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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

747 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 44
Gots: 161 | FT: 6
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Hojaminbag:
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3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cockeyed Cooper has a dark red body and a fluffy tan head. The head is quite good in both retention and lacing. Also, I like the label art on all of Uinta's Crooked Line stuff that I have seen.

The aroma is quite good. Rich malts, a dash of hops, a little bit of bourbon and a distinct coconut scent.

I think Cockeyed Cooper actually smells better than it tastes, but not by a wide margin. It still tastes pretty good. Rich caramel and toffee are the focus of the beer, which I like in a barleywine. Considering this one was aged for a while in bourbon barrels, there is still a good bit of hop character to it, with hints of grapefruit and resin, along with noticeable bitterness. The barrel characteristics aren't as forward as they are in the aroma, but they blend well with the beer. A little bit of bourbon, some oak and coconut all come through, but in the background.

The body feels a touch light, but they smooth, velvety carbonation makes up for that.

Twelve bucks for a bourbon barrel barleywine that you can grab off of the shelf any day of the week is pretty good, but I don't know if I will be buying one again or not. Cockeyed Cooper is a good beer though.

Hojaminbag, Jan 14, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DanGeo, Jul 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter this beer was a dark brown color with a small tan head. There was a smidgeon of lace.

Aroma was sweet caramel and vanilla.

Taste followed aroma, caramel and vanilla. But there was also some dark fruit that showed up in the taste. And, lo and behold, hops.

In fact, this was a fairly hoppy beer. They didn't dominate the taste, but complimented it very well.

lordofthewiens, Nov 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

warnerry, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev +1.5%

DWolf, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, bottled 4/1/10. Pours a medium brown (cola color) with a fairly large creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bourbon, pepper, sweet caramel, some cola and some floral notes.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, some cola and bourbon. The finish is some grassy bitterness and alcohol (pretty harsh and warming). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, not too impressive. It's not well balanced. The cola is odd and the bourbon and alcohol are overdone.

Beaver13, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Britton
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Britton, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Twifiter
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

megamass, May 01, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown magnum.

Massive head w/ a good amount of stickage. Dark rudy color has clarity in the light. Estery w/ some fusel bourbon barrel aromas, caramel, vanilla and figs for a big sweet nose. Creamy and smooth all over the full-ish body. Big bready maltiness of toasted grain, caramel and dried hay. Alcohol is very noticeable but not hot, estery with booze soaked figs. Wood and vanilla and a drying finish complete this beer.

Wood aging done right, I really dig this brew.

Jason, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, caged and corked, with Brewed on dating right on the label...how tough was that?...

Pour is ruby tinged, darker amber, murky, the darker tan head is dense, lasting and luxorious. leaves wild, high webs of fine ass lace.

Malt forward nose, with some booze, caramel, burnt sugars and whiskey.

Super smooth drinking barley wine, very dry finish. Notes of dark and burnt malts, smoke, toffee, scotch. Big and smoothly flavorful. Easy drinking, quality offering.

Billolick, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. This was an aged bottle (at least 2-3 years) that was labeled as Uinta Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, but it is the same beer as Cockeyed Copper.

The beer pours a red-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is bourbon with some oak and dark fruit notes. The flavor is caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon and some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 10, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

joshnovaski, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of 1Adam12
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burgandyish. Love the color. Smells of raisins, figs, and bourbon. Taste was much less sweet than I was expecting, possibly due to the bourbon. Very nicely balanced. Tastes just like the nose but the bourbon is more present. Reminds me more of an ale than a barley wine. Bourbon is noticeable but not over powering. Still very sweet. This is a sipper for sure. I bought two bottles and I'm very interested to see what happens with some age on it.

Edit: 8-14-11 I previously said "reminds me more of an ale than a barleywine". My taste is getting better. Definitely a barleywine. Scratch that previous statement. I had this at an A-, this is more of a B+ however. Good, just not A material.

1Adam12, May 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

fo1ksguitar, Oct 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cockeyed Cooper opens with a surprisingly hoppy nose for a Barleywine. In fact, at first, a heavy smattering of grapefruit rind and pine hops is all that comes across. After a few seconds these initial aromas calm down, revealing a sugary, malty underbelly ripe with caramel, toffee, berry, orange, peach, brown sugar, and somehow, even more caramel. These sugary aromas bear a striking resemblance to caramel-covered fruits--the expensive kind found in artisan shops--and is extremely alluring. Toast crust and rising wheat dough help ground the brew. Hardly present, and surprisingly so, is any hint of bourbon, since this was barrel-aged. Only a slight vanilla and oak tinge gives it away, and that very hard to detect. As a whole, the nose is excellent, and while it may be slightly too strong on the sugars, is still enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a simultaneous hop and malt slam, the former bringing grapefruit rind, pine sap, dandelion stem, and touches of eucalyptus, and the latter covering the tastebuds in waves of caramel, brown sugar, apricot, berry, white grape, and green apple. Some toast crust and baguette helps bring the beer to earth, but not by much, as the sugars are intense--so intense that it takes the full force of the beer's 65 IBUs just to get the hops noticed. Additional notes of vanilla and oak, as well as extremely subtle tawny port and cognac, give excellent depth and complexity. Late in the mouthful the port and cognac flavors rise in potency, bringing a charcoal-filtered whang to the brew, as well as for the first time revealing the high 11.1% ABV in vodka-like heady vapors. The aftertaste is a continuation of these liqueur-like flavors, as well as fainter hints of bread and grapefruit rind, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-high, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent fare, and easily one of the better Barleywines I've tasted. Especially noteworthy here is how the beer doesn't rely exclusively on heavy, thick malt flavors--such as many beers of this style do--but adds IPA-like hops and bourbon barrel aging to the mix. The result is definitely worth seeking out, and firmly places pretty much everything Uinta Brewing makes at the top of my "must try" list.

jondeelee, Apr 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Janeinma, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

IrishGermanAmerican, Apr 11, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Dark brown, though clear, with very dark ruby edges and a inch-high khaki colored collar. This leaves spots of lace down the glass. Very pretty.

Sweet aroma of caramel, bread, bourbon, and a mild alcohol sting. Simple, straightforward, though pleasant.

Good amounts of sweet caramel and graham cracker, along with bourbon, cereal, and bread crusts. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, all things considered, and sneaks up on you quick!

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation with just a bit of alcohol bite. By all measurements, a very well crafted beer.

A great beer for the price and availability.

ehammond1, Jul 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Mantooth, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

GOBLIN, Apr 02, 2014
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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.