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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 119
Gots: 195 | 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 jtierney89

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

02-29-2012 06:05:20 | More by jtierney89
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-27-2012 17:54:14 | More by Swervine44
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-25-2012 18:46:30 | More by steamboatbrewer
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

750 ml bottle with cork and cage served at cellar temp into a goblet.

Labyrinth is nearly black in color with barely any head. Brown highlights seen on the pour but otherwise not much to see.

Aroma is rich and roasty with a little sweetness. The rye whiskey barrels add just enough to the smell without being overpowering.

Flavor is intense with dark roasted malt, sweet caramel rye, and vanilla from the barrels. It's well balanced without having the boozy quality of some bourbon stouts.

Mouthfeel is strong but surprisingly drinkable given the 13%+ ABV. It's definately a slow sipper but one that I can see enjoying this for several hours to come.

Overall a really nice imperial stout. One that doesn't get a lot of hype but probably deserves to. Just don't tell anyone else.

02-25-2012 02:34:30 | More by GilGarp
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-22-2012 07:13:27 | More by kmatlack
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Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Bottle from Whole Foods on S Las Vegas Blvd. Bottled April 18, 2011, 750ml into a tulip.

Poured black with a dark brown/crimson tinge to it. Big legs, decent retention and spots of lace. Nose has rich brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, light oak, with a touch of anise. Some sugary dark fruits come to mind as well, only the slightest suggestion of alcohol. Taste has bakers chocolate, brown sugar, light vanilla and subtle barrel notes, as the nose suggested. Anise again, sweet with a strong roasty finish. Full but not massive body, and the alcohol is masterfully disguised. Quite fantastic, extremely balanced and well integrated - this went down way to easy for its size.

02-21-2012 03:34:57 | More by liamt07
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-21-2012 00:01:53 | More by markrmoser
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-18-2012 17:09:13 | More by chrispoint
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

02-18-2012 06:24:26 | More by tbeq00
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-17-2012 23:20:30 | More by savagepm
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New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a three finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Licorice nose, flavor is sweet licorice, hints of oak and the high ABV. Best so far from Uinta. Bottled Feb 2011, $13.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

02-17-2012 23:11:55 | More by jdhilt
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle shared by Liam.

Pretty much pitch black, 1.5 fingers of reddish tan head, some lace as well on the glass. Smell is full of roasted malts, chocolate, fruit and anise, oak and whisky scents, some alcohol, a bit of candy like sugary sweetness and vanilla . Taste follows nose roasted malt with vanilla, oak, bourbon/whiskey, some hoppy notes as well as bittersweet chocolate, anise, slight alcohol burn. Lightish carbonation, light creamy texture as well as syrupy points, fairly full bodied. Just incredible stuff here, I was baffled by how good this is, defintley glad I was there when this was opened.

02-17-2012 21:43:27 | More by peensteen
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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%

Midnight black pour with a smallish dusky tan head. Sweetish/roasty nose of deep, dark chocolate, stewed fruit/Swiss chard, and toasted oak. Flavor of dark, bitter chocolate, star fruit, candy dots, mandarin orange/tangerine, pineapple, cherry and dried apricot leather, and burnt currants on a cake. Syrupy, chewy body with a sweetish, but also somewhat roasty finish of very long duration. I can see why Uinta called this a black ale, and not an imperial stout, but it could certainly pass for one, and, in fact, I’d like to think of it as such, because it has the wonderful fruity aspects that were intrinsic to the 19th century examples I’ve read about, and which are all but absinthe from today’s interpretations of the style. This is a truly luxurious sipper, and a definite winner...all the more surprising to me coming from Utah.

02-16-2012 19:09:48 | More by Impfan
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

02-15-2012 19:57:42 | More by JAHMUR
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-15-2012 05:26:36 | More by arkansastroy
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured form a 750ml corked and caged bottle into an Uinta Crooked tulip.

A: Pours a deep black that lets absolutely no light peak through, with a 1.5 finger khaki, almost mahogany, head that settles quickly. Some lacing, but nothing noteworthy.

Sm: Lots of sweet, roasted malts upfront. Huge whiff of cherries, sour plums, vanilla, and some licorice. Reminds me of cherry cola.

T: Very sweet. Lots of roasted malts with hints of caramel, coffee, and chocolate, followed by a sourness that hits you in the jowls. Huge amounts of dark fruits, molasses, and brown sugar. A bit of smokiness in the finish. There's a long, lingering bitterness as the alcohol warms you.

Mf: Medium to full bodied. At first I found it to be a little too carbonated, but as it warmed it developed into a pleasingly sticky mouthfeel. Very nice.

O: An extremely well balanced BA stout. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering, and the sweetness is in perfect harmony with the oak. Pairs well with spicy foods. Definitely a favorite.

02-15-2012 05:22:41 | More by SgunnarW
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottled 12/29/10

Saving and today was the day. 2/12/12

A - Pours dark dark...like molasses. Which is apropos. Spit in to three glasses for friends. One glass had big 2 finger head.

S - Malty, chocolate, sweetness that I cant describe.

T/M - Very sweet, dark chocolate notes, dark cherry, slight oak, some tartness. Pretty deep and mellows...probably from the aging. Dry dry finish.

O - I didnt have a chance to have this fresh but after a year + of aging it's pretty damn interesting. I'd give it a shot....hard to session but splitting 3 ways was fun and at 13% got it going. Go Utah!

02-13-2012 08:52:52 | More by Rippeddisc
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-12-2012 05:07:02 | More by Chugs13
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-12-2012 02:26:48 | More by emaciated
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

02-12-2012 01:28:53 | More by richbrew
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

750ml bottle - $12.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Bottled on: 06/08/11. The removal of the cork was one of the most difficult I've come across, so, ultimately a classy-looking but obnoxious packaging. Usually one worries about getting out of a labyrinth, I was concerned I'd never get in.

Appearance: Pours out a matte black, inky-looking body with a slow-growing, slow-receding, tan head. After the workout with the cork, I sure could use a beer!

Smell: Somewhat sweetish, roasty nose with a backdrop of wooden barrels, hunks from an oversized chocolate bar, and lighter, though not insubstantial notes of caramel, stewed fruit, and vanilla candy.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate ganache, homemade caramel sauce, vanilla sugar, smooth espresso produced by an above-average barista, and, already, plenty of the licorice. Soundly sweet, but not overly so, though there's a noted richness about almost everything in the taste. Fruity accents of sweetish cherry and plums -- some sips it's fairly tapered, others, it's more pronounced and long enduring. Mildly tannic, mildly spicy barrel character. Only modesty warming on the relatively sweetish finish that fluctuatingly allows for the fruit, choco-licorice, or roastiness to lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, chewy mouthfeel.

Overall: Why, it's like an imperialized, barrel-aged Kalamazoo! Some beers, right from that first sip, you think "oh Jesus what have I gotten into this time" as waves of disappointment and abject weariness wash over you. You may even stick it out like a trooper, perhaps wanting to get your money's worth and/or hoping like a fool for a miraculous turnaround that never comes. Thankfully, this one was just a treat from sip one until the bottle had been drained and a nap was desired.

02-06-2012 20:21:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-06-2012 04:03:28 | More by AshleyMiller
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-05-2012 08:49:07 | More by ezperkins2
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-03-2012 02:51:26 | More by Denjhe
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured 55 degrees Fahrenheit into a Stella stemglass. No born on date.

Pours a deep, opaque black, unironically like the licorice that it claims to come from. Small, one finger, hot chocolate colored head.

Smells of some (burnt?) chocolate malts, licorice, and a hint of vanilla. Deep and well projected.

Taste is an intense flooding of oak and thick chocolate. The licorice is tertiary, but it's there as a hint. Little bit of bitter coffee bean on the finish.

Mouthfeel is again, dense and heavy with a touch of carbonation that's entirely overtaken by the body. Wasn't expecting a lot of effervescence for the style, but amazingly even less than that's here. Some may find this a good thing, I'd like a touch more to provide a little bit of lift or structure to the

Overall, a great effort, a lot of flavor going on here, something complex and well made. Despite this, I think I respect this more than I actually enjoy it. I'm glad I tried it, but probably won't be picking it up again.


02-03-2012 02:06:33 | More by Crossmd
Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.