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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

652 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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theboozecruise

Louisiana

4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

3rd row tailgater brought this one back from Utah, thanks dude!

Beautiful looking beer, poured into a goblet. Deep red color with a large bubbly head. Great retention and lacing!

Smells hoppy, more on the pine side of flavors. Strong aroma, just a hint of bourbon on the nose.

The taste is magnificent. The hops are still there but all the other flavors burst out. The bourbon is more strong on the tongue, caramel and vanilla come through as well. Awesome blend, well put together.

Great on the tongue, a good thick beer that swishes well.

I'd drink another, any day.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 01:36:42 | More by theboozecruise
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boomer31

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off...tough cork to get out, as tough as 2009 Two Brothers Bare Tree

A - Pours a deep copper near brown with a light tan head. In the light some red comes thru. A lot of stick to the glass.

S - A touch of sweet malt, vanilla and wood. Very subtle bourbon, much different than most barrel aged beers.

T - Nice wood and hints of vanilla. Some malt but really no huge burst of bourbon. Nice hop bitterness in the back and dryness from the barrel. This is a great blend of barley wine and notes of barrel. Nothing overpowering.

M - Great richness and very dry. Sticky though the only aftertaste is wood

D - No hints of alcohol here and not a bourbon bomb. Just an overall nice blend of b-wine and barrel.

Overall nice beer. Not what I was expecting...I was expecting more bourbon but this is a much better subtle blend of barrel and beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 02:24:47 | More by boomer31
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:53:22 | More by Thorpe429
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF

bottle #10 poured into my surly snifter
thanks to Khazadum for this one

A - Pours a deep chestnut brown with red highlights when held up to the light. There was 2 inches of off white fluffy foam that slowly receeded leaving spotty lacing.

S - sweet malts, brown sugar, vanilla and some citrusy hops

T - brown sugar, lemon, dark fruit, a bit of citrusy hop bitterness in the finish. As it warms, i'm starting to pick up notes of chocolate and roasted coffee.

M/D - medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation. Its a bit thinner than I expected. It does have some nice flavors and goes down easily.

4/3.5/4/3.5/4

i'm thinking barleywine but it doesn't seem too high in alcohol, lets see

Uinta Cockeyed Cooper Bourbon Barrel Barleywine

Glad I got to try this one, i've seen it on the shelf a few times, but have always passed it by. Now that I know that its aged in bourbon barrels, I can pick it up a little bit but its not too strong, which I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 05:41:01 | More by mikereaser
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Uinta Cockeyed Cooper
First of all, I'd like to mention that I loved the artwork on this bottle.
A: Big, light beige head sits on a brown/red, very clear body of beer. It, especially when being poured, is almost cola colored. Very billowing, good textured head. No too much active carbonation. 4.5

S: Fruity brown sugar, very estery. No Alcohol, pretty complex, or at least full of aromas I couldn't identify. 4.0

T: Much more brown sugar, a little hoppiness too. Not a syrup bomb at all, but not the cut of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot either. A little acidity. What I don't get is any of the oak/barrel bourbon vanilla tastes. Maybe a little vanilla in the brown sugar, but nothing to get me to use 'vanilla' as a word to describe the beer. 4.0

M: Very nice, good carbonation with sort of a wine like quality to it. 4.0

D: I liked this beer, and there was nothing wrong with any one part of it, but it just didn't seem to come together for me. I would probably get it again sometime, though it wouldn't be my first choice, and I wouldn't recommend it quite as highly as it was recommended to me. I would recommend it to wine people, but beer people, not so much. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 20:57:27 | More by mdwalsh
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark Mahogany with a bit of white head
Smell- No Bourbon on the nose at all... greatly dark fruity smells and malt coming through
Taste- lots of booziness comes through with a great barleywine taste but again no bourbon...
Mouthfeel- Smooth and crisp
Drinkability- Booziness makes it tough to be more than a solid sipper

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 17:00:38 | More by Urbancaver
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aerozeppl

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep garnet color. Really nice looking barleywine. A little less than a half finger of white head. Really good head retention and some lacing.

S: The way the bourbon and the barleywine integrate in the nose is nothing short of awesome and balanced. Tons of malt. Raisins.

T: Starts of with a hop blast. Nice amount of malt. Then it gets into a little bit of oak with the warming affects of the barrel. Really complex taste. Little bit of vanilla in there as well.'

M: It has that been thinned out by the barrel mouthfeel that I really cannot describe other than that. Carbonation is quite low and that works will barrel beers.

D: It is a touch oxidized. I think they had some problems with their 750s when then launched them because I saw some super low fill lines when I bought this. They are just starting out though so hopefully they can sort that out. Solid beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 23:36:25 | More by aerozeppl
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

150TH REVIEW

750mL bottle poured into snifter glasses and shared w some other BAs

Pours a dark brown with some copper and cherry hues. A tan head bubbles up and retains a nice filmy layer over the beer, leaving spots of lacing.

Some hop bitterness in the nose, along with oaked vanilla, some faint bourbon, and a hint of smokiness.

Begins with pine hops up front and some strongly roasted caramel malt. Notes of semisweet chocolate mix with oak and a flair of smoke. Vanilla and subdued bourbon, along with some increased bitterness. Warm, a little boozy, and dry in the finish. Some suggestions of oxidation throughout.

Fuller body, chewy, and dry in the feel. Sips fairly smooth with decent flavor, alcohol is masked pretty well, although not exactly great overall, especially for a barrel aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 16:43:24 | More by xnicknj
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womencantsail

California

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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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 01:58:09 | More by zeff80
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paco1029384756

Illinois

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

Pours a deep burgundy color with a large sticky off white head with some pretty lengthy retention.

Scent of sweet candy, some caramel, lightly citrusy hops, hints of tropical fruit, and just a touch of wood and vanilla. The barrel characteristics are very subdued and the alcohol is well masked.

Taste of sweet, fruity malts, sugar, leafy, grassy hops, caramel and some wood in the finish. The barrel and alcohol characteristic are very subdued here as well, and there is still a noticeable hop presence, but I would love to try this with some age.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied, slick and has a good amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 03:13:18 | More by paco1029384756
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nas5755

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark brown with light brown hues, darker than I expected. A decent head that faded quickly with some lacing. The nose had that barley-wine malt bite/spice aroma, a touch of bourbon and oak. The taste is burnt sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, slightly bitter and malty in the ways a BW should be. The mouth-feel is decent, could be thicker. Decent carbonation levels. A nice barely-wine that I enjoyed drinking, I wish the bourbon was more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 03:28:26 | More by nas5755
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argock

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from brown magnum into a clear oversized wine glass. Bottled on 06/04/10 on front label. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $13.79.

A: Clear woody amber hue with short 1/2-finger off-white head with a few random dots of lace.

S: Bourbon and woody fusel alcohol aromas are pretty strong but less so than vanilla frosting and fudge aromas. As it warms the toffee aromas are stronger, but so are the alcohol aromas. Hops are herbal and mild citrus but mostly earthy.

T: Very strong alcohol and bourbon flavors, vanilla is also very heavy. Malt is big too, but the fusel alcohol is hefty but I would not call this a "hot" beer -- the alcohol flavor is dominating. Woody malts compete hard to take over. Hops are herbal and earthy with a light citrus flair. I wish the alcohol was less substantial.

M: Body is not as full as it should be, but it still drinks smooth. Carbonation is low as expected.

D: A decent bourbon-barreled barleywine but the alcohol needs cleaned up, which may occur with time, but I'm not ready to pay that type of price to find out.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:15:34 | More by argock
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bro called me at work today (he knows not to bother me), and says, "Hey, have you heard of Cockeyed Cooper?" I say yes, and then he tells me it is at the Boise COOP!! Badass!! I dispatched the wife to score me a bottle as this is one that I did not want to miss because I am a big fan of the Uinta Anniversary BW's... and This one, I'm told, is a revision of the awesome BAL-aged Anniversary brew... cool.

Shared this one with inflatablechair.... Poured into my SN XXX goblet.. Nice deep tan head... great lacing atop a deeeep amber brew... very pretty garnet highlites.

Wow... the nose is much more hop forward than expected.. Good citrus and bits of floral hops. lite caramel and only hints of the underlying woody aging... bits of toasty malts.

Flavor is a big sidestep... big bitterness and then some plummy notes.. not as hoppy as the aroma.. seems more "aged".. some minor dark fruits and the wood is more tannic and combines nicely with lesser than expected bourbon.

Medium body for the style and the carbonation seems a tad too much.

All 4's

I will definitely be buying these ones.... as soon as I can afford it!! I hope we still have them in a few weeks... Damned trades are seriously depleting the beer funds.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 05:59:16 | More by JohnGalt1
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mfunk9786

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The moment I popped the cork on this one, I realized I couldn't go back. Go back to a time that this was sitting in my fridge, staring at me with its awesome, hilarious label. Taunting me.

A: The cork popped with a whimper rather than a bang. The beer is undeniably gorgeous. It's a dark brown with hints of gold, a no-nonsense barleywine look with head that just wants to be part of the fun, to varying degrees of success. Just too wonderful to look at.

S: Vanilla, oak, and raisins dominate the aroma, with an absolutely captivating finish of how-do-they-still-smell-so-good fresh hops. I would buy an air freshener for my car that smells like this.

T: My first sip sort of frightened me. I'm alone to enjoy this brew, and I know that my fiance wouldn't like this flavor bomb, but that doesn't curb my regret. I feel like Caligula drinking this without sharing. It does not allow for big sips: once it coats your tongue, the sweet and sour malty oaky business and citric hop quality doesn't allow you to take too much at once. One of the most full-bodied beers I have ever tasted. The alcohol is completely masked. I implore everyone to have at least a sip of this. And to think: I was saving my bottle of Labyrinth because I assumed it would be the better beer. I can't imagine this brewery making something that tastes better than this.

M: A bit syrupy, but in a pleasing way that counteracts the hop bite (This was barrel aged! How do they have such a fresh bite?!) and lends a lot of smoothness to the more astringently liquorish qualities of the bourbon flavor. What could have this alcohol-on-the-tongue dissolving feeling instead coats and pleases the mouth. Great stuff here.

D: It's a sipper. But at a price of $12-$18 per bottle depending on where you buy it, this still feels like an incredible bargain compared to some of the pretenders out there.

I would buy a case of this to pop open on every special occasion that I observe over the next ten years. It's that level of special.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 01:54:49 | More by mfunk9786
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 11:59:58 | More by metter98
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 01:08:26 | More by Jason
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ekardz

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from corked bottle into snifter

A - deep reddish/purple, 4 finger head, slowly recedes leaving lacing all throughout the glass, small amount of carbonation; can't wait to try this beast.

S - smells slightly hoppy, very malty, with sweet and caramel tones. resiny hops, picking up some fruity aromas as well.

T - malty, caramelly, some fruit again, maybe some dark licorice flavor, probably just the brandy coming through, very sweet.

M - appears heavy but is actually very light, i tend to like barleywines a little more viscous than this bad boy, but still pleasant none the less. again, pretty boozy, no carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, I do love barleywines, and this is a fine example of the style, very drinkable, with no alcohol burn, might not pick this one up, but would gladly enjoy if it found its way into my shopping cart.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 21:40:12 | More by ekardz
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asabreed

New York

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

Corked and caged big bottle into a Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: Dark amber, little discernible carbonation, but good raindrop retention hanging around the bulbous part of the glass.

Smell: An overall good combination of the sweetness from the barleywine flavors, and the bourbon sweetness. A lot of vanilla and oak sweetness and fruit esters, with probably some citrus hops aromas in there also.

Taste: Sharp sweetness and bitterness, which I like, initially, along with big vanilla and sweet bourbon flavors, but everything's fairly subdued overall. That said, by the end, there's a nice lingering hop citrus bitterness, and for a brew like this dealing with the sweetness from all corners, it seems like this may be a good candidate for some aging. With the ABV%, which isn't, mind you, out of this world, but something of which to take note, the hop bitterness is doing a wonderful job here in not making it too sweet, but also making the hop presence known, balancing nicely with the sweeter malt and bourbon flavors coming through.

Mouthfeel: Minuscule but prominent carbonation contributing to the boozy attributes of the brew. Almost like champagne-yeast, but as if the bourbon soaked into it too much. Yet it remains through-and-through a beer, with a mild creaminess.

Drinkability: A solid sipper, and one I would've liked to get two bottles of, because I have a feeling that the age on this one will certainly make it worth cellaring in the end. That said, it's good as it is, and is a bit more raucous, though not exponentially, than I thought it would be initially. Verdict: I'd like to try more from the series, and I hope I can get them in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 05:44:19 | More by asabreed
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crashlimo

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark caramel with a slight head. Exceptional color.

S: Sweet caramel tones from the bourbon (but not too boozy) with malts. Hints of vanilla

T: Delicious. Sweet and smooth caramel bourbon flavor that really mellows (but does not overpower) the bitter hop flavor. Dark fruit and hints of chocolate.

M: Creamy with small amounts of carbonation. Not too syrupy

D: Much lighter than one might expect from a BA barleywine. Surprisingly drinkable for its ABV and style. Overall quite delicious

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 20:31:03 | More by crashlimo
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Pencible

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like caramel and vanilla and oak, with some copper and brown sugar and oranges.
T: It tasted like orange and copper hops, with caramel and brown sugar malts, as well as oak and a bit of vanilla. The aftertaste was moderately bitter.
M: It was slightly thick with some carbonation; good not great.
D: This was a very nice barrel aged barleywine. It didn't have much bourbon to it, but there was a great oak character with hints of vanilla. The body was a bit thin, but the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. This could maybe improve with age, but it's a quality brew fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:27:57 | More by Pencible
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Pahn

New York

4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Bottled 04/01/10.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch, rocky tan head that dissipates quickly leaving weird leglike dots of lacing. All the foam disappears, giving the appearance of flatness. Pours a dark, semi-translucent ruby red. Leaves the occasional dot of lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and a deep barleywine maltiness. Piny hops and booziness come out as the beer warms, but the dominant smells are always bourbon and malt. The smell enriches the flavor and keeps you wanting to come back and sip more. Smells good enough that if it didn't taste amazing, I would become angry at the beer for lying to me. Incidentally, I still remember the beguiling savory aroma of Uinta's normal barleywine from the time I had it on tap, and it's in this beer, too, lurking around underneath the bourbon and malt; a little smoke and Worcestershire sauce (it sounds a bit weird combined with the other notes, but it works).

Taste: Like most great beers, the flavor follows the nose but gives you much more. Bourbon, a bit of hop bitterness, yellow cake, lots of toffee and caramel, roasted malt, smoke, chocolate, with a hot finish. The malt is huge; numerous smooth and rich cake like flavors, perfectly balanced by the hop bitterness and the bite from the bourbon and the ABV. Dark fruit (fig and date) pop up as well, along with the dark chocolate advertised on the bottle, but always balanced with several other things (the dark fruit balance perfectly with the roasted flavors, the bitter dark chocolate gets balanced by smooth, creamy cake and caramel flavors).

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, with a small amount of carbonation and a lot of alcohol heat. Creamy, approaching chewy.

Drinkability: I love this beer. I can't drink it slowly enough.

Cockeyed Cooper is a stellar example of a bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Big flavors of bourbon that make sense balanced with huge barleywine malt. It could stand to be a bit more hop forward, but as is it's right up my alley. I don't like spending $15 on a 750ml bottle of beer, but this was worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 21:42:12 | More by Pahn
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 04:35:22 | More by TMoney2591
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle kept staring at me, and I couldn't resist any longer. Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

Pours a deep walnut brown, with one finger off-white head. The foam recedes quickly to a thin layer that leaves a spotty lacing.

Smell; deep rich malts really come wafting out of the glass. Brown sugar, molasses, toffee..all topped off with a somewhat tame bourbon aroma.

Taste; as with the nose, huge malts dominate with brown sugar toffee and touches of dark fruits. The bourbon is present, but it's restrained and not overtly alcoholic. Touches of wood and vanilla from the barrels also come through, just a hint of tobacco like bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but so very smooth, and the alcohol is very well hidden keeping the overall drinkability up there. Goes perfect with a little Led Zeppelin while chilling out for the evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 00:24:40 | More by RedHaze
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cavedave

New York

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very large thanks are due to wasatch for this incredible barleywine. Had a chance y'day to taste some of the world's finest BW at an epic beer tasting at CL. Bottling a Furious clone as we drink this.

The pour is a luxurious ruby highlighted brown, topped by a lively skim. A gentle swirl leaves resinous mountains capped by clutches of fine bubbles.

It's about 58 deg., the nose is a marvelous mix of soft bourbon, warm alcohol, vanilla, cherry, deep caramel, fig, even some floral hop, not a lot of wood. Very tempting, very complex, and not slap in the face bourbon like many.

The taste in this has really come together, extremely well blended, and the alcohol must at one time have been hotter. It starts with a really tasty roll of deep mellow caramel, vaporous spice of alcohol, cherry, oak, herbal, vanilla sweet, and into a fruity indecipeherable finish that is just tart enough and gently bitter enough to amaze. This is tastier than the purported worlds' best I tasted yesterday. It is perfectly attenuated/sweet, a masterpiece of flavor.

This feels like silk, has no cloy, has low carb., an excellent finish, and highlights a wonderful flavor profile. It has a huge malt bill that ought not drink nearly this easily. Does it get better than this? Prob. not.

Drinkability is almost good as it gets.

Impression: Were it possible I would fill my cellar with these. Sadly, it's not.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 20:09:34 | More by cavedave
Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.