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RATINGS: 560   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (4466) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2011
Very nice imperial porter. Couldnt detect any licorice but still very complex with lots of flavor. Pours dark brown to black with a small to medium tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits - cherry, blackcurrant and maybe some figs. Theres roasty malt as well, and the alcohol is clearly present. Taste is much the same, burnt, malty sweetness with fairly balanced cocoa bitterness. The body is quite rich and creamy for an imperial porter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
beer_wolf (9) - Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011 does not count
As a Black Ale this was excellent. Though I didnt detect much of a licorice aroma or flavor. But as a whole, I loved this beer! Great mouth feel, taste was full and lingered nicely. This would be an excellent beer to savor on a cool autumn evening on the deck.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2011
Pour dark black creamy beige head good lace. Aroma oak, dark chocolate, roast, licorice, big barrel, vanilla, cocoa, molasses, coffee. Taste oily, dark chocolate, big barrel, vanilla, licorice, molasses, oak. MF cola like oily body good carb. Solid brew very complex a lot going on here.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2011
Bottle from Euston Tap. Pours black with a huge, creamy, beige head. Intense roasted maltss and molasses aroma, nice licorice. Delicious roasted licorice flavours with sweet vanilla. Well-balanced despite the sweetness. Full-bodied. A great nightcap.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Pours black, chocolate-milk head. Smoky, black cherry & liqueuer. Thick, rich palate is cocoa, black cherry & espresso. Persistent finish is espresso & cherry. This would be phenomenal in the winter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2011
pours black with nice tan head. Aroma of sweet caramelized oak, licorice, coffee, chocolate. Low carbonation, medium to full bodied, not as thick or oily as you might expect. Flavor of rich coffee grinds, dark, bitter chocolate, and sweet oak, some bourbon, a long, lingering finish. Alcohol very well hidden for 13%, exceptionally smooth and palatable. I bet this will only get better with age. Outstanding, and well worth the $14 I paid for it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - AUG 10, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours a thick pitch black oily color with a medium sized creamy cream colored head. Aroma of roasted malts, black licorice and rich dark chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, black licorice, bittersweet chocolate and hints of toasted oak. Alcohol presence detected.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Created a monstrous sizing of thick foamy head that spilled over the rim of my glass like a volcano while a jet black liquid gently rested underneath. In the aroma, my nose is instantly gratified with a rich profile of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee creamer, and a whiff of alcohol, but oddly enough I didnt smell any licorice or oak barrel. The flavor is rich and robust and hits with a heavy taste of dark roasted down malts that boast of chocolate and cocoa powder while a boozy presence of alcohol almost vodka like shares the spotlight. I find it really hard to taste any black licorice but the oak barrel does become more apparent and rounds out the beer to smooth and balanced ale. This was surely a delicious beer, but way over priced since this cost $20 a bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (3172) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2011
On tap at Toronado, SF. Pours dark, low head. Aromas of alcohol, burned sugar, coffee and raisins. Creamy texture. Taste a bit to much of the alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2324) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours pitch black with a light-tan head. Boozy aroma with some roasted malts, leather, molasses, and dark chocolate. Flavor displays black coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, wood and port. Big roasty bitterness with a strong - but not hot - alcohol presence. A little oily and acidic but otherwise pretty well-rounded for such a massive beer.


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