Peste Chocolate Chili Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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Peste Chocolate Chili AlePeste Chocolate Chili Ale
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3.51/5
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97 Ratings
Peste Chocolate Chili AlePeste Chocolate Chili Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
97
pDev:
21.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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 Belittle
4/5  rDev +14%

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.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +14%

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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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%

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1/5  rDev -71.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of sneth019
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of LouZ
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It was an older bottle, so may have been less than perfect but poured with zero head and light aroma. Taste was chocolate and you definitely got the chile heat on the back end, lasting in your throat. That I didn't mind, as it was anticipated. But the flavors were not balanced - again, possibly due to age. Overall, this just fell flat and I not only did not finish it.

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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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4/5  rDev +14%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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