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Irish Walker - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

216 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 41
Gots: 83 | FT: 11
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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thanmad

Illinois

5/5  rDev +26.9%

12-12-2011 03:07:54 | More by thanmad
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EasyReader

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-17-2011 00:54:49 | More by EasyReader
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bcp5296d

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

06-05-2013 22:39:42 | More by bcp5296d
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Ivegotmule

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

06-22-2014 04:02:30 | More by Ivegotmule
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bcheng

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2014 01:06:02 | More by bcheng
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asustevo

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-07-2012 01:40:03 | More by asustevo
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cwguy5

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-03-2014 18:29:39 | More by cwguy5
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

07-10-2013 02:40:49 | More by pathman
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kristougher

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

08-10-2013 01:01:08 | More by kristougher
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DruRho

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-19-2013 00:42:57 | More by DruRho
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-18-2011 17:44:36 | More by nmann08
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AGoodStout

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-10-2013 03:58:11 | More by AGoodStout
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bcostner1

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-26-2013 01:40:28 | More by bcostner1
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-02-2014 04:41:47 | More by lupercmda
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jak

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-15-2011 22:06:52 | More by jak
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-05-2014 03:47:40 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-05-2013 13:50:13 | More by DaPan
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leftstagebrew

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-04-2013 19:03:01 | More by leftstagebrew
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beerenjoyer1

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:13:36 | More by beerenjoyer1
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tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 21:06:52 | More by tdm168
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wcudwight

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 02:09:23 | More by wcudwight
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:25:25 | More by mikesgroove
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bdupree

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 21:15:46 | More by bdupree
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cosmicevan

New York

4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage that i picked up last year when i was in NC (or maybe i picked it up longer ago?) none-the-less, enjoyed from an olde hickory half pint taster glass thingie.

a - brew poured a stunning ruby brown with crimson highlights. to the light you can somewhat see through it...massive cream colored head that hung out for ages and coated the glass as it vanished. pretty amazing looking.

s - nose is amazing. nougat, toffee, caramel...lush english barleywine. butterscotch. just spot on for what i like. really rich and thick with tons of candy.

t - taste matches the nose, just fantastic. really rich and thick and lush toffee butterscotch. caramel, nougat...you get the point. great barleywine.

m - fairly chewy and thick...a bit boozy on the finish.

o - overall, really great english barleywine. this sort of tows the line of old ale...really what i love about the english barleywine style. this is a keeper...would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:44:05 | More by cosmicevan
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scifan

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review of the 2010 version.
Poured into my Portsmouth ballon glass. Irish Walker is a nice ruby amber with a nice khaki head that leaves some lacing as it recedes into a wispy ring around the glass.
Smells slightly sweet with toffee and caramel dominating the nose. Has some nice dark fruit aromas as I'm picking up some fig and dates. A touch of tobacco and just a tinge of floral hops finish out the nose.
The first sip reveals tasty toffee and caramel flavors, toasted malts provide some contrast from the sweetness. Classis english hops provide a nice clean, dry finish and for such a high abv I can't detect any alcohol.
Has a great big mouthfeel and you can tell its definitely a "big" beer, but it never gets too thick or cloying and has a nice finish. I shouldn't have any problem finishing this 22. Olde Hickory is quickly becoming my favorite brewery in NC with awesome brews like this one.
P.S. I think it would be incredible bourbon barrel aged.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 03:43:14 | More by scifan
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Irish Walker from Olde Hickory Brewery
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