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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 138
Gots: 228 | 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:
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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3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of corby112
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of clayrock81
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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3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of ONUMello
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of kawilliams81
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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2.77/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed December 25, 2011 at Blue Dog Beer Tavern, Sherman Oaks, CA.

Beer is opaque black with only the slightest trace of a head.

Aroma of dark pitted fruit (plums) and booze.

First flavors are again dark pitted fruits, anise, some chocolate and wood. The flavor segues into a mid taste of woody bitterness. The finish is a wince-inducing cardboard oxidization. Whether this is a flaw in the beer or a problem with serving establishment, I can't say. Interestingly, the high ABV is not apparent in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and under-carbonated.

The drinkability of this brew is somewhat low due to the off flavors and lack of carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labyrinth Black Ale has a good look to it with a very dark brown body that allows light to pass through only at the edges, which turn a dark shade of ruby. The head is a dark brown and quite large. Solid retention and a few spots of lacing stay behind. Nice label art as well.

The aroma has a lot of black malt, a kick of bourbon and some anise to it.

Labyrinth is complex, interesting, and blends the barrel aging nicely, but there is just too much damn anise for me. After a few sips all I can taste from start to finish seems to be anise. Before I reached that point, however, Labyrinth led with a good bit of black patent malt and notes of chocolate. The barrel character was mild but not weak, with spicy oak, bourbon and a hint of vanilla. Some dark fruits come through in the middle, followed by the anise.

Lively carbonation with a body that is about moderate for what is overall a good mouthfeel.

I was really looking forward to trying this bottle that has been in my fridge for a while, so I was disappointed that this one wasn't my thing. This is another one of those beers that is well made, but just didn't suit my palate. It is worth a try, however, especially at the price point.

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3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

After seeing this beer around so much, I figured I'd have to give it a try sooner or later. And I did. The end.

Dark brown-black color with a finger or less of tan head. Aroma of dark malts, slightly roasty, cocoa, and sweet soy sauce that seemed a bit misplaced. Quite a bit of alcohol in the taste up front--only upon the first sip did I notice the 13%+ ABV rating there--dark roasted malts, cocoa and vanilla bean, bourbony, but not in a smooth way; notes of licorice and oak, maybe just a hint of dark fruits, but not much; warming finish with some noticeable hoppage. Medium body, and decent overall, but with so many better stout options, I think I'll pass on this one if I see it offered again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.