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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25/5   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.

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4.3
Sledutah (7526) - Utah, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle at the brewery, RBSG. Thanks to Doug for sharing
Dark brown, no head, good legs left in the glass. Aroma is woody, caramel, vanilla and leather. Taste of vanilla, woody and mild smokiness
Wow, glad I got to try this one.

3.9
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle @ HotD (huge ups to hannont for the sip & tick)... Smelled of caramelized brown sugars, prunes, and even had an Adam essence to it. Zero carb, still, flat, and cloying mouthfeel. I could taste this beer on my lips for minutes. Tasted of brown, toasted sugars, fortified wine blended with scotch. Dark fruit notes similar to dates and prunes. Oxidation, but not as heavy as I was expecting, and had a lot of complexity from alcohol yet no alcohol burn or heat to it.

4.2
mcberko (17830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle at the brewery. Pours a deep dark mahogany with no head. Aroma is decadent as hell, with dark dried fruits, toffee, molasses and alcohol. Flavour is super hot, with smoke, leather, followed by treacle toffee. The alcohol is still super hot after all these years, though as it warms, it’s actually less abrasive. It’s basically Adam on steroids. Fantastic and what a treat of a unique experience.

4.8
Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle from HOTD. Generously shared with me by hannont, even though I couldn’t afford the cost to split. Beer people are good people, too good, and Todd especially is unbelievably generous -- hope I can return the favor some day, dude. Really appreciate it.

for the most part, I try to be objective about a beer when I rate. But for some beers like this, it’s not possible. I’ll describe it -- deep dark brown pour, no head or carbonation, dark mollasses brown sugar; condensed Adam on steroids, beautifully rich, decadent ... Seems ageless,like kmweaver’s mythical infinity juice.

But this rating isn’t really about that. The beer is retired. You’re only getting it here at HOTD as part of something special (or maybe you’re getting it through some other means by trading/paying a ton for it, but this isn’t about that either). This is about the experience. And at RBSG, after a jereboam of Fred batch 30 that’s still sitting on our table, with a grand tasting still to come, surrounded by other RBians, I’m not even going to pretend to be objective. The beer is certainly a 4.something. The experience rates much higher.

3.9
Ferris (15275) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2015 Bottle - Vintage 1994 - Dark caramels, sark sugar, touch of toffee. Deep dark brown with no head. Sweet, charred wood, char, fish sauce and a long finish. No heat in the taste. Very nice considering the age.

4.3
douglas88 (9187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2015 Bottle. Well we’ve reached peak insanity. Pours a dark black brown color with no head. The aroma is big sweet malts, sugary, hot, oak. The flavor is big sweet Adam, heat, tobacco, molasses, roast, chocolate, so much oxidation and heat. Thin palate of course. An experience. Hard to say really how good this is/was. My main thought was that it tasted a lot like an old Adam. That makes sense! No doubt it is good, also no doubt it is a bit of a eccentric appetite’s satisfaction. I’d love to see Alan make a ice Adam again, I see no reason why not. The few bottles of this left won’t make that much. No doubt as well that this is pretty good.

4.5
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2015 Bottle. Sip stolen thanks to Todd! A: Pitch olive black with no to none head. N: Honey, bandaid, phenol, coffee oxidation, black olive, soy sauce, charred brown sugar, more in the line of Coal Islay Scotches. T: Bitter, smokey, and sweet M: Resinous oily body, light carbonation. Easy to tell this is iced Adam. O: Wow. Still going strong; I’ve heard it’s disappointing, but I wasn’t (obviously). I will say that there are many, many similarities here to the Adam in Ardbeg Barrels - particularly in the nose and if you can’t have this, then have that.

4.3
BREWMUSKCLES (2686) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2015
boozy and malty with old ale flavor of cognac and fruit. some hop layered in the background. anise and licorice give a sting with an earthy tobacco like dimension. powerful with a bit of aged grape.

3.8
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2014
38cl, retired exclusive American brew, thx alot to Dirk and Koen for sharing!, very complex brew, alcoholic/malty/sweet and slightly smoked/fruity, yet not too heavy (considering such a high ABV!), as was expected some signs of oxidation, yet balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet very expensive! (thx for sharing costs!), WOW!, ’Gladly the bottle made it safely; all in an awesome experience!"

3.7
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Thanks to Brian for his generosity. Alcohol dominates the aroma - a hint of malt underneath and a hint of astringency. It’s clearly an iced beverage. Pours a flat clear dark brown. Taste follows suit - Alcohol dominates with some biscuity malt and a hint of rubbing alcohol. A bit smoother than the nose indicates. Can’t believe I was able to try it. Thanks again!


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