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Devine Rebel - BrewDog

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 36 | 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 OldSchoolGamer
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Barleywines are a style of beer I can only drink during the colder months. This is my first one this season, and one I have been holding onto for a few months now. Here is my review:

A: Pours a real murky brown color. Can't see through the beer at all. Head is very minimal, and lacing is pretty much not there. Typical for a Barleywine.

S/T: The aroma is a little different than I expected. I get a strong apple aroma. Sweet malts, pool water, and maybe some caramel. The taste is pretty sweet overall. Not over the top sweet like some American-style Barley Wines, but it is pretty prevelant. I get some fruityness in there like pear and apple. Somewhat cloying and harsh. Lots of sweet malts. Some caramel, and toffee. There is a slight liquor and barrel aged taste in there, but it is pretty well hidden. Okay for a Barleywine.

M/D: Mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied and somewhat cloying. You can tell this is a big beer. Definetly a sipper. Not something you will drink regularly. Like most Barleywines, this is a one and done.

I love Mikkeller, and I am partial to BrewDog, and this beer feels like a perfect medium on my outlook of the two brewers. Its a decent beer, but not in the same league as other Mikkeller brews, or even other Barleywines. Southern Tier Back Burner (fresh) remains my favorite, with Three Floyds Behemoth in second. This is somewhere in the middle, but I would definetly recommend this one.

OldSchoolGamer, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of dgilks
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great mahogany colour with a tight, creamy yellow-tinged ivory head. Decent head retention.

Toasty caramel aroma hits first. Vanilla, figs and dark fruits. A really nice balance but the individual elements are a bit hard to pick.

This initially strikes me as well balanced. A nice caramelised sweetness up front with some deep nutty, toasty elements. A little bit vinous with well integrated but distinguishable alcohol. Dried Christmas fruits round out the flavour. The hop presence isn't really there which works but there is a good balancing bitterness (though it tilts to the malty).

Full bodied with a silky smoothness. Moderately low carbonation and a nice warming alcohol presence are nice.

A complex beer with well integrated components that work really nicely. The alcohol is well hidden but still plays its part here. A really tasty and very good beer.

dgilks, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Infamous7100
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A near mahagony, deep brown/red hue. No head to speak of.
S: A nice blend of booze, sugar, oak, very malty and sweet.
T: Malts present up front, along with some sticky sugar and some spice. The whisky comes into play at the end, but is not overpowering. Dark fruits also present, almost like a Belgian Dark. Well done here.
M: Little to no carbonation and a tad of a boozy burn. Very sticky.
D: Despite the really high ABV, this is actually pretty drinkable. It's tasty enough to sip on for a long while and not heavy enough where you find yourself not wanting another.

Infamous7100, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly flat looking chocolate brown color with a minimal off white head that managed to settle into a light ring. The aroma is malty with some brown sugar notes, fig, red grapes, and oak. The taste is of toasted bready malt, caramel, burnt sugar, prunes, and oak with hints of the whisky. There is also an earthy characteristic that I can't quite place. The booze is noticable in the flavor. Moderate feel with soft carbonation, the champagne yeast keeps the malt body in check though the brew is still quite sticky. A big flavorful brew, a bit sticky and boozy but good. Nice flavor range.

Gmann, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a murky light dirty brown color with a thinner bubbly eggshell head that didn't last too long.

S - Light whisky notes; dark fruits; light sweet maltiness

T - Lightly sweet maltiness; nice hint of whisky but barely any oak; dark and passion fruits; with a touch of twangy/sour fruit finish; mild hop presence, but sneaks in and adds a nice layer

M - Lighter than expected, but still fairly full; lively, but soft carbonation

D - Nice sipping brew, but not as drinkable for me as others. Nice, though

Overall, a nice barleywine and pretty enjoyable. Pretty pricey, though.

Nickls, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. Bottle
Batch: 243
Bottled On: 07/05/09

Poured into a chalice a nice hazy amberish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, picking up some figs/raisins/plum notes, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of dark fruits, a nice little hint of whiskey. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice sipper to start the day off, recommended.

Wasatch, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of ggaughan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a deep brown body, fairly clear. Head was thin and tan with solid lacing on the glass. Citrus, caramel and a bit boozy in the nose. Taste has solid grapefruit notes, citrus and a deep caramel, roasted malt taste. Strong abv comes through but a solid beer overall.

ggaughan, Oct 10, 2009
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 adamette
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I purchased at Rozi's Wine house for $9.99 a few weeks ago into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "bottled on" date of 07/05/09 and a batch number of 243. Incidentally, the label on my bottle announces "12.1%" as the ABV.

A Dark caramel body under a light to medium brown head that stuck around too short of a time, about 45 seconds and is now a ring around the top of the beer. The color of the body is inviting, interesting. 3.5

S Sweet malt and maybe some of the whiskey mentioned on the label (1/4 aged in Whiskey barrels). Interesting. 4.0

T Wow, very sweet hits me first and then the Whiskey notes but they come across like something rancid, like urine smells really. That taste is not a long lasting one, coming really at the end of the primary taste and the aftertaste is one of caramel, alcohol and some hops. The ABV is reasonably camouflaged considering that it is 12.1%.

M This is one of the biggest beers that I have tasted (top 10 or 20 probably) in that it is thick with sweet malt, has that whiskey kick and is rather sugary to boot. The feel is very good for those reasons but drives down the drinkability.

D One and done certainly for me, and not because of the price tag of nearly one dollar per ounce. This is a huge beer that should be savored and enjoyed but it is not particularly drinkabie in the sense that "it was gone before I knew it."

Notes: Interesting collaboration between two European breweries and interesting to taste such a big beer.

adamette, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of brendan13
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a Mikkeller tulip glass a dark mahogony colour with a 2cm ecru coloured head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Toasty, sweet caramel and stewed dark fruits are the first impressions. With a big swirl and inhale some peaty notes come through.
T - Very much along the lines of the smell but with a lot more peaty character.
M - Quite full bodied & pretty sweet with minimal carbonation but a lingering bitterness.
D - All in all a nice beer worth trying but I can't see myself rushing back to it in a hurry.

brendan13, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Floydster
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse for eleven dollars, drank tonight from my Oerbier tulip glass, color is medium brown with some reddish orange edges, 3/4 inch creamy off white head that lasts ten minutes or so, some lacing as a bonus too, aroma consists of hops, toasted malts, oak, sweetness, caramel, toffee, and a hint of dark fruit, flavor starts off a little dry with some sweet malts coming right in the middle, mild alcohol burn mixed with a hint of oak in the finish, the malts become more complex as it warms and the dry bitter accents from the hops are still lingering around, great toasted character for a barleywine, small amount of whiskey adds an interesting dynamic, dry, sweet, and toasty mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingers a while, could drink more of this for sure, goes down very easy and is smooth, alcohol is hidden pretty well, great to see a Mikkeller and Brewdog collaboration, and unlike most of the joint efforts I tried recently this one was quite good, can only imagine what this would be like if they full barrel aged it rather than a small amount being blended into the final product, would like to drink again especially when it has some age under its belt, recommended

Floydster, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Beejay
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice dark brown, thick and slightly cloudy, a nice white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Sweet, some slightly ripe fruity smell. Not picking up much from the Scotch aging.. hopefully that will change though.

T: Wow, that is lovely. Starts slightly smokey, and then goes into a very smooth, slightly sweet flavor, with just kick of hops. This is beautiful.. Smooth, subtle, and delicious with just a bit of hops in the end, and a hint of bourbon barrel aging.

M: Smooth, creamy, and nicely carbonated. Well crafted.

D: Hells yes. If not for the hefty price tag, I would drink this a lot more. Still delicious, and hides it alcohol very well.

Beejay, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nightbrew hooked this up from the evermore secretive cellar.

A- rusty in color without much head.

S- Burnt maple, brown sugar, and a sherry-like oxidized note.

T- Dried fruits(dates), caramel. Not really any hops to speak of. Shows Hardy's like ageablitity.

M&D- Mouthfeel was delicate and lightly carbonated, and the 12% hidden very well.

I would like to taste this again in several years.

brownbeer, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of shroompod
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy brown , wispy head , some lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts , a hint of hops.

Sweet caramel on tasting with hints of wood aging. A little hop bight finishes this off nicely.

Mouthfeel is thick , carbonation is good.

Overall a nice barleywine.

shroompod, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of waltonc
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This strikes me as very similar to Mirror Mirror. Pours dark caramel color with abundant white head. Smells and tastes of caramel, toffee, whiskey, brown sugar, and a little bit of spice and fruit. The whiskey is under control thanks to the blending. Body is medium thickness with fairly high carbonation. For a sweet, high alcohol beer, I really enjoyed this. That said, given the price/oz, I'll just buy a Mirror Mirror next time I want a brew like this.

waltonc, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a burnt caramel colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head and a nice layer of lacing,it has aromas of toffee,caramel,dried fruits and alcohol there is also a little touch of hops they are not dominant but noticable,it has an above average mouthfeel that starts off with a sticky burnt toffeeish,caramel flavour and finishes a little smoother with a touch of raisins and alcohol warmth im also getting a little whiskey aswell right at the very end,quite an interesting beer that im glad ive tried just couldnt drink it all night but in saying that u have to at least try it once.

ADZA, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of peabody
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy ice tea color with 1/4 finger of white suds that quickly dissapate. Slight lacing here.
Smell is sweet charred caramel and a dark malt sugar alcohol. Slight fruityness but the alcohol burns that smell from the nose.
Taste at first is a cough medicine quality. Raisin and fig like an alcohol dipped fig newton. Whew! this is warm for a cold brew.
Mouthfeel is quite clean after the sticky sugary first taste washed away by the strong alcohol. Don't light a match near this one!.
Drinkability is well? just so so cause more than one would knock you on your A$$.
Good tasting and quite interesting but way way way too much alcohol here for me.
I can't believe I paid 14 plus bucks for this 12 oz. brew. I got ripped off cause it is def. not worth that!

peabody, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown/red color with a minimal off-white head.

Lots of caramel, dried fruits, raisins and whisky in the nose. With only a 1/4 of this aged in whisky barrels, the whisky is still quite abundant. It is also obviously not bourbon as the whisky notes lack the sweet character of bourbon and instead lean more toward a smoky, peaty presence. Raspberries poke through as well (don't know how, but that is what I get from the nose).

The sweets noted in the smell are nicely present in the taste as well - lots of caramel and dried fruits upfront. Touches of port wine midway through. The finish is nicely carried out by the smoky whisky flavors.

Alcohol is nicely hidden with only the whisky notes to remind you. Low carbonation..but perfect for this beer.

Surprisingly drinkable.

I am quite impressed by this beer. Both Mikkeller and BrewDog are dissapointing, for the price, in general. More often than not I regret having spent the money. This beer, however, bucks that trend. $10 for 12oz? I'd spend that again. Highly recommended.

rallison, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

semi-clear dark amber with a small yellow-beige head, and some lacing.

smell of spice, whisky, malt, some caramel, dark fruits, and a roastiness in the back.

taste is creamy, malt, spice, dark fruit, and a little sweet but not overpowering, ends dry and nicely bitter.

froghop, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 floz bottle into maudite snifter; batch 243 bottled on 07/05/09

A - need to forcefully pour this guy; doing so makes a 1.5 finger head that simmers down to some scanty big big bubbles. the body is a dark auburn, held up to the light it becomes the pomegranite-blood orange kind of ruddiness. beer seems to be pretty translucent, but the body is just a bit too dark to tell if there is any turbidity. the only real improvement is the distinct lack of head and retention.

S - a very sweet smelling brew. top notes are of booze, brown sugar, and malts. the mid ground is the clear champagne yeast and a slight woody/oaken flavour.

T - shit. thats really sweet; but i'll be damned if i can taste any of the booze! initial flavours are sweet malts (they taste like a very sweet sake when the alcohol comes out), very dry alcohol, bitter hops, and a very interesting fruit aspect, of which I would have to say it is very sweet grapefruits. the finish has the alcohol come out more, but still not anything really major; it remains this very dry, sake-esque type of flavour, mainly from the proportion of the sweetness and dryness. the finish is initially dry and sweet, but quickly moves onto a very juicy bitter hop flavour with lemon and grapfruit rind type flavours. I'll be damned if I can taste any whiskey or oaken flavours.

MF&D - the feel of the body isn't quite right: the body is a medium-heavy but the lack of carbonation makes it seem less heavy. the drinkability is quite good for something with a scorching 12.1% abv, but the sweetness of the brew puts me off. it gets quite saccharine towards the end of the glass.

erz316, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark mahogany with a small, thick creamy off-white head. Laced on one side. Sherry and malt nose, heavy in the dried fruits, with a good helping of brown sugar. Close to candied fruit. Slick, viscous mouthfeel with a long, sticky finish. Oaked flavor. Strong malt and alcohol notes, again with a sherry-like character. Some spicy, piney malt, but easily dominated by the caramel malt. Some toffee and vanilla, but not much or consistent to expect. The alcohol is not hidden, but right there, giving it an appertif quality. Its drinkable, but not in large quantities.

magictrokini, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch: 243 Bottled on 07/05/09

A: Pours a dark, ruby-tinted brown. On top is a creamy, 1/4 finger of eggshell colored foam that left just a little bit of lace.

S: Aromas of tobacco, cherry, charred oak, burnt caramel, and burnt maple sugar.

T: Toasted wood, tobacco, and whisky with some black cherry, roasted malt, and vanilla.

M: Slick and syrupy with some dry astrincency from the hops/oak/alcohol.

D: Very nice. This one is Heather approved!

GbVDave, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Wildman
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a slightly cloudy dark amber color and formed a light tan foamy head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee. The flavor was of malt, dark chocolate, espresso and hint of smoke/scotch. Fairly light for the style and the finish sweet and slightly smokey, with the warming aspect of the alcohol present in the background.

Wildman, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of somabeer
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was psyched to try this. As a fan of both breweries I was intrigued to try their collaboration. I was probably too psyched as I found this to be an average barley wine. It had an overly sweet and almost syrupy taste. It was rather drinkable for the ABV but, I found no added note from the barrel aging any nuances from the single hop selection were lost in this bottle. It was bad, but it wasn't much else.

somabeer, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel amber with light viscocity
and a quickly receding head. No bubbling. The aroma is heavily toasted and lightly smoked plums nestled lovingly in the rams of peet and alcohol. Lots of caramel malts in the nose as well. The taste starts toasted caramel and crystal malt sweet. The middle gets some heavy alcoholic burn with lightly caramelized plums and pears. The finish is all earthy peet and toasted fruits. The palate is a bit syrupy and very warm with alcohol, but the whiskey barrel aging is evident. An interesting and collborative sipper.

scruffwhor, Aug 15, 2009
Devine Rebel from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.