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Libertine Black Ale - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
89
very good

277 Ratings
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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of MarkoNm
2.49/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

MarkoNm, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 203, best before 27-08-14

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into thick, lasting ring. Good retention with streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Robust, deeply roasted dark malt aroma that's countered by sweeter dessert-like notes. Surprisingly, the nose is severely lacking in hop character which is really odd and disappointing for the style. I'm struggling to pick up any hops at all and wouldn't have been able to guess it was an American Black Ale if sampled blind. Slightly smokey with gourmet coffee bean, oatmeal and dark chocolate countered by caramel, toffee, fudge and bakers chocolate. Smells okay and not offensive in any way but doesn't live up to expectations.

On the fuller end of medium body with subtle earthy hop bitterness countered by very strong malt flavors. There's a bit of earthy pine and resinous oils but like the aroma, the hop character is overpowered by the prominent malt bill. Slightly smokey with robust, roasted coffee bean flavor along with hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, charcoal and bittersweet dark chocolate. Dry and bitter but not harsh, acrid or overwhelming. The bitter roast is cut mid-palate by lighter malt sweetness with hints of silky chocolate, caramel and toffee. The ABV is well masked and it's light enough to drink easily, I just wish that it had more of a hop presence to balance out the malt flavors. It drinks more like a slightly bitter porter than an American Black Ale. Not bad, but not what I'm looking for in this style.

corby112, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of BeerSingh
4/5  rDev +0.8%

BeerSingh, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

khargro2, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of TomG2751
4/5  rDev +0.8%

TomG2751, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Poupae
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Poupae, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Boone757, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
4/5  rDev +0.8%

DRBiser, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +0.8%

UltimateLivewire, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of djura
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

djura, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

dcmchew, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of WilstonOreo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

WilstonOreo, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of BFCarr
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

BFCarr, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of EmperorBevis
3/5  rDev -24.4%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +0.8%

thinwhiteduke, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of msanborn
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

msanborn, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Gusmotel
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Gusmotel, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of StevenH
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

StevenH, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of TimHitchings
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

TimHitchings, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

random846, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color; it's very close to being completely opaque, but not quite there. There isn't much head, sadly - just one finger high with a mocha shade. Even with a small head, retention isn't very good. It does leave a bit of lacing on the glass, at least.

S: This one combines a mildly roasted background with lemony, spicy Centennial hops, and actually does it well. The more I sniff on this, the more that I notice that it's the hoppiness that's in the background rather than the roast. Aromatically - while it's not explosively bold - it isn't far off from Wookey Jack, and I consider that very high praise.

T: Roasty, roasty, roasty, did I mention roasty yet? Its hop profile is definitely in the background, though it definitely comes through in the finish with notes of pine, grapefruit, and maybe some lemon. This works better than a few black ales/hoppy porters I've had, but the malt/hop transition is jarring at times.

M: It's well carbonated, while the finish balances between sweet and dry. This one goes down pretty easy because of its slender feel and slight sharpness.

O: It's a really nice black ale, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again given its inflated price. Actually, it isn't that hideously expensive by import/BrewDog standards, so actually, it's more a freshness thing that makes me hesitate a future purchase. I'd definitely give it a second chance on tap, though.

ThisWangsChung, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

hansavijaticar, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Olavi
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Olavi, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Kal
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Kal, Sep 17, 2013
Libertine Black Ale from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.