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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Irish Walker is brewed with six different malts and a blend of four classic hops. A long fermentation and cold aging makes Irish Walker a well rounded and complex Barley Wine. Irish Walker exhibits malty sweetness, fruity esters and malty balance. This ale will age well for years to come, or just enjoy now with good company. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2011
On tap at, then from a bomber purchased from Appalachian Vintner. What an interesting brew from Olde Hickory. There is a lot going on here. It seems like some whiskey in involved due to the rich vanilla and oak flavor and aroma on this one. There is a fair amount of roastiness and a rich cherry fruitiness imparted in the flavor. Palate is thick and suitable. This has some typical barley wine notes of molasses and wood, but Olde Hickory has made something much more interesting while maintaining the feel of the style. No hop character is of any consequence. I hate aging beers, but this one might actually be intriguing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2215) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Bomber from Brawley’s. Pours hazy reddish brown with large creamy light tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, english hops, figs, and dark malts. Flavors of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and dark malts. Fair amount of hop bitterness and some booze. Bit of chocolate there as well. Finishes warm and bitter. Nice malty english style barley wine. Carbonation and mouthfeel are fine. Could use a little bit more sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11492) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle. [thanks JensenTaster]
Pours a nice clear red with a good, creamy, off-white head on top - just lovely. Aroma has caramel, sweetness, light vinious, light fruity with apples dominating. Medium carbonation, fine creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good malty sweetness, toasted caramel, light vinoius with some chewy biscuity malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ Courtesy of JensenTaster ]. Clear medium red brown colour with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is light heavy malty, caramel, berry - fruity, light roasted. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, chocolate malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110525]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2387) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
Trade from SpencerDB, traded on to JensenTaster who was so generous to let me taste it. Unclear red body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is red winegums, dark fruit, malt. Flavor is dark fruit, sugar, alcohol and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11407) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2011
cloudy amber smooth offwhite head aroma is hoppy caramelly, malty. 6 flavor is malty, barley wineish, flowery. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle 2011 10.14% abv. Deep red pour with tan head. Scent of fruit and brown sugar. Taste is a sweet bitter balance. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Straight forward barleywine, so good... Pours a clear medium copper, good carbonation... Nose of hops with some whopper malt, sweet, this would be unreal barrel-aged... Taste is great, smooth, so drinkable. Kept going back for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2011
22 oz bottle
Thanks to buffalohead (Jeff) for bringing this back on a recent trip. A fresh barleywine it was a nice mixture of hops and malts brought together with enough depth to make it interesting. Given that I had no expectations it exceeded them greatly. I don’t know what this goes for but anything less than $12.99 a bomber would be a fair price in my mind. I might just have to track down a bottle of the 2009 release for comparison’s sake.

Aroma / Appearance - The maroon ruby red body was pretty dark for a barleywine. Creamy head the color of muddy snowflakes sat on the edges. Warmth radiated not only from the glass but was present in the aroma too. Caramel blended with the smell of the earth around a fire pit. Malts and hops played evenly off one another. Heavy yet not cloying it was smooth.

Flavor / Palate - The fluid first impression was a solid blend of fresh hops and chewy malts. Lingering on the throat with a focused intensity it does not immediately fatigue the palate. Instead it comes in waves like the sea water eroding a beach. There’s no subtlety to its goals. However it also doesn’t try to show everything at once. Reflecting on this beer I’d say that think Olde Hickory may be a brewery which deserves further attention.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5780) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
(22oz bottle gold wax thanks to Mora2000) clear but extremely rich color of deep amber/copper. Nose of bourbon, sweet caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, light oranges and hops. Taste of caramel, light bourbon, honey, toasty grain and a bit of orange bitterness. Oily body, semi-carbonated and a linger of alcohol.

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