Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
uintabrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,134
Reviews:
324
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
173
Gots:
309
For Trade:
14
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Reviews by farrago:
Photo of farrago
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderately aggressive pour fills half the glass with outrageously dark brown foam, tightly woven and dense, not much dimpling but there’s random explosions of larger bubbles which act like fireworks on the surface, very nice stick to the lacing, broad streaks which eventually settle back downwards. The liquid is black as night, fully impenetrable, not a hint of color anywhere, the only sign of bubbles was as the pour resolved itself. The nose is rife with coconut custard, German chocolate cake, black licorice, caramel and orange zest, fistful of grainy hop bite, peach, apricot and cherry cobbler accents, pushes the limit of desirable sweetness, toasty bread notes help relieve its density. Full-bodied, starts to foam towards the roof of your mouth, even the carbonation scaled to make an impression, give it credit for helping manage the sweetness. Less noticeable licorice here, more toffee, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla bean and coconut oil. Were it not for an herbal sting at the finish it would be all but completely a “dessert beer.” Floral dew and pine sap bring the malts and hops further into accord. The fruit flavors more mixed than distinct. Over time starts to suggest barbecue grill smoke. The generally creamy mouth feel persists completely start to end, again, fights hard to ensure nothing distracts you from it. Hard not to respect its powerful statement, just be careful in choosing when to open it, by no means a casual quaffer.

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Photo of Odalis
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
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 +11.7%
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 black...as 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 +0.5%
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 -1.9%
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.

Overall:

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 darktronica
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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 oberon
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -3.8%
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 -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of briang01
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wanderer4beer
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of warnerry
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutFox
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Britton
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Twifiter
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikechance
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -10.3%

Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of BarkingMonkeye
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im not an experienced beer connoisseur, but i have had enough experience to know a good beer when i see it. And this is one of the best in its category which can be found in Utah in my opinion. Id doesnt have that hard water taste of international dark beer, which im happy to do without. This beer is great for anyone who wants a high ABV and full flavor with thicker viscosity. I pretty biased for the malt type beers so i score this one higher.

Personally i love everything about the beer. IF i had more experience with beer and a better spectrum to judge, i would give it 5.0.

If your looking for something different in the RIS category you owe it to yourself to try this beer!

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Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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