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RATINGS: 552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
marcus (8687) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours black with a thick tan head and a chocolate and coffee aroma. There is a hearty chocolate and licorice flavor with a slight bourbon trail, though the alcohol is well concealed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (4353) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Black colour, tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, licorice. Flavour of roasted malts, chocolate, some hops. A little boozy. Slight bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
750ml bottle. Rating #140. Very thick and dark, huge black pour with a big light brown head. Big chocolate aroma, rich dark molasses, sweet and really nice. Big flavor, dark fruits and dark chocolate, light bitterness, coats the tongue. Light roasty bitterness, just a lot of flavor all around. (1714)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5273) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pitch black, with thick tan head, decent lacing. Very sugary raw roasted barley wort, molasses, licorice, oak, and some chocolate. Potentially a good beer, but it doesn’t seem to have done right. Pretty messy with strong alcohol heat expected from this high abv.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2011
shared 750ml cork & caged bottle. pours black with a nice creamy 2 finger tan head which settles a bit and lasts throughout. rich and decadent aroma with big roasted malts with layers of licorice and oak. full body, extremely smooth... chocolate and coffee coated hops with licorice notes! some light oak carries over. sweet, dark, malty, chocolate, coffee, oak driven finish that lasts and begs you to take another sip.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2011
pours black with brown head. aroma is dark roasted malts. smokey dark chocolate notes in the taste. also some licorice. had no idea this was 13% abv when i first started drinking it because it was masked so well. probably one of my favorite beers i’ve had now.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8122) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Ruby-black beer with a brown colored head. Malt and toffee aroma with chocolate. Malt and toffee flavor with chocolate. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and chocolate linger with malt, backing hops, and licorice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3119) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Aroma is notes of sweet and dark chocolates and a bit of bourbon, so smooth. The beer pours dark chocolate with a dark caramel head that fades quickly. it tastes so smooth for such a high ABV, roasted malts, chocolate, and bourbon notes are all over this medium bodied light creamy porter.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1648) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Corked and caged bottle via Patel’s rip and run... Been a looking at me from the fridge for a month now... Pours black and viscous with just a bit of carbonation initially. Head rolls and builds after gentle pour so watch out. head is big and brown. Large body smacks of oak then licorice with a nice crisp backing of chocolate and black patent malts. Booziness grows as beer warms a bit but does not get out of hand. Finish is equally slick and forgiving. Feeling the 13% after consuming this during a rest from shoveling gravel. The Crooked line series are all solidly grand beers and worth the money.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (7730) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2011
Pours a dark room black, light foam .. . roast and berries mostly- and the abv is very well masked .. . i like the label, i enjoyed this but needs that little extra to make it great .. . cheers .. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqnWyG9jxcs


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