1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

853 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 853
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 119
Gots: 195 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 853 | Reviews: 280 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of danoble1
danoble1

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-11-2012 16:34:16 | More by danoble1
Photo of jlogan7
jlogan7

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-05-2012 03:34:46 | More by jlogan7
Photo of Etan
Etan

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%

750ml into a Brooklyn snifter, bottled July 2012, so about 4 months old at this point.

A: Pours straight black with a large chocolate-colored head.

S: Lots of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, oak, and a vegetal aroma that might be the licorice.

T: Cocoa, caramel, hard oak and slight whiskey, cherry, and a sort of green sweetness from the licorice.

M: Thick with slight carbonation.

O: This is pretty good. The licorice in the aroma is a little odd, but otherwise this is fine.

11-05-2012 03:14:30 | More by Etan
Photo of Neorebel
Neorebel

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Deep, oily, and opaque in color with a creamy looking, puffy tan head resting on top. You'd swear the beer is literally midnight black. The head remains for some time as well. Gorgeous! The aroma is interesting and complex. Definitely very sweet and malty, with toffee and dark chocolate to start... There are subtle traces of star anise, whisky, and vanilla as well. Now for the highly anticipated taste! All the flavors that I smelled are coming through, especially the whisky. Much more coffee that I didn't really get from the nose. Some dark fruit, a touch of smokiness and a certain sharp aspect, too. The licorice is slightly there in the finish. It certainly coats the mouth well and feels sticky, but not overly full-bodied. Some beers of this alcohol level have to be somewhat choked down, so to speak, but I knocked this back very easily. Very warming but pleasant afterwards. Overall a stellar beer, a near perfect Imperial Stout! Need to buy this again.

11-05-2012 01:38:24 | More by Neorebel
Photo of aubrey
aubrey


4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-04-2012 04:23:37 | More by aubrey
Photo of bruachan
bruachan

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -25.2%

the label reads "Black Ale", so i was worried this one would get away for a nonspecific title. i hate nonspecific titles. what kind of beer refers to itself simply by a color?

the aroma is boozy and sweet

most certainly an RIS/2xStout: thick and coating. strong bitterness

licorice comes mostly at the finish and in my burps. no wait...it kinda pricks the tongue and dovetails w/the roasty astingency. molasses,

i would love to sit on one of these for a couple of years

11-04-2012 02:10:01 | More by bruachan
Photo of anabar
anabar

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-02-2012 11:37:02 | More by anabar
Photo of bobotron
bobotron

Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-30-2012 22:21:35 | More by bobotron
Photo of BEERMILER12
BEERMILER12

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Bottled On: 07/09/12

A: Pours a pitch black color with a finger and a half's worth of brown head

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, anise, some vanilla and oakiness from the barrels, and very slight alcohol (certainly doesn't smell like it's 13.2%)

T: Follows the nose. Complex. Starts off with the chocolate and anise, and goes into the oak and vanilla. Again, the alcohol doesn't seem to be anywhere near 13.2% (if I didn't know and had to guess, it would be 9-10% at most)

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy

O: A great example of a barrel-aged stout. Close to the upper-echelon in terms of BA stouts, but one that gets left out of the conversation probably because it's year-round (which is by no means a bad thing, especially if it's high quality, which this is). Highly recommended

10-29-2012 02:42:01 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of jjcote
jjcote

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-26-2012 00:47:50 | More by jjcote
Photo of bcostner1
bcostner1

Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottled on 4/18/11. Enjoyed on 10/21/12.

A: Pitch black, opaque, light-devouring darkness. Viscous pour.

S: Waves of chocolate, roasted malt. A little bit of licorice. Mild boozy element present.

T: Great tasting brew. Rich and decadent. Tons of chocolate, oak, molasses. Hint of vanilla from the oak. Roasted malt and subdued hop finish. Definitely some booze in there too.

M: Huge body on this one. Slightly on the syrupy viscous side but I'd rather have it be a but too much than too thin. As I said, alcohol is detectable but not off-putting.

Overall, I enjoyed Labyrinth quite a bit. Reminded me a lot of Oak Aged Yeti. Recommended for sure.

10-21-2012 23:34:37 | More by bcostner1
Photo of Tpsauer
Tpsauer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-20-2012 20:39:08 | More by Tpsauer
Photo of dumptruck81
dumptruck81

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-20-2012 18:29:36 | More by dumptruck81
Photo of Curtis
Curtis

Utah

2.3/5  rDev -45.9%

I hate slamming someone else's creation, but this beer was hideous. It poured nicely, rich dark color, great head and good aroma. I had high hopes for this one. They were dashed without mercy... kinda of like my jr prom date. The first taste was overwhelming black liqourice, and not in a good way. Then came the after/off flavors in waves -anise, cardboard, bog water from the old country, maybe a little dirt ( I have an older brother and remember it well) and another that I just can't quite describe - similar to that horrible Bulgarian drink they called "beer" I had 20 years ago.. . Strangely enough, despite the horid taste, the mouthfeel was quite nice. I'm just not sure what they were going for with this one. I've had quite a few Imperial Stouts that while that style is not my first choice, I would have again without reservation. This one, never. I have to be generous and give it a 2.5 because maybe if it is your thing, you will appreciate it. But if you are a fan of Belgians, ambers or IPA's, this beer will ruin your day.

10-20-2012 03:32:23 | More by Curtis
Photo of bryang002
bryang002

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-18-2012 17:44:43 | More by bryang002
Photo of Twifiter
Twifiter

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-15-2012 20:05:40 | More by Twifiter
Photo of harrymel
harrymel

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%

Bottled 07JUN12

Pours inky black with a nice graham toasty top. Smells of malts, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, whisky and oak come together. Rich mutha. Dark roasted malts, some leather, molasses, dates, dark on dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee and hints of licorice and oak, nice and sweet with a good earthen balance. Thick and viscous, sticky and slick with a warm finish. Nice beer, took me by surprise. Ready to drink as well, I wouldn't age this one.

10-15-2012 03:55:20 | More by harrymel
Photo of ystazi
ystazi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-11-2012 19:43:01 | More by ystazi
Photo of 2GOOFY
2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-10-2012 00:35:58 | More by 2GOOFY
Photo of mscudder
mscudder

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

An absolute beast of a beer. Enjoying this one again, almost by myself after my friend wimped out. Needless to say I was sleeping shortly thereafter.

A - Opaque black with a thin head. Not a large amount retention here.

S - Dark chocolate, espresso, liquorice and big booze.

T - Liquorice, dark malts and big time sweet sugar. Lots of warmth from the alcohol.

M - Medium-full body with light carbonation.

O - Very interesting beer that is unlike any other I have ever had. First time I came across this one, my palette told me, "Damn! You are out of your league on this one!" Second time around this is an enjoyable beer, just not for the feint of heart.

10-10-2012 00:31:54 | More by mscudder
Photo of TempeBeerMan
TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours like 5 year old motor oil and black as pitch. A full three-finger head of insanely fine bubbles that cant be considered any shade of "tan"; it's straight up brown. Lots of spider web- sticky lacing.

S - Smells super sweet with chocolate mousse, brownie, and roasted espresso beans leading the charge.

T - Big and rich. Sweet upfront, with dark chocolate, espresso, mild licorice, carmelized/burnt brown sugar, and just a hint of dark fruit (whisky soaked cherries). Wood aging allows a very pleasing bitterness and complexity to what otherwise would probably be a little cloying. Bitterness comes from the oak as opposed to hops, which are pretty much undetectable. Alcohol present, but hey....it's 13.2%! For that percentage, it's pretty damn drinkable.

M - Very low carbonation. Suitably thick and chewy. Finishes just a shade dry.

O - A very good RIS. I really enjoyed some of the subtle touches (licorice, oak) and the flavor profile just comes together really nicely. Definitely a serious sipper. Would buy again.

10-09-2012 04:02:33 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of djaeon
djaeon

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

10-09-2012 00:35:58 | More by djaeon
Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-06-2012 18:33:06 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
Photo of duff247
duff247

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-05-2012 04:14:44 | More by duff247
Photo of ambruns1979
ambruns1979

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-01-2012 05:58:35 | More by ambruns1979
Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.