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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 116
Gots: 186 | FT: 11
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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 cosmicevan

New York

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by yagman.

A - poured a deep shiny slick silky black with a thin head that was gone quick leaving no evidence behind.

S - deep rich dark chocolate. Nice maltiness. Smells great.

T - oh boy. Very deep rich chocolate. Malty roast vanillaness. Delicious.

M - silky and smooth. Rich without being too filling.

O - fantastic imperial stout I am surprised that you don't hear more about this fantastic beer. Can't wait to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 02:36:29 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of BeerTwins


4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Inky black with a dense tan, lasting head.

Smell - Dark and malty. Unfortunately, no licorice detected.

Taste - Awsome Imperial Ale. Strong malt and bready. Unfortunately, no sign of the licorice sticks, was really looking forward to that. Alcohol not evident until the swallow and then it is very smooth. Overall, excellent.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy. Alcohol very evident in tne swallow. Nice.

Really enjoyed this Black Ale/Imperial Ale. Would really have liked to be able to taste licorice. Would be great on a cooler evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 04:03:31 | More by BeerTwins
Photo of matjack85


4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this wire corked 750ml brown bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for $9.99 (club member price - $12.99 for non-members). Eye catching black and white maze makes up the entire front label and a bottling date of Dec. 2010 lets me know this is an 8 month old beer.

The beer poured a jet black color and made 4-fingers worth of creamy mocha colored head. Retention was good and lacing was incredible.

The beer smelled like dark roasted malt, coffee, and black licorice.

Wow! As Monty Python would say - "And now for something completely different". There's so much going on in here you hardly know where to start. No wonder they call this "Labyrinth". The initial sip hits you with dark roasted malt, coffee, and black licorice, just like the nose suggested, but then you start tasting vanilla notes, chocolate notes, and a drying wood oak flavor as well. I don't know what variety of hops are used in here, but there is a pleasant bitterness as well. Then at the finish, and especially after swallowing, you are hit with a second kick of black licorice. I found this beer both interesting and delicious.

This is not the thickest stout I ever had. It's only somewhere between medium and full bodied, but it is extremely smooth due to the low carbonation. For a 13.2% abv brew they certainly hid most of the alcoholic taste as well.

If you're not a fan of black licorice you might not like this one. While the licorice taste is not at all overpowering, it is definitely what sets this one apart from most other stouts. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 16:05:47 | More by matjack85
Photo of pitasoup


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to neorunner for this 750.

A: pours pitch black, thick, seemingly little head that turns into gushing coffee brown foam that is very slow to subside.

S: licorice, anise, vanilla, oak, smoke, and burnt malts. like liquefied twizzlers thrown into a stout.

T: anise and hop bitterness, then some burnt malts, slightly tart, as if from black patent. subtle spicyness from wooden barrels later.

M: smooth and easy drinking, despite the obvious visible thickness. the 13% abv is disturbingly well hidden.

O: this was quite good, but not as delicious as I remember from having it at SAVOR. I'd definitely seek out more Uinta products, but this may be a one time taster, because of it's high abv/dense flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 08:04:16 | More by pitasoup
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip.

My first taste from the crooked line series. I really like the labels, bold and draws the eye. This beer pours a pitch black with medium brown head. Head retention was medium with minor lacing. Smell is licorice, charcoal, alcohol and molasses. Taste is fairly boozy whiskey with a burnt bittersweet chocolate. Prunes, figs and the black licorice. Mouthfeel, especially once it warmed was quite boozy, medium-heavy body. Overall a good stout, a tad boozy but nice and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 17:55:22 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of JCellars


4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL into a tulip glass at around 55-60 degrees. Pours thick and dark with a chocolatey two finger head. Nice retention.

This beer delights the senses with the absence- of-light darkness and aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, a slight earthiness, and of course licorice (having been brewed with it).

The taste doesn't disappoint with the coffee and bittersweet chocolate promised on the nose coming through beautifully. The texture is surprisingly smooth with excellent carbonation, which I wasn't expecting from a barrel-aged badboy like this one. The chewy, opulent malt is balanced by the well integrated hop profile on the finish. I also like that there's no sweetness despite the all the chocolate flavor.

Word of Caution though, this beer is way too smooth for it's 13.2 ABV, so you better find a friend to share with or a couch to crash on!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 09:29:15 | More by JCellars
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4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this via Whole Foods in Chicago

A very delicious beer that I have enjoyed again and again, and I will continue to do so in the future.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pitch black color; think motor oil dark.

Smell: Very strong alcohol smell along with a nice hint of licorice and chocolate.

Taste: Outstanding; strong alcohol flavor at first melts into a delicious licorice, dark fruit flavor; then mellows out into a nice espresso and chocolate aftertaste.

This beer is a must try. If you feel like treating yourself to something nice and delicious, this is the way to go.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 05:35:57 | More by Pwnasaur90
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/28/11.

Pours an opaque black with a thick 3 inch dark khaki head that settles to a small cap. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, slight coffee, and some spices (licorice?). Alcohol smells come out as the beer warms. Taste is of dark roasted malt, coffee grounds, and dark cocoa powder. Mild roasty bitterness sticks to the palate after each sip. There is also a slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Low carbonation makes for a thick and creamy mouthfeel with a sticky feeling. Overall, this is a good stout from Uinta but the alcohol in this one keeps it from being more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 00:55:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was recommended by Binnys emplyoee and he got it right! I was hesistant to purchase it at first because of the black licorice, but you cannot even taste it!

A - Pours Dark with little head

S - Oak, chocoate, deliciousness

T - Not too heavy with a touch of vanilla / oak

M - Again, not too heavy, more of a medium tone with a slight burn from the high ABV

O - Great beer but you cannot have mnore than 1 due to the high ABV. Ive tasted 8% ABV beers with more burn than this. I keep this one in the rotation.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 00:21:17 | More by Spcoly
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well, it certainly pours black. It has a small but nice mocha head. No lace.

Dark chocolate, licorice, earth and dry oak make up the smell.

Chocolate and roasted coffee make up the front of the tast. Licorice comes in around the middle and is nice and mellow. Very slight hint of oak. The finish is smooth and creamy like melty chocolate. Very smooth and with very well hidden ABV.

Not a top 10 but a very good Flavored Imperial Stout. This is my second beer from Unita, and so far I'm impressed. I'd love to cellar one of these and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 05:10:44 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with FooFaa and brewslut on 7/1/11.

A - Poured a dark, ominous slick black liquid with deep burgundy and cocoa brown hues and a thick wall of burnt mocha foam on top that yielded a fence of lacing around the glass.

S - Complex aroma suggests rich molasses, licorice, soy sauce or even Worcestershire sauce, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol and smoked meat.

T - Smooth chocolate and tangy soy sauce comprises the base of the flavor, while a hint of roasted coffee emerges midway through, as well as a sweet caramel and toffee character. The chocolate persists throughout, although the finish introduces a hint of earthy hop bitterness and mild alcohol warmth.

M - Full bodied with an oily, viscous texture and modest carbonation, resulting in a smooth, rich mouthfeel overall. Finishes bittersweet on the palate.

D - This concoction is equal parts Black Ale, Imperial Stout, Barleywine and Strong Ale all in one. One of the more complex beers I've had recently. A little soy saucy perhaps, but tasty nonetheless. A labyrinth indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 01:12:53 | More by ffejherb
Photo of illidurit


3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours pitch black with a light-tan head. Boozy aroma with some roasted malts, leather, molasses, and dark chocolate. Flavor displays black coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, wood and port. Big roasty bitterness with a strong - but not hot - alcohol presence. A little oily and acidic but otherwise pretty well-rounded for such a massive beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 08:34:30 | More by illidurit
Photo of tbern007


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

Pours a very dark black/brown. Thick tan head holds well and good lacing.
Scent has a hop surprise to it, light oak, white wine but typically dark roasty, malty as well.
Taste has that hop surprise to it for such a dark one as well. Surprisingly not overwhelming. Roast malt, smoke, oak, mild coffee and chocolate. Not heavy. Good balance. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 03:35:40 | More by tbern007
Photo of tmoneyba


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate roasted malty, licorice and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark roasted chocolate malt and licorice flavor with medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 22:57:25 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of brotherloco


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C. Bottled on 02/28/11. Poured into tulip.

Pours pitch black with a thick mocha head. Settles slowly, but mostly disappears. Lots of lacing.

Smells of roasted chocolate malt, some spicy hops, I get a good bit of yeast too. I suppose there's a touch of licorice in there, but it's light. Barrel presence is light too, a whiff of oak and vanilla. Some astringent alcohol appears as well.

The taste really wallops you with an initial sweetness, wasn't expecting that. Things get chalky and roasty in the middle. Some salty soy sauce notes. There's a very distinct bitterness that comes on and lingers through the finish, this must be the promised licorice addition since it has a touch of Nyquil flavor to it, but also probably comes from plentiful hops. The finish is powerfully boozy as well, the big ABV lets itself be known. The barrel presence is about the same as the nose, light but apparent.

The body is medium with low carbonation. A lighter feel than was expected, but quite nice.

This is definitely my favorite of the Crooked Line series. They really deliver on the "multi-dimensional" promise in the flavor. The booze could be knocked down a bit in my opinion, but it really doesn't disturb the overall well blended flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 01:51:32 | More by brotherloco
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Bottled on 12/29/10.

Very dark, used oil brown. Almost black. Two fat fingers of dense, creamy, chocolate khaki head that crawls up the sides of the glass. Roasted barley, dark chocolate, licorice, campfire smoke, piny hops, and a little caramel on the nose. Heady and complex.

Roasted barley and coffee bitterness greet the tongue. Dark and milk chocolate sweetness fill in, with notes of dark fruits, and peaty malts. Fruit and caramel sweetness peak, with accents of campfire smoke, soy sauce, and herbal, piny hops. Piny, resinous bitterness increases into the finish. Lingering dark chocolate and dark fruits. Full-bodied, with a thick, chewy feel. Not quite as viscous as Dark Lord, but still plenty thick. Reasonably drinkable for a 13%+ beer! One of the best Utah beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 01:57:35 | More by alexgash
Photo of peacebone116


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750-mL bottle (bottled on 2/28/2011) into a Delirium snifter glass on 6/29/11 to celebrate the highly anticipated arrival of a job offer.

A: Deep dark brown with a light brown head that retreats to the edges leaving tan wisps behind in the center.

N: Coffee and chocolate with a note of booze and a slight hint of licorice.

T/M: Thick, & oily body with a warmth from the alcohol. Bitter chocolate with a sharp lingering anise bitterness. A touch of vanilla and toasted oak float through in the middle. The heat from the alcohol remains present throughout entire enjoyment, but is never overwhelming. Not much carbonation either, but it is just right for a big stout.

This is a great beer for a special occasions. I was a little bit disappointed to not have more licorice notes; if I had not been looking for them, I would not have noticed them at all....but I guess that is good for my wife, who does not really enjoy black licorice.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 22:23:40 | More by peacebone116
Photo of dtivp


4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown. almost black with a one finger dark tan head , very good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma of dark chocolate, black licorice and dark fruits.

Taste of molasses, black licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt and a slight bourbon warming.

Mothfeel was medium leaning heavy body, low carbonation, very smooth, you feel the 13.2% ABV.

Overall a very nice Imperial stout with a high ABV from Utah. I hope to find a bottle or two to cellar, would be very interesting beer with a little age.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:46:43 | More by dtivp
Photo of HuskyinPDX


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

Bottle poured into a Deschutes Snifter Glass.

A - Pours a dark brown, no light passes through, with a dark tan, thick head. Good Lacing and retention of the head.

S - Oak, chocolate, coffee.

T - Chocolate and coffee, pretty mild all around.

D - Medium carbonation, a little thick in the mouth.

O - Decent black ale, easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 03:02:01 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of seand


4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black with a fair amount of dark tan head. A thin layer retains on top with a nice ring around the edge of the glass, which leaves nice lacing.

S: Chocolate roasted malts, with notes of candy licorice. A touch of something alcoholic, a bit like a bitters, maybe Campari-like.

T: Sweet, with lots going on. There's a touch of chocolate, with the licorice noticeable mid-palate. The finish has a dry coffee note. The alcohol is well hidden. Given how high the ABV is, maybe too well hidden.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall quite nice. The flavors are deep and complex, and it all works well together.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 05:48:29 | More by seand
Photo of alexhahn82


3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/14/11 - tasted 6/20/110

A -- Black, coffee like 1/2 finger head.

S - Coffee, Chocolate, Toffee.

T/M Coffee, chocolatey with a late finish of licorice. Bitey mide range with nice effervescence, rich dark chocolate bitterness.

O - 13.2%, def. a good beer, had some with a Uinta Rep. up at the Lander Wyoming beer festival about a month ago and had to get another bottle ASAP!

PP (Price Point) - $13 for a 750ml bottle, thats a little over a dollar per ABV point! Well worth it, give it a try!!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:59:48 | More by alexhahn82
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It has a warm, rich roasted malt scent that boasts of earthy black malts and non malted roasted barley. There is a good deal of chocolate malt as well. It's complex with a significant alcohol presence. The taste is great. It has a damn fine earthy, roasted character. It goes down slow and easy with a rich chocolatey finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific stout. It's incredibly complex; a good slow drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 22:13:15 | More by WesWes
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into my Stone IRS glass. Black in color with a tan colored and bubbly head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass where it left just a bit of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a sweeter, chocolaty and molasses like flavor to it. Some dark fruits and brown sugar are there as well, with just a bit of roast to it. Pretty smooth aroma overall.

The taste is very smooth for the size of the beer. I get some sweeter, malty, caramel like flavors to it up front. Towards the finish more dark chocolate, molasses and roasty flavors start to come out. A good amount of hoppiness is there throughout the beer as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall it was a very flavorful and easy drinking beer of the style. It definitely surprised me how smooth it was. It did feel slightly sweet at times, but overall I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 01:18:17 | More by billab914
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 6/11/10, just over a year.

A- Deep, dark black liquid with some noticeable viscosity to it. A suprisingly long lasting mocha/brown creamy head. For the amount of booze this takes a long time to settle, and leaves some nice lacing all down the glass.

S- Heavy doses of chocolate, roast, some sweet dark fruits too. Brown sugar, molasses, and faint amounts on the back end of bourbon and vanilla. Just a great smelling nose, the year in the bottle has probably calmed the strength down some and made things more subtle.

T- The flavor is fairly complex. The bourbon taste is in the beginning, tastes a bit in the Jack Daniels variety. Cocoa nibs and strong vanilla flavors. The vanilla is probably the strongest felt. Some heated booze in the back of the throat going down. I'm glad I sat on this for awhile because I could see this being hot fresh.

M- The mouthfeel is just right. Not too thick, on the heavier side of medium bodied. Though the bit of heat this is still nice and smooth. Noticeable carbonation.

O- This is definitely a highly enjoyable barrel aged stout. A sipper from the complexity. I had this before and it was good. I think they made A LOT of this beer because I see it at bottle shops almost everywhere. Still I would like to see this maybe go from limited to rotating at least.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 15:22:42 | More by haazer
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into Bruery tulip
A: Pours black with a small dark brown head that maintained for several minutes
S: Roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, very subtle oak
T: Moderately sweet with burnt sugar, and licorice, again subtle oak. The licorice comes out more and more as the beer warms.
M: Rather think, somewhat syrupy, but in a pleasant way. Carbonation was low to moderate but fits that style very well.
O: Really enjoyed this one. A great Imp stout, 13% is very well hidden and the beer is super smooth.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 21:34:03 | More by marqoid
Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.