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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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Cockeyed CooperCockeyed Cooper

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very good

837 Ratings

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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 45
Gots: 189 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Daniellobo on 06-03-2010

Aged in bourbon barrels.

65 IBU
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Ratings: 837 | Reviews: 267
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/23/11.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a thin film. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, grapefruit, and fruitcake. Taste is of brown sugar/caramel, bread/biscuit, and a variety of citrus zests. The smell and taste of this beer shows no evidence of bourbon or barrel aging. There is also a weird thing going on where the taste is robust upon first sip but quickly drops off on the tongue. This beer has a crisp moutfeel and a medium body with a slightly sticky feel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but I am somewhat disappointed at the lack of evident bourbon/barrel aged smells and tastes. This is more of a standard barleywine in my book.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Total Wine and shared at a recent tasting. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a moderate dark brown color with some spotty lacing and a bit of a collar. The nose brings some bourbon with a bit of sweetness and some mild caramel. Taste is smooth bourbon along with a slight bit of chocolate and a medium body. There is a slight booziness there and the beer finishes with a slight astringency. Drinkability is decent enough. The bourbon character from the barrel is pretty good, though at the same time I think the base beer could probably use a bit of work.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured a clear and very dark mahogany in color with just a few bubbles floating on the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: A slight amount of sweetness is present in the aroma, which seems very malty with notes of caramel. The smell of alcohol becomes noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty and has a moderate amount of sweetness and caramel flavors. There are notes of bourbon and vanilla flavors; hints of oak are present in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate. The beer is very smooth and has a little bit of stickiness. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol in this beer is rather well masked--it tastes more like an 8% beer than one that's 11%. It's a great sipper.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel/ice tea brown color with only a wisp of a head and that fades away rather quickly; a swirl of the beer dots the chalice with foam

Smell: Temepered bourbon aromatics, like bourbon without the alcohol sting

Taste: Opens with a graham cracker and vanilla malty flavor that adds boozy Bourbon elements through mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor adds an oaky dryness as it develops in a Bourbonesque fashion that leaves the beer and barleywine elements behind

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but still; considerable warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Drinkability: If you really like Bourbon, then you will like this beer as it has left the world of beer behind and has become lower alcohol version of Bourbon itself; that makes it drinkable though not necessarily my cup of tea (or beer, as the case may be)

Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity

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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a deep garnet-brown color, captured the mild haze and highlighted by a back lit glow. Capped by a dainty off-white sheet of froth, the terse head reduces to a lace around the glass before holding firm.

Bold aromas of toffee, brown sugar, and cashew. And almost butterscotch note rises just before the hops come in with pine needles and grapefruit peels. Light chocolate notes may be found as the barrel notes of caramel, vanilla, and slight coconut come to play. Oak undertones keep the earthy and masculine structure hitting home.

Where the aromas don't favor malt sweetness over citrus hops. But the flavors sure do! Led by the malty taste of toffee, caramel, and toast- other subsidiary tastes of cashews and chestnut rounds into the chocolate tones. All this happens early on the palate, while the hop flavor rises sharply in the middle- that's where citrus grapefruit flavors bridge into pithy taste and then full blown pine resin bitterness to finish.

Certain full body expectation are met as the robust sweetness is saturated by creamy carbonation that keeps the mouth engulfed by sweet creaminess. Its slow and deliberate turn to dryness happens over an extended middle palate and only concludes when the malt sweetness fades to the point where growing hops take command and alcohol warmth satisfactorily dries the ale. It happens very late... but it happens.

This decadent taste, texture, and aroma does all that the American barleywine expects. But I keep looking for an element that pushes it over the edge- a drier finish, a bolder impression, a hoppier start, a sweeter finish... something that pushes me off the fence. But those things don't happen and leaves the beer in a wonderfully obscure but regretfully forgettable beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown, though you can see some light through it, no head and a nice lace top it off. Smell is hopped for sure, but with a subtle sugary undertone, and a hint of alcohol too. Taste is not very strong at all. There is the natural piney hoppness you would expect from a barley wine, but not too strong, there is also a sugary, nuttiness about it as well. The alcohol is there, and that keeps this a sipper. It is actually nicely carbonated, and not harsh going down, has the warm feeling on the way

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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage on tap at rock bottom. the color is a deep amber maple syrup looking color, mostly clear, with a finger or two of white lace that gets super thin and dies out after a few minutes. the nose is really bourbon heavy, with a huge grain bill underneath. im not sure if there is rye in this, but it smells like it. good toasted qualities and a lot of booze. the flavor is very alcohol forward, especially when it warms up a little. there is a lot of sweetness too, some vanilla, and some dried cherries or cranberries or something providing a sweet and tart element. majorly full body this is a slow sipper and an easy beer to get a buzz from. the 11 vintage is nice and mellow on the alcohol front, not as hot, but still just as strong. it could stand a tad more carbonation, but being a few years old I cant be too critical of that. long boozy sweet finish. less hoppy than some American barleywines, but the bourbon really shines as a result. overall an excellent example of the barleywine style and one of the better beers coming out of Utah these days. no complaints.

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3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber-brown body with an inch-plus of yellowed foam up top.

Smell: Caramelized sugar in the nose, toasted breadcrusts, some fruitiness, whiskey barrels, a sliver of oxidation and alcoholic wafts leaving you with no doubt of a high ABV%.

Taste: Smooth caramel maltiness with some toastiness present. Medium-light sweetness. I thought the hops were surprisingly robust, giving up some citric kicks and sharp florals. Moderate bitterness. Solid barrel presence, with tastes of whiskey, toasted tannic oak, and charred barrel innards. Minor oxidative notes. Bittersweet at the finish with some dry alcohol-infused caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: One thumb up, above-average, but it failed to return my zeal, my zest for life. Maybe next time.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a tan, foamy head. It had nice retention and left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of vanilla, oak and some citrusy hops with a slight tropical fruit aroma. Some sweet caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted of bourbon, vanilla, caramel and some bitter hops. There were some boozy flavors with a rich maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a pretty good barrel aged barleywine. It isn't overpowering.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I thoroughly enjoyed the day I discovered that Uinta distributes to my area. Boom. This one pours a translucent dark ruby brown topped by a finger or so of thick, creamy ecru foam. The nose dives right into the bourbon and oak, with some maple syrup, citrus hops, vanilla bean and caramel backing that up. The taste is heavier on the hops and adds a bit of leather to the proceedings as well. Beyond that, there are hints of burnt biscuits, oak, bourbon, molasses, and orange rind. The body is a heavy medium, with a moderate carbonation and a thick, gooey feel. Overall, a solid BBBW; it didn't really live up to my expectations, but they were pretty damn high to begin with. There is more than enough here to make you smile...trust me. Get some!

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown magnum.

Massive head w/ a good amount of stickage. Dark rudy color has clarity in the light. Estery w/ some fusel bourbon barrel aromas, caramel, vanilla and figs for a big sweet nose. Creamy and smooth all over the full-ish body. Big bready maltiness of toasted grain, caramel and dried hay. Alcohol is very noticeable but not hot, estery with booze soaked figs. Wood and vanilla and a drying finish complete this beer.

Wood aging done right, I really dig this brew.

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3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #42 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This barleywine is surprisingly smooth, even though there is a burning alcohol tone to it at the same time. It seems like a very good interpretation of the style. Very well rounded, smooth, good flavor profile. If only I could live in a place for more than a year, I would love to lay some of these down.

The only detractor, if I am going to pick one out, is that it is a bit boozy and hot.

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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.