Eiraphiotes - Olde Hickory Brewery

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84
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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: n2185 on 02-01-2012)
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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper tinged golden color with a thick head; nice stickage and lacing, too

Smell: Cakey and grassy, with hints of buttery oak and vinous grape

Taste: Lemon pound cake followed quickly by grassy hops; by mid-palate, the vinous elements arrive along with a wallop of oak; in the finish, the flavors blend nicely, combining the sweet, grassy/bitter and vinous flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very creative take on the Imperial Pilsner style; I had held off on this for a while as I was concerned it might be too sweet but it was really quite good

Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I waited a longtime to buy this beer because of the price,I was missing out.Poured into a pilsner a burnt orange infused golden with a thinner but well retained white head.Toasty wood,caramel,and pizza dough aromas,faint grape skin,to me alot like a helles bock.Rich and full flavored with honey and sweet dough notes,I pick up some vanilla and even some apple in there,the alcohol is noticable but not in your face.It's sweet but not over the top and it's got nice complexity.Another great job by OHB.

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a couple of snifters. Thanks go to Barscream for sharing this one with me.

Pours a clear gold, with a ½ finger of frothy bright-white head. This maintains a nice big foaminess in the glass that drenches the sides of the glass with a rich cascade of spotty lacing. The chardonnay jumps right out in the nose, with notes of dry fruit and some light vanilla. Gentle floral and spicy character helps enhance this character. That Pils base provides a honeyed graininess to the proceedings along the back of the nose that not only adds flavor to this but also helps prop up that barrel character.

The taste is similar, with the Imperial Pilsner base giving off notes of sweet honey, bready grains, and a light herbal bitterness, while the barrel works in vanilla flavor, soft tart fruit, and dry oaky edges that pull in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firmness up front that then gives way to a slicker creaminess that rides along nicely across the back of the palate. Any kind of warmth here appears to just come from the barrel.

This was nice. A 7% Imperial Pils was a great choice for aging here, as it didn’t have any of the heavy sweetness or alcohol you would find with higher ABV examples of the style and had a softness to it that carried the more delicate aspects of that chardonnay barrel well. I enjoyed this.

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the November Baltimore BA tasting. Served from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden amber color with a layer of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Light and a bit sweet. I'm getting a fruity white wine note along with some warming alcohol.

Taste: This one is a bit herbal with a definite pils malt component. There is plenty of bitterness from the hops, but enough sweet malt to balance things out. There is also a mild white wine note throughout the sipper. The finish is hoppy.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a very interesting beer with a lot going on. The wine notes went well with the herbal hops. I'd have more in the future.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a burnt golden color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, medium lacing and bubbles.

S: Nice wood, white grapes, some floral and grassy notes with a honey and biscuity characteristic

T: I love a good pils and I love a nice white wine barrel so this was on target for me. Immediate chardonnay; white grapes, a little booze sting, some honey and biscuit meshed with a nice hop bite with grass and flowers

M:It was light bodied, crisp and refreshing with copious amounts of chardonnay and wood, very dry with a nice hop bite, light booze and wine like feel on top of the lighter airy pils was very nice

O: I thought this beer was a slam dunk with me. The only comment I had was the mouthfeel was great but I felt it outshined the pils itself. However, the taste was fantastic and if this were close by it would be consumed by the gallons.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - orangish copper with a thick, soft cap of pure white head; good retention, a lot of lacing

S - faint grains, faint yeast, winy, buttery

T - grainy, winy, faint white grapes, buttery, oaky, slightly bitter

M - viscous, warm, light carbonation, medium bodied

This is a tough pilsner. It's hard to get a handle on. It has very strong wine characteristics, but is a fairly decent pilsner in it's own right. If you're a white wine fan then you'll appreciate this one for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of thagr81us
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Houblon Chouffe pilsner. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grape, white grape skin, and very subtle wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, dark fruit, grape, wood, wheat, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really like the character that the barrel added to this usually very dull style. This one had a very nice white grape flavor profile and aroma going on which made it quite enjoyable. Definitely worth getting this on your palate if you have not done so already. I was quite impressed here as I went into it not expecting much.

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Eiraphiotes from Olde Hickory Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.