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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

272 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 40
Gots: 94 | 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:
Beer added by: oberon on 12-25-2009

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Ratings: 272 | Reviews: 92
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4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage, poured into oversized wine glass

A- pours murky dark brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that reduces quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- lots of lush dark cherry aroma up front with some vinous notes along with rasin and red grape. Butterscotch and caramel candy, tons of sweet malt with notes of caramalized brown sugar and dark bread

T- lots of dark fruits up front with an emphasis on black cherry and fig, hints of chocolate and walnut, followed by a huge wave of melted caramel with brown sugar, some earthy herbal notes close it out with more caramel linger

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a thick finish that coats the mouth, light oxidization

O- over a year of cellering has produced a wonderful cherry/caramel forward sipper

Photo of MagsBonham
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I had the Irish Walker on Spanish Cedar and it was awesome. This is equally as wonderful.

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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 release. Pours a dark brown, just like a porter. Normal head volume and retention, excellent lacing. Dark fruit nose of plums, raisins and dates over a light note of alcohol. As it warms, molasses is evident along with a caramel note.. Light full body with a nice creamy texture. Slightly below normal carbonation, with a bit of effervescence in the finish, buttresses the body/texture. The flavor profile is intense, very complex and reasonably balanced. It begins with a burst of blended dark fruits that flow into a molasses sweetness. In the middle, the molasses fades into a caramel note that is rather sweet and covers the alcohol that lurks underneath. While reasonably covered, the alcohol still exhibits a slight astringency in the middle. In the finish, alcohol dominates and leaves that nice burn at the back of the throat. As it all fades away, it is a bit dry and prune notes are detected. I'm not a big barley wine fan, but this one hits the outstanding mark.

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4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking 2012 vintage with blue wax on bottle.

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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.95/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Probably the best Barleywine I've had. Very nice flavor & surprisingly smooth.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

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Irish Walker from Olde Hickory Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.