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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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825 Ratings
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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 109
Gots: 181 | FT: 11
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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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled on 19/13/2011...Yeah, I don't know either. Best guess is that the leading 1 is a misprint, which would make it 13 September 2011.

A: Very little head, but mocha tracing and heavy lacing. Opaque brown-black, enough so to merit the subtitle "Black Ale."

S: Sticky molasses, obvious hops, and strong blackberry. Wow...there's a lot going on. Roasted malt, velvety-sweet alcohol, coffee, dark chocolate. This is the tops.

T: Hot, fierce, full, and soothing. The contradiction lies in its strength. At 13%+, Labyrinth packs a punch, but it's this same intensity that highlights the dark fruits, the subtle chocolates, the light roast, and the hoppy bite. In that it tastes more like a liquor than a beer, reminiscent of Tactical Nuclear Penguin or Utopias. Considering the price point, I'd say that's rather flattering. The aftertaste is dry and unexceptional, unlike the rest of the beer.

M: Thin malts, strong body. Nice interplay between hops and sugars.

O: I think the high ABV makes this beer taste better than it is, but it's still damn good. Recommended. I would have more, if it weren't for the high price point. Maybe special occasions...

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 05:22:34 | More by AgentMunky
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-29-2012 02:01:45 | More by jhb138
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Texas

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03-22-2012 13:11:20 | More by kjkinsey
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-22-2012 04:12:20 | More by Texasfan549
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep and silky black with some brown hues around the rim. Maybe a fingers worth of tightly packed deep tan foam. Leaves lacing all over the glass.

S - strong notes of smoke and sweet licorice. As it warms there are some woody notes in the mix. As well as some hints of chocolate, cherries and peppery spice.

T - notes of dark and milk chocolate mix on the front of the tounge. While a balancing earthy bitterness blends with sweet and roasty notes mid palate. Sweet cherries on the back of the tounge.

M - silky texture. medium bodied. With medium carbonation.

O - an exceptional ale. The flavors are very decadent but the bodied and texture allow this beer to still retain an easy drinking quality. And for 13% abv only a hint of alcohol is detected.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:35:53 | More by Teleweizen2
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a thin brown colored head.

S: Chocolate and roasted malt with booze and a very slight hop.

T: Interesting flavor in this one. You get the peppery alcohol up front mixed with a chocolate and roasted malt flavor and a sweet licorice. Licorice is one of those polarizing flavors. I happen to be a fan. The sweet anise flavor with the burn in the finish is very nice.

M: Medium-heavy body with little carbonation. Smooth feel. Has a bit of a burn to it. A nice motor oil beer.

O: The 13.2% is no joke, this one is a heavy. A really nice sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

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California

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

Bottled 10-25-2011

While there is brown in the pour, the beers solidifies to a black color with no light shining through. A huge mocha head leaves plenty of lace, and ring around the beer that stays.

Smell is coffee, roasted malt, licorice, wood, molasses, booze, with more smoky wood undertones. Lots going on here.

Taste is chocolaty, charred wood, and coffee. Big and bold, with hints of soy, and anise on the finish.

Plenty of carbonation makes it feel lighter, but it's still a huge beer. An incredibly smooth 13%, that smooths out more as it warms. Even so, it's still a slow drinker at the huge abv.

A great beer, and not as expensive or tiny as other barrel aged beers. I already bought more to age.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has about a year of age on it. I've seen a ton of forum posts on how underrated this beer is, so I'm really looking forward to trying it. Cork was hard to come off by hand but by teeth worked just fine. Am i ready for this?

Pours a deep brown color with no light able to shine through the glass.. about a 3 finger brown head forms and dissipates quickly. Chocolate covered raisins, figs, jam, coffee and roasted malt on the nose. Licorice makes itself present as the beer breathes. Oak comes through eventually despite the aging.

Incredibly smooth with a spicy alcohol finish on the lips. Incredibly well blended flavors with a warming in the gut. Black candied licorice up front with deep roasted malts. Chocolate, coffee, and caramel swirl around somewhere in the middle with a bitter burnt finish. Slight alcohol presence, but not nearly as much as you expect for 13%. Massive syrup like body with some phenolic like flavors on the finish. Incredibly complex and well blended flavors.

An almost scary beer. Not for the faint of tongue. Named Labyrinth for a reason; truly a beer you can get lost in.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 06:05:20 | More by jtierney89
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Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.