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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 136
Gots: 215 | 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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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
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
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%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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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.

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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.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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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.

Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.