Libertine Black Ale

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Scotland, United Kingdom
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #68
Ranked #13,290
3.95 | pDev: 9.87%
Nov 16, 2020
Aug 19, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: 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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3.72 by DvdP from Netherlands on Nov 16, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

Cask at Brewdog Cardiff. Black with cap of beige head, curtains of lacing. Sweet aroma, citrus, completely unexpected. Taste brings more sweet flavors, milk and light citrus. A finishing bitterness slowly rises at the back. Wonderful stuff....

Nov 29, 2019
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Jul 13, 2019
3.75 by YvesB from Belgium on Oct 01, 2018
4 by hasse67 from Sweden on Apr 22, 2018
3.39 by Houborg1 from Denmark on Apr 01, 2018
4.47 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic on Feb 16, 2018
2.5 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Feb 07, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 29, 2017
3.84 by AtaraxiaDnB from Australia on Dec 09, 2017
4.1 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jul 13, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 25, 2017
4.36 by cebeci88 from Turkey on May 08, 2017
4.15 by Scepter from Texas on Jan 22, 2017
4 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Jan 22, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
by drmeto from Germany

-pours the darkest of brown with slight ruby tinges and a small to medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
Great Black IPA, that needs some time in the glass.

Nov 28, 2016
3.75 by Oidmoe from Austria on Oct 04, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by rex_4539 from Greece

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.

Oct 02, 2016
3.99 by Omniwar from Georgia on Sep 21, 2016
3.9 by kjkinsey from Texas on Sep 02, 2016
3.75 by parpalapelix from Romania on Aug 04, 2016
4.34 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Jul 29, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Everydayoff from Thailand

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.

Jul 17, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by janubio from Spain

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.

Jun 25, 2016
5 by noz03 from Germany on Jun 17, 2016
4.21 by JonCorbett from Canada (BC) on Jun 05, 2016
3.9 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 26, 2016
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4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by LiquidSw0rd from Switzerland

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.

Apr 15, 2016
4.14 by Antyk from Belgium on Mar 30, 2016
3.93 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands on Mar 28, 2016
4.15 by sephyrott from Spain on Mar 13, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Andrewharemza from Australia

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.

Mar 03, 2016
3.82 by Yalcin from Turkey on Mar 02, 2016
3.62 by DispyDnb from England on Feb 27, 2016
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3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

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.

Feb 19, 2016
3.95 by Ultrarunner100 from Canada (ON) on Feb 10, 2016
3.53 by Euroglot from Belgium on Feb 04, 2016
4.23 by Nismo2 from Greece on Jan 08, 2016
4.05 by DrAnnaNemis from Illinois on Jan 02, 2016
3.25 by Stengelfoot from California on Dec 29, 2015
Libertine Black Ale from BrewDog
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 412 ratings