Irish Walker | Olde Hickory Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
334 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
Ratings:
334
Reviews:
98
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
108
For Trade:
24
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Ratings: 334 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +18.3%
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 -3.8%
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 +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mbbransc
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of masterofsparks
2.81/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WCKDVBZ
2.68/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

One of the oddest, strangest, weirdest Barleywines out there. Very disappointed.

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Photo of dailyminefield
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flyersfan900
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakeBigelow
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of marct13
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tiamat8086
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ohiovania
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KYGunner
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Strong notes of chocolate malt, molasses, sorghum and pecan. The middle palate gets more roasted grain, barley and a toasted bread. It finishes very smooth, almost creamy, with a dry malt and fudge brownie. I like this one a lot.

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Photo of italianstallion
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Irish Walker from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 334 ratings.
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