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

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.

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   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. Ill 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 doesnt 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. Its 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reggiedunlop (3709) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Pours dark brown with a medium mocha head. Aroma has dark chocolate and cinnamon. Flavor is muddled but has dark chocolate, smoky and hot peppers, cinnamon...good heat that sticks around. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is dark chocolate and lingering heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Draft at the brewpub in Seattle. Pours a dark chocolate brown color thats almost black with a half finger beige head that quickly fades away. Not much in the way of lacing. Intense aroma that balances roasted dark malt and spicy, earthy chillies. Hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee bean along with earthy, hot peppers. Kind of chalky and earthy with a stronger pepper presence as it warms. Medium bodied but a bit lighter than expected with a sweet dark malt presence that is overpowered pretty quickly by a spicy, earthy pepper presence. Slightly vegetal with a nice amount of heat that isnt too overpowering. Pretty intense but not overboard with the peppers. Still somewhat balanced. Kind of like Hunahpu and Twisted Pine Ghost Face Killahs lighter bodied, less malty offspring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (6110) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Draft at Capones. Poured a good looking pitch black body with a tiny touch of beige head. Aroma starts off with mole notes and then transcends into all pepper, black pepper, white pepper and the chocolate starts to fade out. The palate is very hot from all the pepper, medium bodied with softer carbonation. Flavor of pepper and more pepper, hint of choclate and then finishes with a touch of cinnamon. This one has some serious potential, drop the pepper down a lot and add a touch more chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Yuck. It looks good and smells alright, but the taste is bad. Chocolate and chili are not a good combo in this beer. Too much lingering heat and the chocolate isnt chocolatey enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle:   Black, thin light brown head, foamy, little lacing.   Nose smells of pencil shavings and cinnamon/nutmeg.   Comes across as a pumpkin at first, but wow does the cocoa, cinnamon, and then chili come out on the tongue.   Heat builds after a while.   Still cant shake that pencil shaving aroma, plus its right at the start.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   I can only sip this one, hard to swish it about the mouth.   Spicy finish, lots of chili pepper like heat, with dabs of chocolate, cocoa, and cinnamon as well.   Interesting beer, but I could do without that much heat, and certainly the pencil shavings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
On tap at Capones. Way too peppery. Pours a black color with thin white head. Aroma of pepper and chocolate. Caramel and pepper taste. Not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Pours dark unclear brown in color with almost no head. The aroma brings some malty earthy black licorice notes, a bit sweet. The flavor has pepper hitting the back throat in such a unique,spicy manner. It has dry stout characteristics for sure, almost chalky but not quite

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10574) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Draft at Capones. Hazy dark brown pour with tan head. Nose was roasty dark malt, cacao, cinnamon, peppery. Tasted malty, with notes of cacao and spices. Got spicier late, and the finish was spicy from the beginning, but I love hot peppers, and thought this worked for me seemingly better than most. Id drink this with mexican food any day of the week.

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