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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%
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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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0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
JFParnell (66) - 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 Norms in Lake Stevens. Yet, for some reason beer raters cant seem to rate them below a 2.5. Heres a tip. If you dont like a beer, give it a .5 rating like me. Dont 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 (6207) - Coxs 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 (10891) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle courtesy of ericdevin. Chocolate, cinnamon, chili pepper - very mole type aroma. Deep mahogany with a small, very quickly dissipating head. Chocolate, cola, slightly smoky spicy chili, cinnamon, and earthy roasty flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation. Leaves a nice warm burn on the lips and at the back of the throat. A beer to make capsaicin addicts happy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjgmd (2040) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark black pour with a nice java head. Nose is chocolate and spice, predominately southwestern. Taste is chocolate and spicey, peppery with strong chili. Finish is peppery as well with moderate lingering. Descent ! Quaff Score 7 / 10

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zgaier (1917) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Pours a muddy brown with a dissipating head and aroma of chocolate and spices. Taste is similar, chocolate and roasted malt up front leading to a spicy, peppery, long finish. Solid spice brew

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle at Aarons. Thanks man! Pour is deep brown, almost black with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Huge potpourri, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, light roast and cocoa in the aroma. Taste is roasty, cocoa, huge cinnamon, overwhelmingly spicy, pepper, and lightly smoky with a big spicy burning finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Way too hot for my liking.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (10538) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle @ home, courtesy of my secret santa. Thanks bro! Pours a dark brown appearance with a thin bubbly brown head that doesnt have much retention. Cinnamon, chili pepper, dark chocolate, cocoa, light veggie aroma. Fairly big and spicy, dark chocolate, hot hot heat, chili pepper, veggie flavor. Too much veggie. Hot hot heat, my brothers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17653) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle split with DW the wingman at Elysian Seattle, 27/05/13. Murky light black with a thin tan head which clears to the edge, floaties are evident, not a looker ! Nose is chilli, dark chocolate, spice, dark malts, brown sugars. Taste comprises dark chocolate which quickly turns to a habanero burn, green peppers, liqourice, molasses. Medium bodied with fine carbonation, big chilli bite in the finish. Decent chilli beer, not a looker at all, but one of the tastier ones Ive encountered. Not OTT in the heat stakes but there is a good chilli kick which tempers well with bitter dark chocolate.


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