Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company
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Reviews by ElCommodoro:
2.51/5 rDev -40.8%
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
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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.