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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 408   ABV: 13.6%
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’Before the Dawn’ Black Barleywine aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1642) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Bottle from last year’s release, about a year old. Hearty, oily black with negligible head retention. The aroma recalls a middle-aged Expedition stout, with emphasis on peaberry coffees, prunes, and charred cocoa. It’s almost overwhelmingly sweet, with cookie dough, molasses and cola syrup persistently pushing cloying boundaries. As it airs out, the underlying depth becomes more expansive, and this becomes the lasting takeaway.

The flavor is a curious rendering of expected and unexpected flavors. It is initially weirdly powdery and bitter, like burnt peanuts mixed with cigarette ash. Like the aroma, it opens up slowly to reveal warmer, more polished colorings of roasted blackberries, auburn honey, and dutch chocolate. Sugars throughout are shielded in a succulent haze of sweet tobacco smoke. At this point, the powerful, peppery rye barrel and formidable malt characteristics well-synced, and no component part is too controlling.

Velvety, decadent mouthfeel. Mid palate sweet and alcoholic, finishing with a refined, sherry-like singe. I definitely enjoy the malt construction and low bitterness accumulation in this, although the heavier dark malts seem to cloud the view of things here. This could just as easily be thought of as an imperial stout with low hop character. Enjoyably unusual overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9891) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle... Pours hazy and dark brown with a small, fleeting, well-tanned head. The aroma furnishes roasted malts, caramel, chocolate crème and hot fudge with the perfect-sized splash of rye whiskey. Full-bodied with a fatty mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor features loads of dark-roast malts, pouch tobacco and rye whiskey. They were a little heavy handed with the rye whiskey, but the finish offers comfort and warmth. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3016) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle in Glenwood Springs with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks Man! Pour is pitch black with a small brown head and good lacing. Big roasty, dark cocoa, espresso, somewhat earthy, vanilla, raisins, and nutty aroma. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, coffee, caramelly, some raisins, sweet vanilla, nutty, a touch of leather, and toast with a smooth cocoa finish. Full mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really tasty stuff and I love the cocoa and toasted malt notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with a fleeting white head. Nice chocolatey bouquet. Lots of caramel malts, chocolates, rye, and spice notes. Oak and vanilla lowlights. Not exactly in line with the style, but still solid. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (435) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle - Pours dark black. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and malty nose. Malty and sweet taste with hints of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and leather. Really good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (2990) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle @ THT November. Pours a pitch black beer without any head on top. Aroma has loads of coffee, bourbon vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Flavor is incredibly sweet, loads of chocolate and bourbon going on. Immense body, very strong flavors and silky mouthfeel complete this beer. An underdog for sure!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (6040) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Benzai. Pours near black with a small and short lived beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, molasses, roast, toffee, overripe dark fruits, wood and booze. Flavour is heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4117) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle @ tht. Aroma is huge roast, liquorice, chocolate, marsepin and vanilla. Flavour is quite bitter roasty burned liquorice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (9428) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ THT November. Opaque pitch black color, medium to full sized creamy dark brown head. Aroma is malts, lightly roasted malts, lots of bourbon, some coffee. Taste malts, roasted malts, lots of bourbon, bitter. Oh my fucking god this is awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (6058) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
sample at THT Movember No head. Clear black pour. Very nice brew. Good barley wine

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