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RATINGS: 63   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10645) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle thanks to Rob. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong rye, oak, and wood. Slick mouthfeel with strong dark fruit, rye, wood, and light boozy finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2014 Bottle @ Brad’s house Minneapolis, courtesy of bnielsen13. Thanks Brad! Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a small, light brown head and big alcohol legs. Really rich toffee and thick caramel, dark chocolate, somewhat boozy, vanilla, dessert-like aroma. Super fucking smooth, rich dark chocolate, toffee, turtle (caramel, pecan, chocolate), mild yet tasty whiskey, a bit of vanilla flavor with a super smooth finish and only a touch of booze. Wow, I’m really impressed with this. It’s super smooth for the abv (honestly, almost no hint of the booze) and just full of dessert notes. Fuck yeah.

Update: bourbon version is every bit as a good. Fuck yeah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark brownish black pour with khaki colored head, aroma brought nice dark fruits, toffee, molasses into some cocoa powder, went into nice whiskey, a bit of booze, hints of vanilla in there, some oak. Taste was a nice mix of chocolate, coffee, and roast going into whiskey, rye spice, oak, some slight dark fruit into some vanilla, finishing slightly boozy, slightly sweet. Balanced very well, dig this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (9213) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
sample at THT Movember No head. Clear black pour. Very nice brew. Good barley wine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (9140) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (8194) - Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2012
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks alexsdad06). Looks good; a murky dark brown with thin tan lacing. Smells good too; sweet and boozy with subtle cherrywood and vanilla. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant mouthfeel. Yes!

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