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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6169) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Cask pour at Tangle town. Dark brown color with tan foam. Chocolate, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, mild chli pepper aromas--smells like a good pumpkin porter. Super smooth medium body. Big chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon flavors followed by big long chili pepper burn to finish--good shit

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Draft at the brewpub in Seattle. Pours a dark chocolate brown color that’s almost black with a half finger beige head that quickly fades away.  Not much in the way of lacing. Intense aroma that balances roasted dark malt and spicy, earthy chillies.  Hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee bean along with earthy, hot peppers. Kind of chalky and earthy with a stronger pepper presence as it warms.   Medium bodied but a bit lighter than expected with a sweet dark malt presence that is overpowered pretty quickly by a spicy, earthy pepper presence.  Slightly vegetal with a nice amount of heat that isn’t too overpowering.  Pretty intense but not overboard with the peppers.  Still somewhat balanced.  Kind of like Hunahpu and Twisted Pine Ghost Face Killah’s  lighter bodied, less malty offspring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4338) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Draft at Capones. Poured a good looking pitch black body with a tiny touch of beige head. Aroma starts off with mole notes and then transcends into all pepper, black pepper, white pepper and the chocolate starts to fade out. The palate is very hot from all the pepper, medium bodied with softer carbonation. Flavor of pepper and more pepper, hint of choclate and then finishes with a touch of cinnamon. This one has some serious potential, drop the pepper down a lot and add a touch more chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Beerathon (1383) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Yuck. It looks good and smells alright, but the taste is bad. Chocolate and chili are not a good combo in this beer. Too much lingering heat and the chocolate isn’t chocolatey enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle:   Black, thin light brown head, foamy, little lacing.   Nose smells of pencil shavings and cinnamon/nutmeg.   Comes across as a pumpkin at first, but wow does the cocoa, cinnamon, and then chili come out on the tongue.   Heat builds after a while.   Still can’t shake that pencil shaving aroma, plus its right at the start.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   I can only sip this one, hard to swish it about the mouth.   Spicy finish, lots of chili pepper like heat, with dabs of chocolate, cocoa, and cinnamon as well.   Interesting beer, but I could do without that much heat, and certainly the pencil shavings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalsk (1088) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
On tap at Capones. Way too peppery. Pours a black color with thin white head. Aroma of pepper and chocolate. Caramel and pepper taste. Not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Damico (2746) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Pours dark unclear brown in color with almost no head. The aroma brings some malty earthy black licorice notes, a bit sweet. The flavor has pepper hitting the back throat in such a unique,spicy manner. It has dry stout characteristics for sure, almost chalky but not quite

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8171) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Draft at Capone’s. Hazy dark brown pour with tan head. Nose was roasty dark malt, cacao, cinnamon, peppery. Tasted malty, with notes of cacao and spices. Got spicier late, and the finish was spicy from the beginning, but I love hot peppers, and thought this worked for me seemingly better than most. I’d drink this with mexican food any day of the week.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kerenmk (2788) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Noam. Black, opaque, no head. Burnt, some pepper, smokey aroma. Bitter, hot, faint old chocolate taste. Very hot finish, sleek, no carbonation. Long finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DSG (6534) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Dagan. Murky brown with a tiny bit of bubbly brown foam that disappears immediately. Aroma of coffee, chili, cardamon, cinnamon and more spices. Flavor of coffee, a bit of cocoa, lots of spices and a very hot chili finish. Medium-bodied. Too hot.

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