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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 champ103
1.56/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Pours a murky, dirty looking ruby/brown color. At first a two finger tan and bubbly head forms, but recedes in a second. No lace is left behind.
S: Pungent ethanol right up front. Dark fruits of raisins and plums. Lightly toasted. WAY to much alcohol punch, and almost nothing else.
T: Very rough, grainy, sweet malt. TONS of alcohol. Moldy wood and ash. Raisins drenched in boozy ethanol.
M/D: A relatively light body that has very harsh and prickly carbonation. I think that is a bit odd, and way off base for the style. Just awful to drink. I cringe with every sip.

I have said this many times about Mikkeller. They are very hit and miss with me. Mix that with BrewDog, and the worst of both come out. A really big, messy, thing of a beer. There are so many things here that are harsh to the senses, it is hard to describe. Harsh, crass, and no craft went into this. Avoid.

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Photo of KontroledMayhem
2.26/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: This is the best thing I believe this beer has going for it. It pours into a dark amber color and has a good head. maybe about a half inch or so.

Smell: The smell isn't something I am looking for. I like different but this is unappealing.

Taste: Maybe some will go for this but for me it is bitter and overwhelming. I couldn't even finish the glass and I always try to finish at least one. This is one is one I wouldn't try again.

Mouthfeel: I try to get it out of my mouth as quick as possible so enough said.

Overall: This beer is not for me. The one thing I will give it is that it is a very strong beer, if you can take the taste. Not for me but someone might like it.

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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 russwbeck
2.39/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

My bottle says 13.8% ABV. 2010 Batch 406.

A: Pours yellow from the bottle, but forms a deep hazy brown in the glass. A relatively big bubbly off white head forms and disappears quickly/ leaving a ring around the glass and lacing nicely.

S: Honestly the smell scares me. This smells like a boozy mess with some caramel and molasses mixed in. Seems to have some brett in it, sour notes arise as well.

T: Yep this is pretty much what I expected from the taste. Wow is the flavor big on this one. Molasses, caramel, Scotch, malts, a ton of booze all coming to light. The taste really just punches you in the mouth...and not in a good way.

MF: Medium body with a nice twinge of carbonation.

O: Disappointed. The flavor is awful.

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Photo of July2Nov
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Note: 2010 edition. Batch 406. Bottled on 11/02/15. 13.8% ABV...Collaborative effort w/ Mikkeller.

Appearance: Medium burnt brown with a 1/2 inch of frothy lacing.

Smell: Sweet, woody and scotch-like.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Caramel hits me with a wallop of spicy, oak and scotch. Burns the tongue a bit and flames up the throat. The initial medium part of this beer is the best...with a spiced apple flavor, but after that it's all strong, strong flammable alcohol. Aftertaste is numbness.

Overall: I'm always intrigued by "extreme" beers, but I'm usually not as satisfied with them as I would think I would. It's not a bad beer and does have it's merits....but I would never come back to this again. Try for yourself....hey, you might like it more than I did.

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Photo of smakawhat
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at ChurchKey DC.

No head present. A dark cherry body with a nearly dark pinot noir like colored body. No lacing at all. Looks almost like wine, but not quite like a beer either, let alone a barleywine.

Odd mild fruit sense, and big bitter sweet chocolate. Kind of a real odd strange sense that I am not enjoying so much. Seems kind of downplayed.

Taste is somewhat tannic and definitely herbal in the palate. A very large tight carbonation and tickle on the tongue that is unusal for a barleywine. Tannic quality finishes with a very dry malt backbone. High abv though seems to be masked and doesn't give a sense of large warming boozyness.

I am going to have to say it's not too bad but I've had so much better.

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Photo of Klym
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A: head is very shallow despite a pretty violent pour. Color is a raisin brown and not very opaque. Not a great look.

S: Figs, raisin and some other dark fruits with a very deep fruit-sugar scent. Familiar and not terribly complex.

T: Candied version of all of the fruits in the nose; perhaps just another way of getting at the deep sugar. Surprisingly sweet-- I was really expecting this one to be boozy but the alcohol is quite well hidden. Aftertaste is unexpectedly bitter, but not so bad.

M: Mouthfeel is awfully thin and watery, which with such a sugary/syrupy taste feels awkward-- water with the taste profile of thick syrup doesn't really appeal. Carbonation is there but not doing much.

O: I'm a huge brewdog and mikkeller fan and had to get this one when I saw it. Sadly, this beer was deeply unimpressive with a few offensively bad features. Unless like me you give anything the brewers produce a try by principle, there's not reason for you to pick this one up.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle without a date poured into a tulip glass. Beer is brown and hazy, carbonation low, lacing low, and there is nearly no head.

Aroma is sweet and boozy. There is almost an apple-like aroma to it.

There is a bitterness to this beer but not much sweetness. Some roast comes up at the end. I'm not really enjoying this beer and there doesn't seem to be much connectivity or anything to this beer. Its not hot and finishes a little dry. Not a repeat.

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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 drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm, Sure was expecting a lot more.... But, with aggressive pouring I got a small to medium sized light tan head that faded to a light cover quickly and a little lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy brown. Aroma is heavy malt, caramel, cotton candy, and a hint of peaty oak. Flavor's about the same and caramel malt sweet. Full round body and ok carbonation. Don't pick up too much alcohol until the warming feeling a bit after the swallow. Not a lot going on.

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Photo of somabeer
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was psyched to try this. As a fan of both breweries I was intrigued to try their collaboration. I was probably too psyched as I found this to be an average barley wine. It had an overly sweet and almost syrupy taste. It was rather drinkable for the ABV but, I found no added note from the barrel aging any nuances from the single hop selection were lost in this bottle. It was bad, but it wasn't much else.

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Photo of Heybeerguy
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a very big beer ! Red/Brown in color, filtered, but still slightly hazy.

Some hops present in the nose, smells of alcohol.

Tastes sweet, like caramel, with more than a hint of whiskey.

Heavy on the tongue, the mouthfeel seems appropriate for a barleywine.

Fairly drinkable for a 12% beer, but far from a session favorite...

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Photo of bceagles39
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at home from the bottle on May 29, 2010.

Pours a cloudy dark apple cider color. No head, only the faintest trace of some bubbles on top.

Smells candy sweet with some jammy fruit notes. Not getting much woodiness/bourbon/vanilla from the barrel aging.

Flavors definitely are not as bold as I was expecting and the high alcohol content is pretty well masked. Toffee and earthy flavors. Smokiness only on the finish for me.

Medium bodied and smooth drinking, hardly any carbonation. Some lingering heat on the finish but, again, doesn't drink like 12.5%.

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Photo of cps98
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle tonight so I had to try it.

A: Light brown head, fairly thick. Very clear with an inviting brown/reddish color.

S: Sweet, Toffee, caramel. I didn't get any alcohol aroma either.

T: Light on the hops, creamy caramel. Pretty well balanced.

M: A bit thick but went down smooth. Carbonation was very good.

Overall: ABV's were high but it didn't come through in the beer.

Serving type: bottle / regular pint glass / slightly chilled before opening.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 243. Bottled on 07/05/09 Consumed on 11/2/10. 12.1%abv partially aged in oak speyside whiskey barrels.

A: Dark cranberry pour with blood orange highlights to be seen glistening around the glass edges from passing light. The head is frothy underneath with a soapy covering which all lapses rather quickly. No lacing is observed on the glass with a near polished surface on the drink within a minute after the initial pour.

S: The nose is blunt, fueled with alcohol compliments of the 12.1%. Whiskey laced apples, with booze soaked grains are dominant with not much else being able to sneak through due to the alcohol fumes. Think prison hooch with fermented fruit and strong alcohol contention.

T: Whiskey and toasted caramel apples best sums things up flavor wise in a nutshell. Boozy rum raisin, plums, with caramel and a fermented fruitiness keeps things warm from the alcohol. At room temp indications of lacquer become evident.

M: The mouthful was vinous, warm and spicy with a low effervesce. Full bodied, very creamy with a nice fade of caramel raisin upon the swallow.

D: While it drinks fairly easy for 12.1% don't let this fool you, it will eventually catch up to you. Definitely a intermitted sipper, one at a time sample but overall a generally good experience.

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Photo of bcdees47
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed BrewDog's barleywine at the Heriot-Watt beer festival in late March. Out of all the beers on offer, I think this was the first to go. Divine Rebel weighs in at about 12.5% and is partially aged in whisky casks. I found it somewhat syrupy on the front of the palate, but with a definite alcohol burn on the middle of the tongue. Not as complex as one might expect, and has a bitter aftertaste. This was not a bad barleywine, but perhaps not the best I have had.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this form a 12 oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a redish brown that is murky with hardly any head at all.

The aroma is very sweet and malty with a little carmel, not much else.

The taste is medium, lots of different flavors. Alcohol dominates with a bitter taste.

The feel is light, pretty good drinkability fo 12.5.

Overall, ok, not a great bw.

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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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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 nickthetick
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy mahogany into my duvel tulip with a finger of dark khaki head and leaves no lacing.

S: dark roasted malts, scotch, caramel godiva liqueur.

T: dark malt and scotch whiskey over power the taste profile. Among the subtle notes there are; prunes, dates, vanilla, caramel and some woodsy tones. Oak and leather lingers. The alcohol is really strong.

MF: medium body and extremely hot. Not very effervescent and a little dry.

D: good for sipping but I wish I had put some age on it. Complex, I'll be getting one to age if I can.

Bottled: 11/3/10

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Photo of ggaughan
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a deep brown body, fairly clear. Head was thin and tan with solid lacing on the glass. Citrus, caramel and a bit boozy in the nose. Taste has solid grapefruit notes, citrus and a deep caramel, roasted malt taste. Strong abv comes through but a solid beer overall.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought from The Bottle, York

Poured a deep coppery orange colour. Mocha tan head poured quite loose and fizzy then faded quickly to wispy covering... barely any carbonation... a few sticky lacing lines...

Aroma - Lots of toasted toffee and caramel maltiness followed by noticeable oakiness, strong citrusy and peppery hop notes, dark fruits (strong blackcurrents, figs, some cherries), quite boozy, toasted nuts, earthy, light liquorice, some orange, malt loaf, burnt sugar sweetness, some faint coffee traces...

Taste is a bit of a let down after the good aromas - nothing seems to meld very well... Strong and harsh oaky notes to the fore followed by toasted bready and toffee malts, noticeable alcohol burn, piney hop resin, fruit cake notes, light treacle sweetness, ripe fruits (raisins, spicy apples, bitter oranges), butterscotch and vanilla, metallic traces, some medicinal notes...

Feel - Sharp initially then a little smoothness comes through... medium... too harsh and boozy to be very drinkable..

Overall - A bit of a disappointment this one... maybe it just needs a bit of age..

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel amber with light viscocity
and a quickly receding head. No bubbling. The aroma is heavily toasted and lightly smoked plums nestled lovingly in the rams of peet and alcohol. Lots of caramel malts in the nose as well. The taste starts toasted caramel and crystal malt sweet. The middle gets some heavy alcoholic burn with lightly caramelized plums and pears. The finish is all earthy peet and toasted fruits. The palate is a bit syrupy and very warm with alcohol, but the whiskey barrel aging is evident. An interesting and collborative sipper.

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Photo of ryanobeirne
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks delicious! Dark, almost opaque amber with a thick, foamy, almost creamy head. Good lacing to start, none to finish.

S - Smells spicy, slightly piny, and a tad fruity.

T - Tastes like it smells. Very malty; the hops take a back seat to the malt in this one until it begins to warm up a bit. More complexity develops as the beer warms.

M - Viscous, creamy and warming on the tongue.

D - Very drinkable for the Barleywine style, but this is definitely for sipping, preferably on a cold day.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Note that Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the whole world, but Brewdog's gimmicky crap chaps me arse.

A: Pours a two finger head of lovely cream lacing, decent thickness, and good retention (especially for the high ABV). Dark copper colour.

Sm: Cream, caramel, light nuts, and light vanilla/lactic notes - though they're indistinct. A mild strength aroma. No alcohol comes through, which is remarkable.

T: Strange dark fruit esters, light caramel, decent cream, and pleasant indeterminate hops. Not at all simple, but far from complex (if that makes sense). No alcohol comes through. It's nicely balanced, which is hard to do at this strength.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a touch thick, but not overly so. It suits the flavour, but is far from tailored to it.

Dr: High ABV, good quality, and easy drinkability. I'd recommend it to fans of the style, but the price point may act as a deterrent to common consumers.

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