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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!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2012
on tap at ohb 7/12/11. hazy. dark cherry wood brown with a soft khaki head. lots of stuff in the aroma... raisins, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, malt powder, oranges and some grassiness. the flavor adds cherry notes to the aroma characteristics and a tannic drying on the finish. it taste like it has already been aged as there is very little in the hops department. it is slick and rich yet there is a little fruity acidity which keeps in in balance and quite enjoyable... and iím not really a fan of barley wine! 8/4/8/4/16+

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2532) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2012
2011 vintage back from bestway. Incredibly smooth and dangerously easy to drink. Aroma of plum and molasses. Most of that comes through to the flavor along with a roasty malt and burned bread malt flavor profile. Finish has a touch more malt with some roastiness an bittersweet coffee and chocolate. A bit of flavoring hops to round things out a bit. Another nice big beer from this fine brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2012
22oz bottle, 2012 vintage listed at 10% ABV. Iíll stick the rating here for the time being. Pours deep mahnogany in the glass that shows through as a cleat copper when held up to light. Thereís a small fizzy tan head that doesnít stick around long. Aroma is sugary sweet with caramalized sugar, toffee, and some overripe dark fruits. Taste has a slight bitterness up front with at least a hint of hops which is more than I got in the nose. Itís still mostly about the caramelized sugars and malt sweetness with light vanilla and toffee notes. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth with low carbonation and little bitterness. Itís probably a tad lighter bodied than most in the style. A solid if unspectacular barleywine with little complexity but a nice sweet body with some fruity notes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Bottle shared by Peter at STL RB gathering. Pour is a deep clear copper with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor are caramel malt, light brown sugar, a touch of bitterness, distant pumpkin, and a light alcohol burn. Finish does also have some resinous hoppy notes. Solid brew that hides 10.5% well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2012
22 oz. bottle via BA trade. 2011 vintage. Pours a clear, brown-hued amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of resinous, earthy hops, toffee, dried fruits, caramel malts, and maybe a hint of tobacco. Flavor of resinous hops, sweet malts, toasted brown sugar, crackers, and mild spice. Medium-bodied, with a resinous mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very good barleywine, and the hop character has held up well in the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2538) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Sampled at the StL RB gathering. It poured a red color with a small white head. The aroma was of brown sugar, molasses and roasted malt. The flavor was of brown sugar, alcohol, chocolate, molasses, maple syrup and vanilla. A very good Barley Wine.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1414) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
(bottle - Sampled at STL RB Gathering) deep amber with tan head. Sweet toffee aroma. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, toffee, slightly atringent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Sampled at STL RB Gathering - Pours tawny brown with a beige head. The aroma has toffee, heavy bread, lots of toast, caramel and somehow there is a char taste without it having a roasty malt taste. Medium / full body thatís a bit rough with lots of minor carbonation. The flavor starts with the aroma notes with spicy/earthy hops and stone fruit. The finish has a lot of spicy hoppiness and a bit of a bite. Good barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1816) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2012
On draught at the brewery. Pours a deep amber into the glass, and has a wispy eggshell head that leaves spotty window soap lace. The nose is of caramel, with definitive floral notes. Caramel, astringent alcohol and thick piney bitters, diacetyl alcohol butter, whiskey, maple syrup and Candi Sugars mingle on the tongue. A nice warm, tingly butter finish ends the pull. And oily palate accompanies this complex barleywine. Nice, and a wonderful end to the flight!


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