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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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BA SCORE
94
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943 Ratings
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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 138
Gots: 227 | 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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

This is a spectacular looking beer. Deep, dense, pure black, slick and fluid in the glass, with a persistent, fine and creamy head of really quite dark brown bubbles. Lacing is full, sheeting and creamy. Carbonation is so fine as to be powdery. There's no beating around the bush here, this is an amazing looking beer. Possibly the best and most exciting looking beers I've ever had.

Nose is roasted and dense, but leavened with pleasant sweetness and a savoury smoky aroma. Together, these give a magnificent aroma—smooth and supple, but vibrant, robust and confronting. The only thing I'd pick on (if I were to pick on anything, which seems unwarranted in any case), is that is lacks a little of the crazy complexity the style can have. The level that pushes it beyond "perfectly formed" into "wowee crazy" territory.

Taste is also excellent, as would be expected. Smooth sweet malts on the front, always tempered by pleasant roasted bitterness, and hints of tannic oak. On the back, the roast mingles pleasantly with a hint of resiny hop character, giving it a freshness on the back that is not often seen in an Imperial Stout. Despite the sharpness of the character, it almost makes it a smoother drinking experience, by helping it stay above the glutinous, heavy roasted sweet blackness.

Feel is also very good. Smooth but clear. It doesn't have the weight of some of the best examples, but it really has a leverage that lifts the beer nicely.

Gorgeous beer. I feel I'm certainly "just" a fan of the genre, but with beers this good in that genre, it's hard not to proselytise about them. This is a very solid example of an exceptional style. It's gorgeously smooth, sweet, roasted, complex, exciting. A brilliant brew from Uinta.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A curiosity pick I’ve seen around but never had a chance to try before now. Is this an imperial stout? Definitely looks like one. Pours a solid black. Nice nose. I can tell it’s strong just from smelling it. Coffee, toffee, chocolate nibs all vie for attention. Dangerously smooth, a real easy sipper that belies it’s strength. Careful or you’ll get lost in this labyrinth!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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1/5  rDev -76.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

opague oil looking liquid with a small tan colored head on the top. Copious side lace was present. The aroma was thick, fll of coffee, rich dark coffee and a good amount of sugar. Nice back of some lighter hoppiness maybe and a touch of brandy like alcohol. Very robust smell. The taste was awesome, simply awesome. A super smooth blend of rich coffee and chocolate, mixed in with just enough hoppiness to get you to notice. This was defintly top notch. I really loved the way it was all blended together. Nothing really overpowering, but the whole mix was just soo smooth. Rich creamy full bodied feel, very thick

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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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750 ml bottle into La Trappe chalice

A - bottle looks fantastic. I don't give points for the bottle, but if I did, this would be a 6. Probably the coolest looking artwork and design I've seen on a beer bottle. Text includes a succinct and artful description of the beer, temp suggestions, and pairing ideas. Talk about advocacy! Bottled on date, too. Pretty cool. I'm impressed.

Beer pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Held to the light you get "highlights" of deep chocolate. Reminds me of black licorice when cut open. Nice chocolate brown head with ok retention and some lacing between sips. Pleasant but not exemplary.

S - black licorice, boozy chocolate, some oak barrel. Quite enjoyable. Not as overwhelming as I'd like. But still nice.

T - fantastic American imperial stout flavor. Labrynth delivers on its promise of black licorice, oak, and hints of chocolate. The chocolate really opens up when the beer gets warmer. Yum.

M - good mouthfeel. Not too astringent, etc. Would have liked a little more in the way of bubbles, resins, oils, etc. I guess it was a little more medium than I'd like... But just fine.

O - I was talking to a friend about Deschutes Abyss and he mentioned Labrynth as something similar I should try. Very glad that I did! Flavors really remind me of the Abyss. Maybe not as potent or intense, and pointed in a different direction... But I am happy to get lost in either one, Labrynth or Abyss. This is by far the best beer I've had from this brewery. Definitely try it if you have a chance. I hope to have another!

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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served @ St. Charles Tap House for a measly $3. Love Mondays here!

Served in a Dogfish Head chalice.

This brew is pitch black allowing zero light to show through the edges. A thick 2 fingers of brown head sits briefly, leaving thick walls of tan lace stuck to the glass.

The nose brings out notes of chocolate and black licorice. Sweet smelling mainly with a bit of a roasty backbone.

The taste offers much more roasted malt than the nose. The sweet milk chocolate is nicely melded with some licorice and toasted malt. The high ABV is pretty noticeable at the end of each sip but is in no way deterring.

The mouthfeel, my god the mouthfeel. Very viscous and oily. The way a big stout should be. Chewy and comfortable on the palate. A light amount of carbonation suites this brew just right.

Overall, I enjoyed this on tap a bit more than the bottle because im getting a richer mouthfeel. Great big-bodied stout that packs a punch.

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Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.