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Irish Walker | Olde Hickory Brewery

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3.97/5
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338 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:
#5,170
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
338
pDev:
9.57%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
108
Trade:
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Photo of brewskifan55
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tasting glass. Thanks, Shannon.

A: Deep brown with amber highlights. A one finger tan head that whittled down to a foamy layer.

S: Heavy malts with caramel, molasses and toffee.

T: Oooh, the sweetness comes on strong with a thick, malty/caramel essence. Booziness mingles with dark fruits and toffee. A slow sipper for sure.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: Way too sweet for our tasting group. Perhaps some aging may take it back a bit.

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2014 Vintage

A: Pours a lightly hazy but opaque very dark mahogany/reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy tan head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toffee, caramel, and dark fruits (raisin) over lighter aromas of dark + nutty malts. Light aromas of oak.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark, caramel, nutty, and toffee malts with a moderate to strong amount of sweetness and moderate flavors of dark fruits (raisins). That is followed by moderate amounts of whiskey-like booziness and oak. Finally there is a light flavor of earthy + spicy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for long leaving a lingering sweetness + booziness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming through the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and pretty easy to drink considering the strength (not sure how this one is fresh as I have always had it with at least a year of age on it). Really nice dark fruit aromas and flavors along with the more traditional barelywine notes and a touch of whiskey.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Klourie
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SharkNado
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 3/11/16

Cheers to Bilco for this beer, split with Goblinmunkey7

A: Deep, dark brown with some burnt amber highlights - pours with a medium size, light beige head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small collar, leaves some spots and streaks of lacing

S: Big, sweet, and chewy malts - malt-forward, as any self-respecting barleywine should be, with some caramel and amber malts, caramelized malts, amber malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, biscuits sprinkled with sugar - some dark fruits, figs, plums, raisins - some heat to round things out

T: Big and malty, with some caramel malts, amber malts, caramelized malts, cooked malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, sweet bread, bread crust, sweet biscuits - earthy notes - some dark fruits, figs, plums, raisins - sweet, but it should be, but maybe a touch too much - lightly nutty - some alcohol heat, again, appropriate for the style

M: Nearly full body, very smooth, low carbonation, finishes with lingering earth and sugary fruit

O: Irish Walker, Texas Ranger

This is a good example of an English Barleywine. The malt profile is solid, with tons of caramel, toffee, molasses, and dark fruits. It's a little too sweet, overall, but I'm not going to complain too much. For all I know, this could smooth out after aging for another few years. As for now, it's good, but not mind-blowing.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redfish2942
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tan head. Copper brown color.

Malty. Toffee and caramel. Sweet. Light molasses and raisins. Brown sugar.

Medium bodied. Easy drinking. Nothing crazy though.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber bottled 5/27/15 poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark, dense, brown/ruby with almost a purple hue. No head or lace on first pour. 2nd pour yielded one finger of tan head that moved quickly to a thin lace.

S - Rich fig, caramel, oak, vanilla/brown sugar and bread.

T - Follows the nose, adding in molasses, dark fruit, nuts, and some well hidden booze.

M - Dense, full, low carbonation. Almost chewy, gets sticky.

O - A very warming, tasty, slow sipper for a winter evening. Have to pick up another and let it sit for a few years.

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

Photo of Mikexw
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LloydDobler
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of closisinthehouse
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bringing a full-flavored and robust British spread to the hills of North Carolina, the Olde Hickory brewers bathe the palates of their fans in juicy malt sweetness and mind-numbing booze. Not for the faint of heart, this isn't a quick session but rather a slow sipping affair for drinkers with a sweet tooth.

Underneath is deep mahogany austere, the ale easily seduces the senses with the intense and robust succulence of molasses, toffee and browned sugar. Laced with dark stone fruits and citrus, its taste slathers the early palate with toasty, buckwheat, nutty and chocolate-like sweetness.

Without the malt dominance wavering much over the middle palate, the boozy warmth of curacao liquor that brings with it notions of maraschino cherry, prune, raisin, dried apple, fig and date caldering up with it. With a port-like savory taste, the final flavors are spicy with a pep of shaven oak bitterness.

Light leather and tobacco frame the beer's final impressions as the full and nearly chewy beer slowly recedes past the late palate. As its spiciness grows, the alcohol and hops offer slight reprieve from the massive sweetness while returning with citrusy curacao liquor in aftertaste.

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Photo of Grackos
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 mabermud
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This waxed 2014 bottle pours a butterscotch and diet cola colored body. The head is light mocha colored and instantly erupts into a one inch head during the pour, then just as quickly disappears to a thin halo with a filmy broken cover over the top. There are aromas of big brown sugar, caramel, and sweet plump raisins. Brown and white sugar, molasses, some toasted malts in the taste, with one plum, and two soft, overripe cherries. For me, the sugar aspects have control over the taste. Alcohol on the exhale, but the taste is muddled and pretty mellow. Carbonation is lower than not, it is soft in the box, and is medium bodied.

Overall, I was expecting more from this beer, but cannot expect anything else since this is my first time having this beer. Maybe the picture of Tron on the bottle threw me for a loop since I loved that movie. Therefore, I expected more from this beer. Nevertheless, Olde Hickory Brewery makes great beer.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Irish Walker from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 338 ratings
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