Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 920
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 133
Gots: 209 | 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 ineva
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick n black. Absolutely no light coming through, nice dark brown at the edge of glass. A molasses colored finger and a quarter head that dissipates quickly. Tight white bubbles towards the edges with big potent bubbles at the middle, plenty of alcohol legs.

S: Chocolate, dark fruits. Figs, plums n raspberries. Molasses dipped ripe cherries, black licorice.

T: All the same notes coming through just enhanced. Lots of dark chocolate, lots of dark fruit, nice oak vanilla notes coming through along with the black licorice that acts like its bourbon.

M/O: What a great ripe tasting Imperial Stout. Loving how all the dark fruits are leaving a beautiful tartness, I also get a vanilla lacing around the tongue. For being 13.2% there's no heat coming down but still a sipper. Well balanced.

Photo of Harvey98
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of garuda
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black, tan head, good retention and lacing considering the abv

S/T - Really nice balance of sweet chocolate and bitter roast. Depths of chocolate flavor, then roast, finishing with a hop bite from some pine hops, and some warming alcohol. Barrel aging is done just how I like it with oak flavors and some vanilla coming through as it warms, without taking away from the chocolate and roast.

M - Full body, perfect low carbonation. Velvety smooth going down.

O - Solid brew, just how I like the barrel aging done. Definitely getting this again.

Photo of PretzelCity
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of McNuts
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bconsidine
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of anwo56
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Ryan1423
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of bigorange
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of bespin15
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of iadler
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. 5 oz tasting glass at encintas ale house

A- Black as night with a thin mocha head. Some thin lines of lacing left behind.

S- Dark ripe fruits, brown sugar, licorice, sweet bourbon, dark chocolate and a hint of soy sauce.

T- Luckily, the soy sauce aroma was not in the taste. Dark fruits upfront with plumbs, fig, and black cherries followed by bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, sweet bourbon that finishes with a bit of heat.

M- Low carbonation and medium rich body with a slightly boozy finish.

O- I was impressed with this beer as the barrel aging was well integrated with the other flavors and despite the warm finish, the high abv was masked pretty well.

Photo of penniwisdom
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Had this on 2011-12-26 in Columbia, PA. This is the award-winning 2010 vintage.

A - Opaque dark brown (almost black) with a short dark tan head and mild lacing.

S - Dark fruit like very ripe pomegranate, coffee, anise, medium-dark roasted malt, alcohol.

T - The flavor is like the smell but with much more coffee and some caramel. The oak from the barrel aging is quite nice (and not a hint of bourbon). Bitterness is from the roasted coffee and grain. There's a touch of hops but it isn't prominent. The alcohol is obvious but integrated.

M - Heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Thick but not treacly; appropriate to the style.

O - This is great stout. I just had Firestone Walker Parabola and Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout two days ago and this is in the same league. I'm surprised and pleased.

Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of jtmcgraw
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Billolick
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, bottled on 2-28-11

Pours BLACK. Dark and sturdy head, slowly goes to a nice rich film, thick collar, classy and extensive rings, spots, blobs and webs of fine lace.

Even my challanged sniffer picks up dense chocolate notes and powdered sugars.

Full flavor stout. Loads of dark and milk chocolate notes, licorice, roasted malts, burnt malts. Big and bold. Thick, viscous and coating mouthfeel. Rich and tasty with complexity abounding.

Very enjoyable and well crafted night capper/cold weather sipper.

Photo of Rckmo10
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of im4beer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%

Reviewed from notes. 750ml corked and caged bottle.

A: Pours black with a solid 2" thick tan head which fades slowly and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Roasted malts, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, some heat.

T: Cocoa, coffee, roast, caramel, oak, faint char, mild vanilla, licorice.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Mild roasted coffee bitterness and dark chocolate finish.

O: A big bruiser so take it slow. Enjoyed.

Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of awdturboiv
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MaryCeleste
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.