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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

Cockeyed CooperCockeyed Cooper

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652 Ratings

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Ratings: 652
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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Photo of maximum12


1.93/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to beandip for the bottle via trade; I only have one more from our interactions & it, too, is a BA barleywine? Coincidence? I think not. Popped open & shared with my Florida-bound wife, curse her!

Pours is pretty tame. The beer looks like water running of a rusty, fire-engine red 1980 Ford Pinto. Aroma is sharp, malty, with a teaspoon of oxidation & a faint, but present, sourness. Doesn't bode well.

Cockeyed Cooper carries a whopper of oxidation, enough to really wreck the beer for me. Rusted nickel dominates, with only bare hints of vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisins, caramel, & malts peeking out from the ruins. But the slick rust keeps this from being enjoyable at all.

Disappointing. Bottled less than a year ago, this one, anyway, has turned into a heap of Pinto scrap metal. My wife concurs. Sadly, reluctantly I can't finish this.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 02:55:58 | More by maximum12
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New York

2.42/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The packaging is great. Quirky and well designed vector art label, corked and caged.

Poured a thin copper color with virtually no head. Aroma is an over sweet and malty mess. The taste is harsh and wacky with only a faint hint of mediocre bourbon flavor. Metallic wonky dark fruit is present. All the staple flavors here are off. Astringent. Feel is thin to moderate.

Well either this beer is just bad or it can't be aged in the cellar for 1 year, because it tastes like shit. This makes me wonder if i should cellar barley wines anymore!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 00:26:13 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of LaneMeyer


2.45/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Beautiful dark caramel color, one finger light, off-white head

S- Smells of Caramel and bourbon

T- Caramel, bourbon, sour, bitter, a bit of barnyard funk, laundry soap?? Really funny aftertaste, can't get it out of my mouth.

M- Nice mouthfeel, except the awful aftertaste.

O- I like it up until the aftertaste. Can't drink anymore.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 06:50:34 | More by LaneMeyer
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2.53/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(750ml bottle from AJ’s). Pours nearly clear copper with massive beige head. Some nice lacing develops. Aroma of strong alcohol, dank hops, wood and some band-aid. Taste is sweet with hop bitterness and a sharp alcohol bite. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter, hot finish. I didn’t like this one too much. It reminds me of CL Golden Delicious where the alcohol just overpowers the base beer. An alcohol bomb.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 04:47:28 | More by trappistlover
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2.58/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an excellent dark copper color, fairly clear, good sized tan head that slowly descends. Nice lacing, looks good.

Aroma is very sweet and strongly alcoholic. Don’t really get much bourbon from the nose at all. A little wood and raisin/prune smell to boot.

Didn’t enjoy the taste of this one at all. Very sweet and malty and very hot with booze. Way too big and kind of all over the place. The bourbon comes through more strongly than in nose, hops are very subdued. Caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit notes present as well. Ultimately the aggressive and fumy alcohol overwhelms the other flavors.

Pretty creamy, long and somewhat unpleasant finish. Overall a difficult beer to drink and to enjoy and one I certainly won’t be buying again anytime soon, particularly not when it’s 12 dollars.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 04:38:48 | More by tobelerone
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2.59/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

In Denver on business and stumbled across Barleywine pouring at Falling Rock. lucky me. Bartenders attitude reminds me of no BS vibe at tornados but he knew his sh*t. Cockeyed Cooper was disappointing in my opinion. A bit too light on the flavor side for my Barleywine tastes. On to round 2.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2013 05:31:16 | More by Tuckersmth
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2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at blue dog

Cockeyed copper pours out that copper color with some light bronze hues within. Just a small amount of tannish bubbles forming a loose cap, no lace on the sides. Smell is very minimal on the oak and bourbon with some grain coming out and a small amount of caramel. Getting some rust and signs of infection as well. If this is an american barleywine, the hops are out of the picture as of now in keg form. Taste is off, and light and just not big enough to be a top contender for BA barleywine. Definite infection. To be honest, this does not even resemble a barleywine, the body is too thin. Tastes of metal, slight oak, vanilla, faint caramel, and some coca cola in the finish. Somethings off. As stated, body is at about medium, light carb, infection left on the tounge. Drinkability is low, because I did not finish my glass.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2012 16:43:50 | More by BARFLYB
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2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a dark, clear copper color. It poured with a medium sized sticky head.

s: Caramel, toffee, hints of vanilla, plus some whiskey. Too much woody astringency.

t: A bit bland up front with a muddled combination weak whiskey, toffee, and caramel. There was a semi-strong woody astringent heat at the finish plus some fairly potent naked bitterness.

m: medium body and gentle carbonation.

o: Not bad, but this just doesn't come together. Overly harsh and lacking sweetness. Where is the vanilla? I don't think this beer was a good candidate for the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 23:59:38 | More by DIM
Photo of DaveHS


2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$16.99 for a 750ml. Hmm...

A-Pours a dark clear amber with over an inch of khaki colored head. Reduces slowly, leaving sheets of sticky foam.

S-Oak, anise, dark fruit, rock candy sugar, alcohol.

T/M-Where's the bourbon? Booze overwhelms the flavor profile. Dry, papery alcohol flavors overwhelm otherwise unimpressive and barely perceptible flavors of oak and brown sugar. The mouth feel is full and soft at first, but eventually ends up dry, boozy and papery.

O-Underwhelming, way too boozy, and extremely overpriced.For a supposed "Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine" there's no trace of bourbon, and barely any oak. Surprised this has so much hype behind it, as it offers almost nothing, and is way too expensive. Skip it.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 04:53:48 | More by DaveHS
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2.96/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Big bubbly head dissipates into a lovely deep ruby red color.

Smell is a tad medicinal. Is that the bourbon? Barrel comes across too.

I'm surprised at the first sip. This barleywine has a fruitier component -- tart cherries, maybe -- than I expected in the style. It's obviously a big beer, fairly sweet and alcoholic. A pleasant sipper.

Nice lacing leaves a creamy mouthfeel in later sips. It improves down the glass

Unfortunately, I agree with some of the other reviewers who notice an unpleasant, astringent, hot, medicinal aftertaste.

Probably wouldn't buy again, especially at the price. It has both good and bad qualities.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 04:27:28 | More by mmapes
Photo of mulder1010


3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ML poured into a Bruery Tulip.
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for sharing this, though I picked it out at Chambers Wine and Liquor on my last trip home for him. March 2011 bottle date

A-- Poured a clear light brown and settled a very dark brown. Huge off white head, 3 f,ingers, that settled to film after a while. Good head retention to this.

S-- Light nose. Bits of Toffee, vanilla, coconut bourbon, oak, and Vegemite. Hop presence very minimal.

T-- Bourbon, oak and slightly sour up front. Sour taste was a bit odd but it faded pretty quickly. Once again very minimal hop presence.

M-- Very earthy feel. somewhat gritty and the oak seemed quite green to me. Some candied orange and pineapple but mostly bourbon and fresh oak. I want to say soapy in a way.
Medium carbonation and medium feel to this.

O-- Not as good as Ruffian by a big margin. not sure the barrel ageing helped much. Hard to justify buying another due to the price. Thought hops died off quickly and the oak was the dominant feature. Not the flavors from the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 14:52:45 | More by mulder1010
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3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle was courtesy of a coworker, thanks Will!

It pours a sticky and syrupy caramel brown in color with a light beige lacing around my glass. The aromas are very, very sweet with a ton of caramelized brown sugar, toffee, sweet malts, and vanilla. There is little to no bourbon. The flavors too are really sweet with a lightly bitter finish. You get a lot of sweetness between sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and light bourbon barrel off notes. The bourbon is very subtle and subdued. I like more bourbon from the style. It drinks really, really sticky and is a lot like the other beers that I've had from Uinta, very malt driven. Overall this is a very average bourbon barrel aged barleywine and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:21:18 | More by aasher
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3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mark for cracking this one open.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a finger or so worth of off-white head.

S: This one is quite oxidized. A moderate amount of cardboard and some stale brown sugar. There are some notes of citrus from the hops as well as a hint of oak.

T: The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Lots of oxidation, but not the good, chocolate kind. Cardboard, stale, hardened sugar, and some warm bourbon and alcohol flavors.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation for a beer such as this one.

D: Actually the biggest let down of the Utah brewed beers I've come across. Just too much oxidation to overcome.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 19:03:35 | More by womencantsail
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3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a murky brown amber with nice 2-3 inch bubbly light tan head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Strong pine hops hit first and dominate...nearly completely dominate. Citrus and some caramel malt too.
T: Strong and bitter pine hops clash with caramel malt and bourbon/alcohol notes. Not well balanced...trying to too much here. Warming does improve this beer quite a bit...hops are toned down and the bourbon, caramel malt, vanilla, oak and other notes are allowed to come through.
M: Mouth-puckeringly bitter. Hint of alcohol burn...not as much as you'd expect given the ABV.
D: Would be nice to revisit this one in a year or two. The aggressive and fresh hops need toning down...it really drowns everything else out. There seems to be some good complexity beneath the blanket of hops. As it is right now, I wouldn't recommend it. If you do happen to drink this, allow this to warm to at least 55.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 04:10:52 | More by mwilbur
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 05:57:05 | More by Beaver13
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3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Andy shared this one. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark muddy brown with three fingers of creamy beige head. Nice retention and some sticky lace.

Nice subtle bourbon aroma in here giving it notes of sweet caramel with a little bit of a figgy aroma. More of the same on the flavor. A little bit musty with a little bit of a medicinal flavor. The broubon is trace at best on the flavor with a good dark fruit flavor. A little bit of a metallic hop flavor in the finish.

The mouthfeel seems a little bit light on this and the carbonation is soft. Overall this one seems to have a few off flavors for me. I wonder how this would stand without the barrels.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 04:08:36 | More by Bendurgin
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3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 01/11/12. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger khaki-light tan colour head of nice thickness and cream, and good retention. Lacing is pretty good. Colour is a nontransparent auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty appealing.

Sm: Caramel, biscuit malt, floral hops, some cherry, vanilla, and hints of bourbon. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Dried fruit is prominent, with hints of vanilla and a very very light bourbon tone. Timid dark fruit. Some caramelization and interesting sugars - perhaps meloncello. Biscuit malt helps round it out. Nicely balanced, but it lacks clear focus or direction. It's decently built, but not horribly subtle. I like it. Strange for a barleywine. Not as yeasty as I'd like. The alcohol is well hiddden.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavour nicely, but doesn't feel tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. A good offering from Uinta, but not great for a barleywine. I wouldn't get it again.

High C+

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 04:17:58 | More by kojevergas
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3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

750ml caged and corked
Bottled 9/7/10

Pours a rusty brown color throughout, no head, in fact there's hardly any bubbles at all, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a nice caramel malt backbone, touches of fruit, slight hint of bourbon but nothing overwhelming.

Taste starts with the caramel malt but is soon overtaken by an odd bitterness, tastes of stale piney hops and leaves a bad aftertaste, it is not helped by the fact that the beer is dead flat, not a hint of carbonation, that really leaves this beer behind in body and flavor and only accentuates the staleness.

For a barleywine, this has not aged well, although I do not know if there was carbonation to begin with. Aged in a cool and dark cellar since receiving it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:52:31 | More by deltatauhobbit
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark burnt amber with unusually large frothy khaki head. Scent is dominated by piney hops, alcohol notes and nutty and bready malts. Missing is some sweetness, bourbon and oak notes - all large components of bourbon barrel aged barley wines. Taste follows scent, big hops and roasted and nutty malts. Only a very faint presence of oak and vanilla give hint to the barrel aging, no noticeable bourbon - just alcohol. Medium bodied, light for the style. Dry and tannic with an overabundance of carbonation. Letting it warm and swirling to remove carbonation does very little to improve the beer. Although its tastes ok... as a bourbon barrel barley wine, this beer does not succeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 20:05:02 | More by rfgetz
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml C&C. Bottled on: 03... That's all I got. Probably March of 2011, but the printing runs off the label.

Real nice pop of the cork on this one.

Pours deep and dark, but clearly translucent reddish brown. Huge 3 finger beige head. Thick lacing.

Smells of sugar and vanilla, some dark fruits. A touch of bourbon, but this is a pretty light nose.

A pretty smooth and sweet start to the taste, vanilla extract kicks in the middle and things get bitter and somewhat astringent on the finish. I see the term "one dimensional" thrown around a lot, but I think that applies here. The flavor never seems to blossom into anything. I want to taste deep oaky notes in a barrel aged beer, but all that's here is the alcohol bite. I have to say that even though the alcohol emerges in the flavor, it still doesn't taste like an 11% beer.

Medium bodied, lighter than I was expecting. Drinkable enough, but very average overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 04:00:03 | More by brotherloco
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on my "want" list, probably because of my search for beers with vanilla overtones ... although it's been so long I can't recall exactly. Unfortunately I needed to travel to Boston and visit Gordon's Liquors to purchase. Is it just me or is the whole distribution thing just stupid? Why can't I buy this (or any beer) in Ohio?

It's a very robust beer, certainly hoppy, with a variety of flavors attacking the palette. Perhaps because of my inexperience, I can't discern the vanilla nor any other specific flavor except maybe sour grapes. I'm glad I tried it, but would not recommend it for those looking for vanilla overtones in their BB aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 00:15:56 | More by Vierenner
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle.

Sweet logo, awesome packaging, really good job there.

A: It's a medium, redheaded, orangey looking.. Copper colored. Poured around a 1.5 finger head.

S: I don't smell any bourbon here. Malty, a bit of alcohol. Piney/grapefruit hops in there, then some sweet yeasty fruit. Not a favorite, but not a turn off in there. Something was off for me.

T: It's good. Alcohol is there, for sure. Oak really comes in, but was searching for the bourbon. Fruit, like figs, raisins. Cranked up the more I drank.

M: Good carbonation, great feel. Smooth and nothing really to note. Coated the tounge.

Overall- I liked the beer, but thought price wise, it wasn't worth it. Paid around $14, which was probably too much. It's a decent beer, but I'm admittedly not a huge fan of barelywine, but not really educated enough on them. Wish there was more bourbon to it, and maybe a bit more of something, which I can't put my finger on. Uinta makes some good stuff, so I was taken back a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 23:20:45 | More by FATC1TY
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle of the 2011 vintage poured into my Jackie's O's tulip...

A. Pours a ruddy reddish brown. Thick, creamy, three finger khaki-colored head. Lacing is consistent and coating.

S. Dark fruit, vanilla, earthy hops, caramel, and tobacco.

T. Very bitter hops, some toffee, caramel, oak, bourbon. The taste is almost completely dominated by tobacco and tea leaf. Very very bitter.

M. Creamy, moderately carbed.

O. Not my cup of tea. Bitterness overrides everything and, for me, made this unenjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 18:46:08 | More by siege06nd
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3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml corked & caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours the darkest amber/red with an off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of grapefruit hops and biscuity malt. Smells like a typical american barleywine and I don't get much if any bourbon barrel aromas.

T: The taste is a big kick in the mouth of grapefruit hops and a malty backbone. Again no real bourbon barrel flavors which is very disappointing given the price of these.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: I was a bit disappointed with the flavors given this is supposed to be a barrel aged barleywine. It's decent for a regular BW but I was expecting a bit more. Maybe my tastebuds are off tonight...

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 02:07:16 | More by GregSVT
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3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy dark brown color with some red hues. Tan head with moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma is fairly yeasty / fruity with caramel, chocolate, vanilla, low citrus notes and also some booze.

Taste is malty at first with chocolate and dark malts, then fruity/yeasty esters, ending with a citrus and bitter hop profile. Aftersta is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little harsh with the hops and the high carbonation. Body is heavy and alcohol is mildly present specially towards the end. The oak / bourbon character is not really apparent, clearly subdued by the hops.

Overall an ok beer that fails a little bit on balance. This one was aged for about 8 months and even so the hop presence remains a little overwhelming. IMO the yeast selection should be a little more neutral as well and not as estery.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 05:29:28 | More by paulozanello
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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.