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RATINGS: 553   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
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Enter the Labyrinth, a multi-dimensional black ale. Discover the complex intermingling of black licorice and toasted oak. Seek the subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate. Flavors are enhanced when served cool, not frigid. Explore pairing Labyrinth with flavorful cheeses and rich desserts.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Created a monstrous sizing of thick foamy head that spilled over the rim of my glass like a volcano while a jet black liquid gently rested underneath. In the aroma, my nose is instantly gratified with a rich profile of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee creamer, and a whiff of alcohol, but oddly enough I didn’t smell any licorice or oak barrel. The flavor is rich and robust and hits with a heavy taste of dark roasted down malts that boast of chocolate and cocoa powder while a boozy presence of alcohol almost vodka like shares the spotlight. I find it really hard to taste any black licorice but the oak barrel does become more apparent and rounds out the beer to smooth and balanced ale. This was surely a delicious beer, but way over priced since this cost $20 a bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2531) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2011
On tap at Toronado, SF. Pours dark, low head. Aromas of alcohol, burned sugar, coffee and raisins. Creamy texture. Taste a bit to much of the alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours pitch black with a light-tan head. Boozy aroma with some roasted malts, leather, molasses, and dark chocolate. Flavor displays black coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, wood and port. Big roasty bitterness with a strong - but not hot - alcohol presence. A little oily and acidic but otherwise pretty well-rounded for such a massive beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2011
Pitch black with a brown sticky head. Some soft licorice notes, rye, oak, muscovado sugar and citrusy and slightly fruity hops. Some caramel as well. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slightly warming sensation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2011
(Bottle) Pours black with a creamy, medium sized, brown head. The aroma holds fruity cocoa/espresso roast, salt liquorice and molasses/brown sugar up front. Buttery oak lurking in the background. Undertones of gingerbread dough, blueberries, black currant, roasted nuts, tobacco, meat and light smoky tar alongside wooden and citric hops. A touch of warming alcohol on the nose. Rich and straight forward. Tiny hint of ginger and pine. The flavor is light sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Tones of tar, hops, cocoa, light oak wood, tobacco and liquorice, alongside a light touch of dark berries. Lots of dark malt. The mouthfeel is round and soft with a tart finish. Light to medium carbonation. Bitter roast and hops on the finish. Bit peppery as well. Well-hidden alcohol, only a light numbing burn in the end. Near full bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2011
On tap at the Pourhouse in Westmont, NJ. Clear but jet black pour temporarily supporting a thin light tan head. Overpowering aroma of bittersweet chocolate. Tastes like a rich chocolate layer cake in a glass. Tons of cocoa and roasted malt with a little caramel and vanilla. Very thin biddy that doesn’t match the flavor. Sweet chocolaty finish.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nearbeer (4726) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2011
750 ml. Deep mocha with a lasting ring of cream. Nose of mushroom, soy, and cocoa. Flavor is strong soy, molasses, mint, light cocoa. Medium heavy body is salty, dryish and like drinking blood, except creamier. I love this brewery, but this tastes nothing like a Porter; or even an Imperial Porter. Tastes like my wife’s Hibachi Girls Night Out, drenched in soy sauce.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fungrim (60) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2011
Bottle 750 ml. Oh my... This is an ale? Blindfolded I would have sworn on an American Stout or even Imperial Porter. But hey, it is still very good! Pours black as sin. Light brown, medium head. Nose is roasted malts, with some licorice, vanilla and chocolate. A hint of red berries flies by. Lovely! Smooth, full body with little carbonation. Sweet licorice, chocolate and dark malts in the mouth. Not very bitter, semi-long finish. Really, really good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13163) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate roasted malty, licorice and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark roasted chocolate malt and licorice flavor with medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2011
(750ml bottled 9/2/10 thanks to thirdeye11) Pours black, dark cocoa head. Smells like cooked cereal grains- oatmeal and grits, some roast. Taste is sweeter, and more complex- sweet raisins, roast, a bit of vanilla, aged rum, some harsh vodka. Good but strong.


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