Irish Walker - Olde Hickory Brewery
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3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
I brought this one to share at jmgrub’s tasting.
Thanks to Jzmhector for sending me this one!
Pours a clear brown with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, molasses, and citrus zest. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, and slight brown sugar and molasses flavors. There is a medium sort of medicinal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good barleywine but the bitterness is a bit weird on this one.
05-14-2012 05:23:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.28/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
07-19-2011 10:52:03 | More by Thorpe429
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
Appearance: Pours a cola color with a smidge of a head that fades away altogether too quickly though it does leave a splendid array of viscous dots
Smell: Fruity aroma, with some citrus as well as apple, pear and raisin elements
Taste: Very different malt character, with a ton of fruit up front; quite a kitchen sink of citrus, light fruits and dark fruits, with a nutty, caramel character underneath; after the swallow, a bit of spearmint enters the picture and lingers into the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation; surprisingly thin for the ABV
Overall: I enjoyed this but am not quite sure what to make of it; perhaps a year has changed its character but this is the fruitiest barleywine I have ever encountered
Discovered the 2009 in my cellar the next day, so here is the comparison:
Appearance: Much better head retention than the 2010; more lacing as well 4.0
Smell: Now there is the malt that was missing in the 2010; the fruitiness is there also, but it is far better balanced 4.5
Taste: Very similar to the 2010 but, as with the aroma, there is a better balance to the caramel malt 4.0
Mouthfeel: Feels more like a barleywine though the carbonation is a bit too prickly 3.5
Overall: So, a year older and with a 2% lower ABV, the 2009 is clearly the better beer 4.0
05-07-2011 01:15:58 | More by brentk56
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
12-04-2011 03:25:25 | More by mikesgroove
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
Appearance: Pours a deep, deep, dark mahogany body with a goodly foamy, yellow-beige head.
Smell: Sweetish scent of toasted sugars, toasted barley, and a mix of dark fruits and berries with an underlying note of sturdy English hops.
Taste: Commences with a big sweetness, though not overly sweet, and with a toasted maltiness, faintly nutty, and, in the distance, a very, very small hint of roast. Splash of liquor. Dark fruits. Spicy, earthy hops with ample bitterness. Bittersweet on the drying, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: This one kinda makes me think of an Imperial Irish Red Ale, though maybe I'm taking too much away from the word "Irish". Decent flavor, though the appearance and texture were quite nice.
08-27-2011 16:52:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.93/5 rDev 0%
Poured into an oversized wine glass a rich deep amber with a clingy one finger slight off white head that left multiple layers of broken lace.Deep fruit in the nose, along with brown sugar and sweet alcohol.Its a bit hot being that its this years vitage,the flavors are deep in fruity malt,mainly raisin with big brown sugar,alcohol dripped plums.Its hot, but its a damn good sipper,I plan on getting one to let sit for awhile.
12-25-2009 21:03:52 | More by oberon
4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
Had this on draft before & it was pretty good, will be interested to see how this compares...hate the wax sealing
2010 vintage pours chestnut with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Sheets of horizontal lacing & above average head retention
S: Breadyness & dark fruit
T: Follows the nose, plus cakey notes along with treacle , dryness & even more figs & just a kiss of woody hops & booze up front. Figs, cherries dates, dryness & leafy hops, carob & wisp of booze as this warms, as well as short bread. Finishes figgy, dry, with a raisins & leafy hops & just a hint of plum brandy
MF: Pretty chewy with low carbonation & great balance, nice warming sensation overall
My bottle states a 9.8% ABV, this is well hidden. I like this better than the draft version I had last summer. This is a faithful take on the style that is working for me. I am digging the bigger bottled beers coming from NC hometown!
07-07-2010 04:26:17 | More by russpowell
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
Bottle courtesy of the infamous Jason Allen. I'm thinking this was the 2010 vintage based on my memory of the label. Served in a Stone IRS tulip.
A - Quick-dissolving dime of foam that settles to a thin ring and a few wisps, leaving tiny spots of lace. Transparent blood red body.
S - Burnt sugars, toffee, dark fruits, cotton candy, light chocolate, toasted grains, and a touch of citrus hop aroma.
T - Taste is heavy on sugars (brown sugar, caramel) along with candied dark fruits. There's some roasted malt that brings balance and keeps things from being cloying. Hops impart light bitterness to the finish as well. Well-hidden alcohol (this batch was 9.8%) makes this very easy drinking for the style.
M - Slightly overcarbonated for a barleywine, but otherwise quite nice. Full smooth body with minimal warmth.
D - This is quite a good barleywine. If I were feeling ambitious I could probably tackle a bomber on my own. Olde Hickory, please put this in a (PvW?) bourbon barrel as it'd be a big hit.
03-30-2011 02:58:45 | More by MasterSki
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
03-16-2012 14:05:58 | More by Kegatron
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
Thanks to cwguy5 for this one.
Very light fizzy head, touch of lacing, mostly clear dark molasses ruby brown color.
Nose tons of dark malts and fruits, aged brown malts, caramel, toffee, molasses, etc. touch of oak and a bit of light whisky. Fruit bring fig, date, brandy soaked raisin with brown sugar, hint of creamy malt.
Taste starts rich and lush, creamy darker malts, brown malts with tons of brown sugar and molasses, caramel, toffee, chewy granola bar. Then fruit with more brandy soaked raisin, plum, fig, date, soft aged malts. Hint of a whisky flavor. Towards the end brings a light earthy hops. Finishes semi sweet with tons more juicy fruits and dark malts and sweets, still decent sweetness with a nice spicy hop bitterness.
Mouth is a bit bigger bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.
Overall very nice, great fruits, hint of whisky and barrel, good sweetness and malts, balanced fairly well.
11-13-2011 22:47:05 | More by jlindros
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
Not sure why the 2009 and 2010 versions are listed under one rating. It seems like a 2-plus percentage jump in ABV would be enough to earn a split.
The beer pours a red color with a white head. The aroma is brown sugar, molasses and roasted malt. The flavor is brown sugar, alcohol, chocolate, molasses, maple syrup and vanilla. A very complex, but still drinkable barleywine. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
11-27-2010 19:17:13 | More by Mora2000
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
From 06/25/11 notes. Shared by nmann08 at a recent tasting I believe; thanks Nate. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip. 2010 vintage.
a - Pours a hazy, dark brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Very light spotty lacing on the glass.
s - Smells of caramel malts, toffee, light hops, toasted malts, oak, vanill, and bready malts. Lots of malts, especially caramel.
t - Tastes of caramel malts, vanilla, oak, toffee, and bready malts. Again a lot of malts, but the vanilla is very nice in the taste.
m - Medium body and light carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink.
o - Overall I thought this was a really good barleywine and something I would love to have again sometime. Lots of caramel and vanilla, which are some of my favorite characteristics.
06-30-2011 14:36:30 | More by mdfb79
3.74/5 rDev -4.8%
A: Poured a cola brown color with a tan cap which fades leaving whispy bubbles and light lacing clinging to the edge of the glass
S: Sweet caramel meets toffee meets dark fruits. Rather straightforward and simplistic,l common for the style.
T: Initial but subtle booze sting coupled with toffee, caramel and underlying dark fruits plus residual sugary sweetness. A bit high on carbonation upfront. It finishes smooth, sweet, near decadence and lightly sticky
M: Medium to big bodied but I felt it need a bit more in the middle to make it fuller, well rounded and decadent
O: Good example of the style.
01-10-2013 16:42:44 | More by barleywinefiend
Irish Walker from Olde Hickory Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.