Peste Chocolate Chili Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Peste Chocolate Chili AlePeste Chocolate Chili Ale

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 15
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: harrymel on 04-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 35
Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beertunes
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.

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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".

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of harrymel
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

#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.

Photo of beergoot
2.12/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of grittybrews
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cola brown with a slick of off-white head. Mild aroma of roasty cocoa and chili.

Ample carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel. Mild cocoa and chili up front with some sweet caramel and a big spicy kick on the finish.

I likes me some spicy chili, and was pleasantly surprised that this beer wasn't fooling around. At the same time, I appreciated that the generous carbonation and slightly sweeter malt character helped balance things somewhat. A bit jumbled, but enjoyable overall.

Photo of BDTyre
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The description "chocolate chili ale" led me to believe this was a chocolate porter with a bit of a bite...boy was I wrong.

Stout-like body with almost no head to speak of. Cinnamon and chili bite to it. Very spicy scent. Definitely no trace of the cocoa.

Dominant chili taste. Cinnamon background, and a very, very faint trace of cocoa. Very strong chili heat to this, it really overpowers everything else.

This is a decent beer, but the chili taste needs to be toned down a bit. It runs away a bit, and takes over the other flavours.

Photo of vkv822
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz : tulip snifter

Pours black with a fizzy, light brown head that dissipates to leave almost no trace on the surface.

Definite cocoa and chili dominate the nose.

Light earthy cocoa notes followed by a good bit of chili heat.

Medium light body with low prickly carbonation.

A good chili beer. Some faint cocoa, with lots of chili heat.

Photo of AdamBear
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Dark brown with a thin tan head

S-dark chocolate syrup with a hint of spicy chili. It's a pretty faint scent.

T-comes in with a surprisingly spicy of red chili pepper and dark grains. It's almost watery too though somehow which is making this almost disappointing. I love the amount of spice it has though. Has a nice cocoa after-taste to it.

M-very light carbonation, almost watery.

O-I always get so excited for chili beers. I was not completely let down by this. I hated the watery aspect to it, but I loved the heat! I was a fan of the chili flavor and that it lacked any smokiness common in chili beers.the cocoa was kept to a decent amount but could've been stronger.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of RJLarse
1.74/5  rDev -50.4%
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.

Photo of Docer
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
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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Peste Chocolate Chili Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.