Irish Channel Stout - New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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3.05/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
04-24-2011 21:30:09 | More by AgentZero
3.4/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
04-24-2011 18:26:41 | More by MasterSki
3.5/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
12-31-2012 13:42:58 | More by thagr81us
3.5/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
04-26-2011 03:18:11 | More by seeswo
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
11-07-2011 02:17:50 | More by hoptualBrew
Irish Channel Stout from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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