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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

720 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 43
Gots: 156 | 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)
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Reviews by nhindian:
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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!

Rating: 9.0/10

08-20-2011 02:15:58 | More by nhindian
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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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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.

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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.

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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.