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Libertine Black Ale - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
88
very good

57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 353
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 14
Gots: 79 | 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:
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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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 353
Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a large head.
Nose shows piny, resinous and slightly fruity hops. That’s pretty much it, just a bit of roast as well.
Much more roast as a flavours but also a fair bit of the pine and some of the confectionery-like fruit.
Could use a bit more carbonation. (284 characters)

Photo of FLima
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Brewdog. It poured a black color with one finger head with short retention.
Resin hoppy aroma.
Rich taste of toasted malts along with a perfume and resiny hop. Aftertaste is dry and bitter.
7.2% ABV is well hidden; well, there is plenty of room to hide among 65 IBUs and its flavors.
Extreme beer, lots of flavors and lots of hops, making ends meet. (367 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a nice deep brown colored beer with a dejection light brown colored head. The lacing and retention are both pretty good here. The smell is really nice, it's hoppy and sweet smelling. Very impressive nose. The taste is also really nice, hoppy but it's also rich and sweet... It's great in my opinion. The mouthfeel is smooth it's almost creamy. Lightly carbonated and very drinkable. Overall this is one of the best Black IPA's I've had. Very good brew all around. I would love having this again. (514 characters)

Photo of Fux
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a creamy milk chocolate colored long lasting head.
S: Smell is hoppy (citruses, resin, tropical fruits), along with some milk chocolate, coco and herbal scent. The balance between those aromas is very nice.
T: Taste is straighter than the nose with more roasted malts , some toasted bread, and a grapefruit bitterness on the finish. Quite bitter aftertaste.
M: Soft carbonation, light to medium bodied. Dry on the finish. Quite drinkable.
O: A nice black IPA, balanced, refreshing. (495 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a creamy and long lasted tan head. Nice lacing.

Fruity citrus aroma with malt and bits of roast. Good.

Slightly chalky with just a touch of roast. Nice earthy and somewhat citrussy hop flavour. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent Black Ale. Nice balance of hop and roasted malts. (318 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a deep black colour with no real light getting through. Light tan head poured big, thick and foamy and faded slowly to good thickish covering... lots of sticky lacing most of the way down the glass...

Aroma - Lots of roasted malts followed by juicy fruits (orange zest, some grapefruit, pears), light chocolate and coffee notes, sweet brown sugar traces, strong piney resin and citrus hopiness, raw nuts - pistachio, some rubberiness, honey, cut wet grass / hay...

Taste - Nice light piney, grassy hop bitterness followed by roasted dark malts, nice sweet caramel malts and notes of floral honey balance out the hops, grapefruit notes, some chocolate hints, quite herbal, some liquorice, light toasted bread...

M&D - Fairly smooth with a little oiliness in the background then some sharpness comes through... full bodied... a very drinkable brew - the 7.2% is well hidden

Overall - An excellent example of a black IPA... recommended (990 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with some deep red tinges when held close to the light, and topped with a foamy tan brown head that leaves some lacing.

Subdued hops with a mild malt background character and some back fruits mixed in. There is some pine, mango and tropical fruits as well as the some apricot. It is a very sweet smelling beer and lighter than the colour would suggest.

Medium to strong pine and grapefruit flavours to begin with along with a huge array of fruit flavours including some passion fruit, mango, apricot and orange along with some citrus and some darker fruits in there too. The finish has a little malt to it and some sugar along with some more of the pine/grapefruit taste.

Lively with medium to strong carbonation and a touch spice to it. The beer is smooth and quite bitter towards the end with a wet finish.

This one was a beer that I really enjoyed, very much like an IPA but not quite as bitter and with a good alcohol content that was well hidden but the excellent blend of fruits in both the smell and the taste. (1,027 characters)

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Libertine Black Ale from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.