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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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 (1453) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Bottled on 06-10. Interesting pour with a coal black body and a head which is initially average, light brown, and foamy but quickly fizzes down to a mostly diminishing, medium brown layer and leaves no lace. The nose is nice with a prominent note of butter (buttery toffee and buttery toast), also toasted oak, faint vanilla, dark chocolate cake, underlying sweet espresso, molasses, and anise in there as well, maybe a slight black currant hint. The flavor is similar with more sweet malt notes than anything but a bit more balance from bitter notes as well; dark chocolate is more prominent bordering on bakers’ chocolate, still molasses and anise, sweet espresso notes coming more into the picture, drying toasted oak notes, candied currants, and the buttery toffee notes diminishing. The palate is full, warm (obviously, but the strength of the beer is well hidden by the malt notes and fitting to the structure of the beer), slightly chewy, coating, and almost lively; the carbonation level is bit much and probably contributed to the fizzy head. The finish is still warm, but not hot, bittersweet, and long with similar espresso notes, bittersweet chocolate, light molasses and anise, and a lingering buttery note. I am a bit surprised by the low ratings on this one, my only thought is that most found this to be a bit premature or just do not go for this style. I, on the other had, love this style of sweeter, strong, American-style beers which differ from the thought of the stronger the beer, the more hops have to be thrown in or the darker the beer, the more roasted malts must be added. While not at the level of an Old Viscosity, it is similar and still very nice. From a brewery which I do not really tend to agree with, this one is quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2678) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2010
750 ml. bottle. Bottled 06/11/10. Pours a short lived mocha head, with minimal lacing, over a clear black (SRM 40) body.....nose is heavy coffee, light cocoa, Boveril/Marmite, soy, roast beef....taste is rich lightly sweet malts to start,with chocolate, coffee overlays, then licorice, dried fruits, finishing with a slightly sharp, mildly alcohol hot, Bourbon barrel, vanilla, terpene quality which lingers....mouth feel is thick and chewy, carbonation adds a pleasant spritz, which becomes creamy. This is an interesting, complex creation. It is more of an Imperial Porter in style than anything else. The alcohol is more obvious than many have noted, but overall it is quite good. BJCP 7/3/15/5/7

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RSRIZZO (1855) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Corked and caged 750ml. bottle poured into a Snifter at 43°. Color is a deep black with a small tight brown head. Aroma is roasty with dark fruits and licorice. It has a full body with a rich sweet mouth feel. Flavor is big and rich with deep roasted malt, chocolate, oak and whisky. In the after taste the chocolate turns to a bittersweet, the whisky and oak fade out then it all ends a little dry. The alcohol is very well hidden at 13.2% it’s almost undetectable. Overall this is a great brew with wonderful bold flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13587) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2010
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Black - brown head. Licorice, roasted, berries, rubber, oakey, toasted malts, bitter chocolate. NIce.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35353) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2010

Bottle 750ml.

Clear dark brown black color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, coffee, dark malt, chocolate malt, light alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a long duration, roasted bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft. [20100912]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2010
750ml bottle. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, some coffee, woody/oakiness, and some smoke. Tastes of chocolate, oak, roast, vanilla, caramel, and coffee. Lighter alcohol in the finish but well hidden for 13%+.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (21115) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle at Papsø. Black coloured with a medium sized white head. Roasted aroma of dried fruits and dark chocolate. Roasted flavour of dark chocolate, liquorice and dried fruits with notes of alcohol. Roasted finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2010
Black with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with hard roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Sweet flavor with burned malt, dark bitter chocolate, espresso and hops. Finished sweet though hoppy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29511) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2010
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin tan head. The aroma has notes of matl, straw, rosted toast, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, roasted malt, and alchohol, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.


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