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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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295 Reviews
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Reviews: 295
Hads: 1,004
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.86%
Wants: 141
Gots: 252 | FT: 14
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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-01-2010

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
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Photo of spoony
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of berkshire413
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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".

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has really good retention. The head is a medium to dark beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate brown with the slightest hint of chestnut at the base when held up to the light. Lacing is tending toward sheeting at the moment.

Nose- I always get excited when the first note is coconut. This leads into caramel and toffee. Light instances of licorice. A tiny bit of chocolate. Even a little bit of cherries. Some vanilla. So far, the aroma suggests that this beer has held up well over the past two years. Swirling reveals some brown sugar, molasses, and a burnt caramel note.

Taste- Starts of with light coconut that transitions to caramel and toffee while a bitter chocolate hangs in the background. As many other reviewers, I also had concern about the licorice but this seems to flit around the background and works well with the more dominant notes of the flavor profile. There's some booze but it's fitting for a 13.2% beer. A little bit of straw? The licorice shows itself but it quickly turns to cherries and raisins which melt into chocolate. Slight oak, slight vanilla but maybe these flavors have faded. Some char, almost burnt toast. Roasted malts that hint at coffee but are eased by coconut and melanoidin flavors. A slight vinous character from the raisins, cherries, and licorice that makes me a pause a bit but this a good to really good beer, mostly really good. Glad I picked this up and I would like to compare it to a newer release. Some chalkiness on the finish. Bitter chocolate really hangs at the back of the throat. Booze mellows and flags this as a potentially dangerous beer. Some fudge as well. Some soy sauce that matches up with the slight hint of straw in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Almost heavy bodied with some syrup to the texture. Carbonation is pretty light. Pretty much what the body of an Imperial stout should be like.

Drinkability- As the booze mellows this becomes more and more dangerous. Not flaws, but some off-tastes that distract me a little bit. Definitely worth the 13 dollar price tag (especially since it had been aged for 2 years.)

Overall- Good to pretty much, just a really good beer. In no way a great beer but better than I expected. Ever since Odin's Tipple, I've been haunted by the notion of licorice in an Imperial stout. This beer assuaged those fears. Definitely worth a try and a beer I will be buying again.

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Photo of MattTastrophee
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/6/13, drank on 1/3/14. Served at 55 degrees in a large glass tankard.

Appearance: Big head from the pour. Had to let it settle out, as I was not hesitant. The head is somewhere between caramel and a light chocolate mousse in color. No light escapes this brew except at the crescent edge of the glass. Beautifully dark.

Smell: Soy Sauce and vaguely caramel and apple. Intriguing.

Taste: I get super rich licorice on the first sip, then dense malts and coffee. The oak melds right in along with the licorice. Enjoying taking each sip and feeling my way through this one, there's a lot of malty flavors.

Mouthfeel: Mouth coating with just a light amount of carbonation. Very appropriate.

Overall: I would buy this again. It's a big beer, but the alcohol has met its match with the licorice, the oak, and malt. Good balance, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of Silverpath6
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was set out 1 hour before consumption - Poured from a bomber into a 10 oz. Brandy Snifter. Opaque Black with light brown head - dissipated quickly - with good lacing

Aroma: Chocolate, licorice, Wood, boozey, charred sugar/marshmallow, slight hops (tinge of resiny citrus)

Taste - slightly bitter front with a little burn (from the alcohol no doubt), low-carbonation, - med/full bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel - and a semi-sweet finish. Lots going on here in the flavor - dark cherry/currants, chocolate, cocoa, maltiness, a lot of charred oak.

A pretty big and complex beer.

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Photo of t8dd
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everything you'd expect from a world class porter. Dark as night with a thin mocha head that quickly dissipates. Rich and deep flavors of coffee, dark jammy fruits and roasted malt. Truly delightful. 13% abv but you'd never guess it. Enjoyed on a cold fall evening.

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Photo of superspak
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/8/2011. Pours dense pitch black color with zero head or carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, char, toast, licorice, oak, clove, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, char, toast, licorice, molasses, oak, clove, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, char, toast, oak, vanilla, licorice, clove, molasses, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel flavors; with huge robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Zero carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and moderately chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent imperial stout, despite being flat. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, licorice, and barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. I will definitely try and get a carbonated bottle in the future.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Lightly chilled 150 ml Cork & Cage into 33 cl tulips.

Look- Extravagant, pours with three fingers of toasted marshmallow head that falls over a few minutes leaving a dense cap. Insane curtains and lacing despite the ABV. Deep, deep ruby brown. One of the better-looking strong darks I've seen.

Smell- Deep char, baker's chocolate and licorice, dry wood. Overall pretty subtle, but promising.

Taste- Extremely nutty, light booze, licorice and tons of wood. Starts with the impression of sweetness but finishes roasty, pretty clean with less char than expected. Mild smoke flavor emerges after the glass is half empty. Spicy, impression of oats and rye. The wood is maaaybe a bit much, but overall things stay workable and keep this 13%+ brew in check.

Mouthfeel- Silky, almost oily. Just enough carbonation to lighten it up. You'd never know that this was over 8%, let alone 13.2. I'd even go so far to say that it finishes pretty dry. Woody presence builds and eventually comes across as moderately tannic- really though, who needs to drink more than 12 oz?

Overall- Unique, absolutely worth trying. Nice take on licorice- comes across as an accent rather than the focus. Not unreasonably priced either, but have someone to split it with. On the whole though, not something I'd try again- what's there is bold, but it's not quite what I'm looking for in a one-drink-and-I'm-done brew.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark chocolate, no light even at the edges- makes this snifter look like an orb containing the void of outer space. Looks thick, but not syrupy. One of the best heads I've ever seen; deep, thick, and a dark coffee brown with little glimmers of light, as if it has tiny crystals in it. Lacing is surprisingly not gluey; it will return to the mothership fairly quickly.

S: Dark chocolate and oak hit me hard, touches of vanilla in there too. Supremely dark and forward, I'm actually a little afraid the flavors will knock me on my ass too hard.

T: Perfectly strong without wrecking my taste buds. Dark bitter chocolate, oak and wood, undertones of vanilla and even cream. Every now and then I get touches of licorice. I was both excited and nervous about the licorice aspect; I'm relieved to find that it doesn't play a major role and make this brew crazily bitter (even though I do enjoy licorice), but I'm also a little disappointed that it is, for the most part, not too far off from other black ales or IS's. Still, it is outstanding. If I get disappointed by the lack of strong licorice flavor, I take another sip and am reminded of all the good in it. Finish is long and winds itself down nicely- licorice most apparent here. Crazily high alcohol content is hidden extremely well.

M: Creamy smooth with the effervescence to save it from being flat. One of the least syrupy dark beers I've ever tried, while containing that astronomical ABV. Outstanding.

O: I was afraid of this beer. I love my dark and bitter brews, but this one still scared me. Licorice? Combined with oak? How could that possibly turn out well? But I am on the other side now, and I beckon you to follow me. Its vision is alluring, its smells weeds out the weak and rewards the strong, the flavors timeless and yet singular, and the feel a pillow for your throat and bed of nails for your tongue (in a good way). If you have the balls, try it.

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Photo of recoveringmormon
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - black as coffee. Poured cold in a tulip I didn't get the foam some of the other poster saw, very minimal.
S - more like carob than cocoa, sweet and smoky.
T - again sweet and smoky, with a bitter cocoa finish. More like drinking baker's cocoa than Swiss Miss.
M - gravy
O - great for a black, but maybe not in the mood when I had it. Definitely not drinkable as an everyday beer but fun to try, and will probably buy again.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd seen this before but didn't realize it was Uinta. The $12 sticker price seemed a bit much until I looked closer and learned that it's 13% abv. That's all it took, SOLD!

750mL c&c bottle purchased for $11.99 at Dover Discount Beverage. Bottled on 01/23/13. Served cold in a tulip.

A: A hard pour gives a full 1" of super dense foam that barely settles and leaves thick lacing when it does. Pitch black brew. Zero light gets through when held to a bright bulb. One of the darkest heads I recall seeing, a deep burnt umber brown.

S: Wowsa. Thick rich cocoa aroma. Black licorice plays second fiddle, then a plethora of minor notes including black coffee, cola, charred wood, black pepper.

T/M: Thick heavy body is the first thing to register. Then immediately it's a flood of all that tasty dark stuff detected in the aroma... cocoa (less dominating here), liccorice, cola, and a strong bitterness stemming from burnt malt and generic hop. Mouthfeel is massively thick, with a creamy malty sweetness is balanced by a somewhat overdone carbonation. Like a fizzy milkshake. The cola aspect really becomes prominent. Charred wood and a bit of licorice linger long time in the finish.

O: The 13.2% abv is very effectively masked by sheer virtue of everything else being equally massive. Flavor, thickness, carbo all conspire to keep the EtOH presence down. Nearly through the bottle and I'm definitely feeling it though. Slight EtOH vapor felt on my breath, but that's the only other sign of it. Wow. Not surprisingly, this is a very filing beer.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and viscuous. The color of dark or black walnut. has an inkling of lighter hues but no light passes through. it merely suggests them with it's deep body. Has a thin head of creamy mocha colored foam that refreshes with each turn of the glass. Alcohol legs and shimmering wet lace.

Nose is roasted malt, toasted grain but nothing burnt until the drink. There's a little coffee and some semi sweet chocolate. Dark fruits are too vague to name them but they are there. It has a soft rye on the nose that is a tad spicy but mellow. It has no alcohol on the nose and that's impressive. There's a touch of vanilla and a little toffee. This does not smell terribly sweet. In fact it smells dry and a little bitter.

Taste is expansive and full. Malt is velvety smooth and fat. Lots of toasted roasted grain but only a touch of burnt toast at the finish. Toffee and vanilla go so well together. The rye stays soft on the palate and mellow and adds it's share of bitterness to a good coffee bitterness. Chocolate is smooth, deep and rich but not too sweet. As this drinks it starts to taste like whiskey. Has a ferocious abv that remains smooth on the palate and gives a nice warmth to the back palate and in the chest as it goes down. Finishes dry and a little slick.

The rye really adds a depth to this. The mouthfeel is as good as ti gets for a big beer like this one. The abv is done to perfection. The fact that it is not terrible sweet lets the grain adn the dark flavors shine in a bold way. Exceptionally balanced and smooth.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 22oz snifter; black as night with a nice thick fluffy brown head that doesn't fade at all seemingly and leaves lots of lacing. Smell is unlike any imperial stout I've had; rye, roasted malt and chocolate, and a slight hint of licorice. A very dry and bitter, roasty smell. Surprisingly no alcohol detectable in the smell really, which is crazy for 13+%. Taste...semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt with slight coffee bitterness, soft slightly spicy rye grain, slight oak/bourbon and a classy amount of booze at the very end warming up the sticky bittersweet aftertaste. As it warms, the flavor grows in seemingly never-ending complexity. Toffee and caramel are among the flavors that reveal themselves. This beer is definitely a sipper, due to flavor, let alone the %abv.
Overall, a unique and insanely good imperial stout. The rye barrel character adds a lot to this beer, something I haven't experienced before, and distinct from a stout made with rye malt. I might still enjoy a bourbon-barrel-aged stout more, but this one is very good. A must-try for big beer lovers.

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Photo of Homerb3
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked this beer up on a recommendation. I typically like BA's but this one took me by surprise. I've never had anything that compared, it was like pouring semi sweet chocolate chips in my mouth. It was kinda thick like melting chocolate. Since I was savoring it, it warmed up a little and tasted even better the warmer it got. I will be buying another this weekend, and will also be trying more of Uintas creations. Good job!

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Photo of McStagger
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Tasted on 7/1/13

Bottled on 2/21/11

A: Pours black as night. Low carbation. Viscous appearance. One finger espresso head. Minimal retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Dark, fermented fruit. Good amount of chocolate. Coffee, espresso beans, mocha. Touch of vanilla in the mix.

T: Huge mid palate. Lactose sweetness that runs the finish. Huge roasted and coffee notes also on the finish. Faint presecne of booziness. Licorice not detected. Showing it's age wonderfully.

M: Huge, obviously. However, not mammoth. Smooth, silky even.

O: I'm impressed. Many RIS seem to carry too much charring or burnt malt characteristics. This either didn't have them or they have mellowed with the bottle age. Incredibly good RIS>

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4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I was intimidated by the mention of licorish at first but the flavor was a background note that added to the complexity without sticking out.

Pairing note: I mixed in about 1oz into a cereal bowl of pecan prailene ice cream. It made the ice cream and the beer taste even better!

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big bottle. Dated January 2011. Passed this one by many times. Finally figured, big beer, aged 2 plus years, why not? Glad I tried it. Had it over 2 nights. This is not a subtle beer. Pours thick, black, small head. Smells boozy, licorice, chocolate. Tastes boozy, sweet, slight chocolate, some oak. Thick and chewy, not exactly a Summer beer, but a nice change of pace from the lighter ones I've been guzzling.

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Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.