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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Black IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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%.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ScipioA (212) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Pours out black with a small brown head. Some nice smelling pine hop aroma, but fairly faint. Flavor is a muted mix of roasted malt along with hops that shift a little towards the citrus side of the spectrum. Imagine dry hopping a somewhat thicker Guinness. Hedonically it’s a good beer on its own, but pales in comparison to every other Black IPA/Cascadian Ale/Black Ale/ I’ve had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNeillR (976) - SCOTLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Darkest Cola brown, thin ringed and swirl of filmy tan head. Bursts of ashen pine, harmless honeyed hops and milky clambering lychee. Initial taste of muddied malt, choc and a galloping roastedness. Back stabbing bitterness, held together by a creamy Simcoe sweetness in the middle leaning towards a Dulche Deleche toasted caramelisation. Almost too clean on the finish, lightly squidgy soapy bitterness and a steely smoky linger.
This is much better than I recall from a time when I was sure Black IPAs were the answer to my beer budget concerns #TwoBurdsWanStone but they’ve smoothed and sweetened this up without losing any of the swatches of refreshment.

Bottle, Beets, Leith, Batch 321

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
liinis (1496) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Like said: Loads of hops that first they tickle your nose and then massage your taste buds. VERY good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (105) - HONG KONG - MAR 21, 2014
Beertopia 2014 and another bottle at home. Pitch black cola red-black with chunky white head that doesn't stay long. Smells of lemon, quite acidic roasted malt, hop. Taste is lemon, malt, lots of big bitter hop. Ends on a bitter dry note. Palate is a little watery but balanced with sharp carbonation. A really nice dark IPA that is closer to an IPA than a stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (255) - SPAIN - MAR 16, 2014
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Botella de 33 cl, en Cerveceria Internacional. Color negro. Sabor a lupulo, regaliz, quemado, amargo. Una gran IPA negra

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (196) - - MAR 16, 2014
Drank while watching White Collar 16-3-2014. Beer tastes like an IPA with a dark chocolate, bitter aftertaste (after starting with the IPA hoppiness and freshness). Very interesting combination. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Migmar (219) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 15, 2014
Black with a small head that resembles a whirlpool. Salty liquorice, roasted. Sprucy and grassy hops. Heavy bitterness, some sourness too. Semi-full palate. Very interesting hybrid of a porter and IPA, resembles some of the more bitter ones among imperial stouts. Probably the best beer by Brewdog that I’ve sampled (which are mostly all very good).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4204) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
33cl bottle from a Tesco’s in Edinburgh. An opaque black pour with a loose tan head; resinious woody aroma; strongly hopped, with a woody resinous taste and some licorice; the finish is dry with some sharp pine resin at first that softens into a long finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HKdIPA (117) - HONG KONG - MAR 14, 2014
Beertopia 2014 #5. Light black pour thin tan head. Delicious simcoe hops aroma. Floral citrus hoppy taste. Bit of roast. Bitter finish. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarpa (671) - FINLAND - MAR 14, 2014
bottle 33cl from Alko @ home. Pours black with a large beige head. Hops, dark fruits, toasted malts in the aroma. Licorice, hops, vanilla in the flavor


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