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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 900
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Big_Dave, Aug 22, 2014
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n00blar, Aug 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Appearance is great giant head that is cappuccino 4 finger length

Smell: Poured oin a chalice chocolate a little bananna and light brown sugar

Taste and mouth feel: rich choc forward and roasted malt. Thins out towards the end and the alcohol hits like licorice liqour

Overall: I drank this beer pretty new as it was bottled less than 6 months ago. I am well versed in aged beers and beer aging. I am 100 percent sure that this beer would develop into a monster given two years.

Don't get it wrong I enjoy everything about this year...

Big_Beers, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jnich2424, Aug 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 mL bottle into a teku. This bottle has a date of 3/29/13.

I love the dark khaki-colored head on this. The appearance of this foamy head over the pitch-black body looks very much like a serving of espresso. A thick layer of lace settles over the body and splotches remain around the glass.

The nose is just huge on this. Potent as all hell. Big oak flavors, chocolate, a hint of red wine, vanilla, and a tiny bit of alcohol.

Not to be outdone, the flavors on this brew are intense and in your face. Huge roasted malt flavors add a new element, but the oak, red wine and other aromas find their way to my tongue. Baker's chocolate lingers with a hint of spicy bourbon flavor.

Well, for being 13.2% ABV, this beer drinks smoothly. It's thick-bodied and malty, viscous, and only minorly hot from the alcohol. There's a touch of hop bitterness at the finish as well as some dryness.

This is an excellent beer. Rich in flavor, smooth to drink, and actually pretty reasonably priced.

ONovoMexicano, Aug 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

sendbeer, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

MikeANeilson, Aug 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

humpty1602, Jul 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jgunther71, Jul 26, 2014
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RobertH50, Jul 26, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11/8/12 Bottling poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
A - Pours a black color with a rich, dense, red/brown head. The head dissipates to a relatively long lasting lacing.
S - Smells of hops, malt, slight char, some oak and a hint of licorice.
T - Taste is similar to the smell with a little chocolate thrown in.
M - A very rich, thick mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - Pretty good for a licorice infused ale. Fans of Deschutes' Abyss will appreciate this ale.

kdahnke123, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of TruePerception
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Uinta's Labyrinth, barrel aged quadruple black ale, brewed with licorice sticks; from their Crooked Line series. 13.2% ABV.

Man, that cork was on tight!

A: A full two fingers of solid, chocolate milk-brown head. Very slow dissipation. Utterly black in the glass, with extremely dark brown in the dimple, and just the slimmest dark-golden brown glow in the very bottom. Good lacing, that hold completely steady. Foam slides around the top of the beer in a very pleasing way; slow and deliberate. The bubbles above the beer sparkle against the side of the glass.

S: I smell black licorice right away, once the cork is popped. Up close to my nose, the licorice is still quite present, but a rich bittersweet chocolate is taking over. Some darker oaky caramels, and toasted oak notes. Just a touch of coffee, in the background.

T/MF: As expected, the beer has a nice, soft, almost pillow-y feel on the tongue. The flavor is a pretty decent amount of cocoa cereal, with sweeter black licorice taste that overpowers it just the right amount. A bit of sweeter coffee, rounds it out. A slight char note rides the back end. Finish is long and low, and mostly the sweeter licorice, with a touch of char.

It still amazes me that, while I can't stand licorice candy, I seem to enjoy it most times as a flavor in beer.

While, I wouldn't put it quite up there with some of the better whiskey barrel-aged beers, it is quite good!

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

TruePerception, Jul 25, 2014
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Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.