Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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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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4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of SlothB77
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 750 ML bottle

A: Black or chocolate brown with a very thin medium brown head.

S: Chocolate and coffee aromas. Pretty strong. Molasses too.

T: Creamy and smooth. A syrupy milk chocolate. Bitter licorice aftertaste that lingers nicely for a little while. Licorice.

M: Low carbonation, medium-body, low-acidity. Medium heat for a nice winter beer. I don't really smell or taste the roasted oak that is mentioned on the side of the bottle.

O: Very pleasant smooth black ale that compares favorably to chocolate/ coffee- flavored stout.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Picked this bottle up today from a local store. Stored chilled and poured into a Kate the Great tulip. After opening, I took a look at the bottling date on this bottle only to see that this was bottled on 9/3/2010, so this is well over two years old. At 13.20% ABV, I'm pretty excited to see how this held up.

Appearance: Dark brown to almost black in color. Pours a nice, one and a half finger medium brown head. The head is creamy and holds up well. Recedes into a nice lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, licorice and roasted coffee bean aromas up front. Really nice sweetness of brown sugar and vanilla backing the roasty stout tones. There is certainly some alcohol present in the aroma, but it feels far less than the 13.2% listed. Incredibly balanced.

Taste: Milk chocolate and licorice provide a nice sweet backbone. Lots of vanilla, coffee beans and molasses notes are present as well. A slight rye spiciness as well. Some earthy tones as well that add a nice complexity. A touch of oxidation is present, but it is not too strong at all. The alcohol is really toned down but still retains the warming qualities.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. Velvety in feel and warming throughout. Nicely carbonated for a beer that is two years old.

Overall, a really tasty and balanced imperial stout. The licorice is a nice compliment and really balances well with the rye barrel tones and the sweet base stout. Really well done and nicely balanced. Not sure how this drinks fresh but it is very tasty with two years on it. I would definitely try this again at this price.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a snifter after refrigerating for 1.5 hours. The temp was just right- warmer for this high ABV beer. Bottle date:11/29/11.

This beer lives up to the style: an American Double has more alcohol- which is cleaner, and more hop presence than its Russian Imperial ancestor.

The color was deep dark brown chocolate with a three finger head. A damn good looking beer!

Dark chocolate wafted from the head.

The mouth feel was very smooth- unlike Russian Imperial stouts which have a more carbonated mouth feel.

The beer tasted like a chocolate milk shake laced with alcohol. Smooth, deep chocolate, some fruit, with a hint of licorice as suggested by the brewer.

Overall a winner from an excellent brewery. Serve warmer.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body with a mohagany tint on the edges. There's a huge cinnamon colored head.

Heavy black licorice aroma with a heavy charred malt.

The black licorice dominates the flavor along with soy and burnt malts.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and cloying.

It's a pretty good beer but definitely on the sweet and syrupy side.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So this is what the super rich drink! After getting out the vise grips to deal with the cork, an inky dark pour with a halo of golden grown. The bountiful mocha head piles up high. Long, luscious nose of chocolate malt with a hoppy aroma.

Huge and sensationally flavorful. Touches all the bases on the way to a home run. Unctuous malt, every shade of dark roast, hoppy spices, and dragster octane. Winey mouthfeel with the intensity of a liqueur. What is that, Brazil nuts? Burnt sugar mixes with mellow but deeply roasted malt. Hot and sweet. Handle with care.

A benchmark for Imperial Stouts, and leaves you with a warm glow all over. From the 750 ml bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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