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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

700 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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Lantern


4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-24-2012 21:28:59 | More by Lantern
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip, bottle dated 12/08/11. Pours a dark red, with a huge 3 inch off white head with red highlights, with plenty of lacing, and takes its time settling. Smell is lots of cooked brown sugar, bourbon, dark fruit, piny hops, and vanilla oak. Taste is powerful, balanced with everything from the nose. With bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit , and oak being the dominant flavors, but a bitterness in the finish that suggest bitter hops. This is really impressive, one of the most beautiful beers I have ever looked at and I love that it is a beer that blends wonderful with the bourbon not being the only true flavor. Body is large, nice carbonation especially for its heft, not that dry considering the style, and very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. This Brewery is really impressive. Going to hopefully get a few more bottles to watch develop, would really amaze me if it could get any better.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 18:08:45 | More by SawDog505
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep, dull brown with a finger of nice-looking beige head. Good clarity. A little lacing, pretty good retention.

S: Toffee and fruit, a little pine hoppiness, molasses, all mixed with a light touch of bourbon and oak. I'm usually not a big fan of hoppy barleywines, but all the flavors work well together and in balance.

T: Caramel, very slight oak, some fruity esters on the back end, finishing mildly bitter with some hop bite. Quite dry.

M: Ultra smooth. Medium carbonation and medium-full body.

O: Pretty tasty, although the oak/bourbon are almost invisible.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 05:58:35 | More by pmarlowe
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

04-13-2012 02:41:43 | More by vbiliyar
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PorterBoy14

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-09-2012 12:17:29 | More by PorterBoy14
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13esd

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

04-07-2012 23:13:42 | More by 13esd
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codynevels

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-07-2012 00:57:58 | More by codynevels
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cockeyed Cooper opens with a surprisingly hoppy nose for a Barleywine. In fact, at first, a heavy smattering of grapefruit rind and pine hops is all that comes across. After a few seconds these initial aromas calm down, revealing a sugary, malty underbelly ripe with caramel, toffee, berry, orange, peach, brown sugar, and somehow, even more caramel. These sugary aromas bear a striking resemblance to caramel-covered fruits--the expensive kind found in artisan shops--and is extremely alluring. Toast crust and rising wheat dough help ground the brew. Hardly present, and surprisingly so, is any hint of bourbon, since this was barrel-aged. Only a slight vanilla and oak tinge gives it away, and that very hard to detect. As a whole, the nose is excellent, and while it may be slightly too strong on the sugars, is still enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a simultaneous hop and malt slam, the former bringing grapefruit rind, pine sap, dandelion stem, and touches of eucalyptus, and the latter covering the tastebuds in waves of caramel, brown sugar, apricot, berry, white grape, and green apple. Some toast crust and baguette helps bring the beer to earth, but not by much, as the sugars are intense--so intense that it takes the full force of the beer's 65 IBUs just to get the hops noticed. Additional notes of vanilla and oak, as well as extremely subtle tawny port and cognac, give excellent depth and complexity. Late in the mouthful the port and cognac flavors rise in potency, bringing a charcoal-filtered whang to the brew, as well as for the first time revealing the high 11.1% ABV in vodka-like heady vapors. The aftertaste is a continuation of these liqueur-like flavors, as well as fainter hints of bread and grapefruit rind, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-high, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent fare, and easily one of the better Barleywines I've tasted. Especially noteworthy here is how the beer doesn't rely exclusively on heavy, thick malt flavors--such as many beers of this style do--but adds IPA-like hops and bourbon barrel aging to the mix. The result is definitely worth seeking out, and firmly places pretty much everything Uinta Brewing makes at the top of my "must try" list.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 23:25:09 | More by jondeelee
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-05-2012 22:15:36 | More by jwat
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium clear red amber. Thin off white head and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and oak, light, but very pleasant. Taste follows, with subdued malts, bourbon, vanilla. Nice hop bite on the finish. Medium mouth feel. Not very assertive, but well balanced and tasty. Worth cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 03:58:13 | More by LiquidAmber
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-04-2012 22:20:04 | More by muchloveforhops3
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-01-2012 16:07:46 | More by djrn2
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

A: Poured a deep mahogany color with great carbonation and sexy cap with some lacing

S: Bourbon, some cocoa, dark fruits

T: Big dark fruits, mainly raisins, figs, and some purple grapes. A bit of chocolate and candy on the mix but there was a bit more bourbon than I wanted

M: Well carbonated but big bodied however it feels lighter leaving it rather nice

O: Good, much better draft versus bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 15:42:53 | More by barleywinefiend
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-30-2012 20:35:47 | More by swetsastonic
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klopez1253

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm partial to Uinta's high alcohol beers because I know they come out of a context of 3.2/4.0 beers; the high alcohol beers could be terrible and they would still stand out, and command an audience and a market in that context. But Uinta's high alcohol beers can stand up to anyone's.

My first reaction when I tried this beer, in a bourbon barrel version, was simply "Wow." It had great taste and great subtlety (for a barleywine ale) and the bonus of the bourbon barrel. Should all my beers be so powerful and profound.

In appearance it is a dark brown, with little lacing.

The smell is beer with a little fruit in front of it -- not too strong an alcohol nose.

The taste is a malty front with a bourbon barrel back; the hops bite is there but is subsumed by the malt and the bourbon (to me, an ideal proportion).

The mouthfeel is reasonably carbonated but not too much nor too little, and overall this is one of the great beers I've ever had: I don't think I would give 5.0's this much to too many brews, but this one seemed to deserve it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 04:47:25 | More by klopez1253
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Kromes

Georgia

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

A: A dark brown with clear ruby highlights and a thin off-white head.

S: brown sugar, alcohol, bourbon, oak, caramel, and a floral hop.

T: Initial flavors are alcohol and brown sugar, caramel malts and then the vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors kick in along with an earthy hop. Good flavors, but the alcohol does tend to overpower and hide some of the flavors in the beer.

M: Heavier feel, smooth and creamy. Nice little burn from the alcohol throughout.

O: This is a good Barleywine. I recommend picking one up.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 23:51:52 | More by Kromes
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-17-2012 17:24:32 | More by barbellsNbeers
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 C&C poured into GuldenDraak snifter.

For a 11% brew, I'm not expecting tons of carbonation, but this one pours very lifeless with some "non carbonation" bubbles. Appearance is a hazy tawny, zero head, zero lacing. The nose features a rich maltiness with shades of oak and molasses. The bourbon is very faint and contributes nothing more than a mellow vanilla accent at the end. The taste starts off very malty with huge notes of caramel and molasses. The bourbon makes itself more present as the taste develops on the palate. The balance is impeccable considering the weight of this brew. There is no burn whatsoever and it drinks as if it is much lighter. This beer suffers in the mouthfeel department. Again, the carbonation is nearly nonexistent which hurts the over all quality. The body is hefty enough. Overall, this beer tastes as if it is a fine recipe and even a decent bourbon barrel aged version of one, but in its current form, I am quite disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 05:50:05 | More by homebrew311
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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-12-2012 16:11:13 | More by DSlim71
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-05-2012 14:29:28 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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SLeffler27

New York

3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Builds a big, creamy manila froth over a dark-brown, cinnamon beer. The head is long lasting, leaving a coating of lace.

Light fumes of bourbon are accented by pine sap, plum and pear from a Dogfish Head snifter.

Heavy on the raisins with a quick touch of sweetness, followed by a sharp, lingering bitterness long into the finish.

This barleywine is super dry, almost chalky, with a soft, full body, light carbonation, and alcohol about as expected.

A decent sipping beer for a cold day, this is a worthy beer, but far short of its early promise.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 13:24:34 | More by SLeffler27
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampling a cellar aged bottle that was bottled on 4/2010.
Poured into a snifter the beer is a deep dark mahogany hue with minimal beige head of about 1 cm.
Aroma is rich malty and complex with brown sugar, dark fruit, figs, some bourbon and a bit of booziness that makes me realize this may be a sipping beer.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth silky texture. Very mild rolling carbonation.
Flavor is malty and sweet and complex with molasses, figs, prunes, bourbon, toffee and a bit of dark chocolate. Fairly complex flavor profile. I get a little warm booze on each swallow but it isnt unpleasant. Complex flavors with the malts dominant.
This beer catches up with me by the end of the 750 ml, but is intensely enjoyable and represents a well made barrel aged B-wine.
I would definitely buy this beer again if I found it on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 06:51:18 | More by sulldaddy
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

03-01-2012 06:56:38 | More by shelby415
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BugTownPub

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-01-2012 05:58:59 | More by BugTownPub
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

750ml bottle $12.99. I have passed this up many times but I've heard some chatter online about this and Labryinth so I grabbed one. Dark brown-red color, scant head, looks about spot on for the style. The smell is good, barrel but not overpowering booze, vanilla, caramel. It almost reminded me of the first time I had Angel's Share. Flavor was above average, vanilla, barleywine, and not really much bourbon at all. This tasted decent but did not really wow me. For $13 I'd rather spend a couple dollars more and get an Abacus.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 15:40:38 | More by ArrogantB
Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.