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Libertine Black Ale - BrewDog

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very good

324 Ratings
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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 12
Gots: 63 | 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: 324 | Reviews: 59
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which appears to have pretty good retention. The head is a light and creamy beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Very good lacing which is mostly sheeting.

Nose- Starts off with a brief mix of hops: some citrus (some orange, a little bit of mustiness, maybe grapefruit), pine, and resin. This is followed by a light amount of coffee which mixes with the hop notes and some of the spice from them to give a little bit of licorice to the finish. Swirling shows a brief hint of coffee that moves into a good whiff of licorice and some nice mint. Looks like these spice flavors might not be a suggestion but a strong component of this beer. We shall see.

Taste- Shows a brief amount of citrus then moves into coffee and roasted malts with undertones of a juicy caramel. This all quickly gets swept aside by licorice and then a pretty conspicuous finish of mint which suggests even menthol and eucalyptus. Sort of like a cough drop but in a good way. These flavors tend to recede into the background pretty quickly and leave the interplay of caramel and coffee on the front which moves into a slight woodiness and hop bitterness on the finish. The mint and licorice now seem to hang on the edges and on the linger. My guess is that this is about six months old and the hops have faded quite a bit but I still like the beer that has been left behind. It's not incredibly complex but is interesting and has very good balance and integration. Could use a little bit more presence but is pretty much a good beer with a slight tendency toward being really good.

Mouthfeel- Nears medium bodied and has a good amount of carbonation that works well.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. Subtle enough to be sessionable but interesting enough that the palate does not become bored. 3 dollars is fairly reasonable and it's something I might buy again.

Overall- Between a good beer and a pretty good beer. Nothing amazing but different enough to warrant attention. I would definitely give this a try and I will be on the lookout for more BrewDog beers.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle 7,2% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
Batch: 167
BB: 18/07/2014

Appearance: Libertine Black Ale lives up to its name - appearing almost pitch black in the glass. That said, a strong back light reveals some deep red highlights. A rough pour yields a massive tan coloured head that displays good retention and leaves beautiful rings of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: The initial nose certainly leans towards the hoppy side of things, with notes of sweet grass, grapefruit, a little orange peel and some leafiness. Once the beer starts to warm a little chocolate and darker malt becomes apparent.

Taste: As with the nose, the hops dominate the flavour, but it isn't powerful or that bitter. Notes include: Citrus, grapefruit peel, sweet grass, a touch of roast and a smidgen of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: The body is just fuller than light and is a touch watery on the back end; while the carbonation is of a medium high level and fairly smooth.

Overall: Libertine is a decent beer, but it certainly needs a lot more oomph (either that or it needs to be a lot fresher).

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The colour is very dark brown (90 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head is brown, airy and uneven. It sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is bitter and hoppy with lots of American citric flavours. Hints of smoked delicatessen and alcohol.

The taste is smooth, it is less bitter than expected. Some smoked and burned notes. Bitter herbs, citric fruits and salty Marmite-flavours. Clean bitterness. Medium body. The aftertaste got the same burned salt flavours, with some added sweetness and anonymous ripe fruits. The finish is malty and roasted.

The carbonation is medium to strong; the small short-lived bubbles soft. The liquid is smooth.

There is nothing wrong with this beer, I just don’t get it.

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Libertine Black Ale from BrewDog
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