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

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Irish Channel StoutIrish Channel Stout
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Brewed by:
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Louisiana, United States | website

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
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
287
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
23.69%
 
 
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Photo of mooseisloose
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -0.7%
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 MacMalt
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -0.2%
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 +10.2%
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 -6.7%
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
3.74/5.00

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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 -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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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.49/5  rDev -13%
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 -0.7%
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 +7.5%
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 -0.2%
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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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a great balanced american stout that surprised me. Could see myself enjoying several. Balanced with all the great really roasty flavors you'd expect with chocolate and hops. Good stuff.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is dry chocolate and roasted malt. There is some baker's cocoa in there as well with a touch of smoke. A good beer, especially for the style. One I could have several glasses of.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out pitch black with a khaki head. SMells of big roasted malt and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, berries, coffee. There's some roasted bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and chewy. This is a solid stout that drinks like a full flavored imperial stout.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black draft pour into snifter, lite tan head. Roasted malt, nut and a whiff of coffee. Smooth roasted malt and espresso, with dry bitter finish. Medium lite mouthfeel. Overall, a lite dry stout.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate and coffee. Taste is coffee up front, some chocolate, hop bitterness present at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Bluegriff
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

This Beer blew me away and stands as my personal favorite stout to date. The flavors are complex, it pours a great milky head, and has the right density and color for a stout. Highly recommend!

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%

Can from trade as an extra. Forget who. Thanks! Pours dark brown to black with a big mocha colored creamy head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, smoke, bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is metallic up front big time, followed by roasted malt, bitter cocoa powder, maybe a hint of coffee or espresso. A long finish with some pleasant roast lingering with chocolate on the palate. Light to medium bodied for a stout, high carbonation. The big metallic flavor to start this one off really takes away from it, as it is an otherwise very solid dry stout with lots of flavor going on.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA) - Irish Channel Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a thin viscosity motor oil brown black with a small head that doesn't retain much at all. Tiny amounts of lacing.

Smell - Backer's chocolate is the most prominent, some "green bean" roasted malts (I dunno, that's what I smell every time in this malt variety) and a dash of espresso and hops.

Taste - Creamy and zippy carbonated chocolate with a nice roast followed by espresso notes and finishing a dash of hops.

Mouthfeel - Light-heavy body with high carbonation. Real nice feel here it's got great balance. Mouthfeel and drinkability is phenomenal, a real quaffable beer.

Overall - What a surprise, such a flavorful non-imperial stout! Typically I've been more into imperials but this one rekindled the glame for the good old American Stout!

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown with a large light brown head that leaves a huge head and a lace that clings to the glass
S-strong caramel malt with a slight roasted aroma
T-strong roast taste with the caramel malt coming in, but then you get a hop bitterness in the aftertaste that fades to a balance of hops, malt , and roasted taste
M-full body, sticky, and low carbonation
O-wow that was great. It has sweetness, it has hops, and it has roasting. Love It!!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOLA Irish Channel Stout has a thin, beige head, a deep, dark brown appearance, bubbles clinging to the glass, and some thin lacing left on the glass. The aroma is faint, but one can detect roasted malt and some sort of sweet cream. Taste is of sweet, dark-roasted barley malt, char, acidity, some bitterness, and a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit slick, and NOLA Irish Channel Stout finishes mostly dry, a bit powdery, rich, and decently drinkable. No alcohol detected with this beer.

RJT

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Photo of BeerShits
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The roasted barley taste is heavy, which is not a bad thing. The chocolate is very subtle. Tastes/smells/feels like a stout and it's great in a can--except it should have nitro. Better on tap. Nola Brewing should barrel-age this beer. Sold in four-packs of one pint cans.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the source while visiting New Orleans for Cantillon Zwanze Day! Served from tap into a NOLA shaker. Poured a massively dark red-brown with a three finger tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cream, earth, milk chocolate, earth hop, and roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, milk chocolate, cream, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. For the style this one had a lot of the aspects that one would expect with the roastiness and subtle sweetness to go along with it. This made it easy to drink and fairly enjoyable at the same time. I just wish there would have been something else to make this one standout from the other brews from the style. Glad I got to try this one and suggest you do the same if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of jono311
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Motor oil black relatively thick and opaque, nice frothy dark brown head.

Smell- roasted malty sugars and dark chocolate maybe a hint of dark roast coffee but this nose is relatively mild.

Mouthfeel/taste- very full carbonation beautiful roasted malt and chocolate flavors which become very dry and tannin like. keeps me coming back for another sip. Medium to long finish.

Overall- a big stout, not an imperial or double by any means but not your average dry irish stout either. A favorite of mine the whole season long (feb/march through april/may) wish they made it year round.

Note-compared a 9-12 month old bottle of 2011 to the fresh draft of 2012 and the 2011 had more mellow carbonation and silky mouthfeel but was still great beer. A sign of the quality and the care that goes into this great stout.

(review from March 2012 just got around to posting from old notes)

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