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

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RATINGS: 1006   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%.


tommann's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (3347) - Dudley, West Midlands, - AUG 31, 2012
330ml bottle at 7.2%. Pours black with a large head. Aroma is mango, passion fruit, melon and a little dry roast. Taste has melon to start and a low bitter mango and pine finish.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (687) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2016
Toll ölige Textur, wobei leider die Krone nur eine kurze Rolle bekommt. Egal, der Duft ist sofort voll da (das messerscharfe Elixier ruhig etwas warm werden lassen 😀). Simcoe Power, eingelegte Pflaumen, Sherry und viiiiiel Röstmalz. Klasse. Der Trunk dann schlank und sehr komplex, erst angedeutet süß, sofort abgefedert von holzig wirkenden Dunkelflavours, aber nur um dann ganz langsam ins Hopfenbittervergnügen abzudriften. Klasse, obwohl der Nachhall ruhig noch etwas kräftiger hätte ausfallen dürfen. 0,33l Flasche aus dem CRAFT BEER STORE HH. Ca. 4€.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
artemb (663) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - SEP 26, 2016
Aroma: sweet tropical fruits, black currant and catty notes. Taste: moderate to high bitterness with light to moderate sweetness, some salt and acidity. Flavour is on the hoppy side with some strange medicinal and alcohol notes. Bitter and tart finish. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MBlessing (861) - Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2016
Schwarzes bier schaum schöner schaum, Geruch hopfig leichtes röstmalz, Geschmack leicht fruchtiger hopfen dörrpflaume Malz röstmalz leicht dunkle schokolade, gut aber für mich kein top bier

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrNosha (1678) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2016
0,33l Flasche. Dunkelbraunes, fast schwarzes Bier, hellbeiger Schaum. Es duftet schön nach Hopfen,Nüsse und Schokolade. Dazu kommt eine etwas seltsame Zwiebelnote. Kräftiger Hopfen und Harz im Antrunk. Runder Geschmack. Etwas Port und getrocknete Pflaumen im Abgang

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
"The new black", BrewDog’s BIPA, strange I haven’t had this before... Rating from a bottle bought at Bierhalle Deconinck. Irregularly lacing, tan coloured, moussy head remaining closed for a very long time, on top of an initially clear, very dark chestnut brown beer with burgundy reddish hue, but black in overall appearance. Strong and dank aroma of cedar wood essential oil, coffee grounds, dried grapefruit peel, salmiak, wet leather, black olive, moist chicken spices, bitter chocolate hidden underneath, soaking wet marijuana, toffee, fig, juniper berries, walnut. Vivid but clean ’Anglo-Saxon’ fruitiness in the onset, hinting at raisins, fig and pear with a restrained but well-positioned sweetishness surrounded by a soft elderberry-like sourishness and a thin but effective black olive-like umami edge, soft carbonation perfectly fit for the style, smooth and supple body, toffeeish in first instance but quickly becoming toasted and gently bittering, very nutty as well, gaining a subtle chocolatey quality and flowing through the finish as the aromatic hops show up, adding a layer of citrusy and notably piney dry hop fragrance retronasally as well as a soft, resinous, spicy bitterness that adds to the lingering toasted malt bitterness. Some vague, gin-like warming alcohol as well, but nothing to overpower this elegant play of toasted malts and aromatic New World hops. Exemplary for its style: the hops get a lot of credit, more so than in many other new European BIPAs, and lift the whole thing up to a beautiful, gracious and delicate fragrance, while at the same time the toasted malt bitter(sweet)ness remains firmly in place. I’d recommend this to any European beer afficionado who is not all too familiar with this modern craft beer style yet. Typical high quality BrewDog standard I’d say, without the extremes into which they (all too) often get lost these days.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bierdimpfe (327) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2016
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
m.mahu (37) - Iasi, ROMANIA - SEP 16, 2016
Bottle at Beer Zone Iasi, Ro. Pleasent nose with citrus, hops, little head white. The taste follows with citrus, fresh hops and a bit of coffee and alcohol. Very good and perfect for long sessions. Recommended.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jagienka (356) - Łask, POLAND - SEP 10, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2016 Beczka. Barwa brunatna. Piana drobna obfita. Aromat s?odowy. W smaku lekko s?odowe odkawe. Goryczka palonego s?odu na poziomie niskim. Piwo ?rednio nasycone , pijalne. Piwo bardziej przypomina stout ni? black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
calern (34) - - SEP 6, 2016
Dark brown liquid with beige foam. Molasses and chocolate malt aroma with some hops. Smooth taste, slightly sweet and bitter. Medium body with fizzy carbonation and a slick texture.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juvedp (24) - CHINA - SEP 6, 2016
Taste a little bitter, quite like stout or porter. Finish is dry and bitter.


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