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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   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 I’ve ever seen, and I’d wager I won’t 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 don’t think it has any smoked malt in it but it does taste like it. I didn’t 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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TychoJames (804) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2016
Flaska bishops Örebro. Mörkbrun nästan svart kulör. Doft av knäck, choklad, vanilj och fat. I smak känns torkad frukt, rostad malt, mjölkchoklad, fat och vanilj. Skön kolsyrehalt och fin rund avslutning

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
GarageBrewer80 (237) - SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2016
Frisk och mustig på samma gång. Frisk smak av kakao, portvin, mjölkchoklad. Smutsig svart. Doft av portvin

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birkhimer (4) - - JAN 29, 2016 does not count
This beer is complex and yet so easy to drink. It has so many notes it could write an opera. Share this with a good friend and you won't regret it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wrlangin (67) - Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Had at Gordon Ramsay pub in Vegas. 22 oz bottle. Strong hands of black licorice balanced with roasted mall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
batneil (557) - - DEC 31, 2015
Very smooth and very strong. Also very nice. I think I could drink this until I passed out. Shame it comes in 6oz pours.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Carlisle (321) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle (750 ml). Pours opaque black with thick, dark tan head and substantial lacing. (No light gets through the beer.) Oak, alcohol, and licorice nose. Sweet roasted malt upfront followed by licorice and some chocolate with a hint of coffee. Long finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (4905) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Black pour from draft at whole foods. Sweet and spicy. A little cocoa burn. Nice beer. Strong.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (7217) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2015
16/X/15 - 50cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ home - BB: n/a (2015-1496) Thanks to PriorL for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark purple brown beer, small aery beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, roasted malts, sweet, hint of green banana, alcohol. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: sourish start, lemony touch, caramel, malty, bitter hops. Aftertaste: bit sourish, lots of chocolate, bitter hops, alcohol, sourish, caramel, overripe banana, cocoa powder, coffee notes. Nice one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (834) - SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2015
From old notes. Beautiful pour. Long lucious glossy black forming a complex ultra easy beige head. Beautiful intregration of dark chocolate, light liquorice and roast into a stylish whole without losing each individual element.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8897) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2015
Small brown head over deep-brown beer. Alcohol, hint at ureum, black chocolate, mocha, dark but sweet grains; generally smelling sweet. Sweet going over to dry-ish bitterness via quite some liquorice. Again chocolate, both black and sweet one. Full-bodied feel, alcoholwarmth, very slick, viscous, oozy, chewy; carbonation gone. Sweet, but good Porter. Thanks to the bringers of gifts ans purveyors of rare items!


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