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Peste Chocolate Chili Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Peste Chocolate Chili AlePeste Chocolate Chili Ale

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: harrymel on 04-16-2012)
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-23-2013 21:19:28 | More by fitz284
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.5%

07-15-2013 19:24:11 | More by Kjanisch7
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3.68/5  rDev +4.8%

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma has a good bit of cinnamon in it as well as some earthy pepper notes and chocolate. The flavor has a good bit of spicy, green pepper notes. There is also some definitely cayenne pepper in the flavor. The cinnamon and chocolate are hidden in the flavor behind the spicy pepper notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

10-28-2012 00:00:13 | More by Mora2000
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +18.2%

Peste Apocolypse is an excellent example of a flavorful ale with chocolate and chili. Color is deep brown and the nose has notes of smoke, caramel, mocha, and burnt wood. The only thing that wasnt amazing was the mouthfeel, I feel it could have been a little bit smoother and maybe could have achieved this through a higher ABV. However, the flavor is very good with a rich dark chocolate that finishes with a spicy burn in the back of your mouth/throat.

08-17-2012 17:50:29 | More by HopToIt420
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-23-2013 22:18:19 | More by Gonzoillini
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

12-24-2012 07:07:08 | More by Kevlee722
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with almost a finger of creamy tan head that doesn't have much endurance.

Smell. Dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, a little vanilla, peppery spice, and even some ginger.

Taste. Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted grains, nice prickly peppers, the chile types, and some decent heat.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Not bad. I think this is my first "chile beer" and it was surprisingly good ...and kinda fun. Then again, I'm a bit of a hot sauce masochist so I could see lots of people not liking this at all. The more I drink, the more I think of Ralph Wiggam's "It tastes like burning".

06-14-2012 02:44:51 | More by Rutager
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2/5  rDev -43%

06-15-2012 04:24:12 | More by sneth019
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3.13/5  rDev -10.8%

Appearance: (3.5)

- Pours a very dark murky brown with tan fluffy fingers of head that settled down quite a bit to just a scatter of light dusting over the rather still and stagnant brew. Looked very good at the start.. quickly fizzled away.

Smell: (3.5)

- I certainly get a lot of cinnamon up front. I also get a very herbal aroma with some sweet fruit, light cocoa, and light sweet grain. Some chili may be there, but is timid in the aroma.

Taste: (3.0)

- I like the sweet and light malt backing of cocoa, sugars, and cinnamon. The cayenne and chipotle peppers strike with a vengeance and heat the rear of the tongue to very high marks. There isn't too much in the flavor of the pepper, but more in just the heat. The heat certainly strikes towards the finish. Though I like hot stuff, this is a bit too hot.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)

- This brew is a little thin, but medium bodied. It is well carbonated enough and a bit chewy. The heat rides on a blanket of it's own, which is like a fire flavored liquor sailing about a chewy medium bodied brew... it separates itself.

Overall: (3.0)

- Too hot. It's a decent or okay tasting background brew, but it seems a mediocre beer was flipped inside and out with hot peppers... and let's just throw in some other stuff like cinnamon (which too is overpowering) just to mix it up. This is a mixed bag, and leaves me feeling like I am missing something. For the lover of hot peppers.. this beer is for you. I just find it a little hard to enjoy. Perhaps it would pair well with vanilla iced cream?

04-24-2012 03:19:43 | More by Docer
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4/5  rDev +14%

04-30-2012 13:40:50 | More by hannaho
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

11-16-2013 03:21:36 | More by jaydoc
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3.93/5  rDev +12%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Thin medium brown head dissipated almost immediately into a thin ring around the glass, no lacing. Aroma is peppery hot with a light aroma of chocolate and dark malt. Tickles the nose. Flavor starts deceptively sweet chocolate and dark malt, then various hot flavors burst over different parts of the tongue. Hot pepper, cayenne, black pepper and cinnamon seem to be present. Long lasting hot chile pepper burn and Mexican chocolate in the aftertaste. I enjoyed the heat and complexity of the hot spicing in this ale. The dark malt is ultimately masked by the fiery elements, but are robust enough to support them. Medium bodied and surprising amount of carbonation in the mouth feel considering the slight head. This is a serious chile beer and only recommended for those who like it hot. Fortunately, I'm one of those people.

05-16-2012 03:25:55 | More by LiquidAmber
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New York

3.54/5  rDev +0.9%

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color - traces of brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin off white head that disappeared almost instantaneously, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
A: Light aromas of chilies and other spices are present in the nose.
T: The beer doesnt start off too spicy, but the chili spices start kicking in towards the finish and linger through the aftertaste. No chocolate flavors are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry and spicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Compared to other beers in the style, this beer isn't that difficult to drin because the chili spices aren't overpowering.

05-18-2013 21:21:50 | More by metter98
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

09-24-2012 00:55:21 | More by cestlavie
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

07-28-2013 13:38:15 | More by devilben02
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3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Pours a very dark brown with a quarter finger of off white head that disappears quickly. There are lots peppers in the nose, but it's a hot sauce sort of burn with a note that reminds me of cumin. Roast shows up in the smell, but the pepper dominates. The taste is full of hot peppers. The cumin shows up here as well. The roast shows up behind the heat with some dark chocolate as well. The finish is quite hot. The body is a bit syrupy and the carbonation bubbles are large.

This is a rather hot beer, but the pepper burn was unusual. Reminds me of hot sauce.

01-28-2013 13:31:18 | More by oline73
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

06-02-2012 17:54:28 | More by JohneHoodlum
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4.33/5  rDev +23.4%

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Black color. Fizzy light brown head fizzes away at breakneck speed and leaves no lacing. I'll 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 doesn't 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. It's 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.

07-19-2012 22:41:50 | More by DavoleBomb
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

09-08-2012 00:49:51 | More by Japple
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-22-2013 04:42:15 | More by SadMachine
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

07-02-2012 01:02:11 | More by bigfnjoe
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4.2/5  rDev +19.7%

Beer was served in a tulip glass with an opaque, black color and a two finger frothy tan head. Some lacing develops on the glass as it goes down. The aroma is of dark roasted and burnt malt with intense chili pepper notes and rich, dark chocolate with hints of dried plums. Hops are not really making there presence known in this beer.
First taste the chili brings a heavy hit of spice that comes riding on the remaining head. The flavor quickly unfolds to layers of chocolate and cream with a rich malty backbone. Hops silently add balance and leave the finish on this beer not too sweet. As this beer continues, the heat from the chiles becomes more faded and the rich layers of malt shine. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with a medium to full body body and creamy carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden in this flavorful beer.
This is a must try for any lovers of spicy foods and lovers of stouts. A great idea for a beer this is well made and in balance and would be a hit for desert as well.

10-29-2013 01:24:18 | More by scottbrew4u
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

06-28-2012 03:14:05 | More by crobinso
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -6%

Pours a dark borwn with reddish tint, little to no head. Scent brings moderate amounts of tootsie roll like chocolate, roasted grain, light chili scent. Taste and mouthfeel dominated by chili heat, but little flavor from them otherwise. Moderate roast, light "cheap" chocolate. Heat lingers, beer thinner than expected. Just not my favorite chili ale.

07-09-2012 14:21:21 | More by rfgetz
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-11-2013 16:46:47 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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Peste Chocolate Chili Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.