Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company
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Reviews by ElCommodoro:
2.51/5 rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
This beer was intense. I was wondering how they were going to make a "black ale" so high in alcohol. It seems it was achieved by essentially making it a stout. It did retain a very intense black malt and roasted malt flavour, though. That made it interesting. A lot of things made this beer interesting. But one overarching thing made it disgusting and that was what I call "soy sauce" flavour. I don't know what causes it, but I come across it every now and then in a very strong, dark beer. They take on the flavour and, more prominently, smell, of soy sauce. Everyone seems to agree that that is what they smell like. This is one of those rare beers with this distinct odor and it is most unpleasant. It hits immediately and hard, masking even the presence of alcohol (which is most saddening of all for me). Luckily ,after a few sips, I did start to get used to it with this particular beer. I've had more overwhelming "soy sauce" beers in the past. Underneath it, there is a lot going on and it is all most interesting and appreciated. The oak flavours are very prominent and do a very good job of adding complexity and pleasurable flavour to the strong flavour of roasted malt and licorice.
The mouthfeel wasn't very pleasant either. I like strong stouts, but this was excessively thick, oily, and yeasty. It was not nearly as bad as Jester King's Black Metal, but it suffered from the same problem. It was so thick, yeasty, and strong in flavour and harshness that it became unpleasant. This is coming from someone who thrives on strong, harsh beers. Quads and wee heavies are my favourite styles. But every now and again, I come across something that's just excessive and distasteful. This is one of those things. Interesting, yes, but absolutely not worth buying again. It was a struggle to finish the bottle between four people and only one of us could really say that we "enjoyed" the experience. They best I can muster is, "it was OK. It wasn't "that bad.'" But that's not worth a high score. In the quest for strong stouts, there are much better choices.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2013 04:19:07 | More by ElCommodoro
More User Reviews:
3.55/5 rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Bourbon dominates this beer in flavor and aroma. This beer is black coffee black with a dark brown head. The aroma is mostly bourbon with a slight coffee aroma. This beer is thick and the alcohol can be felt after a few sips with a warming in the stomach. Bourbon dominates the flavor especially in the start it was almost all I could taste. Then after a few sips some of the chocolate and coffee flavors become noticeable. There is some alcohol noticeable (not the bourbon). Not a beer for a hot summer day.
Serving type: on-tap
02-25-2014 18:38:09 | More by i4ourgot
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Got this at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Bottled 08/12/13.
A - Black pour. Really nice, creamy mocha head of about 3 fingers. Some carbonation coming up. Came outta the bottle thick. Good lace rings all around and a film of retention.
S - Licorice, leather, roast, chocolate. Dark bread. Very interesting. Sweet, dark fruit. Complex stuff. Very inviting.
T - Sweet, roasty, chocolate, leather, licorice. Intense stuff. Quite woody. Some alcohol to finish. Tasty.
M - Thick feeling. Mild to medium carbonation is appropriate. Barrel evident in finish with sweetness, wood, and alcohol. Nice.
O/D - This is definitely worth the hype. I think it was about $20 at the store, which is prohibitive for most, but worth it in my mind. Really complex and tasty. The barrel aging and complexity of the stout comine perfectly. A good sipper.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 00:17:07 | More by tbeckett
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Bottled On: 06/06/13
A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before eventually lowering to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.
S- Very strong smell of booze, oak and dark roasted malt. Some spots of vanilla and chocolate try to make their way through but the alcohol and barrel reign supreme, mainly the barrel.
T- The flavor, on the other hand, has a very tasty balance of the aforementioned oak and dark roasted malt and leaves a big smack of dark chocolate in the aftertaste. The booze is definitely there and pretty heavy at first, but the oak brings in lovely notes of vanilla while the malt sends chocolate flavors which combine to make a lusciously delicious drink. As it warms, the hops become more noticeable which makes it more like a malty barleywine which is interesting.
M- Moderately creamy while also being chewy and thick. medium carbonation and the fullest of bodies.
O- This beer would be better if the aroma reflected the flavor but, in the end, taste is the important category. A slow sipper for sure. Perfect for a snowy night such as tonight.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 01:59:19 | More by Immortale25
Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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