Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale
Uinta Brewing Company

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Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #860
Ranked #2,349
4.23 | pDev: 10.64%
Dec 26, 2020
Jun 01, 2010
Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black AleCrooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale
Notes: 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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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Radome from Florida

Tasted from a 750 ml bottle in a snifter.

L - Pitch black beer with a medium brown head that piles high and persists. Great appearance for the style.

S - Huge depth of aroma with chocolate, smoke, espresso, oak and faint whiskey. Very inviting, but the aromas are at a restrained level; not as prominent as some other barrel aged Imperial Stouts I've had.

T - Huge flavors just right for the style. Molasses, espresso, a hint of licorice. The barrel aging is very evident, as if you are chewing on toasted oak chips, with the whiskey as a lesser flavor element, but they act together to keep any harsh, acrid, burnt grain flavors at bay. Smoke and whiskey linger after a dry finish.

F - Medium to heavy body. Moderate carbonation. Strong bitterness from the hops and perhaps from roasted grains as well. Alcohol adds a bit of sweetness, but is surprisingly hidden for the listed ABV.

O - This is a great example of one of my favorite styles. Huge, deep, complex and worth savoring every sip!

Dec 26, 2020
4.25 by mflamar from New York on Feb 10, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by iguanodon from Utah

[Original rating 2012-11-17] Opaque black with a thin brown head. Aroma is boozy, molasses, a hint of licorice. Taste is sweet molasses, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, wood. Finish is sweet molasses with just enough bitterness. Very well done.

Oct 03, 2018
4.15 by Dakin from Utah on Sep 13, 2018
Photo of Keepnitrl
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Keepnitrl from Washington


Jun 17, 2018
4.5 by crob3888 from California on Apr 14, 2018
3.25 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia on Jan 25, 2018
4.5 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon on Jan 22, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by DaverCS from Arizona

Picked this bottle up in mid-2014 on a family vacation to Las Vegas. The bottle date is 12/03/??, as the label was smeared. Thus, in my estimation, this beer is likely from December of 2013, but it could be older. If true, it has about 4 years of age on it.

Despite a vigorous pour, the beer pours black with no head. There are some nice alcohol legs to this one. The aroma is very wood forward with a prevalent booziness. Some burnt coffee character is also present. Very stout-like. Moderate mouthfeel.

Taste reminds me of a heavily roasted, full-bodied stout... but then again, what is black quadruple ale? LOTS of toasted oak; I mean tons with a roasty bitterness. This is not a sweet beer. There are a nice amount of dark fruits but this beer is definitely not a quad. Very reminiscent to me of the abyss by Deschutes. I can’t say I taste licorice, but this may be the age. I get a slight spice at the end, which it could be also. Alcohol heat present but not cloying.

Overall, this is a solid beer (whatever category it is). Love the label art, but I don’t think it warrants the bomber format. Put this in a four pack and sell it year round, as it mainly tastes like a well-done basic stout. I see it pairing with Indian-spiced lamb. It gets a 87/100.

Dec 27, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bshefftz from California

Pours deep black with a roasted coffee nose. Taste is dominated by dark roasted malt, followed by bittersweet chocolate and hop bitterness. Alcohol is by no means hidden at 13%. Overall a good brew though trending a little bit roastier and more bitter than my preference.

Dec 05, 2017
4.57 by Bajdog from Maryland on Nov 29, 2017
4.5 by onlymurderers from Illinois on Sep 25, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Black in color with medium carbonation. Aroma is licorice,alcohol,then malt and yeast. Despite the high abv it didn't come off over the top to me and seemed hidden at least a little bit of it. What I couldn't get past was the licorice which was stronger than the 13.2 abv and dominated all other aspects of this beer. Had they skipped the licorice it would have been a solid great beer. I still scored it relatively high because I think it was a really unique well made beer. I personally couldn't get past the licorice

Aug 08, 2017
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2.99/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Wooof if you're ready to get your drink on, line this one up. Pours black. Seen thicker, especially at this abv, but don't even dare think this wades into "watery" or "thin" territory. Tan head, 1/3". Aroma smacks heavily of alcohol first, roast second, wood third.

Taste, fucking alcohol blasts its way first. Take no prisoners. Some nuance of a very virgin/dry oak feels and heavy roast comes in. It isn't complex. Its a sledgehammer of a beer. Watched my homie get absolutely tanked on this during Wrestlemania one year. Said later he didn't remember the rest of the night. Usually rye barrel imparts some sweetness, didn't get it here. A little bit of licorice feel to it if you search for it and let it warm.

Overall this was just too boozy for me. At least the price is below average, but I would say for a barrel aged stout, so is this.

Jul 21, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Alieniloquium from Florida

750 mL bottle. Jet black. Old bottle. Smells a little oxidized. Smells of strong roasted malt and oak. Tastes of chocolate, oak, and roasted malt. Pretty alcoholic. Heavy, but not that sweet. Very good, perhaps even improved with the slight oxidation.

Jul 20, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

I poured this into a pint glass and a snifter. The appearance was a pure jet black color with a one finger white foamy head in both glasses. The lacing was the same in both glasses as it was fairly clingy and thick. The smell was a roasted barley and coffee that combines with a black licorice that ends up allowing a decent roasted chocolate coming about to balance it all out. Wow, what a nice complex smell to this. The taste was bitter, roasty and sweet at different times and ends up allowing these super nice qualities to come back in the aftertaste. There is a finish and its somewhat dry and sweet. On the palate, this one is not sessionable by any means. It sits heavy on the body with a decent carbonation running about my mouth and tongue. Overall, American Black Ale, wow, this is a very well done beer for its style and for me.

Jun 18, 2017
4.21 by BdM from Netherlands on Jun 04, 2017
4.5 by shigg85 from Japan on May 26, 2017
4 by McBraniel from Virginia on Apr 15, 2017
4 by hawkssb04 from Utah on Apr 08, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by michaelbritten from New Jersey

Bottled 11/8/12. 13.2% ABV and presence of licorice sticks as an adjunct kept me wary of this, and as such, kept it in my cellar -- what a fool I was. Luscious body, sweet mocha, earthy coffee, and spicy rye whiskey; this is a hidden gem of barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, and one of the biggest/best surprises I've ever come across. The "Quadruple Black Ale" branding makes a certain kind of sense, but doesn't necessarily do this any favors: this is so close to a "world class" RIS and should be viewed as such. Find your way into this Labyrinth!

Apr 07, 2017
4.1 by Kahlerbock from Kansas on Mar 14, 2017
3.86 by B_B from California on Feb 11, 2017
3.5 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Feb 06, 2017
4.14 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Jan 18, 2017
3.75 by Bryan12345 from Texas on Jan 14, 2017
3.83 by alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania on Jan 02, 2017
4.81 by FeralFantom from Kansas on Jan 01, 2017
4.04 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Dec 24, 2016
4.08 by bb-magic from Florida on Nov 24, 2016
4.56 by beFullCircle from California on Nov 23, 2016
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4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by hoptheology from South Dakota

Deep obsidian black

S : Musty attic, licorice, cacao

T : Rich chocolate, sap, bourbon, oats, oak

Feel is thick and syrupy

Love this beer will seek it out for sure

Nov 07, 2016
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4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by rifleman_zach from Arizona

Bottled in 2012, aged 4 years. Poors extremely dark with an almost caramel colored head. Let stand for a couple minutes so it wont be frigid. Amazingly smooth! The nose is a nice rich malty/roasted flavor. The middle is smooth with a light black licorice flavor. The finish is great, not as heavy as a finish as i would have expected. Nice and easy leaving me wanting more.

Oct 19, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mateo2699 from Texas

On tap into a snifter. Very dark brown pour, nearing black. Light khaki colored head that sticks around the glass effortlessly. Smell has subtle hints of vanilla, some licorice in the background mixed with a some pipe tabacco. Honestly the aroma is slightly muted though. Taste makes up for this though, big licorice and sweet vanilla upfront, slight hints of bakers chocolate with a finish consisting of fresh leather and more pipe tabacco and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is relatively thin, but still palate coating. Very good.

Sep 23, 2016
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Sep 19, 2016
4.25 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Aug 22, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer appears black with an almost oily complexion.

Smell - The overall profile is sweet with malt being the basis.

Taste - The taste brings to mind a very dark chocolate. The anise aged out after 5 years. There is a boozy presence with nice sweet malts. The chocolate comes back in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The bottle says black ale. BA says quad. I am not sure how to judge other than to say its a little thin.

Overall - Style confusion aside, aging out the anise for 5 years improved this tremendously.

Jul 25, 2016
3.75 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jul 21, 2016
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4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Coopersbeer from Kansas

On draft Public House Las Vegas

Jul 13, 2016
4.06 by agreenman19 from Connecticut on Jul 10, 2016
Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1146 ratings