Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

880 Ratings
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outstanding

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Ratings: 880
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 49
Gots: 203 | 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: 880 | Reviews: 276
Photo of ihazabucket7
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color, very fruity plum and raisin smell, and very strong bourbon presence taste, but you get that fruity in there as well. Big big beer!

Photo of djbreezy
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 11/29/12 - This guy spent his time in a mini fridge.

Despite a tiny poof when I popped the cork, the carbonation was great. Still strong after 2.5 years. Has a nice hop bitterness present throughout, lots of balanced caramel malts, viscous mouthfeel but still effervescent, nose has the characteristic barleywine aromas with added complexity from the aging. I really enjoyed this one!

Photo of Bisco42
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled: 2014/02/04 - 17 months old

Incredibly strong head retention, about 2 finger head that stays for the duration of the drink. Surprising for being 18 months and 11.1%. The bourbon flavor has subsided and given way to a more malty finish. Sweet, English, a wonderful selection for the price ($12).

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my 1000th beer rating.

Wanted to make this beer special by giving it a review.

At first sight of the beer I was highly disappointed. Looked like sludge of some kind... After the first sniff I just knew this beer would be amazing. The tastes are extremely amazing with subtle notes of toffee, bourbon, and chocolate, all giving way to the big booze taste found in all great barelywines. I'm not sure on why this beer gets such a moderate rating, who knows. I think with two years of aging under this beers belt it is quite simply, amazing.

Well diserving of the rating I have given it in my opinion.

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I think this is my first bourbon aged barleywine and I gotta say, it's phenomenal.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.95 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 750ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th Anniversary snifter
From: Utah State Liquor Store #06 in Logan, Utah
Price: $12.99
Purchased: May 2, 2015
Consumed: May 12, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Aug. 19, 2014; Champagne top (cork & twist)

Poured a reddish amber, auburn color semi-clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. Average amount of foamy lacing spots on the side of the glass. Very good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled wood, vanilla, bourbon, tobacco, dried fruit, raisins, dates, grass hops, honey, light menthol and herbal hops. (Smell - 3.88)

Tasted woody malts, caramel, toffee, tobacco, vanilla, bourbon barrels, faint Cascade hops, dates, raisins, dried fruit, herbal hops, honey and booziness late. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.88)

An unusual take on an American Barleywine, but very good nonetheless. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.88)

3.95 | 89 | B+

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant chestnut under a sticky, clingy 2” light tan foam collar.
S: Spice, bourbon, big perfume, vanilla, oak, dark dried fruit, fig, dates, caramel, light toffee.
T: Very creamy liquid carries big malt, bourbon, vanilla, and dried fruit flavors across the tongue, balanced by citrus rind bitterness with some grain in the background.
F: A big body with medium to medium low carbonation, rich texture, alcohol warming.
O: A big beer with a mixed drink presence

Photo of mntlover
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky walnut color with a nice frothy two finger tan head that falls oh so slow and leaves gobs of lace for a high ABV brew.

Aroma is nice lots of caramel, figs, raisins and light brown sugars. Light barrel notes oak, vanilla with bourbon notes. Underlying earth notes from hops?. Aroma is very good but not as strong as some barley wines.

Taste is lots of sweet malts, caramel mingled with wood bourbon and good doses of vanilla. God spicy alcohol notes that warm with out being overly hot.Dark fruits aren't as noticeable in the flavor sadly. Overall a nice big sipping brew. Not sure I would call this and American version as its not overly hoppy, more a malty treat.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy, finish seems to lighten some maybe due to the alcohol.

Overall an enjoyable treat a great beer, another winner form Uinta.

Photo of jellikit
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.
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 -2.5%
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 -4.6%
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%
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 +3.8%
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 -1%
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 +9.6%
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 -24.6%
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 -6.8%
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 -2.8%
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 -30.1%
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 +11.4%
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 +17.2%
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
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of heartofgold
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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 +1.3%

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 +0.8%
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.

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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.