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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 jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2009 Bottled On Date

A - Pours a deep ruby burgundy color with a thin, but thick toffee colored lacing, clear, but with a ton of tiny floaties.

S - Whiskey, figs, prunes, raisins, figs, some toffee roast, a touch of molasses, brown sugar, and alcohol.

T - Brown sugar and molasses from start to finish, figs, prunes, raisins comeinto play around halfway through before switching over to an oak and alcohol effervescence finish with a touch of pine bitterness.

M - Thick and full bodied with an almost velvet-like finish on the tongue and mild alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

O - Follows the nose quite well, flavorful, and balanced without being obnoxiously boozy.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with bottled on date of 07/05/2009, batch number 243. So that makes this beer about four years and three months old. And that makes this bottle the oldest bottle of beer I've drank up to now. I found this bottle sitting on the shelf at a Binny's somewhere in Darien, Illinois. I've been holding onto this bottle for a while now; I have no idea what to expect.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a viscous mahogany caramel color with some orange-brown-red highlights when held to the light. About an eighth of an inch of khaki bubbles that forms a ring around the glass. No lacing.

S - I could smell the beer before I even got the cap off. Smells earthy, woody, & creamy. Some barrel character, dark fruit, figs, dates, prunes, molasses, brown sugar, some wine-like nuttiness, & some alcohol fumes. Something about the nose reminds me of the Mikkeller Single Hop series beers, which is confirmed by the bottle which says they showcase a single hop variety.

T - Taste follows the nose: earthy creamy wood, caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruits: dates, figs, prunes, and some yeast when I really look for it. A trace of alcohol heat is still apparent. I am actually really enjoying this.

M - Smooth and creamy. Aftertaste is sticky, sugary, and sweet. Medium-full body with hardly any carbonation left.

Overall, I rather enjoyed this, and I'm shamefaced to know that I will probably never get to relive this experience, but such is life and beer. 12.10% is pretty well masked and faded after all this time, but I am feeling the cloaking warmth. Definitely a nice complex beer that has aged gracefully. Grab a bottle if you have the chance.

Mikkeller / BrewDog Devine Rebel ---4/5.

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Photo of stumac
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking back on beer notes from a few years ago...

Pours up a dark amber with a nice frothy tan head. slight lacing. nose is sweet malts, oaky, scotch, vanilla, nutty. taste is intense up the wazoo! scotch fo sho, oaky, slight distilled alcohol flavor, hop bitterness is apparent. medium bodied, medium carbo. Tastes like a Scotch Ale. sticky aftertaste, almost medicinal. You can barely taste the booze!

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Photo of dtivp
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber brown with a thin frothy tan head that fades quickly leaving no lacing.

Aroma of caramel, vanilla, barley malt and alcohol.

Taste of bready malt with caramel and vanilla sweetness with considerable alcohol. As this beer comes to room temperature the alcohol becomes much more dominant.

Mouth Feel is a medium leaning light body with moderate carbonation, slightly sweet , smooth with a sneaky alcohol bite.

Overall this is a nice barleywine, a little thin would like a little more body, sip it slow and be careful it can sneak up on you.

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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 JayQue
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good English Barleywine. This must have been brewed more than once. I can't believe I kept a 12 oz beer for 4 years. Pours a hazy amber color with a fast fading, tiny light tan head. Nothing much in the way of lacing. Good aroma. Caramel malts, sugar, oak, and whiskey.

Taste is the same. This is a powerful sipping beer. Some good flavors, a bit of hops as well but not like an American barleywine.

The alcohol is overdone a bit. Takes from the overall effect of the beer. If this beer is really 4-5 years old, it must have been really hot when fresh.

BrewDog is a bit over the top and this beer is no exception. Interesting but not great.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with a fizzy head that covered the surface but faded fast

Smells like oak, dates, cherry candies, and tobacco. Taste reflects smell. In addition I get chocolate, which I think masks the alcohol content. Slightly bitter, which I didn't expect. I taste licorice as it warms up. I'm amazed I don't taste booze.

Light carbonation, good mouth feel.

Not sure if they put this out every year, but I would have another.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky red-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, whisky, citrus hops, dark fruits, some booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, caramelized and brown sugars, vanilla, oak, whisky, dark fruits, citrus hops, some hop bitterness, some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nice big barrel aged barleywine. Great overall balance.

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Photo of cigarchitect
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled 07-05-09

Referred to as a "malt beverage aged in Scottish Whisky barrels.
Poured into a wine glass.

A: Pours a deep opaque amber-ish brown. Thin brief head with fairly aggressive pour. No lacing to speak of as I get to the bottom. Looks a bit like a cider.

S: Caramel, vanilla, hint of dark fruit, booze is evident.

T: Mostly bready toasty sweet with a slight tang of fruit. Maltiness is well balanced. Seems to lack that caramel-vanilla notes hinted at in the nose and expected considering it was aged in scotch barrels. Burnt Sugar slightly dry aftertaste.

M: Thinner than expected. Well carbonated. Very smooth. Booze is more evident in the nose than in your mouth. A dangerous sipper it seems.

O: I would definitely drink this again if I had the chance. It has some depth and character reminiscent of some of my favorite barleywines and old ales. I am no expert but I would guess that it is the champagne yeast that is causing some of the off notes I am getting on the finish. But those off flavors are hardly noticeable and are trumped by the delicious malty sweet bread notes.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Initially the pour produces quite a good head for a barleywine of this strength - over one finger of beige foam. It doesn't stick around for long, but it's still more than you get from similar beers. Decent legs.

S: Sherry and a bit of soy sauce. Uh oh - did I wait too long on this?

T: Phew. There is a touch of sherry at the beginning, but then a welcoming rum raisin taste, akin to JW Lees, floods in. There is still a tinge of alcohol, but not much. The aftertaste is the worst part; it is bitter and slightly metallic at times.

M: The mouthfeel does not detract from the taste, but I find it to be a thin for this style. It is certainly smooth, but doesn't carry the weight I would like.

O: A good beer. I won't particularly miss it, as I can probably find some JW Lees for less than I paid for Devine Rebel, but I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a brown caramel color with a thin 1-finger tan head that quickly dissipates in to a wispy lace leaving no trail down the glass.

S: Very malty aroma with toffee and roasted barley background .

T: Sweet malty flavor with hints of scotch in the background. There are some complex flavors that would have aged nicely.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Great sipping beer at 12.50% abv. Nothing I could drink more than one of.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 07/05/09, so this beast is just over 3-years-old. I found this at a local liquor store in the On Sale bin for $3 a pop... It was originally $12.

A - Thin, chestnut-colored ale with no head or lacing. It's not too murky, and I don't see and large floaters.

S - Smells sweet with big malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and some bready yeast.

T - Fallows the nose, but more complex. There's some nice peat smoke flavor coming through and a tad of vanilla/earthiness which lingers. The barrel-aging, along with the 3 year bottle conditioning, has done wonders for this one...Quite nice.

M - Very smooth for a 12+% brew. The alcohol is well hidden for such a high %. I'm glad this was only 25% barrel-aged because the heat would have been too much with a higher %.

O - I'm glad I stumbled upon this at a local liquor store. There was no reason for this to be marked down because age has done some nice things to this brew. A great find for the price. If I had paid $12, this may have been a different review.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
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...

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of txbrewer
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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).

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Photo of bylerteck
2.26/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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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 peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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