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

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RATINGS: 719   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%.


2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
jvhemert (332) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
AROMA: chocolate, floral, spruce, cheese, APPEARANCE: black, rocky head, brown foam, TASTE: light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, PALATE: medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish, OVERALL: tries blend too many aromas that do not mix, floral and chocolate with an american sprucy hop. Yuck.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (709) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
330ml bottle from Strait and Narrow. Nearly black in colour with a beige head. Aromas, hoppy with dark smoky malt with chocolate. Flavour is malts with chocolate, coffee, and smoky hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ambro206 (125) - ITALY - JUL 4, 2014
La birra si presente nel suo colore scuro con un denso cappello di schiuma persistente. L’aroma di luppolo è penetrante ma già dall’olfatto ci si accorge che la maltazione è nettamente prevaricata. In bocca la conferma. Ottimo sapore di luppolo, fruttato e resinoso ma nessun accenno al cioccolato e liquirizia che ci si può aspettare da una black. Ne risulta una birra, seppur apprezzabile, sbilanciata e non molto aderente a quello che considero adatto allo stile.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slawek (139) - Kraków, POLAND - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle. Black with some reflections, clear. Nice head. Aroma is intense, resin, spruce, herbs, maybe some caramel, minimal dark chocolate. Dry taste, strong bitterness. Flavor of bitter grapefruit, grass, some chocolate. Bitterness is a bit grassy but not much. Full body, medium carbonation. Congratulation for BrewDog for making more IPA than black, it is quite rare, most bipas are stouty, this one have some roast notes, but not much, perfect balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fitwitchik (310) - USA - JUL 1, 2014
Poured from a bottle in a 4 pack into a pint glass blackish with a tan head. Aroma is roasty hops. Flavor is definite west coast Simcoe with malts. The burnt flavor is dominate which is exactly what a black IPA needs. So good. Balanced better that the average and definitely glad I have 3 more bottle to share & enjoy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle:   Nice looking lacing, dark, fairly black.   Smooth on the tongue.   Soft roastiness, a little black malt, with also a very soft hop bitterness.   Good balance, clean, chewy.   Pretty tasty.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Hoppy finish, a little black malt.   Solid, not real big on either end, but a good balance.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
themightyjag (187) - - JUN 28, 2014
330ml bottle from Tesco. Bubbly tan head, good lacing. Body is black. Nose is smokey charcoal, burnt sugar, grassy hops. Loads of hops in the flavour, malt backbone stands up well though. Pine, a little citrus. Roasty. Aftertaste has some boozy caramel notes. Quite thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Incredibly hoppy for a dark beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8628) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
Decent shwartz beer, with spice like ginger and minimal hop. Bottle at L’Autre Oieul. They told me bottle just recently received.I am sure a different brew in Scotland on tap.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yy0pp (507) - - JUN 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2014 Bottle 33cl. Klub malých pivovarů. Poured black color with an average frothy tan head. Hoppy and fruity aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wvhoran (239) - Tasmania, - JUN 24, 2014
On tap in Hobart. Black colour with frothy, off-white head. Aroma is stout-like, malty chocolate, caramel, with sweet hop aromas of orange and grapefruit. Flavour is sweet with roast malt, a nice lingering hop bitterness. Balanced; very good.


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