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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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837 Ratings
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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 116
Gots: 186 | FT: 11
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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olfolxholme

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19

750 ml bottle into La Trappe chalice

A - bottle looks fantastic. I don't give points for the bottle, but if I did, this would be a 6. Probably the coolest looking artwork and design I've seen on a beer bottle. Text includes a succinct and artful description of the beer, temp suggestions, and pairing ideas. Talk about advocacy! Bottled on date, too. Pretty cool. I'm impressed.

Beer pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Held to the light you get "highlights" of deep chocolate. Reminds me of black licorice when cut open. Nice chocolate brown head with ok retention and some lacing between sips. Pleasant but not exemplary.

S - black licorice, boozy chocolate, some oak barrel. Quite enjoyable. Not as overwhelming as I'd like. But still nice.

T - fantastic American imperial stout flavor. Labrynth delivers on its promise of black licorice, oak, and hints of chocolate. The chocolate really opens up when the beer gets warmer. Yum.

M - good mouthfeel. Not too astringent, etc. Would have liked a little more in the way of bubbles, resins, oils, etc. I guess it was a little more medium than I'd like... But just fine.

O - I was talking to a friend about Deschutes Abyss and he mentioned Labrynth as something similar I should try. Very glad that I did! Flavors really remind me of the Abyss. Maybe not as potent or intense, and pointed in a different direction... But I am happy to get lost in either one, Labrynth or Abyss. This is by far the best beer I've had from this brewery. Definitely try it if you have a chance. I hope to have another!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 17:32:15 | More by olfolxholme
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11/8/12 Bottling poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
A - Pours a black color with a rich, dense, red/brown head. The head dissipates to a relatively long lasting lacing.
S - Smells of hops, malt, slight char, some oak and a hint of licorice.
T - Taste is similar to the smell with a little chocolate thrown in.
M - A very rich, thick mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - Pretty good for a licorice infused ale. Fans of Deschutes' Abyss will appreciate this ale.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Uinta's Labyrinth, barrel aged quadruple black ale, brewed with licorice sticks; from their Crooked Line series. 13.2% ABV.

Man, that cork was on tight!

A: A full two fingers of solid, chocolate milk-brown head. Very slow dissipation. Utterly black in the glass, with extremely dark brown in the dimple, and just the slimmest dark-golden brown glow in the very bottom. Good lacing, that hold completely steady. Foam slides around the top of the beer in a very pleasing way; slow and deliberate. The bubbles above the beer sparkle against the side of the glass.

S: I smell black licorice right away, once the cork is popped. Up close to my nose, the licorice is still quite present, but a rich bittersweet chocolate is taking over. Some darker oaky caramels, and toasted oak notes. Just a touch of coffee, in the background.

T/MF: As expected, the beer has a nice, soft, almost pillow-y feel on the tongue. The flavor is a pretty decent amount of cocoa cereal, with sweeter black licorice taste that overpowers it just the right amount. A bit of sweeter coffee, rounds it out. A slight char note rides the back end. Finish is long and low, and mostly the sweeter licorice, with a touch of char.

It still amazes me that, while I can't stand licorice candy, I seem to enjoy it most times as a flavor in beer.

While, I wouldn't put it quite up there with some of the better whiskey barrel-aged beers, it is quite good!

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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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.

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Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.