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Eiraphiotes - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: n2185 on 02-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of orsulacp
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Imperial pilsner in Chardonnay barrels, what is not to like about that. The appearance is ok, a little cloudy, probably from the barrel aging, but for a pilsner it takes something away, even with an imperial pilsner, most are clear. The head is nice and white and lasts for a long time. I like the smell, first a hit of grapey chardonnay, then a nice floral/spicy hop aroma, with a hint of vanilla. The taste is right on for what this beer is; pilsner malty, lightly hopped, then the barrel aging takes over, I love the subtle grape overtones with the oaky/vanilla finish. The mouthfeel and body are a little too thick for an imperial pils, but you have to take that with the barrel aging. Seek it out and drink it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of wcudwight
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored around the edges with a golden middle when held up to the light. Nice thick cream colored head with excellent retention. Thick foamy lace sticks to the sides of the glass. Smells like fresh baked bread, grapes and a bit of booze, just a hint. Wonderful aroma that really jumps out at you when you crack the lid. Taste fresh buttermilk biscuits, grapes, with a nice little boozy burn at the end. Thicker mouthfeel for the style. Great beer, OHB you hit a homerun on this one. Please brew it again!

Photo of msubulldog25
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle, 2012. Sent by my buddy, Metalmonk, in early spring. Split with my wife to two tall pilsner glasses on a warm (70-ish) mid-June Friday; ciabatta, prosciutto and a block of parmesan on the side.

From the back label: A Greek epithet for Dionysus, Eiraphiotes means "Twice-Born". This Imperial Pilsner was a stellar beer right out of the conditioning tank, but its second birth from chardonnay barrels has transformed it into a truly magnificent creation."

A: Deeper honey-blonde, a shade brighter than amber at its core. Mild haze. Decent carbonation rising to a 1-finger pillow of whitish foam. Good retention and gorgeous dappled lace.

S: Love the aroma ~ the chardonnay 'grape' scent is a bit botanical and the fruitiness is apple- and pear-like. Mild woody spice.

T: Sturdy, malty pilsner - sweet dough and grassy herbs. We both agreed the barrel-aging does nice things here, imparting subtle woodiness and a fruit skin tang.

M: Not quite 'chewy', but certainly thicker than a standard pilsner. Pretty creamy, smooth, luscious. Carbonation melts away. Some of the barrel-aging notes linger a while.

O: Very likable and easy to drink (albeit hard to pronounce!). The 'imperial' qualities make for a 'heavier' pilsner, but one that's still plenty refreshing and perfectly matched the afternoon, lounging in the backyard. Would really like this again - thanks, Jeff, for sending!

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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4.67/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Eiraphiotes from Olde Hickory Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.