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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 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 (4808) - 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 (5295) - 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 (10883) - 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 (2470) - 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 (1862) - Cupertino, 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - 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) - Suburbia, 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!

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