Old Devil's Tooth Barleywine | Sockeye Grill & Brewery

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Old Devil's Tooth BarleywineOld Devil's Tooth Barleywine
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Old Devil's Tooth BarleywineOld Devil's Tooth Barleywine

Brewed by:
Sockeye Grill & Brewery
Idaho, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
100+ IBU

Added by younger35 on 11-17-2007

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to Toby (JohnGalt1) for sending me two vintages (this and 05) of this brew. Marked 4/09.

Pours a beautiful glowing ruby red amber color with a very nice off white head that retains very well and leaves excellent lacing.

Nose is full of typical american barleywine. A nice dosing of hops with a sturdy malt backbone in the nose. Hops definitely indicate a bitter american bite.

Wow! Taste is very nice. A nice malty sweetness without being cloying starts us off and carries us to the finish. Moments after jumping in, the large hop profile begins to build. A very nice melding of PNW type hop flavors and aromas. As we approach the finish, the hops keep building, but the malt profile begins to transform a bit, and a toastiness begins to come forth. As we hit the finish, a quick lick of bitterness bites, and then that toastiness in the malt profile peaks, and lingers into the aftertaste, along side the hop bitterness, and standard sticky sweet malt. Masterfully balanced at this stage in its life. Very complex, and quite interesting.

Mouthfeel is right where it oughta be. Not terribly soupy viscous, but certainly not thin for the style. Carbonation is damn near on par for the style as well.

Drinkability here again, very nice. I don't know what the abv is in this one, but it seems light for the style, maybe 8%ish. Either way, amply drinkable for the style.

Overall this is one of the better american barleywines ive had in some time. I really like the malt profile, and the hops are ample enough to keep up with it without beating it down. Its drinkable, its tasty, and doesn't take an hour to drink a pint. Would love to have this on hand regularly. Very well balanced at this point in time. A great example of the style, and one im psyched to have a vintage bottle of, especially knowing its been properly cellared by the man that deserves massive amounts of thanks for another fantastic trade. Thanks tobes!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to drink, enjoy, and review something special tonight. I've had a Devil's Tooth in the fridge for a while now. 2005 "private stock" bottle was gifted to me during the May BW tasting (I think I got this from one of Jason's Friend/Cathy's husband) ... I've had this 2-3 times before, typically a nice pour from a generous soul at the brewpub. Tonight, I am cracking the bottle and sharing a little with Brenda, but for the most part.. Its mine. Waxed 22.

Poured into my Kasteel tulip... 1" head .. descent lacing.. and a firm cap.. brew is deep copper with orangey highlites when held to a light.

Aroma is a rich mix of caramel malts with a shotgun of citrus and piney hops.. toffee .. caramel.. quite a bit of dried fruit.. cherries.. golden raisins.. fig? The nose is amazing.. very smooth yet very complex.. is it peaking?

More than enough bitterness (still??) out of the gates.. melts seamlessly into a malty monster of a brew... alot of fruitiness.. cherries and maybe some prune.. the midpalate hops are more earthy than the nose lets on.. but the finish is a long.. malty essence with a great citrus end. Mouthfeel is medium thick with a creamy carbonation that never dies. Edit: as it hits room temp.. a looong tawny port note helps tie the finish hops together.. fantastic.

This is still drinking like a champion.. WOW!! If I had more of these, I honestly believe I could put Sockeye on the map just from extras. Badass and I wish I would have kept them instead of sharing them with every knucklehead that came by my house.


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Photo of boatshoes
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from JohnGalt1 in a recent trade. Thanks a bunch, a great trade! My bottle is a 12oz-er dated 7/9.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with about one finger of light tan head. Not quite as dark as I was expecting but solid levels of carbonation and leaves some lacing down the side of the glass as well. Head dies down to some minimal amounts of trace over the surface of the beer.

Smell- Hmm, pretty intriguing nose. A surprising amount of citrusy hops come through in the nose with lots of grapefruit and even a touch of pine coming through. However, this fragrance is challenged almost immediately by a caramelly sweetness that comes through from what must be a heavy malt backbone. Fairly complex and makes me want to give it a try.

Taste- Again a surprising amount of citrusy grapefruit and some pine needle come through right off the bat on the palate. Chased almost immediately by lots of malt sweetness and ends on a mildly drying note from the hops with warming alcohol showing through also. Found it to be a fairly intriguing dance between the hops and malt sweetness yet again but overall thought it to be a rather fruity, hoppy barleywine.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I will admit, I found the mouthfeel to be somewhat of a letdown. It just wasn't as thick as I had hoped. I found it to be a touch watery for a barleywine and as such it hurt the drinkability for me, as I always find thin high gravity beers to allow the alcohol to show through a touch more than I like.

Overall, a pretty solid barleywine and one that I was very happy I was so generously given the opportunity to try given the limited nature of the beer. The one weakness for me on this one was the mouthfeel. I would still suggest giving it a try if you have access to it however.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Private Stock label, red wax, same as pictured. Tasted 5/2/09.

Cloudy amber-brown color with very nice, small, but soft foamy head.

Hops still coming out over the malts after all this time, glad I kept it in the fridge for over a year. Leaning towards hops on the nose, but backed up by smooth caramel-toffee blend. Sweet citrus (mostly orange) candy and woodsy hops.

Nice sweet, yet full and nutty caramel flavor comes across with a tangy bitterness. Hop flavor and bitterness are holding very well here.

Soft carbonation, but not overly thick or syrupy, especially for a BW. Very surprising for 4 year old BW- I usually think most BWs start tasting the same with age, but this one stands out.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spikester
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber with two fingers of cream color head. Splotches of lace.
Smell is heavy malt with some dank hops. Taste is smooth and balanced with lots of depth of flavors.
Mouthfeel is heavy with good carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and well balanced.
Overall a stellar Barleywine. You must try this if you enjoy big beers.

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Photo of isualum12
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had @ ALEfort last weekend in Boise Idaho during the Treefort festival.
aroma is strong with a little fruit showing in it.
appearance- red with haze
taste- heavy flavor that is sweet
palate- heavy and bitter high in ahl.
overall- I just am not a good judge of barleywine. It is hot and cold so I don't feel right fully judging.

Have I mention how cool sockeye is though. Great crew and great beers overall. Try [email protected]

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A properly cellared six month old can, poured into a Fremont small snifter. Poured a medium to dark red orange with a half finger light khaki head with good retention and lots of nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, tea, fresh and dried dark fruit; hints of a red ale profile. Flavor is pleasantly mellow caramel malt, fresh and dried plums, figs, raisins, nuts (lightly peanutty), finishes drier and maltier with a lingering strong hop bitterness. Nice creamy medium to heavy bodied. An unexpectedly tasty barleywine with very well integrated and mellow flavors, the malt and fruit balance well. A bit hot in the finish, which also leaves the hop bitterness a bit stark, but with remnants of the smooth flavors leading into the finish, so all is forgiven. A nice, smooth barleywine that has aged so nicely in the can that I wish Ihad bought a few more, since the brewery is a day away.I'll be back.

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of crewfan16
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

thanks to boisebeerguy85 for this as an extra. no dating anywhere on the can, but its bright red with a sockeye salmon across a diamond on the label. poured into a central waters snifter

a- pours a murky ruby amber color with a bit of off-white head. carbonation seems on the low end. no light shows through. a nice looking barleywine

s- definite hop quality hits my nose first, then the bready malt takes over and the sweetness starts. caramel, prune, brown sugar.

t- follows the nose. initial earthy hop resin, then the sweetness comes again. lots of caramel, prune/raisin, bready malt. finish comes back to the hop resin. very sweet, but tasty and getting better as it warms.

m- not as sticky thick as some in its style, but it still has that mouth-coating oily quality that I enjoy. carbonation is a tad on the lower end of the spectrum, but I dont mind it as it seems to allow the finish to really hang around.

overall, I really enjoy this beer. I dont know that I have ever had a big 10%+ barleywine out of a can, and a I initially had reservations, but I really enjoyed this beer. I dont know how it would age in a can, having never come across something like this for my cellar, but I want some more so I can find out. Too bad its no where near my distribution. An awesome extra with a great trader and something I would seek out again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

16oz. Swing Top Bottle
Date Of: 4/9

Poured into a chalice a very nice hazy amber color, very nice carbonation, awesome three-finger light creamy tan head, with tons of sticky lacing left behind, with lots of small islands. The nose is malty, with a very nice touch of hops, getting a grapefruit/fruity note in the face. The taste is sweet up front, malty, hoppy, fruity, pretty complex. Medium body, very very easy drinking BWSA. Very drinkable, my first from this brewery, and a joy to drink, thanks for the brew Toby, much appreciated.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of DIM
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

note: The label reads, private stock 2005.

a: The Devil's tooth is a slightly cloudy deep ruby red with orange and yellow highlights. It pours with a thin off-white head that doesn't last long.

s: The smell of this one is mellow, seductive, and complex. Surprisingly, the hops are still very noticeable, mostly grapefruit and lemon with little pine as well. Aromas of cherries, grains, brown sugar, and alcohol.

t: Things start off with flavors of sour cherries and brown sugar. The finish is shockingly hoppy given the age of this one, but they aren't overwhelming. They taste mostly of citrus, but there is some pine as well. The alcohol is barley noticeable.

m: The texture of this one is perfect, syrupy, silky, and thick.

d: I got this from a very generous JohnGalt1. Thanks Toby! I don't know how hard this is to find, but this fantastic barleywine is well worth seeking out. It must have been a complete hop monster when fresh, but it is well balanced and wonderful now.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A deep ruby brown body with a two finger dark brown head.

S: There is a very rich roasted grain aroma. It comes off as a rich caramel and toffee. Very deep and very delicious smelling.

T: There is intense bitterness and caramel bite in the beginning. The flavors blend nicely and are consistent throughout the taste.

M: Huge body. Very thick and silky. The carbonation is very low.

O: Very good beer. Worth getting if you can.

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Photo of stevoj
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Cole Rd brewpub. Initial assault of malt, alcohol becomes more prevalant s it warms. Amber body with thin soapy head. Right in the wheelhouse for a barley wine

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of younger35
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a couple bottles of this from the local brew store. Have had many Sockeye brews and most are pretty damn tasty. This is the private stock 2005 version. Drank from my generic snifter at room temperature.

Appearance- Pours a dark purple/brown that forms a decent sized light brown head that recedes quickly. Surprisingly nice head from a Barley Wine. Leaves a spotty, lily pad cap with a very thin collar. Almost zero lacing.
Smell- Big and boozy with lot’s of deep dark fruit. Raisins, plums, prunes and maybe even a bit of apricot. Has a cotton candy/bubblegum like sweetness as well. Nice aggressive American citrus hop also shows in nose.
Taste- This thing is full of luscious dark fruit. Figs and prunes are what immediately come to mind. Some sweetness from a caramel like malt holds its own against the aggressive bitterness of the hops. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and a rock candy like aftertaste. A fair amount of alcohol also shows through but for the most part it’s really smoothed out. Wish I knew the ABV of this bad boy but it has to be over 10%.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth and mellow with a semi-creamy feel. Very little carbonation but just enough to add a bit of bite.
Drinkability- I’m not the biggest Barley Wine fan in the world but this is very approachable. It’s so smooth and very mellow and does a really nice job of hiding the big ABV. I wish I had more of this to send out to some of my fellow traders. Nice stuff!

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Photo of bennetj17
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky mahogany appearance, medium thick tan foam that quickly dissipates after the pour. The nose has a strong mix of caramel malt and herbal, pine tinged hops. I like this level of hop intensity for the style, the aroma is reminiscent of Bigfoot.

The first sip has a doughy, cookie like maltiness. It's faintly dry and not too sweet, and the piney hops balance nicely. Alcohol gives a bit of warmth at the back, as the taste lingers long after the finish. Mouthfeel holds up decently, perhaps a bit thin but that might just be the softness of the carbonation.

Overall a nice Barleywine with good qualities, but otherwise nothing is too exciting/amazing. Good potential here, and a little more refinement could make it top notch. Worth a try!

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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

From notes, sampled 12/26.

Latest 2011 release. 550ml swing-top hand bottle from the brewery, poured into a tulip shaped nonic.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with hints of orange and murky brown. Fluffy off-white head and good head lacing.

S: Dry citrus hops and a hefty malt backbone. Spices, orange, papaya. Decent floral and herbal semi-sweet bouquet.

T: Flash of toffee but subdued sweetness, there is a slight pungent hop presence, with some pine and grassiness to accompany the caramel malts. Good medium bitterness for a barleywine.

MF: Semi chewy medium-full body. Light alcohol character.

O: A great winter ale in my opinion.

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Old Devil's Tooth Barleywine from Sockeye Grill & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 24 ratings