Elysian 12 Beers of Apocalypse # 4 - Peste Chocolate Chili Ale

RATINGS: 95   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.

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Beerdedone (3446) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a short brown head. Aroma of green & spicy peppers, chocolate and a hint of cinnamon. Flavor was intense with hot & spicy chilli peppers, chocolate and a touch of cinnamon with a very hot chilli finish.

jeremytoni (3082) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2013
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a fair amount of head. Spicy malty flavor with a lasting finish.

hfmejias (1283) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2013
1 Pint, 6 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured a very dark brown with some reddish highlights a bit of tan head that went away quickly. Aroma of Chocolate, Chili and some roast malts. Taste, well spicy chili comes out strong from the very beginning, also some roasted malts and chocolate are noticeable. Very complex and worth trying.

zoucrew102 (2048) - - FEB 3, 2013
Aroma is chocolate with chilies. Pours a light golden color. Taste is some chocolate with chilies and a very spicy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ganache (6029) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bomber. Nose of heavy dark chocolate with earth and just a touch of chili-caused nose hair singing. Dark brown-black pour with a scant brown head. Taste is heavily tilted to the pepper side, black pepper too but earthy, fiery chilli peppers in spades; the scratchy heat is immediate and intense (cheers to the brewers for getting this kind of quality burn out, and to the planners for having the stones to attempt it) and reminds me a little of re-fried beans. Just an awesome, complex roasted pepper taste, and one that lasts long after swallow. Unfortunately, the peppers dominate everything else to the point of a near shutout, minimal chocolate up front and that’s it. Light-medium body underneath all the flames. On quality of flavor this is probably 4+, maybe even 4.5+, but there’s no balance and not much "beer" as traditionally considered, and while I can get behind gulping 8-10 ounces, this kind of intensity has a definite limit (a bomber is going to be too much for all but the most calloused drinkers). So: world-class production for a tiny niche market.

Utterly ideal in any chili [the food] recipe that calls for a beer addition, and probably any that doesn’t.

puzzl (3260) - 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.

devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 Pours black, no foam. Smell is chocolate with a little pepper. Taste is sweet up front with a spicy chili finish, very addictive. Heat is lingering a little too much.

mansquito (6789) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Blind Tiger, NY tap ($7.50): Pours a brown with very little head. Aroma is chocolate and malts, with a hint of pepper. The pepper comes out a lot strong in the actual taste. This is more intense than most other chili beers that I have had. It is in a good way too. The chocolate and the pepper meld well together and are complemented by the other spices.

Jow (4028) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Tap at the Stagshead for night 2 of the apocalypse. Pours dark brown with thin head and nose of chocolate and chilli powder. tastes of dark chocolate, earth, vanilla, cinnamon, malt, and woody. Plenty of chili and actually burns quite a bit. any hotter and it’d be unpleasant but works

Tmoney99 (14844) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Poured a dark brown color with an average fizzy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted peppers and cinnamon aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted hot peppers spice flavor with a medium hot spice finish of moderate duration. Solid complex brew.

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