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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 138
Gots: 231 | FT: 12
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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Ratings: 961 | Reviews: 293
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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%

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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review input from notes

Deep black, opaque body. Notable viscosity. Two finger mocha colored head floats atop. The head recedes rather quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing plastered to the walls of the glass.

Labyrinth is very stout like but is missing the roasted characteristics one would normally expect. Perhaps this is why Uinta labels it a Black Ale and not a Stout. Pleasant chocolate and vanilla aromas meld upfront. Oak and anise fill in just behind. There is an ever so slight soy aroma but this does not become obstructive.

The flavor is more of the same that was noted in the nose, more stout without the assertive roast. Big chocolate and caramel flavors. Vanilla and oak are interwoven throughout. The is a fair amount of booziness but it is rather fitting for this beer.

Full bodied Black Ale. Carbonation is on the lower end and appropriate. Very smooth, soft texture. The finish is long and enjoyable.

Very enjoyable beer. Not an intense and overpowering beer that one may expect for 13% but one that is rather smooth and well crafted. My only complaint is the bottle format, a friend is definitely recommended for this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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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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Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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