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Libertine Black Ale

Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

American Black Ale is an ever- changing category that was based on American IPA with added roast character rather than an American stout with IPA levels of bitterness. This beer’s aroma was dominated by complex roast malt of baker’s chocolate and coffee. Under the roast were notes of pine, earth, and citrus that gave an American hop impression. The flavor has more hop character than the aroma suggested, but this is a roast forward beer. Coffee and dark chocolate again dominate the flavor along with some nuttiness and caramel. The impression is that of a bold, complex stout that uses an ample dose of American hops. Several of these would end your night on a very up note.