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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%


Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Labyrinth Black Ale, from Uinta's new Crooked Line, was triumphant in its first competition since it was conceived earning a Gold medal in the Imperial Stout category of the competition at the 2010 North American Brewers Association Awards. Aged in rye barrels.

56 IBU

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-01-2010)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours like motor oil, jet black with an impressive dark tan head. Huge head for a 13% beer. Really good lacing too.

Bourbon note hits first, and hard. Vanilla soon follows, quite oaky, Chocolate, booze, rye bread, and a bit of caramel.

Oh wow, truly surprising. Big chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and some licorice is present. Very bready, dark breads like rye or pumpernickel. Not much booze which is really impressive for such a big brew.

Full, sweetly slick and rich. Warming going down, not harsh at all. Very nice.

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Can get into trouble with the ABV, because that can fool you.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (dated June 6, 2013) into a wine glass.

A-The brew is quite dark and nearly black as the name suggests. A thin brown head fades pretty quickly, which isn't surprising given the ABV and the style. The head leaves some sporadic bits of lace on my glass.

S-Although labeled as a quadruple ale, this beer is obviously not a Westy. I get assertive dark chocolate aromas, licorice, a bourbon-like boozy aroma of oak and caramel. I also get a bit of creamy richness. The aroma is concentrated and intense.

T-The taste is also big and bold with dark chocolate, lots of black licorice/anise, overripe fruit, a bit of spicy alcohol and some nice caramelized/roasted malts. For a beer packing 13% ABV, the alcohol is relatively mild, or at least it is well-integrated into the licorice-heavy body of the beer.

M-The feel is substantial with a good heft on the palate and lower than average carbonation.

O-If you like black licorice, this beer should be on your list. The licorice is very strong, but it never overpowers the other flavors, like the dark chocolate and caramelized malts, which makes for a delicious and intense glass of beer. Finishing a 750 ml bottle would be a job well-done, but this makes for a delicious glass or glass-and-a-half to sip for dessert.

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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A year and a half old, bottled 9/12.

The beer comes in a dark black with a bit of brown coming through in the light, with a light colored brown head.

The aroma is wonderful of smooth and sweet vanilla, coffee, bitter chocolate, sweet caramel, hint of a smokey char barrel character, dark fruits.

The flavor follows of sweet caramel and toffee, hints of vanilla, some roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate throughout, and then some bitter licorice, drying oak, and rye notes on the finish.

A smooth and full mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden.

A very different barrel aged brew without the aggressively roasted. Big notes of caramel and toffee sweetness dominate as the barrel and licorice add complexity on the finish.

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DrDemento456

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4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this today to celebrate my birthday of 29 years of age (almost 5 years on the site) Paid the premium on this 14.99 for the bomber bottled 7/09/12. Hopefully with almost two years of age the Black Licorice is aged out well.

A - As expected thick dark blackness with a full two inches of deep mocha head. It slowly dissipates despite its massive 13% ABV. Served at cellar temperature 55 degrees.
S - Wow the whiskey and the licorice are big on this but more like a licorice jellybean so sweet. So is a big oak and roasty smell. Not getting much chocolate going on here so I assume it's not going to be a sweet assult which I kind of enjoy. Very potent at only slightly chilled.
T +M - Despite the small burn in the finish I am amazed how smooth both the body and flavor is. Every sip is different first sip was heavy whiskey slightly sour but mostly woody in taste then moves to a bite of licorice and a hint of roast. The next sip was solid chunk chocolate so smooth and creamy and lead to sweet whiskey and a roasty finish. It is very hoppy despite all this even after over a year the hop bite is there in the finish. The only note of the ABV is a warm stomach from each sip but nothing in the flavor.

Overall I was super glad this wasn't an anise bomb like that one Stone's RIS. And the whiskey barrel aged worked so well on this beer. Quite possibly one of the best whisky aged beers I ever had and best beer I ever drank from Uinta.

I only gave the overall a 4.5 because of the price. Its seldom made and at $14.99 it's not really going to be a top must have all the time.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:50:59 | More by DrDemento456
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Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.