Peste Chocolate Chili Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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Peste Chocolate Chili AlePeste Chocolate Chili Ale
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Peste Chocolate Chili AlePeste Chocolate Chili Ale

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by harrymel on 04-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: flat cola. No head.
Smell: molasses and dried chili peppers.
Taste: dark malts with a bit of heat from the chills.. Especially in the aftertaste. A touch of cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium-heavy body. Heat from chili peppers.
Overall: not a bad beer. Definitely one and done though. The chili peppers dominate the palate. Meh.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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

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.

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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 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.

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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 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 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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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Peste Chocolate Chili Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 97 ratings