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Olde Hickory Eiraphiotes



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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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. Very Limited Production.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle thanks to carolinakevin, thanks! Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a light wine note with some light fruit, earthy yeast with a backing sweet. Flavor begins with sweet grains, light fruit and grass with a bit of wine in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4042) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering 19. Clear golden pour with ring of white head. This is surprisingly good. The chardonnay comes through, and the base is good with a tinny, grassy, honey, sweet, but not too sweet brew. Not syrupy like many other imp pils iíve had. Iím impressed, even though I wouldnít want to drink very much of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2012
750 mL bottle shared by PaulUnwin. Cheers, Paul! Pours a clear yellow with a white head. Nose is wood, lemon, white wine, vinous fruit, and white grapefruit. Flavor is similar blend of wine, citrus, malt, and wood. Light in body and a nice, complex pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle. Thanks Derek. Pours glowing orange with white head. Nose has some bugs, bit buttery chard to it, vanilla and oak. Flavors of Brett, buttery, sweet caramel, some grass and minerals. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2012
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. Iím highly impressed with this one and it is one of the better versions of the style Iíve had. The barrel really works with this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Richmond 19th. Looked forward to trying this one since I first saw it. Gold, clear. Slightly boozy, honey, floral with citric background. Flavor matches, with a slightly woody note mixed in, rather floral. Interesting. Iím always a sucker for Chard barrel beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (2219) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 16, 2014
bottle shared, poured a golden yellow with white frothy head. the aroma of malts, hops and sweetness from the chardonnay. the flavor was very good good crisp clean solid malt and hops with that sweetness from the wine I could have sipped on this for awhile. but alas it was on a taster. overall loved the blend and the crispness in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is light Chardonnay, oak and floral, citrus hops with fruity esters. Flavor is malt forward with light Chardonnay and oak notes, fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2012
750ml from Samís, Durham. Had this on tap and in the bottle from the same joint, and my opinions changed. While I appreciate the draft version a good bit, I found the bottled version a bit less impressive. To me, the wood was just a bit too sharp, and I wasnít getting a whole lot of the grape character. Noble hops and a decently pleasant chardonnay character make the finish a bit more enjoyable but it fell short of greatness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Now I know what Chardonnay barrel aging does cause Its doing it to a nothing beer. Lolerskates

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