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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 277
Hads: 914
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 19.39%
Wants: 54
Gots: 221 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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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Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cockeyed Cooper pours a clear garnet color into the glass with a massive, frothy off white head on top. The foam slowly dissolves to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind lots of netted lace on the glass.

The aroma is strong and malty with notes of brown sugar, ripe fruit (raisins, fig?), oak, caramel and orange citrus.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is soft, lightly chewy, low carbonation, with a dry finish. The flavor is malty with notes of caramel malt, vanilla, oak, raisin/dark fruit and orange citrus. Towards the end a fair amount of citrus hops move it to balance out the malt. It finishes with alcohol notes and a slight burn. Once gone the vanilla and oak linger on the palate.

This is definitely a sipping beer that will warm you up on a cold winter day. Well balanced, but not as much bourbon flavor as I was expecting.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml, bottled 6/4/10. Poured aggressively into tulip at high 40's cellar temp.

Pours with a respectable 2F of soapy, tan head over a very deep amber body. Some carbonation present up the middle.

Aromas - WOW... one of the strongest I can remember. Powerfully packed with oaky / vanilla notes, plenty of dark bread crust, rich fruits, and hop bitterness.

Flavor also packs quite a punch, but not quite as pleasant as the aromas. Deep, rich fruits and LOTS of bourbon dominate... The alcohol is a bit off-putting. Lots of bitter barley and hops, and just not enough sweetness to effectively balance.

Some carbonation, but maybe just not enough to cut thru the alcohol burn. Some level of smoothness up front, but it quickly turns to the biting bitterness mid-way thru and into the finish.

Had to score this one low on the drinkability meter, as I've had some really nice versions of American Barleywine to date. This one required an ice cream pairing to help me finish. I would bet that if I laid one of these down for 3+ years, I'd enjoy it much more - I will be picking up 2 more soon to do so, as the effort is clearly there to make an interesting/unique, and flavor-rich beer.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750. Rusty orange pour, smallish amount of white head.

Aroma has a large amount of brown sugar, fruitcake, caramel covered fruits. Citrus hops.

Taste matches, pretty balanced. Malty, caramel and booze soaked red fruits. Citrus comes through from the hops. Very light pine and citrus finish. Less astringent as it warmed.

Mid bodied, drinks pretty easy. Just slightly warm, but not bad at all.

Overall I guess the question is where's the barrel? This one is fine, they just need to work on the barrel aging I guess, since it didn't appear to add much. Would have rated it higher if there was some barrel, like it said.

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Photo of wchollif
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Loads of head, not dissipating. Color is a very dark caramel brown, but when held to the light shows no cloudiness. The smell is muted, I'm not getting much more than a little hops and oak. The taste is 100% better than the nose, wow! This beer is very complex, citrus hops, vanilla, caramel, spices, just the right amount of bourbon. Not boozy at all. Hard to believe the alcohol is so high. This is very drinkable.

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Photo of oreo
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass.

Full finger of head. Poured a deep amber color. Looks really good

Smells like a barleywine but with a hint of bourbon in the nose. Lots of vanilla.

I do not like barleywines much, but this is the best I have had. The bourbon mellows out the flavor greatly providing an easy drinking barleywine. Nothing spectacular, but drinkable. Lots of vanilla and caramel in this one. A bit sweet.

Average mouthfeel, a bit on the thin side.

Easy drinking, but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Domingo
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this for my Dad as one of the illustrations on how far reaching beer can be.
Pours a copper/brown color with some red highlights. Not a ton of carbonation, but considering the style (and the barrel aging) it's got more than I expected...and it didn't dissipate at all.
The biggest flavor note that I can't mention enough is caramel. Even though it has hints of bourbon and vanilla from the oak as well as some piney, citrus-rind hops - caramel is HUGE in this beer. It's quite the marvel, and it's enjoyable because the big hops keep it from ever becoming too sweet or letting the wood/booze run wild.
Texture is pretty slick, but the foam gives it some backbone.
It's a sipper for sure. There's some pretty obvious heat, but it doesn't really take anything away from the taste.
Good stuff, and it's priced reasonably as well.

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Photo of claspada
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Initial Aromas are of dark caramels, vanilla, alcohol and wood. As you dig deeper you get some piny hops and brown sugar, but the dominant smells are always bourbon and malt. The smell enriches the flavor and keeps you wanting to come back and sip more. Really one of the most complex, deep and rich beer aromas I have had in a while.

The taste follows the nose to a tee; starts off with complex maltiness, Bourbon, a bit of hop bitterness, lots of toffee and caramel, some darker roasted malts, maybe some smoke/oak and a hint of chocolate. 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, toffee and caramel flavors).

I can happily report the mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a small amount of carbonation. Creamy, approaching chewy, but not too sweet, cloying or thick. Really hits a high mark for me.

I really enjoyed this beer. I can't drink it slowly enough, have to give it an average score just because the ABV is crazy high. Price point was a tad high but it was worth the investment in my opinion.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer from Uinta and I think I picked a winner.

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a chimay goblet, pours a beautiful dark ruby color with a big creamy head that stays for a while with very nice lacing down the side of the glass.

Smells hoppy with hints of caramel and vanilla. Hoppier smelling than many other barleywines especially considering it is bourbon barrel aged.

Hop bitterness hits the tongue and stays as vanilla, caramel and dark fruits rush over the tongue and down the throat. Great balance of sweet and bitter. Complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel is nice and it's not nearly as warm with alcohol as other beers aged in bourbon barrels.

Great drinkability, I would pick this up again and again. Wish it was available here in Louisiana. Guess another trip to Utah is called for.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of boomer31
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of mikereaser
3.83/5  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.


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.

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Photo of mdwalsh
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

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of nas5755
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of mfunk9786
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.