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RATINGS: 96   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.


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, - 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.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6016) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Strange that I wasn’t feeling this one. New Belgium set the bar high for the choc/chili/cinnomon comco, and this beer falls well short of that one. similar components, but not the same end product. the spices/herbal aspect of the aroma especially is far too overpowering, and the chocolate is so subtle as to be a non-player. the complex chili flavor and a little heat do come on in the finish, which is the beers strong point, but the faults (lack of chocolate, thin) are a little greater than the strengths. ok, but nothing special."

0.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Pours dark, minimal head Smell slight roast, chili heat, veggies Taste over the top pepper, heat, it doesn’t leave much in the mouth but it scorches the throat Mid body? Horrid

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle from 16th Street Liquor, West Vancouver
This is probably one of the worst labels I’ve seen.
Black color, with small to no head. Aroma of dark malts, roasted pepper, raw chicken meat, medium percentage chocolate, light chili pepper. Lean mouthfeel, semi-dry; the chocolate flavor is quite nice, but the chili kick is probably a bit too much to really appreciate the beer, it’s not exactly elegant; ordinary bitterness.
Not convincing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
#4 of 12 in the Apocalypse Series. From the bottle: Beer #4: PESTE Chocolate Chili Ale brewed with cocoa, cinnamon and a blend of chipotle, cayenne, ancho, guajillo and pasilla peppers. Dark brown with a fleeting sheet of mocha foam. After a couple minutes, beer appears abysmally still. Smells of cinnamon, cocoa, coffee (black), and plenty of chili. Decent aroma, wish there was a hint of vanilla addition actually. Upon first taste, I think they may have overplayed the cinnamon, but after a time it started to grow on me. The sweet cocoa comes through in the finish, primarily due to the pronounced chili characters that come through - there’s a certain roasted tone to the chili lexicon here, methinks the blend is heavy in ancho and chipotle with a healthy cayenne dose. Medium over thin body with spritz carb and a warm and wet finish. I would prefer substantially more body in a beer this rich in flavor. Overall a tasty beer, and pending a couple adjustments, this would be a appropriately sought after beer IMO. Serving type: bottle 04-16-2012

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Chocolate aroma. Dark brown color. Med to full body. Spicy chili taste with the spiced flavor as well. Don’t want more than one, but it’s not terrible

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (6322) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Pour on tap, dark brownish black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought big dark cocoa, big cinnamon that borders on trashy, some roast, coffee, and caramel in there, the chilis bring a vegetal note as well, kind of odd. Taste is chocolate, roast, coffee, slight caramel, lots of spice and pepper notes combine to make an odd vegetal note, finishing roasted and chocolatey.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
JFParnell (49) - Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2013
This beer, if you can call it that, tastes like ass. This has to be the worst beer I have ever had. My wife picked it up for me thinking I would like to try something different, and boy was she wrong. The chocolate chili thing has to be the worst combination for a beer. The strong spiciness in the finish, should never happen. Apocolypse was exactly what I was thinking as a I drank the first sips and then promptly poured the rest down the toilet. Pretty much all of the beers of the Apocolypse are so bad they had trouble giving them away up at Norm’s in Lake Stevens. Yet, for some reason beer raters can’t seem to rate them below a 2.5. Here’s a tip. If you don’t like a beer, give it a .5 rating like me. Don’t try to logically go through and evaluate each point, so that you come up with a 2.5 rating, and then go on about how it has floral notes or some crap. Beers that suck should show a rating like they suck, even if it comes from a craft brewery with a reputation. Tell the king he has no clothes.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3934) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Chocolate, spicy chile aroma. Taste is sweet orange, powdered chocolate and intense chile. Very bold...the strong ,sweet orange is nice stacked up against the burn...which stings a bit.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (7841) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle. Chili, orange, and cocoa aroma. Brown with minimal head. Lightly sweet cocoa and orange initially with strong chili burn in the finish. Nice heat but malt light.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Amfo (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 Bottle on 7/30/2013. Chili is muted after a year in the bottle. Less chocolate too. More balanced overall, but still a bite. Definitely better than the first time around. Lots of separation as it continued to sit though.


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