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RATINGS: 48   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


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6980) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle for rating #4400:   Black pour, thin light beige head, decent lacing.   Assertive whiskey nose, graham cracker, vanilla, toffee, smells very nice!   Also getting a nice roastiness on the backside.   As it warms toasted coconut comes out.   Gets more and more complex as it warms.   Very warming on the tongue. This is a sipper.   Wished it were a little more chewy, but thankfully its not sticky given its sweetness.   Big roasty toasted coconut on the finish, warming to the max.   This was real impressive.   Thanks Bob for this gem!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5904) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (5850) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5751) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (5739) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
sample at THT Movember No head. Clear black pour. Very nice brew. Good barley wine

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle shared by a friend. Black pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of grainy malt, chocolate, caramel and bourbon. Chocolate flavor with some booze and a bitter dark chocolate finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4688) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (4214) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2013
750ml bottle that I sat on for a long long time. Poured a medium density super dark brown body with some lighter edges and a super dark beige head. Aroma is strong alcohol, vanilla extract, whiskey, burnt malts and dark toast. Medium to fuller bodied that finishes creamy with lots of alcohol heat. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, dark toast, alcohol, bunrt citrus, burnt malts, oak and whiskey. One of the better beers of the night for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4052) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle @ tht. Aroma is huge roast, liquorice, chocolate, marsepin and vanilla. Flavour is quite bitter roasty burned liquorice


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