Wild Oats Series No.41 Channel Ocho | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Wild Oats Series No.41 Channel OchoWild Oats Series No.41 Channel Ocho
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Wild Oats Series No.41 Channel OchoWild Oats Series No.41 Channel Ocho

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / 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. Also includes cocoa nibs and cocoa powder.

Added by biegaman on 04-08-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lovin' Cup in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark, deep brown, with a brown-tinged white head of about an inch, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells really spicy, both in terms of the actual peppers, and spicy in terms of how heavily spiced this one is. There's tons of cinnamon and clove, and some powdery chocolate.

They really spiced this one well. Spiced beers always run into the problem of being way too ovespiced, overshadowing the beer underneath. Luckily, this one mostly avoids this. It is very highly spiced, but you can still taste the base beer underneath, which appears to be a porter or a strong brown. All of the adjuncts are noticeable, and no one is too out front.

This is pretty thick bodied, with a creamy, slightly grainy, and full mouthfeel. This has a moderate level of carbonation.

This was surprisingly quite delicious and tasty. All of the adjuncts didn't clash and it really resembled Mexican hot chocolate.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coronaeus
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ssmack
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of biegaman
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Wild Oats Series No.41 Channel Ocho from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 8 ratings