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Brewdog Libertine Black Ale 
Posted: 5 July 2015  Beer Republic 7.5 
Brewdog Libertine Black Ale from UK Brewdog's Libertine Black Ale, "The New Black," is marketed as an IPA, but is actually a cross between a stout and a hoppy IPA.  This is a strong beer that doesn't wear its alcohol content on its sleeve.  Extreme racists may be put off by the very dark color.    
Avg price/liter: USD 13.15   ABV %: 7.2  Type: IPA   
       


Scots are stereotypically viewed as the alcoholics of the United Kingdom.  True?  I won't bother confirming it.  But let's run with that stereotype for awhile.  If you had an alcoholic region of your country, what better place to setup a brewery than Scotland?          

Brewdog isn't the UK's first craft brewery, but some would argue that it's made the biggest splash abroad.  Founded in 2007, by 2010 Brewdog had opened up its first bar, a very common tactic in the craft beer world to insure some form of distribution.  Two years later, Brewdog had nine bars, and by 2013, they were going international.  That same year, Brewdog's founders got their own TV show on American cable.  Celebrity chefs and restaurants have now opened the doors for celebrity breweries.        

Brewdog's Libertine Black Ale, "The New Black," is marketed as an IPA, but is actually a cross between a stout and a hoppy IPA.  Four types of malts and one type of hops are blended together to create a very black ale that doesn't quite quality as an Imperial IPA.         

My wife cannot tolerate strong beer.  An ABV of over 5% makes her cringe.   This Libertine Black Ale is well blended enough that when I told her there was only 5%, like most of the lagers she regularly drinks, she eagerly sipped it and didn't know the difference. This is a strong beer that doesn't wear its alcohol content on its sleeve.       

Extreme racists may be put off by the very dark color. Such people would be better off sipping Belgian white beers.               

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