Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2010
The Whale of Whales! Thanks Alan! Pours out flat, syrupy and dark reddish brown . . . like blood draining away from the site of a sacrifice. :-P
The nose had some strong sherry and boozy tones, it definitely lets you know this is not a beer to be taken lightly. The palate reveals further alcohol heat in a brief punch, followed by phenomenal combinations of old port-like flavors: dark fruit, caramel, vanilla. Oak and tobacco follow in the back palate. Strong mouthfeel and its definitely a "sipper" as far as drinkability goes. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Bottle generously saved and shared by 3/4. Thanks so much Mike. Poured reddish brown with no head. Big, big nose of brown sugar, smoke, alcohol, caramel, light soy. Flavor is supringsly smoother than the nose. It definitely drinks its 29%, but their is in incredible amount of flavor behind it unlike many of these incredibly high alcohol brews. A delicious experiment from a master brewer. bearlybrewed (41) - Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Light blood ruby red. Palate is smooth with raisin, prunes, and brown seared sugar, caramel, rich toffee, dark chocolate, and sweetened bourbon. Great.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Hello, my name is Dave; going on 15 years now, my journey has taken me far and wide and today I showed up discreetly at Brouwer’s Sour Fest courtesy of the one and only MJ; I’m sorry that my appearance turned you into a giddy two year old and caused the entire crowded noise and sour filled air of the fest to fade completely into the background; sour beers – who needs them anyways? even after all these years, my aromas pour out of the snifter and cover the table with a smoky concoction of vanilla, whiskey, oak, tobacco, bread and chocolate chip cookies; I’m not even sure if I’m a beer anymore with the silky, flat texture more reminiscent of a rich port or sherry; so what did you think? was I worth all the hype and disappointment of missing out at last year’s dock sale? I always knew beer karma would come around for a guy who goes by a girl’s name. Prost!! your friend, Dave :) JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Courtesy hoppymeal. Thanks for the opportunity to be able to taste this rare treat. Pours a still deep brown color with legs. The aroma is sweetish and heavily malty, with some dark fruits peeking out from the ether. The taste is insanely rich and sherry-like. Caramel, alcohol, dark fruit, slight oxidation, but fantastic. Warms me down to my plums.
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Northernbrews and 6 members of the RateBeer Orlando crew (Solan, Cheeseman, Skijobber, LaRoja, JMFG and myself) interrupted their Wii Bowling session to gather around the table for this event. The six glasses were cleaned and placed in a sparkling line with the bottle of Dave standing pefectly idle beside them, anticipating his grand arrival. Prior to the glorious unveiling, the flash bulbs were blasting with the onlookers attempting to grab a photographic momento of this occassion. The bottle was openened and there was complete silence. No carbonation at all, as such nonsense is merely a guise for lesser beers. The crowd yearningly watched Dave being poured with precission, without a drop spared. The flash bulbs continued to erupt as the crew stared in awe at Dave’s greatness. With none of the group willing to make the first move, I reached for my glass and held it to the light. A perfectly still and viscous liquid was a garnet tinged bistre color with a complete absense of head. The aroma was as olfactory assault of bourbon whiskey, dates, figs and other dark fruits and a hint of soy sauce. The taste brought a warming sensation to the entire body, like a mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter morning. This warmness remained while sipping the elixer and well after. The flavors were strong and full of bourbon and alcohol, without deterring from the dark fruits and rich cherry flavors. The silence of the group remained, with no more than a few accepting nods of appreciation and moans of savory extasy. Without a word being spoken, the consensus was that we had finally made it.
northernbrews (25) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Thanks to the generousity of Hoppymeal for this. A once-in-a-lifetime brew isn’t shared like this very often. Thank you.
A second thanks to Northernbrews for supplying everything else to make sharing this brew with friends something that I will always remember.
First I need to thank hoppymeal (Derek) for the incredibly generous gift for me and the Orlando crew. He said that he thought we would enjoy it more than he would trying it again. I’ve been on the receiving end from many generous guys on here, but this one will be tough to top........
After admiring and staring at this bottle for about a half hour, we finally poured some in our tasting glasses.......
Pours a clear dark brown with hints of red and orange around the edges. No head as expected and nice legs on the glass........
Aroma is an awesome mix of sherry, bourbon, dark fruit, slight alcohol and oxidation......
Tastes somewhat follows suit w/ a little less of the dark fruit and slight alchol burn.....
Pretty thick for being so strong. Flavors hang for quite a bit which was expected.....
Overall this was worth the hype and if I ever have the chance to get another bottle, I’ll share it with close friends just like my good friend Derek did. Awesome stuff. CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2009 Courtesy hoppyneal, damn. i never thought i would ever have the chance to taste this one. pours a rich mahogany-black color. Aroma is redolent of a great olorosa sherry, some oxidation and alcohol, along with some dark fruit notes. Flavor is spot on for the Sherry theme, with a flor like note coming through. Not cloying in the least bit, mouthfeel was insanely viscous. Absolutely incredible. nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 22, 2009
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Source:Bottle shared with a few friends.
Appearance:Dark brown pour with no head...not even pond scum, but this is to be expected.
Aroma:Huge, complex aroma. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, tobacco, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar and maple syrup.
Flavor:Almost as complex. Tobacco, vanilla and caramel dominate, but a nutty finish follows. Huge boozy finish.
Palate:Heavy body with no carbonation.
Overall:As excellent as I expected. Did not disappoint.
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2015 Corked Little Kings bottle. Thanks, MJ. Damn it. Like saying "thanks" comes anywhere near doing justice to the generosity of surprising us with tastes of this insanely rare and expensive beer. More like it to say that this is the immeasurable camaraderie that exists between RBians at their best. It’s a debt I’ll really never be able to repay, and MJ knew that, so he just handed me a glass without telling me what it was until I was ready to drink my share. Much obliged, brother.
Dave is not a beer for me that can really live up to expectations. After years of wondering, it’s not just a unicorn anymore, it must be bottled unicorn giggles. Now that it’s here, as long as it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had, that ought to put the fanboy’s pounding heart at ease. Guess what? It’s easily one of the best beers I’ve ever had.
You notice the difference with this stuff as soon as it hits the glass. Thick, oozy, viscous, leaving huge golden streaks of legs on the sides. Headless, laceless, and absolutely without carbonation, to be sure, but it looks like a glittering ebony, gold, and caramel brandy swirling in the glass. You can tell this is gonna be a real, real sticky one, but somebody’s gotta drink it.
The nose is just devastating. Boozy, yes, that’s a fair observation. BBQ, toast, caramel, licorice, and prunes all over the nose. The attack is more of the same, but, wow, when you start drinking it, you’re almost overtaken by the tongue-kidnapping primordial ooze of this beer. Brandy. Cordial. Beer. Whatever. It’s, um, really dense and thick and sticky and stuff.
The mid-palate shows all that deep complex goodness again; cola, bbq, toast, roast, caramel, nuts, prunes, figs, raisins. It’s a beast. It’s an instant vision of Christmas morning, or whatever other mental picture of wintry contentment safe at home you might carry in your own mind.
It’s an absolute masterpiece, brewed by a man who’s made more than a couple of those besides. Chasing beers like this is a fair bit of what fun in life’s all about for me. Finding them? Well...the contentments and pleasures of beer like this go deeper than the conscious.
You know somebody poured his heart into making this, and being fully able to appreciate that artistry is a form of being completely at home in the world, if only for a moment.