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Libertine Black Ale - BrewDog

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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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Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of justintcoons
3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. (You owe me 0.8 oz BrewDog)
Gracefully aged for 7 months at the Iron Abbey in Horsham, PA.

Black with some light penetration along the rim. 1/2 finger of loose tan head dissipates quickly.

Smoke, charcoal, raisin, and roasted barley.

Heavily roasted barley, peat smoke, and charcoal. Toffee sweetness along with notes of prune and raisin.

Medium-plus bodied, semi-syrupy, smooth, and sweet.

I'm indifferent.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At beodo bar, in Seville. With yakisabi with iberic secret. Nice feel and taste athough the aroma is a bit dull. In any case, can be enjoyed very easily

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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 Doderlein_Bacillus
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice creamy head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich hops, flowers, citrus, pine, roast malt and notes of nuts. Just Excellent.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely balanced beer. They claim powerful hops, but I find it actually pretty restrained in that regard. Most IPAs run me out of the room with hop, but Libertine brings plenty malt and alcohol to the table, even letting a little sweetness creep in.

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Photo of Paul_Hutchinson
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favourite black IPA by some margin. Considering this weighs in at over 7%, the flavours are surprisingly well balanced. Usually I would be limited to a single half pint for these big hitting ales, but I could easily drink a few of these. A lovely drink

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Photo of TequilaTom
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really tried to like this, but it just wouldn't happen. Too bad too, as I have liked many brews from BrewDog. Just had some off-putting flavor to me. Maybe an old bottle? Oh well, going to try their Cocoa Psycho next.

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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 patre_tim
3.51/5  rDev -10%
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.

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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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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured in glass. Nose of yeast, coming from the intense creamy head on top.
In mouth, that's a perfect balance between chocolate, coffee and citrus hops.
Roasted bitterness. Great beer for the style

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Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +9%

• Poured close to pitch black, but can see a mahogany color in the bottom of the glass
• Thick solid creamy cream colored head which eventually receded into a nice slight head with a little lacing
• Medium mouth feel
• Taste is initially coffee and roasted malt feel forward when cold out of the fridge, but then mellows down into a frigging great thick and solid black IPA – roasted taste seem to mellow as it warms
• Almost got some fruity and sweet Belgiany taste toward the end – really nice ending to a great beer!

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Photo of cratez
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

BrewDog Libertine Black Ale - Black IPA - 7.2% ABV - BB 08/21/14 - Consumed 10/06/14.

A: Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with deep ruby edges and one finger of tan foam. Strands of sticky lacing line the tulip glass, and the head retains for the duration of the beer. A great looking brew.

S: Bright citrusy hops, roasted malt, piney-resiny notes, dark chocolate, passion fruit, ashtray, mint, and grapefruit. Huge, clashing aromas that come together really well. Excellent.

T: Big fruity-citric, zesty and tropical hop flavours upfront, roasted malt, pine and dark chocolate mid-palate, resinous grapefruit hop bitterness transitions to a bone dry, roasted-ashy finish (very porter-like). A tasty and robust Black IPA.

M: Medium-bodied, lush, velvety and juicy middle, bold yet balanced hop bitterness precedes a super dry finish with roasty afters. Solid.

O: Surprisingly good considering it's a month and a half past due. Libertine beautifully integrates a massive PacNW hop character with classic porter/stout flavours. Worth buying.

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Photo of chogm54
4.25/5  rDev +9%

330ml poured into a pint glass. BB date feb 2015

A - jet black, opaque, pours a thin off white head. Thin lacing

A - roasted malt, coca cola and a big chunk of floral odours. Throw in a faint whiff of coffee

T - very good mix - the citrus (orange), grapefruit and brillant hoppy bitterness of an IPA, blending well with the roasted malt, milk chocolate and coffee tinge of a dry stout. Great balance

M - creamy texture, soft carbonation, medium bodied, alcohol is muted.

O - very good mix of an IPA and stout. It brings out the best of both - the brillant floral bitterness with the roasted malts and choc. Yet neither is too strong. Give it a crack!

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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 hosehead83
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a goblet.
Dark brown/black in color, with a moderate-to-short head of light tan foam.
Aroma-"Inscence-like" hop aroma, faint roastiness
Taste-Dark roasted malt, oily resinous hops, caramel, faint smoke, tobacco leaf. Well-balanced and complex in flavor and character. A bit pricey but worth a try.

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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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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Act25
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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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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3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color forming a medium and creamy tan head. Medium retention and some lingering thin lacings formed and left

S: A mix of roasted malts and flowery hops. A bit fruity with some notes of apple pie

T: Great mix of roasted malts and grassy and pinny hops. Notes of caramel malts and apples. In overall, a quite dry and bitter taste. Perfect mix of roasted malts and pinny hops bitterness. Yeasts have a very American Pale Ale profile with a nice earthy taste in the very end

M: Medium body and carbonation. Toasted malts with a strong punch of pinny hops in the aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Perfect definition of black IPA

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Libertine Black Ale from BrewDog
87 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.