Serve in Snifter


on tap

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 408   ABV: 13.6%
’Before the Dawn’ Black Barleywine aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4768) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2016
Taproom. Black color with a medium head. Strong bourbon aroma. Big vanilla, coffee, oak, and bourbon flavors. Some cocoa, molasses, rum, and brown sugar as well. Thick body. Seems about 2/3 barleywine 1/3 imperial stout. Freakin great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (5165) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 28, 2016
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some bourbon and oak and vanilla, some caramel and sweet malts, and some light bitterness. Flavor the same with a really nice blend of everything. Thick texture. A really good barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (5571) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Winterfest 2016. Aged for 12 months they say. The alcohol is the most prominent flavor and aroma of this beer. Overwhelming spirit and oak flavors, dry oak, some vanilla, a little caramel. Very little carbonation at all. Dark brown color, it looks good. Still, given the prominent flavors of alcohol and the oak dryness, I sadly find it nearly undrinkable. I am sure it would have been much better without the barrel treatment. Nonetheless, I can recognize this is a well made beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (19571) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 13, 2016
Draft at the source courtesy of jackl, thanks! Jet black color, brown head. Aroma has vanilla, whisky, spice, coffee, cocoa. Taste is smooth vinous port wine, whiskey, dark fruit, burnt butterscoth. Great complexity and character. Tremendous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2371) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Draft at Steel Toe. Surprised at how many ratings this already has. Hadn’t even heard of it when I visited the tap room 2 days ago. Pours a dark, murky brown with about the darkest brown head you’ll ever see. Listed as a black barley wine but drinks far more like an imperial stout. Thick, engine oil consistency and really nice barrel aging aspect. Compares not unfavorably to some of the better imperial stouts out there. Outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (923) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2016
Tap at dark horse. Black with tan head. Boozy chocolate nose. Sweet sugar, roasted chocolate, balanced alcohol finish. Full body, full flavor. Big and good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjogro (1939) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle at THT with massive thanks to kermis. Very stouty bourbon barleywine. Nice and thick and sweet. Caramels, on top of chocolate and vanilla, laced with marzipan. Very sweet with silky smooth mouthfeel. Backlog from 2015/11/27.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (2732) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle at THT thanks to kermis. Black with short lasting light brown head. Bourbon, coffee, roasted grains, marzipan, bitter spices, old wood, brown sugar, Porto wine, fresh herbs. Quite sweet with roasted bitter finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation and slight alcohol. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6691) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Keg @ Steel Toe. Deep brown with a small head. Aroma of toffee and cream. Sweet cereal. Burnt brown sugar. Hot and sweet flavor profile. Booze soaked wood. Some candied dark fruits. Plenty of caramel. Full body, oily. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (6030) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle,not C&C. POurs inky black, medium dark brown head, dissipates fairly quickly, nice residual and good lacing. Aroma is molasses, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, cocoa powder. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, bourbon and vanilla, woody with notes of chocolate. Medium body, perhaps a bit watery for the style. Not harsh, and not particularly hot given ABV.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 5 6 7

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50