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Eiraphiotes - Olde Hickory Brewery

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very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: n2185 on 02-01-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

drewone, Jun 11, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a wine presence that is better in the smell.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

DruRho, Apr 07, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a razor thin head that fades. The nose is surprisingly floral hop forward with no wine barrel/funk/pilsner maltiness. The taste is along the same vein with a light malty sweetness, big floral hoppinness, and still no wine barrel characteristics. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet and malty as opposed to the expected vinous, dry, acidity. This is a good beer, but absolutely a letdown as far as wine barrel aged pilsners go.

ThePorterSorter, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was interesting to me. At first I wasn't sure what it would be like as I had never had this style before. I have had many Pilsner's before, but never one classified as an "Imperial Pilsner". It was very fruity but also had a strong hop component. Not a bad surprise but an interesting one.

A: Color was a erubescent golden very appealing, but not what I would expect from the traditional Pilsner style. Nevertheless a very nice color for a beer. Perhaps the color comes from aging process. I am not by any means knocking this beer. It was gorgeous.

S: It has a bittersweetness too it but also has a very nice floral component. As it opens up to the air the floral notes from the hops come alive and waft pleasantly out of the pint glass.

T: This is where this beer shows its unusual character. I was not expecting a lot from this beer really, even though everything I have tried from Olde Hickory have been wonderful. I purchased this beer from a local shop on a whim and I am certainly happy I did. It had a nice mouthfeel but not overly thick or watery, nicely balanced. It almost reminded me of a nice draft IPA, but also had a woodiness to it that obviously comes from the aging in Chardonnay barrel aging. Without a doubt one of the best and most unusual beers I have ever tasted and increases my belief that this is one of the best breweries out there right now.

humuloner22, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

imperialking, Feb 04, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear dark yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down leaving delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of oak, vanilla and chardonnay from the barrel aging in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the vanilla and oaky flavors really dominate the overall taste of this beer. Notes of chardonnay are evident in the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you like barrel aged beers, this would make for a good selection. However, this overwhelms the beer and masks the underlying pilsner.

metter98, Feb 04, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden copper in color with some golden yellow and orange highlights aas well as a moderate to heavy amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patch of medium sized bubbles along with a very thin fil covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of honey, biscuit malts, grassy hops, and just a touch of floral hops. The chardonnay barrel aging contributes a moderate amount of oak and white grapes in additional to the vinous notes.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with some light honey sweetness. After that the flavors contributed by the chardonnay come through - vinous, white grapes, and just a touch of light fruit. There is a touch of vanilla from the oak barrels along with the normal oak flavors. Finally, there is a light amount of grassy and floral hops which contribute just a touch of lingering bitterness.

M: Just slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a light amount of creaminess and a very dry finish.

O: This beer really worked for me - the combination of the imperial pilsner flavors/aromas along with the contributions from the chardonnay barrel aging really add something to this one. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and this is easy to drink for me.

dbrauneis, Feb 04, 2013
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Eiraphiotes from Olde Hickory Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.