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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 138
Gots: 231 | FT: 12
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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-01-2010

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
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Ratings: 961 | Reviews: 293
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.


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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours viscous and pitch black with a one finger mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks and chunks of lacing left behind.

Slightly roasted dark malt aroma with a subtle barrel character and some zesty spice. There's some toasted oak that compliments the robust malt presence. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, oatmeal and toast along with some pepper, anise and licorice.

Slightly viscous with a well integrated barrel character and ton of robust dark malt. A decent amount of dry, toasted oak that never becomes overpowering, but instead provides a nice compliment to the roasted character of the beer. Hints of dark chocolate, toast, coffee bean, caramel, toffee and oatmeal followed by some peppery spice and sweet licorice. The licorice is again, nicely integrated into the flavor of the beer, providing balance without overtaking the other flavors. Really well balanced and the high ABV is excellently masked, making this beer deceptively drinkable.

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

Per last review agree w/ size - I saved this for nightcap and after a 750 ml it was lights out, but hey, who's complaing?
Anyway, poured a blackish body with one-finger tan head that died slow and left a nice lace patch on glass; on top of an aroma of mostly roasted malts and some dark chocolate and caramel. This beer is thick, almost syrupy/viscous, def a full body. I get all kinds of sweet malts: licorice, candi sugar, bitter chocolate, touch of vanilla, caramel and toffee and it's well balanced with a chunk of roasted malt for that sweet, bitter dry edge. Also a touch of woodiness and something akin to hop bitterness on the finish (and chocolate covered cherries but that could be my imagination). An excellent sipper that is well-balanced and a must try.

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

First things first. No one else has mentioned it, but it probably took me five minutes to get the cork out. It just would not twist, so I had to rock it back and forth, which was a pain. Second, why is a 13.2% beer in a 750ml bottle? 12oz of that strength is more than enough. Guess the inside of the attached card is serious when they say "gather with friends" Anyways, poured from 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black, with a 1/2 finger dark tan head that things to a lacing fairly quickly.
S: Figs, prunes, booze, and coffee. The oak and licorice mentioned on the label do come through too.
T: Chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, bourbon, licorice and oak.
M: Full-bodied, thick, dense, yet exceptionally creamy and smooth.
O: Take your time and sip on this one- it's quite nice.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours a heavy black with a 2 finger dark cola head. Very small bubbles cling to the edge of the glass.

S- Wow! Lots of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Also has nice traces of chocolate and coffee.

T- Follows pretty close to the aroma. Big chocolate and bourbon right away, followed by vanilla, oak, some char also. Finishes with some coffee and hop bitterness.

M- Medium body, lower carbonation. Fairly smooth, although the alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

O- Amazing RIS! Possibly the best year round RIS out there! First smell and taste reminded me of the first time I had Parabola. Highly recommend this beer and will buy plenty more in the near future.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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