Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company
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3.08/5 rDev -27.5%
Review from notes.
A: Pours an inky black with a rather fluffy one finger head. Decent retention and lacing. Liked the bottle art on this one.
S: Pretty nice aroma - light roasted malts, some chocolate, vanilla, and a heavy dose of licorice. There was something slightly off-putting at the end, but I couldn't place it.
T: Overwhelming licorice flavor, it dominates by far. Under the licorice there is chocolate, molasses, and a little oak.
M: Medium to full bodied, low carbonation and pretty smooth.
O: The over the top licorice wasn't for me. Had it been dialed back this would have been better, for me at least.
05-20-2011 02:09:22 | More by mdaschaf
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev -7.1%
Yep, I've heard it all before: "'Labyrinth' was the toast of SAVOR." I've also heard things like, "It's amazing!" and "It's able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!" etc. blah, blah, blah, blah, etc...
I split with my wife while she played LEGO Star Wars III. Go figure....
A: Black as night, with a tall mocha head that painted the glass a mocha color as it died down to nothing. Man, that head was viscious!
S: Mild bit of teryaki sauce, but the sweetness kept it from becoming an Asian delight. Milk as opposed to dark chocolate made it much more of dessert than anything.
T: Licorice first, followed by tons of dark roast and chocolate on the mid-palate and finish. The teryaki still stayed true to form. I would describe this as a cross between Duck Rabbit's "Rabbid Duck" and Bell's "Expedition Stout."
M: Tons of booze on this one unfortunately. The carbonation was very low, which gave way to even more sweetness, soy sauce, and booze. However, it did have a nice silky vanilla-like quality on the finish.
O: Not as good as I was hoping, but it was still a nice brew overall. Granted, it wasn't as good or as complex as many of the Imperial Stouts that I've tried in the last few months or so...This one is a prime candidate for aging.
05-20-2011 01:24:52 | More by Chaney
4.63/5 rDev +8.9%
Beer pours like liquid midnight with a 1/4 inch espresso crema head that quickly dissipates. To the nose, this has the nostalgic scent of my grandfather's bar he built down in his basement: all old wood and alcohol, with just the right amount of musty overtones. No missing the licorice promised on the label.
To the mouth, the taste is immediate and powerful. This is not for the faint of heart, and will likely be shunned by the uninitiated. A dark chocolate whiskey with subtle hints of oak and tobacco give way to a satisfying licorice finish that doesn't cloy; it glows--like the last ember of a fading fire. This is one of those brews that one more tick in the wrong direction and it would be too much to handle. As it is, it invites another sip almost immediately, if--for nothing else--to ponder it's complex wonders.
Overall a tremendous beer that delivers everything you'd expect from it's label, and a couple of odd intriguing notes you won't see coming.
05-19-2011 02:47:11 | More by wytshark
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
I've enjoyed all Uinta beers so figure this will be a winner.
A - Pours black with a deep brown 1/4 inch head. No stick on the glass but a full, thick beer.
S - Big malt, oak and shocolate up front. Very intriguing here.
T - Sweet up front with roast and chocolate then comes this rediculous amount of oak that dries this out. Wow this is strange...there is this sweetness but very dry in the back with an odd bitterness as well. Lots of roast, chocolate and oak. Interesting
M - Very dry in the back, rich and full. Low carb, quite nice
O - This is a strange beer. Very dry but complex in the front. An interesting beer for sure. Tough to drink due to the dryness. But a good beer...can't wrap my head around it
05-18-2011 23:21:40 | More by boomer31
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
Labyrinth Black Ale - 11% Uinta Brewery
A: shiny black with a dull pallour that reflects a slight viscosity above a super black stout such as Abyss etc. Nice coffee colored head with thick lacing
S: black licorice notes, whisky heat on the nose, burnt coffee and oak scents, with a final sweetness that I cannot place, something akin to "dark caramel" if such a thing existed
T: Fantastic complexity, tons of bittering on the front with tomahawk hops and very herbal notes that give it an anise black licorice taste, think a shot of fernet brancha that fades into a chocolate milkshake. The coffee maltiness rounds out the body of this beer. The front explosion on the sweet taste buds is so overwhelming because the beer itself is so bitter, labyrinthian in character, your tongue cant make heads or tails as to where to go. The carbonation is moderate so the heat and chocolate oiliness is left to linger, which might be bad if the finish weren't so pleasant
M: the mouthfeel has great coating, not excessive maltiness or carbonation. In fact, I feel that it was slightly flat if anything, but given the complexity of the flavor this is not a fair sleight to such an ambitious beer. Tough to push past the 2 beer mark unless you are really a fan of stouts and darkness to your beers. Most palates could handle a 5oz taster and that would be sufficient I am sure. But very tastey nonetheless and highly recommended.
D: I dont remember liking this style that much, what with Unibroue's Terrible and Death and Taxes not leaving lasting impressions, however, this is probably the best black ale that I have ever had, excepting Mortification, which is very tough to find bottled. It will likely be clositered into a niche where you use it to impress your friends who dont like beer, or relegated to the back of the cellar until Autumn begins its defoliation. This beer is certainly not welcome while one is working on his Transam or wearing cutoff jean shorts by the lake. Both activities comprise a large amount of my general lifestyle so it will be a tough one to work in.
Narrative: Fumbling with the, is this it, my lighter? Click click, the flint strikes but only reveals more blackness. The last thing that I remember was approaching the everglades at night when I tripped over some licorice vines and, now I can't make heads or tails as to where I am. The moon itself is obfuscated into a murky pallour behind jet black clouds, projecting a pathetic reflection. CLICK, finally the lighter strikes and I can see that my predicament is more complicated than I remembered, just darkness in each direction, an enveloping shroud that slowly seeps one of any hope of escape. Several paces later, and I feel more weathered, yet it seems I remain in my same position, more fatigued, with a lightness of the mind and body. Is this the "cave sickness" that they spoke of when I visited the mercer caverns as a boy? No, no time for that now, I have two options, continue down this murky path, ever exhausting and relentless in darkness OR lay down and succumb to the blackness. The labyrith will wait patiently for the sun to come.
05-12-2011 07:38:22 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
3.83/5 rDev -9.9%
A: midnight black with a caramel head
S: strong black licorice and burnt chocolate
T: dark cocoa nibs, coffee, licorice, with oak and alcohol coming thru towards the end. I would not have guess +13% though
M: the carbonation was good for this big of a beer for me
D: I read black ale, so I was not ready for it. It grew on me and I thought it was good, but maybe could use something to kick it up a notch into a great IRS. Some cheese or chocloate cake would have went well. However, thought it was solid, but probably not try again at the price. $17
05-11-2011 05:02:57 | More by beerman33
3.95/5 rDev -7.1%
750ml bottle corked & caged 12-29-10. Thanks to bgthang for the share!
Labyrinth pours exceptionally well into a New Belgium goblet, with a rich custard-brown head that's both tall and creamy in appearance. Superb retention atop an inky black body that allows no light to pass. Aromas of dark fruit and light chocolate. A bit mild for the style and ABV, but still pleasing if you dig deep enough. Boozy hints and leafy hops in the background. I'll give Uinta credit for hiding the alcohol so well, but in doing so it seems they hid other parts of the aroma.
Flavor starts with oily black licorice, thick notes of roasted chocolate malts, and a plummy, dark fruit backdrop. A fusel-y booze note is light but noticeable. Mouthfeel is resinously sticky on the tongue as dark malt sugars coat the palate with each sip. Speaking of sips, drink this one slowly and allow it to warm up. A decadent, heavy-hitting beer, and one I'm glad I was able to split.
05-06-2011 19:13:54 | More by wagenvolks
3.63/5 rDev -14.6%
Cork needed a corkscrew...once again.
I like the bottle's appearance, nice artwork.
This beer looks yummy with a fluffy bread-like tan head and jet black body. Dense lacing as the once inch thick head drops to a more reasonable centimeter. I paired this beer with some Chinese food and boy does the meal look sophisticated.
There are dark notes of chocolate and fruit. Pungent alcohol, aromas what I have come to expect in an Imperial stout. A light vanilla is made more potent as the beer warms. This may be a stretch, but there is a fresh-cut grassy earthiness that may just be spice from the hops.
My first sip made me cough, I double checked the %abv and knew why. There is a strong maltiness with a roasty bitterness that lingers. The sweetness of general Tso's chicken is actually a rocking combo to this beer's slightly undesirable aftertaste.
This beer definitely packs a punch, but is lacking in overall flavor. The alcohol in this beer just plain distracting; I would prefer an abv like this in a richer/maltier beer to help thin out sweetness.
Potent ethanol, some malt that fades as you drink and a roasty bitterness that coats the palate. There are no real subtleties, any spice that I thought was detected in the nose is undetectable in the taste and mouthfeel.
Too expensive!! I'm willing to pay some absurd prices for beers, but I have trouble finding full value associated with this beer (aka I've paid less for better). Not a bad beer, I enjoyed it while drinking. However, i believe the beer's alcohol is overpowering (and possibly what's driving up the price), and would have preferred something with more flavor.
05-01-2011 04:25:38 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.47/5 rDev +5.2%
A-Pours deep, shiny black with nearly two inches of coffee colored head. Reduces slowly, leaving streaks of foamy lacing.
S- Aromas of licorice, roasted malts, soft pretzels, light roasted coffee and oak.
T/M- Flavors of sherry, bitter cocoa nibs, coffee beans and oak soak the palate. The high ABV adds an element of dryness, which gives prominence to the chocolate and licorice flavors. The carbonation is higher than average for the style, which along with the dryness of the alcohol, keeps this from getting too phenolic.
O- It could probably benefit from a year or so in the cellar, but it’s really nice now. Would go great with any chocolate based dessert.
04-29-2011 03:27:41 | More by DaveHS
3.93/5 rDev -7.5%
419th review on BA
bottle to snifter
750 ML C/C
App- Almost black into the glass but keeps some hidden color when held to the light. Nice ambers and highlights. A very puffy two and half finger head with some nice scattered lacing.
Smell- This was very heavy on the nose but hard to distinguish scents. You get the booze with some roasty malts and some vanilla. If I take a big whiff I get a small hop kick to it.
Taste- This was more tasty than the smell lets on too. It had the regular roasted malts with some nice anise flavors and a little touch of hops and vanilla.
Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. It was a bit more bubbly than I was expecting this too be. Left a nice roasty coffee with a small hop kick.
Drink- This was a nice BIG stout. I def felt the ABV on this one. It was roasty, tasty and a bit boozy but arent the big stouts supposed to be that way. I will try to have this one again. Probably a tie with Cockeyed for fav Uinta brew.
04-22-2011 03:58:37 | More by FosterJM
3.78/5 rDev -11.1%
A - Medium density head, which kind of resembles bread yeast in how it falls. Retention is above average, and the lacing is world class. It's not completely black, takes on amber and copper hues in the light.
S - Smell is not that promising, it's hard to pick up anything, but what's there is some mild licorice and a little vanilla. As it warms up the bourbon starts to come through.
T - Hard to believe this is 13.2% alcohol. Taste comes through stronger than the smell, with similar characteristics. The taste could be a little stronger with this big of a beer behind it.
M - Now this is interesting, because this beer has a unique mouthfeel to it. I would say the carbonation level is perfect for this type of beer, and I wish some other beers of this style would be this creamy.
O - I think Uinta has the process down here to make a beer appealing in all of the categories that make a good beer great. The problem is they have a mediocre beer, and the process brings it to be a good beer. It's about what I expected after drinking other beers by them.
04-20-2011 23:09:45 | More by heyta
3.2/5 rDev -24.7%
Shared bottle, poured into a snifter.
Appearance- Pours out jet black with a nice dense tan head, good retention and lacing for such a monster brew.
Smell- Aromas of sweet chocolate, licorice, light coffee roast, and some subtle oak. Booze on the nose too.
Taste- Sweet chocolate and licorice start things off leading into darker fruit notes, plum particularly stands out. Then there is some very subtle oaky notes (wood, earth, vanilla, smoke). Lingering light coffee roast and sweet chocolate. Very boozy throughout the drink as well.
Mouthfeel- Medium full body with ample carbonation. A little bit sticky, a lot a bit “hot”.
Overall- Not bad, but incredibly boozy. It is 13% so you have to expect it, but it does become very distracting. Upon warming the alcohol heat all but covers up the rest of the flavor profile. Also, if I didn’t know it was oak aged, I probably wouldn’t have even picked up the “oaky” flavors. Decent overall, but I don’t think it nearly lives up to what it claims to be.
04-18-2011 22:17:18 | More by JLeege
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
appearance: Dark brown with a meaty tan head. Thick lacing that recedes fairly quick.
smell: Not getting the licorice in the nose. Hint of oak. Chocolate.
taste: Still not getting the licorice or and no oak. Damn good though. Dry, bittersweet thought mellow chocolate start with a sweetness creeping in the finish. Damn tasty.
mouthfeel: Nice, fat and creamy.
overall: Damn good.
Edit 2/3/2013: 2 year old pulled out of the cellar.
taste: Cranked up from a 4 to a 4.5. The 2 years have not changed it radically but smoother, and just tasty as hell.
overall: From a 4 to a 4.25.
04-17-2011 20:11:22 | More by cindyjeffsmith
3.75/5 rDev -11.8%
$14 listed price here in CA, and my first beer from Utah. Bottled on 2/28/11, um... 228; the day when the evil KMT slaughtered the pro-freedom Taiwanese people; I digress, here it goes...
This one started off with a bang, the cork popped with gun smoke oozing out. I had this serve in room temperature, a tad above 65 degrees F.
Not much smell, probably due to the high temperature, I will let this slide.
Taste was thick. It was nutty, musty chocolate, and sweeter than the other stouts, not much bitterness here. I did not detect the usual vanilla taste in a barrel aged stout.
Clocking at 13% abv, Labyrinth is at the higher tier of an imperial stout. The alcohol heat was well-hidden, and overall satisfactory, but the truth is I can get better imperial stout at a much lower price.
04-14-2011 04:48:57 | More by vince4953529
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours an obsidian black body with a deep inky quality and a tan creamy head that turns bubble but last for a good bit. The beer coats the glass with a inky film after each sip.
S- the dry oak wood aroma has a syrupy black malt with some soy sauce hints to it and a buttered popcorn quality comes through as the beer warms.
T- The soft black malt hint is blended with dry wood flavors and a dark caramel and sweet black malt inky flavor. The finish is a nice sweet thick black malt flavor with some light roasted notes lingering but no real bitterness noticed.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a thick texture and a warming alcohol heat in the finish.
D- No big and bitey like i expect from a imp. stout but a nice blend of smooth complex flavors and a softer support from the barrel. It is a nice beer and very different from typical American monster stouts.
04-12-2011 19:51:52 | More by rhoadsrage
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours pitch black with a big creamy tan head. Really nice lacing and retention.
Aroma is roasted chocolate malts, coffee and sweet dark fruits, raisins especially. Also lots of licorice, vanilla and oak. But as it warms, the chocolate comes out even more.
Taste is even better than the nose and very complex. Tons of chocolate malts, vanilla and booze soaked overripe fruits. The licorice really comes out as well and the finish is smooth but with some toasted oak.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth, soft carbonation. Really creamy and the ABV is really well hidden.
Overall, I loved this beer. Tons of things going on with fruit, roasted malts, chocolate and oak barrels. Fantastic stuff.
04-10-2011 02:58:20 | More by gford217
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
750ml bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Black body with a big tan head that leaves some lacing.
S: Chocolate, licorice, wood, and alcohol.
T: Lots of complex sweetness. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Some herbal notes which I think is from the hops. Alcohol is really well hidden, which is especially impressive for a beer this big.
M: Rather thick and creamy, which comes as a pleasant surprise since it looked pretty thin when I poured it.
D: This one impressed me a lot. It's pretty much the definition of a nightcap. It's a great way to end a meal, but it'll also knock you out in a hurry.
04-03-2011 01:02:26 | More by BarrelO
4.3/5 rDev +1.2%
Bottled on 3/31/10. Picked this up at Julio's Spring Beerfest last year. This beer is what started my cellar. I bought this knowing I would try it a year later, now I have to go back and buy another bottle of this, though it wont be as old.
A - Poured into my Duvel tulip. My goodness, a nice oil slick pour with a very, very dark mocha one finger head that faded to leave light clouding and a small halo, quite impressive considering the ABV. This is the darkest head I've ever seen.
S - So this is that melted chocolate chocolate and cake aroma people talk about. Its chocolate and alcohol.
T - Boom, chocolate, super light coffee. I get a faint, faint licorice taste that others mention, but mostly this is dark, rich, heavy chocolate and booze. Wow, this is nice.
M - I guess its a little thin. Nice low carbonation to be expected with this big of a beer. Nice and smooth but that ABV is definately present.
O - Yeah, I really like this. Just as good as I remember it being a year ago. I would LOVE to try this with some big time aging on it. Such a wonderful barrel aging.
04-01-2011 04:39:38 | More by rudzud
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
Tasted blind courtesy of neorunner, thanks again!
Pours a deep dark flat black color with a massive tan colored head.
Nose is nice, dark heavily roasted malts, chocolates, sweet dark fruits, and oaky booze.
Taste is really malty, heavy roasting, bitter bakers chocolate and slight brown sugary creaminess. Finish is warm, booze, with some oak, possibly barrel aged, and with light mineral hoppy bitterness. This beer is on the strong side, not subtle, but I like it.
Mouthfeel is pretty good, but the body is a touch thin, especially with all the bold flavors.
Overall? Excellent beer, really dig it, top notch stuff.
I'm impressed Nate, whatever this is, it could hold it's on against some of the best Imperial Stouts. (which I think this is, and I think it's barrel aged too...)
Ok, let's reveal this wonderful final beer...whoa! Uinta Brewing Labyrinth Black Ale with licorice sticks and aged in oak
04-01-2011 03:33:09 | More by flexabull
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter.
Pours very thick out of the bottle, giving a very large coffee brown to dark chocolate like head. Very big sticky lacing along the glass sitting on a very dark dark brown body. Reminds me of ice cream. Super foamy head.
Initial bouquet is kind of musty borderline cheesy. AFter some time there is a sense of milk chocolate first, without a lot of heat.
Taste is an obvious candied licorice, mixing with milk chocolate sensations. There is no hint of barrel, wood, or tannic qualities to be associated though with this as the label claims. This is quite thick in body it feels a little syrupy, chewy also. A bit aggressive but hides the abv well.
Overall this feels like a fun dessert beer, and it really seems fit for that. It tastes and feels often like eating melted chocolate ice cream with licorice. If that's your thing go for it.
03-30-2011 23:59:09 | More by smakawhat
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
750ml bottled 11/10 so 5 months on it. Fairly thick looking black pour. Just a little more than a thin layer of dark tan head. Retains well, but doesn't lace too much.
Aroma seems a bit muted. Roast malt, molasses, anise. A little woody booze.
Taste much more with it. Roasted malt, heavy molasses and anise. Lighter chocolate and a large oak component in the middle. Slight bourbon, more licorice and cocoa in the finish. Pretty nice.
Lighter side of full bodied. Coats very well, carbonation seems a little prickly up front, but mellows to near creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden, could pass for 8% easy.
Better than the barleywine in the series. Worth trying and should get even better with age.
03-27-2011 02:48:28 | More by Bung
3.95/5 rDev -7.1%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing considerable coffee grounds, licorise and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, except there's almost something of a second layer of flavor in this beer. Initially I get plenty of licorise and coffee grounds, which then dovertails into a long, vanilla and dark chocolate, slighly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is otherwise full, with a long, moderately sweet, chocolate and licorise finish. Drinkability is pretty good, at least for a 13% beer. It's not at all heavy, hot or tiring on the finish, though one can tell there's some alcohol in this beer.
While I can't say it's wowing me, this is nevertheless a pretty impressive, solid effort from the folks at Uinta.
03-25-2011 22:14:19 | More by John_M
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
750ml corked and caged bottle. man the little cork is a pain to get out. drank from my stone IRS snifter.
A- this one pours a menacingly thick looking opaque black body. there is a surprisingly large coffee colored head on top. the head falls rather quickly and leaves behind small spots of lacing.
S- dark roasted malts are the first thing to greet my nose. after that i get some dark chocolate and some faint licorice notes. plenty of alcohol in here. a little bit of vanilla reminds me that this was aged on oak chips. lots of coffee at the end. this is going to be a big, bad beer.
T- the taste starts out with darkly roasted malts. almost burnt tasting. after that it moves onto some sweet caramel and bittersweet dark chocolate. a subtle hint of vanilla from the oak chips. plenty of molasses and licorice. definite heat from the booze.
M- full bodied. palate coating. low carbonation that really works in its favor. pretty strong heat from the alcohol, but it is a beer just over 13% abv.
D- 1/4-1/2 of a bottle is a perfect amount for this. way too strong to attempt the whole thing. definitely worth the price. i bet if i gave it some time to smooth out the edges, this would be a fantastic beer. check it out if you get the chance.
03-20-2011 04:38:46 | More by jwinship83
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
750ml corked & caged bottle into a snifter
A: Pours dark black with a nice dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.
S: The aromas are mainly bakers chocolate and cocoa. Not much barrel in the nose and a bit weak for an imperial stout.
T: Damn the nose did not prepare me for the taste. Huge flavors of licorice, molasses, chocolate syrup, dark fruits, and roasted malt. There's a bit of rye spice on the finish. This is intense in flavor which also makes you notice the alcohol a bit as well.
M: The feel is relatively thick and oily. Coats the mouth nicely and the finish lasts for a while with those big flavors. Nice carbonation as well.
D: This is dangerously tasty and drinkable. It's a bit boozy which makes it tough to drink a lot of but I would gladly drink this often.
I emailed the brewery and someone responded saying this was aged mostly in Rye Whiskey barrels but some of it is aged in Bourbon barrels as well and blended together. Highly recommended.
03-20-2011 01:48:58 | More by GregSVT
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
750 ml bottle poured into a tumbler, Labyrinth is black with a dark tan head leaving scattered lace.
Smell is big and brawny, loads of dark roasted, crystal malts. Perhaps a bit skewed to the sweet side.
Taste is majorly intense, this is one massive barrel aged RIS. Loads of oak, bourbon, dark malts, some char and roast, caramel, it's all there in spades. Really not as 'hot' as I feared, even though it's obviously a massively strong beer, it's well integrated taste wise, although on the sweeter size, like the nose. The finish doesn't quit, it basically coats you're whole mouth and throat. Huge score for the huge flavor without any flaws.
Mouthfeel is thick, a big syrupy stout, semi-dry.
Drinkability is pretty good for such a massive, young beer. Sure, age would round it out, but it's a well made beer ready to drink now, in spite of it's aggressive flavor and size. Rated to style AND size, like the other attributes, this bad-boy is well executed, in-spite of what is an obviously arguable design, being so over the top.
03-16-2011 04:51:11 | More by ccrida
Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.