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