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Libertine Black Ale - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
89
very good

195 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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 StJamesGate:
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StJamesGate

New York

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate brown with piles of creamy taupe head that sheets.
Fresh orange peel and hops sack nose, with depths of resin.
Fig Newtons, oily coffee, kola nut with resin, pompelo and orange rind.
Slight catty and cocoa finish and ringing piney linger.
Medium, good chew, soft.

Black notes are quite black in this one
While there is plenty of hop oil and IBUs, single Simcoe doesn't shine through in the aroma the way it might in other CDAs.
The rare Black IPA that's black more than IPA without being a porter. And probably the best of those.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 20:17:36 | More by StJamesGate
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Storm21

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-12-2014 19:16:17 | More by Storm21
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Best before date puts it a month and a half within code.

A: In color it is as dark as brown can get before becoming black. The head forms a massive, rocky tower atop the beer, and retention is amazing. Lacing forms huge foamy gobs on the walls of the glass.

S: Dark chewy caramel, burnt crust, dark fudge, tootsie rolls, vanilla extract, charcoal. Aromatic pine, tropical scents of tangerine, passion fruit, and melon.

T: Semi sweet dark chocolate, char, acidic black coffee, dark caramel chews. Hops bring both tropical and earthy dimensions. Pine needles and bark. Passion fruit, blood orange, white grapefruit pith. Peachy esters. Peppery alcohol is gentle and fleeting. Unsweetened cocoa,toasted crust, and oily, tropical hops on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Ultra silky and smooth with a soft and creamy texture. Decadent, but fluffy and airy rather than weighty. Low tingling carbonation. Brush of warming alcohol. Astringencies are actually very gentle.

O: The mouthfeel and texture really help to bring this one together. This black ale manages to stay very balanced and drinkable, which is a challenge within the style as the double dose of bitterness and astringency from both hops and roasted malts often makes for a rougher experience. One of the more cohesive Brew Dog beers I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 18:52:07 | More by ryan1788a5
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

07-10-2014 16:29:56 | More by JohnK17
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Craigmg0


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-09-2014 21:39:06 | More by Craigmg0
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Black with a tan half-finger head that settled down to a tawney rim. Curtainly lacing.

S: Chocolate, anise and grassy hops. A strange combination, but it works.

T: A nice blend of chocolate malts and grassy hops. Smooth, mellow, slightly bitter on the finish.

M: Medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: I'm really starting to enjoy black IPA's. And this odd hybrid goes down easy. Cheers to the boys from Scotland.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 13:57:52 | More by brewskifan55
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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-06-2014 02:26:27 | More by Lovely85
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Gakusei

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +1%

07-05-2014 21:01:13 | More by Gakusei
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FabRob


5/5  rDev +26.3%

07-04-2014 23:06:39 | More by FabRob
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-04-2014 01:11:35 | More by Molson2000
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Hopmarc

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-04-2014 00:15:50 | More by Hopmarc
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heygeebee

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From Beer Cartel - 9 months on clock.

A - black n tan - three finger head fizzes and subsides beautifully. Spotty lace.

S - treacle, roasts, choc.

T - more treacle, add some choc. Balanced hops without being too bitter. Medium to big taste but not overbearing.

M - medium weight, no hint of ABV.

O - pleasant surpise and return of fresh Brewdog shows they can still make some Good Beer. Surprised I had not reviewed before.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 11:58:28 | More by heygeebee
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psys


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-01-2014 19:44:58 | More by psys
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bobmus

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

07-01-2014 18:16:21 | More by bobmus
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S_Rimmer1

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

06-28-2014 21:40:06 | More by S_Rimmer1
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-27-2014 13:29:41 | More by Sammy
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MikeKSmith

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

06-26-2014 20:34:03 | More by MikeKSmith
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Act25

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding. From a WFM craft sampler: $12.99 for 12.
Love this brewer. pours into a tulip.

Pours a dark walnut murk, with generous, dark tan head, gorgeous lace, that lasts all the way down.

S: Wine like. Aromatic, hoppy, grassy, roast, piney, with peppery citric edge. Very peaty/ roasty; a peat fire in Scotland.

T: Follows the smell wit roasty dark malt upfront, dark chocolate, much charry bitterness. Hops play in the end, resinous, salty, with a salt/ bitter/ roast finish. Wine like meditation beer.

MF: Again wine-like, a bit dry, with long roast & hops finish. Leaves you in a tickle, good food or after dinner beer. Meditation. Pleasant texture.

I love this style, and Brewdog has put their salty, peaty, roasty, charry stamp on it. This is a favorite of the style and a favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2014 03:06:47 | More by Act25
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torriman

Spain

4/5  rDev +1%

06-21-2014 20:13:52 | More by torriman
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Crumpetsnbeer

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

06-21-2014 02:16:49 | More by Crumpetsnbeer
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1%

06-19-2014 02:15:17 | More by wrightst
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Mantooth

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2014 22:33:17 | More by Mantooth
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dbc5

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-18-2014 04:05:03 | More by dbc5
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Goblet glass @Tot Begut (Sant Boí –Barcelona). Very dark brown color. Beige foam shows fairly good retention. Intense aromas of caramel malts, resins & pine. Creamy upfront & roasted malt flavor. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Viscous texture & malty dried sensation. Sharp bitterness but solid caramelized malty backbone are touched by subtle spicy & dark cocoa hues. Long bitter finish. Slight wood on the aftertaste. Refreshing & nice spot of the Style.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 07:42:26 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

06-04-2014 01:22:44 | More by ToddGingerich
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Libertine Black Ale from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.