Before The Dawn - Steel Toe Brewing

Not Rated.
Before The DawnBefore The Dawn

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

140 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 140
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 82
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Black Barleywine aged in bourbon barrels. Before the Dawn is a fusion of a Barleywine and a Russian Imperial Stout. Layer upon layer of complex malt character is what makes this beer so special. Caramel and toffee give way to molasses, coco and roasted malt. This rich and warming beer underwent a lengthy aging process in bourbon barrels which lends a wonderful oak and vanilla character followed by moderate tannin in the finish.

(Beer added by: claaark13 on 06-28-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very dark body. Nearly black. Almost no head.

Smell - Molasses and whiskey. Lots of dark brown sugar.

Taste - Very sweet. Strong oak. Whiskey isn't that strong, but it complements the malt character well. Intense molasses and chocolate malt. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium heavy.

Overall - Excellent. I like the molasses component.

Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy dark head, nice legs, pitch black.

Nose is pretty interesting, lots of fudge and cocoa, chewy dark malts, dark choc and nice cocoa fudge caramel, faint oak and bourbon.

Taste big fudgey cocoa, chewy dark malts, cocoa, some booze and cocoa, fudgey, chewy, create dark choc, etc. Finish dark fudgey cocoa, bitter notes, Light roast, etc. into a mild vanilla barrel and some bourbon notes.

Mouth is fuller bod, decent carb, light booze.

Overall interesting, a bit too dark and roasty for a barleywine, more like a stout, but nice beer.

Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros and Threelions.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light halo and thin wisps.

S - Aromas of somewhat black malts, caramel, light, roast.

T - Taste is much much better, chocolate, caramel, bourbon, faint alcohol. Really smooth and clearly aged, very mellow and balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice, creamy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall, this beer was really good. I had high
higher expectations but yah, this was good.

Serving type: Bottle

Photo of tourdot
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jeffrey2310
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of MNMike
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Tjpalemire
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of joh02034
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of 77apm
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of sleuthdog
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of LightSaber
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of LeeW
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Koebele
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of secondtoughest
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black and super viscous. A thin dark fudge colored head sits atop the brew but dissipates quickly. Thick, oily legs coat the sides of the glass. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little stick. Awesome.

Nose is roast, raisin, molasses, booze, chocolate, fudge, and sweet soy sauce. Deep, rich and delicious.

Opens sweet soy sauce, raisin, chocolate, fudge, and molasses. Super sweet and heavy. Boozy in the middle with a bit of smoke, roast and tobacco. Finishes liquorice, cocoa, fudge, and more molasses. Really sweet and decadent. Like drinking a cocoa-dusted brownie.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Warm and viscous in the mouth and goes down boozy, sticky and rich. Finishes messy with a sticky, sweet aftertaste. Amazing.

I'm very impressed by this huge beer. Certainly up there as one of the more memorable barrel-aged beers. Worth trying.

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of CLaBarre
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Before The Dawn from Steel Toe Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.