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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3260) - 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 (5816) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Dark chesnut color, thin creamy white ring. Orange, fertilizer, sugar, and booze in the nose. Bit of oxidation in both nose and flavor, light cardboard, bit of chocolate in the finish. Thin body, light carbonation. Too many off flavors for what seems fairly straightforward.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6245) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2010
2010 bottle, thanks to mora2000, amber color with tan foam, aroma is fruity caramels with a flavor somewhat Scotch, smooth whiskey, caramel and marshmallow

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2010
(22oz bottle, 2010 vintage, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear amber-brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of plum, raisins, caramel, orange, and peat. Flavor of caramel malt, raisins, plum, some chocolate, and toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Cherry red with tan head and lace. Dried fruit, brown sugar, and abv. Brown sugar, abv, and a good hop bitter. Thin medium bodied with good carbonation, good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6049) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2010
2010 version. The beer pours a red color with a white head. The aroma is brown sugar, molasses and roasted malt. The flavor is brown sugar, alcohol, chocolate, molasses, maple syrup and vanilla. A very complex, but still drinkable barleywine. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Bottle courtesy mora2000. Clear red color. Rosy tints with a bubbly head. Aroma is sweet malts, clay notes and caramel sweet. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel and roastedness. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012
Name: Irish Walker
Date: April 07, 2010
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewfest, Hickory Hops
Vintage: 2010
Appearance: hazy dark amber, frothy tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light earthyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, dark caramel candy, nice fruityness, touch of oxidation bringing in some sherry

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Irish Walker
Date: April 20, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: Duckworths, Park Road
Vintage: 2011
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light earthyness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, rich sweet caramel, light earthyness
Overall: aging nicely with only a year on it so far

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Irish Walker
Date: April 17, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Appachelian Vinters, Asheville
Vintage: 2012
Appearance: opaque dark rusty red, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, fruity sweetness, touch of cooked cabbage
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, rich caramel, chocolate, light earthyness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cpetrone84 (1718) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2010
A-pours a dark mahogony brown with ruby edges and a tan creamy head. S-the nose has lots of caramel, hints of chocolate malt and slightly burnt toasted malts, notes of citrus hops in the back. T-big time caramel and chocolate malt, hints of meat, slightly ashy, prunes, raisins with a decent bit of hop presence in the back, juicy grapefuit and citrus. So new but seems a little oxidized in the flavor. M-medium body, slightly thin, creamy and soft with lower carb but enough to hold. D-messy and slightly oxidized already, very singular with a dirty malt overload. not offensive but certainly not good.

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