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Before The Dawn - Steel Toe Brewing

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 76
Gots: 39 | 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)
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

will1256, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, wood, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with nice stout like qualities that work well with the barleywine characteristics.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +3%

GRG1313, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.5/5  rDev +3%

StlHopHead77, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

VeganUndead, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with hardly any head and minimal lacing

S: Malty, boozy; some bourbon and dark fruits; man, that smells good

T: Not too complex but tasty; bourbon, oak, and dark fruits blend together nicely

F: A touch thin but creamy enough to create a decent mouth feel on the finish

O: A very nice, boozy and yet not-too-complex barrel-aged barley wine; I wish it tasted as good as it smelled but I will take it nonetheless--it's a nice beer

dbossman, Jun 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ArchEnemyBrew, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Dreadnaught33, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of warmbier804
5/5  rDev +14.4%

warmbier804, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

RyanTheLion13, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev -8.5%

baybum, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Petcha, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Kramerbarthomer, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ShanePB, May 31, 2014
Photo of seangibbs60
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

seangibbs60, May 23, 2014
Photo of KarlHungus
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

KarlHungus, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Phobicsquirrel, May 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

MNPikey, May 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

CWhite, May 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

SaxmanRick, May 04, 2014
Photo of Ristaccia
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Ristaccia, May 03, 2014
Photo of Mdog
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black, good sized brown head.

Smell: Rich, malty, coffee, chocolate, vanilla.

Taste: Excellent chocolate flavor, plenty of bourbon and vanilla notes. Not boozy for its strength.

Overall: Wow, what a great beer! Stands on par with any of the big name bourbon barrel aged beers. It does taste like the base beer is a big stout than a barleywine, but is so good in any case. Steel Toe has another winner here.

Mdog, Apr 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

PerHops, Apr 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

billhelm, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Before The Dawn from Steel Toe Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.