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

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BEER INFO

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

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%!

Added by Vengeance526 on 11-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,797
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
332
pDev:
10.3%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
66
Trade:
3
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Photo of JohnDon
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of roscowhitefeet
2.2/5  rDev -44.7%
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 dbauer
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Premo88
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Tstromer
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
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 SmellsofMahagony
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbehlar
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
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 cdwil
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kips
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +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 Darrell1986
4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Techichi
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bryan12345
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HabaJohn
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmspivey88
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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Irish Channel Stout from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 332 ratings