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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

225 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 41
Gots: 86 | FT: 15
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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joe1510

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

22oz Bomber
$9.99
Brawley's - Charlotte

2014 Vintage

Irish Walker is chestnut brown as it pours with a ruby hue but when the glass is full it's flat out dark, basically as dark brown as brown can get. A frothy milk chocolate crown sits atop the body. The beige foam doesn't grow much but does stick around for ages and leaves puffy drink lines down the glass.

This barleywine is English all the way. Sugary plum and raisins in spades, orange marmalade, black cherry, a veritable fruitcake in a glass. Deep, rich caramel and a drizzle of molasses bring through some sweetness though a touch of toffee is included as well. Soda bread and cashews add more depth still. This beer just keeps getting deeper and deeper. My descriptors barely scratch the surface but are the most noticeable.

The flavor profile is much the same, staggering in its depth. Deep caramel lays the foundation and gets richer as it works through until you're finally left with molasses. Dark fruits; figs, raisins, plums, black cherries all pop up in the front, that fruitcake again. Soda bread and tea leaf hops join the fray mid palate while flashes of stone fruit hit. The finish is a touch boozy which adds to the overall dessert quality of this beer, port like. With the booze comes back the dark fruits. Depth.

The body on this beast of a beer is full and robust. The sweetness, luckily, vanishes fairly quickly and actually dries up in good time. Carbonation is soft and helps boost the velvety feel. This beer, while most safely served in small sample sizes, is so easy to consume I would consider it dangerous.

I thoroughly enjoy a good English style barleywine and Irish Walker is just that. The complexity is immense. The depth, staggering. The....Nevermind. It's good. Go get some!

08-30-2014 01:49:11 | More by joe1510
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target88

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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Bartos

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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djrn2

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2%

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Iowa

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%

08-20-2014 00:52:51 | More by Beestin
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-14-2014 13:25:11 | More by ncstateplaya
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-12-2014 16:53:25 | More by zekeman17
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-03-2014 00:12:12 | More by threedaggers
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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BillHilly

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-25-2014 01:15:51 | More by BillHilly
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Ivegotmule

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

06-22-2014 04:02:30 | More by Ivegotmule
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Spaten454

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-14-2014 21:16:50 | More by Spaten454
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aleckpa

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-06-2014 23:35:36 | More by aleckpa
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-03-2014 21:44:11 | More by egrace84
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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TATURBO

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-24-2014 13:25:06 | More by KevinGordon
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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vande

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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bcheng

Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

04-29-2014 01:06:02 | More by bcheng
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured a reddish copper with two finger head and lace ring down glass. Boozy, alkie aroma with bourbon, wood, hint of vanilla, caramel/sugary goodiness and touches of dark fruits (mostly figs and toffee). Fuller bodied, chewey, pronounced alcohol bite with a touch of burn on backend, this is a slow sipper b/c it will hit you and hit hard. That being said, well balanced, not overpowering in any sense, love the dark fruit and sweetness that balances with the alcohol and wood for a quality barley wine. Would love to see how this ages so I guess I'm buying another bottle.

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woodchip

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Irish Walker from Olde Hickory Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.