1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

896 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 896
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 130
Gots: 202 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 896 | Reviews: 283 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of vrbulldog22
4/5  rDev -5.7%

vrbulldog22, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Omer4176
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Omer4176, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of fightingb77
4/5  rDev -5.7%

fightingb77, May 27, 2012
Photo of sjverla
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Thick and sweet. Molasses is prominent. Prunes. Cocoa. Black currant jam. A touch of alcohol. Slight anise notes - black liquorice definitely. Something like a Good & Plenty.

Appearance: Jet-black and 100% opaque. Kicked up about a quarter-inch of tan head. Looks like a glass of motor oil.

Taste: Phenominally complex. Roasty and sweet, the flavors really move and change. Starts off candy-sweet, but is quickly overpowered by dark flavors of burnt sugar, coffee and dark chocolate. Slightly fruity, but mostly bitter. The finish is woody and faintly alcoholic.

Overall: This is a hell of a beer - probably the biggest I've had to date. It's going to take a while to get through, but damn it's good.

sjverla, May 26, 2012
Photo of bootdown21
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

bootdown21, May 22, 2012
Photo of Devi0us
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Devi0us, May 19, 2012
Photo of elgiacomo
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottled April 18, 2011. just over a year old. Served at nearly room temp.

Pours black with a one finger brown head that quickly recedes to an island and small ring...leaves just a few spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, oak, coffee, dark roasted malts, black licorice, a touch smoky, some alcohol. Very good strength.

Flavor features black licorice, whiskey, chocolate, oak, vanilla, charred wood/smoke, some coffee, caramel, noticeable alcohol, but this is 13.2% after all. Not bad or obtrusive at all. Minimal hops. Very rich and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, sticky, low carbonation.

This one has been on my "to-do" list for a while, and it’s every bit as good as I had expected it to be. The aroma and flavor are huge on this one and more than make up for the low carbonation which impacts the appearance and mouthfeel a bit. The rye whiskey barrel comes through really well...a lot of charred oak and vanilla notes throughout. Uinta continues to impress!

elgiacomo, May 17, 2012
Photo of DaveONan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

DaveONan, May 16, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

AlexChillton, May 16, 2012
Photo of twowheelssoar
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

twowheelssoar, May 16, 2012
Photo of Lantern
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Lantern, May 15, 2012
Photo of Shilt
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Shilt, May 14, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

bonbini26, May 14, 2012
Photo of skinnybear
4/5  rDev -5.7%

skinnybear, May 04, 2012
Photo of StoicBeast
4/5  rDev -5.7%

StoicBeast, May 03, 2012
Photo of Ruger44
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Ruger44, May 03, 2012
Photo of daysinthewake
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

daysinthewake, May 02, 2012
Photo of litheum94
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/25/11. Reviewed 3/24/12.

Pours a very deep, oil slick black body. Produces a very big head, dark brown in color. It leaves behind a small, yet thick head, with nice lacing.

Tons of smoked malts on the nose. Wood tones. Hints of licorice and plums.

Dark roasted malts, with bitter-sweet chocolate. Big mouthfull of smoked wood, with licorice root flavors. Bitter coffee flavors. Warming alcohol burn on the finish, with a lingering bitterness from the coffee flavors.

A monster of a beer, with so much complexity and booziness that it pretty much kicks your ass and leaves you begging for more. A must try beer.

litheum94, May 02, 2012
Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

JVan, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

2378GCGTG, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
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
Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

muskiesman, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Ultraman9000
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Ultraman9000, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of codynevels
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

codynevels, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of BobSmooth
4/5  rDev -5.7%

BobSmooth, Apr 26, 2012
Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.