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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

653 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%


Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in bourbon barrels.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: Daniellobo on 06-03-2010)
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roblowther

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big bottle and my Friday after work is looking all good. Poured into a snifter, there is a noticeable cork pop and a lot more head than I expected from a barley wine. It is black in color and the head is huge, rocky, and light tan. Very, very nice looking. The smell is apricots, molases, vanilla, a slight hoppiness, and my mouth is watering. The taste is phenomenal, with boozy fruit, wood, vanilla and a slight banana in there somewhere. It is dry but not too much so, with a noticeable alcohol warmth as it goes down. The hops are there just at the very start and then its all wood aging from there. You taste it, you smell it, and you really get the sense that the aging process rounded off the sharp edges on this. Really, really spectacular. The mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated and a tad sticky. Overall, I think this is a fantastic barley wine. It is not sweet like most. It could, if anything, use a bit more sweetness and a bit less woody dryness but wow, just really terrific.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 22:55:56 | More by roblowther
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BierJager89

California

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish with a light mocha head.

S: Smells like a typical barleywine, red berries, and dark fruit as well as floral and citric hop character in the nose.

T: Taste is pretty similar, but with lots of oak. Doesn't really taste bourbony. No caramel or vanilla., very hop forward, lots of floral and piney hops. Some citrus a bit of caramel and vanilla as it warms up. Basically tastes like they took their anniversary barleywine and put in on fresh oak for a few months.

M: Full bodied and smooth enough.

O: Bourbon character is unfortunately absent for the most part. This is still a good barleywine, but it's no Sucaba, Samael's Ale or Angel's Share. Recommended if you like American-style barleywines

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 06:18:18 | More by BierJager89
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stumac

Texas

4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Haven't reviewed a brew in a while due to the quick and easy rating thinga-ma-jigger. So it's a a dark ruby with nice khaki lacing and dome. Rose hips, pepper, honey in the nose. Huge citrus hops take the plate, followed by mellow grassy notes. Hidden in there is the depth of caramel apple, apricot, cherry skins, all followed with a big sherry explosion. Big body, crispy carbo. A very solid brew...

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 01:25:04 | More by stumac
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Ohmmygawd

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every once in a while you get that beer. The one beer (or barley wine) that makes it all better. THIS was that beer today.

A- Poured so perfectly with about 2 fingers of a rich carmel head.

S- Rich molasses with hints of cherry or strawberry. I swear this is heaven.

T- Rolls over the tongue like a good bourbon and finishes with a bite. ABV 11.1%

M- Thick and creamy while sitting high on the tongue.

O- I'd like to think that every review depends on environment and timing for the individual but this beer was exactly what the doctor ordered and the taste was out of this world. I highly recommend it. Especially if you like bourbon or irish whiskey.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:07:07 | More by Ohmmygawd
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, another Crooked Line that goes straight to beer heaven! Poured at a good temperature with a huge, foamy, thick, billowy, light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a clear cherry amber with a couple of lazy bubble trails. Aroma is a heavy, hop, malt, fresh sawn wood, resin, black olives. Flavor's like nose, bitter and tang up front, with a little malt and bourbon sweet, hints of dark chocolate. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, the bitter hop veers a tad off, alcohol warmth, but still great sipping beer. Perfect to share with friends who are of the same mind.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:01:05 | More by drpimento
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Qbdoo

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - lovely mahogany

Smell - astonishing blend of citrus, pine, caramel, vanilla. Really jumps out at you.

Taste - hoppy with vanilla and caramel notes. Very nice but after the smell a bit disappointing. Not as bold. The barrel aging in nice but pretty subtle. Doesn't knock you over, which for me is a plus. You can taste the booze but just enough.

Mouthfeel - pleasant texture, not as oily or dense as many American Barleywines.

Overall - really good but, for me, it's strange to have this somewhat mixed review. The scent just blew me away and raised expectations perhaps unreasonably so. I enjoyed it quite a bit found it oddly disappointing after the taste didn't match the scent. I suspect next time around, when expectations aren't quite so high, my feeling might change. But I will drink this again and recommend it to those who enjoy American barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 02:43:26 | More by Qbdoo
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BB1313

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottled on date is there, but it's very hard to make out the date. It's definitely from 2013 though. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark auburn with a fluffy off-white head; nice head and lacing. The aromas are very sweet. Lots of dark fruits with hints of orange peel. Lots of sweet malts. Hints of wood/oak. The bourbon isn't that noticeable in the nose, but it still smells nice nonetheless. Surprisingly, the bourbon isn't too noticeable in the flavors either. Some wood/oak. It has a subtle warmth to it, but it's definitely not hot or boozy. More caramel with hints of chocolate. More orange. Some pine resin. This is a sweet beer, but it's far from cloying. Not bitter. It definitely comes off as an English-style barleywine. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is a nice beer to sip on during the cold weather.

This beer loses credit for lacking in bourbon barrel characteristics, but it gains that credit right back for being a tasty and enjoyable barleywine. I would've like to pick up more bourbon characteristics, but it's still very enjoyable nonetheless. Well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 22:15:50 | More by BB1313
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/19/2013
Bottle into snifter

A- Super hazy dark brown pour. Finger and a half off white head with sticky lacing around the glass.

S- Typical barleywine aromas of American hops, sweet citrus, some brown sugar, caramel with some strawberries. Very little bourbon in the nose.

T- More English in style from the taste profile. Not as aggressive hop usage. Getting a lot more of the bourbon in the taste along with some burnt coffee in the finish.

M- Light to medium body, tingly carbonation with a touch of heat.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 00:23:10 | More by korguy123
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champ103

Texas

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

A: Pours a dark brown/ruby red color. A massive white head forms with nice lacing down the glass.
S: Big toasted malts, toffee, wood, vanilla, and Fusel alcohol all mixed together. Some chocolate even some light dark fruits.
T: Follows the nose with the big toasted maltiness, drizzeled toffee, wood and some Fusel alcohol. Dried dark fruits like figs. Chocolate and vanilla. As this warms it becomes more bitter with some resinous hops coming through.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Though sticky and resinous. The alcohol is certainly present and fairly fusel at that. Though nice and warming. A nice sipper.

A very solid barrel aged barleywine. I am glad I can find this on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 01:39:36 | More by champ103
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter
Bottled on: 06/22/12

A - Pours dark mahogany with 2 fingers of whipped mocha head. The sinks into a nice collar with a whispy cap. Lacing is sticky and speckled.

S - Glorious melted toffee/caramel on top of copious amounts of toasted barley. Wood vanilla, bourbon, rich and sweet, dates, raisins. Sweet whiskey alcohol comes out when allowed to warm. As soon as I popped the cork hops jumped right out but then faded after the pour.

T - Spicy bitterness upfront, dry wood comes in strong, heavily toasted barley, toffee, caramel, pine hops, spicy, charred raisins, vanilla, ginger, pine hops continue to build, melding with the alcohol for a spicy dry finish.

M - Full bodied, chewy, low to medium carbonation, dry astringent finish.

Amazing aroma. I could smell this beer all day. This beer is almost 1.5 years old and still has quit a bit of hop presence. More in the flavor than the nose. The alcohol is spicy and somewhat mild except for the finish, which is little harsh. Glad I set on this for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:24:59 | More by StaveHooks
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Tone

Missouri

4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, wood, hint of bourbon, hops, hint of cherry, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of wood, hint of bourbon, slight chocolate, and hint of cherry. Overall, this is a really good beer; complex, well blended, good appearance, good feel, and great body.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 12:24:57 | More by Tone
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged bottle dated 02/22/13. I let it mellow for six months before I sampled in on September 30, 3013.

The pour was dark brown with ruby red hues and a modest silky, beige head with clinging lacing on the glass.

The aroma is somewhat subtle but it exhibits a good malty, molasses, and vanilla character. Some booze.

The body is medium to bold.

The flavors penetrate the back of my throat with potent barley malts, vanilla, and molasses and a moderate hop bitterness at the end. The ABV is not well masked but the sweet flavors offset that.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 21:56:36 | More by puboflyons
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle of the 2011 vintage poured into my Jackie's O's tulip...

A. Pours a ruddy reddish brown. Thick, creamy, three finger khaki-colored head. Lacing is consistent and coating.

S. Dark fruit, vanilla, earthy hops, caramel, and tobacco.

T. Very bitter hops, some toffee, caramel, oak, bourbon. The taste is almost completely dominated by tobacco and tea leaf. Very very bitter.

M. Creamy, moderately carbed.

O. Not my cup of tea. Bitterness overrides everything and, for me, made this unenjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 18:46:08 | More by siege06nd
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utopiajane

New York

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark and the color of burnt brown sugar. Deep like good wood. Has lighter brown highlights that accent this fabulously pretty beer. Fat beige head of creamy foam that fell slowly, refreshed with every turn and clung to the glass like it was in love. Has a brilliance from clarity too. left all kinds of lace in rings and in sheets on the glass.

Nose is scrumptious. Bourbon and oak. Citrus and pine. Big smooth malt. Breaddy, full and sweet with toffee and caramel. Toasted grain and little nutty as well. Vanilla. Then just when you think there can't be anything else . . . there's sweet chocolate.

Taste is beer candy. The velvety smooth, bourbon together with the vanilla, oak and toffee all combine for a delicious taste. The chocolate is smooth and sweet. The malt is dry and a little earthy which helps all these dark flavors to be at their very richest. Then the bread continues to deliver this outstanding malt to it's dark depths and the grain is deep but not burnt. There is a nice citrus with a faint pine on the palate to back up all these tremendous flavors and to add depth . It glides over the tongue full and flavorful. The mouthfeel is a little thick and sticky and it has a medium/full body.

The toffee continues to deepen and so does the nutty quality as this warms. For as high an abv there is no alcohol on the nose and on the palate it translates to a smooth warmth. The aftertaste is delicious and sweet. The bourbon on the nose drops off about mid drink but it remains on the palate and you are left with with a toffee candy like beer that is so easy to drink. You might forget the alcohol so be careful. Uinta has done a good thing with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 15:29:05 | More by utopiajane
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weonfire

Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A - Dark amber, thick full head - fluffy lacing

S - Hoppy, carmel, earthy, carmel, booze

T - Hopps, booze, carmel, earth, mustiness

M - Frothy, thick, med/full body, booze is is quite potent

O - Bourbon Barreled barley wine?? Must of missed all of that part. Pretty disappointed. Super boozy, lots of carmel, very American (hoppy), not flavorful. I honestly don't think this beer represents the words on the label well. I did not like this. I do not recommend it. Save your money.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 02:08:16 | More by weonfire
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2008 Bottling, labeled Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine; Sampled February 2012
A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two finger thick, nicely amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber / dark-brown color that has an amber glow to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a mix of rich, malty, fruity, nicely oxidized malt and sweet Bourbon derived aromatics. The nose reminds me a bit of a Bourbon laden, though not alcoholic, rich, subtly spiced, browned sugar laden, sweet bread / coffee-cake of some sort. Specific aromatic notes of vanilla, sweet caramelized coconut, tart berry like notes (that lean towards somewhat dried currants), caramelized sherry, light notes of molasses, a definite rich brown-sugar coated nuttiness. The lightly tart, dark fruitiness becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up.

The beer has a bit of a fizzy texture to from the carbonation up front, which balances a rich, viscous, rich malty body that is felt as the beer flows across the palate. The finish has a toasty nuttiness to it as well as a touch of bitterness, a slightly bitter malt character that isn’t quite roasted, but is definitely sort of leaning towards that direction. Nicely nutty, slightly sherry like, deeply browned caramel and amply toasty, brown spicy grain flavors add a savory richness to this beer that is quite chewy. There is a slight tartness here that seems to be accentuated by the oak and Bourbon character; speaking of which, the Bourbon character is quite a bit lighter than I might have expected, but definitely contributes flavors of vanillin, Bourbon’esqe fruity melon notes, Barrel laden woody spice, touches of black pepper, some coconut character, and even a touch of warming Bourbon character.

This has aged quite gracefully, I really liked that the Bourbon character is not too overpowering and really accentuates the gracefully aging base beer. This beer doesn’t quite escape the Bourbon heat in the finish, more so as the beer warms up, but for the most part this doesn’t detract too much. Definitely a nice beer to spend an evening with.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 03:26:27 | More by Gueuzedude
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this saved over from a purchase in early 2012... date on the bottle reads 8/9/11. So in the 2 year range of aging.

Appearance is as expected. Nice rich caramel color with a bit of an orange hue. Very thin head to it that stays around in a marbling on top. Looks promising, reminiscent of Brau Brothers Rye Wyne.

Smell is pretty nice, I've had the Uinta barleywine that was not barrel aged as well and this has a lot of the same trappings on scent if my memory serves right. I get that cloying malt sweetness that for me is a bit off-putting. Of hint of whisky and vanilla cookie. A bit of toasty caramel. A pinch of booze and pineapple. Piney and herbal hop astringency, though very mild.

Taste whirls with that slightly cloying, toasty, pineappley malt. It blends with a fair amount of vanilla and syrupy caramel and then plunges down into a warming booze with a touch of whisky. A really good tone of earthiness blends with the herbal hops but then twists up a bit with this pine astringency. It's a little odd. Little clunky.

Mouthfeel is really pretty darn good. Thick, rich, but not sticky and tacky. Which is surprising for the fair amount of sweetness on this barleywine. As mentioned, the booze is there but it gives a nice warmth that rests no further than the chest. Very smooth and drinkable though considering the hoppyness of this ale.

Overall, notably one of the most drinkable barleywines that is barrel aged. But, being barrel aged, it is not pronounced on the barrel aging. It's there enough to notice and as it warms you get some of the wood with the earthiness, but personally I like a bit more heavy whisky notes on my barrel aged beers. I would buy this again for a night with friends who are into big beers but may not have delved into the extravagant. This is a good step up, but not a mind blower. I would drink this again, but may not buy it for personal enjoyment. Glad I had the barleywine and the barrel aged as well though, a great adventure.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:40:57 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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BlackDog

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cockeyed Cooper pours a dark mahogany with a huge white head. The head is sticky, making for good retention and even better lacing.

Aroma: The aroma is big and bold, dominated by caramel, toffee, and bourbon alcohol (the beer is aged in bourbon barrels).

Taste: The taste doesn't deviate much from the aroma. The deep, full body is dominated by tastes of malt, bread, and toasted grains. There're hints of caramel, chocolate, and toffee, with a noticeable, but not bad, alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with creamy carbonation and a slight sweetness.

Overall, this is a barrel-aged barleywine done right.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 15:10:33 | More by BlackDog
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into large snifter; deep blood-red ruby with a huge fluffy tan head even from a soft pour that fades very slowly, leaving tons of lacing. Smell is big malt, some bitter hops, bourbon and vanilla, and some woody notes. Taste is big malt, a hefty presence of bitter hops, as well as some dark chocolate and dark fruit. Then it all smooths out into bourbon/vanilla/woody flavors. Mouthfeel is huge and creamy. Alcohol is noticeable but not in a bad way.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:17:44 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: A real dark hazy copper colored ale, heavy bubbles all over the body rose pretty high in the beginning creating off-white head with a light orange tint, maybe 2/3".

Smell: Light but still strong in the malt department.

Taste: I will try to break it down to the best of my ability, not really complex...a light sweet malt that you can tell was aged barrels but what kind..not good ones. It is also a little sweet almost like a butterscotch. Could use a little tweaking.

Mouth: A bit dry if you ask me, come off a little woody at the end.

Overall: I was expecting a lot more, I have a huge love for all barleywines but this quite didn't do it for me. Factoring in price, you can save yourself a few and grab something more worthwhile. Not to knock it but there is more out there...Salud!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 02:56:16 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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n2185

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in May of 2011

A: pours a murky brown with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: caramel, vanilla, raisins, and oak dominate the nose with some slight oxidation notes.

T: similar to the aroma, caramel, vanilla, raisins and dates, and oak flavors dominate. There are some oxidized flavors here as well along with some hearty bread notes before a finish that has only a little alcohol presence.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer isn't as sticky sweet as many barleywines, which is nice.

O: a solid beer overall. I'd like a bit more depth and bourbon character, but there's nothing particularly offensive about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 01:07:17 | More by n2185
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Greywulfken

New York

4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: into a tulip, brown ale with a few fingers of tan head that left clingy lace down the glass - head persisted throughout the drink

S: earthy grains, bourbon and oak, candied fruits

T: sweet figs and molasses up front, with dry, whiskey woods and hearty grains to finish - nice complexity hinting at dark musky fruits, oak alcohol vapors, and chewy barley - some suggestions of savory spices

M: medium-full bodied, smooth but with a semisweet bitterness to close, some fizz of carbonation, slight coating on the tongue

O: hearty, not too sweet, complex and well-balanced hop and malt mixture. Much better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:58:55 | More by Greywulfken
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

750ml caged and corked
Bottled 9/7/10

Pours a rusty brown color throughout, no head, in fact there's hardly any bubbles at all, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a nice caramel malt backbone, touches of fruit, slight hint of bourbon but nothing overwhelming.

Taste starts with the caramel malt but is soon overtaken by an odd bitterness, tastes of stale piney hops and leaves a bad aftertaste, it is not helped by the fact that the beer is dead flat, not a hint of carbonation, that really leaves this beer behind in body and flavor and only accentuates the staleness.

For a barleywine, this has not aged well, although I do not know if there was carbonation to begin with. Aged in a cool and dark cellar since receiving it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:52:31 | More by deltatauhobbit
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/11/2012. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, orange zest, apple, floral, light pine, orange rind, grass, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, oak, light bourbon, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and hop notes with light-moderate barrel notes. Taste of caramel, raisin, orange zest, apple, floral, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, oak, light bourbon, light pine, light clove, grass, and floral earthiness. Light amount of floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, floral, toast, light pine, brown sugar, light chocolate, oak, light clove, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of malt and hop flavors with light-moderate barrel presence; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance for the style and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a slick, lightly syrupy, and sightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American barleywine. All around very nice balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors with a fair amount of barrel presence; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 04:20:31 | More by superspak
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage. Have had this cellared for just at 2 years.
appearance: Very hazy dark amber. looks like sorghum syrup. Fat off white, almost tan head with lost of messy lacing.
smell: After 2 years starting to get that buttery nose of an aged barley. Hops are still in your face. What's not apparent is the bourbon barrel. I get that Americans are typically liberally hopped, but that character dominates the malt and the bourbon barrel aging. I'd prefer a balance. Doom (yea, I know, it's a DIPA) had a awesome hops, bourbon barrel balance. In the Cooper, it's an uneasy co-existence IMHO.
taste: Ditto for the nose, with a bitter finish.
overall: Tried this fresh and was just too hop forward. Thought a couple of years in the cellar and it would come into it's on. Should've waited another year.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 22:50:21 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.