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

Irish Channel StoutIrish Channel Stout
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New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Louisiana, United States
American Stout
Ranked #118
Ranked #12,565
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Sep 16, 2022
Nov 03, 2010
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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Rated: 4 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This was a nice part of my Father’s Day pick six pack from my daughter.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Dark brown color with with creamy beige head and good curtain lacing. Smell and taste of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Slightly sweet but a dry chocolate finish with a bit of bitterness. Nice smooth feel. Nice chocolate finish. Good beer!
Jun 25, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by travelguy from Ohio

Jan 06, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by sbuck from New Mexico

Dec 21, 2021
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours translucent though espresso colored with an impressive bubble show that builds two fingers of beige foam; good retention and squiggles of lacing

Smell: Roasted and chocolate malt tones; pumpernickel bread and a hint of caramel

Taste: Somewhat roasty, right off the bat, with chocolate and caramel bringing some sweetness; pumpernickel bread manages to squeeze its way into the flavor profile but there is a dose of earthy hops in the middle; some burnt coffee in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A straightforward stout with no pretensions; nice to enjoy for a change of pace

Thanks, NolaHopHead, for the opportunity
Aug 15, 2021
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
NOLA Brewing - September 2015
Jun 25, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by Argail from Louisiana

Jan 07, 2021
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Reviewed by RedStickPhil from New Mexico

4.13/5  rDev +4%
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
Rated: 4 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Oct 25, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by archero from Texas

Oct 08, 2020
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Reviewed by frbnsn from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
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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Reviewed by Funyard from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Mar 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Reviewed by SportyCalvin

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Rated: 4.35 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Jul 02, 2019
Rated: 3.48 by jeschaefer from Texas

Jun 18, 2019
Rated: 4 by Budlum from Maryland

May 23, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Apr 13, 2019
Rated: 3.82 by markallmon from Tennessee

Mar 31, 2019
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

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.

Mar 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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.
Mar 17, 2019
Rated: 3.56 by timmy2b from New York

Feb 26, 2019
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

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.
Feb 06, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by kbrown from Ohio

Nov 23, 2018
Rated: 3.57 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Nov 13, 2018
Rated: 4 by mkh012 from Colorado

Oct 24, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 11, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Aug 13, 2018
Rated: 4 by Spaten454 from Texas

Aug 12, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 23, 2018
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Reviewed by roscowhitefeet from Alabama

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 ;)
Jul 11, 2018
Rated: 4 by dbauer from California

Apr 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Premo88 from Texas

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
Mar 25, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by Tstromer from Texas

Mar 24, 2018
Irish Channel Stout from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 364 ratings