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Uinta "Labyrinth Black Ale"

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Uinta Labyrinth Black Ale, with flavors of roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate, is a great way to combat winter melancholy


Uinta "Labyrinth Black Ale"
Imperial Stout - Utah / All-Year
13.2 per cent ABV

Rich flavors of dark roasted barley and a warming from the high alcohol content combine to make this beer an excellent companion for a cold winter night. The label and the name both conjure up an image of finding your way through a complex maze, which is apropos, as flavors of black licorice, toasted oak and bittersweet chocolate intermingle to create a multi-dimensional brew. Aged for six months in oak barrels that previously contained oak or rye, the ale is packaged in a cork- and cage-finished bottle, suggesting a celebration of a special occasion each time the cork pops. The brewery hails from Salt Lake City, Utah, and the 13.2 per cent ABV alcohol strength of this imperial stout helps to destroy the myth that beers made in Utah are wimpy. Uinta is decidedly green, obtaining 100 per cent of its power from wind and solar, and its local delivery trucks are powered by bio-diesel.

Price: $12.50 / 750 ml.


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