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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 408   ABV: 13.6%
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’Before the Dawn’ Black Barleywine aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6427) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bomber. Very dark pour. Awesome aroma of whiskey, cocoa, and dark fruit. Full flavored and full palate. Awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheHOFF43 (1752) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottled shared at LOL tasting, thanks to bnielsen (i think?) Wow, I have wanted to try this for a long time. Poured a dark brown with very little head. Lots of whiskey on the nose, some malt and a hint of wood! Flavor matched pretty much right on. This is a damn fine beer. I think I favor Lunker a bit, but this is a really damn good beer. Steel Toe barrel-aged beers rock.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (1585) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottled shared at Mpls LOL tasting. Those was excellent. Dark brown pour with just a bit of head. Whiskey, wood and malt in the smell and again in the taste. Jason at Steel Toe sure knows his barrel Kung-fu!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4446) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2013
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks! pours very dark brown with a low dark beige head, very little retention. big bourbony and coconuty disturbing aroma, roasted cloying sweetness, burnt caramel, molasses and booze. some complexity but linear since bourbon takes all the place. soft carbonation, medium body, spicy-peppery-boozy finish. closer to an impy than a bw. nonetheless... meh.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1860) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle 750ml. Pours very dark brown with almost no head (beige). Aroma is of roasted malt, strong alcohol (could not say whiskey), caramel, sweetness, coffee. Taste: Malt, strong alcohol (warming), roasted malt, booze. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Hard to drink. Sligth bitter finish. Roast is a bit weird. Not as good as expected, but still pretty decent BW.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (2847) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2013 Bottle (750 ml). Traded by SourNotes, thanks! Dark brown with a small quickly disappearing brown head. Aroma of coconut, bourbon, vanilla, sweetness, ashes... harsh and boozy. Taste is moderately to heavy sweet with bourbon, vanilla, wood, alcohol, ashes, roasted malt and slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is dry. Burning alcohol. Big deception here. Not as complex as I thought it would be... harsh and boozy... doesn’t get together very well. Sipper... but not my favorite one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5483) - Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
750 ml bottle from Brandon. Pours a very dark brown/black color with a medium sized light tan head. The aroma has sweet caramel malts, cherry, vanilla, roast, chocolate, wood and some spicy whiskey notes. The flavor has a moderate level of sweetness, caramel, chocolate, cherry, vanilla, whiskey, wood; actually very stout like in its flavor. So smooth and the alcohol only serves to warm. This was a big surprise in a good way.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (1032) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Tasted thanks to some new beer friends met at Gourmet Haus on Eclipse night. Pours a deep brown, almost black. Some flecks of ruby. Taste and aroma are full and deep dark fruit with some nice bitterness to balance it well. Excellent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11955) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a spare tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and some whiskey. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, and caramel with a dry oak finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2012
750ml bottle from Atom, thanks Adam! Pours a near black, very deep brown, ruby tinted body with a thin, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty damn good. Loaded with deep caramels and dark chocolates, but a really nice woody rye aspect behind the malts. A good amount of roasts, a light vanilla, some whiskey, toasted coconut, and a few dark fruits. Flavor is just as enjoyable. A light rye spiciness and wood up front with a big dark chocolate and caramel maltiness. Very rich and not cloying in the least bit. Some whiskey in the middle with a soft vanilla note, some dark fruits, and a bit of a toasted coconut. A good amount of roasts towards the end as the wood and whiskey increase a bit before this finishes rich and malty, but pretty dry and moderately bitter from a rye spiced, earthy, roasty bitterness. Warming, lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, smooth body that never gets too chewy or boozy with a soft, light carbonation. Overall, a pretty impressive barleywine. Rich and complex with a really well balanced barrel character while hiding the big ABV% nicely. One of the better beers that I’ve had in awhile. Excellent.


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