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RATINGS: 514   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
(750ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, anise, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and wood with a bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlexK (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Beautiful dark appearance with good head retention. Complex aroma of dark fruit and spices. Less licorice in the taste than I anticipated, which is a good thing. I didn’t know what to expect when I bought this and it was a very pleasant surprise! I will buy another bottle for cellaring.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours near black with a thin mocha head. Smell is strong roasted malts, coffee, and a good amount of anise. Taste is similar with black licorice really dominating the picture, overly so without any complementary flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. Slightly boozy. Not something I would grab again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-24-2010

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
second time having this one. thanks to sledutah and someone else. Ba imperial porter, 13.2%, and from utah!!! wow! lol! pours deep dark brown with a very dark brown head to match. the alchohol shows up in every arena, but is still subtle when you find out this is an >13% beast! the oak plays in very nicely in this beer, cutting the harsh burnt profile, making it much brighter and more drinkable. lots of oak and roast, and noticable peat and meat in the aroma and taste. the taste is pretty wild, very salty, yet still bright from the lager yeast and virgin oak. its hoppy, spicey, subtle and earthy, roasty and heavy, all at the same time. excellent brew. vey impressed, especially since its from utah. sorry! lol!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4762) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 21, 2010
What an excellent beer. Great imperial stout appearance. Flavor is thick, roasty, very similar to Old Rasputin. Really the only downside to this beer is the prohibitive price, considering how much cheaper old rasputin is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7697) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Sampled from the tap at 2010 FOBAB. Poured black with a brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was full of roasted malts with some dark chocolate and hint of coffee as well as a hint of licorice. Flavor had a slight bitter chocolate to roasted malts with a bit of a whiskey finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Pours a very dark brown with dark brown foam. Smells roasty with a hint of espresso and bourbon. Tastes bittersweet with spicy chocolate and ends warm.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6390) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2010
FoBAB 2010: Pours jet black with a fluffy tan head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of charred wood, heavy toast, coffee, fig newton biscuits, herbal hops, some star anise and black strap molasses. The taste starts quite fruity with fig, prune, and liquorice with lots of burnt sugar and even some bittersweet chocolate before a tidal wide of ashy smoked and roasted malts come about to slap yur face off. Adding to the fun is coffeeish and minor hop bitterness loaded up by a fair amount of abrasive alcohol. This starts fruity sweet and ends with big astrengent tones...and I like it! Methinks this is more akin to a Black DIPA, brash and unapologetic. Not for the weak kneed or pale lager loving pussies.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Draft at FoBAB 8. Pours a deep black with tan head. Nose is floral hops, anise, carraway, vanilla & roast. Very nice nose that is well put together. On taste, full body and flavor. Anise, roast and cocoa all work together. Nice level of bitterness and very good beer. Fantastic.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11955) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2010
75cl bottle. Large brown head atop dense black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, dark chocolate, some wood, light anise. Taste is sweet, chocolate, some roast, alcohol, burnt/smoke, coffee, light wood, faint anise. Sticky full body.


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