overall
98
98
style
Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Black IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 1020   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%.

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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mapinguarify (65) - SERBIA - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle from Samo pivo, Belgrade, Serbia. Black coloured with brown head. Roasted malts, citrus and pine. Taste citrus, coffee, pine, booze touch. Nicely crafted. Great structure, really pleasant to drink. One of the best Black IPAs I tried.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bullit (4559) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 31, 2016
Bottle from More than Beer, lote agbb best before 21/09/2016. Black coloured with a brown head. Nose is roasted malts, lots of coffee, pine and citric hops, fruity. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, citrus, pine, liquorice. Creamy. Medium bitterness. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
romanstep (478) - Warszawa, POLAND - OCT 22, 2016
W nosie intensywnie grejpfruit, żywica, trochę kawy i ciemnych owocw w tle, bardzo przyjemnie. Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzyste, piana średniej wysokości o drobnych i średnich ziarnach. W smaku o dziwo lekkie i soczyste, cytrusy, żywica i kawa, świetna kompozycja. Goryczka średnia żywiczno-palona. Bardzo dobra black IPA. Butelka do 29.12.2016

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matzou (175) - SPAIN - OCT 11, 2016
Black body with a thin 1 cm head quickly fading away. Smell of sweety licorice, very thin and slick body well balanced with a hint of biterness on the palate. As for the taste just a very slight hint of licorice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (1603) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2016
Toll lige 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 Rstmalz. Klasse. Der Trunk dann schlank und sehr komplex, erst angedeutet s, sofort abgefedert von holzig wirkenden Dunkelflavours, aber nur um dann ganz langsam ins Hopfenbittervergngen abzudriften. Klasse, obwohl der Nachhall ruhig noch etwas krftiger htte ausfallen drfen. 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 (843) - 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 (1186) - Wrttemberg, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2016
Schwarzes bier schaum schner schaum, Geruch hopfig leichtes rstmalz, Geschmack leicht fruchtiger hopfen drrpflaume Malz rstmalz leicht dunkle schokolade, gut aber fr mich kein top bier

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrNosha (2126) - Wrttemberg, Germany, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2016
0,33l Flasche. Dunkelbraunes, fast schwarzes Bier, hellbeiger Schaum. Es duftet schn nach Hopfen,Nsse und Schokolade. Dazu kommt eine etwas seltsame Zwiebelnote. Krftiger 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 (5112) - BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
"The new black", BrewDogs BIPA, strange I havent 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. Id 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 Id 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 (624) - 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.


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