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RATINGS: 548   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
QuezXLV (423) - Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
The aroma is very pleasant and sweet, but the alcohol scent is strong. the alcohol is noticeable in the taste as well but blends well with the dark complexion of this beer. Smooth and weighty on the palate. Its a bit bitter but I do enjoy this style.


4
GregMooreNH (9) - - SEP 24, 2017 does not count
Underwhelming aroma, with just a hint of licorice, leads to a powerful taste of cloves and sweetness. Has just a hint of the booziness that lurks beneath. This is a great beer when you have a good 3-4 hours to drink one beer, or have beer connoisseurs at home.

3.8
ctipping (2180) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2017
750 mL bottle. Jet black. Old bottle. Smells a little oxidized. Smells of strong roasted malt and oak. Tastes of chocolate, oak, and roasted malt. Pretty alcoholic. Heavy, but not that sweet. Very good, perhaps even improved with the slight oxidation.

4.3
kevinator (2453) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Awesome. Bold roasty aromas with sweet bitterness and hints of oak. Chocolate and rich. Very dark and full.

4.2
jandd1983 (4447) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Bottle. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of bourbon, coffee and some wood. The taste was similar to the aroma with more bourbon, coffee, licorice, chocolate and a real nice boozy finish. This was tasty.

4.5
Sparf (284) - SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2016
Mycket kraftig, brödtung doft. Aning köttig och rejält tung med lätta alkoholinslag. Kaffe och melass Tät, silkeslen brygd som är totalt svart, förmodligen den svartaste öl av de tusentals jag sett. En tunn hinna skum. Sötma, soja, rund chokladsmak som balanseras mot sälta och en lätt syra. Kaffetoner spelar med.

4
Scotty001 (573) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2016
Poured virtually black with a small beige ring. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee grinds, roast malt, liquorice. Full body, flavour of the aroma, vanilla smoothness, nicely bitter.

3.9
MarcoDL (5161) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2016
At Hopishop 2016. Aroma of malt, coffee and licorice. Taste has licorice, coffee, sweet soft roasted malt and cream. Liked it more than most other licorice beers.

4
Ferris (16107) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle - Deep dark big chocolate and cocoa. Deep jet brown with a rich light brown head. Rich dark chocolate, some roast and light booze and a long rich finish.

4.3
S_Side_Smitty (776) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2016
Pours black with a thick light tan head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, leather and deep creamy malts. Taste is smooth smooth mocha followed very quickly by dried raisiny goodness and a coffee inspired bitter finish. Awesome!

4.6
williamherbert (1546) - 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.


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