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RATINGS: 461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1317) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2010
750 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours black with a creamy brown head and looks like the most incredible Imperial Stout you’ve ever seen. There are enough floral and fruity hops in the aroma that you are certainly aware this is something different than a stout. The flavor is enormous amounts of dark chocolate, smoke, dark fruit, and licorice. The mouthfeel is oily slick and there is some noticeable alcohol warming but no alcohol burn. This is an extraordinary beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (18969) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2010
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Near blck, small beige head. Aroma of tar and asphalt. Surprisingly dry with full body and rather clean mouthfeel. Cocoa and and smoke, plenty of licorice. Mid bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (4545) - Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2010
750ml corked and caged bottle found in Reno. Pours black with a large dense dark tan head with good retention. The aroma was complex and included roasted malt, a nice dark ripe fruit, chocolate, hints of licorice, wood, char, and a splash of vanilla. The flavor was equally as complex with roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, wood, vanilla, licorice and dark fruits. The molasses comes in more toward the finish. This was full bodied, somewhat oily yet smooth. The finish is slightly dry with a cocoa powder chalky thing going on. At 13.2%ABV, the alcohol was warming but did not interfere with the overall complexity of the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4027) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle shared at a BA/RB tasting... Poured black with a tan head. Creamy, malty, some coffee and vanilla. Chalky, dry, and a molasses bitter-sweet tones.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle @ Papsø-Grand-Tasting, September 2010. Pours pitch black with a beige head and lacings. Roast, cocoa, coffee and oak. A bit of warmth but very drinkable for a 13,2% beer. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (15578) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Fruity malty licorice and bourbon woody flavor. Has a fruity malty bitter chocolae and bourbon finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle at Joe’s: Deep black pour- huge ethanol aroma- some molasses as well. Slick hot body. Boozy, ethanol, molasses, burnt brown sugar. Eh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Corked and caged bottle shared with a friend. Pours very dark brown to the point where it almost appears black until it is held to the light, topped by a thin khaki head. The nose is chocolatey with some bread character as well. The flavor is very slick and smooth chocolate, rye bread, toffee, and pizza crust. In no way did it feel like 13% in the mouth, if I hadn’t known I would’ve guessed it to be 6%. Super smooth and quaff-able despite the dangerous abv.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5878) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2010
750 ml bottle shared at Kristina’s pig roast behind West Lakeview Liquors by some cool guys. Pours an opaque brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits (plums, berries, dark cherries), roasted malts, and some booze. Flavor of vanilla, caramel malts, molasses, dark fruits, roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. I was shocked at the ABV on this- it drinks dangerously smooth. Great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
planky84 (1878) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2010
The last of my beers from GBBF ’10 and a damn fine one too. Jet black pour with a fluffy tan head. Nice, nasal caressing aromas of molasses, chocolate, coffee, toffee, a dash of soy sauce and marzipan. Good, inviting roasty nose. Big, bold flavours of dark roast coffee, licorice, some smoke, dark chocolate, quite earthy, robust oak flavours. Dry as Jack Dee’s wit finish with a slight bitterness. Warming alcohol infusion. Tasty.


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