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Irish Channel Stout - New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)

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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 243
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 24.63%
Wants: 22
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA) visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Vengeance526 on 11-03-2010

This is an American style stout that has sweet malt flavors of caramel and chocolate, complimented by a crisp bitterness produced by roasted barley and American Hops. The complex malt bill of pale and roasted malts result in this well balanced stout that is smooth, rich, dark and delicious! And watch out – ABV 6.8%!
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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 243
Photo of Bluegriff
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

This Beer blew me away and stands as my personal favorite stout to date. The flavors are complex, it pours a great milky head, and has the right density and color for a stout. Highly recommend!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice black color with some brown highlighting. Rich, creamy tan head. Long lasting and sticky. Very nice.

Nose is also very pleasing, even in a frosty glass. Semi-sweet chocolate, light roast and a touch of yeasty/sourish twang. Very nice, traditional English stout nose.

Good balance of roasty malt and almost a caramel type of sweetness. Very smooth, very creamy, very impressive! My first NOLA brew and I am digging it.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to newgeneric for not only finding this for me, but finding it in bottles! Holy cow am I stoked!

A-black body with a tan head that stays through out the beer.
S-nice smell of chocolate and coffee. Very pleasant
T-alot like it smells. Coffee upfront with a smooth chocolate finish. Very creamy
M-medium body with a nice smooth finish.
O-great beer. Wish it was around me!

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Photo of WillThompson
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tasted this beer at the NOLA brewery off the taps there and it has a strong first taste and and smell. but after becoming accustomed to those strong flavors, the palate is no longer overwhelmed by the acute flavors and the beer becomes a delicious and incredicly drinkable beer.

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Photo of jabergess
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I love stouts and this one was good. Chocolate flavor abounds. The beer I had was extra carbonated which gave it a nice head with great lacing. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, it isn't a Guiness or a milk stout. I thought this beer had great depth of flavors, not a one-sided beer at all.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with a medium tan head that hangs around for a little while before slowly subsiding and leaving a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Nice aroma of roasted malt and chocolate upfront with a hint of coffee in the background.

Taste starts off with strong notes of chocolate upfront, followed by lighter notes of roasted malt, caramel and some licorice and coffee. A light hop presence shows up near the end and lingers into the finish. A slight alcohol presence can be detected but is fairly subtle overall.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Now NOLA has had some nice offerings so far but personally, this may be their best one yet. Rich and full flavored all around, and despite having the highest ABV, this is just as easily drinkable as anything else in the NOLA lineup. Will be having this one often.

Not sure how long the stout will be around but with any luck, past trends will continue and this won't be "seasonal" for very long...

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark in body with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of roast malts, coffee, and chocolate.

Tastes of charred malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp.

I thought this was a very nice stout, and highly drinkable at 6.8% ABV.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- The beer pours a dark black with a huge, foamy tan head. Lacing was present throughout. NOTE: I noticed this by looking at others beers since the beer I tasted was in a mug from the Mug Club at Avenue Pub.

Smell- Incredible hints of coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste- Bittersweet chocolate is the most evident flavor in this brew but there are also hints of coffee. A very nice dry stout with a nice bitterness from the hops as well which creates a subtle complexity that lures you in for another taste. Be careful because this bad boy comes in at 6.8% alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Despite being a stout it's actually more medium bodied with little carbonation(which could be a result of being on cask)

Overall- Could this be one of NOLA Brewing's best beers? Very close. I'm still partial to Hopitoulas but NOLA has a true winner on their hands with this one. Good job guys and gal.

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Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger light tan head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, chocolate, sweet toffee and vanilla flavors. Baked bread as well as a light lingering bitterness.
T: Follows the nose, but more of a malt bomb. Lightly roasted, more like toasted malts. Baked bread with some sweet toffee, vanilla, chocolate. A very light bitterness lingers. Very nice.
M/D: A medium to full body. Good carbonation that is also velvety smooth. So easy to drink and enjoy. Just a wonderful stout to drink.

A great stout, no doubt. Pretty much what the style should be. Highly recommended.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown with a large light brown head that leaves a huge head and a lace that clings to the glass
S-strong caramel malt with a slight roasted aroma
T-strong roast taste with the caramel malt coming in, but then you get a hop bitterness in the aftertaste that fades to a balance of hops, malt , and roasted taste
M-full body, sticky, and low carbonation
O-wow that was great. It has sweetness, it has hops, and it has roasting. Love It!!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA) - Irish Channel Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a thin viscosity motor oil brown black with a small head that doesn't retain much at all. Tiny amounts of lacing.

Smell - Backer's chocolate is the most prominent, some "green bean" roasted malts (I dunno, that's what I smell every time in this malt variety) and a dash of espresso and hops.

Taste - Creamy and zippy carbonated chocolate with a nice roast followed by espresso notes and finishing a dash of hops.

Mouthfeel - Light-heavy body with high carbonation. Real nice feel here it's got great balance. Mouthfeel and drinkability is phenomenal, a real quaffable beer.

Overall - What a surprise, such a flavorful non-imperial stout! Typically I've been more into imperials but this one rekindled the glame for the good old American Stout!

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Photo of silverking
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours pitch black with a thin khaki head. Excellent head retention and attractive lacing. It smelled heavily roasted, with strong notes of coffee and rich dark chocolate. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, cocoa and espresso. There is a slight smokey note in the finish. Medium bodied with extremely light carbonation. It has a slightly creamy mouth feel. It's fantastic.

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Photo of EtOHMD
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at dba in nola. Pours black (hard to tell if more subtle colors cause it's dark in here) with a finger thick brown creamy head. Smell is mainly chocolate, a little faint. Taste is very good chocolate, hint of dark fruit and tobacco, nice smoke flavor which picks up on the back end. Feel is really great. Creamy up front with smooth finish. Very drinkable stout. Glad the bartender steered me towards this one from the local selection. Excellent.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out pitch black with a khaki head. SMells of big roasted malt and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, berries, coffee. There's some roasted bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and chewy. This is a solid stout that drinks like a full flavored imperial stout.

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Photo of imagese
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a "beer bar" in New Orleans that shall remain nameless...

A- gorgeous beer! Solid black with 2 finger head that went away slowly and laced the glass perfectly

S- an earthy malt nose. Very dry

T- dry! A nice chocolate malt with an earthy hop ending

M- pretty thin, but I more enjoy the residual bitterness hanging out

D- downed my two pints from the pitcher without blinking. If I didn't want to get the hell out of this crappy place, we'd probably get another.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz provided by LSUPT. Finally got to this one Alex!

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a great big mocha head. Leaves small amounts of lacing in my snifter.

Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate, and slight vanilla. Exactly how a stout should.

Taste follows the smell with subtle chocolate and vanilla, then gobs of roasted coffee greatness. I really like the bitter coffee characteristics in this one. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is light and very smooth for a stout. Extremely drinkable.

Very enjoyable offering from Nola.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is black, with a hint of brown around the edges. Big 2 finger milk chocolate head adorns, with a little lacing.

Smell is nice and sweet, with milk chocolate, and loads of roasted malts. Hints of bitter round it out.

Taste is initially roasted malts, with a cocoa finish. Faintest hint of espresso and some piney hops finish this thing out.

Creamy, smooth, and velvety. Little carbonation. Medium in body.

This is yummy, and a great drinkable stout...cant wait for them to bottle this!!!

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Photo of megahurts4
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

NOLA Irish Channel Stout
on draft at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: dark brown, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: roasted maltiness.

Taste: coffee, roasted malt, and slight hop.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a great stout. It is not weak by any means, but it is flavor packed and leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of drewba
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to injuredreserve for sending me this!

A - super dark brownish black with a big ol' mocha head that takes awhile to drop down to a ring around the rim.

S - light coffee, milk chocolate, fair amount of roast, touch of metal and a very mild citrus hop presence.

T - Milk chocolate, coffee grounds, some light roast, a nice redeeming hint of caramel sweetness in the middle right before a fair amount of grassy and cirusy hops coming rolling in. Wasn't quite expecting that, but it's pretty tasty. Nearing the finish, some pine mixes with some bread and more roastiness to help round this one out.

M - medium bodied, great level of carbonation.

O - It's nice to have a stout once in awhile that holds off on the sweetness and booziness and gives you a decent does of hop. This really hit the spot and I'd like to try it again.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black draft pour into snifter, lite tan head. Roasted malt, nut and a whiff of coffee. Smooth roasted malt and espresso, with dry bitter finish. Medium lite mouthfeel. Overall, a lite dry stout.

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Photo of Bennettrox
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Evan (optimator13) for this LA local!

A - Charcoal black with a tan one finger head.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, a little coffee.

T - More bittersweet chocolate. Taste def follows the nose. Burnt malts, very tasty.

M - This one goes down smooth. Medium bodied with a great amount of carbonation.

O - Based on the notes there isn't a whole lot going on in regards to extreme flavors or taste - but I like that. I like it a lot (in Forest Gump voice). I think a lot of these new 'rare' and hyped stouts have so much going on that it's almost overwhelming and an overkill at times. Nice to enjoy this simple bomber that exemplifies what a good stout that sticks to the basics is all about.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Friend brought a bottle of this back from Stein's Deli. Though it would be appropriate to drink on St. Paddy's Day. Served in a Bud signature glass.

Pours a deep black with a decent tan head. Looks a bit thin, but it fits the style quite well.

The nose is mostly coffee. The coffee here blends quite well with the rest of the beer... even better than the Peche Mortel. However, it's not quite as strong overall and a bit one dimensional.

The taste is also a wonderrful coffee blended into a good dry stout. Give me this over Guiness any day. Smooth and drinkable, but it doesn't quite have the depth of flavor I'd want to give it more than a 4. A solid offering that's a good choice for any St. Patrick's Day!

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to optimator13 for the bomber and matching pint glass this was poured into. It appears black in color with a dark tan head that's 2 fingers strong that fades slowly holding with a thin layering across the top. Spotty lace hangs along the glass. When held to the light, some lighter brown clarity is seen through the edges.

The smell of this brew is very roasty with an abundant mineral quality that is almost tin-like mixed with citrus hops. Some smooth semi sweet chocolate notes are hidden underneath. As the brew warms, a faint yeastiness is noted.

The taste is bitter with grainy roasted quality. Lots of citrus hop inclusion couples with a mineral quality. Light coffee flavors mix with some fruity alcohol esters and hops. There is a lingering bitter grain aftertaste that mixes with the minerals and it lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium booed brew with a modest level of carbonation. The 7% abv is fairly well integrated throughout this brew. Certainly one of the more aggressively flavored "Irish stouts" that I've had. It's worth a try if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of ksmi116
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle

A - Deep deep black. Shined a halogen on one side of a glass and it was not seen. Decent light brown head, with large bubbles.

S - Coffee, and maybe chocolate?

T - Alot of coffee at the front and creamy finish. Don't get much else besides coffee and cream. Even though I'm not a big coffee fan, this tastes quite good for a coffee flavor

M - Creamy, and delightful. Coats well.

O - Solid offering from NOLA. Glad to have grabbed a bottle when I could!

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is dry chocolate and roasted malt. There is some baker's cocoa in there as well with a touch of smoke. A good beer, especially for the style. One I could have several glasses of.

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Irish Channel Stout from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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