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Cockeyed Cooper | Uinta Brewing Company

very good
279 Reviews
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Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in bourbon barrels.

65 IBU

Added by Daniellobo on 06-03-2010

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Reviews: 279 | Ratings: 926
Photo of heartofgold
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

This beer stored for about a year at cellar temp.

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a brandy snifter which presented a beautiful aged cherrywood color. The light tan head dissipated in less than a minute but left a enough to coat the glass and separate this barlywine from brandy.

The aroma carried warm sherry notes but it carried a bit of cardboard dryness

The taste followed aroma, with some nut-like complexity to the malt followed by vanilla and toffee that delights but ending with our cardboard dry funk not suitable for a barleywine. While drinkable, I would not age this beer any longer.

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Photo of floridadrift
4/5  rDev +2%

DO NOT DRINK THIS BEER FOR AT LEAST ONE OR TWO YEARS. Hoppy enough to be some sort of IPA.

A: Dark, hazy, amber, huge, white, frothy head

S: Big hops, no true bourbon notes

T: Cold: Hops, hops, hops, light sweetness W: A little less hoppy, bittersweet, slightly boozy

M: Smooth

O: Do not drink this beer until the hops drop waaaay off. I could feel a good buzz coming on though quickly, through my first 4oz pour. Label is excellent too, will be nice to vintage.

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Photo of sommersb
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-18-2014
Freshness: Bottled 02-06-2013
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is a murky, dark brown beer, nearly opaque. The small tan head leaves a good lacing behind and shows fair retention.

Strong, pleasing aromas feature molasses and caramel, as this is very malty. Other smells include earthy, woody/oak notes plus vanilla. Also dark, ripened fruits like figs, dates, and overripe bananas. I don't really get any whiskey or bourbon aromas.

The taste is very rich and malty. Tons of malt give it a sweet taste, but there's also a significant dose of hops to lend an earthy and piney bitterness. The alcohol warmth is notable at 11.1% for some boozy effects.

Mouthfeel is creamy on this thick-bodied brew. Carbonation is low. The beer seems to have a staleness/oxidation downside to it that may be attributed to the age. Fortunately this seems to lessen as the beers warms up a bit.

Overall a very good Barleywine with a few detractions.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Pours murky light brown with a fluffy white head on top. Aroma is unexpected with huge lemony citrus peel and not much else. Flavor follows with more big lemons--like chewing on the fruit--and very light caramel. Really not much else going on here, and while the flavor is only described as lemony, it isn't particularly bitter either. Maybe I'm drinking lemon Pinesol? Light to medium bodied--strange for a barleywine, particularly one aged in barrels--with medium plus carbonation. This was weird. Pretty much the exact opposite of expectations going in on a BA Barleywine. I can't say it was bad, just not right.

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Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in 12oz goblet. Poured a nice, opaque mahogany-brown color with less than a half-inch of light tan head that had very good retention and pretty good lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malts, with a bit of a hop tang in the background. On the tongue, the beer was pretty much the same, with the addition of an odd "funk" in the middle. there a slight bitter and smoky finish.

The body was about average for the style, a little fuller than Bigfoot perhaps, and had a dry finish. Drinkability was OK, but I would probably only have 1 at a sitting. Overall, a nicely solid brew. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of utfiero
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color- liquified medium brown toffee. Huge head.

Aroma- spiced rum raisin cake.

Taste- Starts with a spicy nuttiness then the hops appear finishing with a nutty vanilla note from the barrel with hoppy dryness. The finish is a bit jagged, and our rating reflects our perception of the finish. Also, the alcohol is "hot" with the esters not masked. Don't serve too cold. Optimal temp is 45-50 degrees to settle the finish more.

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

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Photo of Zorro
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed reddish brown colored beer with a tall dark khaki colored beer.

Smells sweet and fruity with some pecan and vanilla. Bourbon while present doesn't appear as a distinct whiskey aroma only as vanilla and oak. Little peppery and woody and a little cork scent.

Starts out Woody and bitter with a sharp bitter pecan flavor like biting down on a bit of shell. Bitterness mellows quite a bit and the vanilla hits you first. Has a strong bittersweet thing going just when you think it has softened it snaps your taste buds again. Earthy mushroom flavors and some vanilla caramel flavors, this is in the upper 50% of Barleywines for bitterness. I can smell more subtle elements but the bitterness is covering them up.

Mouthfeel is good.

A fair barleywine for those who like them on the bitter end of the flavor spectrum.

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Photo of dar482
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Dated 9/21/11)

The beer comes in muddy reddish copper color.

The aroma has that classic American barleywine of old hops, earthy, tea leaves, cardboard, brown bag. Behind it there’s a caramel and toffee sweetness and a hint of alcohol.

The flavor follows with a medium plus to light sweetness in the front with a touch of brown sugar and caramel, hints of dark fruit of dried prune and date. Then onto earthy, herbal, leafy heavy bittering of hops. It finishes off of a medium minus amount of bourbon that mellows the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium plus.

For an American attempt at the beer, this is quite good. The age and bourbon probably helped the flavor of the beer too.

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Photo of roblowther
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big bottle and my Friday after work is looking all good. Poured into a snifter, there is a noticeable cork pop and a lot more head than I expected from a barley wine. It is black in color and the head is huge, rocky, and light tan. Very, very nice looking. The smell is apricots, molases, vanilla, a slight hoppiness, and my mouth is watering. The taste is phenomenal, with boozy fruit, wood, vanilla and a slight banana in there somewhere. It is dry but not too much so, with a noticeable alcohol warmth as it goes down. The hops are there just at the very start and then its all wood aging from there. You taste it, you smell it, and you really get the sense that the aging process rounded off the sharp edges on this. Really, really spectacular. The mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated and a tad sticky. Overall, I think this is a fantastic barley wine. It is not sweet like most. It could, if anything, use a bit more sweetness and a bit less woody dryness but wow, just really terrific.

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Photo of BierJager89
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish with a light mocha head.

S: Smells like a typical barleywine, red berries, and dark fruit as well as floral and citric hop character in the nose.

T: Taste is pretty similar, but with lots of oak. Doesn't really taste bourbony. No caramel or vanilla., very hop forward, lots of floral and piney hops. Some citrus a bit of caramel and vanilla as it warms up. Basically tastes like they took their anniversary barleywine and put in on fresh oak for a few months.

M: Full bodied and smooth enough.

O: Bourbon character is unfortunately absent for the most part. This is still a good barleywine, but it's no Sucaba, Samael's Ale or Angel's Share. Recommended if you like American-style barleywines

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Photo of stumac
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Haven't reviewed a brew in a while due to the quick and easy rating thinga-ma-jigger. So it's a a dark ruby with nice khaki lacing and dome. Rose hips, pepper, honey in the nose. Huge citrus hops take the plate, followed by mellow grassy notes. Hidden in there is the depth of caramel apple, apricot, cherry skins, all followed with a big sherry explosion. Big body, crispy carbo. A very solid brew...

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every once in a while you get that beer. The one beer (or barley wine) that makes it all better. THIS was that beer today.

A- Poured so perfectly with about 2 fingers of a rich carmel head.

S- Rich molasses with hints of cherry or strawberry. I swear this is heaven.

T- Rolls over the tongue like a good bourbon and finishes with a bite. ABV 11.1%

M- Thick and creamy while sitting high on the tongue.

O- I'd like to think that every review depends on environment and timing for the individual but this beer was exactly what the doctor ordered and the taste was out of this world. I highly recommend it. Especially if you like bourbon or irish whiskey.


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Photo of drpimento
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, another Crooked Line that goes straight to beer heaven! Poured at a good temperature with a huge, foamy, thick, billowy, light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a clear cherry amber with a couple of lazy bubble trails. Aroma is a heavy, hop, malt, fresh sawn wood, resin, black olives. Flavor's like nose, bitter and tang up front, with a little malt and bourbon sweet, hints of dark chocolate. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, the bitter hop veers a tad off, alcohol warmth, but still great sipping beer. Perfect to share with friends who are of the same mind.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - lovely mahogany

Smell - astonishing blend of citrus, pine, caramel, vanilla. Really jumps out at you.

Taste - hoppy with vanilla and caramel notes. Very nice but after the smell a bit disappointing. Not as bold. The barrel aging is nice but pretty subtle. Doesn't knock you over, which for me is a plus. You can taste the booze but just enough.

Mouthfeel - pleasant texture, not as oily or dense as many American Barleywines.

Overall - really good but, for me, it's strange to have this somewhat mixed review. The scent just blew me away and raised expectations perhaps unreasonably so. I enjoyed it quite a bit but found it oddly disappointing after the taste didn't match the scent. I suspect next time around, when expectations aren't quite so high, my feeling might change. But I will drink this again and recommend it to those who enjoy American barleywines.

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Photo of BB1313
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottled on date is there, but it's very hard to make out the date. It's definitely from 2013 though. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark auburn with a fluffy off-white head; nice head and lacing. The aromas are very sweet. Lots of dark fruits with hints of orange peel. Lots of sweet malts. Hints of wood/oak. The bourbon isn't that noticeable in the nose, but it still smells nice nonetheless. Surprisingly, the bourbon isn't too noticeable in the flavors either. Some wood/oak. It has a subtle warmth to it, but it's definitely not hot or boozy. More caramel with hints of chocolate. More orange. Some pine resin. This is a sweet beer, but it's far from cloying. Not bitter. It definitely comes off as an English-style barleywine. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is a nice beer to sip on during the cold weather.

This beer loses credit for lacking in bourbon barrel characteristics, but it gains that credit right back for being a tasty and enjoyable barleywine. I would've liked to pick up more bourbon characteristics, but it's still very enjoyable nonetheless. Well crafted.

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Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/19/2013
Bottle into snifter

A- Super hazy dark brown pour. Finger and a half off white head with sticky lacing around the glass.

S- Typical barleywine aromas of American hops, sweet citrus, some brown sugar, caramel with some strawberries. Very little bourbon in the nose.

T- More English in style from the taste profile. Not as aggressive hop usage. Getting a lot more of the bourbon in the taste along with some burnt coffee in the finish.

M- Light to medium body, tingly carbonation with a touch of heat.

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Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/ruby red color. A massive white head forms with nice lacing down the glass.
S: Big toasted malts, toffee, wood, vanilla, and Fusel alcohol all mixed together. Some chocolate even some light dark fruits.
T: Follows the nose with the big toasted maltiness, drizzeled toffee, wood and some Fusel alcohol. Dried dark fruits like figs. Chocolate and vanilla. As this warms it becomes more bitter with some resinous hops coming through.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Though sticky and resinous. The alcohol is certainly present and fairly fusel at that. Though nice and warming. A nice sipper.

A very solid barrel aged barleywine. I am glad I can find this on the shelves.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter
Bottled on: 06/22/12

A - Pours dark mahogany with 2 fingers of whipped mocha head. The sinks into a nice collar with a whispy cap. Lacing is sticky and speckled.

S - Glorious melted toffee/caramel on top of copious amounts of toasted barley. Wood vanilla, bourbon, rich and sweet, dates, raisins. Sweet whiskey alcohol comes out when allowed to warm. As soon as I popped the cork hops jumped right out but then faded after the pour.

T - Spicy bitterness upfront, dry wood comes in strong, heavily toasted barley, toffee, caramel, pine hops, spicy, charred raisins, vanilla, ginger, pine hops continue to build, melding with the alcohol for a spicy dry finish.

M - Full bodied, chewy, low to medium carbonation, dry astringent finish.

Amazing aroma. I could smell this beer all day. This beer is almost 1.5 years old and still has quit a bit of hop presence. More in the flavor than the nose. The alcohol is spicy and somewhat mild except for the finish, which is little harsh. Glad I set on this for awhile.

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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, wood, hint of bourbon, hops, hint of cherry, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of wood, hint of bourbon, slight chocolate, and hint of cherry. Overall, this is a really good beer; complex, well blended, good appearance, good feel, and great body.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged bottle dated 02/22/13. I let it mellow for six months before I sampled in on September 30, 3013.

The pour was dark brown with ruby red hues and a modest silky, beige head with clinging lacing on the glass.

The aroma is somewhat subtle but it exhibits a good malty, molasses, and vanilla character. Some booze.

The body is medium to bold.

The flavors penetrate the back of my throat with potent barley malts, vanilla, and molasses and a moderate hop bitterness at the end. The ABV is not well masked but the sweet flavors offset that.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle of the 2011 vintage poured into my Jackie's O's tulip...

A. Pours a ruddy reddish brown. Thick, creamy, three finger khaki-colored head. Lacing is consistent and coating.

S. Dark fruit, vanilla, earthy hops, caramel, and tobacco.

T. Very bitter hops, some toffee, caramel, oak, bourbon. The taste is almost completely dominated by tobacco and tea leaf. Very very bitter.

M. Creamy, moderately carbed.

O. Not my cup of tea. Bitterness overrides everything and, for me, made this unenjoyable.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark and the color of burnt brown sugar. Deep like good wood. Has lighter brown highlights that accent this fabulously pretty beer. Fat beige head of creamy foam that fell slowly, refreshed with every turn and clung to the glass like it was in love. Has a brilliance from clarity too. left all kinds of lace in rings and in sheets on the glass.

Nose is scrumptious. Bourbon and oak. Citrus and pine. Big smooth malt. Breaddy, full and sweet with toffee and caramel. Toasted grain and little nutty as well. Vanilla. Then just when you think there can't be anything else . . . there's sweet chocolate.

Taste is beer candy. The velvety smooth, bourbon together with the vanilla, oak and toffee all combine for a delicious taste. The chocolate is smooth and sweet. The malt is dry and a little earthy which helps all these dark flavors to be at their very richest. Then the bread continues to deliver this outstanding malt to it's dark depths and the grain is deep but not burnt. There is a nice citrus with a faint pine on the palate to back up all these tremendous flavors and to add depth . It glides over the tongue full and flavorful. The mouthfeel is a little thick and sticky and it has a medium/full body.

The toffee continues to deepen and so does the nutty quality as this warms. For as high an abv there is no alcohol on the nose and on the palate it translates to a smooth warmth. The aftertaste is delicious and sweet. The bourbon on the nose drops off about mid drink but it remains on the palate and you are left with with a toffee candy like beer that is so easy to drink. You might forget the alcohol so be careful. Uinta has done a good thing with this beer.

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Photo of weonfire
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A - Dark amber, thick full head - fluffy lacing

S - Hoppy, carmel, earthy, carmel, booze

T - Hopps, booze, carmel, earth, mustiness

M - Frothy, thick, med/full body, booze is is quite potent

O - Bourbon Barreled barley wine?? Must of missed all of that part. Pretty disappointed. Super boozy, lots of carmel, very American (hoppy), not flavorful. I honestly don't think this beer represents the words on the label well. I did not like this. I do not recommend it. Save your money.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.