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Divine Intervention | The Brew Keeper

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Brewed by:
The Brew Keeper
Ohio, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pwoods on 10-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark amber body with smallish, tan-colored head.

Smell: Rich toffee and dark caramel sauce with a toasty character and sprinkling of brown sugar and a hint of overall earthiness.

Taste: In an instant the palate is enveloped in an exceptional sweet, pleasing maltiness tasting of caramel and toasted toffee. Delicate fruitiness. Pinch of brown sugar. Sip of fine aged sherry. Hops do their darnedest to balance, but this is ultimately a rather sweet brew. Finishes with a toasty, sugary taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: There is very little else to say. It's just downright delightful.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of pwoods
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased from Rozi's in Lakewood/Cleveland, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a solid burgundy, not much light coming through. Medium short head on the pour with decent retention and lacing.

S: Good amount of hops, plenty of citrus and pine. Loads of sweet from the malts. My nose needs to chewy through the malts.

T/M: Bitterness is at a decent level but backed up big time from the malts. I really like the hop side of barleywines to really pop and hold it's own again the malts. This one tries but just can't keep up with the super sweet and thick malt backbone. Alcohol packs a wee punch followed by a roundhouse of warmth. Body is about as full as a barleywine gets with a thick, syrupy, chewy feel.

D: Even for a thick and chewy 11% barleywine, I found that I finished my first glass pretty fast and easily. Not bad.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from the brewpub. The best is the look: A big white bubbly head on a brown body. A lot of lace. Mouthfeel is a little light. Not significantly complex. Basically malty and drinkable. Some sugar.But not too sweet overall. Fairly boozy. Not much in aroma.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ours with a decent head , lacing to the bottom of glass. Dark red in color.

Aroma of sweet malts , with a hint of hops.

Theirs enough hops to keep this from being too sweet; but by most American barleywine standards it's on the malty side. Perfectly drinkable now without aging. Alcohol is well hidden

Mouthfeel is thick , carbonation is good.

Overall a very nice smooth drinking barleywine.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to EGledhill for the chance to try this neat beer.

A - nice dark reddish brown color with a light tan head
S - caramel malts, dark ripe fruits, sweet bready malts
T - Big caramel malts, biscuit malts, honey, dark ripe fruits and a nice underlying mellow hop note.
M - full bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth slightly warming effect and a nice mellow melding of malts across the tongue.
D - for a beer this strong it drinks amazingly well! smooth, mellow and easy to enjoy.

Wow, what a place this brew keeper appears to be. grab some grub, brew your own beer and bring home some fine tasting commercial bottled beers. Wow, I think I might have a great reason to spend some time in Cleveland! What a cool concept and barleywine.

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

22oz bottle acquired in trade with goryshkewych (thanks!). 2008 vintage.

Poured a deep amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, nutty, caramel, some citrus, and woody. Tastes of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, nutty, earthy, and citrus. Medium alcohol in the finish (but not 11%).

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Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark caramel, very little head or retention but it leaves a slight lacing.

S: Strawberry & raspberry, with an odd yogurt like aroma. Cotton-candy, caramel, brown sugar.

T: Dark fruit & berries, dark caramel, good bitterness with plenty of pine. The alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, smooth.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark honey orange, good .5 inch head, leaves fast to ring. Some sparce dotty lacing.

S - Wet warm bread. Yum.

T - Taste matches smell pretty close, with plenty of bitterness at the end to rein in that malty sweetness.

M - Medium body, good balance, carb, nice coating.

D - For the style and certainly for the ABV, it's real drinkable.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a brown 22oz bottle - Pours a dark brown root beer color with almost no head and below average carbonation. Smells of heavy malts with not much hops in the nose. First sip is honey sweet with a slight oxidation note. Carmel and sherry notes are prevalent. Very light bodied. Almost too light bodied. The under carbonation really hurts the mouthfeel. A pretty good English Barley wine.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with copper edges and thin tan head. The aroma has loads of musty dark fruitiness along with sweet malts, prunes, dates and plums. The taste is rich and nearly creamy with thick rich smooth cherries and malts mixing with prunes, dates and another bowl full of ripe cherries. This brew is smooth rich and pure yum. It gets a touch hot here and there but wow, yummy stuff.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed 2008. Dark burnt orange and bright cherry red that explodes with gemstone-like radiance when backlit with afternoon sunshine. The wonderfully creamy crown resembles orange-brown sugar mousse and is beginning to decorate the pint glass with fantastic frosting.

The aroma features caramel malt, an orange peel fruitiness and a wee whiff of undisguised alcohol... that might be fading with warming. My hope is that the beer is neither too young (brash, hot), nor too old (faded hops, thin mouthfeel). There's only one way to find out.

When sorted by score, reviewers on this website (all 11 of you) believe Divine Intervention to be The Brew Keeper's best beer. I don't think it is, but it's still a well-crafted example of the style and is much better than some of the stuff that I've had from these guys lately. Without having had it fresh, I can't tell if the hops have lost some of their punch or not.

The mostly English toffee-caramel maltiness has a strong toasted-earthy-nutty vibe, which always makes me think of Munich (and similar malts). Nothing very citrus fruity stands out, which probably means that the brewer was going for more of an English-style barleywine. Other flavors include cherries macerated in Absolut. I wouldn't be surprised to discover that a little chocolate malt was used as well.

This big barleywine is drinking beautifully right now. The alpha acids are brazen... but not abrasive. The alcohol is as warming as a winter fireside... but nowhere near scorching hot. Looks like I cracked the crown at exactly the right time.

The body/mouthfeel started out no more than medium for the style. With repose it has become medium-full and has gained a glassy smoothness and a light chewiness that is some kind of enjoyable. The next highest score would not be out of the question.

Divine Intervention is not as otherworldly as its name would suggest. Nor is it manna from heaven. What it is... is a beautifully balanced barleywine that has no weaknesses and is pure pleasure to sip. A handful of TBK beers are good enough to be repeat purchases. This one has earned a spot on that list.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium cola brown, somewhat translucent, with a buttery cream colored head that recedes quickly. Aroma is of raisins, prunes, cherries, sweet sugary caramel, leather. Taste follows with the sugary caramel coming through well, dates, some breadiness, and just a hint of fruity hoppiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body, sugary and somewhat sticky on the palate, but cut nicely by the present, but balanced alcohol. Carbonation is soft and low, bite and warmth of alcohol towards the finish, a bit of dryness in the finish as well. A very good barleywine, the flavors are great and well proportioned, it is somewhat sugary sweet at times, but very nice for a night cap treat. Thanks George for the opportunity.

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Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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