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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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BA SCORE
80
good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 12
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: harrymel on 04-16-2012)
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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Gonzoillini, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

AdamBear, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Jan 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

fitz284, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Jspriest, Jan 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Kevlee722, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of sam_bliss
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

On tap into a tulip on the night of the apocalypse 12/21/12 at the Elysian Capitol Hill Brewpub

A- Not super impressive. Good dark color but the head didn't stick around for long.

S- Smells of bittersweet chocolate. A bit of heat is detectable in the aroma, but nothing could have prepared me...

T- On the tip of the tongue there is a bit of sugar, but the chocolate malt/dark chocolate taste is only detectable until the chipotle, guajillo, ancho, etc peppers kick in. They kick hard and hold the tongue and throat hostage for quite some time. The cinnamon doesn't go well with the chile flavors and probably even adds to the spicy.

M- Burning sensations mostly. It's difficult to pinpoint many other details of the mouthfeel because my mouth was on fire. No stickiness.

O- It is ridiculous to try to put a numerical score on this beer, since it is so unique. I have had a few chili pepper brews but never anything as spicy as Peste. The apocalypse occurred on my palate. I will not try this again, but I am quite happy I ordered it for the experience. I recommend you try it if you can handle spiciness.

If they decide to brew a batch without the cinnamon or with some vanilla creaminess I would try it again.

sam_bliss, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

mportnoy, Dec 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Jasonrm72, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
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.

johnnnniee, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

VelvetExtract, Nov 10, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43%

ejimhof, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Oct 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14%

MarkyMOD, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of beertunes
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.

beertunes, Oct 24, 2012
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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.

facundoCNB, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Gww1864, Oct 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14%

ferrari29, Oct 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

cestlavie, Sep 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

waiting4lunch, Sep 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

JRod1969, Sep 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Japple, Sep 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Gatordaddy, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

mhaugo, Sep 02, 2012
Peste Chocolate Chili Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.