Devine Rebel - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
88
very good

210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 11
Gots: 38 | 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 womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a rich red brown, appearing viscous. Light head with no lacing. Barley wine aroma with clear wood barrel overtones. Caramel malts, dark fruit and moderate hops. Finishes somewhat hoppy for an English barley wine. Pleasant heavy mouth feel, but a bit boozy and not as well integrated as other barley wines.

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the cellar.

Batch: 243, Bottled: 7/5/9 poured a murky muddy brown to a Russian River Belgo glass. Headless and still. Smell is a malt explosion, as to be expected. Raisins and brown sugar. Taste is well balanced between slight notes of oak and whiskey to dark fruits, raisins, and brown sugar. Very malty.. Stays Lingering. I dig it.

Photo of MystikCelt
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of lnashsig
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

correction, this one is 94, not 93.

2010 bottle.

Poured from bottle into CBS snifter glass. Pour looks like liquified caramel or toffee. Super cloudy, auburn brown color. Pretty much no head at all, but not too surprising for 13.8% ABV. The site says 12.5, but the bottle says 13.8. Smell- rough boozy raisins, caramel, fennel alcohol. had this on tap about a yr ago, I remember a lot of dark fruits, but I'm not getting much aroma at all this time with the bottle version. Taste- WHOA. Huge sweetness comes in the form of caramel and toffee, and a surprising tight carbonation that I wouldnt guess was even here by the appearance pierces my tongue. Maybe a little bit of green apple tartness, but it seems the profile is just dominated by sweetness and caramel/raisins. This is closer to an old ale than anything, and could have probably aged for many many more years. I could see putting this one away fro 10+ yrs. The booze is really rough on this one, and thinking it might really mellow over time. Overall, this is a pretty big beer, an aggressive nightcap in which to watch my Astros get the shit kicked out of them yet again...

Photo of Lynn
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite being retired, these are still shwoing up, eh? My bottle has a bottling date of 7/5/09 and a 12.1% abv.

A: dark burgundy brown; bubbly head evaporates into a bubbly collar

S: dark fruits, sweet, malty

T: boozy raisins, bitter hops, caramel malt; miscellaneous dark fruits percolate through (plum, fig, dates); brown sugar

M: medium bodied, not overly sweet, well-bittered

O: been loving barleywines this year, and I really enjoyed this one - reminded me somewhat of a darker version of Dogfish Head's Raison D'Etre (which is considered a strong dark ale) probably due to the raisin flavors that permeate the beer. Definitely worth a try while there're still some on the shelves.

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of txbrewer
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark reddish brown with a reddish tan head that just went away. No lacing in the pint glass.

S - Malty, cereal and sweet alcohol

T - alcohol and bitter followed by malty coffee/bittersweet chocolate

M - For the smell and initial taste I expected more but it flows away rather quickly leaving only a mild bitter after taste

D - not so much

I like beer to have flavor and be easy drinking. This has the flavor but the bitter is just over my limit so I would only enjoy this on occasion. Not a bad beer by any means, but I have had better (for me at least).

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of tbeckett
2.23/5  rDev -43%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. 2010 version.

A - Dark brown/dark copper kinda colour. Tons of fizzly carbonation that's close to sparkling wine fizzing up above the body even. Two fingers of brown head that fades fast. Hazy kinda body. No retention and no lace.

S - Dark fruit, whiskey, and some light hops with a good alcohol dose. Classic American style Barleywine.

T - Rough combo of heavy/dank hops and whiskey with some boozy fruitcake. Strong dose of alcohol. Tea, eggs, spoiled fruit. Kinda not tasty at all.

M - Strong carbonation, full body, and a bitter/boozy/spoiled fruit finish.

O/D - Combine off flavours with tons of alcohol flavour and nothing really to keep you interested and you either have an infected beer or a plain old bad beer. Sadly this is probably just bad. Not a whole lot I can enjoy here. A failed effort.

Photo of neckbracesub
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of duels
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky old copper brown with a minimal, beige head that quickly fades, leaving no lacing. The Dogfish Head snifter does collect carbonation and a viscous film.

The aroma profile has the familiar figs, dates, rum, raisins, with a backbone of toasted malt. Sweet toffee and bourbon comes out with warmth and towards the end I am perceiving plum pudding.

The flavors are as suggested by the aroma, although perhaps more sweet with a hint of hop bitterness. There are also notes of cherries in the long, subtle finish. This barleywine warms very well.

Has a smooth, syrupy texture with light carbonation and alcohol about as expected.

Easy to consume for the style and develops nicely with warmth. This would be fine for reading, deep conversation, or bold food.

This bottle was capped 05 July, 2009

Photo of sbricker
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of CarolinaKevin
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of marine1975
2/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a creamy beige head.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, honey, and roasted nuts are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, dark bread, prunes, cocoa, raisins, woody spice, and heather honey wash across the palate. The finish is sweet and smooth with notes of honey, dried fruit, toffee, and alcohol.

M: Full-bodied and somewhat syrupy. Alcohol presence is pronounced, but not particularly biting. Carbonation seems oddly active and firm.

O: This is a very good barleywine, and I think the blend of aged ales that went into making this beer was particularly effective. This may not be the most traditional English barleywine in the world (as a matter of fact, it is far from it), but it is a very good take on the style nonetheless.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 7/21/11
A-Amber with a tan head that dissipates leaving only a small ring of foam. It looks very dense.

S-Alcohol is nearly overpowering, but then there is caramel, hints of wood, scotch, earth, and fruit. It is a strong nose that is complex and different.

T-Caramel, toffee, scotch, earthy and woody, with hints of fruit. Tons of alcohol as well. Tea like hop flavor.

M-Thick and syrupy.

D-This is an intense, bold beer. The alcohol is not masked that well which makes this a sipper and hinders its drinkability.

Overall, this is a very good beer, it just seemed very, very intense for me. It would be nice to age a bottle for a couple of years.

Photo of mjmadsen21
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of kspongeworthy
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks fine enough, opaque brownish rust color, not much head but for a beer this old and this big, no surprise or worry.

A total knockout, aroma-wise. Smells just like a good barleywine ought to. Big lumbering gobs of vanilla, toffee, molasses, apple cider, and smaller hints of smoke and just a touch of the Scottish whisky barrels that 25% of this was aged in. Man.

Taste-wise it's pretty candy-like, a bunch of caramel and toffee up front, a healthy dose of vanilla, hints of wood, whisky, apple, tobacco, raisin and alcohol. Something kind of bitterly pungent/pungently bitter in the finish, almost sour or lemony, keeps me from liking it more. Still quite the treat.

Beautiful texture, just as it should be: gooey, chewy, thick, but still having enough carbonation to give it some energy. Luscious, silky, and so many more adjectives...

So what's the problem here? Not much that I can tell. That weird bitter/astringent/lemon thing at the back of the sip is probably the only thing keeping this from going over the top into total insane greatness, but it gets so close, and was very much worth the price. Wouldn't expect any less from BrewDog or Mikkeller.

Devine Rebel from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.