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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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929 Ratings
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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 137
Gots: 216 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-01-2010

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
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of brureview
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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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.

Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.