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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Ratings: 1,140 |  Reviews: 326
Reviews by Pwnasaur90:
Photo of Pwnasaur90
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this via Whole Foods in Chicago

A very delicious beer that I have enjoyed again and again, and I will continue to do so in the future.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pitch black color; think motor oil dark.

Smell: Very strong alcohol smell along with a nice hint of licorice and chocolate.

Taste: Outstanding; strong alcohol flavor at first melts into a delicious licorice, dark fruit flavor; then mellows out into a nice espresso and chocolate aftertaste.

This beer is a must try. If you feel like treating yourself to something nice and delicious, this is the way to go.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Odalis
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours very dark brown almost black similar to the color of "black" coffee I see why they called it a Quadruple Black Ale. Little milky cream head minimal lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet, also can pick up subtle notes of Oaks, Malt then Chocolate.

Taste: Tastes better then it smells, big bold and full bodied, chocolate under tones with a roasted sweet after taste and licorice throughout till the end.

Feel: Full bodied with gentle creamy feel and also goes down smooth and delicate but silky.

Taste: Creamy, nutty, all the flavors compliment eachother, you get different but balanced notes throughout. Goes down exceptionally well being a 13.2% abv.

Bottled & Corked 01/24/12

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Photo of JDW4195
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very Dark, no light shines through. Nice, creamy head. I dont think this beer is meant to be a Quad ( as in the Belgian style), i think it's meant as quadruple in black x4. The barrel age comes through, but no whiskey or bourbon, so it's more of just a wood flavor. This is a fantastic beer. Should be thought of a an American Imperial Stout.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that quickly died down, leaving delicate bits of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of licorice are present in the nose. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has some flavors of licorice, but has some notes of underlying sweetness, dark malts and hints of chocolate. As the beer warms, hints of rye whiskey become evident.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of warming from the rye whiskey are also perceptible.
O: For such a strong beer, this stout is very drinkable and nearly masks all of its alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TripleSun
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rogue stout glass. Bottle dated 12/05/14

L - Oily black
S - Tobacco, coffee, licorice, oak
T - The coffee and tobacco are both very apparent
F - A real sipper at around 13% ABV, feels like something I would pair with a good cigar. Creamy and the head dissipates fairly quickly.


I didn't chill it before I poured my first glass but even then it was creamy and very mature. A good late night drink I would share with friends but not something I would drink all the time.

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Photo of StevenDumont
1/5  rDev -76.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a pink plastic cup.

Look: like used, thick motor oil.

Smell: licorice, earth, composted soil.

Taste: horrible.

Feel: like puking.

Overall: I will never drink this again.

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Photo of darktronica
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled September 2014. A gorgeous pour, with a finger of super-creamy, light foam that sticks around for ages and looks like a nice canvas for latte art. The nose is less elegant, very anise-forward with a touch of oakiness and vanilla from the barrel. Very smooth on the tongue, a brilliant consistency and thickness that just glides around the mouth, delivering coffee, whiskey, and bitter cocoa atop background notes of toast and vegemite. Hides the 13.2% abv exceptionally. Really well crafted.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.47/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer was intense. I was wondering how they were going to make a "black ale" so high in alcohol. It seems it was achieved by essentially making it a stout. It did retain a very intense black malt and roasted malt flavour, though. That made it interesting. A lot of things made this beer interesting. But one overarching thing made it disgusting and that was what I call "soy sauce" flavour. I don't know what causes it, but I come across it every now and then in a very strong, dark beer. They take on the flavour and, more prominently, smell, of soy sauce. Everyone seems to agree that that is what they smell like. This is one of those rare beers with this distinct odor and it is most unpleasant. It hits immediately and hard, masking even the presence of alcohol (which is most saddening of all for me). Luckily ,after a few sips, I did start to get used to it with this particular beer. I've had more overwhelming "soy sauce" beers in the past. Underneath it, there is a lot going on and it is all most interesting and appreciated. The oak flavours are very prominent and do a very good job of adding complexity and pleasurable flavour to the strong flavour of roasted malt and licorice.
The mouthfeel wasn't very pleasant either. I like strong stouts, but this was excessively thick, oily, and yeasty. It was not nearly as bad as Jester King's Black Metal, but it suffered from the same problem. It was so thick, yeasty, and strong in flavour and harshness that it became unpleasant. This is coming from someone who thrives on strong, harsh beers. Quads and wee heavies are my favourite styles. But every now and again, I come across something that's just excessive and distasteful. This is one of those things. Interesting, yes, but absolutely not worth buying again. It was a struggle to finish the bottle between four people and only one of us could really say that we "enjoyed" the experience. They best I can muster is, "it was OK. It wasn't "that bad.'" But that's not worth a high score. In the quest for strong stouts, there are much better choices.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night after work and felt it with a dull headache this morning.Poured into an imperial nonic jet black with nicely formed deep tannish colored head atop that never completely settled.Dark roast,char,vanilla/oak,and sweet alcohol in the nose,it's got alot going on and is pretty complex.Sweet chocolatey notes at the onset flavor wise with vanilla and dark fruit soaked in sweet alcohol,the saving grace of the beer is at midway a nice earthy woodsy drying effect comes in.Wow there is alot going on in this beer it's big and brash,a real sipper with alot of components to it.Very good.

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Photo of don1481
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep black with a khaki head that lingers and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: chocolate nibs. Lots of chocolate. No booze on the nose.

Taste: boozy. Not obnoxiously so, but boozy enough to make it clear that this is barrel aged. Hints of licorice cut through the booze.

Mouthfeel: slight black licorice aftertaste.

Overall: Pretty good, not a best in show, but I'm pretty picky with imperial barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of braugon
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of briang01
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wanderer4beer
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of warnerry
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutFox
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Britton
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikechance
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A --- deep black color with about 1/2 inch chocolate head

S --- brandy, malts, chocolate, and vanilla

T --- heavy alcohol, but smooth mixture of malts, chocolate and vanilla

M --- smooth, oily, med body, and moderate carbonation

O --- This is an excellent beer. I divided up a 750 ml bottle with two other guys and had the right amount. I might grab another bottle and sit on it for a while. It would be an excellent beverage to end the day on Christmas.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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