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Hair of the Dog Dave

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 870   ABV: 29%
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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
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2004
RBSG 2004: 9 years old, on tap, at the brewery: A firery combination of orange, red and ruby, over which a small head slowly dies. Burnt plum, toffee, brown sugar and vanilla attack your senses, while nuts dominate the port-like aromas. It starts sweet and gets pretty sweet; your mouth tingles, tongue heats up and then only a mild warming as you swallow the elixir. Holy crap. The brewery claims it is this mellow because of its age and that it was hot when it was younger. Westvleteren Abt 12, -0.1.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Tap at brewery: 9 year-old specimen. That makes it the oldest beer I’ve ever drank, and it’s also one of the best! Violet brown and INCREDIBLY full-bodied. Somewhat like Adam in its depth and richness: smokiness, earthiness, maple that go from the aroma right into the finish, reminiscent of Jadwiga Mead. Some apples as well; very thick mouthfeel. Spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Dark brow with a creamy, slighly tan head. Spotty lacing. Cinnamon or nutmeg in the aroma. Toffee, oak and vinous as well. Flavors are smoky, alcohol (though it was very well hidden) coffee, caramel, bitter hops and some roast. This beer hides the alcohol so damn well! Thick and cloying with a nice lingering finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2004 on tap at HoTD brewery. Thanks again to Alan for being a great host. "Dave" is thick, seet, big w/ lots of brown sugar an molasses flavors. Very good. It's utterly amazing that it's 29% ABV. You don't taste the alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 17, 2004
WOWWWEEE! RBSG at the brewery. Alan Rocks! Black body with a small brown head. Amazing licorice, spruce and alcohol. The alcohol is warming but not unpleasant. Just amazing. Alan, you rock!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 In case the brewery tour at Hair of the Dog wasn’t amazing enough, Alan allowed me to sample some Dave from the keg that had been aged for 9 years. Well this was one hell of an amazing brew. That 25% alcohol couldn’t even be tasted, very well blended brew that had an amazing taste. A malty sweetness, with a very smooth mouthfeel and a smoked after taste. Maybe someday this brew could be bottled an allow many others to experience this amazing brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
motoman (4) - USA - FEB 6, 2004 does not count
Oh my God. This beer absolutely floored me. The flavor is great as are the aftereffects of its consumption. Recommended for all beer lovers of the world and of the country.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2003
hazy, somewhat opaque. Dark oaky body, a thin, off-white head. Nose of oak, burbon, ripe fruits, alcohol, sweet malts and some definite yeasty character. BIG full beer in the mouth. Surprisingly NOT dominated by the alcohol. Very warm, woody vinuous notes shine through. creamy and smooth, port winey. some notes of smoke and whiskey come through as well. Simply awesome!! this is very much a barleywine and not just a gigantic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2003
Biiiig beer. Dark, a bit of light shows through when held up to a light. Nose is rich, very smoky and a bit scotchy, possibly some coffee. Very unique, smoky, and strong. Licorice predominates, has a very restrained caramel quality to it. Simply impossible for this to be 25%, was actually quite drinkable. This is effectively a souped-up Adam, and I tasted them side-by-side and really couldn't tell the difference all that noticeably. Dave is certainly stronger, but remains surprisingly drinkable considering its ludicrous strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11897) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2003
Black body, no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, anise, slightly smoky. Taste is much the same, but also with alcohol bitterness and finishing with an alcohol burn. While definitely noticeable, the alcohol is neither overwhelming nor unpleasant. A big, beautiful beer.

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