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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   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.


Jeppe's rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Tasted at Kans place brought by Jason - thanks my friend! A deep brown beer with no head. Vinous aroma with plenty of caramel, mocha, dark malt and a nice alcohol sensation. Like a good dessert wine, strong and powerfull yet balanced. Flavor is dominated by cocoa with a dry mouthfeel like cocoa powder. Strong and vinous and rather sweet of course but not over the top. Like a good liquor, extremely smooth. I sense some apricot and a salty hint in there as well. No doubt an insane beer and if it is 29% or not I don’t know, but it feels at least as heavy as Utopias. A great experience!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (2760) - GREECE - SEP 21, 2016
375 ml bottle shared at the original Chez Moeder Lambic’s cellar, thanks to kermis! Hazy dark brown almost black color with no head. Malty aroma, lots of alcohol, caramel, nutty, hazelnut, light dark dried fruits, soy sauce. Heavy sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full oily sticky body with flat carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (8120) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2016
Extreme & manifold thanks to kermis & fux for offering!!! Very few beers are more legendary & myth-like if any than this one. Black with no head. There is oxidation in the nose, very warming, very boozy, plenty of alcohol with thick sugar, molasses, dark fruit & soy sauce. Oxidation is low in taste body, likely due to ABV, seems to have kept quite well, what kept is very thick syrup, molasses & above all huge amounts of soy sauce of which I am not the biggest fan, very umami viscous, very monolithic taste, finish carries clear sharp plastic bitter, low burning plastic which further takes it down in my eyes. Viscous, molasses, marmite syrup body, not getting carbonation. It is decent, soy sauce & plastic bitterness are just not the most enticing flavours. Back when this came out there simply being a beer of this ABV must have blown people’s minds & there was nothing to compare it with. The legend is huge & massive will without a doubt remain.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (6191) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
@ A day to sink all seasheppards. Thnx for sharing, everyone !! Pours dark brown to black, no head. Smell is intense ! soy sauce, for sure. Taste is boozy, sweet, soy sauce. Very boozy aftertaste. Nice beer, on it’s own, but given the extreme fuzz it gets ( its like THE whale of whale’s ) i’d agree on it being a big dissapointement. We had far better ones in the tasting, but i’m extremely thankfull to Kermis to have made it possible for me to try this ( and so many other beers during the tasting he set up for it ) .

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (11046) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle shared at A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. Dark brown with no head. Aroma of big booze, raisins, tobacco, soy, woody notes, caramel, overripe dark fruit, big alcohol. Flavour is heavy sweet and above moderate bitter. Full bodied with a thick texture, alcohol burn and very soft carbonation. Interesting but not worth the price tag.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10049) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2016
8000th rating. Bottle split 9 ways with the RBSG crew at HOTD. Pours brown with no head. The aroma is strong booze, fig, raisin, wood, soy sauce. Thick mouth, boozy, raisin, caramel, gets better as it warms, very little oxidation, held up well, very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2016

Bottle 375ml. clear glass @ [ madmitch76 - 20K Tasting ] - chriso & Boudicca House, London.

[ As Hair of the Dog Dave ].
[ Vintage 1994 ]. Clear dark brown color with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, bread, caramel, sweet malt, alcohol, moderate roasted, chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long long duration, bread, roasted - chocolate, sweet malt, alcohol - boozy. A great experience to try this one. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. Fairly drinkable, the malt sweetness is good balanced by the alcohol booze. [20160115]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle shared at Kenny’s 20k tasting - London. A big cheers to Ken, one of RateBeer’s most generous members, who fittingly shared this beer with the group. Pours unclear, deep brown with no head. The nose is lightly roasty, with definite notes of alcohol, dried dark fruits and scorched earth. Big sweet flavour, a little ashy, with more old and dried out dark fruits, some berries, faint cocoa, rich alcohol. Full bodied and fairly chewy, with soft carbonation. Hot on the finish with further earthy bitterness, leathery fruits, touches of toffee. Good stuff overall. It may have once been worthy of being one of RB’s highest-rated beers, but at this point it’s just a pretty good barley wine. That said, it has held up reasonably well over the years. Thanks again to Ken for the opportunity to try this one!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (9281) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 14/01/2016. Huge mega thanks to Kenny for this one . Oily viscous dark brown coloured pour with no head to speak of. Aroma is big and booze, soy, oxo, raspberry jammy fruits, Boosty. Flavour is composed of bitter black malts, liquorice, thick and chewy, soy, meaty, Really fun to try. Palate is super thick, boozy, still some carbonation. Lingering blackened meats, liquorice. Warming alcohol in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WingmanWillis (136) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2016
Bottle share at Ken’s 20k tasting. Many thanks to Madmitch "Ahab" 76 for providing this whale of a beer. Pours a dark brown with very minimal head and little carbonation. Aroma of leather, tobacco, fruit cake and a little booze. Warming feel and all sorts of tastes going on with the fruit cake, leather, tobacco and a little fudge plus many others. Really glad to have the opportunity to try this complex beer. Cheers Ken. Here’s to sharing 25k!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16902) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2016
Bottle split at Madmitch76 20K tasting, massive thanks to the ever generous Ken for supplying this juan, 15/01/16. Light black with a moderately appointed tan covering that dissipates to edgeing. Nose carries a big dollop of malt, light smoke, chocolate, bourbon infuse, burnt treacle toffee, raisens, stewed dark fruit rinds. Taste drops away a touch from the nose, dark fruit compote, light smoke, dates, fruit cake, tinged with oxidisation, black forest gateaux, molasses, tobacco, vinous. Full bodied, slick feel, warming alcohol in the close. Great to try and not bad at all age considered, has held up well, oxidisation is light. ABV is well masked, though will have dropped away, barrelling subtle ...see ABV. Great to tre this beast and glad to have done so now and not in a few years time !


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