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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hman43 (607) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutDr (45) - Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Full, but not heavy mouthfeel. Malty and oaky and sweet. Unusually dark for a barleywine. Outstanding!!! I would highly recommend even for people who have never tasted a barleywine before. This could be pleasant to most beer drinkers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TimsRatings (421) - - OCT 29, 2013
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh). Pours dark brown with a touch of head. Aroma carries a heavy malt component, which carries over int the taste. The flavors associated with barleywine don't seem to appear until the aftertaste. I'm not a fan of barleywines, but this is drinkable in small doses. Won't be tailgating with this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
On tap at GABF 2013, had some sweet malty aroma and a similar taste, but was super dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4668) - Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2013
22 ounce bottle waxed top, poured a reddish brown color with aromas of malt, caramel, sugar, light hops, and some molasses. Flavors are the same, mildly sweet up front with some molasses and light hops in the finish, nice beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1677) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2013
draft and sold in bombers at restaurant. poured med to dark brown/mahogany color. sweet malt aroma, caramel malty sticky, dark fruits. the flavor holds the same sweet. not sure but I would age this for awhile. medium bodied. sticky ooey gooey sweet. lots of dark fruits and sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3287) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

8/31/2011: Olde Hickory Irish Walker Barley-Wine Style Ale... Aroma: Caramelized sugars with just a dollop of molasses and floral-citrus hops. Appearance: Brown color with reddish highlights; dark beige bubbles on the surface. Flavor: Caramelized malt and dark brown sugar; mild citrusy-floral bitterness in the middle; hints of roasty malts in the in middle followed by weak coffee candy, floral and earthy hops, and then some coffee grounds and a bit of yummy char. Palate: Average. Overall: Drinks a bit more like a mild American-style barleywine, but thatís okay... Itís still a GOOD beer! This beer has a unique flavor profile.

1 Pint, 5 Fluid Ounce gold-waxed bottle (10.14% alc/vol) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #94 for this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Mine was actually a 2012....Smooth and sweet but without much in the way of distinguishing flavors. Lots of carmel, sticky, not much in the way of hops. Finish is lingering. Good but nothing remarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle sampled at Kurtís Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Clear copper in color with a thin beige head. Caramelly malt nose with some alcohol. Malt and caramel flavor with some chocolate before a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
davey101 (746) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2013
2011 vintage into a Founders 15íth glass. Really digging the wax job with the stamp on top of the cap. A - Pours a very dark brown body. Look more like a stout than a barleywine. Two fingers of light mocha foam sticks around for a long time. Excellent lacing and retention. S - Now I know why its so dark. Lots of roasted malts, char, and chocolate combined with the traditional toffee, brown sugar, and raisins. A bit of faded piney hops and some booze T - Toffee, heavily roasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, and a metallic aftertaste alongside light oxidation. Its pretty tasty but rather lackluster. The mouth feel is great though, rich and creamy. O - A very roasty barleywine with a lot of good attributes but none that shine too bright. The metallic aftertaste takes its toll and oxidation is starting to creep in. Iím happy to have tried it but it wasnít exactly memorable.

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