Devine Rebel | BrewDog

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Devine RebelDevine Rebel

Brewed by:
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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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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