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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Big thanks to Ughsmash for sharing this beer, I really never thought I would get a sample of this beer, but here it is right in front of me. Syrupy, sticky, dark brown with red tint, no head, but still some light bubbles it I swirl it enough. If nothing else this beer stuck to the glass like no other with a viscosity that created legs that could stand up to any fine wine. Aroma is vanilla, cherry, clean alc with some dirty dark fruit, oxidation gives off a little soy. Sweet, syrupy flavor dark fruit, soy, firey big alc, long lasting burn, vanilla, cherry, tofee. Syrupy burning, medium body. What can I say, this beer is huge, what is surprising is that while the beer is boozy, it still is quite well hidden for how high an ABV it has. The only thing that I can compare this beer to is Utopias which is a lot more firey and lacks the complexity that this beer has, what a stand alone in the beer world. Thanks Jason!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2008
375ml bottle. RATING #671!! biggest thanks goes to Ughs for sharing this amazing treat with the rest of us. never thought i would be able to get the chance to try this and it deserves all the accolades that it has garnished. onto the rating.....dark thick and syrupy maple brown sugar pour with absolutely no head to begin or end with. truly splendid legs with this one as it coated the glass as it ran down....aroma was thick and chewy toffee, vanilla, and other boozy vapors. sweetness similar to that of a port wine. some soy to go along with it but it worked.....sweet sticky and chewy flavors with some anise and black licorice making their way through. some heat as it works its way down the throat but overall, it hides the 29% remarkably well. no carbonation to be seen and it all meshes well together. excellent, excellent brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Thanks Jason for sharing this beer! The beer pours to a dark brown body with ruby highlights. Flat and glassy body. The beer ruins a glass with it’s superior legs. Rigoddameddiculous legs. The aroma is amazing. Rich maple syrup, tobacco, dark brown sugar, super complex balance with only a light alcoholic touch for 29%. If my nose could turn into a dick, it’d !$%* this beer. The flavor is rich and syrupy maple and concentrated cereal grains, barley, and a touch of alcohol. But at 29% it’s surprisingly tame. The palate is rich, creamy, warming, with a hidden alcohol. Sick! Love the complex caramel and winey character and vanilla.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Worcestershire sauce bottle, 375ml. Poured deep, murkier brown with no head but some mighty fine legs! The aroma picked up deep, dark caramel, chocolate, and toffee with tar and maple rising greatly with warmth.. some spicy alcohol was evident, but nowhere near the level you’d expect.. amped-up port wine and more maple singe the nose hairs right at the back. The flavor had deep port-laden maple syrup and charred, well-aged caramel at the core.. salty soy and dark chocolatey notes come through in a second wave.. some older oaky notes at the back with warming maple and soy again.. warmed up the belly, but the booze factor was somehow held in check.. wow! Full bodied, thick, and syrupy on the palate.. heat fell into the stomach.. great balance. Phenominal!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Rating #1700! 375ml bottle. I can’t thank Jason enough for bringing this! pours dark brown with no head. awesome aroma, touches of soy but mostly port wine and maple syrup, caramel, toasty, and chocolate. wonderful nose. flavors are surprisingly really chocolately, bourbon, maple syrup, raisins, earthy, and port. very sticky, a bit boozy but this is so smooth and the alcohol is very very well hidden. i couldn’t believe it was this drinkable. this lives up to the hype for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DenverLogan (1098) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Tasted in Seattle during Hard Liver fest. Absolutely amazingly delicious for a beer of this abv...like a Stille Nacht or Samichlaus on steroids, super rich, sweet with plums, prunes, dates, raisins, figs, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, wood, nuts, port. Smooth, rich, sweet finish...big and lovely

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Big thanks to Tertons for sharing a couple oz of this 2 weeks ago. Pours a clearish soy sacue looking body, almost no carb, practically still with absolutely sick legs on the glass- definitely viscous as hell, for a beer. Aroma is tons ofbrown sugar, only slight signs of oxidation, mild on the sherry notes, just insane sugary sweetness, tons of thick sweet caramel malts and tons of fortified munich malt toastiness and full sweet character- notes of maple, leather, oak aged rum, and some vodka-alcohol hints. Fruity flavor, some pear, fig, raisin, date, tons of brown sugar, molaasses, and maple syrup- as it breathes a bit- thereis a shit load of raw wildflower honey all over the place with more hints of earth, leather, and some like campfire smoke. I get a nice sharp alcohol kick on the tip of the tongue, and it warms my mouth and stomach as I drink, but the alcohol isnt out of control- yet you know it is there- it just fits in nicely, unlike a 23% wws. Great beer which lives up to the hype. I really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Very huge thanks to tertons for sharing this treat. Poured a clear brown with a copper edge and no head. The aroma is of aged malt with a pleasant oxidation. Notes of molasses, wood, tannins, brown sugar and some alcohol fumes. The flavor is of sweet malt and woody tannins that I take come from the aging. No alcohol pepper taste but you feel the bite of it. Silky soft full mouthfeel. Great warmth but smooth like a nice liquor

   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. Can’t 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 who’s 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.

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