Before The Dawn | Steel Toe Brewing

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Before The DawnBefore The Dawn

Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.70%

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.

Added by claaark13 on 06-28-2012

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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 32
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4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
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

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Mdog
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Before The Dawn from Steel Toe Brewing
Beer rating: 97% out of 100 with 198 ratings
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