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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 127
Gots: 201 | 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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Photo of ladyivory
4.75/5  rDev +12%

ladyivory, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Bfarr
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled 6/11
Black with a foamy brown head with no retention. Toasted oak, chocolate and a light herbal aroma. Molasses and cocoa with a strong chocolate sweetness and herbal and licorice notes. Thick feel with virtually no carbonation.

I wonder why this was even corked with so little carbonation developing. It really pours more like a wine than a beer without having a lot of the complexity. I’ve enjoyed other subtle Uinta offerings and the flavor is good while being a nice sipping high ABV beer, but its overall look and feel make it a little more average. At least in name it was a great pairing with “Anonymous”.

Bfarr, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of joshnovaski
4/5  rDev -5.7%

joshnovaski, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of RobEzombie
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

RobEzombie, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Halcyondays, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

CelticAleMan, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of bozodogbreath
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

bozodogbreath, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blessings on MarkVegas for this appealing extra in a recent trade. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

I was confused by the 'black ale' label - big stout. OK. That's clearer. Pours like it, too, with plenty of pop in the cork. Nose brings serious wood to my shorts - great roast, whiskey, vanilla, sweet honeyed malts, chocolate. Dead-on yippee.

Labyrinth is a credit to its genre...wow. Wow. Did I say wow? This is a work of artistic genius. The nose is amplified & amped up. Great whiskey-soaked chocolate up front, backed by insanely rich sweet malts. Roast & vanilla sweep through the midsection. Smooth. Cleaner than the cleanest IPA, the only aftertaste is the lingering roast, then I'm ready for the next sip. Having trouble not sucking this down like a Hummer at the pump. I mean, well, you know what I mean.

This is a gorgeous beer. If you haven't had it, seek it out.

maximum12, Aug 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

strongaf, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of iKrystin
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

iKrystin, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this on draft at the Todd English PUB next to the Aria hotel in Vegas. It was 106 degrees outside, but I did not want to pass up the chance to drink this double stout. It was a great beer experience regardless of the heat outside.

Black pour with cocoa brown head. Not too thick like some stouts, and well carbonated.

S: malty, roasty. T: chocolate, barrel, roasty, some bitterness from the hops comes through especially in the finish. I had an ipa before drinking this so I feel like I missed out on some potential complexities. It was fantastic.

FYI the Whole Foods sold the 750 ml bottle, and in retrospect, I should have picked it up

I'll have another.

XicanoBeerRun, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of ryko
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

ryko, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with very little head, thick and viscous in the glass. Lots of licorice in the nose, and not too sweet- dry and almost dusty. It almost smells chewy. Surprisingly smooth and mild given the huge abv. Lots more licorice in the mouth with additional notes of bitter chocolate, ash, vanilla, and some roasted grains. Not charred tasting, but the ashy minerality contributes to a slight smokiness and drys the beer out quite a bit. Some sweetness from the licorice. Again, the tastes seem chewy, but the beer is silky smooth. Nice. Probably the best beer I've had from Uinta- and not just another run-of-the-mill RIS either. Well done.

Georgiabeer, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labyrinth Black Ale
Uinta Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
ABV: 13.20 %

LOOK: Dark, oily, with little head, oil slicks. Scary mean looking bruiser of an Imperial Stout fashion.

SMELL: Roasted malts, over ripe fruits, alcohol, hops.

TASTE: Lots of roasted flavor, dark chocolates, whiskey, coffee, strong boozy rye notes. Alcohol , dark malts, strange fruit.

FEEL: Thick, oily, med/low carb.

OVERALL: Whats not to like about a beer like this. A merciless beast who you can conquer with a dessert of chocolate malt brownies.

Stinkypuss, Aug 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

st9647v3, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks misty brown-black in this dim light. Head didn't form/hold. Enjoying my intro to Uinta!

Bittersweet cocoa, spry oak, vanilla bean, and earthy hops. Black licorice and hefty roast. Smells pretty damn nice.

Sweet stout-like flavors of roasted sugars, chocolate, light coffee, oakiness, dark vinous fruits, licorice, and a warming alcohol note. Lots of woody tones of oak spirals. Minor whiskey notes. Too thin a feel for a stout. I think they may have been going for an Imperial Stout flavor-wise, but missed the mark.

Excellent black ale with amazingly-disguised strength. Feels like a 9.5% sipper.

thecheapies, Aug 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

brystmar, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

5.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of light brown, creamy head. Retention is very good, especially for a brew this big. Glass covering lacing is left.

4.5 S: Lots of licorice in this, which I'm usually not a fan of, but it works so well with the rest of the aromas. Deep supple roastiness, rich dark chocolate, loads of molasses, and creamy caramel. The rye barrel plays a complementary role and adds a spicy earthiness and light leather. Very nice.

4.5 T: Taste is as good as the nose. Licorice starts things off again. Rich maltiness in the form of molasses, caramel, and dark chocolate. Heavy, though manageable roastiness. Rich and decadent - the flavors presented run deep. Again the rye adds a spicy earthiness and a bit of leather and vanilla. Booze doesn't come into play at all.

4.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and superbly smooth.

4.5 D: Really fucking tasty. I'm a bit surprised how much I like it. Big bold flavors that merge seemlessly

DavoleBomb, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of dense brown foam. Retention is above average.

S: Tons of dark chocolate with molasses, light licorice, and peaty whiskey. Almost smells as though this was aged in a scotch barrel.

T: Tons of dark chocolate mixed with toffee, caramel, smooth coffee, and light licorice. I get quite a bit of oak and a bit of peaty scotch, though not as strong as the aroma. Though a bit on the sweet side, this beer is extremely complex.

M: Quite thick with light, but adequate carbonation.

O: I'm really upset I waited so long to try this beer. I never tried it since I'm not a licorice fan and the beer boasts of licorice as a flavor. This beer is extremely complex and very tasty.

coreyfmcdonald, Aug 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Livewire77, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of rutgersjpm
4/5  rDev -5.7%

rutgersjpm, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a black with hints of dark red. Thin, medium brown head with lacing. Dark malt, coffee. bourbon and alcohol aroma. Strong dark roasted malts and coffee up front, some chocolate and mild dark fruits. The bourbon does not show up much in the taste, unfortunately. Finishes dry and bitter. The high ABV, bitter finish and dominance of the burnt, roasted flavors seems a little unbalanced.

LiquidAmber, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

nmann08, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

carrollmel7, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Mavajo
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black with a brown head. An aggressive pour yields a thin head. No lacing. Aroma is oak, bourbon, caramel, roast and hops. Taste is licorice, with roasty/charred notes, and a mild bourbon backbone. The char/roast lingers long on the palate. Sticky. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation - a bit watery.

Aroma is pretty good. Taste is OK. There are better bourbon barrel stouts out there. The long roasty aftertaste is a major downer. Even 15 minutes later, that roastiness was still parching my palate.

Mavajo, Jul 25, 2012
Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.