Peste Chocolate Chili Ale - Elysian Brewing Company
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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
4.15/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
08-17-2012 17:50:29 | More by HopToIt420
2.93/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
08-15-2012 05:04:01 | More by tlazaroff
2/5 rDev -43%
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.
08-15-2012 00:52:43 | More by beergoot
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
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
4.68/5 rDev +33.3%
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
07-10-2012 02:33:41 | More by catcrowbat
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
3.93/5 rDev +12%
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.
06-26-2012 21:34:26 | More by B33R501
British Columbia (Canada)
3.73/5 rDev +6.3%
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".
06-14-2012 02:44:51 | More by Rutager
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
Peste Chocolate Chili Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.