Sunday, 22 July 2012
Elysian Peste Chocolate Chili Ale
Elysian Brewing Company
I was really intrigued by the design of the bottle. Really crazy looking worm. The smell hits you like a freight train. It's really hard to determine what the smell is. I had to smell it a few times (about 10 times) and it had a peppery, sweet BBQ sauce smell to it. When I poured it into a glass it looked like a porter. But soon as I looked at the glass I noticed that it had flakes in it. I didn't really think anything of it until I sipped it. Holy crap was it spicy!! I had to look at the ingredients and this beer is brewed with cocoa, cinnamon and a blend of chipotle, cayenne, ancho, guajillo and pasilla peppers. If you're not into the spice, then I suggest that you avoid this beer. After having a few sips, I determined that the flakes in the beer was actually a peppery powder (cayenne?). I also soon realized that the chocolate part of the beer was only the color. The chocolate isn't really a factor and I couldn't taste that part at all.
Ok back to the taste. When you drink it, you think that you're drinking a cayenne pepper sauce. It's really spicy at first but then the aftertaste is milder but lingers in your throat and not in your mouth. The aftertaste is a really slow heat. This beer would be a really, really, good marinade for pork chops, or thinly cut lamb.