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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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.


alexjucla's rating

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexjucla (20) - - APR 18, 2011
Pour is black. Like, literally black. The most opaque beer Iíve ever seen, and Iíd wager I wonít see another as dark anytime soon. Almost no head, just a ring of brown foam floating at the top. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light; probably the alcohol is thinning it up a bit. The carbonation is very soft. Not a flat beer, but no exuberance either. Taste has an interesting, almost smoky background. This probably comes from the barrel aging, as I donít think it has any smoked malt in it but it does taste like it. I didnít pick up the licorice at all. Chocolatey, toasty notes and that dark, earthy smokiness are the main characters of the taste. Overall, a bit of a disappointment but would make a nice dessert beer or aperitif.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12695) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle - Deep dark big chocolate and cocoa. Deep jet brown with a rich light brown head. Rich dark chocolate, some roast and light booze and a long rich finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
S_Side_Smitty (707) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2016
Pours black with a thick light tan head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, leather and deep creamy malts. Taste is smooth smooth mocha followed very quickly by dried raisiny goodness and a coffee inspired bitter finish. Awesome!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
williamherbert (1499) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Brewed Oct. 2015: When they say black ale, they ainít kidding. If itís not pure black itís a deep, dark brown. Massive sheet of cardboard brown lace. The aroma is pungent black licorice, dates, plums, sour raisins. The oak is beautiful and mercifully mild; an accent. German chocolate. Dusty hazelnut. I love the complexity and the flavor of this beer. The flavor is a burst of alcohol, followed by a blast of burnt oak. Then there is a cascade of licorice, dark cherry, plum and dates. The alcohol coats the tongue. The feel is creamy and milky, but dry like Ovaltine. It burns just a bit on the way down. It is a superior dark ale. The alcohol and flavor of a stout with the smooth edges of a porter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
Pours a brown almost black color with a small tan head. Aromas heavy on chocolate/coffee with some smoke. Nice bitterness mixed with the coffee/chocolate flavors. Excellent porter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trainedpalate (14) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2016
If youíre thinking about having more than a couple of beers you may want to share this bottle with a friend. Though itís quite filling, its high ABV is well masked by dark roasted coffee character. Dark, heavy aromas match the mocha colored head.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keenano (25) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 27, 2016
Pours deep dark brown for the bottle. Dark brown initially to off beige head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, slight booze. Huge chocolate throughout, nice finish. Unbelievably easy at 13%. Solid brew

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (2202) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 27, 2016
0,75l bottle at Vienna Tasting shared by Nische, big thanks. BB 04/18/11. black color, small off-white head. smells of vanilla, licorice, spices, some roast. too much vanilla. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of licorice, vanilla, spices, wood, rather alcoholic. finishes lightly roasted with some alcohol with notes of licorice and wood. good stuff, a bit too much vanilla for me. overall ok.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gurthnar (4986) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle at the Vienna tasting February 2016. Many thanks! Almost black colour. Lots and lots of dark chocolatey coffeeish roasted flavours. Very rich and full bodied. Very tasty, very good. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (7774) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle kindly shared by Nische, many thanks. Very dark brown color with medium beige head. Chocolate, dark malt, hazelnuts in aroma. Taste, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, biscuits, hazelnuts. Tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nische (1884) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle from systembolaget. Shared in Vienna. Pitch black with off white head. Chocolately aroma with light vanilla. Lightly roasted. Chocolate and light boozy. Light boozy, chocolately flavor with syrup, coffee, roast, milk chocolate and molasses. Strong flavors and nicely balanced.


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