Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arayaga2 (1905) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Dark brown black with a half cm of cocoa colored head. Aroma is rich chocolate and figs. Taste is the same, but much richer, with slightly acidic, with alcohol warming into the finish. Alcohol is not otherwise overbearing in any way. $10/750

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2011
multiple bottles since this was first released in az. pours on the black side of brown. thick and oily with a minimal light brown head. delicious malty aroma... along with chocolate, wood, vinous qualities/fruit, coffee, vanilla and some ash. tastes like... a lager stout?... grassy and herbaceous, roast, chocolate, charcoal, bourbon-like spices, salt and oak. it has an ashy-charcoal-burnt thing on the finish which really helps thin the full body out. incredibly drinkable for the alcohol and outright richness. 8/5/8/5/17++

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2490) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Black pour dark tan head creamy and full head .... light sticky lacing aroma of black licorice and light chocolate .... taste is a little roasted with light chocolate and mostly black licorice light oak with a very dry oaky roasted black licorice finish .... abv is dangerous on this one its hidden well ..... lots of licorice in this one ... very well done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (3336) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
black w/ some dark tan head bitter dark chocolate nose! full body and hardly fizzy reminds me of brewdog imperial reserve. oak aged w/ fruit, but fruit is not really big pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 11/05/2010. Dark black body with a small creamy light brown head. Sweet roast, coffee and vanilla aroma. Sweet coffee and vanilla flavor with chocolate and roast. Full body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2011
750ml from my motherfucker Sparky - thanks, Eric! My notes say "ass-rapingly strong black beer." They say other things, but that’s the crux of the matter. Huge oily pour with a frothy beige head and super-sticky retention. Nose is strong coffee and star anise, with subtle woody notes. Body is thick and creamy, with the faint fizz enlivening things and seems to catalyze the nicely papery finish. Lots going on in the flavors, not merely wood and booze and heat. Molasses and dark red fruits, walnuts, roast coffee bean, and burnt caramel. Really interesting, and more drinkable than the massive ABV would suggest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Tasted on 2/26/11 from a 750mL corked and caged bottle, bottled on 9/2/10. Pours an oily black with a massive tan head that slowly recedes to thick and rocky lace. The nose is very roasted with a good amount of darkly roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, with light sweetness from vanilla, maple, and molasses. The flavor is fairly sweet with a good amount of vanilla, burnt brown sugar, maple, and molasses, moving to the more roasted and bitter flavors of dark malt, coffee, and dark chocolate, and a good amount of alcohol burn. The body is massive and creamy with average carbonation and a long bittersweet and heavy alcohol burn finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3958) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
750 ml bottle from cbkschubert. Nose of chocolate, vanilla, prunes, woodiness, and alcohol. Pitch black with a small cinnamon tan head. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and light bitterness. Finishes with alcohol warmth and slight bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2443) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Thin dark brown head of fine and dense bubbels from a pretty vigorous pour. Minimal carbonation. Rich and potent aroma with some dark fruit, (prunes and raisins), roasted grains, buttery sweet malts and a hint of alcohol. Pitch black in color and rather viscous. Wow, alcohol slaps you across the face and puts you in your place. Makes the gums tingle. Strong roasted grains, molasses, prunes again and some smoked malts. Finishes smokey and roasty with a lingering alcohol presance and a hint of butterscoth. A pretty strong and powerful porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - FEB 20, 2011
750ml. Pitch black pour with a nice dense long lasting mocha head. Aroma and flavor are roasty with strong coffee quality. There is a hint of hops buried beneath the coating roasted burnt malt profile, as well as a very slight touch of soy, which is a negative in my books. Full bodied and smooth. The alcohol is definitely warming my stomach quite a bit, but isn’t as hugely present in the flavor as the abv might suggest. Overall: a tasty beer, but I would enjoy it more around 9 or 10 percent abv.

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