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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of recoveringmormon
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - black as coffee. Poured cold in a tulip I didn't get the foam some of the other poster saw, very minimal.
S - more like carob than cocoa, sweet and smoky.
T - again sweet and smoky, with a bitter cocoa finish. More like drinking baker's cocoa than Swiss Miss.
M - gravy
O - great for a black, but maybe not in the mood when I had it. Definitely not drinkable as an everyday beer but fun to try, and will probably buy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd seen this before but didn't realize it was Uinta. The $12 sticker price seemed a bit much until I looked closer and learned that it's 13% abv. That's all it took, SOLD!

750mL c&c bottle purchased for $11.99 at Dover Discount Beverage. Bottled on 01/23/13. Served cold in a tulip.

A: A hard pour gives a full 1" of super dense foam that barely settles and leaves thick lacing when it does. Pitch black brew. Zero light gets through when held to a bright bulb. One of the darkest heads I recall seeing, a deep burnt umber brown.

S: Wowsa. Thick rich cocoa aroma. Black licorice plays second fiddle, then a plethora of minor notes including black coffee, cola, charred wood, black pepper.

T/M: Thick heavy body is the first thing to register. Then immediately it's a flood of all that tasty dark stuff detected in the aroma... cocoa (less dominating here), liccorice, cola, and a strong bitterness stemming from burnt malt and generic hop. Mouthfeel is massively thick, with a creamy malty sweetness is balanced by a somewhat overdone carbonation. Like a fizzy milkshake. The cola aspect really becomes prominent. Charred wood and a bit of licorice linger long time in the finish.

O: The 13.2% abv is very effectively masked by sheer virtue of everything else being equally massive. Flavor, thickness, carbo all conspire to keep the EtOH presence down. Nearly through the bottle and I'm definitely feeling it though. Slight EtOH vapor felt on my breath, but that's the only other sign of it. Wow. Not surprisingly, this is a very filing beer.

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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I had this on draught in a snifter. Delicious beer! But, the abv is rather hidden by the complex balancing this beer pulls off.

Apearance, thick beige head with mild carbonation, jet black body

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy

Smell: coffee, chocolate, and hops

Taste: Coffee, cocoa, roast malt, medicinal finish

Overall, this is a good beer! I'm hesitant to buy it in the bottle though.

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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and viscuous. The color of dark or black walnut. has an inkling of lighter hues but no light passes through. it merely suggests them with it's deep body. Has a thin head of creamy mocha colored foam that refreshes with each turn of the glass. Alcohol legs and shimmering wet lace.

Nose is roasted malt, toasted grain but nothing burnt until the drink. There's a little coffee and some semi sweet chocolate. Dark fruits are too vague to name them but they are there. It has a soft rye on the nose that is a tad spicy but mellow. It has no alcohol on the nose and that's impressive. There's a touch of vanilla and a little toffee. This does not smell terribly sweet. In fact it smells dry and a little bitter.

Taste is expansive and full. Malt is velvety smooth and fat. Lots of toasted roasted grain but only a touch of burnt toast at the finish. Toffee and vanilla go so well together. The rye stays soft on the palate and mellow and adds it's share of bitterness to a good coffee bitterness. Chocolate is smooth, deep and rich but not too sweet. As this drinks it starts to taste like whiskey. Has a ferocious abv that remains smooth on the palate and gives a nice warmth to the back palate and in the chest as it goes down. Finishes dry and a little slick.

The rye really adds a depth to this. The mouthfeel is as good as ti gets for a big beer like this one. The abv is done to perfection. The fact that it is not terrible sweet lets the grain adn the dark flavors shine in a bold way. Exceptionally balanced and smooth.

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Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 1,138 ratings
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