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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2008
2nd Brewery 07-08 Beer Road Trip with Bikesandbeer, 12/31/07 @ The Brewery with Alan Sprints. Alan was nice enough to give Kevin, Kevinís Girlfriend Jessi a private tour and tasting on New Yearís Eve 07. Alan was so super cool and nice on the whole visit to the brewery, we were there for over 2 hours and this is the last beer we tried, I asked and he came back with two glasses for me and Kevin and I was pretty damn happy about that. This was amazing, all in all and fantastic creation I only wish I could have it all the time or for that matter ever again. Alan said this batch had been aging for about 12 years in the barrel it was held in. Pours dark brown with no light penetrating with a half finger tan head. Nose was sweet and killer really complex and oakey not to mention all the other flavors that come to mind. Taste was sweet, robust and really pretty damn amazing. The years in the barrel have made the strongest beer ever created into a far more easy drinking creation than anyone would suspect, it felt more like a 10-12% beer to me, Its killer balanced and amazing. Wow

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Big thanks to Alan for sharing what may well be the very last of this at the brewery! Aroma of black bread, licorice, dark brown sugar and really only a faint alcohol presence. Opaque dark brown color, still showing a fine tan head after 12 years in the barrel! Flavor is hugely bittersweet and powerful, with notes of semi-sweet chocolate, oak, roasty malts, floral, with port and madeira-like tones, finish is almost unbelievably long and flavorful. Smooth, thick mouthfeel, still some effervescence manages to make itself felt here. Of course warming, but the alcohol presence is very surprisingly minimized, considering what this actually is. Some molasses and lingering dark, almost burnt sugars late. If one didnít know ahead of time that itís the strongest beer ever created, there would be no way to tell by tasting or aroma, which just goes to show what effect a decade plus of aging has had on this. Iíd say this huge experiment was an equally huge success. Thumbs up, Mr. Sprints!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2007
On tap at the brewery. A deep brown, viscous liquid with shades of semi-transparent black cherry flesh fills my glass, topped with a towering layer of whipped toasted marshmellow foam. Gentle agitation leaves sexy legs creeping slowly down the sides of the glass, carefully, but without divulging a sticky appearance. The head slowly subsides, leaving a tight layer of creamy topping crowning the chocolate colored body. Huge, intense aromas of rich dark chocolate truffles rise from the glass, sweetened with notes of blackberry, star anise, and prune flesh. The fruits are extremely decadent, softened by age, and completely free of any harsh higher alcohol qualities. Layer upon layer of complexity flows patiently from the mouth of my glass, revealing silky additions of caramel, toffee, star anise, and raisins. Beneath the mouth watering darker tones await the most intriguing layer of complexity - cracked black peppercorns and a hint of fennel bulb. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel that plods carefully across the tongue with a velvety smooth texture. Firm, yet not sticky or cloying. The flavor parade is even more impressive than the bold aromatic introduction. An elegant chocolate fudge explodes over the palate, softened by some delicate vanilla bean and whipped cafe latte. The dark fruits are sensational. Black pepper and anise complexities come through as well with the perfect amount of spice. This is a well balanced, masterfully complex dessert beverage that completely defines the potential of big beer craftmanship. Incredibly intense flavors are expected from a beer this big, but it seems to execute this without sacrifice. This doesnít suffer from sugar bomb syndrome - in fact, I find it to be "balanced" quite beautifully for a genre that shuns the term. The alcohol is frighteningly well masked, devoid of any harsh fusely or solventy characters, merely providing a reassuring warmth after the final smack. Is it actually a 5? Yes, but it really isnít possible or fair to compare this to anything but the finest apertifs. It is what it is, and thatís simply marvelous.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
globalhobo (1) - BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - NOV 27, 2006 does not count
Was one of the lucky few to enjoy probably the finest atisanal creation out there. Truly a masterwork by one of the great epicureans in the beer business. Thank you so much Alan for an experience that will remain in mind a lifetime

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BuckeyeBoy (4432) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2006
On Tap at Hair of the Dog Brewing Company Pours out a dark brown. WOW all I know is this was GREAT. Got it from a small keg in the cooler. 29% that is crazy you canít even tast it. It was so tasty. Thanks ALAN BrewMaster for letting me have some of this with you GREAT Beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (14042) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
Dark brown with burgundy highlights. Intense whiskey, tamari, burnt plum, and alcohol in the aroma...now thatís attention-grabbing. Thick, oily, but lively, in that Galeís POA sort of way. Flavour brings toffee, Highland malt, more tamari, dark fruits, chocolate chip cookies. Smooth, sweet, gorgeous. As giant beers, not only does this measure up in terms of complexity but also in terms of balance and drinkability. Hot damn.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Had this during the 2004 OBF at the brewery. This might be one of the rarest beers Iíve ever had. NO, IT IS THE RAREST! Very dark, very strong. Very good. Molassas,coffee, chocolate, tobacco,woody, vanilla, This is a must try for anyone who says they know beer. I love this brewery! Top 5 ALL TIME! Lurch says it goes great while smoking a good cigar and eating a bar of chocolate. Thank you ALAN for sharing your creation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 My top beer for 2006. Itís not retired, Dave is just hiding. A small sample at the brewery. A hugely enjoyable surprise. 29% is unbelievable, just cannot taste it. Started out as Adam. Rich molasses flavour with roasted malts. Alcohol shows up as a slow rising warmth after swallowing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
10/28/04. Poured out of 12 oz. unlabelled bottle, sampled at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 10/28/04. Pours a deep, dark brown with small, suspended, black flecks. No head. Aroma is richly figgy and raisiny with dates and other dried fruity oddities Really interesting. Very sweet nose with huge malt and some alcohol burn, sort of a Samichlaus-like dark dessert liquer caramel richness. Flavor has brown sugar, huge alcohol glow, and dark malts, incredible rich nuttiness and burnt malt. Slick and thick with lingering sweetness and some kind of "rubber" thatís a bit off-putting. Tons of lasting, sticky dark roast/caramel-- itís amazing how the two are intertwined. Very long finish with very elegant dark malt medley. Very full, oily texture and body. Very good stuff. I donít know how long ago it was, but Sam at the Stuffed Sandwich said this sample was hand-bottled and given to him by Alan Sprints himself. Iíd love to try the stuff that is still gaining wisdom at the brewery to see how the experiences differ. This really didnít seem like 29%, but the alcohol WAS present. Iíd have put it somewhere in the high teens if I had to guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7025) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is medium/dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, molasses), with notes of sherry, dates, brown sugar, wood, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Although it was enjoyable, especially considering the weight, I may be the only person on the planet that wasnít blown away by this. Perhaps partly because of the oxidation in the nose (makes me cringe every time), partly because itís too sweet for me to drink more than a few sips of. And the aromatic components, ignoring the oxidation, werenít terribly intriguing or enticing for me. Bottom line, there are other barleywines (and eisbocks in the lager world) that I enjoy more. Amazingly unguessable alcohol though...itís certainly in the nose and burns the throat a bit, but it sure as heck doesnít seem like itís over 15%, much less 25%. Fun beer to try, but not something Iíd purchase. Now Fred of the Wood, thatís a different story!

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