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RATINGS: 553   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
Rated 4/1/13. 750ml bottle into a tulip. A: Pours a pitch black color with an impressive thickness. The head is a three finger tan shade. Given its strength, I’m quite impressed with the retention of the head. S: The nose features licorice, chocolate, vanilla, mocha coffee, and a bit of roasted barley. Rock solid, but could have used more barrel influence. T: The opening sweetness is moderately high, with a strong chocolate/vanilla character. Some coffee and licorice notes gradually build near the finish to counteract the (strong) sugary tones. It makes for a great dessert stout, only lacking in barrel character. M: Thick, creamy, rich, decadent...every trait I look for in an imperial stout. The booze is superbly hidden, as well. Only thing I can nitpick is the slightly-too-high finishing astringency. O: Subjectively, I don’t really like the licorice-forward tendencies this offers...but I can’t deny this is a very well-made product loaded with sophistication and finesse. Still, it could have been a genuine BCBS killer if it featured stronger oak qualities.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
williamherbert (1474) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Brewed Oct. 2015: When they say black ale, they ain’t kidding. If it’s not pure black it’s 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 (4914) - 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 (13) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2016
If you’re thinking about having more than a couple of beers you may want to share this bottle with a friend. Though it’s 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 (20) - 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 (1837) - 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 (4704) - 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 (7444) - 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 (1761) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TychoJames (942) - 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

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GarageBrewer80 (288) - SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2016 Flaska från Bishop Örebro. Frisk och mustig på samma gång. Frisk smak av kakao, portvin, mjölkchoklad. Smutsig svart. Doft av portvin.


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