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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4129) - 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 didnít mind the pepper spice, but I donít 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 (877) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2012
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a murky dark brown, cloudy, virtually no head. Aroma of aniseed, licorice, black pepper, chilli. Flavour is of hot chilli which gives it a good kick. Some roasted malts give it so light backing, but the flavour is dominanted by spice. Quite thin bodied but i see how the beer would be better if drank in the right setting...by a fire when itís freezing outside maybe. A decent experiment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (6300) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours a dark brown / black with a small tan head. Aroma of chili flakes upfront, black pepper, not much of the chocolate detectable - pretty much a spice bomb on the nose. Flavour is intensely spicy and peppery, again with not much chocolate character detectable - thin palate. The spice burn dominates, not making this very drinkable. Decent experiment and good follow through for the concept, but the enjoyability factor is low.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2012
Pours a stout like jet black with thinnest ring of cocoa head on the inside of the glass. Aroma is brown sugar, cocoa, slight peppery note and some malt. Taste is porter like with the mild cocoa and sweetness briefly battling it out with the peppery spice that emerges and then overtakes it. Finish is some malt, sweet peppery heat on the tip of the tongue. If you separate out the spice, which is possible, the underlying beer is a little underwhelming. Itís okay but not particularly unique or distinct. The spice certainly gets your attention but the experience is more novelty than quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
cstuartj (963) - Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Dark coffee brown, cloudy, thin head. Nice spicy nose. Interesting coco taste and nice chilli heat in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
19Ei8hty (1170) - Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Deep brown murky body with a shallow, dense tan head. Pepper notes very evident on the nose as were some grass and herb. First sip shocks you with a hearty pepper spice kick. Smooth full bodied presence with moderate chocolate malt qualities, some earthy notes, and a touch unsweetened milk. The pepper is obviously the star of the show and it is done extremely well. Biting without being aggressive but present throughout the drink in vast quantities. I expected a Mole inspired beer when I read the description and that is pretty much what was delivered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 10, 2012
22 oz bottle. Pours sludgy dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, spicy chili peppers and some light chocolate. Flavor is astringent spice up front with some bitter chocolate and roasty malt followed by a lingering chili heat. Medium body with mild carbonation. Interesting beer, lots of chili spice which I donít mind, but overall a bit harsh and astringent. Definitely let this one warm up, it opens up and rounds out the flavors. Damn ugly label.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (672) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2012 Dark caramel brown pour. Flavor is sharp chile heat, dark chocolate, and coffee. Very fizzy. Lingering heat on the tongue from the chiles, but in a good way. Another interesting offering from the 12 beers of the Apocolypse series. Definitely worth a try when you see one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2012
A rich cold brewed coffee with one of the most complex chili characters I have ever experienced. Layers of red flesh, smokiness and heat come together wonderfully. Muddy brown.

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