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Irish Walker - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Irish WalkerIrish Walker

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BA SCORE
88
very good

231 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 41
Gots: 87 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -30%

brandoman63, Mar 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

t0rin0, Dec 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Dave_Treat, Mar 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark mahogony brown with ruby edges and a tan creamy head.

S-the nose has lots of caramel, hints of chocolate malt and slightly burnt toasted malts, notes of citrus hops in the back.

T-big time caramel and chocolate malt, hints of meat, slightly ashy, prunes, raisins with a decent bit of hop presence in the back, juicy grapefuit and citrus. So new but seems a little oxidized in the flavor.

M-medium body, slightly thin, creamy and soft with lower carb but enough to hold.

D-messy and slightly oxidized already, very singular with a dirty malt overload. not offensive but certainly not good.

cpetrone84, Oct 30, 2010
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

drummermattie02, Jul 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

ADTaber, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of ChadQuest
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks solid in that there is a small shortly sustained head and a rich color. Not much else to say.
I like the aroma, richness with a faint alcohol, light dark fruits and toffees.
The flavors are less rich, partially cut down by a hint of alcohol but it isn't hot by any means, there is just less richness and sweet density on the palate, still caramel and toasted toffee, just less of it, the dark fruits come out more, a bit of a pomegranate like note that has a faint itty bitty tannin aspect.
mouth feel is medium bodied.

Nice, solid, enjoyable Barleywine, not phenomenal, but a nice beer to drink solo in an evening.

ChadQuest, Nov 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

ygtbsm94, Nov 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

BeerThursdays, Jan 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

thegerm87, Jul 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -16.5%

Beestin, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous BA for providing this growler at the Friday night pre-BA Sexual Chocolate tasting. Served in a Foothills sampler glass.

Pours dark brown with a short tan head that quickly recedes to a thin collar. The nose brings some light whiskey character along with caramel and a bit of booze. Nothing much else than that. This is especially apparent in the flavor, which unfortunately tastes mostly like watered-down whiskey and doesn't have malt or other backing. Light to medium body without too much booze, which is fairly impressive. Decent enough overall, but I'd rather stick with some of their other beers.

Thorpe429, Jul 19, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Duckworths park road. Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Poured with about 1/2 inch white soapy head the dissipate to a thin layer of bubbles that hold nicely. Copper in color and very translucent.

S- Light aromas of toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit and booze. Not to heavy on the nose kinda light.

T- Follows the nose but with the strength the nose was lacking.There is also a hop profile that I didn't pick up on the nose. Very nice.

M- Smooth but thin. I like the carbonation but being a fan of the, chewy, kinda flat barleywines this might be a wee aggressive. In saying that its true to the style of an english barleywine.

O- A great beer I find myself ordering again and again. Good job OHB. I have yet to enjoy aged I bet it will improve 10 fold.

lanamj, Feb 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

hyoung41, Jan 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Gonzoillini, Feb 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz wax topped bomber into a couple of snifters. Thanks go to Barscream for sharing this one with me. 2009 Edition.

Pours a ruddy amber, with a thin frothy head of light mocha foam. This retains with some rich edges, leaving back a smattering of spotty lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of brown sugars, toffee, herbal hops, a touch of more burnt feeling grains, and then alcohol notes of spice and warmth.

The taste is similar to the nose, with caramel, green citrus, grainy roast, brown sugars, and some additional herbal tones. This finishes dry, spicy and bitter. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a firm creaminess on the tongue that then spreads out into the rest of the mouth. I’m getting a little sweet and spicy warmth here out of the body but its overall pretty smooth if maybe a little thin feeling.

This was decent. The complexity seemed to be there but the flavors themselves just didn’t leave much of a bold impression on me, which coupled with the thinner feel of the body to make for a moderately enjoyable but ultimately forgettable drinking experience. This one seemed liked it’s spent enough time in the bottle already.

Kegatron, Mar 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

hemorhoidzz, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Rhettroactive, Jan 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

vintage 2009, consumed 3-12-10

opaque brown, ruby edges, a wonderful head with fluffy, yellowy bubbles.

aroma is of raisins, fig newtons, ultra sweet, delectable, and reminiscent of these raisin filled cake bars that used to be ever-present in my parents pantry when i was younger.

tastes of raisins, minerals, celery, smoky, with a vinous touch.

mouthfeel is a bit powdery and a bit watery. i definitely expected more from the smell.

this one turns into a sipper rather quickly, and not because of a heavy body or high alcohol content.

Crittervision, Oct 05, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

threedaggers, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

klipper, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

inspektor, Jan 05, 2014
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Irish Walker from Olde Hickory Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.