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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
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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
 
 
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311
Trade:
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Tasted on 7/1/13

Bottled on 2/21/11

A: Pours black as night. Low carbation. Viscous appearance. One finger espresso head. Minimal retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Dark, fermented fruit. Good amount of chocolate. Coffee, espresso beans, mocha. Touch of vanilla in the mix.

T: Huge mid palate. Lactose sweetness that runs the finish. Huge roasted and coffee notes also on the finish. Faint presecne of booziness. Licorice not detected. Showing it's age wonderfully.

M: Huge, obviously. However, not mammoth. Smooth, silky even.

O: I'm impressed. Many RIS seem to carry too much charring or burnt malt characteristics. This either didn't have them or they have mellowed with the bottle age. Incredibly good RIS>

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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I was intimidated by the mention of licorish at first but the flavor was a background note that added to the complexity without sticking out.

Pairing note: I mixed in about 1oz into a cereal bowl of pecan prailene ice cream. It made the ice cream and the beer taste even better!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big bottle. Dated January 2011. Passed this one by many times. Finally figured, big beer, aged 2 plus years, why not? Glad I tried it. Had it over 2 nights. This is not a subtle beer. Pours thick, black, small head. Smells boozy, licorice, chocolate. Tastes boozy, sweet, slight chocolate, some oak. Thick and chewy, not exactly a Summer beer, but a nice change of pace from the lighter ones I've been guzzling.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow another amazing underrated brew.

Bottle date: 11/08/2012

750ml bottle into Deschute Teku

A: Black thick engine oil body with 2 finger foamy mocha head.

S: Huge vanilla, coconut, chocolate, brown sugar

T: wowowowowowow what a find. I always see this beer on the shelf (and it's kind of pricey at $13.99) so I always passed on it but wow. It's quite up there with the some of the best BA stouts. It might be due to the age (6 month), but I do not detect much hops and just slight amount of alcohol. Although very bold and vanilla/oak/bourbon/chocolate forward beer, it's mellow and highly drinkable. I also pick up some dark fruits, brown sugar, maybe some honey. A tad bit on the sweeter side but it really works well.

M: Chewy, syrupy, thick. Just like how I like my BA stout.

O: Very very surprisingly impressed. I didn't expect this. I may have to give the rest of their Crooked Line beers a try. No need to age further imo. It's perfect right now.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black color with a moderate creamy brown head. Looks great.

Nose brings hints of oak and licorice, with a slight sweetness pervading through everything else.

Hits up front with a nice dose of licorice. Coffee and chocolate poke through, a hint of oak and a very subtle whiskey. Bitter roast and dark chocolate through the midpalate, and finishes with a hint of booze and licorice. Like the nose, a low level of sweetness is present throught the whole taste.

Nice mouthfeel. Not too thin, maybe a bit slick feeling.

Overall, a very good stout. You can't quite taste it, but you definitely feel the 13.2% ABV. Finishing the bottle by yourself, as I am doing, is a bit of a challenge. This makes me want to seek out other products from Uinta.

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