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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stumac on 03-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 214 |  Reviews: 146
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 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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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 tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle From Dilly Deli. Poured hazy brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted caramel malt, yeast and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex good beer.

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Photo of meatyard
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a murky, deep amber/mahogany with a short whitish head that vanishes quickly to a partial cover while leaving no lacing.
The smell is very malt driven, some booziness (especially as it warms), sweetness in the form of candied orange, a lot is happening in the smell.
The taste also has some complexity but is more potent. You can feel the warming nature of this beer by the end of the 2nd taste. There is a considerable sweetness and flavors of the dark fruits that is to be expected. The actual amount of alcohol seems blocked but there is plenty getting through too.
Mouthfeel is solidly medium and lacks carbonation.
It's very drinkable given that you can afford the price for a small bottle and are putting a few days to a week or two between bottles. It's a slow sipper for me.

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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 kingcrowing
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy deeb brown with a very small light brown head that thins quickly. Nose is a bit boozy, but not bad for over 12%. Some light malty and sweet notes shine through though.

Not what I was expecting at all. This thing is nice, light smooth and creamy body has a little bit of syrupyness to it but not bad at all. On the finish there are some like oaky notes from the barrels. It's a nice hint but not too in your face. Booze is present but again, not very in your face. I know this is a single-hop brew, not sure on the variety but it balances this malt-bomb out fairly well, you can get a slight floral note on the finish.

A really good beer, slightly pricy but worth it if you like barleywines!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewdog has immaculate control of their recipe formulation and brewing proceedures but I cringe when I see the whisky use with their beers because those intense flavors are just so over bearing.

Fortunately the whisky uses here gives a big boost in alcohol (which is remarkably restrained), a thin booziness and light bitteness.

The base beer underneath seens to be a well built Old Ale or milder Barleywine, either wiith a large malt component, Low hopping, and fruit cake sweet breads and fruitiness. Molassas soaked dried cherries, grapes, figs, dates, nuts, prunes... the list goes on

Even with the whisky influence, this is a pleasantly complex, inviting, and balanced beer.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Barleywines are a style of beer I can only drink during the colder months. This is my first one this season, and one I have been holding onto for a few months now. Here is my review:

A: Pours a real murky brown color. Can't see through the beer at all. Head is very minimal, and lacing is pretty much not there. Typical for a Barleywine.

S/T: The aroma is a little different than I expected. I get a strong apple aroma. Sweet malts, pool water, and maybe some caramel. The taste is pretty sweet overall. Not over the top sweet like some American-style Barley Wines, but it is pretty prevelant. I get some fruityness in there like pear and apple. Somewhat cloying and harsh. Lots of sweet malts. Some caramel, and toffee. There is a slight liquor and barrel aged taste in there, but it is pretty well hidden. Okay for a Barleywine.

M/D: Mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied and somewhat cloying. You can tell this is a big beer. Definetly a sipper. Not something you will drink regularly. Like most Barleywines, this is a one and done.

I love Mikkeller, and I am partial to BrewDog, and this beer feels like a perfect medium on my outlook of the two brewers. Its a decent beer, but not in the same league as other Mikkeller brews, or even other Barleywines. Southern Tier Back Burner (fresh) remains my favorite, with Three Floyds Behemoth in second. This is somewhere in the middle, but I would definetly recommend this one.

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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 Infamous7100
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A near mahagony, deep brown/red hue. No head to speak of.
S: A nice blend of booze, sugar, oak, very malty and sweet.
T: Malts present up front, along with some sticky sugar and some spice. The whisky comes into play at the end, but is not overpowering. Dark fruits also present, almost like a Belgian Dark. Well done here.
M: Little to no carbonation and a tad of a boozy burn. Very sticky.
D: Despite the really high ABV, this is actually pretty drinkable. It's tasty enough to sip on for a long while and not heavy enough where you find yourself not wanting another.

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Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly flat looking chocolate brown color with a minimal off white head that managed to settle into a light ring. The aroma is malty with some brown sugar notes, fig, red grapes, and oak. The taste is of toasted bready malt, caramel, burnt sugar, prunes, and oak with hints of the whisky. There is also an earthy characteristic that I can't quite place. The booze is noticable in the flavor. Moderate feel with soft carbonation, the champagne yeast keeps the malt body in check though the brew is still quite sticky. A big flavorful brew, a bit sticky and boozy but good. Nice flavor range.

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Photo of Nickls
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a murky light dirty brown color with a thinner bubbly eggshell head that didn't last too long.

S - Light whisky notes; dark fruits; light sweet maltiness

T - Lightly sweet maltiness; nice hint of whisky but barely any oak; dark and passion fruits; with a touch of twangy/sour fruit finish; mild hop presence, but sneaks in and adds a nice layer

M - Lighter than expected, but still fairly full; lively, but soft carbonation

D - Nice sipping brew, but not as drinkable for me as others. Nice, though

Overall, a nice barleywine and pretty enjoyable. Pretty pricey, though.

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

11.2 oz. Bottle
Batch: 243
Bottled On: 07/05/09

Poured into a chalice a nice hazy amberish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, picking up some figs/raisins/plum notes, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of dark fruits, a nice little hint of whiskey. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice sipper to start the day off, recommended.

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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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ken in the U.K. Pours mahogoney brown, with off-white head. Aroma is malty, and doesn't revel what the taste will. At first, hoppy, and a different than usual hop here. Then the barleywine taste kicks in, its balanced, and the alcohol is hidden until the end. Lacey and nicely drinkable.Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of adamette
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I purchased at Rozi's Wine house for $9.99 a few weeks ago into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "bottled on" date of 07/05/09 and a batch number of 243. Incidentally, the label on my bottle announces "12.1%" as the ABV.

A Dark caramel body under a light to medium brown head that stuck around too short of a time, about 45 seconds and is now a ring around the top of the beer. The color of the body is inviting, interesting. 3.5

S Sweet malt and maybe some of the whiskey mentioned on the label (1/4 aged in Whiskey barrels). Interesting. 4.0

T Wow, very sweet hits me first and then the Whiskey notes but they come across like something rancid, like urine smells really. That taste is not a long lasting one, coming really at the end of the primary taste and the aftertaste is one of caramel, alcohol and some hops. The ABV is reasonably camouflaged considering that it is 12.1%.

M This is one of the biggest beers that I have tasted (top 10 or 20 probably) in that it is thick with sweet malt, has that whiskey kick and is rather sugary to boot. The feel is very good for those reasons but drives down the drinkability.

D One and done certainly for me, and not because of the price tag of nearly one dollar per ounce. This is a huge beer that should be savored and enjoyed but it is not particularly drinkabie in the sense that "it was gone before I knew it."

Notes: Interesting collaboration between two European breweries and interesting to taste such a big beer.

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Photo of brendan13
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a Mikkeller tulip glass a dark mahogony colour with a 2cm ecru coloured head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Toasty, sweet caramel and stewed dark fruits are the first impressions. With a big swirl and inhale some peaty notes come through.
T - Very much along the lines of the smell but with a lot more peaty character.
M - Quite full bodied & pretty sweet with minimal carbonation but a lingering bitterness.
D - All in all a nice beer worth trying but I can't see myself rushing back to it in a hurry.

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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 Beejay
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice dark brown, thick and slightly cloudy, a nice white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Sweet, some slightly ripe fruity smell. Not picking up much from the Scotch aging.. hopefully that will change though.

T: Wow, that is lovely. Starts slightly smokey, and then goes into a very smooth, slightly sweet flavor, with just kick of hops. This is beautiful.. Smooth, subtle, and delicious with just a bit of hops in the end, and a hint of bourbon barrel aging.

M: Smooth, creamy, and nicely carbonated. Well crafted.

D: Hells yes. If not for the hefty price tag, I would drink this a lot more. Still delicious, and hides it alcohol very well.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nightbrew hooked this up from the evermore secretive cellar.

A- rusty in color without much head.

S- Burnt maple, brown sugar, and a sherry-like oxidized note.

T- Dried fruits(dates), caramel. Not really any hops to speak of. Shows Hardy's like ageablitity.

M&D- Mouthfeel was delicate and lightly carbonated, and the 12% hidden very well.

I would like to taste this again in several years.

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Photo of Raymond69
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy brown , wispy head , some lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts , a hint of hops.

Sweet caramel on tasting with hints of wood aging. A little hop bight finishes this off nicely.

Mouthfeel is thick , carbonation is good.

Overall a nice barleywine.

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

This strikes me as very similar to Mirror Mirror. Pours dark caramel color with abundant white head. Smells and tastes of caramel, toffee, whiskey, brown sugar, and a little bit of spice and fruit. The whiskey is under control thanks to the blending. Body is medium thickness with fairly high carbonation. For a sweet, high alcohol beer, I really enjoyed this. That said, given the price/oz, I'll just buy a Mirror Mirror next time I want a brew like this.

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Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a burnt caramel colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head and a nice layer of lacing,it has aromas of toffee,caramel,dried fruits and alcohol there is also a little touch of hops they are not dominant but noticable,it has an above average mouthfeel that starts off with a sticky burnt toffeeish,caramel flavour and finishes a little smoother with a touch of raisins and alcohol warmth im also getting a little whiskey aswell right at the very end,quite an interesting beer that im glad ive tried just couldnt drink it all night but in saying that u have to at least try it once.

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Photo of peabody
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy ice tea color with 1/4 finger of white suds that quickly dissapate. Slight lacing here.
Smell is sweet charred caramel and a dark malt sugar alcohol. Slight fruityness but the alcohol burns that smell from the nose.
Taste at first is a cough medicine quality. Raisin and fig like an alcohol dipped fig newton. Whew! this is warm for a cold brew.
Mouthfeel is quite clean after the sticky sugary first taste washed away by the strong alcohol. Don't light a match near this one!.
Drinkability is well? just so so cause more than one would knock you on your A$$.
Good tasting and quite interesting but way way way too much alcohol here for me.
I can't believe I paid 14 plus bucks for this 12 oz. brew. I got ripped off cause it is def. not worth that!

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