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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
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Draft at Steel Toe. Surprised at how many ratings this already has. Hadn’t even heard of it when I visited the tap room 2 days ago. Pours a dark, murky brown with about the darkest brown head you’ll ever see. Listed as a black barley wine but drinks far more like an imperial stout. Thick, engine oil consistency and really nice barrel aging aspect. Compares not unfavorably to some of the better imperial stouts out there. Outstanding.

4.3
Travlr (24666) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2016
Draft at the source courtesy of jackl, thanks! Jet black color, brown head. Aroma has vanilla, whisky, spice, coffee, cocoa. Taste is smooth vinous port wine, whiskey, dark fruit, burnt butterscoth. Great complexity and character. Tremendous.

4.3
tennisjoel (1457) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2017
Dark black body with an initial large cocoa cooler head. Strong bourbon aroma with cherry, tobacco, licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla. The bourbon is strong in the flavor, but it works so well with the base beer. Warming. Very good. Thanks Jackl for the trade.

4.3
Ronritter (724) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2017
on tap at brewer black pour with cocoa head aroma is chocolate and booze flavor was the same with marshmellow and dark fruit thrown in.

4.2
XmnwildX12 (2079) - 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
portableparty (2350) - 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!

4.2
DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle. Silky dark black pour, small ring of carbonation and a very nice aroma of rich chocolate, vanilla and a little soy/whiskey. Flavor is definitely rye whiskey forward right off the bat, then melds in to more vanilla, oak, peat and a nice creamy aftertaste with just enough malt to help balance out the booze. Solid, really glad I have another bottle to age.

4.2
jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Thanks to bnielsen13 for sharing. Pours a black color with light tan head. Dark malt, roasted, bourbon aroma. Roasted, coconut, chocolate malt flavor. One of the best beers so far at Brad Fest 2012.

4.2
Tmoney99 (14457) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark toasted malt, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

4.2
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2012
750ml bottle from Atom, thanks Adam! Pours a near black, very deep brown, ruby tinted body with a thin, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty damn good. Loaded with deep caramels and dark chocolates, but a really nice woody rye aspect behind the malts. A good amount of roasts, a light vanilla, some whiskey, toasted coconut, and a few dark fruits. Flavor is just as enjoyable. A light rye spiciness and wood up front with a big dark chocolate and caramel maltiness. Very rich and not cloying in the least bit. Some whiskey in the middle with a soft vanilla note, some dark fruits, and a bit of a toasted coconut. A good amount of roasts towards the end as the wood and whiskey increase a bit before this finishes rich and malty, but pretty dry and moderately bitter from a rye spiced, earthy, roasty bitterness. Warming, lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, smooth body that never gets too chewy or boozy with a soft, light carbonation. Overall, a pretty impressive barleywine. Rich and complex with a really well balanced barrel character while hiding the big ABV% nicely. One of the better beers that I’ve had in awhile. Excellent.


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