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

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Stout - American
Ranked #134
Ranked #8,996
3.99 | pDev: 10.28%
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Louisiana, United States
Very Good
Irish Channel StoutIrish Channel Stout
Notes: 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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RedStickPhil from New Mexico

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An aggressive pour yields a thick but ephemeral head with decent lacing atop a robust inky brew. My nose returns mostly coffee and something earthy. Coffee continues on the palate with a rich finish that's not too sweet. I really like this one on a cold night. It also has cool graphics on the can. Thanks, NOLA.

Dec 13, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a pint glass. Best by 7/3/20, so a month inside the wire here.

Roasted malt aroma, a little apple.

Tastes like an irish dry stout. Light to medium roast with a little apple core.

Mouth medium, finish light roasted malt.

Overall, an okay drink, would enjoy once in a while, but not a session of these.

Jun 13, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.
Appears to be dark, almost black, with a thin foamy head that dropped quickly and minimal lacing.
Smells chocolate, Malty a hint of vanilla.
Taste follows the nose. At an ABV of 6.8 the alcohol taste is minimal.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a very nice stout from a fresh tap and quite delicious.

May 12, 2020
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frbnsn from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

3rd week of Stay Home Order in April and I decided to roll by NOLA Brewery and pick up a few cans. It wasn't bad, but not what I was expecting. Hopeful when we are allowed back in bars, I can try this on tap and see taste different than can. My guts says it will be different and I have a few cans left to compare. I will get back to you.

Apr 27, 2020
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Funyard from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When you love Irish spurs for what they are, you will appreciate this one. Mild stout with medium mouthfeel. Chocolate, coffee, malty, low hops.

That low linger of roasted malt. That’s why I love this one. Like a Guinness but a little creamier and more complex flavor.

I would buy again.

Hakuna Matata

Apr 15, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Laissez la bonne biere verser. This was a beautiful black stout that was relatively easy drinking and not too heavy

Look: black with a thick mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate

Taste: The flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, and bitterness similar to bakers chocolate at the end, not too bitter and refreshing.

Body/Overall: medium body, easy drinking

Jan 06, 2020
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4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Sometimes I'll drive out of my way to go to one of the few stores in Austin that sells this. 4 pack in cans is what we have. Overall, a great beer and man, it hits hard when you are drinking it! NOLA style I guess. Underrated beer.

Dec 01, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Not much head at all, a little bit of lacing sticks around. Opaque black/brown color. Smells faintl6 of malt with a hint of chocolate. Taste is malt forward with roast in the middle and a hint of chocolate at the end. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. An okay stout, but probably your best bet while in the New Orleans area.

Nov 07, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ the brewery.

A lovely classic stout that ticks all the boxes of the style's conventions. A crowdpleaser but not a dazzler, though it nails down the style with room for improvement.

Chocolate malt, dark malt sweetness, subdued roastiness, scintillae of malted milk balls.


Mar 21, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 3.18(Including tax and discount)/16 oz can ($ 0.199/oz) from Spec’s #100, DeZavala, San Antonio. Reviewed 3/17/19.
“BEST BY 05/23/19” on bottom of can. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive center pour), light brown, high density, short duration, quickly diminishing to a three mm ring and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – Poor. A single piece of torn curtain lacing remains.
First pour – Dark brown, translucent.
Aroma – 3 – Weak roasted malt with a hint of chocolate.
Flavor – 3 - Begins slightly sweet with a nose-following flavor. Expresso is not evident, and the baker’s chocolate is distinguishable only because I knew it was there. No alcohol (6.8 % ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost sticky, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.25 - I was expecting a dry Irish stout. This is drinkable but not something I’ll look for again. One and done.

Mar 17, 2019
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick viscous jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown + chestnut brown + garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of roasted + chocolate + caramel malts with light aromas of charred + slightly smoked malts and a light hint of caramel sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of older grocery store coffee (something like a Choc Full O'Nuts or Maxwell House), hints of cocoa, and a light presence of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted + chocolate + caramel malts with light flavors of charred + slightly smoked malts and a light hint of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of older grocery store coffee (something like a Choc Full O'Nuts or Maxwell House) that has been sitting on the burner for a while and hints of cocoa. Finally there is a light flavor of earthy hops in the finish. Light to moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Drinks fairly easy and the alcohol is well hidden though I would have thought it would have been a Dry Irish Stout based on the name. Enjoyable but I would likely not go out of my way to find this one again.

Feb 06, 2019
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roscowhitefeet from Alabama

2.2/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

It looks good, but disappoints. The mouth feel is too thin. The espresso and chocolate flavors do not compliment the hoppy bitterness. Foam head was thin, went away quickly, and did not lace the glass well. Smells sweet which does not reflect the bitter finish. Will finish the 4-pack, will not buy again, and I hate that because the Nola locals like all their breweries and speak highly of all of them. Do like the abv, however ;)

Jul 11, 2018
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Premo88 from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into nonic
(best by 2/23/18 printed on bottom of can — I didn't check it at the store (whoops!) and now see it's over a month past it's best-by date)

L: dark-brown/amber and clear as it pours out of can; black once it's piled up in the glass; topped by 1-inch head of dark-brown foam that has a slight amber tinge to it; no major sticking or lacing; keeps a thin but consistent collar of brown foam

S: red wine, yeast, roasted yeast; very astringent/sharp coffee; molasses, burnt maple syrup, burnt brown sugar; after warming up for 30 minutes, a little vanilla sweetness shows up

T: charred wood, earthy, slight espresso note, little pinch of sweet something ... very dark chocolate perhaps; also has a burnt floral note to it, the flavor of a ton of hops stuck in the middle of a ton of dark malt like you often find in super fresh Russian imperial stouts made by American brewers; earthy/bitter charred wood lingers in the aftertaste; the malt feels like it's trying to add some sweetness but can't break free

F: medium everything ... weight, carbonation, overall feel ... definitely not overly heavy or slick

O: worth trying if you love exploring the range of stouts, especially if you like the wood notes; it's almost too hoppy at times, very like a black IPA; I'd love to try a fresher version, but honestly I can't see freshness helping it considering how earthy/hoppy it is *after* it's best-by date ... kind of weird; still, the beer's plenty good enough overall that I'd like to try more from the brewery

Mar 25, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at Beer Fest on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. It poured an opaque dark with thin tan head that isn't leaving any lace. The scent had hints of malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle roast base. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a decent session stout.

Feb 07, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2017 16 oz can.
The clear, reddish brown body is so dark that it is nearly opaque in the glass. The creamy beige head has good retention.
Aroma: some hops appear lending an unfortunate grassy aroma.
The flavor largely follows, hampered by a slight sourness and too much burnt grain.
Lingering notes of light coffee, burnt toast, and hops.

Nov 28, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown where no light passes through the edge of the glass. Lasting beige head. Runny ring lace after each sip which doesn't last.

Strong coffee aroma with a dash of dark chocolate to give this beer a mocha nose.

The flavor smother than the smell which is to say that the coffee presence isn't too strong even if it remains present. Dry and chocolatey. Fuller body than most Irish stouts but it's definitely carbonated instead of nitro. Nice Baker's chocolate aftertaste.

Nov 01, 2017
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp 16 oz can into my snifter. Got in a trade recently from a local IPA guy, trading my hops for his malts. The beer pours a rich cola brown with no light passing through the glass and a fluffy khaki colored head of4 cm rising up even with a gentle pour. The head fades within a minute or so but remains as a sturdy surface layer and leaves clingy dense lattice on the sides of my glass after each sip.
The aroma is malt and malt with roasted malt, some dark baker's chocolate and a little bit of coffee ground in the back. No hops or booze on the nose.
First sip reveals a smooth textured average body with fine tingly carbonation. Easy drinking for a stout.
The flavor is roasted malt and some dark chocolate with a little bit of char on the finish that is definitely astringent. Not burny from booze or bitter from hops, but a burnt toast flavor. its not a bad thing but it is there.
This is an easy drinking straightforward stout. I enjoy it and would drink it again.

Sep 19, 2017
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark muddy brown bordering black. It has caramel brown head.

A nice hit of roasted malt with caramel and coffee notes.

Taste is rich malt like a rich dark bread. Notes of coffee and caramel some herbal hops.

Apr 22, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Now that was a delicious stout. Had it on tap at Franky and Johnny's in new orleans. Chocolate, some alcohol, cocoa powder. Incredible stout and incredible crawfish to go with it.

Mar 16, 2017
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singletary from Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a deep black colour with a thin tan head that turns into a narrow laching. The smell is of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is very rich malty flavor, I would call it a rich deep flavor. Overall a strong flavored stout.

Dec 04, 2016
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mooseisloose from Florida

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Here we go #600. Drinking this bad boy out a 16 oz can. Sorry no glass to pour it in. This is a very classic high ABV stout with alot of licorice in the front end followed by some great roasted malt. Silky smooth mouthfeel throughout with a nice weighty density. Finish is as tasty as the upfront. A winner without a doubt.

Aug 06, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown sitting on top. The aroma is comprised of dark roasted barley and piney hops. I taste a nice dark and rich blend of dark roasted barley, piney hops, and coffee. The mouth is smooth and creamy.

Jul 03, 2016
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent stout. Nose and palate are A ton of roasted malt which mixes well with a heavy flavor of Rich espresso. Chocolate and earthy notes. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. A lingering espresso flavor. Excellent beer.

Jun 05, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into stout glass. It pours almost jet black with a thin, mocha-colored head and lacing that dissipated quickly. It smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and burnt coffee. The taste is very bitter with burnt coffee grounds, nuts, baker's chocolate, and just a hint of vanilla at the finish. There is also a fairly strong hop presence. This stout is rather thin, with low carbonation. It's easy to drink with a moderate ABV of 6.8% To me, it drinks more like a porter than a stout. It was good but I tend to like stouts with more complex taste profiles.

Mar 18, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost like an imperial stout, very dark brown and thick, khaki colored head. Roasted malts, dark cocoa, and some light hoppiness add to an interesting nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied surprisingly enough. Finishes with roast and cocoa. Interesting stout, very good, done well.

Feb 26, 2016
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