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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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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 97
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 15
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: harrymel on 04-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 97
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of HopToIt420
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of catcrowbat
4.63/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

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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.

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Photo of B33R501
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like it. And what else do you need to say? I love hot and or spicy food.

Appearance may be hurt by the tight pour (or tight glass), head doesn't stick around, not much lace. Who cares? Doesn't smell that good either but that's ok too.

The difference is in the taste. My first chili beer. Little chocolate, tons of chili pepper, maybe just pepper, really don't like chile anyways. Very hot going down, nice burning sensation. Alcohol is not noticeable, but this beer is plenty strong.

An absolute pleasure to have 2 of. Viva la difference. Try it, and I would certainly try any other chili beer. Don't see this style much, though.

What they should do is ramp this up to like 12% ABV, add tons of hops, malts, more pepper and blow minds. But very good as is.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of deedric
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark and opaque. Smelled smokey and peppery with a hint of cocoa.. Lots of pepper action going on here - a different burn for each portion of the mouth especially in the back. The sweet hint hint of cocoa throughout. Nice carbonated mouthfeel. Lots going here with this beverage.

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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.

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Photo of Aldenby
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with a tan head that dosn't stay around long.

Mostly smells of the cinnamon and some molasses

I love the taste, was a little worried the malt would be too thick and push down the chili peppers but its just thin enough for the peppers to shine through.

The overall mouthfeel is on the thinner side but i feel its perfect for this beer.

Like I said, I was a little worried the chocolate, and maltieness that goes along with it, would overpower the taste but it combines so well. I do love chili peppers, so for me it certainly was not hot but had a rather pleasnt chili pepper linger to it, i will get another couple bottles while they are still available.

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Photo of loren01
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Purchased this at a local Portland bottle shop. Pours into snifter a black color with good sized tan head that quickly dissipates. No lacing down the glass
S: Lots going on with the scent of this one. Smells very spicy, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg scent. Also peppers in there and maybe a birch syrup scent as well.
T: Big pepper spiciness up front. Slight chocolate flavor but mostly its the pepper and spice flavor that I notice.
M: Medium boidied, light carbonation to this one.
O: I kind of like this beer...ok I liked the first maybe 4oz of it but I may have some serious heartburn after drinking a bomber of this we will see, its really hot...and I love hot stuff. Definately not a sessionable beer but if you like a little spice this is a good one.

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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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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.

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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.

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Peste Chocolate Chili Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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