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Devine Rebel - BrewDog

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146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 213
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | FT: 3
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stumac on 03-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 146 | Hads: 213
Photo of danieelol
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-red with large head which recedes rather rapidly.

Smell is malt, toffee, and firesticks (smoke and alcohol). There are dark fruits and a strong vinous quality (Sauternes). Definitely has some rum-like qualities also. Alcohol is present and accounted for but works well with the silky caramel backbone. The smell sells it well. Bit of hoppy nuttiness. Somewhat similar to Samichlaus but for my money this beats Samichlaus somewhat.

Taste just makes me think Creme Brulee at first. Lots of vanilla and caramel here. Also some strongly-present-slightly-behind-the-foreground-but-not-overbearing ash.

Mouthfeel is quite slight with a decent amount of carb for the style, emphasising the bitter ashen qualities of the Scotch casks, which thankfully aren't too dominant. It is not massive bodied but is spirit like. A bit of the original sweetness is evident but the peat largely overwhelms it. I think again this could do with a bit more sweetness. BrewDog tends to not quite give their Scotch-aged beers enough malt/sweetness to hold up to the barrel. Nevertheless this is a whole lot more balanced than Bitch Please.

A high quality sipping beer. Like this one.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Khaki head leaves a light lace and sticks around with ok retention. Mahogany body with ruby rust highlights.

S – Raisin bread, black cherry, caramel, malt, nutmeg, and a hint of sweet booze.

T – Sweet with raisin, caramel, cantaloupe, maple syrup and old wood. Rolling booze on the backend keeps its teeth to itself and stays relatively placid.

M – Medium-full body. Soft with a lingering, sweet boozy warmth.

O – Complex with an interesting semi-tropical note, but edging a shade too sweet.

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Photo of cps98
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle tonight so I had to try it.

A: Light brown head, fairly thick. Very clear with an inviting brown/reddish color.

S: Sweet, Toffee, caramel. I didn't get any alcohol aroma either.

T: Light on the hops, creamy caramel. Pretty well balanced.

M: A bit thick but went down smooth. Carbonation was very good.

Overall: ABV's were high but it didn't come through in the beer.

Serving type: bottle / regular pint glass / slightly chilled before opening.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

Oh boy... another extreme beer from Brewdog (this is the 2010 version; 13.80% per the beer menu at Max's).

The beer pours a brownish amber color with minimal head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is pretty impressive, with smokey peat, toffee and a hint of sweet orange citrus. On the palate, this is a serious BW, and clearly not for the faint of heart. The beer is quite sweet, but showcases considerable peat, vanilla, toffee and butterscotch. The beer is also very, very boozy, and it's unimagineable drinking more than a sample size glass. Mouthfeel is full and fairly long, with a goodly dollop of alcohol in the finish.

I don't know... this is an interesting beer, but it's so damn boozy, it's hard to call it very enjoyable. Glad I got to try, but I doubt I'll be ordering this one again any time soon.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint.

It's a dark brown color, thick and hazy with a large tan head. Not much lacing but rentention was decent.

It has a rich sweet molasses aroma to it. Boozy and very inviting. A lot like a rich syrup.

The taste is more of the same but a lot more bitter hop taste as well. The alcohol is pretty well masked and there is some slight smoky roasted flavor too. Really a good flavor to it.

It's thick like syrup and a heavy body to it.

I like this beer a lot. It's bold but the flavors are my style.

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Photo of DCon
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 11.2 fl oz bottle of this from Payless Liquors in Fischer, IN for $8.99. Poured from the Blue Mikkeller looking bottle (but then you can see BrewDog shield on the cap and front label, a collaboration brew possibly?) into my 16oz Dewey's Pizza Pint Glass. Has batch 243, bottled on: 07/05/09.

Will this review make my Beer Karma level go up a notch to Zealot? Only time will tell.

Aroma- One of the richest brews I've had this month thus far! Strong and rich with a nice apricot aroma. A bit of a sherry cask, whisky aroma is here and forms the strength of this aroma even more. Great qualities!

Appearance- Pours not even a .5 finger head but bubbles taste on the top of the beer. Has a dark amber, cloudy body that looks like some type of v8 concoction. Leaves no suds, lacing, or anything behind on the glass.

Flavor- A sweet caramel and nutty taste starts off this brew. Its very intense and once again has a nice fruity character that hangs around. After this, hops come in (even though hard to detect) and are very hidden which leaves the hop bitterness to a light level. The complexity of this brew was so extreme that I was going back to drink for the review so many times, my glass became quickly empty.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Very Low Carbonation, Chewy, and leaves sweetness on the palate (mid tongue).

Overall Impression- This is a tremendous example of an English Barleywine! Very rich, strong, and has awesome character to it. At times, this one was much too complexed for my palate and nose, so I went in many times very more tastes/smells and I found my glass to become more and more empty. I'm excited to see this brew @ a Liquor store soon so I can enjoy it again! Watch out though, this one will creep up on you!

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Photo of msfoster77
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a brutal beer. It was good, but brutal. You feel every bit of the 13.8 alcohol percent.

Pours a light brown with an orange tint. When I poured there was barely any head.
The smell was incredibly boozy and scotch like. One could tell that this was aged in scotch whiskey barrels without ever even reading about it.
The taste was boozy, yeasty , and earthy. The earthiness was probably imparted by the aging process. It left my mouth really dry. Not for your average beer drinker, but I enjoyed it. It is a bit expensive though at 1 dollar per percent of alcohol.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Devine Rebel 2010 - 13.8% abv.

11.2 oz. bottled on 02/11/10, enjoyed on 07/11/11! Poured into "Devil's Milk" snifter.

A - Muddy auburn, brownish-red, one finger tan head, suprisingly there is a good amount of lacing!

S - Sweet, caramel popcorn, peat smoke, whisky, fig, alcohol, hops are barely noticeable in the nose, but it is only a single hop barleywine.

T - Woody, alcohol, sweet, lots of caramel, sugary goodness, smokey, fig, dark roasted coffee aftertaste, delicious!

M - Low carbonation, as expected, very smooth. pleasant mouthfeel!

O - Very powerful, explosive flavors! I wish I bought more, hopefully there are more bottles left at my local craft beer store. This is the most exciting beer I have ever had, period!

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Photo of gfreed
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best dessert beers you'll ever have: oaky vanilla everywhere; nice round edges and a pillowy alcoholic tail that warms up everything in the room. Has a dull, peppery line that merges neatly with the cranberries, the raisins, the figs, the cherries... everything dried that you used to eat on the Appalachian Trail when you were a teenager back in the 1970s, thinking it all gave you energy but really it just sent you to the nearest outhouse. Four ounces of this is plenty. An excellent thing to have at the end of an evening sitting at the bar at Churchkey DC.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A collaboration between BrewDog and Mikkeller - they have to mess up royaly to fail...

A: This beer is hazy dark red, almost brown. The head is medium and off-white, kind of creamy and compact. Nice lacings.

S: The first thing that hits my nose is paint (?!). Then there's smoke and cherry seeds, faint vanilla. A bit whiskylike, from the Mortlachcasks. Sweet and syrupy. Dark dried fruits.

T: Sweet slightly roasted malt combined with sweet vanilla notes from the oakcask from Mortlach Single Malt Whisky. Molasses and lots of dark dried fruits. There's quite a lot of cherry seeds too it. Complex and well balanced.

M: Body is syrupy full, a bit oily and really smooth. Carbonation is moderate. Aftertaste is medium long and really sweet.

O: This one is really complex and well balanced. I usually has difficulties with oak-aged beer, especially if the oak-barrel earlier have had whisky in it - the vanilla tone is almost detergent-like (in my opinion). This beer is an exception - this beer really benefitted from the vanilla and oak. This one I'll have again.

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Photo of Klym
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A: head is very shallow despite a pretty violent pour. Color is a raisin brown and not very opaque. Not a great look.

S: Figs, raisin and some other dark fruits with a very deep fruit-sugar scent. Familiar and not terribly complex.

T: Candied version of all of the fruits in the nose; perhaps just another way of getting at the deep sugar. Surprisingly sweet-- I was really expecting this one to be boozy but the alcohol is quite well hidden. Aftertaste is unexpectedly bitter, but not so bad.

M: Mouthfeel is awfully thin and watery, which with such a sugary/syrupy taste feels awkward-- water with the taste profile of thick syrup doesn't really appeal. Carbonation is there but not doing much.

O: I'm a huge brewdog and mikkeller fan and had to get this one when I saw it. Sadly, this beer was deeply unimpressive with a few offensively bad features. Unless like me you give anything the brewers produce a try by principle, there's not reason for you to pick this one up.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a classic barleywine rusty red with an eggshell colored head that quickly dissipated. The beer is a bit opaque and hazy.

S: Malty goodness here. Caramel, and dark fruits dominate over a small hint of those earthy hops. I wish I could just sit here and smell this all day.

T: At almost 13%, you think that the alcohol would pack the biggest punch right up front, but it doesn't.. it's second. Upfront it's as if someone took a bunch of caramel candies and melted them down, then blasts your mouth with them. It is cloyingly sweet, and this time, I really like it. It's not a bad thing in this beer. There is no alcohol burn, but the presence is defiantly noted in the mid-palate and finish.

M: Full bodied, and moderately-highly carbonated.. enough to give it a small carbonation bite. It is a bit cloying, but it isn't offensive.

D: It is amazingly drinkable, but knowing my limits, I'd just stick with one.

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Photo of russwbeck
2.39/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

My bottle says 13.8% ABV. 2010 Batch 406.

A: Pours yellow from the bottle, but forms a deep hazy brown in the glass. A relatively big bubbly off white head forms and disappears quickly/ leaving a ring around the glass and lacing nicely.

S: Honestly the smell scares me. This smells like a boozy mess with some caramel and molasses mixed in. Seems to have some brett in it, sour notes arise as well.

T: Yep this is pretty much what I expected from the taste. Wow is the flavor big on this one. Molasses, caramel, Scotch, malts, a ton of booze all coming to light. The taste really just punches you in the mouth...and not in a good way.

MF: Medium body with a nice twinge of carbonation.

O: Disappointed. The flavor is awful.

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Photo of smakawhat
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at ChurchKey DC.

No head present. A dark cherry body with a nearly dark pinot noir like colored body. No lacing at all. Looks almost like wine, but not quite like a beer either, let alone a barleywine.

Odd mild fruit sense, and big bitter sweet chocolate. Kind of a real odd strange sense that I am not enjoying so much. Seems kind of downplayed.

Taste is somewhat tannic and definitely herbal in the palate. A very large tight carbonation and tickle on the tongue that is unusal for a barleywine. Tannic quality finishes with a very dry malt backbone. High abv though seems to be masked and doesn't give a sense of large warming boozyness.

I am going to have to say it's not too bad but I've had so much better.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of KontroledMayhem
2.26/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: This is the best thing I believe this beer has going for it. It pours into a dark amber color and has a good head. maybe about a half inch or so.

Smell: The smell isn't something I am looking for. I like different but this is unappealing.

Taste: Maybe some will go for this but for me it is bitter and overwhelming. I couldn't even finish the glass and I always try to finish at least one. This is one is one I wouldn't try again.

Mouthfeel: I try to get it out of my mouth as quick as possible so enough said.

Overall: This beer is not for me. The one thing I will give it is that it is a very strong beer, if you can take the taste. Not for me but someone might like it.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Birch in Norfolk, VA. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a garnet ruby color with a thin cap of tan head that quickly recedes into a couple of bubbles. Has some wine like legs as you swirl it around in the glass!

S- Begins with a thick sticky toffee aroma. The sweetness is soon cut by the oak from the wiskey barrels. Beautiful vanilla, caramel and notes of peat. Very heady fusal liquor like alcohol come in towards the end. This a MASSIVE brew. Finishs with a moist spiced cake.

T- Thick toffee flavor with a dry sugary spiciness. A palpable liquor like boozy character gives this a great warming flavor. Finish is semi-dry with spicey oak and with an almost dusty tannic note.

MF- thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Low carbonation with a chewy full body.

D- Take your time with this big boy. Warming complex and contemplative.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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...

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Photo of brystmar
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle.

Brown and bubbly, mild white head. Boozy whiskey barrels in the nose, aged malts too.

Flavors of whiskey barrels, boozy malts, aged booze. Tons of alcoholic warmth, but pretty well balanced all things considered. I'm not a huge fan of whiskey aged brews, but this one's clearly well made and enjoyable.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a bronze/amber honey hue with a slim ring of creme suds.

Smell -- Butterscotch and caramel with mild herbal hops. Simple, but very inviting.

Taste -- More of the same - Caramel, butterscotch, and toffee malt sweetness augmented with a soft herbal hop note that lends depth rather than balance. Rich and robust barleywine.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with light spritzy carbonation. There's a definite Champagne quality to the bubbles that makes itself known. Not over-carbonated, per se, just different. Good different. Alcohol is incredibly well-hidden, only making itself known with a gentle warming of the throat.

Overall -- Very well done. It's somewhat reminiscent of a young J.W. Lee's. Time has clearly been kind to this beer, as the negative remarks on early reviews re: booziness are what kept me from trying this for so long. I can see this drinking marvelously with a little more time. Definitely worth picking up, to drink now or later.

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Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of wordemupg, 11.2oz bottle into a snifter. Batch 406, bottled February 15, 2011. Label indicates that this is "25% whiskey barrel aged," 13.8%ABV.

Pours an unfiltered reddish brown, with a thin white head which falls to a thin film and collar. Nose has thick maltiness with an almost sharp alcoholic note. Toffee, some mild whiskey and oak. Taste has more toffee up front, some oak, a spicy note, sligth smoke and something else I'm struggling to describe; a caramelized coffee bean? Alcoholic burn in the finish and lingering roast/smoke. Carbonation was a bit too high for my liking in the style, and the mouthfeel was a bit thin as well. A definite sipper, but a pleasure to try.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip April,3 2011

A a murky dark amber with just enough clarity that I could see the bubbles popping of the bottom of the glass, big ass soapy dark tan head falls fairly quickly leaving only a few patches of lace

S mellow smokey, woody, earthy goodness, some vanilla, toffee and perhaps some plum with just a little booze but I'd never believe it was 13.8%. It smells awesome, everything works together and you get something else every whiff no issues here

T much more booze then the nose, more toffee, smoke, and fruit with some burnt brown sugar, still very nice but without as much balance

M enters silky then the bubbles make it feel creamy, quite thick and the flavors linger, the heat lingers too and that's my only complaint in this area

O for a big fresh Barley Wine I thought it was pretty good, the barrel agings there but not overpowering and its oh so mellow

I was hoping this one would suck so I wouldn't need to buy a couple of them to age, pretty expensive but this would be amazing after some time, pretty mellow considering the 13.8% fresh I can only imagine this 5 years down the road

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. Comes in a 330 ml brown bottle, 2010 Edition made with Mikkeller, this one is listed at 13.8% abv.

Pours out a dark translucent chestnut/garnet hue, with a tall spongy light beige head that slowly settles

Wood and alcohol appears first on the nose, earthy dark malt in the background with rum raisin accents.

First thing that stands out in the flavour is how smooth it is for the alcohol content. Notes of brown sugar, wood, whiskey, dark dried fruit, and some smooth alcohol. Spicy herbal hops finally appear in the aftertaste after some time.

Medium-full mouthfeel, smooth and silky texture, minimal carbonation.

Very drinkable for the style and abv%, the whisky casks certainly add some extra character. I would call this a very successful collaboration.

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Photo of Jesstyr
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle of this at Total Wine, and was holding on to it for a little while. Served in a snifter with dinner, this beer was powerful, but flavorful.

Pours a slightly cloudy brown. Excellent two fingers of head that are firm and line the top of the glass. Stays throughout the drink. Nose is smoky with hints of vanilla and definite oakiness that is well balanced with sweetness.

Taste exhibits many of these great characteristics. Caramel and whiskey barrel are both evident, and you can certainly taste the alcohol. Excellent strength of malt, unfettered by hopiness. Medium body with light carbonation, reminiscent of a belgian strong dark. Love this beer, wish it weren't so darn expensive.

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Devine Rebel from BrewDog
87 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.