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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

777 Ratings
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Ratings: 777
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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i4ourgot

California

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
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BierStein711

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I had this on draught in a snifter. Delicious beer! But, the abv is rather hidden by the complex balancing this beer pulls off.

Apearance, thick beige head with mild carbonation, jet black body

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy

Smell: coffee, chocolate, and hops

Taste: Coffee, cocoa, roast malt, medicinal finish

Overall, this is a good beer! I'm hesitant to buy it in the bottle though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 17:05:47 | More by BierStein711
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 2/7/2013 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, coffee and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, dark fruit and licorice. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with some oak essence in the background. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, deceptively strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good big stout to drink for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2013 14:01:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this on draft at the Todd English PUB next to the Aria hotel in Vegas. It was 106 degrees outside, but I did not want to pass up the chance to drink this double stout. It was a great beer experience regardless of the heat outside.

Black pour with cocoa brown head. Not too thick like some stouts, and well carbonated.

S: malty, roasty. T: chocolate, barrel, roasty, some bitterness from the hops comes through especially in the finish. I had an ipa before drinking this so I feel like I missed out on some potential complexities. It was fantastic.

FYI the Whole Foods sold the 750 ml bottle, and in retrospect, I should have picked it up

I'll have another.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2012 18:44:13 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labyrinth Black Ale
Uinta Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
ABV: 13.20 %

LOOK: Dark, oily, with little head, oil slicks. Scary mean looking bruiser of an Imperial Stout fashion.

SMELL: Roasted malts, over ripe fruits, alcohol, hops.

TASTE: Lots of roasted flavor, dark chocolates, whiskey, coffee, strong boozy rye notes. Alcohol , dark malts, strange fruit.

FEEL: Thick, oily, med/low carb.

OVERALL: Whats not to like about a beer like this. A merciless beast who you can conquer with a dessert of chocolate malt brownies.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 22:57:14 | More by Stinkypuss
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks misty brown-black in this dim light. Head didn't form/hold. Enjoying my intro to Uinta!

Bittersweet cocoa, spry oak, vanilla bean, and earthy hops. Black licorice and hefty roast. Smells pretty damn nice.

Sweet stout-like flavors of roasted sugars, chocolate, light coffee, oakiness, dark vinous fruits, licorice, and a warming alcohol note. Lots of woody tones of oak spirals. Minor whiskey notes. Too thin a feel for a stout. I think they may have been going for an Imperial Stout flavor-wise, but missed the mark.

Excellent black ale with amazingly-disguised strength. Feels like a 9.5% sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 03:52:07 | More by thecheapies
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ehammond1


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

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black throughout with a small brown head that leaves small dots of stick down the glass. This doesn't look particularly heavy or thick for the style.

Very nice aroma and typical of the style: chocolate and roast, mild coffee, and distinct though welcome bourbon notes. There's a nice balance here between beer and barrel.

The flavor is very well integrated, with the barrel adding nice earthy, woody, and vanilla notes to a decadent chocolate and roast-forward stout.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Very nice and quite unexpected.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 02:32:34 | More by ehammond1
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david18

New York

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on a recent visit to the Public House in Las Vegas. I had been hearing about this brewery and was anxious to try the beer. It was very good, among the best in the style, but a little bit strong, particularly at lunchtime when I had it.

Appearance is a dark roast color, very dark head, good carbonation and good lacing.

Aroma is roasty but with a little bit of alcohol even in the nose.

Flavor is very roasty, some hops but, again, a little bit hot.

Overall a great beer that I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2012 19:38:36 | More by david18
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charlzm

California

2.73/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed December 25, 2011 at Blue Dog Beer Tavern, Sherman Oaks, CA.

Beer is opaque black with only the slightest trace of a head.

Aroma of dark pitted fruit (plums) and booze.

First flavors are again dark pitted fruits, anise, some chocolate and wood. The flavor segues into a mid taste of woody bitterness. The finish is a wince-inducing cardboard oxidization. Whether this is a flaw in the beer or a problem with serving establishment, I can't say. Interestingly, the high ABV is not apparent in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and under-carbonated.

The drinkability of this brew is somewhat low due to the off flavors and lack of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 18:12:31 | More by charlzm
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

After seeing this beer around so much, I figured I'd have to give it a try sooner or later. And I did. The end.

Dark brown-black color with a finger or less of tan head. Aroma of dark malts, slightly roasty, cocoa, and sweet soy sauce that seemed a bit misplaced. Quite a bit of alcohol in the taste up front--only upon the first sip did I notice the 13%+ ABV rating there--dark roasted malts, cocoa and vanilla bean, bourbony, but not in a smooth way; notes of licorice and oak, maybe just a hint of dark fruits, but not much; warming finish with some noticeable hoppage. Medium body, and decent overall, but with so many better stout options, I think I'll pass on this one if I see it offered again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 11:42:33 | More by Rifugium
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black, tan head, good retention and lacing considering the abv

S/T - Really nice balance of sweet chocolate and bitter roast. Depths of chocolate flavor, then roast, finishing with a hop bite from some pine hops, and some warming alcohol. Barrel aging is done just how I like it with oak flavors and some vanilla coming through as it warms, without taking away from the chocolate and roast.

M - Full body, perfect low carbonation. Velvety smooth going down.

O - Solid brew, just how I like the barrel aging done. Definitely getting this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 00:36:03 | More by garuda
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iadler

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. 5 oz tasting glass at encintas ale house

A- Black as night with a thin mocha head. Some thin lines of lacing left behind.

S- Dark ripe fruits, brown sugar, licorice, sweet bourbon, dark chocolate and a hint of soy sauce.

T- Luckily, the soy sauce aroma was not in the taste. Dark fruits upfront with plumbs, fig, and black cherries followed by bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, sweet bourbon that finishes with a bit of heat.

M- Low carbonation and medium rich body with a slightly boozy finish.

O- I was impressed with this beer as the barrel aging was well integrated with the other flavors and despite the warm finish, the high abv was masked pretty well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 05:31:33 | More by iadler
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served @ St. Charles Tap House for a measly $3. Love Mondays here!

Served in a Dogfish Head chalice.

This brew is pitch black allowing zero light to show through the edges. A thick 2 fingers of brown head sits briefly, leaving thick walls of tan lace stuck to the glass.

The nose brings out notes of chocolate and black licorice. Sweet smelling mainly with a bit of a roasty backbone.

The taste offers much more roasted malt than the nose. The sweet milk chocolate is nicely melded with some licorice and toasted malt. The high ABV is pretty noticeable at the end of each sip but is in no way deterring.

The mouthfeel, my god the mouthfeel. Very viscous and oily. The way a big stout should be. Chewy and comfortable on the palate. A light amount of carbonation suites this brew just right.

Overall, I enjoyed this on tap a bit more than the bottle because im getting a richer mouthfeel. Great big-bodied stout that packs a punch.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 20:15:20 | More by ChugginOil
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing considerable coffee grounds, licorise and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, except there's almost something of a second layer of flavor in this beer. Initially I get plenty of licorise and coffee grounds, which then dovertails into a long, vanilla and dark chocolate, slighly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is otherwise full, with a long, moderately sweet, chocolate and licorise finish. Drinkability is pretty good, at least for a 13% beer. It's not at all heavy, hot or tiring on the finish, though one can tell there's some alcohol in this beer.

While I can't say it's wowing me, this is nevertheless a pretty impressive, solid effort from the folks at Uinta.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 22:14:19 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria, Virginia.

A: This beer pours a deep brown color, nearing black, with a thick inch of beige head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma brings scents of roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol, respectively.

T: What a big, thick beer. Huge flavors of roasted malt and chocolate. This mammoth stout doesn't hold back. Splitting a 10 oz. pour was perfect.

M: Thick, viscous, and oily, like drinking a giant, alcoholic chocolate milkshake stout.

D: The best offering I have yet had from Uinta Brewing Co. I'd have this again. My five ounce serving was plenty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 19:14:58 | More by Huhzubendah
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ENIGma

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a. Large chocolaty head that quickly recedes and pitch black fluid. Lots of carbination.

s. Lots of roasty malt, chocolate, booze, and anise.

t. Wow, what a great beer. Up front I'm tasting tons of chocolate, booze, and roasted malt. In the middle the chocolate starts to play with the dark fruits and anise. The beer finishes with oak/vanilla, anise, chocolate, and a nice warmth from the booze.

m. Light to mid mouth feel, almost velvety from the carbination.

d. You definitely taste the 13% ABV, but there's such a huge amount of flavor that it's balanced well. It's very light in body, so it goes down pretty easy.

If you're a fan of stouts or barrel aged beers, I highly recommend it!

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 00:46:40 | More by ENIGma
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PeterParker

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 00:05:42 | More by PeterParker
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spoony

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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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dar482

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 19:20:43 | More by dar482
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle to the dome, purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a scary dark black. Small head lingers for a decent amount of time. Nice spidery lacing all the way down.

Smells very roasty and boozy, in a good way. A bit of rye whiskey spiciness, too.

Tastes incredible. The rye whiskey barrel aging is subtle- comes through in some spicy, grassy flavors, mixed with woodiness, oak, and vanilla. Some licorice throughout, with added chocolate, roasty malts, Pretty boozy, however- the booziness only amplified as the beer warmed. Only thing keeping the score from a dazzling 5.

The mouthfeel was very full, not the thickest stout I've ever had, but certainly up there. Drinks exactly like the ABV purports.

Overall, a nice pick up. Didn't know Uinta could run in the BA game like this.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 22:47:09 | More by GreesyFizeek
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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
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Immortale25

North Carolina

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
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berkshire413

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

got this on a trade from Kelly's Package in Dalton, Ma. brought down a Tree House Brewery SnowTober for this. bottled on 6/6/13 drank on 2/5/14. bomber poured into a tulip.

A- black as the day is long here, nothing getting through even the very bottom reaches of the tulip give nothing when held to the light.

S-upon reading the label and knowing what i know about barrel aging and doubles and triples and quadruples.. i really expected something to sit me down and knock me back. but it was very subtle. first we had the usualy coffee cocoa notes with a middle that switched to deep cacao. then the chared swamp floor roasted malts came and sat down. im getting a lingering new england marsh field in the dead of fall with some light raisin and sugar.

T-ok so back to what i thought this beer was going to be. Scent really threw me a curveball, i swing i miss, but im still up to bat. Hazelnut Iced coffees wished they tasted like this. bang it hits you and opens your palate to a wide variety of coffee and chocolate masses with some carbon and charcoal dried bitterness with a salty soy sauce character that is very present. that is upfront and a bit surprising. the malt is burnt to shit and awesome, it comes riding along with the oak and molasses with is buddies rum raisen and heath bar. chocolate or should i said 99% cacoa jumps back infront right before the hop finish that is so drenched in oil and caralmel that it just adds to the left hand and right hand jabs of explosive enjoyment.

M-Creamy and salty, tons of tart and sweetness. seems like it can be an overwhelming beer, but its right up my ally. especially being smack dab in the middle of another New England winter. I taste this beer in July and i more than likely non-review.

O- overall this beer really got me amped up. I really loved the massivness of the chocolate and sugary liquorace that it boasts. its a true cold weather beer and is meant to be sipped and enjoyed over the course of a long evening. Respect Beer

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 01:14:08 | More by berkshire413
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joe1510

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
$11.99
Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Bottled: 9/13/13

Labyrinth simply looks dense pouring from the bottle with a gurgle. There's not a chance of seeing light through the density. The head grows with a cascade effect to two fingers in height. here's barely any settling but what does occur leaves solid sheet lacing that coats the glass. A mighty fine looking beer.

Anise galore in the nose. Big notes of moderate roast coffee follow close behind. This is a robust beer. Spicy rye and dark fruit also play roles. There doesn't seem to be a ton of sweetness which is impressive for a beer this large. Roasty grain, a swirl of vanilla, a tendril of smoke, and some dry oak add to the depth. With all the complexity I could see this beer easily getting muddled but surprisingly it seems in good proportion. Very nice.

The flavor doesn't quite reach the heights of the nose but it's not far off either. Anise upfront followed quickly by roasty grains and heavily roasted coffee. Vanilla is present from the barrel but not as rich as the nose suggested. That tendril of smoke is back along with spicy rye and peppery oak. Again, there is good balance for considering the depth of flavor. There's slight alcohol warmth that I rather enjoy on the swallow.

Somehow the body, while dense, is silky smooth and easy to put away. There's a touch of stick immediately following the swallow but it dries up quickly from the mix of alcohol and roasty bitterness. The carbonation is medium and pushes the body through at a nice pace.

As large as this beer is it's seamlessly integrated and expertly barrel aged and blended. The licorice adds a nice touch without dominating, as a matter of fact all aspects add nice touches without dominating. The alcohol is noticeable but in a complimentary way as opposed to harsh or overpowering. Uinta has done a great job here. Will this beer be in my future? Magic 8 Ball says "It is decidedly so".

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 05:37:10 | More by joe1510
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Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.