Libertine Black Ale - BrewDog
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4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
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
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2014 18:19:43 | More by eduardolinhalis
3.89/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Brewdog Roppongi.
Drank this directly after the Brixton Porter and it's safe to say its the same malt bill. And what didn't work at all as a porter (too thin, dry, and charred) works great as the basis for this CDA or whatever the kids are calling hoppy dark ales these days.
Very dark brown with attractive dark brown highlights and some lacing. Head fades very quickly or this would be in the 4 range. Aromas of pine, skunky herb, a bit of coffee, and that stink I associate with Simcoe. Palate is top-notch, I went back and changed my rating to a 4 - very good blend of West Coast hops and roasty malt - think it ranks with Hop in the Dark. Mouthfeel is a bit dry and prickly for me, but I guess that adds to it's drinkability.
Could happily drink this all night, but then I'd be a mess.
Serving type: on-tap
03-24-2014 09:30:56 | More by jbsteiny
4.06/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 01:13:01 | More by Aleks_P
Libertine Black Ale from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.