Libertine Black Ale - BrewDog

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Libertine Black AleLibertine Black Ale

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 361
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 24.87%
Wants: 14
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: flyingpig on 08-18-2012

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
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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 361
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of Mikus
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ordered a Hardcore IPA. Tap changed. This came. Thought it was the wife's stout. They said it was Libertine. Absolutely pitch black with a chocolate milk head... stout. Aromas were big, citrus and tropical notes. Balanced tastes. Period. Great match of malt, hop flavor, bitterness, and smooth mouthfeel. This was sent home run. I don't normally try Brew Dog too often as it is really pricey here, but this was excellent.

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Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with 1/4 inch head. Nice and piney/resinous ale with a touch of citrus. Very smooth and tasty. Really great example of the style that I will pick up again.

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Photo of talbotjf99
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours very dark brown, almost black (duh) and clear. Heavy malt smell with roastedness, hops, and tobacco. The taste is of roasted malts, hops, and slightly bitter. It has a dry finish.

Would I buy it again? Probably.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mantooth
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of RickyS
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in teku glass. Very very dark ruby color with abundant beige head with medium retention. Earthy hops, mango and lime upfront . If I had my eyes closed I would bet this being an APA. The taste is also citrous, lime forward, maybe a tad of blood orange. A bit of alcool. Bitter dank finish, with earthy character that lives long in the aftertaste along with the alcool. Uhm, could have been better... Creamy and satisfying mouthfeel that is well connected to the aftertaste's bitter sensation. I am reading the commercial description only now, and I really don't understand when exactly the stout malty character is supposed to kick in. Maybe tomorrow. Also I would say this is a not a hop bomb at all and the date on the bottle indicates is pretty fresh. However, an enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, nice to see more new products from this brewery returning to Alberta's fair (beer) shores.

This beer pours a clear, very dark black-adjacent brown colour, with prominent basal cola edges, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly beige head, which leaves some chunky random island form lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, lightly roasted caramel malt, muddled dark orchard fruit, acrid pine resin, wet ash, a bit of citrus pithiness, and further earthy, leafy, and herbal hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, damp char, pine forest floor after the morning dew, a hard to pinpoint citrus tanginess, ethereal notes of oily nuts, and more leafy, weedy, and faintly perfumed floral hops.

The carbonation is actually pretty tame and ineffectual in its quotidian frothiness, the body a solid-ass medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of roast outmaneuvering any frisky hops for the right to say they caused a nuisance here. It finishes off-dry, the base malt holding steady amongst the lingering char, hoppiness, and sniffing alcohol.

A decently rendered version of this still unworthy (to me, at any rate) style, the roasted character not overdone, and the hops agile enough to maintain their freshness in the face of said affront. Agreeable enough, and good, I suppose, if you're into such things.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.96/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Purchased in Mullingar Ireland. A black Brew Dog ale. Highly hopped. Great beer.

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