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Irish Walker - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Irish WalkerIrish Walker

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very good

229 Ratings

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 41
Gots: 87 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

OldhouseRecs, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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yancot, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

ygtbsm94, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ldhughes3, Nov 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

AGoodStout, Nov 10, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

cosmicevan, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Wamba, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

atone315, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

lonewolfcry, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

RWLawman, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Brewski, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Brew33, Oct 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

cardsfan, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

chinchill, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

kbuzz, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

scott2269, Sep 01, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%

2011 vintage, which I usually wouldn't review, but this shows few signs of oxidation or decline. Thanks to n2185 for the bottle. Tasted 24 August 2013.

Pours deep rusty brown, dark, but clear with light behind it, which makes it look even more reddish. Half-finger of tan head, okay retention, stellar lacing.

Smell is big and malty, just what I want from an English barleywine. Dark fruit, a bit of molasses, and tobacco. Has both sweetness and depth.

Taste is pleasantly complex. It's less potently sweet, with more leather and tobacco than in the smell. Lots of brown, tannin flavors. In the finish, hops and alcohol come through as a two-pronged bitterness. Just a touch of oxidation.

Feel is good. Medium-heavy body, very sticky. It's a little low on carbonation, but there's enough to keep things active. Lasting.

A tasty beer, with nicely varied malt character. I like it, though some might find it overly sweet.

zeledonia, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

hellhammermario, Aug 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

adam_e, Aug 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

hemorhoidzz, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

sendbeer, Aug 13, 2013
Irish Walker from Olde Hickory Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.