Eiraphiotes | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by n2185 on 02-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by craytonic:
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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Brawley's

Appearance: dark golden orange, very slight head
Smell: Very sweet, too much malt with some mis-placed oak
Taste: Odd assortment of flavors, sweet malts, oak, syrup and chardonnay
Mouthfeel: A bit heavy
Overall: Not that impressive, we dumped most of the bottle.

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More User Reviews:
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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Photo of ehammond1
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for flying 3,000 miles and sharing this one, VaTechHopHead!

A nearly clear golden in color with a small white head that leaves dots of stick down the glass.

The aroma is faint, though what's here is pleasant enough. There's simple grains, some oak, along with white fruits like apples and grapes.

An interesting, unique flavor, with the barrel and white wine dominating the rest of the pilsner's flavor. There's a bit of green apple along with the oak and grape, and then some grass and clean, simple grains.

Somewhat heavy body for the style.

This beer doesn't really do much to excite me, though it's well enough executed to be drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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

Nice deep golden color, with a slightly off-white head that's big and fluffy, but not for long. Transforms to a crown quickly, and lots of dots and little splats of lace are left on the glass.

Smell is on the lighter side, and favors the chardonnay. Only mildly woody. Some honey comes in, and the alcohol gives it a warming, almost mead-like vibe. Hops push through the white wine dominance a little, but clearly this is not to be judged as a traditional pilsner (and it's not trying to be one, obviously).

At first the flavor is wonderful. Honey, chardonnay, wood, sugared white raisin, lots of pear, herbal hops, just a hint of white pepper. But then I think "formaldehyde." And then I realize that's a little extreme. It's just that the alcohol, which isn't enormous at 7.5%, makes its presence felt just a smidgen much. But a medicinal side definitely emerges. Flavor would get another notch scored if it didn't have this strained, almost astringent sort of flavor in the back end of the sip and finish. Fairly dry, and every now and then the pilsner character does shine through.

I've noticed that my favorite imperial pilsners (not that it's a huge list, but there are a handful) tend to feature a super creamy, round, almost thick feel. I love that, and this one has it as well. Big time. Carbonation is soft and subtle.

Eiraphiotes isn't a perfect beer, but it's very good, and it feels absolutely incredible. I'd love to try it before it hit the chard barrels, because it's almost more wine than beer. Almost. The label itself claims "this imperial pilsner was a stellar beer right out of the conditioning tank..." So I wonder if that original might be a bit stellar-er than this barreled version? Who knows?

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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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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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.

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2.25/5  rDev -40%

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Patrick (kingkong) for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark golden, almost orange color into a tulip. A vigorous pour yields almost no head, which in turn leaves only slight lacing.

Smell – Honey, light pear and grape, loads of biscuit, malt, and caramel. Just faint aroma of oak.

Taste – While the aroma didn’t lend itself to oak, the flavor is much different. An odd tart, dry bitterness from the oak. The chardonnay most definitely comes through, along with honey, floral hops, and white pepper. As others have mentioned, there is a medicinal quality to this. A malty, caramel backbone at the end.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – A very interesting beer and honestly not what I was expecting. A very wine forward beer that is a bit sweeter than I would hope for an imperial pilsner. Still, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dvmin98
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of n2185
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a sudsy cap with lots of sticky lacing.

S: Lots of sweet biscuit malt aromas on the nose followed by Muscat grape and pear aromas. There is also a slightly buttery smell in there that reminds me of fermenting or rotting fruit, which admittedly doesn't sound pleasant, but is enjoyable in small amounts.

T: Again, sweet biscuit flavors at first with white grape and pear flavors. Dry Chardonnay and woody tanin flavors also permeate throughout. The finish is dry with a decent bitterness and slight alcohol presence.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is not as light or refreshing as a regular pilsner, but is dry and clean enough to avoid being heavy.

O: Definitely one of the better imperial pilsners out there and a good beer. There's a lot of depth of flavor and aroma and it manages to avoid being too thick and sweet like most imperial pilsners, likely thanks to the Chardonnay barrels.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of jsanford
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a soapy white head that settles to a thin haze, leaving lots of spotty lacing.
S - Subtle aromas of honey, oak, white wine, ripe pears, and some toasted biscuit malts. Perhaps a touch of butter floating around as well. Very interesting nose, definitely unique in the Pilsner world.
T - Big buttery flavors of ripe pear and honey dominate, with some significant Chardonnay character and a touch of woodiness. Very clean and drinkable, with no hint of bitterness.
M - So smooth and creamy, with a medium body and lower carbonation. Not at all crisp like most Pilsners, but that's okay. This is a refined, sipper-style Pilsner that I'm enjoying the heck out of.
O - This was a really nice surprise, and one of the most unique beers I've had in a bit. Great job!

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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!

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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