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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2008
2oz sample from a 375ml clear bottle: Pours a still, viscous, transparent dark copper amber mahogany with nice legs. Rich aroma of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup and raisins along with a touch of toasted malt and slightly warming alcohol. Body starts very rich, full and dense with good caramel sweetness and complex peanut brittle flavors. Flavor has hints of tobacco and honey before a semi-dry slightly toasty finish with noticable, but not overpowering warmth and a touch of mint. I sampled this alongside a 2007 Sam Adams Utopias and this was earthier and much drier with some woody notes, but hid the alcohol much better than the Utopias. Overall, a very unique and complex beer that I was glad to have the chance to try. I hope Alan gets a chance to recreate this on a larger, less expensive scale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
375mL bottle, courtesy of tertons. Canít really thank you enough for sharing this, Nelson. A great weekend in CT. Pours a murky, oily brownish color with golden edges; gorgeous, thick legs; headless. Enormous, boozy, intense, nose-singing aroma; maple syrup, brown sugar, and sweet burnt sugar cookiess; very interesting, if a bit overtly alcoholic (but whoís surprised for 29%?); some raisins amidst loads of brown sugar. Unquestionably full mouthfeel: enormous brown sugar notes and maple syrup; sweet, chewy cordial-like character and warming, mouthcoating maltiness; intense, tasty stuff without suffering from anything overly sweet; alcohol is more resigned than the nose suggests. Memorable stuff. Very reminiscent of a more refined, clearly expressed Utopias. Lengthy, lasting finish: intense, chewy brown sugar, maple syrup, and very sweet intense maltiness without being sticky; well-restrained for the alcohol.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2008
A big time thanks to tertons for sharing this amazing beer with me. Pours black and still. Smells of caramel, toffee, hints of complimentary oak, hints of fruit, touches of pepper, bananas, some touches of cherries. Tastes boozy with some caramel, sweet malt, touches of toffee, chocolate, raisins, hints of cognac. Finish yields an earthy sting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChainGangGuy (4653) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2009 Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with no head, but check out the ooey, gooey legs. Smell: Pure, top-dollar chocolate extract with a simmering pot of candied dark fruits, Grade-A maple syrup, brown sugar, and tawny port. Taste: Luxurious blend of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and maple -- all very sweet. Tons of dark fruitiness crammed into every savored sip. A pinch of black Cavendish pipe ash. Some spice cake crumbs. Quite warming throughout, though never ever hot. Mouthfeel: Thick-bodied. No carbonation. Drinkability: Drinks rather well considering the purported ABV. Itís definitely the feel-good hit of my summer! A very delicious creation, it was hard not to include the "f" word in my review.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Ok, thanks to CaptainCougar for obtaining a bottle. The body was deep murky brown with no head, of course. The aroma was amazing, with rich toffee and cellar notes. There was also some sweet pancakes, pears and cinnamon. All of this was overlaid with pleasant oxidation and some alcohol sting. The taste was dry chocolate with some tobacco and wood. Only bare hints of any type of sweetness as this was mostly dry and woody. Too much on that woody character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Date: 06/03/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

Appearance: clear dark brown, headless, thick viscous legs,
Aroma: rich rum soaked dark fruit aroma, alcohol shows as it breaths a while and then starts to disapate again, brown sugar sweetness,
Body: body appears big at first but the alcohol thins it out,
Flavor: hot caramel and brown sugar flavor, plenty of residual woody earthyness adds the balancing bitterness, lingering alcohol finish, touch of chocolate backed by a dark caramel character that offers a hint of sweetness, touch of licorice adds to the sweet backend,

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+/4

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fordest (2137) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2008
Holy ímokes. This beer was amazing. And the age. I am floored. First for the fact that I got a chance to try this. Second by the beer overall. Amazing aromas. Wanted to sniff it all day, but then what? Dark Fruit, Molasses, cane sugar, wood, wood, and wood. Flavor didnít disappoint either like some beers with an amazing nose. More sweet malts. Raisin, prune, chocolate. Alcohol was evident in the warming of the palate and throat, but not in the flavor. Purely awesome. Not to mentions pretty darn tasty. Thanks for making this happen.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Tried at Fordestís tasting. Huge thanks to everyone involved in the process of getting a small bottle of this for tasting. Pours flat. Dark amber. I canít believe Iím going to tast it. Wow, what an aroma. I smelled and smelled this for 10 minutes before tasting. I just canít get over it. Tons and tons of woody notes and lots of oak. Iím afraid to taste it, because it may not live up to the aroma....Taste is awesome. Lots of malty caramel notes. Very mild oxidation of the very best kind...no cardboard. Figs, caramel, and brown sugars. Whew, taste completely lives up to the aroma. Lots of throat burn in a pleasant warming way. Sweet, brown sugar, figs. I sip away at it for 10-15 minutes. I donít want the taste to end. Now, I can die happy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Sampled at the Fordest Tasting. Pours a tan brownish with no head and no carbonation. aroma of toffee, coffee, malt,.dark fruit and honey???? lacing like a brandy, somewhat boozy in that is was very warming, no way is this 29%. This is definately a high point in my craft beer experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Freaking fantastic brew shared by toncatcher at the fordest tasting. Awesome barley wine.

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