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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle: † Thats friggen black, very stout looking, head huge and brown, with nice lacing. † Heavy roast, alcohol, cocoa, and some bright Oak on the nose. † Wow, thats some heat up front, and in the back. † Strong roasted malts, sweet, a little milky even, with heaps of barrel aging in this one. † Seems borderline Imperial Stout, and at 13.2% who wouldnít think its not. † Decent body and mouthfeel, luckily not too cloying. † Rich roasty finish, warming, VERY warming. † Also some burnt coconut with this one. † Some lingering acridness after the finish makes this one a little harsh still. † Maybe with some time. † Right now, a decent bruiser thats masquerading as an Imperial Porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 23, 2011
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt, molasses, coffee, some licorice hints, spicy, touches of chocolate. Tastes of rich, dark roasted malt, some tarte touches, oaky, spicy, peppery with a touch of alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
big bottle someone brought and shared at the Black Sunday BA Tasting in Houston. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is of ash and coffee. Taste is of chocolate, roast malt and ash. Mouthfeel is creamy, yet hot from alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (1004) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2011
Black pour with a pillowy dark brown head. Stuck around for a bit. Aroma was full of dark roasty malts, molasses, lightly sweetened cocoa and some licorice. DIdnít get much an oak character. Maybe some light vanilla as it warmed a bit. The flavors were hitting on all cylinders. So smooth and well rounded. Light roast, creamy chocolate, a touch of sweetness, and a lingering licorice/coffee like bitter finish. Good bit of heat in the finish as well. Smooth as can be. Creamy mouthfeel, carbonation light. Overall damn good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexjucla (20) - - APR 18, 2011
Pour is black. Like, literally black. The most opaque beer Iíve ever seen, and Iíd wager I wonít see another as dark anytime soon. Almost no head, just a ring of brown foam floating at the top. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light; probably the alcohol is thinning it up a bit. The carbonation is very soft. Not a flat beer, but no exuberance either. Taste has an interesting, almost smoky background. This probably comes from the barrel aging, as I donít think it has any smoked malt in it but it does taste like it. I didnít pick up the licorice at all. Chocolatey, toasty notes and that dark, earthy smokiness are the main characters of the taste. Overall, a bit of a disappointment but would make a nice dessert beer or aperitif.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7429) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2011
750mL bottle. Poured inky black with very little head aside from a dark tan ring.. update.. later pours @ room temp looked awesome, and I gave it an extra 0.1. The aroma picked up boozed-up licorice, charred malts, and black cherry skins.. vanilla accented as it warmed up.. lots of sugars and lots of warmth, along with toasty oak too.. there was a lot going on here, but I kind of dug it. The flavor found more licorice than anything else, and it was some tasty stuff.. tart oak and some bourbon sugars came on about halfway through, and became a touch metallic in the end.. vanilla beans, tangy oak, and peppery warmth over more licorice on the finish. Heavier-bodied, yet slick on the palate, with low carbonation.. tacky at the end.. very much warmed up the belly.. the barrel influence was just a little sharp. Overall a big brew that had a little too much going on.. but it was still a solid drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3782) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
750ml corked ní caged bottle via trade. Dark brown in color with a small tan head sitting on top. Roasty aroma with big dark chocolate, anise, and dark fruits. The flavor is big ní rich, like the country group that sings "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" among other classic tunes, with roast, toasted oak, semisweet chocolate, and dark fruit. Medium bodied and smooth with some mild tannins on the mouthfeel. A damn solid imperial porter. Not bad from the land of the Mormons.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a big creamy tan head. Really nice lacing and retention. Aroma is roasted chocolate malts, coffee and sweet dark fruits, raisins especially. Also lots of licorice, vanilla and oak. But as it warms, the chocolate comes out even more. Taste is even better than the nose and very complex. Tons of chocolate malts, vanilla and booze soaked overripe fruits. The licorice really comes out as well and the finish is smooth but with some toasted oak. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth, soft carbonation. Really creamy and the ABV is really well hidden. Overall, I loved this beer. Tons of things going on with fruit, roasted malts, chocolate and oak barrels. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3020) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2011
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a good amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 4, 2011
Black, thick tan head. Nose was dark roasted malts, dark fruit, and (dark) chocolate. Flavor had dark roasty malts, vanilla, and a noticeable licorice presence.

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