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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

BuckeyeBoy (7667) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2015
22oz bottle this was one of th e ones I was really looking forward to try. Pours out dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Nose is roast chili some chocolate sweetness and roast malts. Taste is more of the chocolate sweetness and chili it even had a little spice on the end. But overall a little disappointed of this one.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle from SJ. This was just okay for me, but I see what they were trying to do. Some interesting notes of pepper, cocoa, Earth and Cinnamin. The blend was a little too much of weirdness, but it was a decent try.

cobaink2 (690) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Interesting beer that’s for sure. On first taste on the front there is a lots of chocolate and burnt grains. Wait for it and the layers of heat kick in. The heat actually lingers for a while. Nice beer but is not something you want to have more than one pint of.

Ed5388 (3480) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2014
22oz bomber from Bayville Spirits shared after work (Christmas Squad beers round 2). Poured black with a small foamy tan head. Aroma of green peppers, dark chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. Taste mimics the nose with distinct notes of green chilis, sweet milk chocolate, and a decent pepper burn in the finish. Lots of mixed reviews on this, but I was digging it.

slowrunner77 (12043) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Strange that I wasn’t feeling this one. New Belgium set the bar high for the choc/chili/cinnomon comco, and this beer falls well short of that one. similar components, but not the same end product. the spices/herbal aspect of the aroma especially is far too overpowering, and the chocolate is so subtle as to be a non-player. the complex chili flavor and a little heat do come on in the finish, which is the beers strong point, but the faults (lack of chocolate, thin) are a little greater than the strengths. ok, but nothing special."

Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Pours dark, minimal head Smell slight roast, chili heat, veggies Taste over the top pepper, heat, it doesn’t leave much in the mouth but it scorches the throat Mid body? Horrid

fiulijn (20492) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle from 16th Street Liquor, West Vancouver
This is probably one of the worst labels I’ve seen.
Black color, with small to no head. Aroma of dark malts, roasted pepper, raw chicken meat, medium percentage chocolate, light chili pepper. Lean mouthfeel, semi-dry; the chocolate flavor is quite nice, but the chili kick is probably a bit too much to really appreciate the beer, it’s not exactly elegant; ordinary bitterness.
Not convincing.

harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
#4 of 12 in the Apocalypse Series. From the bottle: Beer #4: PESTE Chocolate Chili Ale brewed with cocoa, cinnamon and a blend of chipotle, cayenne, ancho, guajillo and pasilla peppers. Dark brown with a fleeting sheet of mocha foam. After a couple minutes, beer appears abysmally still. Smells of cinnamon, cocoa, coffee (black), and plenty of chili. Decent aroma, wish there was a hint of vanilla addition actually. Upon first taste, I think they may have overplayed the cinnamon, but after a time it started to grow on me. The sweet cocoa comes through in the finish, primarily due to the pronounced chili characters that come through - there’s a certain roasted tone to the chili lexicon here, methinks the blend is heavy in ancho and chipotle with a healthy cayenne dose. Medium over thin body with spritz carb and a warm and wet finish. I would prefer substantially more body in a beer this rich in flavor. Overall a tasty beer, and pending a couple adjustments, this would be a appropriately sought after beer IMO. Serving type: bottle 04-16-2012

Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Chocolate aroma. Dark brown color. Med to full body. Spicy chili taste with the spiced flavor as well. Don’t want more than one, but it’s not terrible

arminjewell (9646) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Pour on tap, dark brownish black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought big dark cocoa, big cinnamon that borders on trashy, some roast, coffee, and caramel in there, the chilis bring a vegetal note as well, kind of odd. Taste is chocolate, roast, coffee, slight caramel, lots of spice and pepper notes combine to make an odd vegetal note, finishing roasted and chocolatey.

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