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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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of craytonic
3/5  rDev -23.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ehammond1
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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 -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage (the only one?).

Pours a medium golden-orange, just enough light haze that I can't see through it. 1.5 fingers of white head, good retention, and outstanding lacing.

Smell is rather faint. Crisp noble hops, clean apple sweetness, and pleasant white grapes. I can definitely smell the chardonnay on this one's breath. At first I picked up an odd pungent yeast character that was strange for a pilsner, but that faded with the head.

Taste starts out clean-cut and lightly bitter, before shifting into a more complex medley of earthy hops and dry white-grape flavors. Some of that yeast from the smell comes through, but there's less of it here. Pretty good, actually.

Feel is on the flat side. For a beer that's supposed to be a boosted pilsner, I really want more carbonation to keep the refreshment level up. Medium-bodied, and less dry in the feel than it is in the taste (if that makes any sense).

An interesting beer. I like what the chardonnay barrels do for it, adding some layers of complexity. But the base beer could be a whole lot better, IMO, and there's a faint hint of infection (in the form of pungent melony yeast).

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml 2012 bottle. Poured this into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a yellowish, orange color. Good carbonation with lots of tiny bubbles rolling off the bottom of the DFH glass. Soapy head leaves quickly. Forms a ring around the outside of the glass.

S: Smells vinous of white grapes and pears. Maybe some mild funk esters. I definitely get some grassy and floral hop aromas.

T: There is a sharp bite on the tip of the tongue. Hops? It's a bready pilsner. Caramel malts. You get some of that Chardonnay vinous character be booze on the back of the palate. Dry wine like finish. Like others have mentioned, drinks like a carbonated white wine.

M: Medium bodied.

O: Probably give this one a B-. it's not bad by any means, just not my favorite brew.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Rusty for bringing this to a sweet tasting.

Shared 750 ML bottle with about 8 oz. left for th purposes of this review. Poured into a Redhook tasting glass a few times. Sort of a liquid gold color, but slightly hazy. White head, a little fizzy with above average lacing.

Smell is pretty good, but very unique to the style in my opinion. It has the normal sweet, close to sugary sweet smells that the few familiar Imperial Pilsners I've had smell like. However in the nose I feel like you can really smell the chardonnay barrels.

Taste is really good too. A good hop presence, but very herbal tones. The herbal portion is almost earthy, but extreamly fruity. Sort of ripe pears and obviously grapes. Nice woody flavor too. As mentioned earlier, hops are a dominatnt feature.

Mouthfeel is good. Herbal, pretty earthy and dry. Carbonation is pretty good, and it makes even a little creamy/buttery slightly, pretty nice. However it has a pretty dry finish, like a solid white wine that's carbonated.

Overall a pretty darn good beer, very glad to have tried it.

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Photo of gford217
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a small bubbly head that recedes to a thin collar.

Aroma is very sweet, like most impy pilsners, with sugary sweet malts but it also has an interesting fruitiness presumably from the barrels. There is also an oaky character as well. Nice nose.

Taste is similar to the nose but has a drying bitterness in the finish, oaky. The rest of taste mirrors the nose with sugary malts and light fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not nearly as syrupy or sweet on the palate as many impy pilsners.

I'm highly impressed with this one and it is one of the better versions of the style I've had. The barrel really works with this beer.

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4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at cellar temp, any cooler and this beer loses some of its charm IMO. Big white grape skin and citrus, star fruit, honey, some grain, mineral tinged chardonnay and yeast backed by Hallertau hops with dusty oak in the nose. When its freshly opened there is a greater amount of oak tannin pushing through the hop profile, this subsides as the beer warms and the alcohol comes into play along with a high level of acidity, its brisk and cleansing as opposed to sharp and astringent. Another truly world class brew from Stephen and the gang.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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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4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Figured if im gonna trade it away, i may as well try one myself.

Pour is a sexy dark straw color. Thin white head. Not as carbonated as I was expecting. Looks damn amazing in my pilsner glass.

Definitely a malt forward beer. Floral hops and white wine. It smells like vanilla, somewhat sweet and very dry.

This might be the most clean finishing beer I have ever had. The malt is definitely at the front (I mean it is an Imperial Pilsner after all), but that normally means syrupy sweetness. Not here. That malt comes forward, caramel and toffee come to mind, but then a pervading dryness keeps everything in check. The subtle balance makes this thing amazing. You can feel the floral hops upon exhale in the nose.

The body is exceptionally light for the style, and thats not a bad thing. Theres a candy sweet flavor that reminds me of rock candy that battles with the dryness. I get subtle hints of the chardonnay barrels, but nothing excessive. That sweetness ends up winning, coating your mouth with its syrupy sweetness, but thats only an afterthought. It makes you thirsty, begging for more nectar.

If this is a one-off, its a travesty against man-kind.

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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of jsanford
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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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Eiraphiotes from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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