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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


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (8910) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adnielsen (9449) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnmike (1038) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2014
phenomenal beer. the last of the steel toe beers that I haven’t had. Reminiscent of bourbon county stout, but with it’s own identity. A little more hops, and stronger bourbon. great aftertaste

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (1900) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9437) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mag_burk90 (14) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2014
On tap at the brewery. A - strong bourbon dominates, delicious. Appearance - thick black, dark foam. T - bourbon sweetness, slight roast and hop notes. Mouthfeel - velvet, thick, hides most of the alcohol burn. Really excellent offering from STB - balances flavors of black IPA and barleywine with added complexity of bourbon. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (2725) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle @ THT November. Pours a pitch black beer without any head on top. Aroma has loads of coffee, bourbon vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Flavor is incredibly sweet, loads of chocolate and bourbon going on. Immense body, very strong flavors and silky mouthfeel complete this beer. An underdog for sure!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (374) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle - Pours dark black. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and malty nose. Malty and sweet taste with hints of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and leather. Really good!

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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
portableparty (1953) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle shared by DalzAle big thank you Greg! Pours oily black with a thin khaki head that leaves just a thin ring around glass. Aroma is so nice with soft whiskey, vanilla and bitter chocolate. Taste starts with whiskey and turns quickly to vanilla and bitter chocolate toffee with roasted burnt malt and wood. Palate starts out full, but by the end I felt it thinned a bit. Extremely enjoyable brew!


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