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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (7816) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Keg @ Steel Toe. Deep brown with a small head. Aroma of toffee and cream. Sweet cereal. Burnt brown sugar. Hot and sweet flavor profile. Booze soaked wood. Some candied dark fruits. Plenty of caramel. Full body, oily. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7027) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (6943) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle,not C&C. POurs inky black, medium dark brown head, dissipates fairly quickly, nice residual and good lacing. Aroma is molasses, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, cocoa powder. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, bourbon and vanilla, woody with notes of chocolate. Medium body, perhaps a bit watery for the style. Not harsh, and not particularly hot given ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (5806) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Winterfest 2016. Aged for 12 months they say. The alcohol is the most prominent flavor and aroma of this beer. Overwhelming spirit and oak flavors, dry oak, some vanilla, a little caramel. Very little carbonation at all. Dark brown color, it looks good. Still, given the prominent flavors of alcohol and the oak dryness, I sadly find it nearly undrinkable. I am sure it would have been much better without the barrel treatment. Nonetheless, I can recognize this is a well made beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (5625) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (5338) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (5292) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 28, 2016
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some bourbon and oak and vanilla, some caramel and sweet malts, and some light bitterness. Flavor the same with a really nice blend of everything. Thick texture. A really good barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4884) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2016
Taproom. Black color with a medium head. Strong bourbon aroma. Big vanilla, coffee, oak, and bourbon flavors. Some cocoa, molasses, rum, and brown sugar as well. Thick body. Seems about 2/3 barleywine 1/3 imperial stout. Freakin great.

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