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RATINGS: 119   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
Advocate_Ames (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. The head dissipates to only end up clinging to my glass. The aroma is of booze, sweet and roasted malt grains, dark fruit, and burnt candy like sugar. In tasting I noticed a weak bitterness, potent burnt syrup sugar like sweetness, raisin like fruit, a touch of carmel, and some spice. The finish is semi dry from the booze with sugary undertones and a short bitterness that appears but does not linger. Overall this a good but over done and complex barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1391) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle. Hazy copper red color in the glass with a nice froth of tan foam. Good looking beer. Heavy raisin and plum in the aroma with thick sweet malt and some minor hop bitterness. Taste is dark fruit, plum, raisin, and dense sweet malt. Coating mouthfeel. Solid barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6798) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! Mostly clear dark red, slightly brown color. Minimal khaki head. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Tropical, red fruity flavors, light caramel malt, light spice. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter, tannic aromas. Good BA scotch ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5037) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Sampledvat rbwg. Opaque brown. I smell raisins and grain. This is American meets English barleywine. Raisins are tasyed and it has a pitted fruit thing going on. Big earth and malts. So much warming. Tasty stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcnielsen (2224) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2014
On tap at Olde Hickory. Pours a black color with white head. Syrupy, malty, dark fruits, very sweet flavors. A little too sweet and syrupy for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9416) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2014
On tap @ Olde Hickory. Pours a brown / black appearance with a thin light brown head. Goopy, big molasses aroma. Some plum and dark fruits in there as well. Carbonation fairly low. Thick black licorice and molasses flavor. A bit of grape and plum. Not really boozy but very thick. Moderate to high sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rrauth (1196) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
That’s how we roll biotch! Amazingly dry. Smell sweet and sugary. Has an amazing flavor although a bit oxidized. Pale ruby color. 2012 is better at this point!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6093) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2014
bottle.sample at Food Bank bottle share. decent BW. sweet maltiness, varamel/toffe rich maltiness, raisins, figs, dark dried fruits. decent

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hman43 (376) - 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.


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