Beer Brief #40 – Before the Dawn


Brewery – Steel Toe Brewing Company, Saint Louis Park, MN

Beer – Before the Dawn

Style – Black Barleywine aged in rye whiskey barrels

ABV – 13.7%

Color – Black with dark brown near the edges of the glass, small amount of tan head

Aroma – Very rich, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, dark dried fruit, port, hint of booziness

Flavor – Almost a mirror image of the aroma, plus a bit of coffee roastiness and notable bitterness

Verdict – This beer is fantastic! The big, rich, dark flavors and aroma are complex and extremely enjoyable. The only real sign of the ABV is the warmth at the back of my throat. I missed the boat when Steel Toe released Before the Dawn last year. I was lucky enough to receive this brew as a gift from a good friend. It has almost a year of age in the bottle, so I don’t know what it tasted like when it was first bottled. A big thanks to you, my friend. You know who you are…

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