Irish Walker | Olde Hickory Brewery

Irish WalkerIrish Walker
BA SCORE
79.7%
Liked This Beer
3.97 w/ 335 ratings
Irish WalkerIrish Walker
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldehickorybrewery.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.14%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A long slow fermentation and cold aging makes Irish Walker a well rounded, complex Barley Wine Ale. Released only once a year, it exhibits malty sweetness, fruity esters, and hoppy balance. This ale will age well for years to come.

Added by oberon on 12-25-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,858
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
335
Liked:
267
Avg:
3.97/5
pDev:
9.57%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
108
Trade:
24
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of kenoshagirl
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite barley wine to date. A must have if you are a fan of barley wine ales!

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow

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Photo of MagsBonham
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
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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4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Irish Walker from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 79.7% out of 100 with 335 ratings
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