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

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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 243
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 24.63%
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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 243
Photo of theboozecruise
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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 silverking
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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!!

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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 DoctorZombies
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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 UTCengOwl
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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 drewba
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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 DearthVader
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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 fsvan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 pitasoup
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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 EtOHMD
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
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 jabergess
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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 imagese
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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 jono311
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Bennettrox
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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 ksmi116
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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 myrixis
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
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 BeerShits
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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 WillThompson
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Bluegriff
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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!

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Irish Channel Stout from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
89 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.