Name of beer
Libertine Black Ale
What the brewer says
“The New Black.”
A rich, almost-but-not quite fruity aroma is surprising on the nose when I lift up my taster glass of Libertine. I certainly wasn’t expecting that. Strangely, if you sniff it in the glass it smells different to sniffing the bottle, which screams “chocolate”.
Less surprising, but equally pleasing, is the first taste. The liquid feels thicker than it can realistically be and leaves a pleasing bitter aftertaste that eases towards a heavily roasted flavour. The “during” taste is…difficult to describe. The best words I can find are “bloody lovely”.
If you think all beers this dark are like Guinness or other porters, you’d be wrong. This is far more complex, even if I’m finding it somewhat confusing and it’s leaving me lost for words.
This is why I love Brewdog. It’s craft beer without the bull. The bottle contains no tasting notes or arty description. They simply intrigue you into trying it. I can’t say I’ve loved every Brewdog beer I’ve ever tried, but I’ve enjoyed trying each and every one I’ve sampled, just for the experience.
So, if you’re looking for a way to taste beer that goes way beyond the bland, I’d suggest you take yourself down to a Brewdog pub, throw a dart at the menu (metaphorically) and just give something a go.
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I’m 44, I don’t (always) have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more