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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 408   ABV: 13.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
’Before the Dawn’ Black Barleywine aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40417) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21421) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (14074) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark toasted malt, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2013
750 bottle shared by dmac @dmacs-still-black that sheets. With an aggressive pour it yields some tan bubbles. A-bourbon, molasses-dk malt. T-bourbon that’s still hot, molasses-dk malt, earthy hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11345) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2015 Before the Dawn, we’re prepared for the fall So many lives with no future at all Before the Dawn, now they chime in the end Death and destruction will come from their hands, or I sacrifice you bastard child The time has come to take your life Born of evil in the name of Christ YOU SHALL DIE!!! Re-rate, really like this stuff a good ba barleywine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (10960) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2015 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Very dark brown pour, brown head. Sweet rye whiskey, charred oak, tahitian vanilla, cocoa powder, roasted malt. This drinks a lot like a big BA stout. Roast, chocolate, whiskey, toasted oak, vanilla. Damn fine beer. DAMN FINE! Thanks to dalzale for hooking me up with this.


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