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RATINGS: 116   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!


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1407) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Bottle Revolution in Raleigh, NC (Blue Wax, 2012 Vintage). Dark brown cola-like pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of tangerine and a huge amount of caramel and brown sugar. Some noticeable whiskey on the nose as well. The whiskey and oak are certainly detected in the flavor as well as dark chocolate, vanilla, and just a touch of citrusy hops. Sherry-like mouthfeel. Sweeter than I normally like my barley wines but this manages to pull it off. An excellent beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2012
2012 Vintage. Coming down the 40, and I always make a point to stop by this brewpub for a bite and pint (or 2). I see this one on the shelf all the time at my local haunt, but for some reason I always avoid it. Iím just not a huge Barleywine guy I guess. This time though, I was in the mood so I finished my meal with this one. Came out in a stemmed goblet. As with most "imperialized" brews, this was not a full pint, unfortunately. A ripe plum color with faint ruby edges. The cap of froth was short in size but not short-lived, as each sip left a perfect ring clinging to the glass. Rich aromas of dark fruits, booze, and some light earthy notes. Clean mouthfeel, rich and deep, envelopes the palate. Subtle carbonation lightens this one up just a smidge. Great decadent fruity flavors of fig, plum, and raisin. The alcohol add just enough heat to this, but in no way overpowers. Sweet candy-like flavors on the back end keep this balanced, and tone down the richness of it a bit. Bitterness is present, but again, subtlety is king. Definitely sets itself apart from the Americanized versions of this style. This was rich, tasty, and ever so easy to drink. I think I need to pull the trigger on some bottles now.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hman43 (322) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Bomber. Slightly hazy maroon color with a pretty large white head. Strong aroma of vanilla, wood, and alcohol. It doesnít say so in the description, but it sure smells like itís spent some time in a barrel. Anyway, the flavor is more of the same with some maple syrup and bourbon. Fairly long finish, but not overly hot for the strength. Excellent brew that warmed me right up.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rrauth (1177) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Draft. This is an awesome beer. It's smooth. It's creamy. It's f'n awesome. Some choc. Love this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10905) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle from Timfoolery. Pours dark brown with an orange tan head. Aroma is heavy brown sugar with some distinctive med dark fruit. Near full bodied. Flavor is sort of woody, treacle with hints of fig and raisin. Pretty tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3478) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tia (879) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Iím going to give this a Yum! Reached blindly into the (wine) cellar and pulled this out. Never had it before, but really enjoyed it. Not my usual big hoppy beer, but big nonetheless. Pretty reddish brown. Smells like wheat bread cookiní (amongst other things). Dried fruit, roasty, boozy. Fairly full-bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5360) - Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2011
22 oz. bottle picked up at Bruisin Ales. Pours a clear caramel brown color with a small beige head. The aroma has an abundance of sweet caramel maltiness and ripe fruits. The flavor has more sweet caramel malt goodness and a nice amount of ripe fruits. The finish has a decent amount of bitterness that adds another layer to this beer. Medium plus body that makes for a nice sipper in the fall months.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1410) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Tasted from cool wax-dipped bottle at 2nd STL Ratebeer Gathering, thanks phaleslu. Poured a clear, dark reddish-brown color with off-white foam, long-lasting with excellent Belgian lace. About as beautiful as beer can look. Aromas of bread, caramelized brown sugar, refined hops, smooth alcohol. Rich malt flavor, toffee, brown bread, zesty and bitter hops. Tart bittersweet aftertaste. Delicious.


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