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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Beige cover, red brown body. Aroma is sweet, caramel, plum, prune. Taste is sweet, caramel, candy, figs.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2010
2010 pre-Brewer’s Jam tasting. Pours dark orange with very small offwhite head. Aroma is caramel, peach, little bit of toffee, little bit of earth and dust. Flavor is orangey hops, little bit of caramel, raisin. Nice oaky finish. Yum.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Shared bottle courtesy of Lance. Smells like licorice, maybe some sweetness. Very nice barleywine, even at 9.8% the alcohol is extremely subdued despite being the 2010 vintage. Sweet caramel and molasses fill the palate. I’ll look for it again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4317) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Great waxed bottle and label. Beer is absolutely orange - deep, brown orange. Sharp, very malty aroma, with molasses/bock notes. Sweet, hoppy, tannic, lots of prunes and raisins. Warming. Doppelbock finish - dark stewed fruit and peat. Thanks to LuckyDog.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Pours a nice amber color with very little head. Has a caramel smell to it. Same with the taste but with a little bit of hops in there. I was also getting some metallic taste there but it got better as it opened up.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freekyp (1533) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Pours an opaque dark brown with a thick head that leaves sticky tendrils of lacing. Espresso hits the nose immediately followed by the grassiness of the ample hops. Mouthfeel comes off as soft, with all the flavors mixing well. Long dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4096) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Thanks durhambeer for sharing. Pours a deep reddish amber with a two finger creamy sandstone head. Nose is rich and malty, caramel, toasted malt, grapefruit rind, sweet, mild alcohol. Flavor is dominated by a dextrinous rich and sweet malt character, caramelly and fruity, sweet, citrus rind. Palate is velvety smooth with a mild bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle generously given to me from the brewers after I got a bad bottle of ’09. Cheers, y’all! Picked up at Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville. Pours deep, dark copper with a nice yellow-tan head. Nose is hoppy, but also spicy and even peppery. Nice caramel malts and more of an English characteristic in that sense. Tastes more like an English barley wine than an American one, in a good way. Taste is a bit cloying, and the palate felt heavy, but that could have been in relation to the other beers consumed that evening. Solid.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11590) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2010
22oz bottle. Small tan head atop clear garnet body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some raisin/orange. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit, some raisin/vinous, orange, alcohol, light chocolate. Medium-full body, low carbonation, low acidity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Bottle from argo0, thanks. Full beige head, dark ruby red, clear. Aroma is caramel, nuts, raisin. Flavor is full malty and interesting. Tiny bit of chocolate, hops, pine, grassy alcohol aftertaste. Overall, nice malty flavor, I would like a little better hop characteristic, but I appreciate the attempt from my hometown brewery.


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