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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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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)
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

BobD567, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of kzoobrew
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Deep black, opaque body. Notable viscosity. Two finger mocha colored head floats atop. The head recedes rather quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing plastered to the walls of the glass.

Labyrinth is very stout like but is missing the roasted characteristics one would normally expect. Perhaps this is why Uinta labels it a Black Ale and not a Stout. Pleasant chocolate and vanilla aromas meld upfront. Oak and anise fill in just behind. There is an ever so slight soy aroma but this does not become obstructive.

The flavor is more of the same that was noted in the nose, more stout without the assertive roast. Big chocolate and caramel flavors. Vanilla and oak are interwoven throughout. The is a fair amount of booziness but it is rather fitting for this beer.

Full bodied Black Ale. Carbonation is on the lower end and appropriate. Very smooth, soft texture. The finish is long and enjoyable.

Very enjoyable beer. Not an intense and overpowering beer that one may expect for 13% but one that is rather smooth and well crafted. My only complaint is the bottle format, a friend is definitely recommended for this one.

kzoobrew, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

twelveinches, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

bbrochu, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

pwsoldier, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Thingus, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

wineman77, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a spectacular looking beer. Deep, dense, pure black, slick and fluid in the glass, with a persistent, fine and creamy head of really quite dark brown bubbles. Lacing is full, sheeting and creamy. Carbonation is so fine as to be powdery. There's no beating around the bush here, this is an amazing looking beer. Possibly the best and most exciting looking beers I've ever had.

Nose is roasted and dense, but leavened with pleasant sweetness and a savoury smoky aroma. Together, these give a magnificent aroma—smooth and supple, but vibrant, robust and confronting. The only thing I'd pick on (if I were to pick on anything, which seems unwarranted in any case), is that is lacks a little of the crazy complexity the style can have. The level that pushes it beyond "perfectly formed" into "wowee crazy" territory.

Taste is also excellent, as would be expected. Smooth sweet malts on the front, always tempered by pleasant roasted bitterness, and hints of tannic oak. On the back, the roast mingles pleasantly with a hint of resiny hop character, giving it a freshness on the back that is not often seen in an Imperial Stout. Despite the sharpness of the character, it almost makes it a smoother drinking experience, by helping it stay above the glutinous, heavy roasted sweet blackness.

Feel is also very good. Smooth but clear. It doesn't have the weight of some of the best examples, but it really has a leverage that lifts the beer nicely.

Gorgeous beer. I feel I'm certainly "just" a fan of the genre, but with beers this good in that genre, it's hard not to proselytise about them. This is a very solid example of an exceptional style. It's gorgeously smooth, sweet, roasted, complex, exciting. A brilliant brew from Uinta.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

bigdaddypolite, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

SirWilliam666, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

fergster75, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A curiosity pick I’ve seen around but never had a chance to try before now. Is this an imperial stout? Definitely looks like one. Pours a solid black. Nice nose. I can tell it’s strong just from smelling it. Coffee, toffee, chocolate nibs all vie for attention. Dangerously smooth, a real easy sipper that belies it’s strength. Careful or you’ll get lost in this labyrinth!

elNopalero, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

UNCCTDawg, Dec 05, 2011
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1/5  rDev -76.4%

ejw127, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

opague oil looking liquid with a small tan colored head on the top. Copious side lace was present. The aroma was thick, fll of coffee, rich dark coffee and a good amount of sugar. Nice back of some lighter hoppiness maybe and a touch of brandy like alcohol. Very robust smell. The taste was awesome, simply awesome. A super smooth blend of rich coffee and chocolate, mixed in with just enough hoppiness to get you to notice. This was defintly top notch. I really loved the way it was all blended together. Nothing really overpowering, but the whole mix was just soo smooth. Rich creamy full bodied feel, very thick

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


750 ml bottle into La Trappe chalice

A - bottle looks fantastic. I don't give points for the bottle, but if I did, this would be a 6. Probably the coolest looking artwork and design I've seen on a beer bottle. Text includes a succinct and artful description of the beer, temp suggestions, and pairing ideas. Talk about advocacy! Bottled on date, too. Pretty cool. I'm impressed.

Beer pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Held to the light you get "highlights" of deep chocolate. Reminds me of black licorice when cut open. Nice chocolate brown head with ok retention and some lacing between sips. Pleasant but not exemplary.

S - black licorice, boozy chocolate, some oak barrel. Quite enjoyable. Not as overwhelming as I'd like. But still nice.

T - fantastic American imperial stout flavor. Labrynth delivers on its promise of black licorice, oak, and hints of chocolate. The chocolate really opens up when the beer gets warmer. Yum.

M - good mouthfeel. Not too astringent, etc. Would have liked a little more in the way of bubbles, resins, oils, etc. I guess it was a little more medium than I'd like... But just fine.

O - I was talking to a friend about Deschutes Abyss and he mentioned Labrynth as something similar I should try. Very glad that I did! Flavors really remind me of the Abyss. Maybe not as potent or intense, and pointed in a different direction... But I am happy to get lost in either one, Labrynth or Abyss. This is by far the best beer I've had from this brewery. Definitely try it if you have a chance. I hope to have another!

olfolxholme, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Nitrogenx, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

stinkboy13, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served @ St. Charles Tap House for a measly $3. Love Mondays here!

Served in a Dogfish Head chalice.

This brew is pitch black allowing zero light to show through the edges. A thick 2 fingers of brown head sits briefly, leaving thick walls of tan lace stuck to the glass.

The nose brings out notes of chocolate and black licorice. Sweet smelling mainly with a bit of a roasty backbone.

The taste offers much more roasted malt than the nose. The sweet milk chocolate is nicely melded with some licorice and toasted malt. The high ABV is pretty noticeable at the end of each sip but is in no way deterring.

The mouthfeel, my god the mouthfeel. Very viscous and oily. The way a big stout should be. Chewy and comfortable on the palate. A light amount of carbonation suites this brew just right.

Overall, I enjoyed this on tap a bit more than the bottle because im getting a richer mouthfeel. Great big-bodied stout that packs a punch.

ChugginOil, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Diomede, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

kenm2118, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

gezondheid, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Duff27, Nov 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

EricCioe, Nov 22, 2011
Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.