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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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very good

700 Ratings

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 45
Gots: 155 | FT: 6
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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3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 01/11/12. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger khaki-light tan colour head of nice thickness and cream, and good retention. Lacing is pretty good. Colour is a nontransparent auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty appealing.

Sm: Caramel, biscuit malt, floral hops, some cherry, vanilla, and hints of bourbon. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Dried fruit is prominent, with hints of vanilla and a very very light bourbon tone. Timid dark fruit. Some caramelization and interesting sugars - perhaps meloncello. Biscuit malt helps round it out. Nicely balanced, but it lacks clear focus or direction. It's decently built, but not horribly subtle. I like it. Strange for a barleywine. Not as yeasty as I'd like. The alcohol is well hiddden.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavour nicely, but doesn't feel tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. A good offering from Uinta, but not great for a barleywine. I wouldn't get it again.

High C+

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 04:17:58 | More by kojevergas
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Intense dark ruby red body with a off white head. Huge size and great retention, especially for Bourbon barrel. Some nice lace patches here and there.

S- A big bourbon whiskey feel mixed with nice cherry and caramel. A very nice vanilla feel and some peppery spice as well.

T- Has a nice spicy pepper feel to go with the big barrel whiskey soaked oak. The base beer exerts a caramel feel and some dark fruits. Good vanilla hints.

MF- Nice and warm but doesn't feel like 11%. Thick and oily feel with a somewhat creamy palate. Lower end carbonation.

Solid bourbon delivery on a good base Barleywine. For the price and availability, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 04:15:48 | More by cbutova
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-18-2012 04:11:27 | More by Yallnumbskulls
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3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Bottled on 9/19/11.

3.5 A: Clearish mahogany brown color. Two fingers of frothy/pillowy tan head. Retention is decent for a beer this big and just a tiny ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Huge plum fruitiness, sugar plums to be exact. Caramel and toffee to follow. Currants, raisins, and dates underneath. Big neutral malty sweetness to accompany the caramel and toffee. The barrel component is fairly subtle and adds a few complementary aromas - earthy bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

3.0 T: Taste resembles the nose, but is less intense and a few unwanted flavors are added. Raisin enters the scene to take the leading role from plum, which is now the understudy. Caramel and toffee next followed by dates and currants. Not nearly as sweet as the nose suggested. There's a formitable moderate bitterness that I don't care for and a noticeable tannic astringency. Again, only whisps of bourbon and vanilla. Bitter aftertaste.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Only a light creaminess, but good enough here.

3.0 D: The bitterness and astringency reduce the drinkibility. There is a very pleasant nose, but the taste is damaged from the problems I mentioned. Still, it's not bad. Worth a try, but probably not a second buy.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 23:39:23 | More by DavoleBomb
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

08-12-2012 04:00:46 | More by beerhan
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2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at blue dog

Cockeyed copper pours out that copper color with some light bronze hues within. Just a small amount of tannish bubbles forming a loose cap, no lace on the sides. Smell is very minimal on the oak and bourbon with some grain coming out and a small amount of caramel. Getting some rust and signs of infection as well. If this is an american barleywine, the hops are out of the picture as of now in keg form. Taste is off, and light and just not big enough to be a top contender for BA barleywine. Definite infection. To be honest, this does not even resemble a barleywine, the body is too thin. Tastes of metal, slight oak, vanilla, faint caramel, and some coca cola in the finish. Somethings off. As stated, body is at about medium, light carb, infection left on the tounge. Drinkability is low, because I did not finish my glass.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2012 16:43:50 | More by BARFLYB
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-08-2012 20:20:34 | More by KJabo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 750ml into a tulip. Bottled 08/09/11.

Brownish maroon, with a tan head. Quite a nit of lacing, but light retention. Nose has dark sugars, molasses and oak. Bourbon isn't totally pronounced. Taste has some earthy and citrusy hop character, big sweet malts pretty characteristic of American BW's. Brown sugar, oak, molasses, mild bourbon. Really sweet finish, and a good bit of bitterness. Medium full mouth, some alcohol. A good American BW, but not really in my wheelhouse.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 04:41:38 | More by liamt07
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-03-2012 01:59:15 | More by vitters03
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve.

Reddish brown colour, about a finger of off white head and quite a lot of lace considering ABV. Smell is sweet and malty, caramel, quite hoppy, vanilla and bourbon, a bit of charred oak also getting some molasses and raisins as well. Taste is big and malty, hop bitterness is pretty big, bourbon is a little subtle but pretty well integrated, oak, vanilla and carmel flavours all present with a bit of brown sugar and fruit in the finish, alcohol is always present and fairly warm throughout. Lightly carbonated, chewy and full bodied, lightly sticky as well. I enjoyed this but this is something that has to be shared, the alcohol was a bit too noticeable as I got through the glass, quite nice though.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 21:03:39 | More by peensteen
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New Jersey

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

You get a decent tan colored head, just over a finger’s worth of mixed bubble sizes, retention is above average, the lacing is a thin but full sheet which sticks to the glass sides. The liquid is a lightly filmy copper brown, touch of yellow at the edges, curious lack of visible bubbles. Broad nose, really fills out, very sweet with ginger, nutmeg, vanillin oak, butterscotch, molasses, there’s some charcoal to peat like notes in there, green apple, pear, fig and white grape scents in there, more rye or buckwheat than loaf of bread type stuff, at times smells like a baseball rosin bag, turns more roasted than hoppy at the end. Full-bodied, does a good job of being dry in texture while sweeter in flavors, the oak treatment obvious throughout. Vanilla, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and flan flavors predominate, yet there’s also a bitterness which comes through bringing nuts, smoked grill fat, cigar leaf, citrus peel and wheat germ to the fore. The fruit diminished and receded back. The carbonation bigger than was suggested visually but nothing more than a basic simmer. Stays on an even keel through the finish, no great change. It’s a big boy that seems to want to correct you if you make what it considers a misinterpretation of itself. (Bottled on 5/21/11)

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 03:40:07 | More by farrago
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

07-26-2012 20:12:14 | More by bonbini26
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-24-2012 16:17:28 | More by TonyTalon
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-23-2012 20:01:43 | More by sanford_and_son
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Dark brown, though clear, with very dark ruby edges and a inch-high khaki colored collar. This leaves spots of lace down the glass. Very pretty.

Sweet aroma of caramel, bread, bourbon, and a mild alcohol sting. Simple, straightforward, though pleasant.

Good amounts of sweet caramel and graham cracker, along with bourbon, cereal, and bread crusts. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, all things considered, and sneaks up on you quick!

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation with just a bit of alcohol bite. By all measurements, a very well crafted beer.

A great beer for the price and availability.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2012 19:26:56 | More by ehammond1
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-07-2012 14:27:35 | More by BillHilly
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-05-2012 14:46:59 | More by THECPJ
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-02-2012 17:47:58 | More by sholland119


4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

07-01-2012 23:07:27 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a dark, clear copper color. It poured with a medium sized sticky head.

s: Caramel, toffee, hints of vanilla, plus some whiskey. Too much woody astringency.

t: A bit bland up front with a muddled combination weak whiskey, toffee, and caramel. There was a semi-strong woody astringent heat at the finish plus some fairly potent naked bitterness.

m: medium body and gentle carbonation.

o: Not bad, but this just doesn't come together. Overly harsh and lacking sweetness. Where is the vanilla? I don't think this beer was a good candidate for the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 23:59:38 | More by DIM
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-20-2012 18:46:44 | More by hiphopj5
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-15-2012 21:31:59 | More by Davit
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a clear darkish amber tone, sits in the glass an opaque, almost chestnut color; nice frothy finger and a half of a tan head that demonstrates good retention and lacing. pretty much what i expect from a well-made barleywine. big, malt-heavy nose. notes of caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. bourbon is subtle but perceptible. to me the aroma is more reminiscent of an english BW than it's american counterpart, but intriguing nonetheless.

flavor is fairly complex, with more hops evident than i got from the nose along with toasted malts, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and a touch of bourbon. an all around nice beer. medium-full bodied on the palate with some lively carbonation.

overall i think this is a winner - very good barleywine. doesn't challenge abacus for BW supremacy IMO, but a tasty and relatively complex brew worth a try.

(originally reviewed: 06-10-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 00:55:55 | More by BostonHops
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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a horehound candy color with a gigantic, fluffy, caramel-colored head. Chocolate, toffee, creme brûlée and hints of bourbon make up the aroma. The alcohol hits immediately. A thinner, more watery mouthfeel fails to compliment the big, sweet dessert flavors comprised of bourbon, toffee, and cocnut. An alcohol warmth returns at the finish. I like this beer. A couple of small improvements could make this an overall top 25 in the world. Somebody smart is at the helm at Uinta.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 01:41:13 | More by DocJitsu
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-12-2012 02:00:01 | More by bsimms
Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.