.357 Imperial Pilsner | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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.357 Imperial Pilsner.357 Imperial Pilsner

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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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!"

Added by Kegatron on 04-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +52%

Photo of faernt
4.34/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a session beer this is ! I had it with a Reuben sandwich. It really paired well. Flossmoor Station does well with food. The people I was with remarked on the hoppiness of this one. I took the malt smells, but must admit to enjoying the hops. Big beer does pair with food. The blah blah of drinking it alone to savor it is crap. Eat and drink...everything gets along with something. Why deny it?

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with two fingers of thick sticky white head with nice retention time.

Scent of sweet malts, bread, spicy, bitter hops, and a hint of earth. The alcohol is nearly unnoticeable in this fantastic scent.

Taste of sweet, mild malt, dry, spicy earth, and some mild alcohol. Finishes dry with a hint of alcohol and grain. This is an unexpectedly great Imperial Pilsner, but again, I doubt age will be kind to this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily with fair carbonation, I prefer the mouthfeel of this beer on tap.

With the smoother mouthfeel, this one is easier to drink, which may not be the best considering the strength.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid golden with a light mist of white head.
Smell is malty and very flowery with a light sting of booze.
Taste is well layered starting with earthy hops then to a flash of malts and bite with an ending of hops.
Finish is dry with a flash of flowers and malt.
Drinks very well but the strong bite makes it tough.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, I have no idea why this doesn't have a better rating. I think it's pretty damn tasty!

Pours golden with big head and a lot of lace. It's a little cloudier than I want a pilsner to be.

Smells of floral hops with a sweetness imparted from the TWELVE PERCENT ABV!!! This is not a sessionable beer and you can tell it in the nose.
Tastes of pilsner malts, hops, and an astringency imparted from the alcohol. The astringency isn't over powering and there's a nice grapefruit characteristic that I really like.

Light bodied, but will kick your ass. Be careful with this one!

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Photo of chaz01
3.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at Flossmoor the night before Dark Lord Day. Served in Chalice goblet.

A: Gold color with a little cloudiness, nice head.

S: Bready, yeasty aroma with a little citrus tones a bit of alcohol.

T: What came to my mind as I sipped this beer was an orangey triple sec flavor. Lots of alcohol and booziness, some honey and maltiness sweetness.

M: Medium to full bodied, lots of warming alcohol notes provides a real belly warmer feeling. Beer finishes with more of the orangey triple sec flavors.

D: Intrigued, I bought a couple of these in bottles to take home. Very much a slow sipping beer, I can't imagine pairing it with a meal or having more than one.

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Photo of KDawg
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this was poured from draft and poured a nice head

Balanced and aromatic with tones of malts, hops, oranges and some heat (in an alcoholic way)

medium/full bodied with a lot more malty tones but also some booziness as well

This was definitely showing the 12%, but it wasn't like I was drinking an extremely alcoholic beer. While there was a boozy quality to it, it wasn't overdone and on the whole a very good beer

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Photo of ommegoose
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Steep price on this one, so let's hope it's worth it.

Pours into a tulip, slightly hazy gold. Slightly foamy ring around the glass. Actually held a cap for a fairly long time even though the abv is so high. Last pour actually contained some sediment that clouded up the beer just a bit.

Citric aroma. Mainly lemon. Sugar. Some somewhat richer malt, like toffee or light caramel. Tropical fruit. Doesn't really recall a pilsner in the aroma, but it's pretty pleasing.

Lemony. Some crispness from hops, but mainly it's too syrupy for that. I was wondering how this would end up different than an IIPA, but the hop profile does seem pilsnery. It's just the malt that's super beefed up. Not sure why this needed to be 12% rather than just 8 or 9. I have a high tolerance for sweet beers, but I can see why some people would find this overbearing. Hop bitterness is low and found mainly in grassy, peppery notes. More hops would be good. Super malty beer. Was very clean at first, but starts to develop darker notes, like slightly toasty caramel. Starts to resemble a pale barleywine as it warms as it just can't maintain the crispness and bite that a good pilsner would have. I would not buy another bomber of this, but if I had a chance to have a 6 oz. glass or so I would give it another go.

The feel is good. Carbonation is a little too low. Could use more to offset the syrupy character. Certainly is viscous.

It's really hot, but that always stops being an issue after a few ounces. Not hard to drink a bomber over a long enough session, but it's a bit much for a Monday. It makes a good enough argument for being an imperial pilsner. Closest reference points are probably Southern Tier's Krampus and Farmer's Tan, and it's probably in the same league as those in terms of quality. All beers I was hoping for a lot more from. Obviously there are awesome eisbocks and doppelbocks out there, but I'm still waiting to be wowed by pale imperial lagers.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of thetomG
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a typical golden color with a bit of foamy white head.

Aroma is primarily sweet - flavor matches up but it much more intense on the sweetness. Sticky on the palate but remarkably easy drinking considering the 12% abv.

Glad I was able to try this, and one of the better pilsners I've ever had, but not necessarily something I'd seek out again., Just a bit too overly sweet IMO...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of CrellMoset
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red wax topped 22 oz. bottle courtesy of a generous BA whose name has been lost to the ages and a crash of my laptop which contained my list of trading partners. Alas, thanks, whoever you are! Poured in to a snifter and split w/ afausser.

Appearance: A great pour yields a gorgeous beer, a bright, deeply-hued orange copper body, hazed only slightly, as if they attempted to filter it but just couldn't get everything out. The beer is initially topped by what appears to be a long-lasting finger or so of nearly pure snow white head, but the retention isn't quite what I expected it to be (the appearance's only knock), and it fades to a foamy collar and a thin and uniform sheen of dusting in a minute or two. The lacing, however, is fantastic - sheets at first, and ultimately tendrils and eruptions or sticky, clingy white foam makes for a fantastic display.

Aroma: Very mellow, and perhaps this beer's worst attribute. At first, I got nearly nothing out of the nose. As it warmed, a few uncomfortable vinegary notes and a few chemical overtones emerged, and - though there are a few hints of lightly roasted malts here - it's mostly forgettable.

Taste: A harsh, moderately chemical bitterness runs roughshod ... but only on the latter half of the sip. The first half is dominated by sweet, syrupy malts, likely a necessary addition to counteract all the alcohol and hops tossed in to the kettle on this one (though I cringe to think of the OG of this one, given both how sweet it is and how high in abv% it is). Hop notes are a little less scarce, at least in terms of variety - a strong grassy note is pretty evident, as are a few fruity overtones, but I imagine the latter is mainly fruit esters, not hop oils. Still, not bad.

Mouthfeel: Thick and fairly syrupy, but with a surprising amount of carbonation. Smooth and mild, with a slight bite

Drinkability: It's possible they pushed this one a little too far. A 12.0% double pilsner? Dangerous territory. This one manages to hit a lot of the highlights but falls definitely short in a few critical places. Specifically, I don't think anything that tastes like a pilsner should be able to sustain a 12% abv - you're not going to be able to contain all the funky esters that emerge at those levels. This beer's also just a tad too sweet, though I understand and appreciate what that does to cover certain other potentially undesirable off flavors. On the whole it's a mixed bag, and one I liked a little more than I anticipated I may from reading the reviews.

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Photo of gford217
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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