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Libertine Black Ale - BrewDog

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89
very good

332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 66 | 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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Ratings: 332 | Reviews: 59
Reviews by dgilks:
Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a creamy and long lasted tan head. Nice lacing.

Fruity citrus aroma with malt and bits of roast. Good.

Slightly chalky with just a touch of roast. Nice earthy and somewhat citrussy hop flavour. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent Black Ale. Nice balance of hop and roasted malts.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mikus
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.96/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a large head.
Nose shows piny, resinous and slightly fruity hops. That’s pretty much it, just a bit of roast as well.
Much more roast as a flavours but also a fair bit of the pine and some of the confectionery-like fruit.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney notes with light fruity touch is great with some dry roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by medium dry roasted malt notes with a decent dose of Simcoe citrus and piney hops. Body is about average with good carbonation. Solid rendition of the style thought a fuller body would have been even better.

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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a fine two finger light brown head with great retention and lots of thick lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops, orange and grapefruit citrus, and hint of tropical fruit. Flavor is mixed citrus with citrus and grassy hops, mild fruit esters and light toasted malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess; despite the beautiful head, a surprising lack of carbonation in the mouth feel. An interesting take on the black ale style, well hopped, but with a European flavor profile. More dominated by citrus hops and flavor than toasted malt, which takes a third row back seat. I'm baffled by the weak showing of the carbonation in the feel, but it was a distraction. Perhaps the carbonation was all used up in the nice foam? Interesting but not going to be my go-to black ale.

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

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a tapered 8 oz glass.

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...

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Leviathan5
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Teku glass

A - Dark chocolate to black color, with a 2 finger tan head. Good retention and great lacing

S - Great citrusy hops (orange, grapefruit) with a hint of pine. The hops aromas are not overwhelming and there's a little balance from the malts.

T - Again citrusy hops, present in the dry, bitter binish and the aftertaste. As it warms up the roasted malts are a little bit more present, but not enough to shadow the hops

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonatation. Really smooth, with a great feel. Very drinkable.

O - A really nice black IPA, with a strong hops presence, both in smell and taste, but not overwhelmingly bitter. Definitely recommendable and worth repeating

Photo of patre_tim
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, copper tinge when held to the light. No visible carbonation and 2 fingers of grey beige fluffy head.


S: Dark tar like quality and bright floral hops all in one. Dark chocolate and apricot jam. Jaffa orange cookies. You get my pic. Dark and fruity all at once, unique to this style alone. Hops are subdued compared to say Yakima Glory.


T: Again, that dark stout like quality, fruity orange peel. Dark chocolate and candied orange peel. A light caramel quality, hops are mostly floral, and a toasted light charred note on the finish.


M: Medium thick smooth consistency, with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky in the aftertaste.


O: Great brew. I expect this one came a long way to Thailand, so likely the hops have fallen off some. Still a treat, having it with Aussie steak in Kunming, China, Jan 11, 2015.

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some light coffee, ginger, and some grapefruit/lemon. It ends with a malty yet hoppy and fruity aftertaste.

Overall - Another winner from this brewer. This would be one of my go to beers if it was available locally. Worth buying for sure.

Photo of Tony_Sarracino
4.76/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The main reason for the high scores is the fact it makes me want to take another sip. It has a good hop taste, which I am looking for, and the dark malty flavors are great for the cold weather. There is a lot of good happening in this beer and I keep going back for more. It is a very smooth beer which makes this, in my opinion, to be a great beer for someone just venturing into the darker beer universe.

Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a deep black colour with no real light getting through. Light tan head poured big, thick and foamy and faded slowly to good thickish covering... lots of sticky lacing most of the way down the glass...

Aroma - Lots of roasted malts followed by juicy fruits (orange zest, some grapefruit, pears), light chocolate and coffee notes, sweet brown sugar traces, strong piney resin and citrus hopiness, raw nuts - pistachio, some rubberiness, honey, cut wet grass / hay...

Taste - Nice light piney, grassy hop bitterness followed by roasted dark malts, nice sweet caramel malts and notes of floral honey balance out the hops, grapefruit notes, some chocolate hints, quite herbal, some liquorice, light toasted bread...

M&D - Fairly smooth with a little oiliness in the background then some sharpness comes through... full bodied... a very drinkable brew - the 7.2% is well hidden

Overall - An excellent example of a black IPA... recommended

Photo of Aleks_P
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Maxbier
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft. Dark nearly black with thin brown head. Piney roast malt aroma. Slightly chocolaty and sweet up front. Finish is piney hop.

Photo of MarkoNm
2.53/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Although I generally love BrewDog, this is not really my favourite beer from these guys.
Pours with a nice almost completely balck color and a medium beige head.
There is a strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee and an addition of some hard liquer aroma.
The taste is very bitter, with lots of roasty feel, coffee, and a slightly chocolatey finish (the best feature).
A very strong beer, with a bit too much bitterness in the taste for me.

Photo of djura
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it on tap.
A - Excellent ruby dark color with two finger darker tick foam. Staying all the way.
S - Beautiful aroma of fresh dark fruits,coffee and chocolate.
T/M - Bitter finish,plum and mocca in the mouth. Low carbonation,creamy and drinkable. Maybe a bit watery.

O - One more good ale from Brewdog.

Photo of Gusmotel
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leave it to BrewDog to confuse the dedicated dark beer drinker. Here's a beer built like a stout . . . actually more like a Porter. Served from a bottle into a mini iced Lager pint glass (not really pint size) in Chinatown Singapore on a dark and stormy night.

Appearance. It's dark brown, not quite black, but you can just barely see the light at the end of the tunnel on this one. Decent foam that didn't last long. It never does here, I'm convinced its something in the air. Minor lacing.

Aroma: Hops. It smells like an IPA to me. A bit fruity, but primarily there are hops doing their best to not be discovered on the nose. Unfortunately, their position has been compromised and I know what's coming when it's time to take a drink.

Taste: Grapefruit. The fruity smell coalesced into something very specific. The beer tastes like a breakfast grapefruit, freshly cut, with some brown sugar layered on top. I imagine this latter taste is a roasted sweet malt flavor defining itself. Once completed, the hops step up and take over reminding you that this is a hop bomb of IPA type stature. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and a light body force you to reassess the stout, strong ale Belgian creamy character that you were expecting. It's porter light and therefore an easy drinker.

Overall: the confusing flavors detract me from enjoying it fully. I like the complexity and feel as if I had a gastronomic, "foam of carrot" experience; however I could get this easily from a solid Belgian beer and would prefer to do so. I'm glad I tried it, I would recommend it, but I doubt I would immediately jump to drink it again.

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Libertine Black Ale from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.