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RATINGS: 619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Brewed to honor the brave souls who kept our brew pub open in the early 90ís while wrecking balls tore down the mall around us. Dry and smooth, with a grassy, citrus aroma and a honey malt middle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Belgian!?!? Itís got a nice hop kick, and some sweetness, alcohol, and complexity, a la Belgian, I guess. Good, tho.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BStigz (23) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2002
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, donít really get the alcohol kick until you reach the bottom third of the glass. More please...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2002
My first impression was íImperial Pils!í 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2002
I was loving this beer. Pours totally clear, absolutely golden, with a very small head. Huge floral hop aroma. Didnít 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2002
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. Itís 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 IPAís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2001
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2687) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2001
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.

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