Irish Channel Stout - New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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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
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
04-10-2012 01:36:10 | More by Mora2000
4.05/5 rDev +1%
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.
05-27-2011 13:28:27 | More by stakem
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
09-01-2011 01:37:23 | More by TurdFurgison
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
3.05/5 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
4.6/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
03-12-2011 18:30:44 | More by twiggamortis420
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
06-13-2011 00:03:55 | More by champ103
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
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!!!
11-14-2010 05:06:04 | More by EgadBananas
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
04-24-2012 00:16:48 | More by DrinkSlurm
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
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
01-14-2014 13:30:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
Irish Channel Stout from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
89 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.