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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 408   ABV: 13.6%
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’Before the Dawn’ Black Barleywine aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels

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4.3
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

3.7
crossovert (13078) - Chicago, 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.

3.8
jcwattsrugger (12427) - 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.

3.9
Ed5388 (3486) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2013
750ml c&c bottle shared by d-man! Thanks dmac! Fuck I was drunk at this point of the night, but this is what I remember (and I recall this being one of the best of the night). Poured black with ruby red highlights. Thin foamy dark tan head. Aroma of booze, caramel, chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Taste was really boozy up front, but finished with roasted malt, toffee, light coffee notes, and chocolate.

4.1
dmac (6314) - 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.

3.7
johnnnniee (4344) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle from MeadMe, thanks again, shared with the TC crew. black with an off white head, dark sugary with lots of hop and a ton of ethanol, hints of vanilla and oak. A bit boozy but nice sipper.

4
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2013
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a coating tan slick. Nose is whiskey, coffee, chocolate liqueur and caramel. Medium to full body with a prickly tang. You can feel the heat but the alcohol is well hidden. Taste is caramel, whiskey, coffee and grapefruit with sweeter chocolate, blackberry and vanilla creeping in. Certainly interesting and a novel concept, though not quite top tier.

4.1
BVery (10600) - 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.

4.2
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottled shared at LOL tasting, thanks to bnielsen (i think?) Wow, I have wanted to try this for a long time. Poured a dark brown with very little head. Lots of whiskey on the nose, some malt and a hint of wood! Flavor matched pretty much right on. This is a damn fine beer. I think I favor Lunker a bit, but this is a really damn good beer. Steel Toe barrel-aged beers rock.

4.1
Bacterial (3004) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottled shared at Mpls LOL tasting. Those was excellent. Dark brown pour with just a bit of head. Whiskey, wood and malt in the smell and again in the taste. Jason at Steel Toe sure knows his barrel Kung-fu!


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