Peste Chocolate Chili Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Peste Chocolate Chili AlePeste Chocolate Chili Ale

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80
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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 14
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: harrymel on 04-16-2012)
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1.68/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I bought a bomber of Peste at the Swamp. $12. Poured in to a pint glass.

Unfortunately this Chocolate Chili Ale is as bad as it sounds. I have never had a drain pour (not even the SA Cranberry Lambic) and at $12 a bottle I'm not starting now, but this is a beer that would have such a narrow niche, it can;t be marketable.

Pours a opaque black color, with a less than resilient beige head.

Smell is all about the chili. I can hardly taste anything else, and it makes me wonder why they even bothered with the dark malts. This could easily be a chili flavored Mexican Lager, and it might even sell better.

The taste is a rich coffee flavor up front, quickly overpowered by the chilli flavor, with a spicey hot aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, like a porter, but the hot aftertaste is way too much. Alcohol heat is one thing, but chilli spiced porter is another.

Not a real drinkable beer. It might have a niche with Mexican food in small amounts, but quaffable it is not.

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2/5  rDev -43%

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2/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark brown body, nearly opaque, and the chocolate-colored head at the pour quickly dissipated to nothing (probably due to the chili oils). Aroma is unique. Reminds me of potpourri with a weird spearmint and peppermint aura. Strange light chocolate and cinnamon taste quickly give way to fiery, peppery chili heat and flavor. Light bodied.

It is difficult to rate this beer along "strict' chili beer guidelines, so my scores try to reflect the chocolate/chili main components. With that said, the taste really destroys this beer. It's rough and nasty. The chili taste and heat just doesn't blend well with the chocolate or cinnamon. There is a brutish, heavy medicinal aftertaste (i.e., very strong band-aid flavor). I think of this brew as some bizarro industrial strength cleaning solvent with the minor saving grace of ethyl alcohol in the mix, but it's hardly worth drinking. Complexity? Yes. Balance? No way, no how! Ugly and forgettable.

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2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It does what it says on the bottle. Chocolate and Chiles in equal amount on the nose. Slightly medicinal on the nose, like cough syrup, but only slightly. Overall it smells decent, not what I was expecting, but it's decent.

Very dark, kind of a muddy dark brown. It had a tan head until the entire thing disappeared. It didn't even leave enough to lace the glass. Very disappointed in the appearance.

Chocolate right up front with hints of molasses, but it doesn't last long as this uncomfortable burn takes over and lingers in the back of your throat well through the finish. After the burn sets in, all other flavors disappear.

Light on carbonation and medium body. This beer is actually very interesting, but just not very enjoyable to drink.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a solid black color with about 1/4 inch of brown head that had moderate retention and light lace.

The aroma was mostly slightly sweet, grainy malts with just a bit of pepper and no noticeable cocoa/chocolate. The flavors were mostly the same, typical malts, with just the lightest possible trace of chocolate and a sharp, harsh, and hot dose of pepper at the back of the tongue.

The body was pretty much average for a stout this size. Drinkability suffered from the harshness of the pepper. Overall, while not a bad beer, it wasn't particularly enjoyable. The pepper didn't seem to add anything but heat to this beer. YMMV.

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3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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?

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3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Peste Chocolate Chili Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.