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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

653 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 653
Reviews: 244
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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Beer #42 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This barleywine is surprisingly smooth, even though there is a burning alcohol tone to it at the same time. It seems like a very good interpretation of the style. Very well rounded, smooth, good flavor profile. If only I could live in a place for more than a year, I would love to lay some of these down.

The only detractor, if I am going to pick one out, is that it is a bit boozy and hot.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 02:48:23 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jsteez

China

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

A-Deep mahogony brown with a creamy tan head. Sticky lace on all sides and throughout consumption. Quite a cloudy look to the beer. When held up to the light you can see a slight translucent dark red hue.

S-Quite complex...yet simple. One thing I have to note here: after the initial pour, a strong metallic smell overwhelmed my nose. As the beer warmed, the irony smell went away. Once that happened I could smell molasses and plum with a touch of sweet caramel malt.

T-Quite a strong, warming alcohol taste. There were tastes of molasses, plum, caramel malt, raisins, and there was a nice balanced sweet/bitter in the back of my throat.

M-Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, and maple syrup-esque.

Overall, great brew for a cold winter night to sip and enjoy (although I drank this in the fall). Not a "wow, I will buy it again" type of brew. Everything seemed somewhat balanced, except the smell. Perhaps it was a bad batch? It almost ruined the beer for me. On the flip side, I do recommend this brew if you want a warm feeling in your belly and a numb brain from the high ABV. I will buy it one more time to see if my perception changes. If it doesn't "wow" me a second time, I won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 23:31:48 | More by Jsteez
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Very cloudy ruby brown with creamy two-finger off-white head. Sticky lacing.

S - Caramel, butterscotch, wood astringency, and toffee.

T - Much less sweet than the nose would indicate. Dominant flavors are oak, raisin, and toffee. Some dark fruits come out as it warms. Also some suprising graniness. While it tastes good, this beer is not very smooth. Finishes with some metallic bitterness, which is kind of distracting. ABV pretty noticeable.

M - Full bodied, and slightly oily/syrupy. Low carbonation.

O - A decent barleywine, but a few off flavors keep it from becoming a great one. Probably not going to be a repeat buy for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 05:52:46 | More by TempeBeerMan
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kojevergas

Texas

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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cbutova

Massachusetts

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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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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liamt07

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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peensteen

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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farrago

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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ehammond1


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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DIM

Pennsylvania

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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BostonHops

Massachusetts

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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DocJitsu

California

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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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Bottled 3/23/11. Chestnut color with a goog tan head. Good retention for the size of this beer, and a nice amount of lace.

Ripe fruit, fig, toffee and caramel in the nose. A bit of bourbon in the background.

Good fruity notes up front. Nice toffee flavor. Some sweetness, but nothing overwhelming. A touch of bourbon, but not a great deal. Some drying oak at the back. Maybe a bit too dry.

Medium body, good carbonation. Easy drinking for such a big beer. Not bad, but seems a bit too dry. Still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 19:15:59 | More by Bierguy5
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KajII

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a clear dark mahogany brown with a large light beige pillowy head that was mostly lasting, eventually reducing to a large puddle with a large collar which created excellent sticky spotty lacing.

The aroma was quite robust of a dark bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of toffee, molasses, dark chocolate, dark fruit (plums and grapes), a bit of vanilla and a light oaked alcohol scent.

The taste was malty sweet with hints of vanilla, toffee and a bit of molasses from the onset, becoming slightly bitter sweet with a note of dark fruit, a touch of dark chocolate and a big alcohol finish. The flavor lingered for a good long duration after the swallow with a sweet alcohol presence left behind.

Mouthfeel was a bit beyond medium in body with a creamy, oily texture and an almost prickly carbonation.

Overall a full tasting brew with a nice woody bourbon finish...

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 14:11:59 | More by KajII
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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

750ml cork'n'cage bottle into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Shared at a tasting.

A: Deep vermillion body with an aggressive inch of creamy, frothy tan head. Decent retention and lace. Good.

S: Surprisingly fresh-smelling, with booze, fruity hops, sharp oak, and some sweet toffee malt. Good, not great.

T: Sweeter and maltier here (gladly), with some oak and hops on the finish. The aftertaste carries a hint of spicy booze. Pleasant.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. Nice.

O: This was a little surprising, as I didn't expect a barrel-aged Barleywine to taste so hoppy and fresh. A bit more barrel presence would have been welcome, but overall it was quite enjoyable all the same. I won't be buying it again for the price, though ($15).

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 03:21:38 | More by woosterbill
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rarbring

Sweden

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew is slightly hazy deep amber, with a good warm off-white head, very good lacing and large curtains.

The smell is glue, pine resin and needles, nettles and hay.

Starting with sweet brown sugar, then pine soap, resin and nettle soup.

Little carbonation, soft and sticky, a slightly dry finish.

In all a very good beer, but maybe a bit to high on hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 20:51:33 | More by rarbring
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an MBC wineglass. Bottled December 2011, so it's about half a year old.

A: Pours a dark woody brown with a soft tan head. Good retention with some lacing.

S: Soft caramel and figs, tangy grapefruit and pineapple hops, brown sugar, mild bourbon character, pleasant fusel alcohol.

T: Slightly bitter grapefruit, black pepper, light caramel, molasses, fig, brown bread, a bit of alcoholic spiciness and sweet bourbon. An astringent, tannic bitterness underneath. Pleasant vanilla and oak with a little bit of a hop bite in the finish.

M: Frothy, creamy carbonation and medium-bodied.

O: Pretty decent bourbon barleywine. The barrel character came through nicely. The base beer, however, seems a bit weak, and was obscured by bitter tannins and hop notes. The mouthfeel was a bit too light as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 23:15:10 | More by Etan
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jtierney89

New Jersey

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

Another easily available barrel aged beer from uinta. Let's see if this one is as good as labyrinth. 2 months shy of having a year of age on it.

Wow this thing is potent from the moment's it uncorked. Murky brown hue with a sticky off white head. Good retention and noticeable lacing. Bourbon Barrel aging is noticeable on the nose. Strong oak and vanilla character along with sweet dried dark fruits and oddly enough a small hop bill buried somewhere beneath it of brighter notes. Faint touches of bourbon on the nose as well.

Super thick and chewy. Effervescent carbonation. Sweet vanilla and dark fruits on the tip of the tongue with mild roasted caramel coffee that rides onto the mid-palate. These subtle flavors explode into a crescendo of giant pungent flavors of oak bourbon spice and alcohol which doesnt so much attack the palate as it does kind of round out the the more subtle beginning. Really quite a ride but in actuality more elegant than it comes off, but that could be the touch of age on it. The bourbon barrel influence is just enough to compliment the other flavors in the beer rather than attack and overpower them. My only complaint is the highly noticeable alcohol content but at 11.1% it's hard to hide. Extremely complex and subtle yet packed with flavor. Elegant yet filled with surprises. For an easy to find barrel aged beer, pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 03:05:20 | More by jtierney89
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a cloudy, muddled, opaque red-brown coloring that is very dark in the depths. No head to speak of. The aromas are rich and malty, with some maple and tangy caramel blendings, a subtle boozey note, along with an overall roasted character. Flavors are rich and layered, with a caramel-chocolate blending initially, followed by layers of rich, malty characters, including some leaning towards a fruit sweetness. The smooth body is full, but actually kept in check by the increased ABV. Roasted, richly sweet aftertaste leads into a slick, slightly astringent and boozey finish. The increased alcohol content also keeps the sweet and malty profiles from becoming overpowering or cloying. Very decent barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 23:20:36 | More by GarthDanielson
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tewaris

Minnesota

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

Poured into a snifter. Thanks Shane.

Amber colored, medium head, medium retention. Toffee, vanilla, some sweetness, hints of wood -- mellow and subtle. Retains its hops and stronger bourbon notes in taste compared to the aroma. Light carbonation, smooth, slightly boozy in the finish and thoroughly likeable.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 06:15:16 | More by tewaris
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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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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
Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.