Peste Chocolate Chili Ale - Elysian Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
3.73/5 rDev +6.3%
Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.
Pours a dark chocolate brown color that's almost black with a half finger beige head that quickly fades away. Not much in the way of lacing.
Intense aroma that balances roasted dark malt and spicy, earthy chillies. Hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee bean along with earthy, hot peppers. Kind of chalky and earthy with a stronger pepper presence as it warms.
Medium bodied but a bit lighter than expected with a sweet dark malt presence that is overpowered pretty quickly by a spicy, earthy pepper presence. Slightly vegetal with a nice amount of heat that isn't too overpowering. Pretty intense but not overboard with the peppers. Still somewhat balanced. Kind of like Hunahpu and Twisted Pine Ghost Face Killah's lighter bodied, less malty off spring.
08-06-2012 23:33:45 | More by corby112
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Pours a slightly hazy dark cola brown (like a Coke) in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some very dark amber highlights. The beer has a very thin beige in color that quickly reduces to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.
S: There are light to moderate amounts of chile spiciness that intensifies as the beer warms.
T: Upfront there is a light amount of chocolate malts with some lighter hints of cinnamon but the overall flavor of this beer is really dominated by the chiles. There is a light amount of smokiness from the chipotle pepper and a decent amount of heat which lingers through the finish and beyond.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight amounts of spicy heat that builds as you drink the beer.
O: The spiciness of this beer builds in intensity as you continue to drink it and it intensifies after each sip, also it lingers for a good while. It reminds a bit of Mexican hot chocolate but with a lighter amount of chocolate.
05-18-2013 21:22:37 | More by dbrauneis
3.05/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
10-24-2012 22:13:40 | More by beertunes
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
A vigorous pour produces a thick inky black liquid with a smallish tan head that dissipates almost instantly. The aroma hold hints of chocolate with an earthy edge. There's a sinister herbal peppery spice aroma that lingers just beyond the point of perception. The flavor is coffee and chocolate up front with an inky stale coffee consistency. Green pepper skin flavor mixes with solid shot of capsaicin heat warms the palette long after every sip. A personal preference, but I think the cinnamon flavor adds an herbal component to the overall flavor that for me detracts from enjoying the pure pepperness. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost watery mouthfeel. This beer has got lots of layers which keeps it interesting, but for me the cinnamon confuses my taste buds.
11-10-2012 05:48:14 | More by johnnnniee
3.65/5 rDev +4%
Bottle opened on 8.13.12.
Number 4 in the series.
A - Pours a dark brown with a light brown-dark tan head with good retention.
S - Old coffee, subtle chocolate and very subtle peppers.
T - Coffee mostly, some chocolate with a pepper burn in the back of my throat.
D - Good carbonation wit a heavy body, Nice burn.
O - Nice chili burn, nicely balanced, but not overly done.
08-18-2012 05:49:04 | More by HuskyinPDX
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
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
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
3.45/5 rDev -1.7%
A-Looks like Pepsi. Bubbles crack and die off like soda too. Then there is literally no head. I mean zero head. I rarely see a beer without any trace of a head. Could it be an omen? Body is very dark. Light has serious trouble penetrating the beer's girth.
S-Wacky aroma. It almost smells like ketchup at times. This beer is just as much pepper and chili as it is roast and chocolate. Chili powder. Red pepper dipped in a mocha-frappe. Really strange! I must say, they went balls-deep with the spiciness. Most beers add a hint of heat, this beer seems to toss peppers aggressively at your face from a short distance.
T-Holy christ, this is without a doubt the hottest and spiciest beer I have ever encountered. It is not even close. This is legitimately HOT. Some of the spiciness can be attributed to the infusion of cinnamon too. The finish has some cinnamon on it. Peste goes like this: sip, chocolate, one drop coffee, PEPPER, pepper, PEPPER, cinnamon, tongue on fire, PEPPER, chipotle sauce. A surreal drink.
M-Not too big around the waist. This is a slow sipper. Booze is in check, the body is easy to withstand but there is just too much pepper.
O/D-One of the hardest beers to grade. I respect how cocky and shameless this ale is. I also know I will never buy it again. Took me about 20 minutes to set a grade I was comfortable with. I am glad I tried such a brazen beer. May or may not give me intense heartburn tonight though.
11-10-2012 04:15:36 | More by VelvetExtract
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
Peste Chocolate Chili Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.