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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

657 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 245
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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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
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. This was an aged bottle (at least 2-3 years) that was labeled as Uinta Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, but it is the same beer as Cockeyed Copper.

The beer pours a red-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is bourbon with some oak and dark fruit notes. The flavor is caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon and some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 00:58:35 | More by Mora2000
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dave for sampling me through the Crooked Line Series.

Cockeyed Cooper deliver a malty nose with notes of brown sugar and molasses. The flavor is rich and malt driven. Notes of Caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, alcohol and Bourbon. A touch funky and a little oxidized.

Rich syrupy body. A little age should mellow the prominent alcohol flavor. Cockeyed Cooper is on the sweet side of the style, no real hops to speak of. A little too sweet for my palate, but everyone else I tasted it with loved it.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 01:39:42 | More by BradLikesBrew
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KhourysBeerGuy

Nevada

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nutty brown, almost red color, with a thin tan head that lingers faintly.

Smells of caramel, hazelnut, cocoa, dried fruits, currant, and praline. Very complex sweet roasted nuttiness.

The flavor mellows as it warms, and the complexity of the chocolate/coffee/nuttiness really begins to shine. You can definitely tell this was aged in bourbon barrels.

More carbonated than the barleywines that iI've tasted recently, and that, to me, is a good thing. This has some teeth to linger on your palate rather than being a watery, slippery mess. However, it isn't over-the-top bubbly. Really nice balance here. I think that is the best attribute of this beer.

Surprisingly drinkable for the weight, even though this is not as heavy as some barleywines that I've had.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer. I will admit, though, that I'm biased; I will enjoy almost anything if you age it in a bourbon barrel.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 01:14:17 | More by KhourysBeerGuy
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Wasatch

Utah

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

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Bottled On: 04/01/10
$10.95 ea.

Pours a very nice amber color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, nice little bourbon notes, slightly spicey, slight dark fruit note, licorice. The taste is sweet, malty, slight bourbon notes, a very slight spice, and some dark fruit notes. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this brew, this one is not as hot as the BBB. Very drinkable, this was a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 23:16:29 | More by Wasatch
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a reddish brown with an inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of booze, caramel malts, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of smooth caramel malts, whiskey, and toffee.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - A decent barleywine. I thought it was a little bit boozy, but I would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 02:48:47 | More by mdfb79
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gford217

Georgia

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

Big thanks to Wasatch for this bottle, poured into a snifter.

Pours a gorgeous deep copper that looks mahogany in the glass but shows through clear in the light. There is a small clingy beige head that recedes to a rocky collar with some legs along the sides.

The aroma is sugary sweet with caramel and toffee as the dominant aromas. There is a hint of bourbon and oak in the nose but it's very subtle. A slightly toasted bread presence as well.

The taste is not quite as complex as the aroma would suggest. There is a much more prevalent bourbon character and the underlying beer seems a little watered down. There is less of the hefty caramel and toffee sweetness and the finish has plenty of bourbon burn.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily influenced by the bourbon barrel. It's slick with low carbonation.

This is a solid BB barleywine but it seems to fall a little short on body and complexity in the taste. Still, really glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 02:02:58 | More by gford217
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emmasdad

Colorado

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

Pours a gorgeous mahogany color, with translucent ruby highlights and a big, inch and half of light brown foam, that quickly settles into some lacing and a few bubbles. Aromas of plums, resiny hops, dark brown sugar and just a hint of wood. On the palate, the alcohol is quite noticeable, along with some dark fruits, caramel, citrus and a small amount of bourbon. Not so much balanced, but rather a bit disjointed. Not a whole lot different from the Anniversary barley wine. Pretty sure this one is not worth the $12.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 03:48:44 | More by emmasdad
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml from the State Liquor Store in Vernal. $12. Thankfully I was able to snag the last three bottles. Bottled 4/1/10

A: Pours a deep brown with a nice ruby color when held to the light, nice two fingers worth of cream colored head, fair amount of carbonation moving through the beer. Nice looking beer.

S: Big caramel malt notes, a fairly strong note of bourbon, but surprisingly little booze in the nose, just a kick of hops in the back there as well. Not hugely in your face but still quite potent.

T: The caramel nose doesn't quite follow through as strongly as it comes across in the nose, but its definitely there, notes of bourbon follow through and play nicely, not astringently boozey, but there is a nice alcohol bite to it. Finishes up with some decent hoppy bitterness, and maybe a touch too much citrus on the front end. The flavors are by no means weak, but the nose leads on a little more than what actually hits the tongue. Overall still a very balanced barrel aged bw, glad to see that the beer underneath stands up to the booze.

M: Smooth, nice carbonation, warm alcohol, hits all the notes just about right. Not too hot for a barrel aged beer. Excellent here.

D: Its a little too big and sweet to think about popping open another bottle, but it is a nice beer to drink. Maybe falls a little flat in the malt department, a little more robust profile would help this beer a lot, but overall a nice barleywine that is priced about right for a 750. Recommended.

EDIT: I would really like to try this side to side with the Uinta BBB, the beers are similar from what I remember but the BBB was a little more potent on the bourbon end.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 23:43:42 | More by pokesbeerdude
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, bottled 4/1/10. Pours a medium brown (cola color) with a fairly large creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bourbon, pepper, sweet caramel, some cola and some floral notes.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, some cola and bourbon. The finish is some grassy bitterness and alcohol (pretty harsh and warming). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, not too impressive. It's not well balanced. The cola is odd and the bourbon and alcohol are overdone.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 05:57:05 | More by Beaver13
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Nicely aged barleywine, with a good complex range over a defining hoppy touch.

Presentation: 750 ml corked brown bottle. Front label with a well taken care of design of an slightly old fashion illustration of barrels floating in a water stream, maybe about to face a waterfall, with a character floating/dressed in one of them, which carries a monkey symbol on the side (12 Monkeys ref?). Another great illustration by a Salt Lake City local artist for the series. Here Travis bone does a nice work with a 4 color palette. Side narrative goes over main description, tasting, and pairing notes. Neck label mixes the theme of the brew with the Crooked Line series branding. Shows bottling date (04/01/10), and ALC by VOL (11.1%) Served in a snifter.

A - Dark brown-caramel pour with 1" of creamy head, good retention, nice surface memory and splashes of lace throughout.

S - Caramel and toffee are nicely forward on the nose with a soft vanilla touch pierced by a firm hoppy sense lingering on the second layer.

T - Nice malty sense covered in caramel and toffee, gentle but nice with a soft bourbon touch more evident in the vanilla and woody touch. A bit of a hoppy sense, a bit raw but not uncomfortable, makes it way through firmly, and adds a rich fruity echo.

M - Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation working rather well with a nice tingly finish. The hoppy bite gives it a push towards the finish but it is nicely woven back in the a sweet smooth finish leaving a trace in the tongue of the hops.

D - Nice sipper, all in all very pleasing. Maybe a more accentuated bourbon sense and a softer hoppy sense would make it more memorable for my liking, but in its current incarnation it is rather nicely balanced making it a pretty enjoyable brew.

Notes: Hmmm, pretty well rounded barleywine... The US side shines with an unapologetic hoppy finish that may need some taming for my liking. Likewise, while quite a remarkable brew and with a good sense of balance, it requires a notch more on the malty/complex side to make it outstanding, maybe a bit of aging will help to take it on that direction since this is rather fresh, and considering that it was a pretty pleasing offering. Ah, with the growing number of barrel and bourbon aged brews it is high time that when possible they start to specify in a footnote what specific bourbon, wine, etc. was hosted in those barrels.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 18:35:59 | More by Daniellobo
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 22:23:12 | More by brentk56
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown opaque beer, Has a small creamy beige head that lingers but leaves no lace. The aromas of oak, vanilla and dried fruit waft from the glass like sirens drawing you in. As the glass warms the first hints alcohol weaves into the mix nicely. A big creamy malt character washes over the tip of your tongue. Followed by some vanilla/maple sweetness in the middle. The finish is nice and dry with a light hop snap. silky, creamy, Yummy.
Thank You very much John. my friend Dave said this was one of the best barleywines he has had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 19:26:34 | More by ybnorml
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tpd975

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice copper hue with a thin off white head. No real retention or lace noted.

S: Malty aromas. Brown sugar, toffee, and caramel lead the way. Mild notes of oak and booze as well.

T: Same as the aroma. Some chocolate and lots of candy malts. The barrel comes through nicely. Hints of oak, vanilla, and booze.

M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, sweet, smooth, a bit boozy.

D: Just okay.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:54:35 | More by tpd975
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one!

2008 bottling:

Pours hazed brown with a wispy head. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is robust - right from the start (immediately after working through waxed top to get lid off). Once poured prunes, figs, dates and caramel/toffee candy with vanilla and some peppery alcohol come through strongly.

The taste is of prunes, figs, dates and caramel. Alcohol still strong over a year or so later. More vanilla than bourbon character supports the base beer. It has a malty and whiskey-like finish.

It has laid-back/mild carbonation with a body that almost reaches full-bodied for the style. I was hoping that warming/progression would beef it up a bit more...it does, but stays on lighter end of full-bodied. Certainly warming...

A nice malty, warming, with whiskey-like booziness, sipper. Bourbon-barrelling gives an oaky/vanilla dryness without overpowering the base beer, with is a nice malty barleywine. An enjoyable sipper, that has a great aroma making it well-worth smelling for awhile before each sip!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 02:55:33 | More by jwc215
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"One teaspoon or two?"
I survey the liquid in front of me as the cream lolls about, creating a miasma of dark brown/ruby, a medicine, she cocks her head to the side and I have a strange feeling that this was planned, a joke... There are no bubbles on top, just a lifeless mud, and I wonder if I'll survive this.
I look up. "That'll do for now, thank you." And I lean in for a sample of the aromas.

What delight.

Be this poison or no, it is as the Turkish delight of Jadis, one does not care, one must partake after this aroma. Layers upon layers, I close my eyes and allow the different notes to form pictures in my brain, trying to relegate a specific character to each separate attribute: toffee, raisin and plum, Maple-wood and maple-syrup, and a distinct caramelized sugar that balances itself with spicy alcohol on the end of every breath.

The clanging of dishes can be heard, and an indistinct melody that masquerades as this song for a moment, then that, then proves itself to be one I've no recollection of... (but wait, that sounds like... or is it...?)... and I hazard a sip. And it is huge. An initial wash of sugary, honey-maple syrup at the first, bolstered quickly by an eager notion of caramel-bourbon, which is quickly drowned out in turn by spicy alcohol attempting to pass itself off as toffee or caramel-flavoured. Each taste draws me further in, and finishes with harsh roasted grain that balances with a seismic vanilla tone.

Now, in the body, one can see the true mannerisms, for what is communication but sincerity, the opposite thereof, and a glance? So then, we must truly observe the mannerisms of this body: it is full, mouth-filling, syrupy, lowly-carbonated, and then finishes both warm and dry.

Well, if nothing else, I have certainly ascertained that it is no poison, despite its dubious looks. The clanking in the background stops and I sink more deeply into both the leather around me, my thoughts, and the experience that this truly delightful beverage gives me with my eyes closed. Thank you, waitress. You have astounded me.

Many thanks to Wespatrick.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 23:51:47 | More by khiasmus
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 edition 22-ounce classy-looking red wax-dipped bomber bottle, courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks, John!

After a considerable amount of wax-whittling and a smattering of related swearing, I manage to decrown this sucker...

In my D-R snifter held up before the fading afternoon December sunshine, Uinta's BBB is murky reddish-chestnut-tinted amber in color with a short-lived cap of pale beige foam. As the head retreats into a thin bubbly collar, a wispy ring and scattered freckles of lacing remain behind to tastefully decorate the walls of the glass.

The aroma is loaded with sticky, fruity, brown sugar-dipped notes of fallen apples, fermenting red grapes, and overripe plums enrobed in dark caramel. A solid slab of dry oak and a surprisingly vague whiff of bourbon trails the fruit-pack, but gains strength as the chilled beer approaches cellar-cool temperature.

The taste is richly caramel-heavy with a fat-handed sprinkle of dark brown sugared raisins and a finish that features a dry, peppery bite. Black plum skins and an edge of woodiness contribute mildly bitter dryness that helps to balance a brew that would otherwise be a gigantic candy-bomb. Only as the drink begins to warm (and warm the drinker as well) does any inkling of bourbon make an appearance, and Triple B benefits greatly from the added dimension. The caramel backbone gains a charred, smoky character that beats back the sugar and bumps up both my enjoyment of the brew and my flavor score.

The drink is firm and lightly-carbonated with a silky, syrupy feel. An extremely tasty brew and a very easy drinker considering the substantial 11.1% ABV and the rampant sweetness revealed at the crown-cracking. One snifterful of BBB would be plenty were it not properly tempered nor I such a greedy bastard. Damned fine.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 18:11:15 | More by cvstrickland
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John!

Red waxed 22oz bottle, barrel aged for 2 years, 2008 Edition.

A light hiss greeted me when I pried the cap off, it pours a very dark brown with some reddish highlights near the stem of my New Belgium Goblet. It started off with a very small head of foam and in the time it took to type this...it shrunk to some thin foam in the middle and around the edge of the glass. Surprisingly, when I tilt my glass from side to side, there's some decent lacing.

The smell I noticed when I popped the cap...very very malty. Now with my nose much closer, I pick up a huge bourbon presence. Wow. It is huge. Lots of caramel malt sweetness here as well along with some notes of dark fruits. The alcohol is also right there; hopefully it isn't too big a factor in the taste.

The taste is actually more of the caramel malt and less of the bourbon. I also get some bready malt flavours, some milk chocolate and toffee, a light fruitiness that seems to lessen as the session goes on.

The bourbon, I think, is strongest near and through the finish and there's a ton of warming going on. Not all that unwelcome watching the snow coming down outside. ;^)

There isn't a whole lot of bitterness here that I can detect so I think this *could* pass as an English Style BWSA. Any way I look at it, this is a very taste and smooth, for the most part, brew.

On the high end of medium bodied with very light carbonation but for the style, the low carbo works very well for me.

Drinkability? It sure is drinkable enough for a 11%abv brew but 1 bottle is going to do me just fine. I'm sure Uinta didn't expect anything other than that for this big bad boy. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 19:44:04 | More by Bitterbill
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stonequarrywest

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Wasatch....poured into Imperial Pint glass..

Like the look of this one...reddish color with half inch creamy head.
Sweet candy aroma with definite bourbon notes.
Taste is warm and Malty...can feel the warmth on th tongue for sure. Really nice mouthfeel with just the right ammt of carbonation. Keeps you warm on a nice October day in OHio

Very good brew..

Hope to get another from the upcoming batch

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 21:37:39 | More by stonequarrywest
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the Tampa BAs for letting me in on their tasting.

Poured red with little head. Not surprising for something living in a barrel for two years.

Smells like sweet candy. Lots of smells dancing around.

Lots of bourbon in the mouth, sweet notes. Great sipping beer.

Very creamy with little carbonation. Awesome.

Great for an after dinner treat. Strong, and a great sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 18:20:42 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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