Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/25/11. Reviewed 3/24/12.

Pours a very deep, oil slick black body. Produces a very big head, dark brown in color. It leaves behind a small, yet thick head, with nice lacing.

Tons of smoked malts on the nose. Wood tones. Hints of licorice and plums.

Dark roasted malts, with bitter-sweet chocolate. Big mouthfull of smoked wood, with licorice root flavors. Bitter coffee flavors. Warming alcohol burn on the finish, with a lingering bitterness from the coffee flavors.

A monster of a beer, with so much complexity and booziness that it pretty much kicks your ass and leaves you begging for more. A must try beer.

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3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Quite a scary pour, as the beer streams out like motor oil into the chalice, forming a modest tan head that leaves squiggles of lace behind

Smell: The rye barrel and brewer's licorice elements dominate the aroma, with undertones of dark chocolate and prune

Taste: Charred wood and dark chocolate, up front, with the brewer's licorice, hops and molasses flavors building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the rye barrel emerges, bringing along a boozy, charred character that dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a lot of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Tried two from the Crooked Line series today (for the first time) and really didn't enjoy either one of them; while this had an interesting range of flavors, it was ultimately too boozy and harsh on the tongue to be enjoyable; I am not familiar with the Utah laws but it is almost as if, having finally been freed up to brew high ABV beers, Uinta is unleashing the brewed equivalent of a testosterone-overloaded adolescent

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3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on a recent visit to the Public House in Las Vegas. I had been hearing about this brewery and was anxious to try the beer. It was very good, among the best in the style, but a little bit strong, particularly at lunchtime when I had it.

Appearance is a dark roast color, very dark head, good carbonation and good lacing.

Aroma is roasty but with a little bit of alcohol even in the nose.

Flavor is very roasty, some hops but, again, a little bit hot.

Overall a great beer that I would recommend.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, rich, warm, chocolaty sable with a fairly thick tan head. Smoky, slightly salty aroma has notes of molasses and chocolate and a hint of caramel. Rich flavor fills the mouth with molasses, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel with hints of toffee and coffee and a subtle smoky overtone. Smooth, firm texture has a respectable amount of fizz. Fortunately, you shoudn’t have to go through a labyrinth to find this one, but it would be worth the trip.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im not an experienced beer connoisseur, but i have had enough experience to know a good beer when i see it. And this is one of the best in its category which can be found in Utah in my opinion. Id doesnt have that hard water taste of international dark beer, which im happy to do without. This beer is great for anyone who wants a high ABV and full flavor with thicker viscosity. I pretty biased for the malt type beers so i score this one higher.

Personally i love everything about the beer. IF i had more experience with beer and a better spectrum to judge, i would give it 5.0.

If your looking for something different in the RIS category you owe it to yourself to try this beer!

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Crooked Line: Labyrinth Black Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92.2% out of 100 with 1,134 ratings
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