Crooked Line – Labyrinth

Crooked Line - LabyrinthBrewed by: Crooked Line

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Style: Black Ale

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. Explore pairing Labyrinth with flavorful cheeses and rich desserts.

Notes:

Aroma 6/10

Appearance 4/5

Taste 7/10

Palate 3/5

Overall 20/30

 

Labyrinth has a surprisingly strong smell. It is likely due to the thick layer of head created during the pour. Though it does have a fairly strong aroma even after the head fades. It has a sweet smell, can’t say that I catch any of the chocolate aroma that I was hoping for. With a beer this dark I can usually sense at least a hint of the chocolate.

I have to say that I love how this beer looks. It is insanely dark with great head consisting of small bubbles. Almost like it was carbonated with nitrogen, resembles a stout. Make sure not to pour to quick, the head will build quickly and take over the glass.

Taste was very weird at first, not at all what I was expecting. Tasted like a barley wine and black IPA combined. Like a very think Life and Limb, if you have ever tried that. If you haven’t, I recommend that you do, will post a review of it at some point. Even though the label tells you to drink it cool, I think it should be extra cold. You may lose some of the flavor, which I do not like, but would help talk away some of the syrupy consistency of the beer.

Labyrinth has a very hoppy and thick feel. Even though the label tells you to drink it cool, I think it should be extra cold. You may lose some of the flavor, which I do not like, but would help talk away some of the syrupy consistency of the beer. I love the extreme hop feel, and wouldn’t want to change that. But the consistency is very off putting. Need it to mellow out some.

Overall, I am surprised to say that I enjoyed it. The first sip was way off course from what I wanted and was expecting. As I went through the bottle, it grew on me. I love the hops, I love the taste, just don’t like the consistency. Will buy again, and will make it very cold. That should help the consistency. Hope it doesn’t ruin all the wonderful hops. Only time will tell.

*This is by no means a professional beer review. I am just a guy who loves beer and want to share my thoughts on the beer I try and help others find new and interesting beers. There are thousands of beers out there, don’t be afraid to grab a new one!


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