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RATINGS: 115   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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Served on draft at the brewpub on 4/7/11. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee and citrus hops. The taste is toffee, citrus hops, caramel, nutty notes and a bitter finish. Medium-full bodied.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Thanks to a generous BA for providing this growler at the Friday night pre-BA Sexual Chocolate tasting. Served in a Foothills sampler glass. Pours dark brown with a short tan head that quickly recedes to a thin collar. The nose brings some light whiskey character along with caramel and a bit of booze. Nothing much else than that. This is especially apparent in the flavor, which unfortunately tastes mostly like watered-down whiskey and doesn’t have malt or other backing. Light to medium body without too much booze, which is fairly impressive. Decent enough overall, but I’d rather stick with some of their other beers. Serving type: growler

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tia (860) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2011
I’m 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 cookin’ (amongst other things). Dried fruit, roasty, boozy. Fairly full-bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3648) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
On tap at Appalachian Vintner. Nice mellow hop aroma on top of malty sweetness. Toast, biscuit, light fruity character. Some oak, vanilla, and brown sugar. Caramel and alcohol. Dark copper brown clear with foamy lacing light tan head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium-low carbonation. Starts sweet with roasted grain, brown sugar, and caramel. Alcohol and light carbonic tang. Nutty bittersweet hop finish with some neutral fruity warming in the after. Nice ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle thanks to fletchfighters. Pours a nice mahogany with decent ligh tan coloured head. aromas of dark fruits and treacle. Flavours are much the same. Quite sweet up front. Alcohol balances a little near the end, Fullish mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2737) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2011
On tap at, then from a bomber purchased from Appalachian Vintner. What an interesting brew from Olde Hickory. There is a lot going on here. It seems like some whiskey in involved due to the rich vanilla and oak flavor and aroma on this one. There is a fair amount of roastiness and a rich cherry fruitiness imparted in the flavor. Palate is thick and suitable. This has some typical barley wine notes of molasses and wood, but Olde Hickory has made something much more interesting while maintaining the feel of the style. No hop character is of any consequence. I hate aging beers, but this one might actually be intriguing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Bomber from Brawley’s. Pours hazy reddish brown with large creamy light tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, english hops, figs, and dark malts. Flavors of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and dark malts. Fair amount of hop bitterness and some booze. Bit of chocolate there as well. Finishes warm and bitter. Nice malty english style barley wine. Carbonation and mouthfeel are fine. Could use a little bit more sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle. [thanks JensenTaster]
Pours a nice clear red with a good, creamy, off-white head on top - just lovely. Aroma has caramel, sweetness, light vinious, light fruity with apples dominating. Medium carbonation, fine creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good malty sweetness, toasted caramel, light vinoius with some chewy biscuity malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34334) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ Courtesy of JensenTaster ]. Clear medium red brown colour with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is light heavy malty, caramel, berry - fruity, light roasted. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, chocolate malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110525]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (1904) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
Trade from SpencerDB, traded on to JensenTaster who was so generous to let me taste it. Unclear red body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is red winegums, dark fruit, malt. Flavor is dark fruit, sugar, alcohol and malt.


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