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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
punkinold (3) - West Kingston, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 11, 2012 does not count
22 oz. Bomber. Poured a dark chocolate color with no head retention. Aroma of chocolate and chipotle. First sip was intriguing with hints of chocolate, cinnamon and smoke then came the heat to the back of the throat. Not very hot but noticeable. This is a light sipper with many friends sharing one bottle. More interesting than good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (1491) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2012
650 ml bottle from 16th St. Pours a black with little head that dissipates quickly into cola like bubbles then completely disappears. Aromas of chocolate and hickory but not very strong. A very short initial taste of chocolate and roasted malts followed swiftly by significant heat and again a bit of hickory smoke. Leaves behind a lot of heat in the back of the mouth and throat. Interesting, but I think I would rather have a good beer to go with a spicy meal as opposed to putting the heat in the beer. Or just eat really hot BBQ chips...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trujahwarrior (478) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2012
This is one interesting brew, it smells of peppers and chocolate. The appearance is dark as expected. As far as taste goes this brew is all over the place, chocolate and roasted flavors up front and then bam the peppers hit you in the back end and are really hot. It had a medium mouthfeel on the palate. I really enjoyed this beer but can understand why its not for everyone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boxofrane (1872) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2012 Draft at Pinocchio’s. Pours mud brown with a tan film. Aroma is spicy. There is a quesadilla scent in my glass. This beer tastes like a Tex Mex party. This is a truly interesting beer that I love the concept of. Not really beer as I know it but a killer original brew. For those who like Bloody Mary’s, this could be another option.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Draft. Very dark maroon, almost flat. Aroma of jalapenos and dark milk chocolate. Taste is very peppery chocolate and coffee. Great aroma, and the peppers don’t overwhelm the taste, but take your antacids first anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (3042) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with a trace of creamy, beige head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chili peppers, cocoa, earthy hops, and dark fruit. Flavor is malt forward then quickly dominated by unbalanced chili peppers; light cocoa finish with lingering pepper taste. Medium body, low carbonation, low/medium warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10345) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Bomber from Malt and Vine. Pours black with a creamy/foamy tan head. Aroma is chili and chocolate. Med body. Flavor is very chili, somewhat chocolate, with a smooth burnt malt backbone. Sort of a chili porter. Doesn’t seem to be much bitter, but the chili substitutes well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Kovakx (3) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2012 does not count
I had this at St Augustine’s the other night as part of a sample paddle. Elysian doesn’t appear to have anything on their site about the beer yet, and St A’s seems to have it listed as a special, the description they provided: "Aroma is peppery hot with a light aroma of chocolate and dark malt. Flavor starts deceptively sweet chocolate and dark malt, then various hot flavors burst over different parts of the tongue with a long lasting hot chile pepper and Mexican chocolate aftertaste." The initial aroma was interesting with both the chilli and the chocolate coming through, appearance wise it isn’t particularly inviting looking more like a dark muddy water than a typical porter. The taste again was initially interesting, a huge hit of spice with a burn typical to chilli and then some chocolate comes through. Unfortunately the after taste comes through very quickly, it tasted more as if I had taken a swallow of a cheap white spirit going on to finish up as very synthetic. Between two of us neither got past the first half of the glass despite repeat attempts. In the end we left it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4024) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle... Poured near black a light khaki head. Nose had notes of cocoa powder, cinnamon, and roast. Those same spices came though on the palate with added pepper spice. Toasted grains, charred ash, molasses, and finished with a smokey pepper spice. I didn’t mind the pepper spice, but I don’t think it worked that well with the other spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nikiel (870) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle with Carla. Pours a thin dark brown with a nice deep brown foam that disperses a little too quickly. Smells earthy, sweet and slightly of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg and a hint of alcohol and sugar. Feels thin with hints of brown sugar, but quickly becomes spicy which drowns out all of the flavor.

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