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RATINGS: 518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3926) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2425) - 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.

3.8
   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 isnít 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3276) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2011
750ml Bottle thanks to footbalm. Pours out black topped with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet with a mix of candy, dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, and some pit fruit. Taste is more of the sweetness along with plenty oak, coffee, vanilla, caramel, and more pit fruit.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Enjoying a 750 ml bottle on my own tonight via of Secret Santa - thanks!!!! Pours a dense black into my Uinta Crooked Line steamed glass (also thanks to Secret Santa!!!) and a huge, dark chocolate head pushes up filling 2/3 of the glass; head settles slowly and in the meantime I enjoy aromas of sweet roast, chocolate, vanilla, dry malt, graham crackers and cookie dough; damn good nose; pretty much zero astringency or anything unpleasant and a chewy mix of chocolate cookies, roasted malt and almost tangy/orangy hops; some slight bitterness definitely pokes its way out in the finish, but the overall drinking experience is smooth, somewhat thick and chewy, and a little dry ash in the finish; wow, I am a big time fan of this beer; the amount of body, level of sweetness and intense flavor profile are just about perfect; people wonder what an imperial porter is vs an imperial stout, but this is one impy porter that shows how different they really are; a good level of hops for sure here, but the body is light, flavor profile complex and while quite sweet, remains drinkable and silky smooth; a great, great beer all around and easily at the top of all impy porters; drinks more like 9% t me rather than the 13.2% listed; wowzers!!

Original rating 12/17/10 (Score - 4.2) - 750 ml bottle; thanks scrizzz; dense black pour with dark chocolate head; yummy nose of chocolate, creamy chocolate and ashy malt; cookies, vanilla, a little band aid; creamy body; been a while since Iíve had a really good imperial porter; rich coffee and light chocolate; delish; and secret santa just sent me another bottle Ė oh yea!!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rhsiung (1058) - USA - FEB 15, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2014 delicious. roasty. wasnít looking forward to licorice and thankfully didnít taste any.

bumped the rating after trying it on another occasion. still delicious. ashy.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sleeper (91) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Awesome beer. Great flavor and appearance. Strong ABV meant to be shared. Iím really impressed off this impulse buy. Iíll def try more in the "crooked" line.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2413) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of dark bread, burnt and molasses, light herbs and resin for the hops, moderate yeast notes of dough and earth, with port wine, tar, licorice and alcohol in the background. Head is small, creamy leaving behind larger bubbles, light brown with some spotty lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is black. Flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is full bodied, syrupy and has an almost flat carbonation. It finishes chalky, lightly astringent, moderately alcoholic, and dry. Complex, deep, dark, earthy aromas abound from this Imperial Porter and the flavor goes to all extremes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13610) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle at Mes Tasting. Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. Dark malt aroma with some modest cocoa and light roast. Rich flavor, quite sweet, has a strong peat presence with coffee grounds and pungent booze. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish, lots of burnt sugar, mild caramel, roasted malts, peat, licorice, faint hard alcohol notes and some wood. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6577) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
750, capped. Pours black with a dense and creamy dark tan head. Nice big roasty nose, lots of chocolate with some anise showing and bits of dark pitted tree fruit. Creamy thick body, a little sticky in spots but very approachable. Chocolate, coffee, fruit, and black licorice on the mid-palate, very complex and satisfying. Would definitely buy again.


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