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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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3.7
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2011
750ml from my motherfucker Sparky - thanks, Eric! My notes say "ass-rapingly strong black beer." They say other things, but thatís the crux of the matter. Huge oily pour with a frothy beige head and super-sticky retention. Nose is strong coffee and star anise, with subtle woody notes. Body is thick and creamy, with the faint fizz enlivening things and seems to catalyze the nicely papery finish. Lots going on in the flavors, not merely wood and booze and heat. Molasses and dark red fruits, walnuts, roast coffee bean, and burnt caramel. Really interesting, and more drinkable than the massive ABV would suggest.

3.5
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Tasted on 2/26/11 from a 750mL corked and caged bottle, bottled on 9/2/10. Pours an oily black with a massive tan head that slowly recedes to thick and rocky lace. The nose is very roasted with a good amount of darkly roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, with light sweetness from vanilla, maple, and molasses. The flavor is fairly sweet with a good amount of vanilla, burnt brown sugar, maple, and molasses, moving to the more roasted and bitter flavors of dark malt, coffee, and dark chocolate, and a good amount of alcohol burn. The body is massive and creamy with average carbonation and a long bittersweet and heavy alcohol burn finish.

4.2
IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
750 ml bottle from cbkschubert. Nose of chocolate, vanilla, prunes, woodiness, and alcohol. Pitch black with a small cinnamon tan head. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and light bitterness. Finishes with alcohol warmth and slight bitterness.

3.9
Dorwart (2585) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Thin dark brown head of fine and dense bubbels from a pretty vigorous pour. Minimal carbonation. Rich and potent aroma with some dark fruit, (prunes and raisins), roasted grains, buttery sweet malts and a hint of alcohol. Pitch black in color and rather viscous. Wow, alcohol slaps you across the face and puts you in your place. Makes the gums tingle. Strong roasted grains, molasses, prunes again and some smoked malts. Finishes smokey and roasty with a lingering alcohol presance and a hint of butterscoth. A pretty strong and powerful porter.

3.8
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - FEB 20, 2011
750ml. Pitch black pour with a nice dense long lasting mocha head. Aroma and flavor are roasty with strong coffee quality. There is a hint of hops buried beneath the coating roasted burnt malt profile, as well as a very slight touch of soy, which is a negative in my books. Full bodied and smooth. The alcohol is definitely warming my stomach quite a bit, but isnít as hugely present in the flavor as the abv might suggest. Overall: a tasty beer, but I would enjoy it more around 9 or 10 percent abv.

3.7
BuckeyeBoy (7533) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2011
750ml Bottle thanks to footbalm. Pours out black topped with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet with a mix of candy, dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, and some pit fruit. Taste is more of the sweetness along with plenty oak, coffee, vanilla, caramel, and more pit fruit.

4.4
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Enjoying a 750 ml bottle on my own tonight via of Secret Santa - thanks!!!! Pours a dense black into my Uinta Crooked Line steamed glass (also thanks to Secret Santa!!!) and a huge, dark chocolate head pushes up filling 2/3 of the glass; head settles slowly and in the meantime I enjoy aromas of sweet roast, chocolate, vanilla, dry malt, graham crackers and cookie dough; damn good nose; pretty much zero astringency or anything unpleasant and a chewy mix of chocolate cookies, roasted malt and almost tangy/orangy hops; some slight bitterness definitely pokes its way out in the finish, but the overall drinking experience is smooth, somewhat thick and chewy, and a little dry ash in the finish; wow, I am a big time fan of this beer; the amount of body, level of sweetness and intense flavor profile are just about perfect; people wonder what an imperial porter is vs an imperial stout, but this is one impy porter that shows how different they really are; a good level of hops for sure here, but the body is light, flavor profile complex and while quite sweet, remains drinkable and silky smooth; a great, great beer all around and easily at the top of all impy porters; drinks more like 9% t me rather than the 13.2% listed; wowzers!!

Original rating 12/17/10 (Score - 4.2) - 750 ml bottle; thanks scrizzz; dense black pour with dark chocolate head; yummy nose of chocolate, creamy chocolate and ashy malt; cookies, vanilla, a little band aid; creamy body; been a while since Iíve had a really good imperial porter; rich coffee and light chocolate; delish; and secret santa just sent me another bottle Ė oh yea!!

5
zebra (2097) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2014 delicious. roasty. wasnít looking forward to licorice and thankfully didnít taste any.

bumped the rating after trying it on another occasion. still delicious. ashy.

3.9
Sleeper (91) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Awesome beer. Great flavor and appearance. Strong ABV meant to be shared. Iím really impressed off this impulse buy. Iíll def try more in the "crooked" line.

4.2
glennmastrange (2859) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of dark bread, burnt and molasses, light herbs and resin for the hops, moderate yeast notes of dough and earth, with port wine, tar, licorice and alcohol in the background. Head is small, creamy leaving behind larger bubbles, light brown with some spotty lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is black. Flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is full bodied, syrupy and has an almost flat carbonation. It finishes chalky, lightly astringent, moderately alcoholic, and dry. Complex, deep, dark, earthy aromas abound from this Imperial Porter and the flavor goes to all extremes.


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