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Libertine Black Ale | BrewDog

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BA SCORE
3.96/5
Very Good
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:
#5,107
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
403
pDev:
9.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
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Trade:
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney notes with light fruity touch is great with some dry roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by medium dry roasted malt notes with a decent dose of Simcoe citrus and piney hops. Body is about average with good carbonation. Solid rendition of the style thought a fuller body would have been even better.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a standard pint nearly pitch black except for some redish brown highlights when held to the light,a thinner quick to fade beige head atop.A good burst of resinous hops in the nose along with a little grassiness to go along with deep chocolate notes.Piney hops stand out at first sip along with nutty malts,more "greeness"comes into play from the hops providing grassy tones,malt driven sweetness becomes bigger as I drink more providing some molasses and caramel flavors to go along with bitter choccolate.This is how a ABA should taste in my mind,big hops but good dark malty sweetness,good job here from the Scottish guys.

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