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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
750ml bottle. Bottled on 08/31/10. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense-frothy-creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is smooth and creamy chocolates, licorice, roasts, dark fruits and plums, vanilla, oak, and toffee. Flavor is similar. Lots of dark, creamy chocolates and hard roasts with a nice licorice spice. More vanilla, dark fruits, somewhat grainy caramels, dates, plums, toffee, and wood. Finishes dry and roasty with a pleasant, medium bitterness, wood, plenty of bitter cocoas, and medium spiced licorice. Leaves a very lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, smooth body and soft, creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very bold and flavorful beer. I like the rich and creamy chocolates, hard roasts, licorice, and woody aspects. This is definitely my kind of beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (12341) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Best beer of the night at Paradiso Alexandria, deftly served by Collin. Black, with massive, thick dull brown head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee beans and melted Hershey bars. Taste is bourbon! Thick and chewy, oak, smoke, cocoa. Shows its alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2010
bottle shared at Joe’s goodbye tasting - really strong, roasty and dark. touch of oak, and dark chocolate touch of espresso and boozey finish. Tasty

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (5637) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2010
Sampled at SBWF-10 Pitch black with a small beige/orange head. Loads of sweet fruits and chocolate. Vinous, thick and oily. Pretty low bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4091) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2010
750 ml cork and caged bottle from Jonathan Ron Brielle. WOW was this a suprise, it’s freaking great. Poured an oily pitch black medium density body under an even oilier brown frothy huge head. Aroma of vanilla and burnt malts, tar, tobacco, dark fruit, yeast, burnt toast, toasted coconut and almonds, dates, raisin, dark chocolate, anise and a hint of alcohol. The body is great with a medium-full mouthfeel, softer to average carboantion, smooth and siky with just the right touch of alcohol warming to warn you of the 13.2% punch this one packs. Flavor is great but just not as complex as the aroma, lots of barrel, vanilla, dark roasted malts, burnt toast, chocolate, vanilla, dark dried fruit, yeast, earth. Man this was one suprisingly awesome beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2010
750ml bottle-thanks Ibrew2or3 Tampa Weekly Gathering @TBBC-pours black with a brown head that laces. Aroma is rich dark malt-chocolate/cocoa, wood, raisin/plum. Taste is rich dark malt-chocolate/cocoa/molasses, wood/earthy hops, slight alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
This nice big 750 is courtesy of my Utah hook up extraordinaire douglas88, thanks again! I’ve had this for a while now (maybe 8 months). It pours dark mahogany with mocha head and spotty lacing. What?! The aroma is bold rich pure yum with a mix of caramel candy, black strap molasses, some burnt toffee, malt balls, mild prune notes and just a bit of booze at the end of the draw. Smells wonderful and hides the huge ABV very well. The taste is just as good, wonderful, with loads of chocolate, black strap molasses, slick slippery sweet malts, some black licorice and mild spicy oak like notes. I expected this to be a booze harsh brew but luckily I was completely wrong. Smooth rich bold and brilliantly good. (Need more of this).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2717) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2010
More stout than porter. Quite strong and very tasty. Starts with a black pour with a thin beige head. The aroma is malty sweet with a bit of black licorice. The flavor is quite sweet and very full bodied with a lot of malt sweetness. some licorice and a ton of caramel. Syrupy but nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2010
750ml bottle. Corked and caged. Thanks to Doug for the hookup prior to these brews being avlb in Chicago... Pours stouty in nature, mostly an impenetrable black that is topped with a fluffy medium tan head that lingers for a fair bit... Aroma of cocoa, molasses, a faint roast in addition to some vanilla and bourbon. Pretty solid actually... Can’t say that there is much deviation from the aroma as the flavor is almost a smooth, straight transition. A subtle metallic, semi-sour note derails things for a moment but not to the point of making it a poorly crafted brew. Finish adds bitterness but not overwhelming by any means. Mouthfeel is full and creamy and body is full. Abv sneaks up while not being so apparent at first. Warmth ensues as I gradually work through the pour.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11217) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
Black with a small, light brown head. Aroma of licorice, malt, soy sauce, ink and smoke. Sweet, roasted flavour with licorice and fruit, and some ash in the finish


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