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


on tap

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RATINGS: 664   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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%.

BrianWillum's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianWillum (189) - København S., - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle. Great aroma, several flowers fruity hops sweet and sour, but good balance. Dark beer with little head, disappearing after a while. Taste is difficult to point out, many flavours of berries, hops, raisins and honey and good balance between bitter and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sdg (19) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 10, 2014
Pours black; minimal, tan, quickly dissipating head - aroma of hops, some dark chocolate - medium bitterness - medium body, rather soft carbonation - bitter, hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eelco (27) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2014
Mostly aromas of chocolate and prune, with some pine. There is a lot to taste here, first the dry bitterness of a dark chocolate, complemented by the sourness of cherries and it finishes like a mild IPA with a nice bitterness. It’s not as smooth and creamy as a porter, making it even a quite refreshing beer. To be short; I love this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosslew (180) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2014
Looks like a stout but has a bit of hops on the nose. Sense of chocolate and pine. Smooth taste of roasted malts, chocolate again and raisins. A bit of variety in this beer but beautifully put together. Special. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WheatKing (1240) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
Nose is pine and dank, flavour has lots of pine too with some nice dark malt character. Not overly hopped or anything, pretty tame for a black IPA so the "hammererd with the epic Simcoe" makes me cringe but then again has there been a BrewDog commercial description that hasn’t?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosbouw (1048) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2014
Mooie zwarte kleur met een volle lichtbruine kraag. Ruikt hop, bitter, orange, grapefruit, iets koffie. Goede bittere smaak, fruitig, citrus en drop.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
jvhemert (328) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (506) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ambro206 (92) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slawek (90) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fitwitchik (234) - 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.

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