Devine Rebel | BrewDog

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Devine RebelDevine Rebel

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by stumac on 03-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 214 |  Reviews: 146
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.89/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of Lynn
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of hrking
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome Barley Wine and though being a little on the expensive side was well worth the price paid. i must admit this is one of the better Barley Wines I've had the privilege to drink. Sweet and malty with hints of caramel and just enough hop balance to pull through to deliver a sweet easy to drink brew that hid4es the alcohol content dangerously well.. Highly recommend

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4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle to chalice. ABV is listed at 12.1%. Batch 243, dated 07/05/09. Very simple, restrained, attractive label that looks more like a wine bottle's label than a beer's.

A: Average size, long lasting, light-brown head. Murky body that is chestnut brown in color. Completely opaque. Very unique in appearance.

S & T: Wildly complex and quite exceptional. Above average, roasted caramel malt character. The hops are subdued as expected. There is a strong earthy yeast presence, not quite like anything I have ever experienced. Plenty of dark fruits on the nose and palate: Raisin, plum, prune & dates. Touch of whiskey, worth noting but not too prominent. Oaky with a bit of honey and brown sugar. Moderately sweet. Definitely not cloying. It says that 1/4 of the brew is aged in whiskey barrels. Perfectly subtle.

M: Full body and average level of carbonation. Promotes the idea that this is a sipper.

D: Very good drinkability for a barleywine. This brew did not tire or overwhelm me at all.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of OskarL
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A head that completely disappears, a hazy murky red color.

Smell - Raisins, yeast, some maltiness, sweet plumbs and some faint alcohol.

Taste - Sweet plumbs, raisins, malt, vanilla, some alcohol and some bitternes. A very complex taste!

Mouthfeel - A full body with no carbonation.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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 dgilks
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great mahogany colour with a tight, creamy yellow-tinged ivory head. Decent head retention.

Toasty caramel aroma hits first. Vanilla, figs and dark fruits. A really nice balance but the individual elements are a bit hard to pick.

This initially strikes me as well balanced. A nice caramelised sweetness up front with some deep nutty, toasty elements. A little bit vinous with well integrated but distinguishable alcohol. Dried Christmas fruits round out the flavour. The hop presence isn't really there which works but there is a good balancing bitterness (though it tilts to the malty).

Full bodied with a silky smoothness. Moderately low carbonation and a nice warming alcohol presence are nice.

A complex beer with well integrated components that work really nicely. The alcohol is well hidden but still plays its part here. A really tasty and very good beer.

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Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown/red color with a minimal off-white head.

Lots of caramel, dried fruits, raisins and whisky in the nose. With only a 1/4 of this aged in whisky barrels, the whisky is still quite abundant. It is also obviously not bourbon as the whisky notes lack the sweet character of bourbon and instead lean more toward a smoky, peaty presence. Raspberries poke through as well (don't know how, but that is what I get from the nose).

The sweets noted in the smell are nicely present in the taste as well - lots of caramel and dried fruits upfront. Touches of port wine midway through. The finish is nicely carried out by the smoky whisky flavors.

Alcohol is nicely hidden with only the whisky notes to remind you. Low carbonation..but perfect for this beer.

Surprisingly drinkable.

I am quite impressed by this beer. Both Mikkeller and BrewDog are dissapointing, for the price, in general. More often than not I regret having spent the money. This beer, however, bucks that trend. $10 for 12oz? I'd spend that again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
Bottled 07/05/09
A- This beer pours a dense murky deep brown body with a garnet-red hue at the base. There is a thin film of big bubbles that soon fades.

S- The nice mix of toffee and toasted oak balance well and are rich.

T- The toffee is more rich and luscious than in the nose with some nice caramel flavors in the finish. It balances with the soft oak and some more toasted wood flavors come through as it opens. There is a fruity ester note in the finish with some peat hints and green herbaceous wood notes. There is a bit of a mineral water taste in the middle as it opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a hint of fizz and some soft alcohol heat that grows as the beer warms.

O- This beer has a Traquair House yeast character along with the great English barleywine character and a nice mellow oak flavor that blends in to the toffee. It does get a bit watery in flavor as it opens up but it is still a wonderful beer.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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.

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Photo of gfreed
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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 BeerImmediately
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
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

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Photo of femALEist
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Collaboration with Mikkeller, barleywine and 12.5% abv.
This poured a murky sienna brown with no head. It smelled of raisins, dates, burnt sugar, and some sweet malts. It tasted absolutely delicious. It tasted like rasisins, prunes, dates, subtle smokiness with a hoppy bitter aftertaste. I Loved it! The bitter hoppy aftertaste was just perfectly balanced. I have to say this is one of my favorite barelywines!

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Devine Rebel from BrewDog
3.89 out of 5 based on 214 ratings.
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