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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 Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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 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 champ103
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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 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 stakem
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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 Bennettrox
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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 DearthVader
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 drewba
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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 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 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 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 ksmi116
4.01/5  rDev 0%
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 UTCengOwl
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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 brew3crew
4.53/5  rDev +13%
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 twiggamortis420
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
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 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 EtOHMD
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
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 imagese
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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 jabergess
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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 WillThompson
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
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 EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Beerbuddha
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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 megahurts4
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Vengeance526
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Irish Channel Stout from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.