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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 131
Gots: 208 | FT: 13
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/28/11.

Pours an opaque black with a thick 3 inch dark khaki head that settles to a small cap. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, slight coffee, and some spices (licorice?). Alcohol smells come out as the beer warms. Taste is of dark roasted malt, coffee grounds, and dark cocoa powder. Mild roasty bitterness sticks to the palate after each sip. There is also a slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Low carbonation makes for a thick and creamy mouthfeel with a sticky feeling. Overall, this is a good stout from Uinta but the alcohol in this one keeps it from being more drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours near black with a thin mocha head. Smell is strong roasted malts, coffee, and a good amount of anise. Taste is similar with black licorice really dominating the picture, overly so without any complementary flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. Slightly boozy. Not something I would grab again.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of GRG1313
2.9/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Crooked Line Series. I am not generally a fan of the wonderfully labeled Crooked Line Series of Uinta Brewing of Utah. I have been disappointed in the past but I expected "more" from this harder to get, expensive and high alcohol "black Ale."

Pours black and creamy with a thick and firm dark brown head. Looks very inviting; look rich and "expensive."

The nose is all dark sweet espresso, black chocolate with licorice underlying it. Black burnt toast but still appealing.

The mouthfeel is rich, viscous and thick with light carbonation. The beer is off balanced but still has some initial appeal in the front.

The front flavors are sweet coffee/espresso; bittersweet black chocolate, vanilla/oak and licorice. The initial appealing sweet front flavors quickly go to burnt coffee, tart aggressive licorice and then off putting bitter espresso, to finish with a very long bitter black burnt coal/coffee/licorice finish.

Interesting to taste, perhaps a sip or two with dessert and a cigar. I could never drink more than the smallest amount of this one. Interesting taste - can't really drink. Simply too intense; too extreme.

I love extreme beer but this is like a burnt bitter chocolate licorice extract. It's just too much without any finesse or elegance; no real drinkability factor.

Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that quickly died down, leaving delicate bits of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of licorice are present in the nose. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has some flavors of licorice, but has some notes of underlying sweetness, dark malts and hints of chocolate. As the beer warms, hints of rye whiskey become evident.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of warming from the rye whiskey are also perceptible.
O: For such a strong beer, this stout is very drinkable and nearly masks all of its alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Quite a scary pour, as the beer streams out like motor oil into the chalice, forming a modest tan head that leaves squiggles of lace behind

Smell: The rye barrel and brewer's licorice elements dominate the aroma, with undertones of dark chocolate and prune

Taste: Charred wood and dark chocolate, up front, with the brewer's licorice, hops and molasses flavors building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the rye barrel emerges, bringing along a boozy, charred character that dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a lot of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Tried two from the Crooked Line series today (for the first time) and really didn't enjoy either one of them; while this had an interesting range of flavors, it was ultimately too boozy and harsh on the tongue to be enjoyable; I am not familiar with the Utah laws but it is almost as if, having finally been freed up to brew high ABV beers, Uinta is unleashing the brewed equivalent of a testosterone-overloaded adolescent

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

opague oil looking liquid with a small tan colored head on the top. Copious side lace was present. The aroma was thick, fll of coffee, rich dark coffee and a good amount of sugar. Nice back of some lighter hoppiness maybe and a touch of brandy like alcohol. Very robust smell. The taste was awesome, simply awesome. A super smooth blend of rich coffee and chocolate, mixed in with just enough hoppiness to get you to notice. This was defintly top notch. I really loved the way it was all blended together. Nothing really overpowering, but the whole mix was just soo smooth. Rich creamy full bodied feel, very thick

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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've sure been ticking a lot of beers from Utah lately...

A: The pour lives up to the name and is indeed black in color with a nice tan head.

S: Quite a pleasant nose with plenty of chocolate, vanilla, and oak along with a light roasted character. Unfortunately, some soy sauce notes, too.

T: A very nice sweet milk chocolate and vanilla flavor is what this beer is all about. Subtle oak and roast character, along with a touch of alcohol warmth. No soy sauce, thankfully.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, low level of carbonation.

D: Quite a nice beer, actually. I was not expecting too much from this, but a very nice flavor and mouthfeel.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this atthe 2010 ACBF, it poured out nice and black in color. The head was thin and tan. The lacing was light bit it was there for a while. The smell of the beer was big and roasted, had some sweetness on the nose and some hops too. The taste was rich with dark malts and some chocolate flavors, with a good bitterness bite in the finish. The mouthfeel was pretty decentI thought, good amount of body to it and carbonation. Overall this brew was really pretty good, I may need to have this one again someday.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $12.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Bottled on: 06/08/11. The removal of the cork was one of the most difficult I've come across, so, ultimately a classy-looking but obnoxious packaging. Usually one worries about getting out of a labyrinth, I was concerned I'd never get in.

Appearance: Pours out a matte black, inky-looking body with a slow-growing, slow-receding, tan head. After the workout with the cork, I sure could use a beer!

Smell: Somewhat sweetish, roasty nose with a backdrop of wooden barrels, hunks from an oversized chocolate bar, and lighter, though not insubstantial notes of caramel, stewed fruit, and vanilla candy.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate ganache, homemade caramel sauce, vanilla sugar, smooth espresso produced by an above-average barista, and, already, plenty of the licorice. Soundly sweet, but not overly so, though there's a noted richness about almost everything in the taste. Fruity accents of sweetish cherry and plums -- some sips it's fairly tapered, others, it's more pronounced and long enduring. Mildly tannic, mildly spicy barrel character. Only modesty warming on the relatively sweetish finish that fluctuatingly allows for the fruit, choco-licorice, or roastiness to lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, chewy mouthfeel.

Overall: Why, it's like an imperialized, barrel-aged Kalamazoo! Some beers, right from that first sip, you think "oh Jesus what have I gotten into this time" as waves of disappointment and abject weariness wash over you. You may even stick it out like a trooper, perhaps wanting to get your money's worth and/or hoping like a fool for a miraculous turnaround that never comes. Thankfully, this one was just a treat from sip one until the bottle had been drained and a nap was desired.

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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night after work and felt it with a dull headache this morning.Poured into an imperial nonic jet black with nicely formed deep tannish colored head atop that never completely settled.Dark roast,char,vanilla/oak,and sweet alcohol in the nose,it's got alot going on and is pretty complex.Sweet chocolatey notes at the onset flavor wise with vanilla and dark fruit soaked in sweet alcohol,the saving grace of the beer is at midway a nice earthy woodsy drying effect comes in.Wow there is alot going on in this beer it's big and brash,a real sipper with alot of components to it.Very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A couple snifter pours in the back room at Maria's. Had to limit myself due to the high abv, which I was unaware of when ordering it.

Black, viscous, stouty appearance, with a froth of mocha foam. This stout has visual fortitude. Retention wasn't the greatest, but acceptable considering it was 13.5%. A few drops ran down the side of the glass and were as sticky as maple syrup.

Obvious bourbon barrel aroma, oak and vanilla sweetness laid over an intense roasted coffee and chocolate base. I'm having flashbacks to FoBAB already...

Rich, fudgy, syrupy elixir. There is a slight prickle from the abv, but it's edges are rounded by it's sweetness and full, smooth feel. Tobacco, oak, fudge, vanilla, coffee all surface at one time or another. A sipper for sure, and a bottle to share with friends. We split it 4 ways, which seemed about right.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Finally, a Utah brew! And in DC, of all places... I ain't gonna argue. It pours an opaque black-brown capped by a finger of dark, dirty tan micro-foam. The nose comprises walnut, oak, coffee, brown sugar, smoked ham, and pretzels. I have no idea how to take this smell...but I do like it, yes I do. The taste holds notes of molasses, vanilla, coffee, oak, buttery toffee, some light bitter chocolate, and a hint of spruce. The body straddles the border between heavy medium and light heavy, with a light carbonation and a smooth, thick, and somewhat chewy feel Overall, I don't know how to adequately describe this beer, but I do know that it's damn tasty and very drinkable. I hope more Utah beers are like this...

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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is up there with any of the top stouts on this site, wow is it something. way bigger than I expected, as its simply labeled a black ale, perhaps the largest understatement in recent beer history! it pours jet black, radiant with an obsidian shine and not a ray of light passing through. the head is tall and coffee brown, light and airy in texture, and with 100% retention. I almost never give 5s for anything, but this beer could not look any more appealing! the nose is surprisingly not too boozy, which I thought it would be at over 13% abv. its got a ton of dark roasted barley and burnt sugar bitterness, as well as a spicy oak character from the rye barrels. I taste tobacco, unsweetened vanilla, heavily used oak, whiskey, black malt, dark chocolate, and licorice! lots of licorice in fact, bitey and potent, somehow raw and unrefined. this is a beer of great complexity. the feel too is fantastic, huge body but also excellent carbonation. I hate to call it drinkable, but my girlfriend wouldn't help me with this one after I opened it, so I did put away a whole bottle of this on my own. I paid for it with a hangover, but this beer was unforgettable. highly recommended!

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Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.