JMerritt (1887) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had the cask-conditioned version on tap at Goose Island Clybourne. Amber in color with very little head. Excellent lacing. Smokey, woody aroma was expected, but was still a pleasant experience. Flavor is of oak, roasted malt, mild hops, and finish is slightly sour.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Belgian!?!? It’s got a nice hop kick, and some sweetness, alcohol, and complexity, a la Belgian, I guess. Good, tho.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first thoughts were some sort of American Pale or perhaps Pilsner, not a belgian. However, I can see how it fits. There are wonderful fruity notes throughout. A ton of hops in the finish--more than your typical belgian. A nice bitter finish. I very much enjoyed it.
BStigz (23) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a growler for the Bears game. Needless to say the Demolition Ale was easier to take than the demolition of the Monsters of the Midway. Strong, bitter hop flavor, don’t really get the alcohol kick until you reach the bottom third of the glass. More please...
Indra (2700) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first impression was ’Imperial Pils!’ Medium, bright yellow golden color, attractive! Sweet, pale malt flavors abound, and I do believe some alcohol as well. Spicy hops are present throughout, from beginning to end. Soft, not quite creamy body and a sweet finish. Nice glass choice, too, maybe an extra point for that.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was loving this beer. Pours totally clear, absolutely golden, with a very small head. Huge floral hop aroma. Didn’t so much get the Saaz thing--flavor more dominated by a powerful sweetness in a one-two punch with strong bitter hop flavor. Also has a nice hay/straw flavor going on. The only thing that detracted a bit from the beer was a slightly funky feet/yeast/tennis shoes thing going on up front in the flavor.
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2002
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 Super hoppy, grassy saaz aroma (unlike the description of Belgian strong ales)from a deep copper beer with a nice thick head. It’s back in season and on tap at both brewpubs. The alcohol makes itself known at the end with an extra little nibble to go along with the huge hop bite. ADDITION AUGUST 2006: bottled, i find it is a nearly perfect brew. An escape from IPA’s that I normally consume, yet still quenching my thirst for hops...introducing wild tasting yeasts and a super long lasting aftertaste, One of my favorite bottled beers ever.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice example of a strong ale by Goose Island. As always (from the Lincoln Park brew pub)
this beer has a unique freshness. Add a bold mix of hots, malt,and
alcohol flavor for a wonderful brew.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 Draft: A superb wicked ale from these giants. Big, juicy, flowery Styrians dominate throughout with a soft blanket of pale malts. Hoppy as heck with 30 lbs. per 10 barrels. Sampled in early August. Get it if you can.