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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.35   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 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 (6749) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aubrey (3491) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Deep and dark ruby-red. Intensely smooth body and carbonation. Extremely complex malts with a lot going on ... seared raisins, baked brown sugar, caramelized prunes, Boston baked beans, roasted caramel, rich toffee, dark chocolate, and sweetened bourbon. Warming, but alcohol was hidden unbelievably well. Masterfully done.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2004
I really donít have words to describe what is here. Thanks to Allen for all his work and his generosity sharing this beautiful brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GregFalk (1) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2004 does not count
Thank you Alan. This was easily the smoothest drinking 58 proof drink Iíve ever experienced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Tap @ HotD Tour for RBSG 04í
Holy crap, this is good. Almost oily appearance, not much residual carbonation left with some prune sweetness and very low alcohol notes. Tons of everything else you can think of in the finish. Very complex and strong but not too burning.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Tap at the brewery. 9 years old! Clear ruby with a foamy manilla head, it really sticks to the glass. Aroma is chewy fruity malts and molasses. A hint of alcohol but hardly any at all considering the ABV on this monster. The flavor also contains a hint of alcohol but that is all. Roasted malt and sweet molasses/sugars along with some dark fruit. A truly amazing brew from a truly amazing brewer. Thanks Alan!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Triple icebock of Adam. Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is brown sugar and molasses. A medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity, sweet, touches of brown sugar, dark fruit and molasses. Very smooth taste. There is absolutely no trace of the 29% alcohol is this one. I was sure it would be there, but nothing.. AMAZING…Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slight sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Sampled @ the brewery during RBSG 2004. Dark brown, light brown head. Very vinous, with sweet molasses, candy-like flavors... slightly bubbly, roasted wood everywhere. Does not resemble 29% at ALL. A bite of sweet cherries and plums with some brown sugar, warming the mouth and throat as you swallow. Really remarkable that this experience is sweet chocolate and brown sugar in the middle, and itís not as thick as 29% would suggest. Really excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3760) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2004
RBSG í04 Alan poured this gem for us out of a tap in his cooler at the brewery. Deep dark amber color with a foamy tan head. Wonderful nose to just get lost in. Lots of dark sugars, molasses, vanilla, and a peaty smoke taste. Lots of alcohol in this beer, but it is so well balanced that it doesnít detract at all. Simply delicious.

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