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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jtclockwork (16831) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with quickly dissipating brown head. Nose of molasses, BBQ sauce, cayenne, cinnamon, chili pepper and toasted chocolate malt. Taste is mostly cayenne pepper with cocoa and toasted chocolate malt and hints of cinnamon. Other chili flavors linger in background. Lingering cayenne pepper heat in finish, but not overpowering. Body is a bit thick at times.

ben4321 (6607) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Half Time, 10/13/12

Aroma: The nose has chili, roasted malts, some chocolate, and a little cinnamon
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with very little head and no lace
Flavor: The taste is lightly sweet up-front, it gets roasty, and then finishes rather spicy/peppery
Palate: The body is medium, it has a soft carbonation, and a long, somewhat dry, hot pepper feel to the finish
Overall Impression: This one is really interesting. There’s a lot of hot pepper spice, I really got a lot more chili then I have in most other chili beers I’ve tried. The chocolate is there too, but the pepper is what stands out. I found it really interesting, but at the same time, I can’t imagine drinking it regularly since the drinkability is pretty low because of the peppery burn. Still, for a gimmick beer, it is quite interesting, and pretty good.

Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
Bottle - RBAG. From my RBAG Commemorative Glass. Pours clear black, thin tan head, poor lacing. Nose is big spice, hickory, smoke, bacon, some heat, really dig the aroma here. Flavours are HOLY FUCK THIS IS HOT!!!!! Smoke, chipotle, big heat, earth, nice fudge/cocoa, dry, spicy and HOT! Jesus, this is a nice beer, but they didn’t have to turn it up to 11 so hard!

thornecb (5989) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Pours black into a snifter. Off-white head crackles and recedes to stillness. Sweet caramel, cinnamon and mild chili aromas. Thin with sweet cinnamon upfront turning to hot chocolate before the lasting chili burn.

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.

DuffMan (10549) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle, shared at RBAG Summer Session 2012. Dark brown, brief beige head. Aroma is beautiful mole chocolate and chili, lightly vegetal undertones. Chocolate and cinnamon flavours with an intense chili heat deep in the throat, preceded by a vegetal flavour. Dry and hot, but so chocolatey and flavourful. I loved this crazy beer with its creepy horror movie insectoid-alien-penis label art!

BeerandBlues2 (13638) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours particulate black with no head; particles are reminiscent of powdered chilis. Aroma is heavy peppers, lightly smoked notes, chocolate, raisins and prune notes fight through the peppers. Flavor is heavy peppers and spice, chocolate, light smoke, dark fruity esters, and a sweet finish with plenty of heat around. Medium body and light carbonation.

gramity (1675) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
RBAG Summer Session 2012. Weird mutant penis thing on the label. 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 don’t mind, but overall a bit harsh and astringent. Definitely let this one warm up, it opens up and rounds out the flavors.

PhillyCraft (7582) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle with Sean, and Joe B, pours a deep dark black with no head, and lacing. Aromas is tons of cinnamon, chocolate, and cayenne pepper. Taste is ok for about a second with some cocoa and veggies and then the insane heat comes on from the peppers, so much burning in mouth, and chest. Unberable extreme heat. Just not for me, drain pour.

jbeatty (1255) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Draft, 08/20/2012. Black pour, small tan head. Aroma of chocolate malts, cinnamon, mole, and spicy pepper. Taste of cocoa, nutty, extreme chili palate-killing spiciness, lasting heat goes on. Hard to drink actually, too much heat for me, maybe I’m a wimp.

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