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

BA SCORE
89
very good
309 Ratings
Irish Channel StoutIrish Channel Stout
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
Ratings:
309
Reviews:
58
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
59
For Trade:
3
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2.25/5  rDev -43.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -43.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of whitebrow
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good stout, would definitely be welcome on a cool night with some stew.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a fan of this beer

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3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Alex.

A - Black beer with a tan head that had some brown highlights on the ends. Head had some decent retention and some solid lacing.

S - Smells of char, chocolate, and caramel. Nose is a little sticky sweet with some green vegetables which are unpleasant.

T - Burnt char, cocoa, generic powder, and old coffee bitterness. Some of that green vegetable taste comes through also. Not a huge fan, but it's not horrible.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Merely an average stout at best, not great or something I would really seek out.

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3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is some complexity here. Undertones of chocolate. It just doesnt suit my preferred flavor profile for stout. Im more of a Narwhal kind of guy.

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3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to optimator13 for this rare bottled offering from NOLA. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar. Pretty dark, although for some reason I had assumed this was an Irish Dry Stout when it clearly isn't. Some light ruby transparency at the fringes. Could benefit from some nitro-tap action.

S - Coffee, chocolate, light smoke and char. As an American stout it's largely to style - a nice blend of sweet cocoa and malt sweetness with roast character. Since I was expecting an Irish Dry from the name this threw me a little.

T - Not as good as the aroma. It's less sweet, which was what I expected from the name, but it comes off as burnt, chalky, and astringent. Reminds me of stale low-quality coffee in some ways, with a residual roasty bitterness. Perhaps this is really good for a N'awlins brew, but it's merely an average stout in this neck of the woods.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-light gritty body, dry finish, and no trace of the 6.8% listed on the bottle.

D - I was thrown a little by the style mismatch with the name. It's not a bad beer, but not something that should really be on the Top New Beers list. I'd have it again, particularly if I was in Louisiana and had limited options, but I wouldn't trade for it again. The astringent finish also makes it a challenge to have a lot.

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3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Irish Channel Stout from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
4.01 out of 5 based on 309 ratings.
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