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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boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2012 Draft at Pinocchio’s. Pours mud brown with a tan film. Aroma is spicy. There is a quesadilla scent in my glass. This beer tastes like a Tex Mex party. This is a truly interesting beer that I love the concept of. Not really beer as I know it but a killer original brew. For those who like Bloody Mary’s, this could be another option.

Travlr (24768) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Draft. Very dark maroon, almost flat. Aroma of jalapenos and dark milk chocolate. Taste is very peppery chocolate and coffee. Great aroma, and the peppers don’t overwhelm the taste, but take your antacids first anyway.

sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with a trace of creamy, beige head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chili peppers, cocoa, earthy hops, and dark fruit. Flavor is malt forward then quickly dominated by unbalanced chili peppers; light cocoa finish with lingering pepper taste. Medium body, low carbonation, low/medium warmth.

bhensonb (15194) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Bomber from Malt and Vine. Pours black with a creamy/foamy tan head. Aroma is chili and chocolate. Med body. Flavor is very chili, somewhat chocolate, with a smooth burnt malt backbone. Sort of a chili porter. Doesn’t seem to be much bitter, but the chili substitutes well.

Kovakx (3) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2012 does not count
I had this at St Augustine’s the other night as part of a sample paddle. Elysian doesn’t appear to have anything on their site about the beer yet, and St A’s seems to have it listed as a special, the description they provided: "Aroma is peppery hot with a light aroma of chocolate and dark malt. Flavor starts deceptively sweet chocolate and dark malt, then various hot flavors burst over different parts of the tongue with a long lasting hot chile pepper and Mexican chocolate aftertaste." The initial aroma was interesting with both the chilli and the chocolate coming through, appearance wise it isn’t particularly inviting looking more like a dark muddy water than a typical porter. The taste again was initially interesting, a huge hit of spice with a burn typical to chilli and then some chocolate comes through. Unfortunately the after taste comes through very quickly, it tasted more as if I had taken a swallow of a cheap white spirit going on to finish up as very synthetic. Between two of us neither got past the first half of the glass despite repeat attempts. In the end we left it.

boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle... Poured near black a light khaki head. Nose had notes of cocoa powder, cinnamon, and roast. Those same spices came though on the palate with added pepper spice. Toasted grains, charred ash, molasses, and finished with a smokey pepper spice. I didn’t mind the pepper spice, but I don’t think it worked that well with the other spices.

Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle with Carla. Pours a thin dark brown with a nice deep brown foam that disperses a little too quickly. Smells earthy, sweet and slightly of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg and a hint of alcohol and sugar. Feels thin with hints of brown sugar, but quickly becomes spicy which drowns out all of the flavor.

Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2012
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a murky dark brown, cloudy, virtually no head. Aroma of aniseed, licorice, black pepper, chilli. Flavour is of hot chilli which gives it a good kick. Some roasted malts give it so light backing, but the flavour is dominanted by spice. Quite thin bodied but i see how the beer would be better if drank in the right setting...by a fire when it’s freezing outside maybe. A decent experiment.

mcberko (17832) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours a dark brown / black with a small tan head. Aroma of chili flakes upfront, black pepper, not much of the chocolate detectable - pretty much a spice bomb on the nose. Flavour is intensely spicy and peppery, again with not much chocolate character detectable - thin palate. The spice burn dominates, not making this very drinkable. Decent experiment and good follow through for the concept, but the enjoyability factor is low.

manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2012
Pours a stout like jet black with thinnest ring of cocoa head on the inside of the glass. Aroma is brown sugar, cocoa, slight peppery note and some malt. Taste is porter like with the mild cocoa and sweetness briefly battling it out with the peppery spice that emerges and then overtakes it. Finish is some malt, sweet peppery heat on the tip of the tongue. If you separate out the spice, which is possible, the underlying beer is a little underwhelming. It’s okay but not particularly unique or distinct. The spice certainly gets your attention but the experience is more novelty than quality.

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