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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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

5.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of light brown, creamy head. Retention is very good, especially for a brew this big. Glass covering lacing is left.

4.5 S: Lots of licorice in this, which I'm usually not a fan of, but it works so well with the rest of the aromas. Deep supple roastiness, rich dark chocolate, loads of molasses, and creamy caramel. The rye barrel plays a complementary role and adds a spicy earthiness and light leather. Very nice.

4.5 T: Taste is as good as the nose. Licorice starts things off again. Rich maltiness in the form of molasses, caramel, and dark chocolate. Heavy, though manageable roastiness. Rich and decadent - the flavors presented run deep. Again the rye adds a spicy earthiness and a bit of leather and vanilla. Booze doesn't come into play at all.

4.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and superbly smooth.

4.5 D: Really fucking tasty. I'm a bit surprised how much I like it. Big bold flavors that merge seemlessly

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of dense brown foam. Retention is above average.

S: Tons of dark chocolate with molasses, light licorice, and peaty whiskey. Almost smells as though this was aged in a scotch barrel.

T: Tons of dark chocolate mixed with toffee, caramel, smooth coffee, and light licorice. I get quite a bit of oak and a bit of peaty scotch, though not as strong as the aroma. Though a bit on the sweet side, this beer is extremely complex.

M: Quite thick with light, but adequate carbonation.

O: I'm really upset I waited so long to try this beer. I never tried it since I'm not a licorice fan and the beer boasts of licorice as a flavor. This beer is extremely complex and very tasty.

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Photo of Livewire77
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of rutgersjpm
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a black with hints of dark red. Thin, medium brown head with lacing. Dark malt, coffee. bourbon and alcohol aroma. Strong dark roasted malts and coffee up front, some chocolate and mild dark fruits. The bourbon does not show up much in the taste, unfortunately. Finishes dry and bitter. The high ABV, bitter finish and dominance of the burnt, roasted flavors seems a little unbalanced.

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Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of carrollmel7
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Mavajo
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black with a brown head. An aggressive pour yields a thin head. No lacing. Aroma is oak, bourbon, caramel, roast and hops. Taste is licorice, with roasty/charred notes, and a mild bourbon backbone. The char/roast lingers long on the palate. Sticky. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation - a bit watery.

Aroma is pretty good. Taste is OK. There are better bourbon barrel stouts out there. The long roasty aftertaste is a major downer. Even 15 minutes later, that roastiness was still parching my palate.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Sinfjotli
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle with me.

A - pitch black with a thick cap of brown head that has great retention

S - big chocolate notes, licorice, roasted malts, faint coffee

T - chocolate, bourbon, bitter, black licorice, anise

M - full bodied, very warm, a bit boozy

This is a BIG beer. It has great flavor. It's incredibly enjoyable but a sipper. The alcohol and big body really slow you down. This is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of swetsastonic
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of jwat
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Twig2848
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of farrago
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderately aggressive pour fills half the glass with outrageously dark brown foam, tightly woven and dense, not much dimpling but there’s random explosions of larger bubbles which act like fireworks on the surface, very nice stick to the lacing, broad streaks which eventually settle back downwards. The liquid is black as night, fully impenetrable, not a hint of color anywhere, the only sign of bubbles was as the pour resolved itself. The nose is rife with coconut custard, German chocolate cake, black licorice, caramel and orange zest, fistful of grainy hop bite, peach, apricot and cherry cobbler accents, pushes the limit of desirable sweetness, toasty bread notes help relieve its density. Full-bodied, starts to foam towards the roof of your mouth, even the carbonation scaled to make an impression, give it credit for helping manage the sweetness. Less noticeable licorice here, more toffee, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla bean and coconut oil. Were it not for an herbal sting at the finish it would be all but completely a “dessert beer.” Floral dew and pine sap bring the malts and hops further into accord. The fruit flavors more mixed than distinct. Over time starts to suggest barbecue grill smoke. The generally creamy mouth feel persists completely start to end, again, fights hard to ensure nothing distracts you from it. Hard not to respect its powerful statement, just be careful in choosing when to open it, by no means a casual quaffer.

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Photo of trevorpost
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of DCgolfpro
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of CoryR
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of maltlikker
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of RedTickBrewingCo
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Pinche_Oso
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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Photo of IKR
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, appears black when the beer is full in the glass with a generous medium beige head that slowly faded. I saw some good lacing with this one.

Smell: Chocolate, mild whiskey, brown sugar, and a bit of oak and vanilla. I also pick up some roast malt notes.

Taste: Following the nose, chocolate, mild whiskey, brown sugar, a bit of oak, vanilla and some roast malts. The finish is fairly dry. The alcohol is very restrained for the ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

Overall: A good unheralded beer. If the grading system had 0.25 increments I'd bump the taste up to 4.25 (corrected on January 27, 2013). As it is I'm on the fence with my score.

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Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,133 ratings.
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