Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company
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Reviews by 1000lbgrizzly:
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours dark chocolate, no light even at the edges- makes this snifter look like an orb containing the void of outer space. Looks thick, but not syrupy. One of the best heads I've ever seen; deep, thick, and a dark coffee brown with little glimmers of light, as if it has tiny crystals in it. Lacing is surprisingly not gluey; it will return to the mothership fairly quickly.
S: Dark chocolate and oak hit me hard, touches of vanilla in there too. Supremely dark and forward, I'm actually a little afraid the flavors will knock me on my ass too hard.
T: Perfectly strong without wrecking my taste buds. Dark bitter chocolate, oak and wood, undertones of vanilla and even cream. Every now and then I get touches of licorice. I was both excited and nervous about the licorice aspect; I'm relieved to find that it doesn't play a major role and make this brew crazily bitter (even though I do enjoy licorice), but I'm also a little disappointed that it is, for the most part, not too far off from other black ales or IS's. Still, it is outstanding. If I get disappointed by the lack of strong licorice flavor, I take another sip and am reminded of all the good in it. Finish is long and winds itself down nicely- licorice most apparent here. Crazily high alcohol content is hidden extremely well.
M: Creamy smooth with the effervescence to save it from being flat. One of the least syrupy dark beers I've ever tried, while containing that astronomical ABV. Outstanding.
O: I was afraid of this beer. I love my dark and bitter brews, but this one still scared me. Licorice? Combined with oak? How could that possibly turn out well? But I am on the other side now, and I beckon you to follow me. Its vision is alluring, its smells weeds out the weak and rewards the strong, the flavors timeless and yet singular, and the feel a pillow for your throat and bed of nails for your tongue (in a good way). If you have the balls, try it.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2013 04:45:30 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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4.45/5 rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a big ass bottle in to a Duvel tulip.
A- This looks like straight Hershey's syrup which erupts in to a big luscious dark brown head if poured quickly enough.
S- The smell is magical. Barrel up front, chocolate and coffee following. Rich, rich, rich.
T- As with an big stout, the flavor really comes alive as it warms. Cocoa, licorice, and coffee grounds, followed by the slightest alcohol burn. As I keep sipping, dark fruits become very apparent and mildly tart.
M- Huge full feel and medium-light carbonation.
O- I'm a big fan of this beer. Glad I finally gave it a go.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2014 01:28:45 | More by tviz33
Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.