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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Black IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Bottled, occasional
Libertine Black Ale is a 7.2% wickedly decadent black beast of a beer that has been hammered with the epic Simcoe hop. With a drinkability that defies its colour and depth of flavour, Libertine delivers a dark hop bomb combining the west coast hop awesomeness of an IPA, the dark and indulgent malt flavours of big stout with a lightness on the palate that bellies the punch that this beer packs. Bags of flavour and loads of hops. We intend to bottle some of this batch for those not lucky enough to make it to a BrewDog Bar to try it. ABV from 7% to 7.2%.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
w0jciech (2) - - MAR 8, 2014 does not count
Great CDA. Perfectly balanced -- a bit of chocolate and roasty at the beginning with fresh, citrus strike of hops in the end. Smooth, full bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Argonian (280) - Athens, GREECE - MAR 8, 2014
On tap. Pitch black body, with a very light brown head that diminishes quickly, leaving a fair lace. Aroma of roasted malts, some caramel. Nice medium bitter taste, faint notes of coffee and chocolate. Average carbonation, medium boided, oily texture. Nice, but nothing to get crazy about.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1423) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle from BrookFalls Discount. Pours cola colored with a small off-white/gray head leaving some streaks of lace. Aroma has rich roasty malts, grapefruit and pine, and some cocoa. Later down in the glass, some licorice joins in. Taste is of fruity sweetness, bakers chocolate, light pine, roast, and caramel. Medium bodied and lightly syrupy, with fruit and some alcohol. Finishes more to the bitter side of bittersweet, despite the body seeming more sweet. Not a bad brew - lotta flavor and presence - but seemed to be trying to do to much, stopping it from being top notch.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
znawca (54) - POLAND - MAR 7, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2014 AROMA: rather delicate, hop-based, mainly citrus, very fresh; APPEARANCE: dark brown / black color, in intensive light - ruby, clear, with nice, pretty high beige head, beautiful lacing; TASTE: medium sweetness, medium, very elegant bitterness; PALATE: light body, rather thin texture, medium carbonation, sweet, little bitter finish, alcohol palpable only by warm in stomach; OVERALL: fantastic beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1760) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2014
Good solid black IPA. Seems very well balance with plenty of coffee and light chocolate early. Hops kick in late but never even remotely gets aggressive. Nice drinking.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1094) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Pours black with brown edges with a fluffy cocoa brown head that settles to a ring and leaves some delicate spotty lace. Nose involves some dark yet not imposing roastiness, dank tropical hops, some chocolate chip cookie, floral lilac-y fragrance, some zesty spice. Pretty sweet, fairly bitter. Medium bodied, oily and slick, creamy, softer carb, with a toasty dark chocolaty drying finish. Very damn nice.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerheart65 (1024) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 5, 2014
Deep dark brown to black in color, dense creamy head is light brown and bout one finger wide, stays ok and leaves quite good lacing. Aroma is strong and hoppy, pine, citrus, peppery spices, anise. Smells as if this would have a kicking palate. Palate itself is actually quite soft and round but flavor is highly bitter covering sweetness, bitterness stays long in mouth, more malty than aroma, but hops are on front here, hoppiness covers much of coffee and chocolate notes. I don’t think the balance is that good here. I usually like Brewdog’s beers but now I felt bit as if they had just decided to add more and more hops as if that would make a better and better beer. Unbalanced and bit one-sided result is not one of my favorites by this great brewery. Have to point out that my flu may have influenced here so I’ll give this a second tasting later on.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7024) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2014
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours near black with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of musty dark grain and pine with a bit of roast backing. Flavor is similar with pine and dark grains backed by roast and a hint of bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bjakk (399) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - MAR 4, 2014
Black with dark brown ale. Mild aroma of smoked ham. Smoke, smoked fish, mild malt with sweet bitter chockolate aftertaste. High in carbon.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1483) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle from Rhythm and Booze, Ripon. Pour almost black with a fading tan head. Very hoppy with pine notes dominating. They pretty much over ride the malt notes with just a hint of burnt toast coming through. Very tasty still but could be better balanced.


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