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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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Cockeyed CooperCockeyed Cooper

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very good

845 Ratings

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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 47
Gots: 191 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Daniellobo on 06-03-2010

Aged in bourbon barrels.

65 IBU
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Ratings: 845 | Reviews: 268
Photo of jellikit
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Amber with a ruby hue. No head. Flat. Clear.
Smell: caramel. Bourbon. Fig. Vanilla.
Taste: malt. Fig. Bourbon. Oak.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big body. Medium sweetness verging on dry.
Overall: good Barrel Aged Barleywine. Will buy again.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle. Bottled 02/20/15. Pours a murky dark brown with over an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Boozey aroma with some oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of hops. The taste is toffee, caramel, brown sugar with a hint of vanilla. Somewhat boozey. More bourbon flavor near the end. Some citrus hops as well. Finishes with more burnt brown sugar and wood. Lots of carbonation. Not a whole lot of flavor from the barrel but there is some. Overall, a decent enough beer I'd grab once in a while.

Photo of Benish
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the Utah State Liquor Store but who knows how long they have been storing it improperly - like they always do. Bottled 9/23/14

Appearance: very cloudy brown with thick dense head. Lacings all around glass.

Smell: it has that sticky sweet smell - strong vanilla notes and dark fruits intermingled with a light hop aroma. Its almost like pecan pie. I honestly do not smell anything that reminiscent barrel-aging though.

Taste: very sweet and then hoppy. Starts out with candied dark fruits and then the instant hop bitterness takes over. Taste like a traditional American barley wine. Very bitter at the finish and remains bitter afterwards. Once again, I'm not tasting much bourbon as I anticipated.

Mouthfeel: carbonation and mouthfeel excellent. Smooth and medium bodied.

Overall: it's a solid American Barleywine, but I'm just as happy drinking a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot which is cheaper. I wonder how long Cockeyed Cooper sit in barrels? However, Unita Labyrinth and Dubhe are must-try as they are outstanding!

Photo of fx20736
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought from Premier Gourmet March 2015. Poured into a goblet at cellar temp.

Look: beautiful dark amber with a Manila head and gobs of sticky lacing.

Smell: Brown Sugar, toffee, dates, faint Bourbon.

Taste: burnt sugar, dates, bitter grapes

Feel: ok

Overall: taste doesn't live up to look or smell but still an interesting ale

Photo of jds16
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit darker than I expected, deep reddish color with a nice tan head. Smells like toffee and vanilla, slight citrus. Dried fruit, a little bourbon, caramel, and grapefruit on the tongue. Carbonation cuts nicely through the blue cheese I'm eating with it. This bottle was a bit over two years old when I opened it. Glad I waited, as it seems many people seem to think the hops are overpowering when fresh. Flavors were nicely mellowed and quite enjoyable. Barrel character was definitely present but not overpowering. Haven't had this one fresh, but the way it drinks at this age, I'm happy with an old bottle.

Photo of leroybrown10
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 l bottle. Very stubborn cork. Pours out a clear reddish brown. Some mild haze in the glass. Nice thick cream colored head which dissipates slowly leaving behind thick, sticky lacing.

Strong aroma of grapefruit hops. Malty notes come in to complement. Caramel, toffee and some peppery spice.

Grapefruit leads the flavor. Caramel, cream, pepper, and lemon. Mild bourbon. Some hints of oak and leather.

Medium-thick mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Creamy feeling on the tongue. Extended hop bitterness.

This is a decent barleywine but I was surprised by the lack of bourbon/barrel in the nose. Bourbon flavors were very subdued as well. Boosting the bourbon nose and taste would be nice. Very heavily hopped as well. Almost leans into the DIPA category.

Photo of t8dd
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Lots of hop in the aroma and in the taste along with caramel, toffee and oak. Didn't pick up a lot of bourbon but a really good Barleywine.

Photo of BrotherK
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To reference an 80's Wendy's commercial, Where's the bourbon?

Photo of FFreak
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into teku glass. A clear dark mohagany brown with a 1/2 finger brown head that dissipates rather slowly leaving nice lace. Nice dried stone fruits and brown sugar in the nose. Taste follows with dried fruit, raisins, cherry, hints of bourbon and some alchohol, but unfortunately it has a slightly unpleasant bitterness that is somewhat different that a hoppy bitterness. It might appeal to some but detracted from the beer for me. Mouth is substantial, slightly viscous, sweet, but not quite cloying. Overall, a decent attempt but unfortunately it misses the mark for me.

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

Certainly not the best Barleywine I've had. There is an appealing brashness, but I find it lacking in depth and complexity. Drinks more like a hot porter than a Barleywine.

Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smell is great and then disappointment

Photo of AllDayAdams
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Has a great body to it, I'm a big fan of barley beer and a nice taste of bourbon at the end result. Great beer company and good buy.

Photo of ZBowden
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark Crimson with a thick beige head well retained, smells of sweet barley yeast and bourbon booze, tastes sweet yeasty slight sour with slight ginger thick chewy mouthfeel.

Bottled on 06/04/14 drank on 1/10/15

Photo of WckdVbz
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good American Barleywine. Was bottled in 2012 and still hoppy as hell.

Photo of heartofgold
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

This beer stored for about a year at cellar temp.

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a brandy snifter which presented a beautiful aged cherrywood color. The light tan head dissipated in less than a minute but left a enough to coat the glass and separate this barlywine from brandy.

The aroma carried warm sherry notes but it carried a bit of cardboard dryness

The taste followed aroma, with some nut-like complexity to the malt followed by vanilla and toffee that delights but ending with our cardboard dry funk not suitable for a barleywine. While drinkable, I would not age this beer any longer.

Photo of floridadrift
4/5  rDev +1.5%

DO NOT DRINK THIS BEER FOR AT LEAST ONE OR TWO YEARS. Hoppy enough to be some sort of IPA.

A: Dark, hazy, amber, huge, white, frothy head

S: Big hops, no true bourbon notes

T: Cold: Hops, hops, hops, light sweetness W: A little less hoppy, bittersweet, slightly boozy

M: Smooth

O: Do not drink this beer until the hops drop waaaay off. I could feel a good buzz coming on though quickly, through my first 4oz pour. Label is excellent too, will be nice to vintage.

Photo of sommersb
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-18-2014
Freshness: Bottled 02-06-2013
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is a murky, dark brown beer, nearly opaque. The small tan head leaves a good lacing behind and shows fair retention.

Strong, pleasing aromas feature molasses and caramel, as this is very malty. Other smells include earthy, woody/oak notes plus vanilla. Also dark, ripened fruits like figs, dates, and overripe bananas. I don't really get any whiskey or bourbon aromas.

The taste is very rich and malty. Tons of malt give it a sweet taste, but there's also a significant dose of hops to lend an earthy and piney bitterness. The alcohol warmth is notable at 11.1% for some boozy effects.

Mouthfeel is creamy on this thick-bodied brew. Carbonation is low. The beer seems to have a staleness/oxidation downside to it that may be attributed to the age. Fortunately this seems to lessen as the beers warms up a bit.

Overall a very good Barleywine with a few detractions.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Pours murky light brown with a fluffy white head on top. Aroma is unexpected with huge lemony citrus peel and not much else. Flavor follows with more big lemons--like chewing on the fruit--and very light caramel. Really not much else going on here, and while the flavor is only described as lemony, it isn't particularly bitter either. Maybe I'm drinking lemon Pinesol? Light to medium bodied--strange for a barleywine, particularly one aged in barrels--with medium plus carbonation. This was weird. Pretty much the exact opposite of expectations going in on a BA Barleywine. I can't say it was bad, just not right.

Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in 12oz goblet. Poured a nice, opaque mahogany-brown color with less than a half-inch of light tan head that had very good retention and pretty good lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malts, with a bit of a hop tang in the background. On the tongue, the beer was pretty much the same, with the addition of an odd "funk" in the middle. there a slight bitter and smoky finish.

The body was about average for the style, a little fuller than Bigfoot perhaps, and had a dry finish. Drinkability was OK, but I would probably only have 1 at a sitting. Overall, a nicely solid brew. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of utfiero
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color- liquified medium brown toffee. Huge head.

Aroma- spiced rum raisin cake.

Taste- Starts with a spicy nuttiness then the hops appear finishing with a nutty vanilla note from the barrel with hoppy dryness. The finish is a bit jagged, and our rating reflects our perception of the finish. Also, the alcohol is "hot" with the esters not masked. Don't serve too cold. Optimal temp is 45-50 degrees to settle the finish more.

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

Photo of Zorro
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed reddish brown colored beer with a tall dark khaki colored beer.

Smells sweet and fruity with some pecan and vanilla. Bourbon while present doesn't appear as a distinct whiskey aroma only as vanilla and oak. Little peppery and woody and a little cork scent.

Starts out Woody and bitter with a sharp bitter pecan flavor like biting down on a bit of shell. Bitterness mellows quite a bit and the vanilla hits you first. Has a strong bittersweet thing going just when you think it has softened it snaps your taste buds again. Earthy mushroom flavors and some vanilla caramel flavors, this is in the upper 50% of Barleywines for bitterness. I can smell more subtle elements but the bitterness is covering them up.

Mouthfeel is good.

A fair barleywine for those who like them on the bitter end of the flavor spectrum.

Photo of dar482
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Dated 9/21/11)

The beer comes in muddy reddish copper color.

The aroma has that classic American barleywine of old hops, earthy, tea leaves, cardboard, brown bag. Behind it there’s a caramel and toffee sweetness and a hint of alcohol.

The flavor follows with a medium plus to light sweetness in the front with a touch of brown sugar and caramel, hints of dark fruit of dried prune and date. Then onto earthy, herbal, leafy heavy bittering of hops. It finishes off of a medium minus amount of bourbon that mellows the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium plus.

For an American attempt at the beer, this is quite good. The age and bourbon probably helped the flavor of the beer too.

Photo of roblowther
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.

Photo of BierJager89
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of stumac
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
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...

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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.