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Solemn Oath Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WoodBrew on 06-15-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 60
Photo of steveh
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

As I was looking into some more diverse beer stores over this past summer, I was surprised to see so many new breweries have popped up in the Chicago area -- and are bottling.

Opted to give this one a go as it's closer to styles I've been enjoying lately, even though Imperial Pilsner is not necessarily a recognized style and there aren't any real guidelines to follow on what the beer ought to be. Following the BA description, let's see where this one falls.

22 ounce bomber with no discernible dating.

A -- Pours a hazy, gold color with a thick white head that settles slowly. The haziness is far from Pilsner-like.

S -- Sweetish malts with an esteriness I often get from pub-brewed beers -- usually ales. Peach and grapefruit character uncommon in a lager. Some pine as well. Big fusel hit at the end.

T -- Light bready malts in a very quick hit at first, followed by rather harsh, unbalanced, resiny bitterness, and a BIG hit of hot, hot alcohol. There's a little breadiness fighting through at the finish, but the aftertaste is harsh bitterness and hot alcohol.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth to crisp and dry with a medium-light body.

O -- This beer is more akin to a DIPA than any Pilsner (or other lager) I've ever had. It sets an impression of a home-brewer brewing up a heavy-hitting beer just because he can. Lots of hops, no matter the flavor, and lots of alcohol because there are so many lightweight beers to be shamed. Just too harsh unpleasant on my palate. I feel like I have to try their Bohemian Pils just to see if they can mellow out a much as they can ramp up.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw pale golden with one finger white head that retains nicely.

Smell has some mellow lager bready yeast along with a big grassy hop aroma with some light floral notes.

Taste has a big assertive grassy hop flavor forward with lots of bitterness. Bready yeast flavor and hoppy herbal flavor leave this incredibly bitter.

Mouthfeel is bitter crisp and decently balanced with high amounts of hoppy oils and resin.

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Photo of tooth_eye
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had it on tap at my local bar. strong but not overpowering. pretty drinkable, but not something to session with. the bitterness really struck me, as i don't often find many beers bitterness catching my attention. tried it because Solemn Oath is a local brewery and i enjoy imperial pilsners.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neighbor brought a growler home from Solemn Oath. The beer poured a light-golden color with thin white head that dissipated toward the bottom. The scent had a subtle piney notes mixed with typical pilsner grassy tones. The taste had the common grassy hop character of most pilsners, but this was balanced nicely with a sweeter malt. The mouthfeel was a medium body beer with ok carbonation. Overall it was a very good beer and would highly recommend it.

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Scareball from Solemn Oath Brewery
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