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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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BA SCORE
94
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778 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%


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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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Corked bottle...poured in Corsendonk chalice.
Tight cork, slight poof.
Pours deep Mohagany with brown head layer, brown lace on glass.
Aroma of rich chocolate, Mexican chocolate, mixed spices, cocoa, alcohol.
Significant mouthfeel...rich and bold...oh mommy!
Flavors of dark chocolate, Mexican chocolate, mango rind, cinnamon, Hungarian paprika, melon rind...oh mommy...this is a big boy. This is not for picky, timid drinkers, including some beer geeks. This is like a statement saying "We in Utah can make some Kick-butt beer you won't soon forget." Oooh...help me lord!
Fortunately I have someone to share this with because drinking this whole baby by oneself would be comparable to abuse, excuse my beer language-ookie-ookie...booyang! While less alcohol than say, an Avery Czar, this stands out greater in impact...it's an assault in the mouth, not close to smooth, but intriguing and tasty if you want a strong one!
2/18/2013 - I'm trying a bottle dated 6/8/11. I don't know what my previous bottle was dated, but I'm guessing it was younger, and that has made a big difference. Yep...aging has mellowed out the rough alcohol and mouth assaulting characteristics. This is damn tasty...big chocolate malts, some rich tropical dried fruit, raisins, prune, carob, significant alcohol, bitter chocolate, slight paprika, caramel, toffee...slight liquorice and oak as the label says, but not the biggest flavors...and there are other bitter flavors. Challenging but inviting if you're looking for a big beer. Ayieee!!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 05:30:40 | More by DenverLogan
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 07/09/12:

Into a nonic, and a regular pint, nothing really changed between the two:

A: jet black body leaving a super large three finger head foamy tan head. Last pour of the bottle makes the head mushroom cap a bit and then settles slowly in nice little inner valleys. Lacing clings in a foamy way.

S: awesome combination of licorice, chocolate, light coffee and hop

T: mainly sweet between previously mentioned flavors yet the coffee and hops from the smell presents a lingering sweet stickiness.

M: medium to heavy with some light sharpness on the tongue. The alcohol is felt warmly going down my throat but in a good way. Though as this beer grows on me, there's a part that wants more but I am realizing this perhaps I bit off more than I could chew (hockey game beforehand could be causing me to want to gulp). This is not as drinkable as I thought it would be thinking since it was bottled last July it would have mellowed by now, it didn't. It leaves a sticky aftertaste and finis

O: I think this is an excellent beer, its superb for its style and its superb for me. Next time I wish to have this, I'll make sure I didn`t workout within an hour of having this.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 05:44:55 | More by BeerKangaroo
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ElCommodoro

Texas

2.51/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer was intense. I was wondering how they were going to make a "black ale" so high in alcohol. It seems it was achieved by essentially making it a stout. It did retain a very intense black malt and roasted malt flavour, though. That made it interesting. A lot of things made this beer interesting. But one overarching thing made it disgusting and that was what I call "soy sauce" flavour. I don't know what causes it, but I come across it every now and then in a very strong, dark beer. They take on the flavour and, more prominently, smell, of soy sauce. Everyone seems to agree that that is what they smell like. This is one of those rare beers with this distinct odor and it is most unpleasant. It hits immediately and hard, masking even the presence of alcohol (which is most saddening of all for me). Luckily ,after a few sips, I did start to get used to it with this particular beer. I've had more overwhelming "soy sauce" beers in the past. Underneath it, there is a lot going on and it is all most interesting and appreciated. The oak flavours are very prominent and do a very good job of adding complexity and pleasurable flavour to the strong flavour of roasted malt and licorice.
The mouthfeel wasn't very pleasant either. I like strong stouts, but this was excessively thick, oily, and yeasty. It was not nearly as bad as Jester King's Black Metal, but it suffered from the same problem. It was so thick, yeasty, and strong in flavour and harshness that it became unpleasant. This is coming from someone who thrives on strong, harsh beers. Quads and wee heavies are my favourite styles. But every now and again, I come across something that's just excessive and distasteful. This is one of those things. Interesting, yes, but absolutely not worth buying again. It was a struggle to finish the bottle between four people and only one of us could really say that we "enjoyed" the experience. They best I can muster is, "it was OK. It wasn't "that bad.'" But that's not worth a high score. In the quest for strong stouts, there are much better choices.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 04:19:07 | More by ElCommodoro
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DesertRat

North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The licorice flavors were nice. Unique taste with the malts, which were unexpected. I loved the thick texture, but I expected something similar to Oskar Blues "Ten Fidy". I loved the balance, but was expecting something bolder. It was a safe brew, for something I anticipated to be a little more larger than life. Great beer, but for the cost, I would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:18:42 | More by DesertRat
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Black Hole black! No light shall pass! Thick and sticky dark tan head that leaves a ton of lacing dripping down the glass. The legs are thicker than Kim Kardashian's! Thick, oily and drippy!

S- Rich, dark Belgian 80% chocolate, heavily roasted pecans/walnuts/brazil nuts, licorice, vanilla, cherry nibs, burnt sugar, heavy cream, marshmallows, and a slew of dark dried fruit. Picking up some smoked/charred wood and caramel. This is DEEP and delicious! Wow!

T- Thick, rich, and bittersweet cocoa! Chocolate malted balls, vanilla beans, oak, licorice whips both black and cherry! Nice roasted nuttiness, bitter coffee and marshmallow sweetness. Picking up some of the Rye from the barrel. Nice touch of alcohol that opens up the taste buds. Deep dried figs, prunes, raisins and some subtle touches of citrus and charred malt. This has to be in my top ten all time Stouts! Absolutely Brilliant!

M- Thick and creamy like a beer shake! Grabs your tongue and never lets go. Keeps developing and changing flavors before, inbetween and after each sip. This is crazy good! All the BBA aging and none of the hype! How is this not rated higher than most "One Day Only, Stand In Line All Day" RIS'? $14 of brilliance in a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 00:59:29 | More by Thickfreakness
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PsychedVTXer

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chewy, silky, tough on the palette if not in the mood for a heavier, slightly sweet beer but perfect chocolate, spice overtones if tuned in for it. In the top five imperial stouts on my list. Higher alcohol helps balance out some of the sweetness that can overtake it at times. Overall, love it when I'm in the right mood. That's why I bought a case of it!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 21:27:21 | More by PsychedVTXer
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BierJager89

California

4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best beers I've ever had, and I will be buying another bottle. Poured from one of the coolest bottles ever (style-wise, not temperature-wise, DO NOT drink this ice cold like you would Corona) into probably a small snifter of some kind.

A: Anise and dark chocolate in the nose. I gave it a 5 for originality. Plus I love both of those smells.

T: Blackened barley, roasted malt, anise, vanilla, caramel, oak (tastes bourbony, but this site says it's aged in rye barrels, however I have not had much rye whisky, and never have I had it on its own, only in my sazeracs, for which I use ri1). ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! A touch of smoke in there too, which is nice.

M: Full bodied and smooth, perfect.

O: Try this beer if you like barrel aged imperial stouts and anise. I know some people don't like anise, but I love, and I love this beer. One of the few bottles I'll be trying again, and number 16 out of more than 600 beers I've tried, as of writing this. So good.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 19:52:07 | More by BierJager89
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a shorted stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black topped with a two finger fluffy tan head that slowly dissipates, no evident lacing. Wonderful nose that is a balanced combination of toasted oak, black licorice, hint of bakers chocolate, roasted malt, and some dark fruit. Roasted malt, charred oak, overripe black cherries, slight sweet black licorice, dark chocolate, a lot of complexity here. Big molasses presence midpalate forward. Finishes with anise bitterness smoothed out by lingering molasses notes. Big, chewy full body that is both creamy with some syrup on the edges, low carbonation. A truly exceptional brew that should not be missed. Very balanced, complex, and truly unique.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 05:53:39 | More by chanokokoro
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A dark red head formed on initial pour. Dark color to the beer with a dark amber tint. Enjoyed out of a large goblet shaped glass.

Smell: The alcohol is prevalent in the aroma but has some malt and chocolate accents. Caramel and molasses also there. Aroma was not overpowering, overall very pleasant.

Taste: Wow, this is an awesome imperial stout. Incredibly drinkable, the licorice sweetness provides nice undertones throughout this brew. The barrel aging rounds the flavor out, bringing all the caramel, molasses, and malt flavors together. The 13.2% abv is almost completely hidden, a light heat from the high abv provides character instead of dominating the beer.

Mouthfeel: The molasses sticks on the palette. A chewy mouthfeel lingers. The alcohol sting is felt a little bit.

Overall: An exceptional beer. I've had a couple beer from this crooked line from Uinta and have been very impressed with both (The other was their barrel aged barley wine Cockeyed Cooper). This beer is unique, which for me makes this one stand out. Different from many other imperial stouts I've had, go get yourself a bottle of this one now.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 01:37:09 | More by KFBR392
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merzeone

Iowa

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lrg Bottle shared with friends.
Bottle was aged for a year

AP: Dark Dark Black with a nice thick brown head that holds tight and good lacing.

AR: Huge nose compiled of Complex malts, Dark Caramel followed by a Nutty (walnut) aroma and roasted coffee with hints of dark fruits and licorice, some barrel aroma (vanilla) with a blast of alcohol to let you know what you are getting into.

T: BIG malt flavors (super sweet) with raisin and plumb notes followed by chocolate and Roasted Coffee, Low hop bitterness. A touch of alcohol burn I expected more beings it sits in at 13% ABV.

M: Big Body Medium to low Carb, a touch cloying and minor astringency from roasted malts.

O: Very Good Super complex, Scarily easy to drink even coming in over 13% ABV I can see why this beer has a good following if you find it snag it up and give it a shot if you enjoy big stouts!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 22:04:46 | More by merzeone
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tut2528

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/9/12
poured into Bruery snifter

A: pours ink black with a massive 2 and 1/2 fingers worth of beautiful thick dark brown head formation. the lacing is absolutely phenomenal and after 2 minutes, there is still 1 fingers worth of head formation.

S: this is nice. it has a terrific licorice, chocolate, alcohol soaked figs, a slight oaky vanilla sweetness. nicely balanced.

T: alcohol heat, big oak, alcohol soaked dark fruits (figs, raisins), some dark chocolate, i also pick up on some hops in the back, almost somewhat like peat. big vanilla finish.

M: full bodied, leaves an alcohol burn, oak and hops on the palate which is kind of dry.

O: its a solid brew, but a bit too hot right now for it to be enjoyed by oneself. the heat is rather dominating in the taste, as well as the mouthfeel and it takes away the other nice components of this brew. I also feel that the hops slightly pushes this brew a bit off balance, but thats just my $0.02

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:57:02 | More by tut2528
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SlothB77

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 750 ML bottle

A: Black or chocolate brown with a very thin medium brown head.

S: Chocolate and coffee aromas. Pretty strong. Molasses too.

T: Creamy and smooth. A syrupy milk chocolate. Bitter licorice aftertaste that lingers nicely for a little while. Licorice.

M: Low carbonation, medium-body, low-acidity. Medium heat for a nice winter beer. I don't really smell or taste the roasted oak that is mentioned on the side of the bottle.

O: Very pleasant smooth black ale that compares favorably to chocolate/ coffee- flavored stout.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-03-2013 23:25:24 | More by SlothB77
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Picked this bottle up today from a local store. Stored chilled and poured into a Kate the Great tulip. After opening, I took a look at the bottling date on this bottle only to see that this was bottled on 9/3/2010, so this is well over two years old. At 13.20% ABV, I'm pretty excited to see how this held up.

Appearance: Dark brown to almost black in color. Pours a nice, one and a half finger medium brown head. The head is creamy and holds up well. Recedes into a nice lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, licorice and roasted coffee bean aromas up front. Really nice sweetness of brown sugar and vanilla backing the roasty stout tones. There is certainly some alcohol present in the aroma, but it feels far less than the 13.2% listed. Incredibly balanced.

Taste: Milk chocolate and licorice provide a nice sweet backbone. Lots of vanilla, coffee beans and molasses notes are present as well. A slight rye spiciness as well. Some earthy tones as well that add a nice complexity. A touch of oxidation is present, but it is not too strong at all. The alcohol is really toned down but still retains the warming qualities.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. Velvety in feel and warming throughout. Nicely carbonated for a beer that is two years old.

Overall, a really tasty and balanced imperial stout. The licorice is a nice compliment and really balances well with the rye barrel tones and the sweet base stout. Really well done and nicely balanced. Not sure how this drinks fresh but it is very tasty with two years on it. I would definitely try this again at this price.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 03:00:46 | More by Gosox8787
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a snifter after refrigerating for 1.5 hours. The temp was just right- warmer for this high ABV beer. Bottle date:11/29/11.

This beer lives up to the style: an American Double has more alcohol- which is cleaner, and more hop presence than its Russian Imperial ancestor.

The color was deep dark brown chocolate with a three finger head. A damn good looking beer!

Dark chocolate wafted from the head.

The mouth feel was very smooth- unlike Russian Imperial stouts which have a more carbonated mouth feel.

The beer tasted like a chocolate milk shake laced with alcohol. Smooth, deep chocolate, some fruit, with a hint of licorice as suggested by the brewer.

Overall a winner from an excellent brewery. Serve warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 02:10:39 | More by brureview
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 01:14:54 | More by Vonerichs
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mactrail

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 05:44:37 | More by mactrail
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PHSCAPT

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:25:25 | More by PHSCAPT
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 03:39:43 | More by yamar68
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a super dark brown/black color with a thick creamy brown head. Very nice lacing.

Smell – Licorice, toasted malt, molasses, chocolate, and oak.

Taste – Dark chocolate, malt, molasses, vanilla, and oak.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy, with a nice carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable, but doesn’t feel like 13.2%.

Drinkability – Very easy to drink at 13.2% abv. This is an underrated stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 05:52:35 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 01:07:31 | More by ToasterChef
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mikechance

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 21:13:52 | More by mikechance
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:38:24 | More by Neorebel
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -25.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 02:10:01 | More by bruachan
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 02:42:01 | More by BEERMILER12
Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.