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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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4.23/5
Exceptional
1,137 Ratings
Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black AleCrooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale
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
Ranking:
#951
Reviews:
325
Ratings:
1,137
pDev:
10.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
173
Gots:
311
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,137 |  Reviews: 325
Photo of sd123
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of benloho
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of valkyre65
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Miller9410
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stompilator
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a mug (not my choice) from a 25oz bomber.

Appearance: pitch motor oil black with a tab head with medium bubbles on the body. Drops after two or three sips it drops to nada, steady lacing.

Smell: Heavy molasses, you smell the sweet brown sugar.

Taste: incredible, honestly this beer label should be changed to imperial stout it's still labelled as a black ale...sweet brown sugar.

Mouth: Super sticky, sweet finish with a medium malt.

Overall: Incredible brew which was given as a gift and honestly one of the best keeper's of the of the brew industry. Salad!

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Photo of greshdoghophead
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013. Not as "marshmellowy" as I remember when fresh. Very little signs of licorice if any. Very rich and bold malty mocha flavors. Fantastic version, ala a Russian stout. Far from a black ale as listed on bottle. ABV deafened with time, not too "hot" at all. So good.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 750 ml bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasty, milk chocolate, ash, caramel, molasses, toffee, toasted, vanilla, oak, and warm boozy alcohol.

Taste: Nice blend of above aromas. Ashy bitterness and warm booze in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium to full bodied, ashy bitterness, medium carbonation, and warm boozy alcohol.

Overall: At 13.2 % and barrel aged, this is one tasty beer. Will look forward to more of this in the future.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chris-1911
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tim007007
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MFMB
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mr8iggins
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dfillius
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On the docket: 750 mL cork and cage bottle of Uinta’s Labyrinth, bottle date: 7/26 (year unknown)

Poured into: Jester King Snorkel snifter

S: The inkiest, blackest, consuming black fills my glass. On top, espresso-foam head wells up, then settles to a small ring. It’s completely opaque, so I cannot detect bubble activity. I could stare into its depths for hours, but I have to smell and taste it, too.

A: Roasted coffee, wood, the darkest of chocolate, and Oh My Sweet Lord! Black Licorice. Bright citrus aroma off the hops. And yes… booze. This black beauty weighs in at 13.2%. Sip with care!

T: If I were Adam, in the Garden, and Lucifer were to slither up to me with a glass of this and start speaking of rebellion–well–let’s just say he wouldn’t have to try very hard. This is most of everything I look for in a dark, dangerous beer. Sweet date and fig up front quickly yields to coffee, dark chocolate, and black licorice. The bright note from the hop aroma shows up towards the end, only to be outdone by a dry, roasty, woody finish. The faintest hint of vanilla. Your tongue turns to 800 grit sandpaper and you go back for another seductive barrage of flavor. A note- the black licorice is smooth and silky, like that of gourmet product, not of a candy that rhymes with sizzler.

F: Creamy, oily, slick, coating. Rich and luxurious. As it warms…. so does the finish, though quite dry. Drink cool for crispness, drink warmer for richness.

O: Quite possibly the best imperial stout I’ve ever tasted, and though may not have had offerings such as The Abyss, Dark Lord, Hunahpu, Speedway, Black Note, or those whales that people chase… good God! Give me one of these every year, and I’ll consider myself a blessed man.

S: 4 A: 4.5 T: 4.75 F: 4.25 O: 4.5

Suggested food pairing: smoked charcuterie, braised beef, low and slow barbecue, tiramisu, and my personal pick- traditional Slovak poppy seed roll. Divine flavor synthesis.

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Photo of MrFuster
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryanhooks81
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pitch black. on tap at green truck. smells like licorice and vanilla. the barrel stood out. licorice was tame. i thought there was going to be more licorice. mouthfeel was medium. good carbonation.

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Photo of Elumbeer
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth. Also sweet. Reminds me of a BA scotch ale, but with a bit more depth & complexity.

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Photo of dsauter
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of WynnO
3.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Farral
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmouseman
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,137 ratings
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