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Labyrinth Black Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Labyrinth Black AleLabyrinth Black Ale

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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 138
Gots: 232 | 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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4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Whoa, major black beauty! Full throttle. I let the bottle warm some out of the fridge and then poured a beautiful, foamy, frothy tan head that settled down after a little and good lacing. Color is unquestionably, absolutely opaque pitch black. Aroma a heady blend of roast, cocoa, coffee, soy sauce, licorice, very old leather. Flavor is similar to nose with bittersweetness on top followed tight with carbonic tang which also releases some of the hop stuff; man this beer is RIGHTEOUS! BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL!!! Body is almost perfect; I think a touch soft. Finish is exactly like flavor and so refined to the scheme as to yield perfection overall. I am in the presence of the almighty. And I drank it.

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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a nice bubbly finger worth of head which left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of roasty chocolate malts were present in the aroma but I was also able to sniff out oatmeal, licorice, slight coffee, and mild lactic notes.

T: the oatmeal character was more apparent on the palate alongside roasty chocolate, black licorice, and coffee notes but with a touch of booze.

M: the brew was full in body with a nice amount of carbonation which had a roasty, slight astringent, mild fruity, grainy, and creamy finish.

D: the brew was really delicious with a pleasant amount of carbonation and was drinking good for the abv's on this bad boy.

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4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out like motor oil, in color and thickness. Mocha brown head that is thin and quickly leaves only a few puddles. Aroma of rich cocoa powder, roasted barley and burnt molasses. Flavor is similar to the nose. Rich cocoa, black patent malts,vanilla and small amounts of oak. Thick mouthfeel. Creamy smooth. Baker's chocolate bitterness on the finish but with such a creamy body it is balanced.

Photo of nickhiller
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: soy sauce, in both color and viscosity, thin and brief brown foam

S: yummy sweet malty malts, sherry, savory meat, like a nice soy sauce and garlic marinade.

T: salty and smoky, burnt toast and wood (someone said hickory, sounds right) linger on the finish, followed in short order by throat-coating spicy alcohol.

M: thick and syrupy

O: very liquor-y, but not really any licorice. Has this weird savory/salty/umami thing going on that I'm not really into.

Photo of Onenote81
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle split with some friends at a tasting back in August. Reviewed from notes.

Deep dark black pour. A wispy beige head caps it off nicely. Nose is heavy with licorice, dark malts, old coffee. This beer is thick and filling. A perfect sipping brew for the cold months. Hints of oak, molasses, syrup on the palate, but the licorice comes through with a bang. As does the booze. Wow. This is a beer to be split with friends. In no way could I polish off a bomber on my own. Not one I will revisit often, but a treat nonetheless.

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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance is deep black with a nice tan leather lace of head. Aroma is that of lycorice and unrefined cocoa. Taste is of roasted malts, cocoa and vanilla. Palate is slick and oily with sweetness from the oak barrel. Overall this is a great beer, good alcohol and taste for fair price.

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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger of tannish head that eventually dissipates, opaque black body.

Smell is bitter licorice and some sort of wood.

Taste is more bitter than I was hoping, but then, this is an American style. There's the licorice, but it's not sweet, and some molasses, also not sweet. It's licorice for sure though (as the bottle indicates) rather than star anise for instance, if that makes sense. There's a lingering woody character that I want to say is hickory, along with some warmth, although the burn you would expect from the ABV is not really present.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, carbonation is very subdued.

This is actually pretty similar to the Abyss-- I let this sit out for a while (based on the bottle's instructions) but I'm betting that it will be better after I let the bottle sit in the fridge for a bit. It's decent, but 'black ale' offers no hint as to the dangerous ABV-- drinks and tastes like a stout/porter.

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

One of the most opaque beers in my experience, with a 35 lumen LED flashlight not penetrating at all. Beautiful black body, pouring like motor oil. Thin head with low retention, transforming into a light taupe ring at the glass edge.

Roasted malt dominates the nose, with a bitter lightness to balance it. Medium-thick mouthfeel, a bit of a pleasurable glycerine glide over the tongue.

Toasted bread, a bit of chocolate, vanilla oak, a touch of tobacco; rich yet balanced. Alcohol is hidden very well, but emerges as it warms up. Goes down smooth with a bitter chocolate linger, then bright anise licorice emerges if you are looking for it.

Very balanced, yet heavy, not supposed to be sessionable, but a very enjoyable brew. Awesome paired with stinky cheese, fatty smoked charcuterie, gamey lamb.

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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- black in the glass with a 2+ finger head thats got some serius staying power. Nice big lacing is left and this looks awesome.

S- big malt with some chocolate woody oak notes and a medium roast. Light bitter scent hangin around in here too

T- nice sweetnes with a roast that mixes well. Bitter chocolate and coffee come through along with some wood. Nice complex flavors.

M- thicker mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. Not a bad carhonation but id rather have a little less.

O- glad i got this. I assumed im was an old ABA and am pleasantly surprized. Ill snatch up some more next week.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this atthe 2010 ACBF, it poured out nice and black in color. The head was thin and tan. The lacing was light bit it was there for a while. The smell of the beer was big and roasted, had some sweetness on the nose and some hops too. The taste was rich with dark malts and some chocolate flavors, with a good bitterness bite in the finish. The mouthfeel was pretty decentI thought, good amount of body to it and carbonation. Overall this brew was really pretty good, I may need to have this one again someday.

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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is no black ale. Make no mistake about it, this is an imperial stout, and a massive imperial stout at that. This was recommended to me by smakawhat in our recent trade. Thanks a lot man!

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter.
Note: Brewed with licorice and aged in oak barrels.

APPEARANCE: Pours out thick black and sludgy, yielding a two plus finger, medium-thicker looking, mocha colored head with great retention. Thick black body with almost no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap with some lacing clinging to the sides. Head eventually fades to a ring and splotchy wisp that stays to the end and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Great looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Big nose. Roasted and burnt malts, dark chocolate and some booze for sure. Notes of sweet molasses mesh nicely with the chocolate aromas. Light oak and vanilla are there as well. Great nose, but perhaps a bit too much alcohol in the nose.

TASTE: Roasted and charred malts up front with some oak and molasses in there as well. Dark chocolate and some light, sweet caramel at the finish, as well as a good dose of alcohol. Big and persistent aftertaste is roasted and bitter, with some oak and chocolate flavors, and a measure of heat on the palate. No real sign of the licorice advertised, but this is very flavorful and extremely enjoyable. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium-full body with lower levels of carbonation. Heavy on the palate, creamy, goes down smooth with some heat on the swallow and finishes relatively sticky. Big, thick palate that really supports the flavors. Really good.

OVERALL: This was great. I had no idea this beer even existed, let alone that it was this good. Looked great, smelt great, tasted amazing and the feel was huge. The booze was perhaps a little too present, as they certainly didn’t apologize for the 13.2% ABV, but a little time might take care of that. This was very flavorful and extremely enjoyable, and I wouldn’t back away from another bottle, that's for sure. Thanks again smakawhat for recommending this one to me. Outstanding creation.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours oily, black, with a superb little brown head. Beautiful! Chocolate, hopas and soy notes in the aroma. Taste is perfectly balanced. Lots of chocolate. Citrus hops. Some light hint of licorice in the aftertaste. The body is big and the texture incredibly smooth.

Overall, this was a great black ale. It reminded me of .. a cheaper, and lighter version of black xantus.

Photo of claytong
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled 11/2010

appearance - black with minimal head that dissipates quickly. good solid lacing.

smell - very dark, very rich chocolate. black licorice, brown sugar, and roasted malts follow. creamy. a bit of hops/grass.

taste - follows the nose, thankfully the licorice isnt too strong (not a big fan of the licorice).

mouthfeel - medium body for the style and abv. carbonation is big and solid for being what it is.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Wow. Where have YOU been all my life? This is a GREAT stout. I didn't even have it in with my stouts, because it's labeled as a "black ale." It took just seconds after pouring it to realize this was a stout. Guess I should have looked it up on here. Whatever. This poured with fingers width thick espresso crema like head. Jet black. That's all you need to know about the rest of the beer's appearance. The smell is just absolutely delightful. Full of rich, roasty, malted, chocolaty goodness. The taste even trumps the smell, making all those scents come to life in a well orchestrated flavor profile. One of my favorites to date. The mouthfeel is where this billy bad ass really shines. What an incredibly decadent, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. It's like a chocolate melting in my mouth. Decadent. I simply cannot wait for the second glass to come from this bomber. I will say this, you can't taste a goddam bit of that 13.2% ABV. Woooo daddy. Dangerous. If you haven't already, get some. Now. Right now. C'mon, get up. Left foot right foot. They call it walking.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin dark mocha head that fades to some spotting.

Smells of lots of licorice , chocolate, roasted malt and a nice toasted bread aroma. A booze smell that's not very hidden.

Tastes are more of that licorice and lots of chalky chocolate. Dry mouth lingering finish. Alcohol burn shows up with each and every sip but never comes off too harsh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall is pretty good. This is the sixth beer I've tried from Uinta and this one was the firs that really impressed me. I would drink this again and again.

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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet goblet in a tasting with fellow BA CosmicEvan.

This appears a really midnight black. Its head reduced to nothing but a tiny rim.

Smells clearly of black licorice with some bitter chocolate roast coming through on the end.

Tastes of dark roast coffee infused with black licorice. I do pick up a little vanilla.

Pretty bubbly and creamy on a dark dark beer. It curls the tongue.

Overall I liked this beer but I feel that it came in a little too dark on the roasted side. While I note that this is a black ale, I feel like there's too much of a burnt malt undertone.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by yagman.

A - poured a deep shiny slick silky black with a thin head that was gone quick leaving no evidence behind.

S - deep rich dark chocolate. Nice maltiness. Smells great.

T - oh boy. Very deep rich chocolate. Malty roast vanillaness. Delicious.

M - silky and smooth. Rich without being too filling.

O - fantastic imperial stout I am surprised that you don't hear more about this fantastic beer. Can't wait to have it again.

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

Appearance - Inky black with a dense tan, lasting head.

Smell - Dark and malty. Unfortunately, no licorice detected.

Taste - Awsome Imperial Ale. Strong malt and bready. Unfortunately, no sign of the licorice sticks, was really looking forward to that. Alcohol not evident until the swallow and then it is very smooth. Overall, excellent.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy. Alcohol very evident in tne swallow. Nice.

Really enjoyed this Black Ale/Imperial Ale. Would really have liked to be able to taste licorice. Would be great on a cooler evening.

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Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.