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Before The Dawn - Steel Toe Brewing

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 96
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: claaark13 on 06-28-2012

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.
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4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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This beer is fantastic, much more in the vein of a ba impy stout but the barleywine aspects are there. This is seriously tasty, near assassin/gom tasty, no foolin. Dang its a good time to be livin in MN for sure.

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4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks bstyle of for this!
750 ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a nice dense dark khaki head.

S- Bourbon, toffee, molasses, some vanilla, some chocolate, roasted malts.

T- Bourbon, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, roasted coffee in the finish, toffee, some dark fruits, nice balance of flavors.

M- Smooth, full body, slick.

O- This is a great barrel aged beer with a really nice balance coming from the coffee finish. Alcohol is kind of there but is not too much or off putting. Worth seeking out, I really hope to get more of this in the future!

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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.

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Before The Dawn from Steel Toe Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.