Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company
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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
4.58/5 rDev +16.2%
Poured into large snifter; deep blood-red ruby with a huge fluffy tan head even from a soft pour that fades very slowly, leaving tons of lacing. Smell is big malt, some bitter hops, bourbon and vanilla, and some woody notes. Taste is big malt, a hefty presence of bitter hops, as well as some dark chocolate and dark fruit. Then it all smooths out into bourbon/vanilla/woody flavors. Mouthfeel is huge and creamy. Alcohol is noticeable but not in a bad way.
07-04-2013 03:17:44 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.