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RATINGS: 509   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5070) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
750 bottled a little over a year ago - hopefully enough time to tame this somewhat - black pour with a surprisingly substantial tan head for the abv - nose has a lot of toasted oak, vanilla, prune, fig, licorice, bourbon - very slick in the mouth - low carbonation - a lot of dark fruit in the flavor (fig, prune, raisin), along with bittersweet chocolate, toasted oak - a bit of tartness and acidity late, balancing things a little bit - however, the finish is fairly sweet and still quite hot, bordering on boozy - some good stuff happening - perhaps dialing it down to 10 or 11 would lessen the heat in the finish.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdInSaltLake (701) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Sweet, chocolate, dark caramel, dark fruit malty aroma. Malty flavor: Sweet, coffee, black licorice, dark caramel, raisin. Nice character from the barrel; prominent, but not too much. Some pepper spiciness. Drier finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Greasygato707 (4) - Laredo, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2015 does not count
Any description of this beer would come painfully short of the overall quality of this Quad Black Ale. Just go get one, and see exactly why it’s loved by many.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1029) - Vermont, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Purchased earlier today from Cigarette City. $10.99 for the 750 mL bottle. To short-stemmed white wine glass, it pours a mahogany-tinted taupe with which a webby Tuscan beige head 1½ fingers in length stood. Aromas of young-matured port wine, black currant purée, wild black cherries, burnt spelt pie crusts, grill char, 70% dark chocolate, wood pulp, candied walnuts, black licorice candies, vanilla beans, bourbon oak, pipe tobacco, and London ale yeast. Tastes the same with the addition of dried lavender, white sage/herbal hops, damp newspaper, and roasted soy beans. Abrasive, but in a fittingly good way. At 13.2% abv, you’d think this would be your last beer, but the content is hidden so ridiculously well, that I could probably sip one other bottle of this before genuinely feeling its effects. Full-bodied, but you could’ve guessed that.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3778) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Shared bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, dark fruit, and wood. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and oak. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bax (1187) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2014
(bottle 31/12-2014) low brown head, black color, chocolate roasted taste, soft co2, rather complex taste. BB date 03/19/1x.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chrislikesbeer (1) - - DEC 26, 2014 does not count
This beer pours a deep black color with a thick, creamy brownish/tan head. Aroma is of oak, coffee and chocolate. Mouth feel is thick and creamy. Taste is amazing. Notes of molasses, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and oak. Pour then let sit for 10 minutes to warm a little. Flavors are out of control. Amazing beer. Would LOVE to have this on tap.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadRobin (2112) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 14, 2014
On tap at at Oscar’s Alehouse in Eldersburg, MD. Opaque, near black with a brown head and excellent lacing. Aroma of licorice, molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol and oak. Taste of licorice, alcohol burn, chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, tobacco and charred wood. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. Complex and excellent, but the alcohol is all too obvious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Abner (40) - Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle (bottled 09/2013). Pours black with a dark beige head. Black licorice dominates the aroma, dark chocolate and some alcohol present. Medium-full bodied. Creamy, followed by a significant bitterness and light chalkiness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (3595) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle. Thick black pour, thick tan head. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, some soy sauce, roasted malts and slightly spicy. Flavor is quite bitter, roasted and somewhat sweet. Huge body and very well balanced. Nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2901) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle at the parentals with my dad. Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Big chocolatey, roasty, brown sugar, caramelized sugars, some tobacco, grapey, somewhat oaky, and leathery aroma. Taste is huge leather, tobacco, roasted malt, big cocoa notes, coffee, somewhat nutty, licorice, soy sauce, and lightly smoky with slightly bitter finish. Full mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty tasty.


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