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Devine Rebel - BrewDog

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very good

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

04-24-2012 03:50:21 | More by ucsbmullet
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 20:31:55 | More by txbrewer
Photo of Duff27


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

04-02-2012 18:39:52 | More by Duff27
Photo of bluesplit63


5/5  rDev +27.9%

03-31-2012 14:14:48 | More by bluesplit63
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 08:31:29 | More by tbeckett
Photo of neckbracesub


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-24-2012 16:10:28 | More by neckbracesub
Photo of UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-12-2012 21:33:08 | More by UltimateLivewire
Photo of duels


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-04-2012 08:13:18 | More by duels
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 19:47:35 | More by SLeffler27
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-05-2012 03:17:05 | More by sbricker
Photo of Texasfan549


4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-30-2012 01:26:40 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of CarolinaKevin

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.3%

01-21-2012 18:08:31 | More by CarolinaKevin
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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -48.8%

01-20-2012 22:56:50 | More by marine1975
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 13:28:19 | More by mrfrancis
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 17:41:21 | More by thegodfather2701
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-14-2012 04:19:04 | More by mjmadsen21
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-14-2012 01:29:21 | More by kspongeworthy
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 23:10:35 | More by Metalmonk
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-06-2012 17:26:18 | More by ohtheguilt
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North Carolina

1/5  rDev -74.4%

01-03-2012 21:40:26 | More by Brewsed
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, ABV is 13.4%

Hazy chestnut brown colour, ring of off white head, no lace. Smell is malty and sweet, brown sugar, dark cherry and dark fruit, some alcohol, oak and vanilla as well as caramel. Taste is fairly sweet, caramel and vanilla upfront, more oak and whisky in the taste than the nose. cherry and overripe berries, fruity and mildly bitter, some chocolate notes every so often, some alcohol as well. Medium carbonation, thick and full bodied, lightly syrupy. Good slow sipper, ABV fairly well hidden here and quite nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 18:31:17 | More by peensteen
Photo of Gobzilla


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights with almost no head and left virtually no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I managed to sniff out maple syrup, molasses, caramel, and a little smoke character but could definitely detect whiskey heat.

T: the whiskey flavor was more potent on the taste alongside caramel, maple syrup, molasses, and a touch of smoke.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, boozy, slight smokey, and sticky finish.

O: it drank below average due to the ABV but had some complexity to it and was pretty tasty as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 21:00:04 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of danieelol


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 05:21:11 | More by danieelol
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-09-2011 21:36:29 | More by BeerHunter76
Photo of WarnerJC8


5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-09-2011 03:34:20 | More by WarnerJC8
Devine Rebel from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.