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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 138
Gots: 227 | 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reccamended by a fellow BA enjoyed at a great beer bar in park city. The beer pors very dark. I honestly cant really tell the difference between this and a imperial stout except that hops are negligable here. Hides the alcohol extremely well at over 13%. Very smooth, tastes of chocolate, carmel. Very complex flavors show the beer was aged and overall a great beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

2012 bottling (can't make out the month on the label). 750ml corked & caged format served in my KTG snifter. A vigorous pour down the center of the glass reveals a color one shade shy of black with a dense, one-inch mocha-colored head. Head eventually settles into a solid, 1/8th inch skim with swaths of lacing evident after each tilt. Nose expresses roast, a vinous quality and cocoa nibs. Taste consistent with nose; however, much richer and bolder than suggested by the flavor profile. The vinous dark fruit nicely breaks up the rich malt and chocolate I have to say. There's also a little bit of oxidation that lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body, with a pleasant, even carbonation and a light oiliness to the texture. This is a fantastic example of the style and a regular release to boot. I can't believe I waited this long to try this. Very reasonable at $11.99. Alcohol is dangerously well-hidden as well. If you like big stouts and haven't tried this one, you should.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle. Purchased in Park City, Utah. Bottled 11/8/12.

A: Pours motor oil black. Thick pour, with no head at first. After a few quick seconds, a thick, fluffy, dark tan head billows up and builds up really quickly - like a volcanic eruption. Head sticks around for several minutes and eventually settles into a nice 1/2 finger ring. Leaves a nice lacing.

S: Strong oaky nose. Chocolate. Mocha coffee, vanilla, and some sort of fruits - definitely the licorice.

T: More chocolate than anything else. The oakiness almost comes off as bourbon tasting. Pretty high bitter taste - probably from chocolate. Licorice taste comes out very sweet.

M: Moderate carbonation. Full body. Sweet and creamy.

O: Pleasant little surprise after a great day of hitting the slopes. Shared and enjoyed with my Brother, Jeff. Great balance of oak and sweetness. Not super malty but a great level of complexity.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Giant, enjoyed chilled in a cervoise and tulip and allowed to gradually warm to cellar temp.
The color is piano black with no light passing through the liquid, very dense rich look with thick tan cap like espresso crema just lays and holds for a while with ultra fine bead. The smell is a blend of dark malty scents with a fruity raisin-like yeast ester mixed with a complimentary pine and slight citrus hop note there is slight cocoa with a mild coffee-like tinge but generally rich and brownie batter with dark sugar's molasses hint in there.
The mouthfeel is great the roasted quality stands out but is not too sharp with a sweetness that is not cloying from the malt body. There is a full feel yet balanced without an exceptionally high bitterness and subtle grain astringency with mild alcohol for the abv.

The taste is lush with prune and pepper with cocoa mixed with roasted coffee and the brownie batter sweetness with some light pine hoppiness which comes forward more as it warms with light tinge of vanilla smoothness in the middle. I get a mild citrus note from the hops too but it blends well with the dark malt flavors and is a nice contrast to the dark caramel element which is the core of this stout. Overall a pretty remarkable ale - a little on the sweet side, but that is okay for this style and welcomed actually. I think this is a truly great beer and it is a stealth stout in the way that it seems much smaller in abv than 13%!

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4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Here's one that deserves more conversation! Pours deep ebony with mocha head. There's NONE more black! As advertised; a Black ale indeed... On the nose black licorace fades into cinnamon, notes of figs, vanilla and leather. The dark chocolate taste disolves into candied dates but the alcohol isn't evidenced anywhere... There's a syrupy heaviness to the body that warns you to take this slow allthough the alcohol is nowhere to be found. Bottled in August of this year...

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4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a mocha thin head. Syrupy texture that clings.

Aromas of bourbon, coffee grounds, herbal hop, licorice, toasted marshmellow and a smokiness.

Taste dark roasty malts, bittersweet oak, vanilla, dark cocoa and some smoky haze. Alcohol for sure but not distracting.

Full bodied and roasty.

Better sipped at cool temps. Wish this sold in smaller options. Big brew for one person. Nice to sip and share with some great BAs. This is my second Uinta and I am liking these guys. Look forward to their other offerings.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 941 ratings.