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Libertine Black Ale (03/2012)

The New Black. Roasty. Hoppy. Fruity.

A dark hop bomb combining the malt-forward indulgences of a stout with the insatiable hopload of an IPA. Rich spiced blackcurrant and caramel up front, with a sharp bitter finish following behind, bringing grapefruit and resin with it. Dry, bitter and intense; this is an IPA first and foremost, given a dark malt makeover. Originally brewed as a Simcoe only single hop IPA, we've experimented with adding a little Cascade and Mosaic for extra depth.


Wyeast 1272 - American Ale II™

Brewers Tips:

The goal here is to make a black beer that tastes like an IPA. Don't overload the black or roasted malts to try and achieve the correct colour. Too much roasted malts will suppress far too much of that beautiful citrus and tropical flavour from the Simcoe. It may be hard to get hold of Carafa, but it will allow you to get a great colour, without all of the characteristic roasty astringent flavours.

Food Pairing:

Grilled king prawns with a chilli lime sauce
Blue cheese burger
Flourless chocolate ginger cake

Contributed by Sam Mason <samjbmason>

Brewing Temps:

Mash temperature: 65 celsius
Fermentation temperature: 19 celsius

Brewers Twists:

Sorry, no creative twists for this beer!
Volume 20 litres
ABV 7.2
IBU 50
ebc 150
srm 76
PH 4.4
Atennuation Level 78.6
Beer Specs
Name Amount
Extra Pale 5.3 kilograms
Caramalt 0.25 kilograms
Crystal 150 0.19 kilograms
Carafa Special Malt Type 1 0.13 kilograms
Carafa Special Malt Type 3 0.19 kilograms
Malt Ingredients
Name Amount Attribute Add At
Simcoe 18.75 grams bitter start
Simcoe 18.75 grams bitter middle
Simcoe 37.5 grams flavour end
Simcoe 175 grams aroma dry hop
Cascade 37.5 grams aroma dry hop
Mosaic 37.5 grams aroma dry hop