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Elysian 12 Beers of Apocalypse # 4 - Peste Chocolate Chili Ale



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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
12 Beers of the Apocalypse #4. Peste Chocolate Chili Ale will plague you with the rich flavors of cocoa, chilies, and cinnamon in a beer of 7.5% ABV. A blend of Peruvian cocoa, Ceylon cinnamon, and chipotle, guajillo, pasilla, and cayenne peppers make this beer a unique distraction from the approaching end of the world as we know it. Brewed with Pale, Munich, C-77 Crystal, and Chocolate malts with roasted flaked barley, and nominally bittered with Magnum, this is the fourth of our 12 Beers of the Apocolypse heralding the winding down of the Mayan calendar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bth122 (1499) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Draft. Aroma is big cinnimon, vanilla, mild peppers. Taste starts off with peppers right off front, then cinnimon then cocoa beans. Peppers linger in my mouth. Worth trying but only once

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (3845) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle pours a dark brown/black and what modest head could be coaxed by a violent pour, dissipated in a few seconds. Nary a bubble on top now. Pronounced peperry aroma. Very strong pepper flavor. Too much I think. Interesting experiment. Glad I tried it....not sure I can finish it. Thin bodied and lingering sting in the back of the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2012
From tap -pours flat black, visible head dissipates quickly. Aroma is chili and chocolate. First sip is hot spicy chili with chocolate. Spicy chili aftertaste that burns slowly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9110) - Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2012
22 oz. bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours clear dark brown in color with a small fine beige head. The aroma has a mix of fruity, green and hot peppers, light cocoa and roast. The flavor definitely has a nice amount of pepper heat, but not enough to cover the other flavors. Roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of cinnamon toward the back. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3816) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 9, 2012
A vigorous pour produces a thick inky black liquid with a smallish tan head that dissipates almost instantly. The aroma hold hints of chocolate with an earthy edge. Thereís a sinister herbal peppery spice aroma that lingers just beyond the point of perception. The flavor is coffee and chocolate up front with an inky stale coffee consistency. Green pepper skin flavor mixes with solid shot of capsaicin heat warms the palette long after every sip. A personal preference, but I think the cinnamon flavor adds an herbal component to the overall flavor that for me detracts from enjoying the pure pepperness. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost watery mouthfeel. This beer has got lots of layers which keeps it interesting, but for me the cinnamon confuses my taste buds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
22oz bottle, thanks to my parents for bringing a few from this series back for me. Shared with local beer lovers. Dark near-black color. Little minimal khaki head. Wow, super-chile nose. really unique. Big complex chili pepper aroma, that just punches you, but doesnít assault or offend. I was expecting this to be much more subtle, but I am glad itís not. Not too spicy to be unbearable or totally overpower the chocolate, though. Good kick in the back of the throat. Bigger body. Lighter carbonation. Kinda creamy texture. Long, spicy aftertaste. This is impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of light chocolate and cinnamon/red hots. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a minimal beige head that quickly fades to a thin film around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with light-moderate chocolate. The finish is heavy on the chile pepper with just the slightest hint of vanilla. Itís medium bodied with light carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, the heat is a bit much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2012
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma has a good bit of cinnamon in it as well as some earthy pepper notes and chocolate. The flavor has a good bit of spicy, green pepper notes. There is also some definitely cayenne pepper in the flavor. The cinnamon and chocolate are hidden in the flavor behind the spicy pepper notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2012
GABF. Dark brown pour. Light brown head. Aroma is all chili up front, some green pepper then you get a hint of the roast, chocolate and dark fruit. Flavor is spicy, quite hot. Behind the heat are some fruity and roasty notes with hints of dark chocolate. A lot going on. You donít want this if you donít like heat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2769) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Dark pour. Lots of full pepper flavors and heat. Challenge for the tongue but lots of interesting dark notes despite a very strong heat that builds with each sip. Not for the faint of heart but a worthy challenge.

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