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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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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 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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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 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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Photo of theboozecruise
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint.

It's a dark brown color, thick and hazy with a large tan head. Not much lacing but rentention was decent.

It has a rich sweet molasses aroma to it. Boozy and very inviting. A lot like a rich syrup.

The taste is more of the same but a lot more bitter hop taste as well. The alcohol is pretty well masked and there is some slight smoky roasted flavor too. Really a good flavor to it.

It's thick like syrup and a heavy body to it.

I like this beer a lot. It's bold but the flavors are my style.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of dqrull
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter than expected copper, still pretty dark though, with a small creamy head that disappears quickly, but a really beautiful colour!

The nose is full of dark dried fruits, raisins, prunes and dried peach, accompanied by a solid buttery maltyness, notes of port and vanilla as well. The alcohol breaks through, but does not feel unmotivated.

A sweet maltyness is the first thing that hits the palate, along with a slight tartness that bodes way for the same kind of dried fruit notes as I got from the nose. There are also some notes of marsipan, as well as earthly honey. All the while, the alcohol does not make it 's presence too appearant, and stays in the back, warming, a quite noticeable vanilla lies is the periphery all throughout the tasting aswell, really tasty.

This is a really viscous brew, very light to no carbonation, but what is there just makes a really smooth brew even smoother.

I think this one would really benefit from some years in a cellar, much like a Hardy's does, although I don't know if I could stay away from it that long, as it 's so tasty already!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of compass40204
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, not much head to it. Light tan foam that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing. Deep amber color. Slightly cloudy, unfiltered. Smells mostly of malt with a bit of alcohol. Hops not evident in nose or flavor. Typical English style profile, sweet and malty. Scotch whisky barrel flavor also not evident, except possibly being the cause of the under-attenuated flavor. Highly sessionable. Cost to enjoyment ratio a bit less than ideal. I may do it again sometime though.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage 13.8% abv

Pours a deep amber red color with a tan fluffy head that fades leaving sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell is loaded with sweet malt and floral hops.

The alcohol is kind of hot on this one but at 13.8 what do you expect. Has a kind of soapy bitterness, lots of floral notes. Dry lingering hoppy finish. Very full chewy body.

Might be a bit to extreme for my taste but a good brew none the less.

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Photo of Jesstyr
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, burnt toffee and roasted malt scent along with a hint of bourban whiskey. It's warm and inviting with a light hop aroma. The taste is really good. It's rich and creamy with loads of burnt toffee malt flavors and a pretty aggressive hop character for an English barleywine. It goes down slow and easy with some sweetness and a nice warmth in the finish. The whiskey character is subtle, but definately noticable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed barleywine; enough said.

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Photo of Kendo
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 07/05/09. Consumed on 06/05/10.

A: Poured into a Piraat glass that's a bit of a tulip/snifter hybrid. Body is cloudy brown with a small tannish head that disappears quickly. No surprise there given the 12%+ ABV. No lacing.

S: Very nice -- toffee and ripe fruits (berries and cherries) with a nice waft of booze.

T: Solid. Brown sugar, toffee and ripe dark fruits up front. Finishes with slight waft of booze and drying oak astringency. Nicely balanced. Plenty of heat from the high ABV is felt at the back of the mouth and down the gulley. Lingering bitterness and booze cuts the malty sweetness nicely.

M: Full-bodied. Seems low on carbonation.

D: Not bad, esp. for a beer of this strength. Definitely a sipper, but you come back for that next sip pretty quickly.

Notes: One of the better BAL-aged non-RISes I've had to date. This works, where I find that with many barrel-aged ales, the wood overwhelms the beer. Here it the wood adds flavor but doesn't take over.

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Photo of Floydster
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse for eleven dollars, drank tonight from my Oerbier tulip glass, color is medium brown with some reddish orange edges, 3/4 inch creamy off white head that lasts ten minutes or so, some lacing as a bonus too, aroma consists of hops, toasted malts, oak, sweetness, caramel, toffee, and a hint of dark fruit, flavor starts off a little dry with some sweet malts coming right in the middle, mild alcohol burn mixed with a hint of oak in the finish, the malts become more complex as it warms and the dry bitter accents from the hops are still lingering around, great toasted character for a barleywine, small amount of whiskey adds an interesting dynamic, dry, sweet, and toasty mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingers a while, could drink more of this for sure, goes down very easy and is smooth, alcohol is hidden pretty well, great to see a Mikkeller and Brewdog collaboration, and unlike most of the joint efforts I tried recently this one was quite good, can only imagine what this would be like if they full barrel aged it rather than a small amount being blended into the final product, would like to drink again especially when it has some age under its belt, recommended

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

an 11.2 ounce bottle that i picked up because i saw it for sale for half of what i usually see it at. drank from an over sized snifter.

A- this one pours out a murky reddish brown colored body with a small khaki colored head on top. the head fizzles away immediately and leaves behind very small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice are the caramel and bready malts in this one. after that comes a plethora of fruits. cherries, plums, figs, raisins, and a little bit of pear. after that comes the vanilla and faint whiskey that reaffirms that some of this has been aged in a used barrel.

T- the sweet malts and fruits i could smell come back strong. cherries, dates, figs, plums, and raisins. moderately alcoholic tasting, but its still pretty well hidden for something this large. the barrel and whiskey come through in the taste, but its not overbearing like some other offerings from brewdog.

M- thick and syrupy with a nice low level of carbonation that really adds to the overall experience. palate coating. moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- this beer has been a pleasant surprise. i find many of the offerings form these two breweries to be hit or miss so i had relatively low expectations. this seems to be a hit from both. check this one out. barrel aged barleywines are pretty few and far between.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip April,3 2011

A a murky dark amber with just enough clarity that I could see the bubbles popping of the bottom of the glass, big ass soapy dark tan head falls fairly quickly leaving only a few patches of lace

S mellow smokey, woody, earthy goodness, some vanilla, toffee and perhaps some plum with just a little booze but I'd never believe it was 13.8%. It smells awesome, everything works together and you get something else every whiff no issues here

T much more booze then the nose, more toffee, smoke, and fruit with some burnt brown sugar, still very nice but without as much balance

M enters silky then the bubbles make it feel creamy, quite thick and the flavors linger, the heat lingers too and that's my only complaint in this area

O for a big fresh Barley Wine I thought it was pretty good, the barrel agings there but not overpowering and its oh so mellow

I was hoping this one would suck so I wouldn't need to buy a couple of them to age, pretty expensive but this would be amazing after some time, pretty mellow considering the 13.8% fresh I can only imagine this 5 years down the road

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