Libertine Black Ale | BrewDog

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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
Ratings:
402
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
95
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of Euroglot
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nismo2
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Stengelfoot
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MasterRigger
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 GSS
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RuudJH
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 chickenm
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MatthewWalters
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 BigBry
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jfreeze
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 CurtisD
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 bjd88
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 123321123321
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Libertine Black Ale from BrewDog
3.9 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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