GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Northernbrews and 6 members of the RateBeer Orlando crew (Solan, Cheeseman, Skijobber, LaRoja, JMFG and myself) interrupted their Wii Bowling session to gather around the table for this event. The six glasses were cleaned and placed in a sparkling line with the bottle of Dave standing pefectly idle beside them, anticipating his grand arrival. Prior to the glorious unveiling, the flash bulbs were blasting with the onlookers attempting to grab a photographic momento of this occassion. The bottle was openened and there was complete silence. No carbonation at all, as such nonsense is merely a guise for lesser beers. The crowd yearningly watched Dave being poured with precission, without a drop spared. The flash bulbs continued to erupt as the crew stared in awe at Daveís greatness. With none of the group willing to make the first move, I reached for my glass and held it to the light. A perfectly still and viscous liquid was a garnet tinged bistre color with a complete absense of head. The aroma was as olfactory assault of bourbon whiskey, dates, figs and other dark fruits and a hint of soy sauce. The taste brought a warming sensation to the entire body, like a mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter morning. This warmness remained while sipping the elixer and well after. The flavors were strong and full of bourbon and alcohol, without deterring from the dark fruits and rich cherry flavors. The silence of the group remained, with no more than a few accepting nods of appreciation and moans of savory extasy. Without a word being spoken, the consensus was that we had finally made it.
Thanks to the generousity of Hoppymeal for this. A once-in-a-lifetime brew isnít shared like this very often. Thank you.
A second thanks to Northernbrews for supplying everything else to make sharing this brew with friends something that I will always remember.
northernbrews (25) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First I need to thank hoppymeal (Derek) for the incredibly generous gift for me and the Orlando crew. He said that he thought we would enjoy it more than he would trying it again. Iíve been on the receiving end from many generous guys on here, but this one will be tough to top........
After admiring and staring at this bottle for about a half hour, we finally poured some in our tasting glasses.......
Pours a clear dark brown with hints of red and orange around the edges. No head as expected and nice legs on the glass........
Aroma is an awesome mix of sherry, bourbon, dark fruit, slight alcohol and oxidation......
Tastes somewhat follows suit w/ a little less of the dark fruit and slight alchol burn.....
Pretty thick for being so strong. Flavors hang for quite a bit which was expected.....
Overall this was worth the hype and if I ever have the chance to get another bottle, Iíll share it with close friends just like my good friend Derek did. Awesome stuff.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2009 Courtesy hoppyneal, damn. i never thought i would ever have the chance to taste this one. pours a rich mahogany-black color. Aroma is redolent of a great olorosa sherry, some oxidation and alcohol, along with some dark fruit notes. Flavor is spot on for the Sherry theme, with a flor like note coming through. Not cloying in the least bit, mouthfeel was insanely viscous. Absolutely incredible.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 22, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010
Source:Bottle shared with a few friends.
Appearance:Dark brown pour with no head...not even pond scum, but this is to be expected.
Aroma:Huge, complex aroma. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, tobacco, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar and maple syrup.
Flavor:Almost as complex. Tobacco, vanilla and caramel dominate, but a nutty finish follows. Huge boozy finish.
Palate:Heavy body with no carbonation.
Overall:As excellent as I expected. Did not disappoint.
after4ever (7541) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2015 Corked Little Kings bottle. Thanks, MJ. Damn it. Like saying "thanks" comes anywhere near doing justice to the generosity of surprising us with tastes of this insanely rare and expensive beer. More like it to say that this is the immeasurable camaraderie that exists between RBians at their best. Itís a debt Iíll really never be able to repay, and MJ knew that, so he just handed me a glass without telling me what it was until I was ready to drink my share. Much obliged, brother.
Dave is not a beer for me that can really live up to expectations. After years of wondering, itís not just a unicorn anymore, it must be bottled unicorn giggles. Now that itís here, as long as itís one of the best beers Iíve ever had, that ought to put the fanboyís pounding heart at ease. Guess what? Itís easily one of the best beers Iíve ever had.
You notice the difference with this stuff as soon as it hits the glass. Thick, oozy, viscous, leaving huge golden streaks of legs on the sides. Headless, laceless, and absolutely without carbonation, to be sure, but it looks like a glittering ebony, gold, and caramel brandy swirling in the glass. You can tell this is gonna be a real, real sticky one, but somebodyís gotta drink it.
The nose is just devastating. Boozy, yes, thatís a fair observation. BBQ, toast, caramel, licorice, and prunes all over the nose. The attack is more of the same, but, wow, when you start drinking it, youíre almost overtaken by the tongue-kidnapping primordial ooze of this beer. Brandy. Cordial. Beer. Whatever. Itís, um, really dense and thick and sticky and stuff.
The mid-palate shows all that deep complex goodness again; cola, bbq, toast, roast, caramel, nuts, prunes, figs, raisins. Itís a beast. Itís an instant vision of Christmas morning, or whatever other mental picture of wintry contentment safe at home you might carry in your own mind.
Itís an absolute masterpiece, brewed by a man whoís made more than a couple of those besides. Chasing beers like this is a fair bit of what fun in lifeís all about for me. Finding them? Well...the contentments and pleasures of beer like this go deeper than the conscious.
You know somebody poured his heart into making this, and being fully able to appreciate that artistry is a form of being completely at home in the world, if only for a moment.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 1,400!!! Shared with several guys from the GA crew, thanks guys. Pours a deep amber brown color with no head. Aroma is sherry, chocolate, caramel, prune, raisins, some brown sugar, vanilla, a hint of toast, and alcohol. Flavor is caramel, prune, leather, tobacco, a little bit of chocolate, vanilla, a hint of toast, vanilla, some soy notes, and alcohol. This beer is wonderfully thick and malty!
vyvvy (5790) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another rarity from xmarcnolanx. Pours dark with a crimson hue and no head ~ nice legs on this thing. The aroma has dark toffee insanity infused with hefty alcohol presence. There is also hazelnuts and dark fruits. Medium / thin body with velvety body and no carbonation. The flavor starts with heavy alcohol, brown sugar, dark malt, anise and lots of burn. The finish is very hot. This was definitely interesting.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours a good brown with no head. Aroma is great I get alcohol, vanilla, sweet fruits, caramel, and chocolate. The flavor needs to come through the alcohol but when it does it is awesome. For this high of an ABV this is blended very well. Has a heavy body. A hearty mouthfeel. This is something which must be tried to fully apriciate. It is very good. Its hard to do but you should share this with friends.
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to Floydster for this share at the Belgianfest at the Carlsbad Pizza Port. This beer was another one iíve been wanting to taste for awhile and it was way cool. Strong alcohol nose so I let it air out a little. First sip was an experience and the vanilla jumped right out with a strong alcohol burn that quickly diminished with another sip.So if you took a creamy vanilla flavor and added some cocoa and some oxidation with and alcohol burn of 29% you get the picture. Most like a Utopia. Thanks again to Kyle AKA Floydster for this generous share. Also seaoflament and rallison who were there as well! Awesome Thanx!
rallison (116) - USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Floydster. Damn. You are a truly great man. Thank you for a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The infamous Dave. The clear bottle with the twist off cap. The 29% monster. The 15 year old white whale. And so on..like any of this is news to anyone in the beer scene :p
Flat, oily, dark brown appearance. Super viscous. Huge legs (if we want to get into wine terms). This is beer? Just barely.
Sweet, candied caramel and drunken dates on the nose with a surprisingly restrained alcohol presence given the 29%. Very inviting, in a warming way.
Burnt sugar, rich dates, warming alcohol and a huge maple syrup presence in the taste (in the good way, not the Triple Bock way). Oak notes, light oxidation (of the complementary sort - think port or sherry sort of oxidation), awesome.
Thick, rich beer. And thick. And rich. No carbonation (did you expect or want any? No, I think not). Alcohol warmth, and then some, at the end. Alcohol burn is much more mellow than on Utopias (and, given that this is 29% vs the 25% or so of Utopias, quite impressive). Night cap? Yes, and an awesome one at that.
Drinkability? Are you going to have a full pint of this? Probably a bad idea. Of course, Kyle mentioned that, at one Toronado BW fest (late 90s I think), this was on tap for 6 ounce pours. Apparently there were a few more fights than usual that year. That said, for 29%, this drinks exceptionally well. There is alcohol warmth, and a slight alcohol burn, but, again, given the ABV, it is incredibly smooth and mellow.
Wow. Yes. This beer is that good.