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Libertine Black Ale - BrewDog

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very good

252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

edtri19, Sep 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

GRUUMSH, Sep 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

JasonMinck, Sep 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Bellonc, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Harvey98, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

JohnQVD, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

spinrsx, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Graeme24, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Hopbomber
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Hopbomber, Jul 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Necronomad, Jul 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

crosenkrantz, Jul 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

aztraz, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of endovelico
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a jet-black liquid with medium effervescence and thick mocha head.

Aroma: Nicely achieved dark malt & hop balance. Medium intensity. Notes are of chocolate, coffee, toffee, honey, fresh hops, citrus and dried hay. Very fresh and aromatic.

Taste: Intense and rich with the notes of hops and malt in perfect accord. There's the caramel, chocolate, fresh hops like herbal character, citric splash and a noble hops like quality.

Palate: Medium low bitterness. Medium low carbonation. Medium full bodied. ABV works well, doesn't get in the way. They got the palate and the way it works with the aromatic notes perfectly.

Overall: The first Black Ale I can really get behind of. It has great complexity and drinkibility value - it drinks like a session ale. One of my instant favourites from Brewdog.

endovelico, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Liquoric3, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Mattgruv, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

fionn13, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

mmurphy525, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Kirk, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Hultkrantz, Jun 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

supermeniscus, Jun 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

innominat, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of wl0307
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB 01/02/2014, served cool in a Tripel Karmeliet’s branded tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a pitch black colour topped with a creamy, dark beige frothy head retreating to a thin sheet to last.
S: keeping my eyes closed, the nose initially is in fact very much like an over-charged hop bomb such as American IPA or Double IPA, but a very subtle edge of caramel, roastiness and sweet nuts would lead my imagination away for a bit; given a very good swirl, the pronounced grapefruity-citric, white grapey and gooseberry-ish notes arise on top of other hop and malt elements. All are integrated very well in one. Very enjoyable, and quite… clean.
T: soothing and mildly-carbonated on the palate, the initial swallow is… surprisingly light and fruity, backed by a light-bodied maltiness as of mixture of roast malts, caramel malts, and other paler counterparts, without the really oily, burned, and coffee-ish thickness from the black malts. It quietly settles on a chewy, dry and bitter finish where the palate could still feel the lingering joy from the tannic citrus peels, roast nuts and random notes of forest berries.
M&O: softly refreshing on the palate, medium-bodied, at the same time very smooth, this Black IPA or “Twenty First Century Black Ale” has delivered a fairly satisfying result overall. The alc. content is also well hidden, increasing the drinkability by a very good margin. Highly recommended.

wl0307, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

tzolandz, May 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

MrHyde1886, May 27, 2013
Libertine Black Ale from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.