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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

2378GCGTG, Apr 30, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Quite a scary pour, as the beer streams out like motor oil into the chalice, forming a modest tan head that leaves squiggles of lace behind

Smell: The rye barrel and brewer's licorice elements dominate the aroma, with undertones of dark chocolate and prune

Taste: Charred wood and dark chocolate, up front, with the brewer's licorice, hops and molasses flavors building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the rye barrel emerges, bringing along a boozy, charred character that dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a lot of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Tried two from the Crooked Line series today (for the first time) and really didn't enjoy either one of them; while this had an interesting range of flavors, it was ultimately too boozy and harsh on the tongue to be enjoyable; I am not familiar with the Utah laws but it is almost as if, having finally been freed up to brew high ABV beers, Uinta is unleashing the brewed equivalent of a testosterone-overloaded adolescent

brentk56, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

muskiesman, Apr 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Ultraman9000, Apr 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

codynevels, Apr 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

BobSmooth, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

MarkFy, Apr 26, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on a recent visit to the Public House in Las Vegas. I had been hearing about this brewery and was anxious to try the beer. It was very good, among the best in the style, but a little bit strong, particularly at lunchtime when I had it.

Appearance is a dark roast color, very dark head, good carbonation and good lacing.

Aroma is roasty but with a little bit of alcohol even in the nose.

Flavor is very roasty, some hops but, again, a little bit hot.

Overall a great beer that I would recommend.

david18, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

MarkyMOD, Apr 26, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, rich, warm, chocolaty sable with a fairly thick tan head. Smoky, slightly salty aroma has notes of molasses and chocolate and a hint of caramel. Rich flavor fills the mouth with molasses, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel with hints of toffee and coffee and a subtle smoky overtone. Smooth, firm texture has a respectable amount of fizz. Fortunately, you shoudn’t have to go through a labyrinth to find this one, but it would be worth the trip.

Cyberkedi, Apr 25, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.5%

Happy_Camper, Apr 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

projektyle, Apr 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mmurphy525, Apr 25, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im not an experienced beer connoisseur, but i have had enough experience to know a good beer when i see it. And this is one of the best in its category which can be found in Utah in my opinion. Id doesnt have that hard water taste of international dark beer, which im happy to do without. This beer is great for anyone who wants a high ABV and full flavor with thicker viscosity. I pretty biased for the malt type beers so i score this one higher.

Personally i love everything about the beer. IF i had more experience with beer and a better spectrum to judge, i would give it 5.0.

If your looking for something different in the RIS category you owe it to yourself to try this beer!

BarkingMonkeye, Apr 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

eawolff99, Apr 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

ers, Apr 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

JohnK17, Apr 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

jlove5, Apr 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

yergermeister, Apr 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

bluckbeyes, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

funkel81, Apr 18, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
bottled on: 09/13/11

Pours black with a thick, foamy brown head.

Cocoa upfront, with light roast notes and just a hint of booze.

Chocolate and cocoa predominately. I can appreciate the subtle black licorice notes, though I don't know that I would recognize them as such if I didn't know it was there.

Medium-full body with subtle carbonation.

I had been wanting to enjoy an Imperial Stout for some time now and this definitely lived up to my expectations.

vkv822, Apr 16, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from last year (bottled in October), shared at a recent beer tasting - thanks Brad! Review from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Deep black from which light cannot escape, thin light head of foam, some lacing. Viscosity of motor oil.

Enjoyed with anise seed-dark chocolate.

Nose is rich and hearty, with dark malt, chocolate, coffee, anise (licorice), vanilla, whiskey and a mild hop bitterness.

Very flavorful, enjoyable stout, and absolutely no sense of the big booze factor here. In fact, I had no idea this monster stood at such a high ABV until halfway through the bottle when another member of our party alerted me. I was too busy enjoying the chocolate, coffee, vanilla and anise flavors to be bothered. A nice hop bitterness to the finish, and with some dark fruits lingering in the recesses of each sip.

Thick and silky, coats the tongue like a champ.

My favorite of the beer tasting night - an excellent brew, made all the more surprising to me because generally I can't stand licorice, but the light touch - accentuated only with the anise-chocolate - was quite something. My first brew from the Crooked Line, and damn did this one deliver. Will get again.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 16, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked & caged 750 poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A: Beautiful stout, dark 'used motor oil' consistency, mocha colored head with tight bubbles and good retention and alcohol feet.

S: Licorice, oak, bourbon...pleasant and not overpowering booze for a beer this big...chocolate, rich malts, hints of caramel.

T: Creamy smooth rich chocolate, oak, pleasant bourbon and vanilla notes that are really well integrated with the other flavors...licorice, light booze, faint brown sugar, some burnt malt notes...hints of caramel and burnt sugar.

MF: Full bodied, with tingly espresso-like bitterness and a nice light dryness.

O: Extremely smooth and not as boozy as I thought it would be @ 13.2% abv...its very easily drinkable, flavors are good but maybe a touch more subtle than I'd like.

Scotchboy, Apr 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Rollzroyce21, Apr 09, 2012
Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 877 ratings.