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Devine Rebel - BrewDog

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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stumac on 03-31-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ken in the U.K. Pours mahogoney brown, with off-white head. Aroma is malty, and doesn't revel what the taste will. At first, hoppy, and a different than usual hop here. Then the barleywine taste kicks in, its balanced, and the alcohol is hidden until the end. Lacey and nicely drinkable.Above average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

zestar, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2%

Texasfan549, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Devine Rebel by Brew Dog

RE-TASTED August 2011 - Still retains most characteristics discussed below. Has lost some of its youthful fruit and bright character. Personally, it would appear that I prefer this brew "younger" rather than older.

Original 2009 review follow:

Deep, clear, intense red/black; a thick light tan, long lasting head; heavy lacing. Beautiful in the glass.

Nose of Belgian fruit, cooked pears and stone fruit.

Very thick, full, creamy mouthfeel; huge in the mouth.

Gigantic, intense and concentrated flavors. Huge sweet malt and fruit with a whiskey sweet carmel/toffee undertone and a light creamed coffee going to grapefruit finish.

This is a complex, layered beer with tons of character. Sweet and thick and flavorful and complex enough to sip. Yet, complex enough with sufficient bitter finish to hold up and be pleasant with foods of strong flavors. Lots of cooked compote fruit flavors. There is nothing subtle in this one - it hits you over the head with layers of strong and intense flavors - carmel, toffee, espresso, creamed coffee, peanut brittle and maple, and all with a whiskey undertone. Coffee and dark chocolate flavors come out as it sits in in the glass.

Only shortcoming could be that it might be "too sweet" in the front palate, but I like it a lot. A nice experience and one of the most intense flavored brews I've tried. (Note in 2011: much of the initial "sweet character" is gone 2 years later, replaced by a burnt carmel/burnt honey/coffee charachter.)

GRG1313, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%

kjkinsey, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewdog has immaculate control of their recipe formulation and brewing proceedures but I cringe when I see the whisky use with their beers because those intense flavors are just so over bearing.

Fortunately the whisky uses here gives a big boost in alcohol (which is remarkably restrained), a thin booziness and light bitteness.

The base beer underneath seens to be a well built Old Ale or milder Barleywine, either wiith a large malt component, Low hopping, and fruit cake sweet breads and fruitiness. Molassas soaked dried cherries, grapes, figs, dates, nuts, prunes... the list goes on

Even with the whisky influence, this is a pleasantly complex, inviting, and balanced beer.

BEERchitect, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention with some good lacing. Aroma of sugar and peat note of Speyside is pretty intense. Taste is quite intense with some alcohol, some sweet malt notes and strong Scotch notes as well. It seems some breathing time is necessary for this beer to express itself (I though I was going to drain pour this one originally but it end up being pretty decent.). Body is about average with good carbonation and some alcohol being noticeable. This was quite an intense experience but a reduced level of sugar would have brought an even better experience in my humble opinion.

Phyl21ca, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a copper/amber color with an off-white head. Nose is somewhat oxidized, but still plenty of sweet sugar and malt aromas. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of dark fruit. Light smoke/peat notes, maybe a hint of fruit and alcohol. The flavor is sweet and lightly boozy. Caramel, toffee, and a bit of brown sugar. Light peatiness, some oak, and a hint of cardboard. Not as good as the newer version.

womencantsail, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a brownish orange color. The head was pretty good at first but faded quickly leaving just a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer is hoppy and had a strong amount of malts on the nose. The taste was hoppy too but had a nice malty finish with some herbal flavors in there also. The mouthfeel isn't overly thick or anything but it was still pretty good. Overall it was a pretty damn good brew in my opinion and I'm disappointed that I hadn't tried it sooner.

Knapp85, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a DFH snifter.

Much like a hapless victim zombie, there is not much head left after the initial encounter. This does not, however, take away from the lovely auburn quagmire waiting in the glass. An aroma of hopped toffee is given off, with shades of the inherent alcohol drifting between the surface and the nostrils. Not surprisingly, the tongue holds little creativity of its own, instead following the nose in near lock step. Not one to be pigeonholed, the tongue then springs an oaken flavor and, concealed in an ankle holster, a slight twinge of sourness that somehow brings everything together nicely. The tongue is able to move so deftly because, though the brew weighs somewhat heavily, it retains enough smoothness to keep the mouth from being overtly consumed. That said, this is not so much a constant guzzler, but rather a laid back deep sipper.

TMoney2591, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, 13.8% ABV, brewed on the Brewdog side of this partnership of (mostly) self-proclaimed 'devine' rebels...

This beer pours a cloudy dark dishwater brown colour, with one finger of tight pale beige head, which leaves a low ring of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of slightly toasty, strong toffee/caramel/treacle/butterscotch soaked in strong, yet yielding warming alcohol, and bitter herbal hops. The taste is strong bitter herbal, citrus hops up front, quickly ensconced in a heavy morass of boozy creamy caramel and toffee, flavours that are complex but not overly differentiated. The carbonation is sedate, the body full, nearly overbearing, and smooth like an Alfredo sauce attacking your arteries. It finishes still large and in charge, a squint-inducing booziness easily tempered by the sweet multifaceted malt and now understated, but still somewhat bitter hops.

As English an affair as having it made in aberrant Scotland, to be sure, but for different reasons - the bitterness hints at American aspersions, and the ABV - noticeable, but not as much as it should be - hints at something more alien altogether. And the barrel treatment - 25% seems about right, just leaving well enough alone. It's weird to say, but this behemoth is strangely easy to drink, or rather sip, until the mere 11 ounces and change are done, and then, well, so are you...

biboergosum, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +27.6%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle without a date poured into a tulip glass. Beer is brown and hazy, carbonation low, lacing low, and there is nearly no head.

Aroma is sweet and boozy. There is almost an apple-like aroma to it.

There is a bitterness to this beer but not much sweetness. Some roast comes up at the end. I'm not really enjoying this beer and there doesn't seem to be much connectivity or anything to this beer. Its not hot and finishes a little dry. Not a repeat.

drabmuh, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, burnt toffee and roasted malt scent along with a hint of bourban whiskey. It's warm and inviting with a light hop aroma. The taste is really good. It's rich and creamy with loads of burnt toffee malt flavors and a pretty aggressive hop character for an English barleywine. It goes down slow and easy with some sweetness and a nice warmth in the finish. The whiskey character is subtle, but definately noticable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed barleywine; enough said.

WesWes, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Note that Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the whole world, but Brewdog's gimmicky crap chaps me arse.

A: Pours a two finger head of lovely cream lacing, decent thickness, and good retention (especially for the high ABV). Dark copper colour.

Sm: Cream, caramel, light nuts, and light vanilla/lactic notes - though they're indistinct. A mild strength aroma. No alcohol comes through, which is remarkable.

T: Strange dark fruit esters, light caramel, decent cream, and pleasant indeterminate hops. Not at all simple, but far from complex (if that makes sense). No alcohol comes through. It's nicely balanced, which is hard to do at this strength.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a touch thick, but not overly so. It suits the flavour, but is far from tailored to it.

Dr: High ABV, good quality, and easy drinkability. I'd recommend it to fans of the style, but the price point may act as a deterrent to common consumers.

kojevergas, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

imperialking, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 3/21/10.

Batch 243, bottle date of 7/5/09. Pours a hazy amber color with a yellow stained head. Not much of any retaining powers or lace to be found. Aroma is malty sweet like candy, caramel, faint touch of hops and solvent alcohol. Taste is malty sweet upfront with a fair amount of alcohol bite in both taste and warming factor. Finishes a little bitter and leaves a lasting taste of alcohol and maltiness on the palate. Medium feel and lightly carbonated. Very drinkable and balanced quite well overall. Has some smooth oak aged character about it and upon inspection of the label, 1/4 of it has been aged in scotch barrels.

stakem, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/8/09...
Appears a dense dark amber with a smalloff white cap that slowly fades unto a gentle cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toffee, toasted cashews, and ripe fruit.
Taste is if the aromas with warmed caramel, creme brule, and vanilla laden oak,
Mouthfeel is warming, medium bodied, with chewy sweetness.

weeare138, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.5%

ejimhof, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by durwoodx. Thanks Darrell!

This barleywine is hazy and brownish orange in color. There is approximately an inch of head that generates a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is clearly that of barleywine, with scents of alcohol, sweet malt and caramels. The tastes follows suit. The beer lacks the complexity that can make a beer of this genre intriguing and irresistible. The body is a bit thinner than I would prefer, with a solid carbonation level. Overall, a decent beer and worth a try if you are a fan of the style. Ideal for sharing, as it's definitely best enjoyed in small quantities.

Huhzubendah, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Gonzoillini, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
Bottled 07/05/09
A- This beer pours a dense murky deep brown body with a garnet-red hue at the base. There is a thin film of big bubbles that soon fades.

S- The nice mix of toffee and toasted oak balance well and are rich.

T- The toffee is more rich and luscious than in the nose with some nice caramel flavors in the finish. It balances with the soft oak and some more toasted wood flavors come through as it opens. There is a fruity ester note in the finish with some peat hints and green herbaceous wood notes. There is a bit of a mineral water taste in the middle as it opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a hint of fizz and some soft alcohol heat that grows as the beer warms.

O- This beer has a Traquair House yeast character along with the great English barleywine character and a nice mellow oak flavor that blends in to the toffee. It does get a bit watery in flavor as it opens up but it is still a wonderful beer.

rhoadsrage, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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Devine Rebel from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.