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Libertine Black Ale - BrewDog

Libertine Black AleLibertine Black Ale

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very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%

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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New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

04-08-2014 23:04:25 | More by tom10101
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

03-26-2014 14:51:31 | More by Misterefe
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3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brewdog Roppongi.

Drank this directly after the Brixton Porter and it's safe to say its the same malt bill. And what didn't work at all as a porter (too thin, dry, and charred) works great as the basis for this CDA or whatever the kids are calling hoppy dark ales these days.

Very dark brown with attractive dark brown highlights and some lacing. Head fades very quickly or this would be in the 4 range. Aromas of pine, skunky herb, a bit of coffee, and that stink I associate with Simcoe. Palate is top-notch, I went back and changed my rating to a 4 - very good blend of West Coast hops and roasty malt - think it ranks with Hop in the Dark. Mouthfeel is a bit dry and prickly for me, but I guess that adds to it's drinkability.

Could happily drink this all night, but then I'd be a mess.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 09:30:56 | More by jbsteiny
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass.

A: dark brown more so closer to a black colored body with a half fingered white foamy head that quickly dies leaving barely a filmy lacing coating the glass

S: bitter piney hops up in front and leading to a decent coating of malts, but not overbearing

T: bittersweet; and you kinow what, that's exactly what an American Black Ale should lead to, good job Bew Dog; no aftertaste and there's a slightly bitter dry finish

M: weird, ok, I'm assuming this is a medium on the body, hey, uh....good, nothing bad, no worries, carbonation is not as harsh as expected as some American Black Ales can be.

O: hey try it and see how it goes for you; for me its absolutely fine, there's nothing wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 06:29:35 | More by BeerKangaroo
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-19-2014 03:21:01 | More by nickfl
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a super-thin tan head, doesn't even cover the top of the beer. Light does not pass through it. Was surprised by the absence of any discernible head.

Smell: Smells great, get some charcoal notes and some fruity tones, kind of like a tart apple smell.

Taste: Pretty complicated taste. Definitely getting some tart notes, maybe like grapes in the way that wine is tart. Balanced in a unique way with the smokiness or dark coffee. Aftertaste the most noticeable thing is the smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly good carbonation given the absence of any foam when I poured it. Having a hard time deciding if it's smooth or dry, guess it's somewhere in the middle. After a sip the alcohol warmth is very evident.

Overall: I oscillated between rating this a 3.75 or 4.00. Think the appearance was okay but the taste pushed me to a 4. Took me awhile to figure out what the flavors were and it was pretty unique although I haven't had a ton of black ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 01:13:01 | More by Aleks_P
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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me preface this review by saying this is one of those beers not for everyone. If you don't like hops, or at least these "Black IPAs" real hoppy and prefer a more balanced, malty beer, then skip this. Pour a black body with one finger almost tan head that died down leaving some lace. The hops are the star in the aroma as I get earthy, piney hops and just touches of any type of malt (mostly sweet). The beer is smooth, light to medium bodied, taste is mostly fresh, earthy hops but the beer is a little bigger/thicker than average IPA and the malts do come out as there is a residual sweetness that hits me on the backend. To poorly summarize this beer, it's an IPA with a larger chunk of bready and sweet caramel and chocolate malts. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and would welcome more sweet Black IPAs like it.

Serving type: bottle

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A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam.

S- Bright hop aroma that's a bit on the earthy side and is complemented well by the dark roast.

T- Aggressively bitter but not too off-the-scales. Has a pleasant hop flavor that's, once again, quite earthy and goes well with the roastiness.

M- Oily but also dry at the same time so it makes for an interesting duality. Medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- One of the better "Black IPAs" I've had. Definitely done in an American style and isn't incredibly complex but I could definitely knock back a few of these happily. Now if only the price could be lower...

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Libertine Black Ale from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.