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Hair of the Dog Dave

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 870   ABV: 29%
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Dave is an English Barley Wine. This beer was produced in 1994, and won first place at the 1998 Toronado Barley Wine Festival. The strength was achieved by taking 300 gallons of Adam and freezing it three times, leaving only 100 gallons. Always used as a teaching aid, it was produced to show people that Beer could be more than what they had experienced, and continues to do that today.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 Wow, can’t believe I got this one. Shared with 6 other people. Ended up bringing this and Millennium to the tasting. Also had Utopias and 1999 Lou Pepe Pure Kriek among others. Aroma is sweet cocoa, oak, mineral, alcohol, some cassis and soy. Drinking side by side with Millennium and Utopias, this beer kind of gets lost in the shuffle, so to speak. Insanely delicate and complex for such a monster with a viscous, full mouthfeel. Tastes so ridiculously complex it is hard to describe. The oak comes in waves along with some medicinal vanilla, maple, some olive and more oak. Legs forever on this thing. Lovely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drmatt (51) - THE LOU, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2009
thanks marc for the opportunity to try this rarity. as mentioned before, my initial thoughts of this were that it was similar to triple bock. this would be a much smoother, complex and easier to drink version, though. this had a lot going on and i wish i had more!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Bottle. Aroma bursting with complexity: chocolate, pecans, prune, raisin, sherry, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak, bourbon, sap, leaves. Amazingly, that list was compiled from two different goes at the beer and the only common note I got, or wrote down at least, was the chocolate, and it is surely an immensely chocolaty beer. Flavor even more chocolaty, a very bitter chocolate, to go along with sweet oak, sweet bourbon, and occasional glances at the rest of the aroma notes. Quite viscous. Very warming, but that hardly needs stating. And continuing with the theme of the obvious, it’s, ya know, good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Rating #800!!! Bottle thanks to my lil sweetheart fredandboboflo. Pours black with absolutely no head. Aroma is quite pungent. Lots of booze with a slight hint of chocolate. This is very reminiscent of Triple Bock (except that this smells good at a distance). Flavor is initially very strong with bourbon and oaky notes with a finish of vanilla, oak, and lots of chocolate truffles. Very warming with an alcohol burn in the swallow. This is the best example of a rare breed (ie a high-alcohol beer) but at the same time, it is not really my thing. Still, I’m glad to have gotten a chance to try this one. 7/3/8/3/16 (3.7/5)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
I really can’t believe that I got a chance to try this. Many, many thanks to fredandboboflo. Deep amber brown beer with no head at all. Aroma is very rich and sweet. There is a lot going on in here... cocoa, tobacco, wood and bourbon. Cherry, molasses and a lot of sweet dried fruit. Pomegranate and date molasses wrapped around sweet honey hazelnuts and almonds. Finishes quite sweet and cocoaish with lingering date and a savoury licorice/soy character. Fairly boozy retronasally, but this isn’t really noticible in the mouth. Sort of like a rich mix of tawny port, bourbon, and barleywine. It’s hard to believe that this works nearly as well as it does. Again, many thanks for sharing such a gem of a beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3405) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2008
We were at a get-together celebrating the return of the prodigal son (beastiefan2k) at John Harvards, and fredandboboflo asked if we thought if it was ok if he brought out a beer for tasting. Thanks to the crappy service, we all agreed it was no problem. Adam took out a box of Southern Tier Cuvée Series 1 and laughingly said not to worry, that wasn’t what he brought. He then slides out the bottle, and I kiddingly said, "Oh look, its a bottle of Dave." What followed was one of those holy sh#t moments, when I realized it WAS a bottle of Dave. I never thought I would get to try this beer, and I want to thank Adam and Margaret up front for their generosity in sharing this gem with us. Pours a very deep ruby red and deep brown with no head. This beer does, however, leave lovely legs on the glass when swirled. The aroma is superb with lots of dates, brown sugar, oak, tawny port, and alcohol. The flavor is an ever-so-slight step back with a bit more influence from the alcohol, but still loaded with dates, oak, and brown sugar. The finish reminded me very much of a fine cognac, very well rounded, warming and soothing, with the vapors still filling the nose throughout the experience. A rare and real treat I will not soon forget!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4853) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2008
First of all, huge thanks for fredandboboflo and lilbeerdoctor for sharing this - I never thought I’d ever get to try this - shared with a table of ratebeerians at John Harvards - pours a thick, viscous ruby liquid - aroma of spiced rum, chocolate, brown sugar, port wine, bourbon-soaked cherries - zero carbonation - thick, slick mouthfeel - warming flavor, but not at all boozy - a lot of cherry, brown sugar, spices - oaky, vinous, a lot of port flavors - probably the most balanced beer of such strength I’ve ever had - this is the best beer I’ve ever had at John Harvards!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2425) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Out of nowhere a surprise from fredandboboflo and LilBeerDoc, thanks a lot got. Pours, as expected, lifeless with no head and, well... you can see the exact color of the beer in the picture here. Aroma is lightly boozy and very chocolate-y. But its not as alcoholic on the nose as I expected, smells very delicious, vinous, sweet, non-sweet oak, and lots of malty heft. Taste is a little thinner and alcohol comes through a bit more. Comes off as licorice with lots of vanilla oak. Finishes strong and sweet. Obviously, thick and viscous going down, coats the throat. A lot more drinkable that I expected and I am really glad I got to try this treat, thanks again guys. After drinking this I think it probably no more than 15% in real life.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Wasn’t sure I’d ever get to try this one, bottle shared with Joet. Pours like maple syrup in color with no head. Huge nose of dried fruits, dark sugars and alcohol. The flavor was big leather and earth influences along with the fruit and sugars, and, of course, alcohol. Not the 29% that it was, but more like around 15%. Great sipper!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 Ratebeer election party. Beautiful amber/brown color, no carbonation/head. Strong flavors of bourbon, raisin, and leather balanced perfectly with hop bitterness and aroma. Visible legs on the glass. A sipper for sure. Truly a once in a lifetime treat. Thanks Joet.


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