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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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BA SCORE
94
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837 Ratings
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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 115
Gots: 183 | 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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spoony

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 01:32:29 | More by spoony
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.
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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!

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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.