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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

272 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 272
Hads: 890
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 46
Gots: 209 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

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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Reviews: 272 | Hads: 890
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage. Have had this cellared for just at 2 years.
appearance: Very hazy dark amber. looks like sorghum syrup. Fat off white, almost tan head with lost of messy lacing.
smell: After 2 years starting to get that buttery nose of an aged barley. Hops are still in your face. What's not apparent is the bourbon barrel. I get that Americans are typically liberally hopped, but that character dominates the malt and the bourbon barrel aging. I'd prefer a balance. Doom (yea, I know, it's a DIPA) had a awesome hops, bourbon barrel balance. In the Cooper, it's an uneasy co-existence IMHO.
taste: Ditto for the nose, with a bitter finish.
overall: Tried this fresh and was just too hop forward. Thought a couple of years in the cellar and it would come into it's on. Should've waited another year. (797 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had no idea this was bourbon barrel aged. Regardless I got a a 10oz pour for 5 bucks at the Bermuda.

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown, almost black with some ruby hues at the base. A solid 1/2 inch of mocha head greets me.
S - Not getting much bourbon mostly strong citrus pine, vanilla bean, molasses, and some chocolate malt. Sweet/bitter it's unlike any Barleywine I have had before.
T - Not very boozy which is nice. Has a nice vanilla/caramel tone to it which I assume from the barrel. Under the sweetness a nice wave of both citrus and piney hops keeps the palate guessing as it never gets too bitter. The chocolate malts I smelled are present with some molasses flavors giving it a bitter level rounding the finish. Quite balanced.
M - Despite the high ABV it can be drank rather quickly I believe it's medium in body.

Overall I am not sure how much a bomber costs but a pour on tap was well worth it at this price. One very unique brew. (945 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle stored chilled. Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass and allowed to warm closer to room temperature. Bottled on date of 2/22/ 2013.

Appearance: Pours a really aggressive, two finger, frothy beige head. Really nice retention. Leaves a really nice, sticky lacing around the glass. Dark brown and a bit cloudy in color.

Aroma: Some light piney hop character pairs with some brown sugar and molasses. Bourbon is definitely subdued in the nose but still there. Hides the ABV really well.

Taste: Light bitter, piney hop tones upfront. Vanilla bean, molasses and caramel tones help tone down the bitterness. The malt backbone is not too heavy. Pretty well balanced but the hop character is a bit heavier than expected. Bourbon notes are well integrated and light. Certainly not barrel forward at all although it comes out more as it warms. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Bright carbonation.

Overall, a really nice example of a barrel aged barleywine. The hops are a bit too much for my liking and really kill a lot of the barrel tones at this age. It is very nicely balanced however. Really easy to drink. (1,164 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep tawny brown with a a huge tan head that persists forever. Smells of floral and spicy hops with a solid shot of caramel and brown sugar. Lots of fruity esters waft forth as well as a touch of minty menthol and a faint hint of bourbon and oak. Wow that tastes great. Sweet caramel and dark sugars mixed with a healthy does of pitted fruits up front. Light bourbon and oak midway through with a hint of vanilla and a healthy dose of hop bitterness and ethanol long into the finish. Medium to thick body with a sweet hot mouthfeel and a light to moderate level of carbonation. This one wowed me at first but as it warmed the alcohol heat did start to get a little harsh. Nice barleywine maybe a good aging candidate. (725 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to nothing. It is a dark mahogany color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Orange marmalade, tobacco, vanilla, oak, a little booze, caramel, toffee, dates, and plums.

Taste: Same as above with some bittersweet chocolate, mild bitterness, warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Boozy, silky smooth, low carbonation, medium to full bodied, and warming alcohol.

Overall: A good barleywine even though some carbonation must have evaporated through the cork since it was bottled in Jan/2011. It most likely could of been stored longer. (658 characters)

Photo of sjverla
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nose: Charred wood, bourbon, vanilla. Dark fruits - plum and currant. Plenty of alcohol, but not overpowering.

Appearance: Deep rub. Billows up about one inch head that settles to about .25" and clings like a beast. Gorgeous.

Taste: Figs straight off. Smooth vanilla. Bourbon follows. Very faint hop bitterness blends with charred wood. Velvety, almost oily with a bourbon burn at the end.

Overall: So damn good. Would love to get one of these in the cellar. My complaints are the oilyness and that the burn in the gums is persistent, but otherwise close to perfect. (569 characters)

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

750 muled from SLC to DC before the stuff was showing up everywhere...

a: poured into a tall snifter, the beer is a deep amber in color, low khaki head with light retention

s: initial aromas of heavy caramelized malt sugars, sticky date, lots of deeply toasted malt, dark toffee desserts, tempered barrel aroma but some nice vanilla and glimpses of bourbon buried in there, very solid aroma and a nice start

m: carbonation around moderate, perhaps just under, with a medium-full body that lacks a lot of the heavy sugar feel I was expecting

t: dark malt sugars hit off the bat and are quickly balanced by a pungent earthy pine hop character, darker caramelized flavors stick around...toffee, date, brushes of chocolate, pulling what seems to be a significant dry/spicy oak flavor, but the vanilla and bourbon flavors are harder to get, dries pretty quickly and isn't as sweet as anticipated, highly bitter with a smattering of flavor lingering long

o: a very nice barleywine, but i'd almost rather see more nuanced malt and barrel character than the level of hop acid here, but a nice late fall drink on the coldest night yet (1,130 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a deep garnet-brown color, captured the mild haze and highlighted by a back lit glow. Capped by a dainty off-white sheet of froth, the terse head reduces to a lace around the glass before holding firm.

Bold aromas of toffee, brown sugar, and cashew. And almost butterscotch note rises just before the hops come in with pine needles and grapefruit peels. Light chocolate notes may be found as the barrel notes of caramel, vanilla, and slight coconut come to play. Oak undertones keep the earthy and masculine structure hitting home.

Where the aromas don't favor malt sweetness over citrus hops. But the flavors sure do! Led by the malty taste of toffee, caramel, and toast- other subsidiary tastes of cashews and chestnut rounds into the chocolate tones. All this happens early on the palate, while the hop flavor rises sharply in the middle- that's where citrus grapefruit flavors bridge into pithy taste and then full blown pine resin bitterness to finish.

Certain full body expectation are met as the robust sweetness is saturated by creamy carbonation that keeps the mouth engulfed by sweet creaminess. Its slow and deliberate turn to dryness happens over an extended middle palate and only concludes when the malt sweetness fades to the point where growing hops take command and alcohol warmth satisfactorily dries the ale. It happens very late... but it happens.

This decadent taste, texture, and aroma does all that the American barleywine expects. But I keep looking for an element that pushes it over the edge- a drier finish, a bolder impression, a hoppier start, a sweeter finish... something that pushes me off the fence. But those things don't happen and leaves the beer in a wonderfully obscure but regretfully forgettable beer. (1,755 characters)

Photo of negroobserver
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While not quite orgasmic, I found this to be a really great beer. With hints of coconut and caramel, the beer has a shiny nose. The color is a rusty dirty brown with significant haziness. Nice fine cappuccino cream head. The taste is sweet and a nutty with a hint of bitterness at the back end. The mouthfeel has depth and character. It's not too thin or two dense, nicely balanced. Reminds me very much of another burbon barrel aged beer I tried in North Carolina, except for the fact that this has a much softer alcohol presence. The alcohol is there, but it doesn't smack you in the face when you take a whiff.

Great stuff!!! (629 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on 11/29/12. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is nice, it smells like caramel, dark fruit, toffee, bourbon and vanilla. The brew tastes like caramel, toffee, dark fruit, wood, bourbon, and there's also some citrusy hops and a bit of an herbal flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's syrupy and coating with good carbonation. The bourbon in this brew is noticeable, but it's not very strong in either the aroma or flavor. I do think that it's still a good brew, but I was expecting a little more bourbon kick from it. Overall I liked it, and at $11.99 a bottle I'd pick it up again in the future. (749 characters)

Photo of mmapes
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Big bubbly head dissipates into a lovely deep ruby red color.

Smell is a tad medicinal. Is that the bourbon? Barrel comes across too.

I'm surprised at the first sip. This barleywine has a fruitier component -- tart cherries, maybe -- than I expected in the style. It's obviously a big beer, fairly sweet and alcoholic. A pleasant sipper.

Nice lacing leaves a creamy mouthfeel in later sips. It improves down the glass

Unfortunately, I agree with some of the other reviewers who notice an unpleasant, astringent, hot, medicinal aftertaste.

Probably wouldn't buy again, especially at the price. It has both good and bad qualities. (635 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage on tap at rock bottom. the color is a deep amber maple syrup looking color, mostly clear, with a finger or two of white lace that gets super thin and dies out after a few minutes. the nose is really bourbon heavy, with a huge grain bill underneath. im not sure if there is rye in this, but it smells like it. good toasted qualities and a lot of booze. the flavor is very alcohol forward, especially when it warms up a little. there is a lot of sweetness too, some vanilla, and some dried cherries or cranberries or something providing a sweet and tart element. majorly full body this is a slow sipper and an easy beer to get a buzz from. the 11 vintage is nice and mellow on the alcohol front, not as hot, but still just as strong. it could stand a tad more carbonation, but being a few years old I cant be too critical of that. long boozy sweet finish. less hoppy than some American barleywines, but the bourbon really shines as a result. overall an excellent example of the barleywine style and one of the better beers coming out of Utah these days. no complaints. (1,079 characters)

Photo of brewtechnik
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage poured into tasting snifter

I've kept this bottle for a few years being skeptical of its quality, mostly because of the poor reviews I've ready on BA, but figured it was time to drink it, or dump it.

The appearance was about what I expected from a barrel aged Barleywine, dark amber to brown, slightly murky and small tan head that dissipated very quickly. However, knowing that this style is a barrel aged barleywine, I can't ding it for points. 4.

Smells really frigging great. Pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a Barleywine... toffee, caramel, chocolate, figs and burnt brown sugar. However, not a lot of bourbon, but it could be that this is 3yrs old. Very subtle hop character as well. I would definitely say that this is more of an English Barleywine than American (As listed), IMO. 4.5.

In following the aroma, the taste is superb! Lot's of similarities with the aroma... toffee, caramel, chocolate, figs and burnt brown sugar. And again, not a lot of bourbon or hop character, but definitely a slight bitterness that fits well. 4.5.

Yup, a very well balanced beer that isn't too thick, sweet, or cloying. Very well balanced. The carbonation, though appearing too low, is spot on for the style. 4.

Overall, I feel that its current rating, 88, is low for this beer and I am certainly going to buy this one again; I would recommend that you do as well. Having said that, don't expect King Henry or Mother of all Storms, but do expect a decent ENGLISH Barleywine that is both affordable and available! 4.25. (1,539 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a corked bottle...poured in a St Bernardus chalice.
Modest cork pop. Pours a dark brown with dark amber head.
Aroma initially of succotash, butterscotch, old tennis shoes, dry tuna, weak coffee. Understand, these are fresh opened and poured aromas...as in wine, time usually weakens shark aromas unless they are the true representation of the aural profile.
Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel.
Flavors of bitter chocolate, malt balls, bourbon, oak, carob, burnt dark roasted malts. Very strong and bold to start...let's give it 5 minutes...
OK...nice lace along the sides...decent head remaining across the chalice. Much more subdued aroma...slight chocolate malts and malt balls. The flavors remain powerful and bold, big mouthfeel with penetrating alcohol. There's dark, burnt malts and bitter chocolate, brown sugar, some vanilla and perhaps overcooked raisins.
20 minutes into this brew and the flavors have mellowed a tad...with the dark bitter chocolate, burnt dark malts, and barrel liquor remaining strong. A hearty barley wine ... not for the timid! (1,071 characters)

Photo of Tuckersmth
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

In Denver on business and stumbled across Barleywine pouring at Falling Rock. lucky me. Bartenders attitude reminds me of no BS vibe at tornados but he knew his sh*t. Cockeyed Cooper was disappointing in my opinion. A bit too light on the flavor side for my Barleywine tastes. On to round 2. (291 characters)

Photo of searsclone
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into an oversize wine glass. Bottled 06/22/12 and reviewed 02/11/13.

Pours dark red with a huge, rocky, tan head with tons of bubbles up the sides of the glass.

Smell is huge! Raisins, plums, and bread. Followed by spice and alcohol, caramel and dark chocolate.

Taste is fantastic! Vanilla, caramel, cream, roasted malt, toast, bread, alcohol. Boozy and warming, with a spicy finish.

Mouth feel is creamy and velvety and chewy.

Overall, a really great barley wine. (485 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant on Lingelstown Rd, enjoyed chilled in a cervoise and allowed to warm gradually to cellar temp from a corked & caged bottle.

The color is deep garnet with fiery amber at the base with thick cream cap and light beige colored bead which is fine. The lace clings well. I really like how the shades of amber and deep crimson change in the light. The smell is good with some raisiny yeast and malt cohesion with a light pine-like hop aroma and slight vanilla from the barrel aging with mild alcohol scent. The feel is full and balanced well with moderate sweetness and medium bitterness with slight tannin of wood with moderate alcohol influence and finish is mostly dry with medium carbonation giving a lighter perception than expected.

The flavor of the hops are mildly bitter with pine accent and mild caramel malt goes well with the light fruit in the yeast with a slight brown sugar flavor and hints of woody bourbon with a light tinge of vanilla from the oak with mild astringency in the hops and light barrel tannin adds to the dark dried fruit taste. Overall I am a fan of the balance of both strong and subtle flavors with light aggressiveness in the hops adding nicely to the barrel treatment. A very enjoyable barleywine with inclusion of wood and bourbon enhances the flavor in my opinion (1,325 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber-brown body with an inch-plus of yellowed foam up top.

Smell: Caramelized sugar in the nose, toasted breadcrusts, some fruitiness, whiskey barrels, a sliver of oxidation and alcoholic wafts leaving you with no doubt of a high ABV%.

Taste: Smooth caramel maltiness with some toastiness present. Medium-light sweetness. I thought the hops were surprisingly robust, giving up some citric kicks and sharp florals. Moderate bitterness. Solid barrel presence, with tastes of whiskey, toasted tannic oak, and charred barrel innards. Minor oxidative notes. Bittersweet at the finish with some dry alcohol-infused caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: One thumb up, above-average, but it failed to return my zeal, my zest for life. Maybe next time. (829 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage

A - Deep amber, thin head has little retention and lace.

S/T - Barrel aspects don't seem too strong. Some vanilla and oak, but the big caramel, molasses malt notes dominate. Sweet, with minimal hop character and a slight alcohol burn.

M - Full body, low carbonation, rich feel, warming alcohol.

O - Malts really dominate in this one with barrel aspects not very strong/noticeable. After having Labyrinth, I was expecting a lot more from this one. Sadly, it did not live up to that one. (502 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with cork and cage. Bottled on 3/23/11. Served at cellar temp.

Clean and clear dark amber-garnet body. Brilliant ruby edges. Big, rocky, thick, creamy, light dirty khaki head. Great lacing. Beautiful. Big, enticing, complex nose. Rich fruity malts mingle with toffee, coconut, manuka honey, vanilla, sweet rummy tropical fruits, and a slightly woody, tannic herbal edge.

Toasted malt quickly turns to strong caramel, fruit, and coconut malt sweetness. Notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon come on strong near the finish. Woody, herbal bitterness also picks up near the end and lingers long into the finish. Bourbon-soaked tropical fruits, coconut, and caramel also linger. Warming, but not overly boozy, even with the bourbon/oak presence. Full-bodied, with a smooth, creamy, mature feel. Delicious and very nicely done! (834 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/3/12 bottle date
Bruery tulip

A: Pours a copper reddish color. About a half finger of off white head. Some alcohol feet. Some lacing.

S: Caramel. Toffee. Vanilla. Sweet malts. Doesn't smell overly boozy.

T: Really nice toffee and sweet malt character up front. You get that butterscotch and vanilla and oak at the back end as it warms.

M: It's a big medium bodied beer, leading (384 characters)

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

Bottle shared at Beer Revolution (Guilherme's choice), on to the beer:

More of a ruby brown color with a reddish accent. There is a long lasting head on top and some thick layers of foam sticking to the glass. Going alongs the lines of the American barleywine, this one features notes of pineapple, toasted sugar, soft citrus, subtle oak, and a full malty body. The alcohol level, at over 11%, is hidden with skill, making this beer a dangerous one to drink on its own. Better to do this one with a few good friends than to do on its own. (539 characters)

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

In a snifter this beer was a dark brown color with a small tan head. There was a smidgeon of lace.

Aroma was sweet caramel and vanilla.

Taste followed aroma, caramel and vanilla. But there was also some dark fruit that showed up in the taste. And, lo and behold, hops.

In fact, this was a fairly hoppy beer. They didn't dominate the taste, but complimented it very well. (374 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 08/07/12

A: Pours a ruby red/mahogany color with a fingers worth of tan head

S: A good bit of caramel, sweet malts, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Light notes of dark fruit, dark chocolate, and hops as well. Nice and complex

T: Again, very complex. Starts off fairly sweet, with caramel, and vanilla, then goes into the dark fruits, oak, and bourbon. Alcohol warming all the way through, but isn't too much of a factor taste-wise, except for in the finish. Some hops come in at the end to add some bitterness. Finishes bitter, dry, and slightly boozy

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry and smooth

O: A solid BBA barleywine with huge complexity. Definitely a sipper because of this fact, plus the 11.1%. At under $12 for a 750 mL bottle (plus the fact that this is year-round), this is one worth picking up. I'm sure this would age wonderfully as well (881 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark amber with a soft, brown, foamy head that has decent retention

S - caramel, candy sugar, faint alcohol, faint bourbon

T - caramel, bread, burnt sugar, alcohol, faint bitter hops, dark fruit, bourbon, wood

M - warm, full bodied, smooth

This is fantastic. It has complex flavor and surprisingly dangerous drinkability. There's great balance. The bourbon is complimentary and adds complexity. This is all around solid. I'll definitely be having this again. (466 characters)

Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.