Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Bottled on 11/19/10.
To begin, this was easily the hardest cork I've had the (mis)fortune of coming across. Seriously, Boulevard has nothing on this beer. After trying to pull it by hand for a few minutes, I gave up and resorted to a corkscrew. After using two different ones and pulling the cork out in 3 pieces, I finally got the bottle to relinquish it's beer.
A - Pours a burnt sienna color, a nice wood shade. It's pretty hazy and almost impossible to see through, except on the edges where you can see a dark orange hue and some bubbles. About 2-fingers of head form for a few minutes, but then collapse into a milky cap. The lacing doesn't cover completely, but it does encapsulate all sides at least.
S - This has a very appetizing nose on it; at first the barrel-aging is subtle, but as it warms it shines exceptionally. The barrel, malts, and hops are all in balance, giving off aromas of oak, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and orange citrus. The bourbon plays beneath the rest of the notes, while the other barrel characteristics are big players. The alcohol certainly does come through at the back-end, which would be the only complaint I can levy against the nose.
T - The taste pays faithful homage to the nose, and for good reason. I am surprised by how much vanilla I'm actually getting, and when combined the chocolate from the malts, it's almost decadent. Smooth bourbon notes add a bit of a bite, while throwing some fruit in the mix, which by the time the hops come in, provide a nice tandem. The combination of alcohol, bourbon, and citrusy hops really make the finish busy and at times a little overbearing. The alcohol is no stranger for sure, which as in the nose, is really the one flaw I can peg in this otherwise fine beer.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation for being a barrel-aged barleywine. Long, somewhat bitter finish, but overall fairly smooth from the barrel-conditioning.
D/O - Drinkability is high. At first I was a little underwhelmed by the bourbon qualities in this beer, but when looking at the big picture, what this beer lacks in overt bourbon flavors it makes up for in the oak and vanilla that the barrel provided, which is a big component of the flavor and my enjoyment of this beer. In fact, the oak, hops, and alcohol give it a distinct finish that, while at times bold, is unique and keeps me coming back for more. I wish this were available around me to age a few bottles, but at $14 a pop, maybe that's for the best!
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2011 02:15:58 | More by nhindian
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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
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 03:14:40 | More by sommersb
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 23:45:25 | More by BMMillsy
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-08-2014 22:12:54 | More by beertunes
Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.