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

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Brewed by:
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
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.


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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of roscowhitefeet
2.2/5  rDev -44.6%
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 ;)

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Photo of Premo88
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of singletary
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of lealintern
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent stout with big roasty flavors, but not a huge body to it. Nice notes of chocolate and coffee smooth it out and wanting more! A nice offering

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"This American stout starts with a strong espresso front end, flushes with a touch of Baker's Chocolate and is balanced with a crisp bitterness produced by American hops and roasted barley. This smooth and rich beer is our thank you to our neighborhood, the Irish Channel." Brewed in the style of an American Stout, available in 16 oz. cans and on seasonal release draft.

Poured from a 16 oz. can to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a chocolate brown fizzy frothed head over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) Medium roasted barley, black patent grains, unsweetened chocolate with a moderate earthy hop bitterness and aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Moderate roasted barley, burnt coffee and baker's chocolate forward with a reserved sweetness, finishing on a earthy and bitter hop note. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, clean, roasty, medium dry. Carbonation is mild for the style, with a light frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is roasty, earthy and hoppy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Based off of the name and not being familiar with the New Orleans area, I suspected this would be dry like an Irish Dry Stout, and to an extent, its dryness was confirmed with a strikingly absent sweetness. However, I find this much more interesting than the run-of-the-mill Irish Dry Stout, as the specialty malt character is nicely pronounced, with lots of roasted malt, rich coffee bean and chocolate backbone, somewhat overly conspicuous with the reservations of the malt sweetness, but making for a far more interesting Stout to drink than Guinness or Murphy's, and one that is about as drinkable as an American-Irish stout could be, if you favor its brazen roast character. 3.75

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

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a can into my tulip.
A – Oil can black with a massive frothy head that stuck around and left really nice lacing.
S – Coffee, roasted malts and vanilla.
T – Heavy roasted malts, coffee, touch of vanilla like the nose that adds some sweetness. Definitely a dark chocolate taste which is not sweet. Reminds me of stealing tastes of my mothers bakers chocolate as a kid and wondering why it wasn’t sweet. Little bit of cream and a touch of hops.
M – Medium to full bodied. Solid carbonation and smooth on the palate.
O- Very nice stout here. Solid taste and easy to drink. Grab a can and enjoy.

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Photo of myrixis
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
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 mrn1ceguy
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark black color with a nice toastyness on the nose. The taste starts as an enjoyable dry stout but very quickly turns into a hot/harsh/burning flavor that ligers. This completely ruins a beer that started off with solid potential. The finish was so bad I had to drain pour.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Roasty, Molasses, Silky, Even

Don’t let the name fool you, this is an American Stout through and through. Bold, roasty flavors rock my palate right from the start and slowly fade. A good dose of hops, too. Irish Channel is perhaps a little harsh, but it doesn’t surpass the threshold for hefty Stouts. A sweetness appears in the middle to even this beer out. The smoothness deceives at first, though there is some warmth from the alcohol halfway through the glass. One tallboy was not enough.

STYLE: American Stout | ABV: 6.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #101 (JUN 2015)

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Photo of silverking
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
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 mabermud
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Deep brown body. The mocha colored head has a nice mult-sized froth head that dumbs down to a thin cloud cover over the top. The curtains look spectacular. The lacing is attractive, and the legs look great.
Smell: Medium roasted barley. Espresso, sweet coffee and cream. Bakers chocolate. A touch of hops. More bitter than sweet.
Taste: Bitter roasted barley. Bitter coffee. Espresso. Maybe...some dark chocolate.
Feel: The feel fits the bill.

Overall - A little rugged, but nothing I would turn my nose up to. Stoutly and dark. Great aroma.

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Irish Channel Stout from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 343 ratings