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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

45 Reviews
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89
very good

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 234
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.11%
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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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Roasty, Molasses, Silky, Even

Don’t let the name fool you, this is an American Stout through and through. Bold, roasty flavors rock my palate right from the start and slowly fade. A good dose of hops, too. Irish Channel is perhaps a little harsh, but it doesn’t surpass the threshold for hefty Stouts. A sweetness appears in the middle to even this beer out. The smoothness deceives at first, though there is some warmth from the alcohol halfway through the glass. One tallboy was not enough.

STYLE: American Stout | ABV: 6.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #101 (JUN 2015) (616 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Deep brown body. The mocha colored head has a nice mult-sized froth head that dumbs down to a thin cloud cover over the top. The curtains look spectacular. The lacing is attractive, and the legs look great.
Smell: Medium roasted barley. Espresso, sweet coffee and cream. Bakers chocolate. A touch of hops. More bitter than sweet.
Taste: Bitter roasted barley. Bitter coffee. Espresso. Maybe...some dark chocolate.
Feel: The feel fits the bill.

Overall - A little rugged, but nothing I would turn my nose up to. Stoutly and dark. Great aroma. (567 characters)

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a great balanced american stout that surprised me. Could see myself enjoying several. Balanced with all the great really roasty flavors you'd expect with chocolate and hops. Good stuff. (192 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (186 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (194 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate and coffee. Taste is coffee up front, some chocolate, hop bitterness present at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer. (239 characters)

Photo of Bluegriff
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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! (193 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%

Can from trade as an extra. Forget who. Thanks! Pours dark brown to black with a big mocha colored creamy head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, smoke, bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is metallic up front big time, followed by roasted malt, bitter cocoa powder, maybe a hint of coffee or espresso. A long finish with some pleasant roast lingering with chocolate on the palate. Light to medium bodied for a stout, high carbonation. The big metallic flavor to start this one off really takes away from it, as it is an otherwise very solid dry stout with lots of flavor going on. (578 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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! (864 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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!! (441 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOLA Irish Channel Stout has a thin, beige head, a deep, dark brown appearance, bubbles clinging to the glass, and some thin lacing left on the glass. The aroma is faint, but one can detect roasted malt and some sort of sweet cream. Taste is of sweet, dark-roasted barley malt, char, acidity, some bitterness, and a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit slick, and NOLA Irish Channel Stout finishes mostly dry, a bit powdery, rich, and decently drinkable. No alcohol detected with this beer.

RJT (518 characters)

Photo of BeerShits
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The roasted barley taste is heavy, which is not a bad thing. The chocolate is very subtle. Tastes/smells/feels like a stout and it's great in a can--except it should have nitro. Better on tap. Nola Brewing should barrel-age this beer. Sold in four-packs of one pint cans. (271 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the source while visiting New Orleans for Cantillon Zwanze Day! Served from tap into a NOLA shaker. Poured a massively dark red-brown with a three finger tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cream, earth, milk chocolate, earth hop, and roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, milk chocolate, cream, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. For the style this one had a lot of the aspects that one would expect with the roastiness and subtle sweetness to go along with it. This made it easy to drink and fairly enjoyable at the same time. I just wish there would have been something else to make this one standout from the other brews from the style. Glad I got to try this one and suggest you do the same if you are a fan of the style. (941 characters)

Photo of jono311
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Motor oil black relatively thick and opaque, nice frothy dark brown head.

Smell- roasted malty sugars and dark chocolate maybe a hint of dark roast coffee but this nose is relatively mild.

Mouthfeel/taste- very full carbonation beautiful roasted malt and chocolate flavors which become very dry and tannin like. keeps me coming back for another sip. Medium to long finish.

Overall- a big stout, not an imperial or double by any means but not your average dry irish stout either. A favorite of mine the whole season long (feb/march through april/may) wish they made it year round.

Note-compared a 9-12 month old bottle of 2011 to the fresh draft of 2012 and the 2011 had more mellow carbonation and silky mouthfeel but was still great beer. A sign of the quality and the care that goes into this great stout.

(review from March 2012 just got around to posting from old notes) (891 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into flute style new castle-like pint glass. Pours a deep brown/black/slight amber color with a nice thick head and sticky lacing. Smells of roasted milk stout and slight hops and maybe a hint of candied dried fruit...
Taste is really nice and smooth. Roasted malts, slight coffee and sweet milk like stout and an ever so slight dried candied fruit. Really nice stout. Full of flavors and smooth. Nice offering from NOLA. (437 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is very similar. The predominant flavor is cocoa powder, with some medium roasted malts also thrown in. Even with all of the malt, the beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (358 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Barley Oak in Mandeville, LA

Appearance: it took a long time get this beauty because the head just kept sitting there at the bar. After 10 minutes of so, the tan, 5 finger head finally crept down to a workable size. This brew is black, black with a Guiness Stout attitude. Major lacing.

Smell: chocolate and yeast dominate.

Taste: very similar to a Guiness Extra Stout; a take no prisoners taste that's rich and smooth. Smokey chocolate malts with a hop finish that doesn't bite.

Mouthfeel: thick and frothy. Makes your tongue sit up and take notice.

Overall: If you like kick-ass stouts, NOLA's Irish Channel will take you on in a knife fight for bragging rights. A mean, lusty drink for big boy tastes. (724 characters)

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber sent to me from LSUPT from the One Bottle Need Karma LIF, thanks again man! Finally crackin it open, and damn is it a beauty. Pitch black pour with a coffee khaki head tracking lacing behind in its wake. Chocolate dominated aroma with some kind of bittering dark chocolates present and a touch of a sweet fruit like quality. Same on the tongue with a remarkable drying bitterness in back. Aftertaste is roasty & lingers til the next sip. This stout is pretty much spot on - creamy body, well carbed, chocolate bomb. Only significant critique is that I wish the body was beefed up a bit. (593 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't remember who sent me this bottle, and I'm thinking it might be from a Poker BIF. Glad to try this NOLA offering. It pours a dark brown color, opaque even at the edges, with a thick tan foam.

This doesn't smell like any other Irish Stout I've tried, this is much more an American Stout. Very roasty and sweet aroma, nearly a Russian Imperial quality to it, strong. In fact it tastes like a light RIS, rich malty flavors with a little coffee and maybe chocolate too.

On the thick side for an Irish Stout, although still thin for more aggressive stout varieties, but what ever, it works. This is a nice beer overall, recommended. (638 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of fsvan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to theghost3 for sending this in an LIF. Tis my first NOLA beer. Bomber into New Belgium globe.

A- Black, completely opaque. Finer of beige head.

S- Very nice roasted malts. Hint of dark chocolate. A tiny alcohol bite. Smells very nice.

T- Very dry roasted malt. Lots of bitterness coating the tongue. The chocolate comes through on the finish.

M- Nice for a non imp stout. Medium Full.

O- 4s across the board it looks like. I like this beer a good amount. If this is representative of the work that the people at NOLA do, I look forward to trying some more of their lineup. (586 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to optimator13 for this bottle.

A: pours opaque black with an inch of tan and slowly subsiding head. it did not seem as viscous as other stouts, but the liquid and head in glass are appealing.

S: roasted barley, slightly metallic, a hint of dark chocolate and darker malts, perhaps carafa or black patent. a bit of the meat-like aroma that sometimes comes with an old porter. a bit of earthy hops and vanilla as this rests, but still very faint.

T: roasted barley again, earthy hop bitterness, herbal grassyness. burnt malts later that overwhelm other tastes. a bit of bittersweet tartness at the end which nicely hints of coffee and chocolate.

M: medium body, creamy and correctly under-carbonated. finishes dry.

O: to style, this is a great dry irish stout. I'm not a huge fan of the type but will salute a well made beverage. I'd recommend this to any burgeoning craft drinker as a delicious alternative to Guinness, and to any aspiring BJCP tester as an exemplary 13a. (988 characters)

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Irish Channel Stout from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
90 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.