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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 130
Gots: 202 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +12%

dwcraft, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

TonyTalon, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body with a mohagany tint on the edges. There's a huge cinnamon colored head.

Heavy black licorice aroma with a heavy charred malt.

The black licorice dominates the flavor along with soy and burnt malts.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and cloying.

It's a pretty good beer but definitely on the sweet and syrupy side.

Vonerichs, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of C2H5
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

C2H5, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So this is what the super rich drink! After getting out the vise grips to deal with the cork, an inky dark pour with a halo of golden grown. The bountiful mocha head piles up high. Long, luscious nose of chocolate malt with a hoppy aroma.

Huge and sensationally flavorful. Touches all the bases on the way to a home run. Unctuous malt, every shade of dark roast, hoppy spices, and dragster octane. Winey mouthfeel with the intensity of a liqueur. What is that, Brazil nuts? Burnt sugar mixes with mellow but deeply roasted malt. Hot and sweet. Handle with care.

A benchmark for Imperial Stouts, and leaves you with a warm glow all over. From the 750 ml bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

mactrail, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

doughanson78, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

deNerval, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

anteater, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of rolive
4.75/5  rDev +12%

rolive, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Garlicjosh
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Garlicjosh, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of PHSCAPT
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel goblet at about 40 degrees, probably about 15 degrees too cold.

A: 10W30 from a 74 Nova with 195,000 on the odo that’s been in the block for since new. Not kidding.

S: Nose embellishes picante notes of burnt electrical cord coyly mingled with Caribbean blackstrap molasses. Not too boozy, even at 13.2 ABV.

T: Much sweeter than I expected with requisite burnt oak, similar to a Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes.

M: Light carbonation and very smooth

O: A pleasant diversion from my usual proclivity for BSDAs and quads. The sweetness combined with the combustion product overtones just the right amount (IMHO obviously) of bitterness – not very much – is very nice.
Note to self: Very like the Black Butte, definitely a re-buy.

PHSCAPT, Dec 01, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to quirkzoo for this gem!

Just about as black as a beer can be with a nice dense, milky half finger of cocoa brown head, loads of delicious looking boozy legs and lacing.

Beautiful nose... chocolate covered fruits, soft licorice, brown sugar, espresso, fudge... a massive and dynamic smelling beer.

That is nice... my first thought is that I'm reminded a bit of Abyss... tasty licorice plays well against the various chocolate and coffee warmth, some booze brings to light flavors of brown sugar and molasses, wonderful dessert beer.

Love it. ISO.

yamar68, Nov 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

SFTBLMOSS2, Nov 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

AxesandAnchors, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

BrittQ, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of ToasterChef
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750ml bottle at cellar temperature is poured into my NERAX snifter. This beer was bottled on 07/09/12

As you'd expect from a stout advertised as a black ale, it is an opaque black liquid. A tan foam head looks like chocolate milk. Pretty good lacing is left behind after swirling the glass about. The head didn't last long though; even before swirling, it was settling to a skim of foam.

Aromas a toasted malt and alcohol are most apparent when smelling this beer. I've never had a glass of rye whiskey before, but I imagine this beer smells similar to one, as the alcohol is different from other whiskey barrel aged beers I've had.

A lot of Labyrinth's flavor comes form the rye barrels. It is strongest in the finish and it lingers on for a long time. Smokey chocolate malts provide some sweetness at first. There is a pervasive bitterness that reminds me of black licorice.

The beer is thick and has average carbonation...possibly slightly above average considering this is an Imperial stout. What is really nice is that it isn't too sticky. There is a flavorful coat in my mouth and a slight film on my lips, but neither is as strong as I expected from a 13+% ABV stout. Also, despite the strong alcohol aromas, there isn't much of a burn or warming sensation. The beer feels strong, but as strong as it actually is.

This is a very enjoyable stout. It is my first exposure to a rye barrel aged beer, plus my first beer brewed by Uinta. Labyrinth makes me want to have more of each.

ToasterChef, Nov 12, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A --- deep black color with about 1/2 inch chocolate head

S --- brandy, malts, chocolate, and vanilla

T --- heavy alcohol, but smooth mixture of malts, chocolate and vanilla

M --- smooth, oily, med body, and moderate carbonation

O --- This is an excellent beer. I divided up a 750 ml bottle with two other guys and had the right amount. I might grab another bottle and sit on it for a while. It would be an excellent beverage to end the day on Christmas.

mikechance, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

danoble1, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jlogan7, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Etan
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Etan, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Neorebel
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Neorebel, Nov 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

aubrey, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of bruachan
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

bruachan, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of anabar
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

anabar, Nov 02, 2012
Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.