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Irish Walker - Olde Hickory Brewery

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very good

239 Ratings

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 41
Gots: 90 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.14% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 12-25-2009)
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

thanmad, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

EasyReader, Nov 17, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

bcp5296d, Jun 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Ivegotmule, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of bcheng
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was a nice purchase from my trip to Asheville, NC, recommended by the good people at Appalachian Vintner. Drinking from an Old Hickory glass, at room temperature, the mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, and like a previous reviewer mentioned, has the woody, old ale quality. A little sweet, but definitely not overpowering. Personally I feel it is well balanced, and I very much enjoyed it. Definitely would buy it again if I get a chance to go to NC. Oh yeah, that blue wax covering the bottle top, is interesting, but perhaps a bit too thick for easy removal.

bcheng, Apr 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

asustevo, May 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

cwguy5, Jan 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

pathman, Jul 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

kristougher, Aug 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

DruRho, Mar 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

AGoodStout, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

bcostner1, Feb 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

lupercmda, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

jak, Dec 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

DaPan, May 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

leftstagebrew, May 04, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A well round beer that acquired at Peabodys in Boone, NC.
I always look forward to the Irish Walker, this being the 2011 brew. The foam is medium brown and nice lacing durung the taste. The smell is malty with a hint of hops. The taste is full malt, slight sweetness, and some hoppiness with nice finish of alcohol. The feel is full of flavor and very good. Overall, as I said before I always look forward to an Irish Walker Barleywine by Olde Hickory.

beerenjoyer1, Mar 18, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter

A - very dark brownish amber with a thin lacing of off white head that fades quickly

S - figs, dates, plums, candy sugar, caramel

T - caramel, bread, candy sugar, figs, dates, raisins, plums, faint chocolate, alcohol, mild hop bitterness in the finish

M - full bodied, smooth, warm, well carbonated

This is a solid barleywine. It has good flavor and very good balance. I really enjoyed this beer.

tdm168, Jun 08, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle. Dark brown with some amber and burgundy hues in it. Large lasting khaki colored head that holds it's shape until the glass is empty. This beer is pure eye-candy. Smells sweet. I can't quite put my finger on what kind of sweet. Just sweet. It's also very fruity. Cherries, Peaches, Fruit cocktail.
Wonderful malt heavy flavors of burnt toast, sweetness, cherries and peaches as in the nose. Chicory maybe. Hint of pine. With a bourbon finish. Very good beer. I wish I had bought more. Mouthfeel is smooth and full. Very easy to drink for a barleywine.

wcudwight, Dec 13, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

StrongOakOnTheFront, Sep 10, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark brown. Very thick looking on the pour with a minimum amount of head coming up through it. A bout a half inch of off white foam rose up through it

Hints of raisins and figs, light earthy, roasted malts and a good touch of alcohol. Very complex nose, and unique for the style.
Rich tastes of oak and vanilla, hints of roasted malts and caramel. Lots of bourbon like flavors swirling around. Very tight and nicely done. A bit of alcohol, just enough to thicken it up a bit. A really nice and very full barley wine. Finish was strong, with a healthy dose of bourbon and spice lingering in the mouth for what seemed like forever.

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark golden brown, very good head.

S: Aromas of brown sugar and several kinds of fruit, a little bit of alcohol in the nose.

T: Very surprising for a Barleywine, of which I am not the biggest fan. Bartender recommended, and should be commended! Tastes much more like a Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale since ABV is a little lower. Great blending of the brown sugar and raisin... a little like drinking a pecan pie!

M: Smooth as silk.

D: So very drinkable if you let it sit out for 8-10 minutes before popping the cap. Almost gets a little like great single malt scotch.

I highly recommend picking bottles of this up, but you have to get it from the brewery in Hickory. Well worth the trip up there.

bdupree, Jan 10, 2010
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Irish Walker from Olde Hickory Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.