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

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49 Reviews
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Reviews: 49
Hads: 255
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 24.44%
Wants: 25
Gots: 41 | 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: 49 | Hads: 255
Photo of AgentZero
3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Alex.

A - Black beer with a tan head that had some brown highlights on the ends. Head had some decent retention and some solid lacing.

S - Smells of char, chocolate, and caramel. Nose is a little sticky sweet with some green vegetables which are unpleasant.

T - Burnt char, cocoa, generic powder, and old coffee bitterness. Some of that green vegetable taste comes through also. Not a huge fan, but it's not horrible.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Merely an average stout at best, not great or something I would really seek out.

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Photo of myrixis
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: opaque black. held up to the light you cant even see through it
Smell: not much smell kind of earthy maybe a little burnt smell too
Feel: doesnt have that coat your mouth kind of feel like some heavy stouts but not too light either.
Taste: taste very much like chewing on a coffee bean but with a slight amount of sweetness to it. Roasty and bitter with a slight sweetness at the end.

overall a solid well balanced american stout.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to optimator13 for this rare bottled offering from NOLA. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar. Pretty dark, although for some reason I had assumed this was an Irish Dry Stout when it clearly isn't. Some light ruby transparency at the fringes. Could benefit from some nitro-tap action.

S - Coffee, chocolate, light smoke and char. As an American stout it's largely to style - a nice blend of sweet cocoa and malt sweetness with roast character. Since I was expecting an Irish Dry from the name this threw me a little.

T - Not as good as the aroma. It's less sweet, which was what I expected from the name, but it comes off as burnt, chalky, and astringent. Reminds me of stale low-quality coffee in some ways, with a residual roasty bitterness. Perhaps this is really good for a N'awlins brew, but it's merely an average stout in this neck of the woods.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-light gritty body, dry finish, and no trace of the 6.8% listed on the bottle.

D - I was thrown a little by the style mismatch with the name. It's not a bad beer, but not something that should really be on the Top New Beers list. I'd have it again, particularly if I was in Louisiana and had limited options, but I wouldn't trade for it again. The astringent finish also makes it a challenge to have a lot.

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Photo of seeswo
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Evan! Served out of the middle shelf of the wine fridge, so cellar temp. Pours black with a nice big cocoa head. Weak in the nose. Not really sure what is happening as I am whipping it into a fury and inhaling like I've never done before. Just the lightest implication of roast. The flavor is roasty with a a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Not really sweet at all, not chocolatey or decadent (not that all stouts need to be). Maybe a touch bland. Dry, but not overly so. Suggestions of some creaminess in the body. I really wanted to like this beer more than I wound up actually enjoying it. I wish the best for NOLA, but this tasted like it needs a touch of tweaking. A touch more roastiness and scaling back the bitterness just a bit I think would balance this beer a bit better, but that is just my preference. That said, it seemed like the came together more with some sips than others.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark black color with a nice toastyness on the nose. The taste starts as an enjoyable dry stout but very quickly turns into a hot/harsh/burning flavor that ligers. This completely ruins a beer that started off with solid potential. The finish was so bad I had to drain pour.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"This American stout starts with a strong espresso front end, flushes with a touch of Baker's Chocolate and is balanced with a crisp bitterness produced by American hops and roasted barley. This smooth and rich beer is our thank you to our neighborhood, the Irish Channel." Brewed in the style of an American Stout, available in 16 oz. cans and on seasonal release draft.

Poured from a 16 oz. can to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a chocolate brown fizzy frothed head over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) Medium roasted barley, black patent grains, unsweetened chocolate with a moderate earthy hop bitterness and aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Moderate roasted barley, burnt coffee and baker's chocolate forward with a reserved sweetness, finishing on a earthy and bitter hop note. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, clean, roasty, medium dry. Carbonation is mild for the style, with a light frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is roasty, earthy and hoppy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Based off of the name and not being familiar with the New Orleans area, I suspected this would be dry like an Irish Dry Stout, and to an extent, its dryness was confirmed with a strikingly absent sweetness. However, I find this much more interesting than the run-of-the-mill Irish Dry Stout, as the specialty malt character is nicely pronounced, with lots of roasted malt, rich coffee bean and chocolate backbone, somewhat overly conspicuous with the reservations of the malt sweetness, but making for a far more interesting Stout to drink than Guinness or Murphy's, and one that is about as drinkable as an American-Irish stout could be, if you favor its brazen roast character. 3.75

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

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a can into my tulip.
A – Oil can black with a massive frothy head that stuck around and left really nice lacing.
S – Coffee, roasted malts and vanilla.
T – Heavy roasted malts, coffee, touch of vanilla like the nose that adds some sweetness. Definitely a dark chocolate taste which is not sweet. Reminds me of stealing tastes of my mothers bakers chocolate as a kid and wondering why it wasn’t sweet. Little bit of cream and a touch of hops.
M – Medium to full bodied. Solid carbonation and smooth on the palate.
O- Very nice stout here. Solid taste and easy to drink. Grab a can and enjoy.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of jono311
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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)

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerShits
3.85/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the bulldog in BR.

Typical stout look to it, dark bodied with a finger worth of creamy brown head.

Not a strong smell to it. A little bit of sweeter malts come through. Just a hint of chocolate.

The taste is much more rich and bitter, chocolate and strong. Hits a lit harder than the aroma. Definitely not a dry stout despite the Irish in the name.

Good full bodied mouthfeel, not boosy at all.

Another solid beer from NOLA.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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)

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Photo of pitasoup
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.


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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of fsvan
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Irish Channel Stout from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.