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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Brought a growler of this to a party and ended up drinking almost the entire thing myself. This beer is delicious. Decadent chocolate, deep roasty flavors, and a powerful, perfectly integrated chili pepper heat that really spices things up. Excellent execution and easily the best chili beer I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kellerstein (9) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2012 does not count
Peppery aroma. Light ring of foam above cola black color. Spicy chocolate taste with persistant chipople and black pepper afterburn. One of the best pepper beers I have had. Brings sweat to the forehead and numbs the lip. Enjoyed from the tap at Ground Zero (Tangle Town) release party.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boxofrane (2553) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Draft… This beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Excellent retention. The nose is a decadent mélange of milk chocolate, fudge, and deeply roasted malts. Medium-bodied with zippy carbonation. The flavor provides fudge and dark chocolate trailed by chili pepper warmth. Raspy, assertive chili pepper finish. World class effort!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
anderson01 (328) - Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Black in color. Head descipated rather quickly. Poor lacing. Chocolate aroma with some pepper notes. Alcohol also noticeable in the aroma. Smokey aroma. There is a definite spicyness to the taste. Not as much chocolate flavor as I was hoping. There is a long spicey finish which I love. Medium-bodied beer with average carbonation. This beer reminds me of Texas ranger. I loved it . Drink it all night long.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. 3.0 A: Black color. Fizzy light brown head fizzes away at breakneck speed and leaves no lacing. I’ll give them a break since I know chilis do a number on head. 5.0 S: Smells wonderful. Huge hit of that unique chili aroma. This doesn’t bitch out like a lot of other chili beers. After that there is almost as much chocolate. The cinnamon ties it all together. I was initially going to give the nose a 4.5, but after a few more whiffs I realized that this is perfect. 4.5 T: Again the big three are back. Lots of chili flavor, lots of cocoa, and just the right amount of cinnamon. A bit of roast, a bit of grain, and a moderate malty sweetness. But, perhaps the thing I like best is the heat this brings. It’s intense by beer standards, but still totally manageable. Very well put together beer. 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is definitely lacking creaminess, which would make the mouthfeel so much better, but at least I get a good warming that lasts and lasts. 4.0 D: Aside from the mouthfeel lacking, this is a stellar chili beer. It offers a lot more heat than the many chili beers that are made for broader audiences and I appreciate that. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-19-2012 22:41:50

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very spicy. Almost too spicy. It really reminded me of a bowl of chili, not chili peppers. it was also a lot like mole sauce because of the chocolate notes. The heat was also more like cinnamon in aroma, but more like peppers in flavor. This was one of the spiciest beers I’ve ever had that was still good. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown with an average, tan to light brown head that fully diminished very quickly and left no lacing. The aroma had moderate chili and mole sauce, chocolate syrup, and roasted malts; light molasses and caramel malts; hints of smoke; maple syrup; cinnamon; chili peppers; meat; a little barbecue sauce; and hints of coffee. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and acidic, slightly sour and bitter, and moderately spicy; while the finish was lightly sweet, bitter and acidic, and heavily spicy. There was chocolate, mole sauce, bowl of chili, peppers, cinnamon, chocolate syrup, maple syrup and caramel. The medium body was oily and spicy with soft but slightly tingly carbonation and a spicy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trujahwarrior (510) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - 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

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