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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Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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 VaTechHopHead
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden orange almost DIPA-like color, slightly hazy but could be due to the glass being cold. Not much of a head on this one and so-so lacing.

S - The wood treatment is noticed first with dry aromas of oak and slight char. Sweet malts can be smelled as well with faint hints of grapes.

T - Again, the barrel treatment is tasted first with a great clean dry oak flavor, something I haven't really tasted before. The beer comes through second but doesn't outshine the other flavors....hints of slightly acidic grapes, bread-like malts, and zero bitterness. Finishes very clean on the palate with a dulled down white wine flavor.

M - Medium to heavy body with low volumes of carbonation, but well done. It's a sipper because of the oak treatment and the ABV is not present at all. Finishes dry and doesn't linger on the plate.

O - It's an extremely wine-forward beer, something I haven't seen done before, especially on the East coast. The beer could shine through more but the oak treatment is very unique. Worth a try if one gets the chance.

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Photo of n2185
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Eiraphiotes from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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