BrewDog / Mikkeller Devine Rebel 2010

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 414   ABV: 13.8%
A collaboration brew between BrewDog and Mikkeller. This different vintage was brewed in 2009 with a 1/3rd of the beer being aged in a speyside whisky cask before being blended back with the base beer in 2010. The result is a 13.8% barley wine.
NOTE: This is a different recipe to the previous batch and is clearly labelled as Devine Rebel 2010. If the bottle does not say 2010, the rating should go under the first batch.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2012
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-finger thick, amber tinged, fairly quickly disappearing, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, amber tinged, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells strongly whisky influenced; touches of brine, peat smokiness, spicy oak, melon, as well as other notes of concentrated plums, toasted-smoky whole grain notes, concentrated caramelized malt, touches of sherry / nutty oxidation, and lots of woody, earthy, sort of tobacco like notes, and lots of spicy, warming alcohol. The aroma is quite complex and interesting, though it isnt very balanced or integrated, but it is enjoyable enough.

Sweet caramelized malt notes are quickly consumed by huge whisky notes that lean towards hot alcohol, astringent mouth puckering oak, spicy wood, cured plastic like hot notes in the finish, and a touch of light bitterness. Toasted malt notes lean almost towards a roast character (or is that the influence of the barrel), and there is a slight nutty character as well as a touch of sherry like oxidation. This is quite light bodied for a beer of this strength, on the other hand it is exceedingly hot and alcoholic.

The nose showed some promise, but this beer has way too much alcohol and Whisky barrel character to be balanced at all in the flavor; I could see whisky afficianados perhaps enjoying this, but it is just too hot and unbalanced for my taste preferences.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6470) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle: Thanks Jan: Lively medium sized light brown beige head, disappears quick and leaves a headless murky orange purple red-ish. Smell whiskey (spicy) notes, berries, wood, cream, vanilla, meat and a slight hint of plastic. Taste is spicy, barleys, dry wood, grass and hay, dry, some liquorice wood, toasted liquor drenched barleys. Bit unbalanced, tend to go lightly to a nasty malty aftertaste. Aftertaste is grassy and hay with dry liquorice wood and some herbal spices. Low to medium carbo, spicy mouthfeel, full body and a creamy spicy texture. Expected more, bit unbalanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (8814) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
pours murky medium dark brown with a decent beige head, little retention. roastiness, some pine, delicate smoky-whiskey aroma, woodiness, dry caramel, nuts, plenty of dark fruits. relatively soft carbonation, full body, nice grassy, lightly acidic and smoky finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Looks like a BW smells like a BW to a degree but really loses me on the taste. Not sweet at all and the barrel is really hard to get. No hops but that is how I like my BWs. Too much carb as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
xs2500 (187) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Poured light muddy brown. Aroma is sharp with a pronounce scotch note. Flavor is powerful with a barely punch and slight smokey undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prokroustis (744) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 8, 2012
Very dark red body with an off white head. Strong, complex aroma with burned caramel, liqueur, butter, blackberries, grapes, honey, brown sugar. Warming, full body. Somewhat unbalanced flavour with sweet notes like blackberries and brown sugar as well as quite bitter pine notes, a hint of whiskey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Pours a dark amber color with a khaki head. The nose is malty with lots of caramel, toast, toffee, and a hint of brown sugar. Some wood and vanilla notes and a hint of whiskey. There is a touch of fruitiness as well as some alcohol. Despite the age of the beer, still somewhat hoppy/bitter. Mild oxidation, caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. Mild oak flavors to it and a subtle fruitiness. As with the nose, just a little bit of alcohol heat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2012
12oz bottle thanks to mar..Pour is a dark amber, with a small tan head..Nose is scotch,caramel, wet wood, vanilla, dark fruits, toffee whiskey...Taste is whiskey, wet wood, alcohol,vanilla,smooth,brown sugar, alcohol..palate is smooth, with light alcohol bite

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (24173) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
1st May 2010
Cloudy dark-red brown beer, big frothy tan head. Light palate - dry and a little soft. This is a big beer! Port Wine and Brandy tones immediately obvious but held in check but surprising espresso coffee bitterness. The bitterness ebbs leaving strong spirity malt. Finishes a little dry with minerals, spice and a little cherry. Quite different from the original. Could do with some time though!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ekleintop (8) - - JUN 15, 2012 does not count
Looks great and not a bad nose. Just too darn malty sweet for my palette. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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