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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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
The pour is very dark brown in color with a khaki head. A light roastiness followed by tons of whiskey, vanilla, caramel, and dark fruits. A really nice barrel aroma to this. A light oxidation on the palate, but really great barrel flavors. Whiskey, vanilla, caramel, and dark fruits. There’s a rather strong roasted malt note, and some spiciness of wood and rye.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 As Minnesota’s number 1 Templeton Rye drinker.... (yes I import one bottle on average every two months....) so I have two ratings for you. First is not compared to the whiskey, second is. First: Aromatics are HOT, with a little back bone of roast malt (barely...), chocolate, and burnt coffee. Pours jet black with little to no lacing but lacing is caramel in color. first taste is straight malt and roasted coffee with chocolate, followed by heat, finished by more chocolate. Palate is nice and mouthy fills without overwhelming. Overall a solid 3.7..... Second (paired with actual Templeton): Aromatics of the Templeton do not overwhelm the palate due to heat (like the beer does, where did the heat come from?), it is a subtle secondary, first being caramel followed by light rye. The beer imparts a deep dark roast. Appearance of both are vastly different. Beer looks awesome and whiskey looks awesome, respectful due to what they are. Taste of the whiskey followed by the beer (in true pairing style) is non-complementary.... (I thought they would piggyback each other) the beer kills any whiskey flavor or taste. Palate, each is great at the style. Overall, I do NOT think this beer captures any essence of Templeton Rye. I DO think its a great beer, just dont claim the awesomeness of Templeton if you can’t back it up (Rye Wyne Ale did a FAN-F’in-TASTIC job though).... Sorry, I would rate this beer much higher than a 3.7 if you didnt claim the Templeton Rye part. I hope Templeton is more select in the choosing of where they sell their barrels next time.... 6-Month review - After a solid 6-month cooling off phase for the beer and myself i have an update! A lot of the above stands but the heat cooled down dramatically! Not as good as a fresh BCBS but still a great brew. I still taste no Templeton (must be the heavy roast malt covering it up). Overall I boosted this beer .3!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31235) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
75 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and caramelish. Smooth malty, caramelish and roasted. Smooth malty and sweet caramelish into the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2012
[Bottle] shared by Caleb. Thanks! Pours clear black with a small, tan head. Aroma is boozy, some light soy, light caramel, a touch of dark fruit like dates and figs, and surprisingly light barrel presence. The flavor is thinnish, hot, smooth, lightly sweet, a bit of soy and dark malts, but followed up by a lot of booze. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (1346) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2012
First off I’m not sure how this is a barley wine, it screams barrel aged Imperial Stout. Non the less, bottle pours dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, heavy licorice, and chocolate. Taste similar to aroma, very smooth with subdued alcohol, finishing with a earthy bitter rye spice. Overall very nice and easy drinking regardless if this is a barley wine or imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 Scent is a lot of rye whiskey barrels, pour is a nice dark brown. Has some really nice roast/meat/tobacco/wood flavors. I definitely would want another bottle of this. Bottle shared by Ryan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (1848) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
June 29, 2012 bottle from the brewery. Dark brown pour with some head that faded quickly. Aroma was whiskey, spice and maybe some smoke. Taste was whiskey, roasted malt, dark fruit and some spice. Medium to full bodied and very smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6660) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 19, 2012
On tap at SPSBF. Pours near black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has some dark grains with caramel and bitter chocolate backed by some whiskey. Flavor is similar with dark grains and a bit of roast that is joined by bitter chocolate and caramel with a hint of sweetness from the barrel.


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