Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company
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3.69/5 rDev -6.3%
2008 Bottling, labeled Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine; Sampled February 2012
A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two finger thick, nicely amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber / dark-brown color that has an amber glow to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a mix of rich, malty, fruity, nicely oxidized malt and sweet Bourbon derived aromatics. The nose reminds me a bit of a Bourbon laden, though not alcoholic, rich, subtly spiced, browned sugar laden, sweet bread / coffee-cake of some sort. Specific aromatic notes of vanilla, sweet caramelized coconut, tart berry like notes (that lean towards somewhat dried currants), caramelized sherry, light notes of molasses, a definite rich brown-sugar coated nuttiness. The lightly tart, dark fruitiness becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up.
The beer has a bit of a fizzy texture to from the carbonation up front, which balances a rich, viscous, rich malty body that is felt as the beer flows across the palate. The finish has a toasty nuttiness to it as well as a touch of bitterness, a slightly bitter malt character that isn’t quite roasted, but is definitely sort of leaning towards that direction. Nicely nutty, slightly sherry like, deeply browned caramel and amply toasty, brown spicy grain flavors add a savory richness to this beer that is quite chewy. There is a slight tartness here that seems to be accentuated by the oak and Bourbon character; speaking of which, the Bourbon character is quite a bit lighter than I might have expected, but definitely contributes flavors of vanillin, Bourbon’esqe fruity melon notes, Barrel laden woody spice, touches of black pepper, some coconut character, and even a touch of warming Bourbon character.
This has aged quite gracefully, I really liked that the Bourbon character is not too overpowering and really accentuates the gracefully aging base beer. This beer doesn’t quite escape the Bourbon heat in the finish, more so as the beer warms up, but for the most part this doesn’t detract too much. Definitely a nice beer to spend an evening with.
08-23-2013 03:26:27 | More by Gueuzedude
4.09/5 rDev +3.8%
Had this saved over from a purchase in early 2012... date on the bottle reads 8/9/11. So in the 2 year range of aging.
Appearance is as expected. Nice rich caramel color with a bit of an orange hue. Very thin head to it that stays around in a marbling on top. Looks promising, reminiscent of Brau Brothers Rye Wyne.
Smell is pretty nice, I've had the Uinta barleywine that was not barrel aged as well and this has a lot of the same trappings on scent if my memory serves right. I get that cloying malt sweetness that for me is a bit off-putting. Of hint of whisky and vanilla cookie. A bit of toasty caramel. A pinch of booze and pineapple. Piney and herbal hop astringency, though very mild.
Taste whirls with that slightly cloying, toasty, pineappley malt. It blends with a fair amount of vanilla and syrupy caramel and then plunges down into a warming booze with a touch of whisky. A really good tone of earthiness blends with the herbal hops but then twists up a bit with this pine astringency. It's a little odd. Little clunky.
Mouthfeel is really pretty darn good. Thick, rich, but not sticky and tacky. Which is surprising for the fair amount of sweetness on this barleywine. As mentioned, the booze is there but it gives a nice warmth that rests no further than the chest. Very smooth and drinkable though considering the hoppyness of this ale.
Overall, notably one of the most drinkable barleywines that is barrel aged. But, being barrel aged, it is not pronounced on the barrel aging. It's there enough to notice and as it warms you get some of the wood with the earthiness, but personally I like a bit more heavy whisky notes on my barrel aged beers. I would buy this again for a night with friends who are into big beers but may not have delved into the extravagant. This is a good step up, but not a mind blower. I would drink this again, but may not buy it for personal enjoyment. Glad I had the barleywine and the barrel aged as well though, a great adventure.
08-04-2013 20:40:57 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
Cockeyed Cooper pours a dark mahogany with a huge white head. The head is sticky, making for good retention and even better lacing.
Aroma: The aroma is big and bold, dominated by caramel, toffee, and bourbon alcohol (the beer is aged in bourbon barrels).
Taste: The taste doesn't deviate much from the aroma. The deep, full body is dominated by tastes of malt, bread, and toasted grains. There're hints of caramel, chocolate, and toffee, with a noticeable, but not bad, alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with creamy carbonation and a slight sweetness.
Overall, this is a barrel-aged barleywine done right.
07-21-2013 15:10:33 | More by BlackDog
Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.