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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 870   ABV: 29%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5895) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Thanks to Floydster for this share at the Belgianfest at the Carlsbad Pizza Port. This beer was another one i’ve 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rallison (116) - USA - MAR 29, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Not much in the way of head or carbonation, but that was to be expected. The aroma has some vanilla, cocoa, alcohol, dark stone fruits and some oak. The flavors were wonderful and mellow with little alcohol flavor. A lot of mouthfeel but not bad due to the high alcohol. An overall delight. May need to be served with a an orange wedge to round it out. (Just Kidding!!!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Best yet. Had a good friend bring some home from Oregon. Incredible flavor. Lots of chocolate flavor, with a sweet bourbon aftertaste. Just an awesome beer.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor (3773) - 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)

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