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.357 Imperial Pilsner - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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.357 Imperial Pilsner.357 Imperial Pilsner

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BA SCORE
76
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51 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 19.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Go ahead. Make our day. Open up this bottle of .357 and enjoy this beer with THREE different malts, FIVE hop varieties (of course we used Magnum), and lagered SEVEN weeks. Ride off into the sunset with this in your holster!"

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 04-29-2010)
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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -8.3%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Paul [insert inappropriate word here] Lunch for bringing this brew to the FW tasting. Rocked this one out in a Captain Lawrence tulip. Should have pulled out my Flossmoor pint glass just to irk Paul after he showed me up by bringing a FW mini-snifter and coaster.

Pours a clear golden color with an average white head that diminished pretty quickly, leaving behind sparse spotty lacing. The nose had an average amount of bread and straw plus some light floral and herbal hops. The flavor was no different, hitting some grains and then dosing on the hops. 12%? No way. Mouthfeel gets a bump for those heroics. Pretty decent, though fairly plain. Medium body with a bitter, dry finish.

Thorpe429, May 25, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun-splashed pumpkin orange with honey hued highlights and an attractive crown of ivory colored cream. Persistence is impressive and lace deposition is pretty extensive. There must be generous hop resins in (and on) the glass.

The aroma is wall-to-wall Euro hops, which is what the American Imperial Pilsner style should be all about. The malt (mostly pale-pilsner) don't add much at all and alcohol is essentially absent. This might be high-caliber beer.

.357 Imperial Pilsner is... pretty good beer. Time and warming will determine if it's solidly good beer or not. It doesn't taste like malt liquor, which is how some underhopped IPs can come across. Then again, it doesn't have the lupulin explosiveness of the best of style.

Flavors include sugar cookies, sweetened cereal grains, assorted golden orchard fruits, and herbal-grassy-spicy hops of a European bent. Saaz must be one of the five, along with Magnum. At this point in its life (estimated 5 months), this big brew is both malty sweet and hoppy bitter in equal measure. Hop flavor is becoming bolder at the mid-bomber point.

Ridiculous amounts of clingy lace give me no choice but to bump the appearance score. The mouthfeel is crushed velvety plush (due to all those malt sugars) and has a minor raspiness from the alpha acids. Good contrast and more than pleasant all around.

Flossmoor Station .357 Imperial Pilsner is not the be-all-and-end-all version of the style (Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner), but it's surprisingly delicious and drinkable if you're a fan of American-style big beer and Old World hops.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color pilsner with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet malt with some warming alcohol that can be easily identifiable. Taste is also dominated by loads of sweet notes with light dry hops notes not as clearly identifiable as expected. Body is quite full with somewhat of an oily texture and some good carbonation with too much alcohol that is perceptible though. This beer was too sweet for my own personal taste and with a bit too much boozy notes coming through.

Phyl21ca, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

amber color coming through very clearly. Nice notes of white coming over the top of the beer, with a settling down of the head into a subtle side glass profile. Nice carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass as well.

The aroma was very light. Nice touches of citrus popping up throughout the profile. A definite touch of alcohol was visible from the very first whiff though, letting me know this one was going to be strong, and settling me back in the chair a bit I have to say. Light grains coming through now as it starts to warm up, the taste was very crisp, clean and transparen

mikesgroove, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by the ever "generous" t0rin0 (thanks for the tick, Bobby). Does Flossmoor have a wax fetish? Seems like they wax every single beer that they bottle.

A: The pour is a clear golden yellow/straw color with a somewhat short lived white head.

S: Nose is plenty sweet, to the point of being sugary, in fact. A decent floral and citrusy hop aroma that gives some lemon and orange notes.

T: I suppose the imperial portion only referred to the alcohol/sugar content and not the hops. This is like drinking alcoholic apple juice with a touch of citrus flavor.

M: The body is somewhat heavy for a pilsner (even if it is imperialized). Medium in terms of carbonation.

D: Too sweet for my tastes. I like a good crisp pilsner, and this did not fit the bill. Imperial Pils seems like a really hard style to pull off, because I've only had one or two good ones.

womencantsail, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +22.3%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3/5  rDev -8.3%

emerge077, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -8.3%

JAHMUR, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz burgundy wax topped bomber poured into an oversized snifter.

Pours a clear coppery gold, which settles into a tight finger of bright-white frothy head. Retention is nice looking here, with a ¾ finger cap of foam that throws a huge cascade of spotty lacing all over the sides of the glass. Bold American hops control the aroma at first, with grass & herbal tones, earth, spice, and a good bit of juicy smelling citrus towards the back of nose. Underneath lies the malts, with a rather beefy feeling layer of grainy toast, buttered biscuits, and warmth. It seems to be pretty even between the hops and malt here and luckily this isn't coming off as too overly warm in the nostrils.

Lots of sweetness here in taste, being full of grainy bread and with a surprising amount coming from the tropical fruit notes of the hops (which honestly is a bit overdone). Speaking of the hops, they definitely have their work cut out for them against that wall of sweetness. Earthy and spicy bitterness tries valiantly to keep up and does for the most part when this was cooler but as the profile warms up, all of that malty and fruity sweetness starts to become a bit cloying. This finishes with equal parts sugars and earthy grit, which latches on the tongue and can be hard to shake out of the mouth. The feel is full and thick in the mouth and I was definitely getting much more crispness to the body when this was served cold but room temp brings about a more viscid and sticky feel as all of that saccharine sweetness emerges. You know, there is naturally a good bit of warmth to the body but I never do get any kind of alcohol burn from the ABV and I must say that this is far less boozier than a LOT of other beers that I've had near 12% or even much less.

Well this certainly packed a punch and with a beer this extreme for the style, you have to know going in that there's going to be a good bit of warmth and sweetness going on with it. What impressed me however was just how well it kept its balance on the cooler side (I couldn't believe just how fast I was working through my first glass of the bomber) and even when it warmed, the alcohol never did become a huge problem. This bottle was a little much for me to nurse over the course of a couple of hours but I'd definitely recommend serving this on the chillier side and splitting it with a buddy or two. This wasn't NEARLY the mess that I was afraid it might end being. For what it is, this was a solid effort from Bryan & Crew.

Kegatron, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by someone at a recent tasting. This was an odd beer. It was dark amber with nearly no head low carbonation no lacing.

Aroma is like a big barleywine, a sweet aromatic malt aroma.

Beer is thick and heavy. Strong almost liquor like alcoholic bite. Not my favorite. Hard to drink not even close flossmoor.

drabmuh, May 27, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Goddamn beer was provided by Lunch; thanks Paul.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel, toffee, bready malts, and light sweet fruit. I like the taste but I don't know how this is a pilsner. Smell really reminds me of a barleywine, as it did other people who had it.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots of caramel, sweet fruit, and bready malts. A little bit of alcohol but not much for 12% ABV. Again, quite barleywineish.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - This was no goddamn pilsner; seemed much more like a barleywine to me and everyone else tasting it with me. Either way I enjoyed it and would like to try another bottle to see if it tasted similiar.

mdfb79, May 26, 2011
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +7%

imperialking, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a crystal clear orange body with a thick creamy light beige head and a bubbly gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a white lacing.
S- The green hop cologne is full and fragrant. There is a spicy pale malt note with a faint minty not to the hops.
T- Sweet malty pale with a soft fruity note that leads to a green pungent hop finish with a sweet cinnamon quality and a minty note. The bitter hop bite lingers after the finish.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a soft fizz note with a warm soft note of alcohol.
D- This is a good white barleywine, I know I made a new style up, or Belgian Strong Pale Ale not a Imp. Pilsner. The sweet malty flavors have a nice hop support but the hop bite is a bit to much. No real lager qualities but it doesn't need it. This should be a nice beer to age.

rhoadsrage, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer appears golden yellow with a small, white head that leaves just a bit of lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings a heavy serving of hops with butterscotch. This smells much more like a barleywine than any kind of pilsner, imperial or otherwise.

The flavor brings a lot of booze, with a huge hop presence. Ugh! Not for the faint of heart. The taste is long lasting, with prominent sweetness and hops soaked in alcohol.

The feel is medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

Huhzubendah, May 28, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dan - thanks!

Pours a very hazy golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately sweet pilsner malts with good amounts of orange peel and floral aromas. Also present are hints of indistinct spiciness.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sugar-dusted citrus hops. Also present are hints of earthy hops and breadiness underlying everything. Faint hints of grassiness come into play midway through the sip, fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a heavy thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and it's aged nicely for a style that doesn't always do so. Worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Golden color with a small white head, a little bit of lacing, not bad looking for the style.

S - Lot of malts here, not caramelly, but a sweet, grainy malt. A bit yeasty, surprising amount of alcohol.

T - This beer drinks way too hot for me, actually felt a burn on a pilsner, not what I wanted, even if it is imperial. Very sugary, also not working for me. Decent amount of grain, but the alcohol and sweetness kills it for me.

M - Moderately carbonated, but I think it's too thick, sticky, and slick for the style, or if nothing else, just not to my liking.

D - Too much alcohol burn, too sweet, very poor drinkability. Would not drink this beer again.

AgentZero, May 21, 2010
Photo of gford217
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum.

Pours a bright clear golden with a small bubbly head that recedes very quickly to a small collar and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the sides.

The aroma is sugary sweet with toasted caramel malts and a big floral hop presence. There is a spiciness to the nose and an alcohol burn.

The taste is even sweeter with sugary malts and thick resinous hops. The finish is hot with alcohol and prickly, very astringent actually.

The mouthfeel is syrupy sweet and heavy on the palate. Carbonation is low to moderate but nor enough to lighten the heft of the sweetness.

This isn't a bad beer but it's not very drinkable as the sweetness and alcohol are really over the top. I guess I shouldn't expect anything different from a 12% impy pilsner.

gford217, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of enelson
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

enelson, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of DmanGTR
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the pre DLD party. From notes on 4/23/10

A - hazy golden with a short lived white head. Left a thin ring of bubbles. Not very pilsnerish by any means. 2.5

S - Lots of cereal graininess (think Kix or Corn Flakes), honey, and decent citrus and bitterness from the hops. Huge whiff of booze too. 3.0

T - Way too sweet, way too hot, none of the earthy, pils-like hoppiness and light malt that I'm looking for in a pilsner/imperial pilsner. 2.0

M - Moderate, touch of cloyingness, decent carbonation. Pretty smooth but hot finish. 3.5

D - Alright I suppose. Not a fan. 3.0

DmanGTR, May 24, 2010
Photo of whartontallboy
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

whartontallboy, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Waxed bomber into a mini-nonic. Shared at a tasting.

A: Clear, deep gold body with a thin white head. Decent retention and some light lace. Quite attractive for its massive strength.

S: Interesting. Hoppy at first in a (very) vaguely pilsnery way, with a huge - huge - dose of solventy alcohol. Super, super boozy.

T: Starts sweet and malty, then the booze takes over with huge astringency. Not horrible flavors here, but the booze really takes over.

M: To be fair, this one has a nice medium body with a solid amount of soft carbonation. Excellent, especially in such a big beer.

D: Pretty disappointing here. Even for a 12% beer, this one is just too boozy.

Notes: Thanks, Tony, for sharing this one. It wasn't quite the train wreck you thought it was going to be, but it definitely deserves its middling review average. They just went completely overboard making this one big, and forgot that there's more to brewing an imperial style than just upping the ABV into the stratosphere. The point of imperials is to provide more intense flavors, not just the biggest kick of alcohol. This is basically craft malt liquor.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -38.8%

jophish17, Dec 23, 2011
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.357 Imperial Pilsner from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.