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Libertine Black Ale | BrewDog

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BA SCORE
3.96/5
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403 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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

Added by flyingpig on 08-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,254
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
403
pDev:
9.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
95
Trade:
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Ratings: 403 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of StormAles
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance had a dark brown more so closer to a black colored body with a half fingered white foamy head that quickly dies leaving barely a filmy lacing coating the glass. The smell has some bitter piney hops up in front and leading to a decent coating of malts, but not overbearing. The taste is bittersweet; and you kinow what, that’s exactly what an American Black Ale should lead to, good job Bew Dog. There’s no aftertaste and there’s a slightly bitter dry finish. The palate feels about a medium but sometimes feels lighter and then sometimes feels heavier, unsure where this is going. Carbonation is not as harsh as expected as some American Black Ales can be. Overall, hey try it and see how it goes for you; for me its absolutely fine, there’s nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of cebeci88
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scepter
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drmeto
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with slight ruby tinges and a small to medium,foamy,offwhite head
S:
-chocolate,syrup,grapefruit,herbal,tobacco
T:
-pine,coffee,toast,herbal,lactose,jasmine,grapefruit,nutty,tobacco
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
O:
Great Black IPA, that needs some time in the glass.

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Photo of Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rex_4539
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark brown color, half finger brown head, messy lacing, nice carbonation.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, sweet caramel, some booze.

T: Dark chocolate, raisins, sweet caramel, roasted malt. Slightly malty, bitter on the back end.

F: Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation pushes flavors into palate.

O: Nice winter beer. I wouldn't recommend during a hot summer day.

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Photo of Omniwar
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of parpalapelix
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oleg85
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Completely opaque black as a showcase, one finger tan head forms up but just only there with short retention, it dissipates quickly to some foamy sheet atop along with some decent lacing.

Big wave of caramel, dark bread, creamy, roasted malt reminds me of coffee and chocolate, hop with a citrus character, hint of dark fruits and spice, aromatic overall.

Caramelized sweetness from malt dominates at the first thought together with a dark bread profile. Roasted malt thereafter conquers with a flash coffee, chocolate, and astringency while hop silently hides behind the curtain before gradually unveiling with a note of citrus, spice and a sharp cut of bitterness to completely whelm the taste buds at the finish. A little taste of alcohol can also be found at the aftertaste if carefully notice.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium body with soft carbonation that well suits the body and taste, some chewiness stick to the edge of the tongue, finish very dry.

Good blend of Stout and IPA, full of quality, harmoniously balance and not too complex to enjoy with, I would have no hesitation to have it again for sure.

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Photo of janubio
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark colour, with an off white creamy head that last for a good while, leaving a lot of lace. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dried fruits, licorice. Medium body, creamy palate and lively carbonation. Taste is similar to aroma: chocolate, dried fruits, coffee,licorice. Really good.

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Photo of noz03
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JonCorbett
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidSw0rd
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks like a porter.

Smells like an american IPA.

Tastes like a really really good american IPA. Really rich and complex. I think that people that are witnessing a porter or roasted taste are mostly biased because of the look of it.

It really feels fulfilling.

Amazing beer by Brewdogs ! It's one of my all time favourites.

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Photo of Antyk
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sephyrott
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours black and when held to the light there's a reddish cola colour at the bottom of the glass. Aroma citrus notes, malts, coffee. Taste malt, coffee, citrus notes, tangerine. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Yalcin
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DispyDnb
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

14 oz glass served at the Bier Markt - Square One.

Appearance - a near black beer, impossible to see through and topped by a small cap of tan foam. Modest retention and minimal lacing.

Smell - very floral, some lightly burnt aromas and reminded me of Souther Tiers compass, a beer with rose hips added.

Taste - modest bitterness, quite a bit sweeter than expected, with some light roasty flavours, and again a floral taste.

Mouthfeel - smooth, with very modest carbonation, a little flatter than expected.

Overall - a decent black ale, not sure if this was old as the expected hop bitterness was silent and carbonation was flatter than expected. Certainly not a bad beer, but underwhelming.

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Libertine Black Ale from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 403 ratings
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