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Libertine Black Ale - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
89
very good

242 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Lose yourself in this voluptuous beast of a beer. A twenty-first century hop overdose. This mother will seduce you, ravish you and you’ll be back gagging for more. Adore it. Lust for it. Fall for it. Libertine Black Ale is a dark hop bomb combining the hop awesomeness of an IPA, the decadent and indulgent malt flavours of a stout with an insatiable drinkability that belies the punch that this beer packs. A Dark Knight amongst pale knaves. Taste the hops, live the dream. Learn to speak beer, love fruit and never forget you come from a long line of truth seekers, dreamers and warriors… the outlaw elite. Ride toward anarchy and caramel craziness. Let the sharp bitter finish rip you straight to the tits. Swallow hard – this beer bites.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: flyingpig on 08-18-2012)
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Reviews by Beer-A-Lot:
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pokal.

A - black, lots of lacing, good head

S - chocolate milk

T - bitter chocolate, coffee, not real sweet but definitely not dry

M - medium body, not creamy

O - very easy drinking, not at all hot like many Brewdog beers can be, very sessionable, very good tasting

Beer-A-Lot, Mar 08, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a standard pint nearly pitch black except for some redish brown highlights when held to the light,a thinner quick to fade beige head atop.A good burst of resinous hops in the nose along with a little grassiness to go along with deep chocolate notes.Piney hops stand out at first sip along with nutty malts,more "greeness"comes into play from the hops providing grassy tones,malt driven sweetness becomes bigger as I drink more providing some molasses and caramel flavors to go along with bitter choccolate.This is how a ABA should taste in my mind,big hops but good dark malty sweetness,good job here from the Scottish guys.

oberon, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +1%

tbryan5, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Satyr179
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Satyr179, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1%

Nice and piney/resinous ale with a touch of citrus. Very smooth and tasty. Really great example of the style.

tigg924, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +1%

innominat, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

fionn13, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Cork and Cask, Cornelius NC.

I get what this is supposed to be, but the hops have faded (assuming they were ever there/being fair to the brewery), some of the extreme bitterness remains but the nose and taste are quite medicinal, old licorice comes to mind - though I doubt I've ever had any. I'll give it another shot - and as low as this review is, realize I could go much lower. I lean towards the overall good reviews and assume something is wrong here.

Mantooth, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Could this be Zeitgeist's bigger brother?

Poured into a Delirium tulip. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears black in the glass. Yields a decent head of creamy beige foam that hangs around for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of pine resin, grapefruit and citrus, underpinned by roasted malt, faint coffee and stewed hops. Delicious.

Tastes of dark, roasted malt with a hoppy character and an intense bitter finish. Notes of roasted grain, burnt husks, mild coffee, pine resin, grapefruit, subtle citrus, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Dry, with a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Pretty astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter stewed hops, pine and dark malt.

A solid black IPA with great aroma and flavour. Plenty of pine and hints of citrus, along with a large dose of dark malt. I've had this for a while so the hops may have faded a little - I suspect the fresh aroma was even more intense. My only minor complaint is that the body could be slightly thicker, but this is trivial. A tasty brew; if you like dark, hoppy beers then seek this one out. Worth sampling.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of TheBrk
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

TheBrk, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's pretty close to black, a little bit of brown-red shining in the thinnest parts. A tan head rises to a full finger and rests there soundly, retaining itself well and throwing down sturdy lacing.
I get some nice character, plenty of depth, and a lot of balance in both the aroma and the flavor. What would really put it in contention for the style would be a stronger hops backbone; there should be a focus on maintaining balance while remaining hop-forward. As it is, the malts provide very nice notes of a sort of light nutty smoke, plenty of roast, a hint of dark fruits, and a creamier sweetness along with bittersweet chocolate. Hops are a bit more muted than they ought to be but put up some earthy, resinous and citric undertones.
The feel is good. it has an even balance of sweet and dry and is very bright, lots of crispness without taking from the smoothness and flowing nicely on the tongue while remaining at a solid medium body, maybe a hair on the lighter side of it.

Brenden, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Graeme24, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

psys, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Sammy, Jun 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Misterefe, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Ciocanelu, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

cjgator3, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

adamcthomp, Jan 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Yngvi, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

StevenH, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

aztraz, Jul 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Craigmg0, Jul 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

GregaR, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

JasonMinck, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

torriman, Jun 21, 2014
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Libertine Black Ale from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.