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

Irish Channel StoutIrish Channel Stout
BA SCORE
84.4%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 314 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
Ranking:
#4,635
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
314
Liked:
265
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
10.05%
Alströms:
3.98
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
60
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of seeswo
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Evan! Served out of the middle shelf of the wine fridge, so cellar temp. Pours black with a nice big cocoa head. Weak in the nose. Not really sure what is happening as I am whipping it into a fury and inhaling like I've never done before. Just the lightest implication of roast. The flavor is roasty with a a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Not really sweet at all, not chocolatey or decadent (not that all stouts need to be). Maybe a touch bland. Dry, but not overly so. Suggestions of some creaminess in the body. I really wanted to like this beer more than I wound up actually enjoying it. I wish the best for NOLA, but this tasted like it needs a touch of tweaking. A touch more roastiness and scaling back the bitterness just a bit I think would balance this beer a bit better, but that is just my preference. That said, it seemed like the came together more with some sips than others.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
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 MicroBeerMan1980
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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 bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of pisano
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of JoeyBrightside
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of kmahe
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WestBrewer
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jfstermer
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
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 DanoBear
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMMillsy
3.66/5  rDev -8%

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 dmorgan310
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bartos
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyrushire
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beaulabauve
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benesi88
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev -6%
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 mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Irish Channel Stout from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Beer rating: 84.4% out of 100 with 314 ratings
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