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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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to optimator13 for the bomber and matching pint glass this was poured into. It appears black in color with a dark tan head that's 2 fingers strong that fades slowly holding with a thin layering across the top. Spotty lace hangs along the glass. When held to the light, some lighter brown clarity is seen through the edges.

The smell of this brew is very roasty with an abundant mineral quality that is almost tin-like mixed with citrus hops. Some smooth semi sweet chocolate notes are hidden underneath. As the brew warms, a faint yeastiness is noted.

The taste is bitter with grainy roasted quality. Lots of citrus hop inclusion couples with a mineral quality. Light coffee flavors mix with some fruity alcohol esters and hops. There is a lingering bitter grain aftertaste that mixes with the minerals and it lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium booed brew with a modest level of carbonation. The 7% abv is fairly well integrated throughout this brew. Certainly one of the more aggressively flavored "Irish stouts" that I've had. It's worth a try if you have the opportunity.

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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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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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4.01 out of 5 based on 309 ratings.
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