Peste Chocolate Chili Ale - Elysian Brewing Company
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4.68/5 rDev +33.3%
This beer reminds me of fireball whiskey in a way.
The initial part of the taste is a little chocolatey.
There is a mostly cinnamon and hot pepper aftertaste that burns/tickles and warms the throat in a way that I really like.
It's my favorite beer of all time so far. I hope they keep brewing it :3
07-10-2012 02:33:41 | More by catcrowbat
4.38/5 rDev +24.8%
a deep brown/black thick pour with 1/2" of tan head that quickly diminished.
smells of almonds, cocoa, chipotle peppers, caramelized nuts.
the taste has an up front spicyness which goes straight to the back of the throat with a burning sensation. aside from the obvious chipotle and chocolate, this has a nice hazelnut hint to it. as far as chipotle ales go, this is #1 in my book.
full bodied, medium carbonation with a throat punching spicyness that makes you drink more!
this is a wonderful treat. i wasn't expecting much since most of the chili beers i've had were a bit on the weaker side (aside from stone's porter and this last year's fade to black). a great tasting full bodied beer, perfect for a sunday night sipping session.
10-22-2012 00:03:56 | More by facundoCNB
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
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
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
4/5 rDev +14%
First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA
Big fan of this one, though I only got a small pour. It's hard to commit to a whole glass of a beer like this, even if it's really good. Poured a cola brown, dark but still translucent, with a small cap of off-white head; minimal lacing. Aroma of roasty chocolate malts and spicy chili pepper. I came up with a pretty good description of the taste. A chocolate covered Big Red taco. I'm pretty proud of that one. heh Dark roasty malts up front, not so much chocolaty (at first), with a sudden influx of spicy chili peppers--nice heat on the tongue, not subtle at all--finishing off with a heavy cinnamon twinge. As the beer warmed, there was a definite chewy chocolate profile that came out, making this one heck of a complex beer. I'd say, you'd have to like all the components to be able to enjoy this beer, and it's not for the weak of palate. It delivers what it promises. Medium body, great combination of flavors. Would I get it again? Yes...but no more than 6-8oz. at once.
06-03-2012 02:43:36 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +14%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This is the April beer of the apocalypse.
Appearance: black hue with hints of dark brown around the edges. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam. A good looking beer.
Smell: sweet, chocolatey malt aroma with a whiff of chilies in the mix. I'm not always a fan of this style, but I feel like the combination works well here.
Taste: starts off with a nice coffee/chocolate flavor which then gets rounded out by a fruity, peppery character and finally a hotness down the throat. The combination works quite well, and even though it's hotter than I would probably like, I feel like this is a well-designed recipe. I like it, surprisingly enough.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a low level of carbonation but an amazingly silky smoothness. Not creamy but remarkably smooth.
Overall: I was not expecting to love this beer, but I'm giving all of these 12 Beers of the Apocalypse brews a shot. I am glad to be proven wrong -- this is easily my favorite chili beer.
06-09-2012 18:38:55 | More by flagmantho
Peste Chocolate Chili Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.