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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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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I've ever had to use a corkscrew to get out a cork from a beer bottle. My hands are raw from trying, this beer better be worth the effort.

Appearance:
The beer pours a crimson brown which is exposed for its true ruby redness when held to an adequate light source. Thick foamy tan head covers the beer whittling down from several inches to a dense and more constant centimeter. Sitting on my desk the beer looks black-purple.

Smell:
There is a smooth chocolate followed by spicy hops and some vanilla burbon barrel goodness. Light subtle flavors are easier to notice when the beer is on the warmer end of serving temperatures. My nose feels coated by the beer's overwhelming barrel characteristics, very little hops contributing.

Taste:
Smooth and chocolaty, just as noticed in the beer's nose. A light spice from the hops that is only noticeable if you close your eyes and meditate on all the flavors swirling around your mouth (sound like too much work? I agree). However, the beer's got some booming roastiness and a malty bitterness that coats my palate after each sip. The alcohol is fairly masked by the other flavors, but may help contribute to the beer's bite and this strange feeling of intoxication I have after 6-7 large sips....

Mouthfeel:
The bold sweetness of both the beer's malty chocolate and barrel attributed vanilla dominate the beginning of each sip. There is a brief spiciness followed by a once again overwhelming sweetness. I've tried beers that do more for my palate and quote/unquote mouthfeel, but it's still smooth a drinkable as hell.


Overall
A wise man would analyze whether these strong barrel characteristics are hiding imperfections in the underlying barley wine. However, this is only speculated, I cannot attest to whether the beer needs barrel aging without having tried the cockeyed cooper barley wine without being aged. I have to note that the cost of a beer increases dramatically when it's aged and it's obviously not worth the premium if the beer wasn't good on its own.
High price tags make this beer great, but still expensive. I definitely enjoyed the beer, but suspect there are beers for $10-11 that are just as good.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 05:02:00 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.