Wild Oats Series No.41 Channel Ocho - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 17:46:45 | More by Phyl21ca
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Channel Ocho is inspired by a recipe for Mexican hot chocolate but looks more like black forest cake; technically dark brown, its complexion is deep-ocean black and the beer is topped with enough Belgian-esque foam to double as whipped cream. All it's missing is the cherry on top.
Abbey Ale yeast guarantees spicy, fragrant aromatics - imagine what happens when it's combined with cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, cane sugar, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, and, arguably the most important part, chipotle peppers! Factor all that in with the perfumy anise and peppercorn notes and you get a beer that could be smelled all the way from the moon.
There's usually a pretty simple test to determine whether a chile beer is good: is it drinkable? Can you physically swallow it? (Admittedly I don't set the bar isn't quite as high for beers made with chipotle peppers than those without.) But this is a special one. All the sugar, cocoa, and spices combine with the dark malts to make for an intricate yet balanced, delicious dessert-like treat.
On the scale of "this must be a gimmick, I don't taste a thing" to "my face is burning off, for the love of god someone please throw milk on me", this chipotle pepper-infused offering falls right in that comfortable middle zone; there's definite heat but it doesn't chase you out of the kitchen. There's a definite sting in the back of the throat but it's pleasant, not painful.
There's not a single style of beer that has ever existed Beau's hasn't tried their hands at - and that includes making a bunch up. Most of these aren't worth the asking price. The novel idea of a 'Mexican hot chocolate' meets Belgian Quad, however, turned out a stroke of ultra-spicy genius.
On-tap at Bar Hop in Toronto, Ontario.
Serving type: on-tap
04-08-2014 14:15:55 | More by biegaman
Wild Oats Series No.41 Channel Ocho from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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