Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black AleCrooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale
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Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black AleCrooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by JohnGalt1 on 06-01-2010

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Photo of DaverCS
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bajdog
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of BdM
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of hawkssb04
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of michaelbritten
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

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Photo of Kahlerbock
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Prost76
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bryan12345
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FeralFantom
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of madelf66
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bb-magic
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beFullCircle
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of rifleman_zach
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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