Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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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

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320
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
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4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/8/2011. Pours dense pitch black color with zero head or carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, char, toast, licorice, oak, clove, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, char, toast, licorice, molasses, oak, clove, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, char, toast, oak, vanilla, licorice, clove, molasses, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel flavors; with huge robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Zero carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and moderately chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent imperial stout, despite being flat. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, licorice, and barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. I will definitely try and get a carbonated bottle in the future.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Lightly chilled 150 ml Cork & Cage into 33 cl tulips.

Look- Extravagant, pours with three fingers of toasted marshmallow head that falls over a few minutes leaving a dense cap. Insane curtains and lacing despite the ABV. Deep, deep ruby brown. One of the better-looking strong darks I've seen.

Smell- Deep char, baker's chocolate and licorice, dry wood. Overall pretty subtle, but promising.

Taste- Extremely nutty, light booze, licorice and tons of wood. Starts with the impression of sweetness but finishes roasty, pretty clean with less char than expected. Mild smoke flavor emerges after the glass is half empty. Spicy, impression of oats and rye. The wood is maaaybe a bit much, but overall things stay workable and keep this 13%+ brew in check.

Mouthfeel- Silky, almost oily. Just enough carbonation to lighten it up. You'd never know that this was over 8%, let alone 13.2. I'd even go so far to say that it finishes pretty dry. Woody presence builds and eventually comes across as moderately tannic- really though, who needs to drink more than 12 oz?

Overall- Unique, absolutely worth trying. Nice take on licorice- comes across as an accent rather than the focus. Not unreasonably priced either, but have someone to split it with. On the whole though, not something I'd try again- what's there is bold, but it's not quite what I'm looking for in a one-drink-and-I'm-done brew.

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

Roasted but too much heat

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Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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