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Libertine Black Ale | BrewDog

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
392
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
24.1%
 
 
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 392
Photo of Everydayoff
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +1%
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 LiquidSw0rd
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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 Andrewharemza
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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 DenisKolkin
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black color with a small amount of glass clinging activity. Slightly frothy light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, creating a very good amount of lacing. Flavors of hops and nuts, piney, citrus, dark berries, faint chocolate and coffee, buttery, whiskey like feel, thick herbal spices. Highly bitter with a low perception of sugar. Slick light body with a perfect amount of sharp carbonation. Strong finish and long dry astringent feel of pine, clove and orange peels, and grassy noble hops, with a hint of oak. Overall this is a good bold craft with decent but intense flavors. IPA style black ale. I find it overly spicy and unbalanced. Low freshness, highly boozy, but quite warming.

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Photo of johnny2hats
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A – Beer is black, almost completely opaque. One inch head, thick but not creamy. Pale tan or straw coloured. Dissipates leaving limited lacing.
S – Some dank mustiness. Leather. Rye bread. Malt loaf.
M – Not too heavy, but silky. Good carbonation.
T – Big flavours.. Marmite. Roasted malt.. Treacle/molasses. Bitter, hoppy finish.
O – I’m new to the style, but this seems like an excellent introduction.. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hman43
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head.

Aroma: It has aromas of roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, and floral hops.

Taste: It has flavors that highlight the roasted malts with the initial flavor and then are complimented with hints of chocolate, floral, and grapefruit flavors.

Feel: It is moderately bitter with a hint of sweetness on the palate.

Overall: It has a pleasant combination, but is not as strong as many over Black Ale's when it comes to highlighting the hops. The malt is more prominent with this brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, nice to see more new products from this brewery returning to Alberta's fair (beer) shores.

This beer pours a clear, very dark black-adjacent brown colour, with prominent basal cola edges, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly beige head, which leaves some chunky random island form lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, lightly roasted caramel malt, muddled dark orchard fruit, acrid pine resin, wet ash, a bit of citrus pithiness, and further earthy, leafy, and herbal hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, damp char, pine forest floor after the morning dew, a hard to pinpoint citrus tanginess, ethereal notes of oily nuts, and more leafy, weedy, and faintly perfumed floral hops.

The carbonation is actually pretty tame and ineffectual in its quotidian frothiness, the body a solid-ass medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of roast outmaneuvering any frisky hops for the right to say they caused a nuisance here. It finishes off-dry, the base malt holding steady amongst the lingering char, hoppiness, and sniffing alcohol.

A decently rendered version of this still unworthy (to me, at any rate) style, the roasted character not overdone, and the hops agile enough to maintain their freshness in the face of said affront. Agreeable enough, and good, I suppose, if you're into such things.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. (You owe me 0.8 oz BrewDog)
Gracefully aged for 7 months at the Iron Abbey in Horsham, PA.

Appearance
Black with some light penetration along the rim. 1/2 finger of loose tan head dissipates quickly.

Nose
Smoke, charcoal, raisin, and roasted barley.

Taste
Heavily roasted barley, peat smoke, and charcoal. Toffee sweetness along with notes of prune and raisin.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, semi-syrupy, smooth, and sweet.

Overall
I'm indifferent.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At beodo bar, in Seville. With yakisabi with iberic secret. Nice feel and taste athough the aroma is a bit dull. In any case, can be enjoyed very easily

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Photo of RickyS
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in teku glass. Very very dark ruby color with abundant beige head with medium retention. Earthy hops, mango and lime upfront . If I had my eyes closed I would bet this being an APA. The taste is also citrous, lime forward, maybe a tad of blood orange. A bit of alcool. Bitter dank finish, with earthy character that lives long in the aftertaste along with the alcool. Uhm, could have been better... Creamy and satisfying mouthfeel that is well connected to the aftertaste's bitter sensation. I am reading the commercial description only now, and I really don't understand when exactly the stout malty character is supposed to kick in. Maybe tomorrow. Also I would say this is a not a hop bomb at all and the date on the bottle indicates is pretty fresh. However, an enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of Doderlein_Bacillus
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice creamy head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich hops, flowers, citrus, pine, roast malt and notes of nuts. Just Excellent.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely balanced beer. They claim powerful hops, but I find it actually pretty restrained in that regard. Most IPAs run me out of the room with hop, but Libertine brings plenty malt and alcohol to the table, even letting a little sweetness creep in.

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Photo of Paul_Hutchinson
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favourite black IPA by some margin. Considering this weighs in at over 7%, the flavours are surprisingly well balanced. Usually I would be limited to a single half pint for these big hitting ales, but I could easily drink a few of these. A lovely drink

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Photo of JackieKu
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap.

A: Opaque dark brown. 2 fingers high of head.
S: Citrus mixed with roasted aroma.
T: Medium citrus. Moderate roasted coffee flavor. Medium high bitterness. Dry. Medium finish.
M: Medium bodied. Crispy carbonation.
O: My black IPA introducer. Drinking it again still give me great feedback. It's hoppy and roasty, but not way too bitter or woody.

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Photo of TequilaTom
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really tried to like this, but it just wouldn't happen. Too bad too, as I have liked many brews from BrewDog. Just had some off-putting flavor to me. Maybe an old bottle? Oh well, going to try their Cocoa Psycho next.

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Photo of Mikus
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ordered a Hardcore IPA. Tap changed. This came. Thought it was the wife's stout. They said it was Libertine. Absolutely pitch black with a chocolate milk head... stout. Aromas were big, citrus and tropical notes. Balanced tastes. Period. Great match of malt, hop flavor, bitterness, and smooth mouthfeel. This was sent home run. I don't normally try Brew Dog too often as it is really pricey here, but this was excellent.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, copper tinge when held to the light. No visible carbonation and 2 fingers of grey beige fluffy head.


S: Dark tar like quality and bright floral hops all in one. Dark chocolate and apricot jam. Jaffa orange cookies. You get my pic. Dark and fruity all at once, unique to this style alone. Hops are subdued compared to say Yakima Glory.


T: Again, that dark stout like quality, fruity orange peel. Dark chocolate and candied orange peel. A light caramel quality, hops are mostly floral, and a toasted light charred note on the finish.


M: Medium thick smooth consistency, with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky in the aftertaste.


O: Great brew. I expect this one came a long way to Thailand, so likely the hops have fallen off some. Still a treat, having it with Aussie steak in Kunming, China, Jan 11, 2015.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours very dark brown, almost black (duh) and clear. Heavy malt smell with roastedness, hops, and tobacco. The taste is of roasted malts, hops, and slightly bitter. It has a dry finish.

Would I buy it again? Probably.

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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured in glass. Nose of yeast, coming from the intense creamy head on top.
In mouth, that's a perfect balance between chocolate, coffee and citrus hops.
Roasted bitterness. Great beer for the style

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Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +9%

• Poured close to pitch black, but can see a mahogany color in the bottom of the glass
• Thick solid creamy cream colored head which eventually receded into a nice slight head with a little lacing
• Medium mouth feel
• Taste is initially coffee and roasted malt feel forward when cold out of the fridge, but then mellows down into a frigging great thick and solid black IPA – roasted taste seem to mellow as it warms
• Almost got some fruity and sweet Belgiany taste toward the end – really nice ending to a great beer!

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Photo of cratez
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

BrewDog Libertine Black Ale - Black IPA - 7.2% ABV - BB 08/21/14 - Consumed 10/06/14.

A: Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with deep ruby edges and one finger of tan foam. Strands of sticky lacing line the tulip glass, and the head retains for the duration of the beer. A great looking brew.

S: Bright citrusy hops, roasted malt, piney-resiny notes, dark chocolate, passion fruit, ashtray, mint, and grapefruit. Huge, clashing aromas that come together really well. Excellent.

T: Big fruity-citric, zesty and tropical hop flavours upfront, roasted malt, pine and dark chocolate mid-palate, resinous grapefruit hop bitterness transitions to a bone dry, roasted-ashy finish (very porter-like). A tasty and robust Black IPA.

M: Medium-bodied, lush, velvety and juicy middle, bold yet balanced hop bitterness precedes a super dry finish with roasty afters. Solid.

O: Surprisingly good considering it's a month and a half past due. Libertine beautifully integrates a massive PacNW hop character with classic porter/stout flavours. Worth buying.

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Photo of chogm54
4.25/5  rDev +9%

330ml poured into a pint glass. BB date feb 2015

A - jet black, opaque, pours a thin off white head. Thin lacing

A - roasted malt, coca cola and a big chunk of floral odours. Throw in a faint whiff of coffee

T - very good mix - the citrus (orange), grapefruit and brillant hoppy bitterness of an IPA, blending well with the roasted malt, milk chocolate and coffee tinge of a dry stout. Great balance

M - creamy texture, soft carbonation, medium bodied, alcohol is muted.

O - very good mix of an IPA and stout. It brings out the best of both - the brillant floral bitterness with the roasted malts and choc. Yet neither is too strong. Give it a crack!

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with 1/4 inch head. Nice and piney/resinous ale with a touch of citrus. Very smooth and tasty. Really great example of the style that I will pick up again.

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