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RATINGS: 123   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!


hman43's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hman43 (397) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2014
This was picked up at Triangle Wine in Southern Pines. The seal is Royal Blue, but the stamp on the bottle says 2013. It has a sweet aroma with a hint of raisin, figs, roasted malts. There is minimal head. It is a very dark brown with some clouding in the light. The taste definitely is warming with brown sugar, biscuit, roasted, raisin with a bit of sweetness to it. The alcohol taste is there, but not overpowering as with some other in this category. This is very good.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Burnt sugar and strawberry purée lead to light bitterness and caramel in this flavorful but rough Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the dark mahogany haze.
-Alcohol is well hidden throughout.
-The flavor profile is very fruity, which increases drinkability in this otherwise very sweet concoction.
-The soft carbonation makes the body feel heavier that it should be.

On tap at the Olde Hickory Station.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9487) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and brown with flashes of burnt orange and no head. The aroma is fruity, malty and estery - dates and fruitcake stand out. Full-bodied and oily with modest carbonation. The flavor is a malty mixture of singed caramel, crusted port, fruitcake, dates and toasted nuts. Leans a touch toward the bitter side of balance in the minerally finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10439) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
A lightly hazed brown barley wine with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity candy sugar malt with light grassy hops, alcohol warmth, nice. In mouth, a sweet fruity malt with burned sugar, light curacao, alcohol warmth, nice. On tap at Olde Hickory Station.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (128) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is heavy malt, toffee and brown sugar. The flavor is carried over from the aroma. The flavors are big malty, caramel, and toffee. on the sweeter side. Mild and creamy, an easy drinker. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Murky brown with a cream head. Nose is rich malts, wood, toffee, sweet, light fruit. Chewy palate, alcohol, sweet fruit, caramel and toffee.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
LuckyDog (363) - - OCT 24, 2014
I don’t usually like barley wines, but this was write good. A little sweet, but very drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
same label, but this batch was 9.6%. nice to have a flavorful, robusy barleywine that’s not 11-15%. well balanced abd excellent all around. a little earthy malt with a healthy dose of toffee and caramel. floral hops and pleasantly bittersweet in the finish. Well done."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1370) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2014
finally opened a bottle from Perfect pour. brown cloudy full of malt and caramel, really nice.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle from Jay. Pours dark/medium brown with tan foam. Smells rich and sweet of caramel, molasses, and a touch of anise. Tastes initially very different from the nose, very bitter and not terribly sweet, but as you wait, or introduce air, the sweetness comes through with raison, molasses and dark caremel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3840) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2014
650 ml. Hazy copper brown with a lasting film of cream. Nose is earthy toast, walnut, cocoa and caramel. Taste is caramel, chocolate, earthy oak, citrus and whiskey. Medium-heavy body is to the sweet side, shows a bit of warmth and has a medium-high carbonation that fits the brew. A bit boozy, but not overly so.


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