my kinda beer I think.