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Brewed by Beaus All Natural Brewing Co.
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Vankleek Hill, Canada

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Channel Ocho is an extra-strong dark ale, judiciously spiced with chipotle peppers, cinnamon and cloves for a mild heat that tickles the tongue, and a warmth that lingers after sipping.

History & Style
Inspired by a recipe for Mexican hot chocolate, Channel Ocho is born of brewer Brian’s nostalgia for Mexican cooking. It is strong and dark, with Abbey Ale yeast imparting natural peppery, spicy character, intriguing earthiness, and some fruit notes. Organic whole chipotle peppers, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves add heat and complexity to this unfiltered ale.

Tasting Notes
Aromas are earthy, with cocoa, spicy cinnamon, smoky chipotle and sweet chilies. Hints of stone fruits and banana esters in the background. Flavour is simultaneously earthy and spicy, with raisin and fig notes. Dark mahogany colour, with low to medium mouthfeel. Finish is warming courtesy of the higher ABV and spice complement.

Food Pairings
Chicken mole, tacos al pastor, chili-spiced cheeses, fruit flan.

Technical Specs
ALC./VOL.: 8.90%
INGREDIENTS: Local Spring Water, Organic Barley Malts, Organic Hops, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Nibs, Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Whole Chipotle Peppers, Organic Cinnamon Sticks, Oganic Whole Cloves, Abbey Ale Yeast.
MALTS: Pilsner, munich, caraaroma, chocolate (all organic)
HOPS: Organic perle
YEAST: Hefeweizen Yeast
IBU’S: 23
OG: 18.6°P FG: 2.6°P SUGGESTING SERVING GLASS: Tulip
IDEAL SERVING TEMPERATURE: 8-12° C


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sseb69 (1551) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
Bouteille, merci Charles. 8.9%. Couleur brune très foncée, mousse beige. Arôme de cacao, épices, herbes, fruits. En bouche, un peu de chocolat, épices telles que cannelle et girofle, fruits noirs mûrs, notes de levures, et un peu de piment plus tard en bouche. Assez complexe, assez éparpillée, reste une offrande originale et bonne.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6016) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2014
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de clous de Girofle. Apparence: La couleur est noire avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe de clous de Girofle et de canelle. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épice en arrière goût. (Rating #5664)

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
OntBeerDrinker (449) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
As the cap was coming off "hiss" and I could smell chocolate pudding right away. From a distance without sniffing I could smell chocolate & chipotle. 3 finger brown head, jet black but veary bottom has a little red/amber coper orange and is the only little spot I could see a little carbination. Smells better in bottle. Glass gives it a weird smell with a lot lighter chocolate & chipotle smell. Taste wise it reminds me of perhaps brown ale. Starts wet and some chocolate taste and some chipotle taste on some sips together and other sips together show stone fruit,banana like banana bread a little and a little chipotle. I don’t think I ever taste the cinnamon but not 100% sure. It’s a fun beer but not as great as people make it seem but it still rock’s. The spice I guess cinnamon & % start a little burn in belly that later tellaports to throat also cloves are tickleing the throat a little at times. Can’t really tell the % but I guess some of that warmth is from it. Not super warm but after taste last lng of warmth and a chipotle taste. Cheer’s. P.S. You will fill the % b4 beer done. :) This beer was free for me from Beau’s so thank you Beau’s :)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a nice light brown foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malt with light cinnamon and cloves notes. Taste is also dominated by some cinnamon and cloves notes with a medium dry caramel malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good and interesting takes on Mexican spice beer but I would have preferred for the cinnamon and chipotle notes to be more prevalent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sudomorph (707) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
Draft at Barvolo. Pours black with a thin, off white head. Aroma has some slight chocolate, spice, and raisin dark fruits. Taste has some well blended chocolate and dark fruits with banana at the end and some pepper spicy on the aftertaste. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Overall an interesting brew. Dark fruits and chocolate with some pepper spice on the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2400) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
Looks like cola with a dark brown colour and bubbly-foamy head that disappears quickly enough and not much lacing is left. Spicy nose with some chocolate malt and some hops that give out a little rusty water scent. The flavours are a different malt, with some smokiness instead of the chocolate. Mild spiciness lingers in the aftertaste, and this seems to hide the alcohol. The rest of the taste seems a little too watery though. Wish it had a bit more punch, but still worth trying. Interesting... like a spicy (hot) rauchbier.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
A dark brown stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, a nice sweet fruity chocolate malt with licorice, cinnamon and chili powder. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with light dark fruits, chili, coffee, sweet chocolate, licorice notes, very nice. On tap at brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
2014-05-01. Black body with a nice tan head that fades. 3+ Aroma is lightly spicey, mild chipotle and cinnamon melange, dusty malt accents. Flavour is pleasant with a sweet malty core with spicey accents, light cinnamon and chipotle notes though I am not sure I would have immediately pinpointed either without knowing. Warming in the throat both from the spice and alcohol. The chipotle and spice grows cumulatively, eventually leaving the lips just a bit tingly. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate, moderate carbonation. The spice is not entirely to my own tastes, but is fairly well balanced considering and well executed. My 2000th Ontario Rating! On tap at Bar Hop, Toronto

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2549)
- Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle. Sweet cinnamon and faint smoky chili aroma with some sherry-like nutty notes and bandanna accents. Hazy dark brown under a bubbly, off-white sheet. Sweet cinnamon and dark chocolate up front followed by some banana and vegetal pepper and a spicy bite at the end. Very low bitterness. Medium body, moderate to medium carbonation, sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
[Draught at Bar Hop] Pours a dark orange-brown with a small frothy lasting off-white head. Aroma of toasted malt, lots of spices and some cocoa. Interesting flavour of yeast, toasted malt, dark fruit and lots of spices. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied. Interesting and enjoyable.


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