I thought the ingredients in this recipe (beer, coffee, and cocoa) would be an interesting spike, especially since I use cocoa and coffee in other keep-sake recipes of mine as the special hidden ingredient. The balance of spiciness, saltiness, sourness and sweetness must be considered not only in each dish, but also between the six or more dishes shared per serving--and this recipe just didn't have it. This dish is just a bunch of "interesting" ingredients thrown into a pot. I didn't take the time to really read the reviews like I normally do, and wish I did. After reading all the five stars from reviewers, they have heavily doctored and changed the recipe--of course it will be fantastic now. One review said she has been making it consecutively for 10 MONTHS in a row in order to perfect it; a recipe that takes that long to help is one that isn't worth saving. This chili is just OK--barely, but definitely not one I will ever make again. One other reviewer said she doesn't think the end result is worth the effort, and I have to agree.
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I thought the ingredients in this recipe (beer, coffee, and cocoa) would be an interesting...