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

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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 Brians 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
IBUS: 23
OG: 18.6P FG: 2.6P SUGGESTING SERVING GLASS: Tulip
IDEAL SERVING TEMPERATURE: 8-12 C

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1166) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2016
660ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep chestnut, with a moderate light tan head, which does not last all that well or leave too much lacing. The aroma has bitter chocolate, warm spice and some chilli heat. Mild citrus hops and warming chilli up front lead into bittersweet chocolate, spices and rye bread malt in the mid-palate, with lingering chilli into the aftertaste. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsandBolts (258) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2015
On tap at the Atomic Rooster.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with very little head. No lacing.

Aroma: Bit of malt and spiciness.

Flavours: Chocolate, hot peppers, dark malt, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Average viscosity and carbonation.

Overall: An interesting spiced beer with many flavours and nuances. There is a lot going on here and that is the main attraction.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
[6902-20141106] 750mL bottle. Oddly toasted spices aroma. Clear, dark brown red body with a quick foamy light tan head. Spiced pepper hot toasted grains flavour. Medium body is super hot after a few sips. Not a fan of the pepper hotness. (6/3/5/1/8) 2.3
(c/o Gorbalev, w/ blankboy, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "Spiders are the Harry of the insect world."

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sseb69 (1822) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
Bouteille, merci Charles. 8.9%. Couleur brune trs fonce, mousse beige. Arme de cacao, pices, herbes, fruits. En bouche, un peu de chocolat, pices telles que cannelle et girofle, fruits noirs mrs, notes de levures, et un peu de piment plus tard en bouche. Assez complexe, assez parpille, reste une offrande originale et bonne.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7215) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2014
En ft. Verre de 12 oz dgust directement la brasserie. Arme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de clous de Girofle. Apparence: La couleur est noire avec une moyenne densit de bulle. Prsence dun mince col beige mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caramel avec une pointe de clous de Girofle et de canelle. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement minrale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Lgre prsence dpice en arrire got. (Rating #5664)

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
OntBeerDrinker (515) - 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 dont think I ever taste the cinnamon but not 100% sure. Its a fun beer but not as great as people make it seem but it still rocks. 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. Cant 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. Cheers. P.S. You will fill the % b4 beer done. :) This beer was free for me from Beaus so thank you Beaus :)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (6097) - 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 (1111) - 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 (3203) - 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 (13193) - 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.


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