Devine Rebel - BrewDog

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87
very good

213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 11
Gots: 37 | FT: 4
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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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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.

Photo of July2Nov
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Note: 2010 edition. Batch 406. Bottled on 11/02/15. 13.8% ABV...Collaborative effort w/ Mikkeller.

Appearance: Medium burnt brown with a 1/2 inch of frothy lacing.

Smell: Sweet, woody and scotch-like.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Caramel hits me with a wallop of spicy, oak and scotch. Burns the tongue a bit and flames up the throat. The initial medium part of this beer is the best...with a spiced apple flavor, but after that it's all strong, strong flammable alcohol. Aftertaste is numbness.

Overall: I'm always intrigued by "extreme" beers, but I'm usually not as satisfied with them as I would think I would. It's not a bad beer and does have it's merits....but I would never come back to this again. Try for yourself....hey, you might like it more than I did.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish garnet color and looks like it may be pretty clear once it settles. There is a small 1/4" head of orangish tan bubbles on top that faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds. There were a few islands of foam, but the beer is pretty still a minute after the pour.

Aroma: The aroma had defined wood presence along with some spicy alcohol and some dark caramel. There is some vanilla coming out as the beer sits a bit, but it is pretty consistent otherwise.

Taste: The flavor is considerably more harsh than I thought it would be from the flavor. The first sip is pretty hard-core with some dark malts giving a toffee and liquorish component to the flavor while the alcohol almost immediately adds spicy warming. The flavor is quite dynamic, and there are coffee notes to linger on the back of the palate with the spicy alcohol forever after the sip. The flavor gets more palatable as you drink the beer...perhaps this has to do with the ABV? Either way, it is getting much nicer as it warms. Overall the beer is full bodied with ample to low carbonation.

Opinion: This is an OK beer, but it is a bit tough to drink as it is so big and has a lasting harsh edge. The strong alcohol starts to take this edge off, but it is through heat. The beer is pretty good, but I wouldn't put it in the "outstanding" category. I am glad that I tried it, but I seriously doubt that I would try it again.

Photo of nickthetick
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy mahogany into my duvel tulip with a finger of dark khaki head and leaves no lacing.

S: dark roasted malts, scotch, caramel godiva liqueur.

T: dark malt and scotch whiskey over power the taste profile. Among the subtle notes there are; prunes, dates, vanilla, caramel and some woodsy tones. Oak and leather lingers. The alcohol is really strong.

MF: medium body and extremely hot. Not very effervescent and a little dry.

D: good for sipping but I wish I had put some age on it. Complex, I'll be getting one to age if I can.

Bottled: 11/3/10

Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rebel Divine 2010 | Batch 406 | Bottled Feb 15, 2011

The beer is an opaque hazelnut in color with a quick fizzy head with tiny brown bubbles that dissipates quickly.

The nose is typical of a Barleywine. It has strong notes of malt and caramel with a bit of heat. There are some light hints of toffee as well.

The beer doesn't taste like a typical Barleywine. It has some sour and citrus notes up front that linger. The maltiness of the beer hits the middle palette and lingers as well. The beer is sweet, hiding a lot of the 13.8% alcohol but it finishes dry and warms the pallet.

The mouthfeel is definitely different. You'd expect a smooth mouthfeel with a barley wine but Mikkeller used champagne yeast which gives the beer sharp tiny bubbles that bombard your tongue the second you take a sip and they stay as the beer moves across your pallet. Intense and unusual, but not necessarily bad.

This beer, like many in the Mikkeller line, is different and I like it but also true of the Mikkeller line is the price and I'm not sure I'm going to pay another $12 for this 12oz experience.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 243; Bottled on 07/05/09! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured copper with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, big caramel, dark fruit, and a very slight hop bitter aftertaste that turned into a caramel sweetness upon sitting. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty damn good brew. The flavor on this one was very smooth and easy to go down. This was helped mainly by the big sweetness aspect present. The aroma was also very nice. For this style, this was pretty good. A must try if you get the chance!

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

Pours a brownish orange with small head. Smell has hops, sweet caramel malt and a little bit of oak. Taste has a nice balance of sweet malt and bittering hops, some brown sugar too. Body was a little bit thin for the flavor. Although I've had a few Brew Dog beers, this was my first taste of Mikkeller. Enjoyable.

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pure deep copper with amber like hues and then a tan head on top. The aroma has solid notes of apricots, plums, prunes, raisins and ripe cherries. A big draw quickly brings up solid boozy nose searing heat. The taste is full of sweet dark fruity goodness to go along with caramel candy and a light roasted maltiness that brings this whole thing together nicely. Toward the finish a modest amount of booze heat murmurs up from time to time.

Photo of crusian
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy brown with little to no head. I expect a bit more head from a barleywine, but this one is barrel aged, so cant expect too much from it.
smell is smooth oaky vanilla and some sweetness, some citrus notes, and a lot of brown sugar.
Taste is pretty spot on the nose. A bit more bitter than I expected.
Mouthfeel is great, nice and smooth with th right amount of carbonation. This is a great beer, but it is way over priced. I wish it was cheaper, I would drink more of it.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with just a faint tan head which fades quicly to a ring over an opaque amber body.

Aromas are just awesome... deep rich fruits, candy sugar, plenty of oak barrel, dark bread-like yeast character, and some orange peel in the back.

Deep, rich sweet maltiness in the flavor, with a nice amount of bittering hops. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. Maple and molasses in the sweetness, with just a touch of citrus rhind hops in the finish. Not overly chewy, which was nice for this strength of beer.

Drinkability was pretty decent - no harsh aftertaste

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.89/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. The bottle bears a stamp stating, batch 243, bottled on 07/08/09. I purchased this recently on a trip to Columbus, and am curious to see how this one fairs.

Pours a cloudy brown, like iced-tea, with a slight head that quickly dissipates to a thin swirl over to one side of the glass.

Smell is intense, with plenty of dark fruit and bread. Currants, raisins, figs, burnt sugar, yeasty bread - like smelling a sweet pastry with a cream cheese glaze.

Exceptionally smooth for as high as the abv is on this. Faint alcohol and pepper quickly fades, leaving sweet raisin, pecan and biscuit. Little to no bitterness as you finish this one, it is very well balanced and nuanced. Makes me sorry I didn't purchase two of these. Ends with slight carbonation and a sugary bite, almost, but not quite, like cinnamon.

Medium to full bodied, this is a sipper you want to savor.

Mighty drinkable, I'm going to hurry up and finish this review so I can get to the business of seriously enjoying this delicious beer. If you can find it, grab it - no, grab two. You won't be sorry. My only question is how is this only rated a B+ s of this review. Unless this batch turned out different than some of the others, it should easily be rated higher.

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

Nice and long whisky aged barleywine.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Simple design label with a banded Mikkeller format in dark and light blues with black and white lettering. Showcases the logos of both breweries collaborating. Side notes highlight the composition of the brew, nature of the collaboration, main ingredients and intent. Notes batch and bottling date (4?5 11-02-10) Served in a snifter.

A - Deep amber to amber brown pour, fair off-white head with brief retention and minimal if any lacing but a good stroke of surface memory in particular around the overall ring.

S - Nose if rich albeit a bit soft but consistent and with a nice presence. Light boozy notes with a caramel coated fruit sense, dash of whisky, and a hint of dryness around what could be the champagne yeast.

T - Long malty sense, gentle but quite long with a dash of light hops leading to notes of caramel fruits, grapes, figs, and a boozy whisky uplifting that is not too forceful but balances out the yeasty sense provided by the champagne side of the yeast.

M - Medium body with small carbonation adding a vibrant textured tingle. It is a tad astringent around the champagne yeast in the finish but rescued with a nice light sticky and fruity dash.

D - Nice sipper although I may feel a broader whisky presence, not so much the booze but its range might feel better, although then again it could lose the final sense of balance, which is quite remarkable.

Notes: Nice brew, and while the champagne side does not do it for me that well (I typically notice it too much to the detriment of those brews that use it), it is rather enjoyable and well rounded. However the price tag seems a bit overwhelming for something that while good is not palate shattering.

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7.05.09 - Batch 243

Devine Rebel pours a reddish copper color. It's hazy, and looks crimson when held to light. There's very little to discuss in terms of a head - there isn't one. Bummer. A few bubbles collected on the surface, but dissipated quickly. Lacing was extremely light. Maybe a little too much alcohol.

The nose is a little short on aromatics. Up front, caramel malts smell sweet. No question about the base here. Dark fruit notes are in the mix. Raisin and fig are the most notable. There's a hint of whisky, but it's nice and restrained. It smells secondary and complementary. I believe only 25% of this was barrel aged. Smells about right. Alcohol is there, but doesn't smell too strong. It's not bad, just needs a little more strength.

The flavor is rather tremendous. I'm really impressed. I wasn't expecting this after smelling it. It is sweet initially, and has a really nice caramel/toffee flavor. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and fig work nicely into the overall mix. The barrel-aging left a bit of a whisky flavor, but it is very subtle. I actually think 25% was the perfect number. Not too little, not too much. There's a bit of leather and tobacco looming. Alcohol is there, but is surprisingly tame for 12%+. That's impressive. Finishes sweet with a tangy dark fruit taste.

Devine Rebel is a little too light in terms of body. It's medium at best, and really should feel bigger. Carbonation is definitely light. It nearly feels smooth, but needs just a bit more body. Drinkability is good for such a sizeable English Barleywine. It's tasty and goes down rather easy. Beware the hefty abv though!

I'm rather impressed with this collaboration between Mikkeller and BrewDog. Both can be rather extreme, and I didn't know what to expect. The flavor here is really nice. The barrel-aging adds a nice touch overall, and is present in just the right proportion. Yeah, the nose and body could use a little work, but this is damn tasty stuff. I don't know if bottles are still out on shelves, but if you see one...pick it up!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeler / Brewdog Devine Rebel Barrel-Aged Barleywine on tap at mighty Max's on Broadway, B'more, MD, served in their classic thick goblet (and labeled as "Mikkeler" only, so I understand this is mostly a Mikkeler beer).

Appearance: Very little head, dies quickly. Some pale retention remains. Remarkable lacing. Prune-puree color, rusty copper, like a Richard Serra sculpture in liquid form.

Smell: Subdued, smooth. The customary (for a barleywine) dried/dark fruits. Some softened booze. Raisin, cherry, old port aromas. Oak fireplace, warm and cozy.

Taste: Follows nose. Hot sweetness, caramel. A bit astringent and medicinal. Boozey! More oak, as in the nose (this is indeed supposed to be a barrel-aged brew). Hoppy bitterness and alcohol burn at the end. Some burnt orange and strange citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very hot all around!! Heavy, full body, medium carbonation. Syrupy sweet. Lingers in mouth.

Drinkability: I pretty much pounded it, but didn't enjoy it. Too hot, boozy, sweet. This is fire! Not the greatest barleywine I had- at all!

Photo of beerdrifter
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Hazy copper pour with one finger head that fades quickly with decent lacing. Very unusual nose. Lots of alcohol, hop resin and pine sap with an almost medicinal character. The taste is much the same. Strong, boozey and complex, bitter, piney hop resin, big alcohol burn, dark fruits, oak, orange peel, a hint of vanilla, all with a solid malt backbone. Very chewy, syrupy mouthfeel combined with the poorly disguised alcohol burn really hurt the drinkability. It did improve as it came to temperature, but I have to say, this was a very disappointing offering from two of my favorite breweries.

Photo of bbeane
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my favorite DFH snifter... a 1/4" thick head appears and disappears relatively quickly leaving minimal lacing behind. Beer is a murky dark copper color with little activity

S- First wiff gives a balanced aroma... some sweet malt and sour hops. After some swirls of the snifter the balanced aroma is joined by some mild booziness

T- Very tasty. Starts out with mostly caramel malty sweetness and becomes a bit more hop heavy in the finish

M- Medium bodied with little carbonation... bit thin

D- I always enjoy trying new beers, and this one was pretty good... but not worth the price I payed for a 12oz serving

CHEERS!!

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 243. Bottled on 07/05/09 Consumed on 11/2/10. 12.1%abv partially aged in oak speyside whiskey barrels.

A: Dark cranberry pour with blood orange highlights to be seen glistening around the glass edges from passing light. The head is frothy underneath with a soapy covering which all lapses rather quickly. No lacing is observed on the glass with a near polished surface on the drink within a minute after the initial pour.

S: The nose is blunt, fueled with alcohol compliments of the 12.1%. Whiskey laced apples, with booze soaked grains are dominant with not much else being able to sneak through due to the alcohol fumes. Think prison hooch with fermented fruit and strong alcohol contention.

T: Whiskey and toasted caramel apples best sums things up flavor wise in a nutshell. Boozy rum raisin, plums, with caramel and a fermented fruitiness keeps things warm from the alcohol. At room temp indications of lacquer become evident.

M: The mouthful was vinous, warm and spicy with a low effervesce. Full bodied, very creamy with a nice fade of caramel raisin upon the swallow.

D: While it drinks fairly easy for 12.1% don't let this fool you, it will eventually catch up to you. Definitely a intermitted sipper, one at a time sample but overall a generally good experience.

Photo of mdagnew
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought from The Bottle, York

Poured a deep coppery orange colour. Mocha tan head poured quite loose and fizzy then faded quickly to wispy covering... barely any carbonation... a few sticky lacing lines...

Aroma - Lots of toasted toffee and caramel maltiness followed by noticeable oakiness, strong citrusy and peppery hop notes, dark fruits (strong blackcurrents, figs, some cherries), quite boozy, toasted nuts, earthy, light liquorice, some orange, malt loaf, burnt sugar sweetness, some faint coffee traces...

Taste is a bit of a let down after the good aromas - nothing seems to meld very well... Strong and harsh oaky notes to the fore followed by toasted bready and toffee malts, noticeable alcohol burn, piney hop resin, fruit cake notes, light treacle sweetness, ripe fruits (raisins, spicy apples, bitter oranges), butterscotch and vanilla, metallic traces, some medicinal notes...

Feel - Sharp initially then a little smoothness comes through... medium... too harsh and boozy to be very drinkable..

Overall - A bit of a disappointment this one... maybe it just needs a bit of age..

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of megahurts4
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewdog Mikkeller Devine Rebel 2010

Appearance: Dark red-copper, medium-large head, and good lacing.

Smell: Caramel-apple, fruits, and dark and light malty oak.

Taste: Oak, caramel, thick malts, and faint hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy.

Overall:
Wow! This is a potent brew. The smell is wonderful. It, overall, is just like a scotch or whiskey, but much milder on the throat.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says: Bottled 07/05/09 so this one has some age on it. Poured into a snifter.

A: Red tinged Brown color with a caramelly colored ring of head around the glass. Standard Barleywine look.

S: Wow, nice musty smell with lots of funky fruit, present alcohol, toffee, and caramel/homemade candy to it. Complex and interesting.

T: Really nice. Very present Caramel sweetness throughout that lingers.I get the whiskey barrel up front, but it's not overpowering to me. Musky sour tinge in there also and that sugary dark fruit taste is there that you get from the smell. Definite Alcohol burn at the end also. I dig it.

M: This one coats a little bit, the carbonation is about right. You chew on this a little bit.

D: Tasty for one glass, maybe half the glass, can't drink too much of this before the 12% starts to creep up on you.

I'll get some more if I find it. I'm surprised at the low reviews, I think it's an excellent strong Barleywine. Maybe you just need to let it age over a year before its ready.

Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy amber, almost iced tea brown. Little to no head, as would be expected.

S-Boozy, with dark brown sugar, figs, plums and raisins. Yeah, lots of booze.

T-Nice. Boozy, sure, but lots of flavor here. Sugary notes dominate, brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, boozy heat and a nice surprising bitterness in the back.

M-Nicely rich and coating, heavy.

D-Excellent, though lots of alcohol and high ABV inhibit drinkability.

Best Brewdog beer I have ever had, and it's not close. Not a fan of the brewery, or their attitude and hype train bs. But this is a damn fine beer. I hope they stop stuffing squirrels with ice distilled junk and make beer. They can do it when they want to, apparently.

HV

Photo of ryanobeirne
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks delicious! Dark, almost opaque amber with a thick, foamy, almost creamy head. Good lacing to start, none to finish.

S - Smells spicy, slightly piny, and a tad fruity.

T - Tastes like it smells. Very malty; the hops take a back seat to the malt in this one until it begins to warm up a bit. More complexity develops as the beer warms.

M - Viscous, creamy and warming on the tongue.

D - Very drinkable for the Barleywine style, but this is definitely for sipping, preferably on a cold day.

Devine Rebel from BrewDog
87 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.