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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

774 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 42
Gots: 161 | FT: 7
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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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours dark red with two and a half fingers of off-white head with great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Bourbony vanilla, sweet dark fruits, raisins; a powerfully malty smell.

T: Sweet caramel, plum, chocolate, and some bourbon.

M: Creamy with medium-thick consistency and a little heat.

O: It would be better with age. I wish it was a little more bourbon-heavy as well.

bucklemyshoe, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer seemed like it might be very good, but was somewhat disappointing mostly because there was hardly any bourbon presence to me.

A: Dark Brown core with tan brown highlights and a ring of head, some nice webs of lacing as well.

S: Is this really aged in bourbon or oak at all? Smells like a very solid barleywine though with a hefty dose of caramel, toffee, ripened dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, and kitchen spice. Nice aroma for sure, but without barrel at all.

T/M: Not as tasty as I hoped from the aroma. Maybe the slightest bit of oak, but barely and it might be my imagination. The taste has brown sugar and malty earthy spices and the slightest bit of hops at the end, though overall it doesn't have a lot of body and is somewhat watery. Thin and sugary in the feel, at least its not too too hot as well.

Overall a strange beer.

Dreadnaught33, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of musicman575
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm no hipster, but something tells me that said type of person would relate to the carefree barrel captain on the label.

I was expecting a somewhat flat pour, but a fine sticky reddish head developed, followed by constant fizzies coming from the bottom of the glass. Has a color like dark cola. Held up to the light, it has a nice reddish-brown tint. Seems to smell best when foamy.

Smells like dark chocolate-covered cherries. Hops and alcohol add a dry ash smell.

Hops in the barleywine was a pleasant suprise. The bottle said that there was a good mix of hops, but I thought they might just be in there for a balancing act. They are a definite presence, more on the bitter side than aromatic. As I drink it, the booze becomes more and more obvious, like lesser-filtered vodka. Still, it starts rich and complex like a good barleywine should be, but with the satisfying, saliva-inducing finish of an IPA.

musicman575, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Great looking, bone white head with great retention and lace. Ice tea body with mahogany highlights.

S – Bold nose. Vanilla, bourbon, honey, brown sugar, raisin. Hint of mint on the backend.

T – Opens sweet and creamy with caramel, soft malt, and vanilla. Booze and oak swell up and envelop the opening flavors, blending them through the middle. A racy acidy sharpens the finish, cutting the creamier flavors away from the booze.

M – Smooth with a medium body and a nice long finish.

O – A bit boozy, but complex and still highly enjoyable this young.

vfgccp, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of ratedz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle received from MrTopher. Bottled on 07/20/11.

A - Pours a very dark amber color with about a finger of tan colored head. The head quickly dissipates to a very thin layer of bubbles atop the beer and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of sweet caramel and bready malts in the nose. Some dark fruits. Surprisingly, the bourbon is barely noticeable, which is strange since this was just bottled a month and a half ago.

T - Just like the nose, the flavor is dominated by sweet caramel. A little oak is present along with a hoppy bite to keep this from being overly sweet. A slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M - Medium bodied and the carbonation seems a bit high for a barrel aged barley wine. I usually prefer my barrel aged beers to have light carbonation, so while the carbonation may seem average to some, it seems high to me.

O - This would be a great beer to enjoy on the deck on a cool fall evening. The caramel flavors would probably pair well an apple dessert of some sort, which I also tend to associate with fall weather. I was a little disappointed in the lack of bourbon in the nose and flavor, but I love barrel aged beers with a strong bourbon note. As others have noted, the bourbon is there, it's just plays a minor role. If you enjoy barrel aged beers without the harsh bourbon notes, I would recommend drinking this fresh as the bourbon has already blended nicely with the other components.

ratedz, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Sam21
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased for ~$10 in June. Bottled on January 10th, 2011, which is marked on the lower right hand corner of the wraparound label. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance – With a great cork pop, this beer features a dark ruby body with great stickage. Light brown head with solid retention for such a big beer.

Smell – Dark boozy fruits, caramel, with a subtle oak/vanilla presence. Figs are most prominent. Really richly sweet and complex.

Taste – Booze soaked figs, bready malts, thick gooey caramel, and a decent dollop of resinous hops rounding things out. The finish is an adventure. Dark chocolate, caramel, boozy oak, and a decent hop kick. The bourbon is subtle, integrated, and complementary to everything else this has beer going on.

Mouthfeel – Full and creamy. Full to the point of being a great sipper, with soft carbonation that keeps this beer approachable at 11%.

Drinkability – It’s a difficult task to create big beers with character and superior drinkability. Uinta has nailed it with the barrel aging. The barleywine is well done and is let shine through. The additional aging builds upon the foundation, rather than overshadowing it.

Sam21, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of loren01
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 750 ml bottle, pours out into snifter a ruby brown color nice head slight lacing down the glass
S: Sweet and malty, caramel and bourbon
T: Sweet malty up front, earthy flavors and a nice hop bite at the end
M: Fairly heavy bodied beer, good amount of carbonation for the style
O: This is a good...not great barleywine. It was more hopped up than their double IPA which i had the other day which is kind of weird. Overall...I guess i would try this beer again if I got it for not a lot of money or for free but probably would spend what I did on it ever again.

loren01, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, brownish-red with a small, off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is mellow bourbon (hardly any), dark fruit, molasses, and caramel malt. Hints of vanilla. Taste has some nice bourbon (more than the nose), dark fruits, toffee, and a bit of booziness. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a fantastic barrel aged barleywine. I was thinking about aging this bad boy, but I sure am glad I didn't. To those who have this, DRINK IT NOW! Even though fresh, the bourbon is fairly mellow and will just fade with age. It's very well balanced as it is.

DovaliHops, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/23/11.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a thin film. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, grapefruit, and fruitcake. Taste is of brown sugar/caramel, bread/biscuit, and a variety of citrus zests. The smell and taste of this beer shows no evidence of bourbon or barrel aging. There is also a weird thing going on where the taste is robust upon first sip but quickly drops off on the tongue. This beer has a crisp moutfeel and a medium body with a slightly sticky feel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but I am somewhat disappointed at the lack of evident bourbon/barrel aged smells and tastes. This is more of a standard barleywine in my book.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Bottled on 11/19/10.

To begin, this was easily the hardest cork I've had the (mis)fortune of coming across. Seriously, Boulevard has nothing on this beer. After trying to pull it by hand for a few minutes, I gave up and resorted to a corkscrew. After using two different ones and pulling the cork out in 3 pieces, I finally got the bottle to relinquish it's beer.

A - Pours a burnt sienna color, a nice wood shade. It's pretty hazy and almost impossible to see through, except on the edges where you can see a dark orange hue and some bubbles. About 2-fingers of head form for a few minutes, but then collapse into a milky cap. The lacing doesn't cover completely, but it does encapsulate all sides at least.

S - This has a very appetizing nose on it; at first the barrel-aging is subtle, but as it warms it shines exceptionally. The barrel, malts, and hops are all in balance, giving off aromas of oak, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and orange citrus. The bourbon plays beneath the rest of the notes, while the other barrel characteristics are big players. The alcohol certainly does come through at the back-end, which would be the only complaint I can levy against the nose.

T - The taste pays faithful homage to the nose, and for good reason. I am surprised by how much vanilla I'm actually getting, and when combined the chocolate from the malts, it's almost decadent. Smooth bourbon notes add a bit of a bite, while throwing some fruit in the mix, which by the time the hops come in, provide a nice tandem. The combination of alcohol, bourbon, and citrusy hops really make the finish busy and at times a little overbearing. The alcohol is no stranger for sure, which as in the nose, is really the one flaw I can peg in this otherwise fine beer.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation for being a barrel-aged barleywine. Long, somewhat bitter finish, but overall fairly smooth from the barrel-conditioning.

D/O - Drinkability is high. At first I was a little underwhelmed by the bourbon qualities in this beer, but when looking at the big picture, what this beer lacks in overt bourbon flavors it makes up for in the oak and vanilla that the barrel provided, which is a big component of the flavor and my enjoyment of this beer. In fact, the oak, hops, and alcohol give it a distinct finish that, while at times bold, is unique and keeps me coming back for more. I wish this were available around me to age a few bottles, but at $14 a pop, maybe that's for the best!

Rating: 9.0/10

nhindian, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of eclipse54
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL vessel that was bottled in 11/2010. Reviewed from tasting notes.

Poured into a 4 oz. tasting snifter, the liquid appears a deep brown/ruby color that is primarily translucent. A two inch foamy, khaki head sits on top, and dissipates into patches of sticky wet lacing. Smells of dark fruits, bourbon, brown sugar, hazelnut, caramel, and a touch of vanilla; wonderful. Tastes of faint alcohol, vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, bourbon, and some oak. Mouth is smooth, with a nice texture from the carbonation. It finishes very well, not being too dry or sticky. Overall, an excellent barleywine that I’ll gladly pick up again.

eclipse54, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of LaneMeyer
2.45/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Beautiful dark caramel color, one finger light, off-white head

S- Smells of Caramel and bourbon

T- Caramel, bourbon, sour, bitter, a bit of barnyard funk, laundry soap?? Really funny aftertaste, can't get it out of my mouth.

M- Nice mouthfeel, except the awful aftertaste.

O- I like it up until the aftertaste. Can't drink anymore.

LaneMeyer, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a warm, caramel and burnt toffee scent along with a mild bourbon aroma that compliments the malt character well. The taste is good. It has a smooth burnt toffee flavor; rich and warming. It goes down slow with a dry, bourbon filled finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn easy drinking barleywine. It's basic in make-up, but well brewed. The bourbon barrel aging only enhances the experience.

WesWes, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

september 2010 i believe (drank it last night and left the bottle there)

appearance - dark bourbon in color. ruby and dark wood in there too. 2 inches of head off controlled pour. dissipates decently quick, leaves lacing for just a while. then just the rim.

smell - lots of caramel and bourbon. brown sugar and vanilla also come in. quite strongly actually, love that sweet smell. minor malt, and no hop character (can be the age, my cellar is a little too warm right now)

taste - follows the nose. malt comes in a bit more off the caramel though. not quite as nice as the nose

mouthfeel - creamy and smooth. solid thick body with low to medium carbonation. has a great english barleywine body.

claytong, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of capeannbass36
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 750 ml bottle. Label shows a bottled on 09/10/10. Pretty sure I bought it in February of 2011.
Certainly appears that this bottle stored very well. Pours a thick ruby reddish copper with a 3 finger tan colored head. Ample lacing throughout.

S- Sweet malt and hint of bourbon. Some caramel. Perhaps a hint of vanilla.

T- Bourbon and malt. Slightly sweet. Just a hint of hoppy pine for a ever so slight bitter finish.
I'm really enjoying the balance.

M- Somewhat creamy and smooth. Full body. Medium carbonation.

O- I'm really, really liking the transition from semi sweet start to a slight hint of bitter for a finish. Sat on this for a long time. Good thing this is still available in most of the shops which I visit. Please, sir...may I have another! :) Yum!

capeannbass36, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of smokeypeat
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter the beer has a deep copper hue with a more aggressive eggshell colored head than I expected. Smell has some candied sugar quality with some traces of bourbon and light wood. Also picking up some hop qualities with notes of slight citrus. Taste is really solid. This is definitely an American Barleywine as the hops are present, but it has a great malty caramel background with toffee notes. Good barrel characteristics in this one but they play more of a background role than in other BA barleywines I've tried. Mouthfeel is more medium with solid carbonation that it makes it easier to drink than some of the thick syrupy barleywines. Overall a very solid beer.

smokeypeat, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown colored beer with an off-white head that didn't stay for long and dissipated to a partial cap, collar, and some minor spotting.

S - There's some mild caramel on this one with a bit of bourbon and some generic barrel. Little bit of toffee, slightly toasted malts. Nothing spectactular, but it is unoffensive.

T - Fairly smooth, with more chocolate than anticipated and a decent bourbon presence. Slight booze, finishes on a bit of an astringent note.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - It's not bad, but nothing I would seek out. It is nice to see a bourbon barrel barleywine readily available though, so if I'm in the mood, might pick it up.

AgentZero, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Vierenner
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on my "want" list, probably because of my search for beers with vanilla overtones ... although it's been so long I can't recall exactly. Unfortunately I needed to travel to Boston and visit Gordon's Liquors to purchase. Is it just me or is the whole distribution thing just stupid? Why can't I buy this (or any beer) in Ohio?

It's a very robust beer, certainly hoppy, with a variety of flavors attacking the palette. Perhaps because of my inexperience, I can't discern the vanilla nor any other specific flavor except maybe sour grapes. I'm glad I tried it, but would not recommend it for those looking for vanilla overtones in their BB aged beer.

Vierenner, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark copper color w/ a beautiful two finger cocoa head. A fairly young beer, bottled May 2011 (Two months old). Can't see the carbonation, and really nice lacing.

S- Fruit, hops, slight hint of bourbon, maybe a little caramel malt in there as well. Nice smell, and no alcohol- which at 11.1% is pretty amazing. This beer actually smells like a lot like a lighter IPA to me.

T- Hmmm... Not sure what to make of this. The taste profile is completely different than the smell. I get some hops, some bourbon, but this isn't nearly as potent as I was hoping. It almost seems like a 6% IPA to me, not an 11.1% Barley wine. Anyway, a little bit of a let down, but still good.

M- Fairly smooth, chewy, and a little hop bite on the dry aftertaste. Not bad.

O- This beer was a little of a let down for me. A little thin on taste, and not complex enough to truly be great. It's not a bad beer, but I probably won't pick it up again. Much better choices out there in the style.

jayhawk73, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Andy shared this one. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark muddy brown with three fingers of creamy beige head. Nice retention and some sticky lace.

Nice subtle bourbon aroma in here giving it notes of sweet caramel with a little bit of a figgy aroma. More of the same on the flavor. A little bit musty with a little bit of a medicinal flavor. The broubon is trace at best on the flavor with a good dark fruit flavor. A little bit of a metallic hop flavor in the finish.

The mouthfeel seems a little bit light on this and the carbonation is soft. Overall this one seems to have a few off flavors for me. I wonder how this would stand without the barrels.

Bendurgin, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Nice large light tan head. The body color is medium-dark amber.

The aroma has nice vanilla and apple; and is evidently sweet.

The taste starts out with sweet fruit with a hint of pear. The vanilla and oak notes are dominant towards the finish. There is a bit of minty hop flavor in the finish as well, adding a bit of bitterness as well.

The body on this one is pretty big, but the carbonation makes this feel marshmallow fluffy in the mouth. I really like the carbonation on this one.

This really delivers in my opinion; it is on the sweeter side but has quite a bit of complexity.

andrewinski1, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Naugros
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#300 on my list of reviewed beers, but probably somewhere around 2,000 that I've had...no, not tonight. It took at least a few weeks.

I was going to go with something more special to commemorate #300, but my wife made me open this. I guess an 11.1% barleywine from Utah is pretty darn special, so I poured it joyfully. Never pour a beer joyfully...you tend to overpour and get most of the head all over your bass amp if you've poorly positioned your bass amp as a convenient flat surface right next to the computer desk.

No, I haven't had any yet. I'm like this all the time. The head has had a chance to descend as I prattle on and it has left the most amazing honeycomb lace I've ever seen. I took a picture that I posted on Facebook account.

The smell has the typical, oops-I-just-spilled-bourbon-all-over-my-aging-leather-car-seats (don't drink and drive, this is what can happen!), bourbon barrel-aged barleywine smell. Read it again, it actually does make sense. Sweet smell from the malts balances it just a little, but the bourbon's vinous notes are pretty overwhelming.

Bourbon-soaked figs, sweetened with vanilla and treacle and covered with a thin layer of chocolate is what I'm tasting here. Don't get the chocolate...burp. It's there. There is a detectable citrus underpinning and some pine to boot. But it's hop pine, rather than the pine you get form the barrel, which is there too. It's not often that a barleywine utilizes hops in true balance to what is usually a cloying style of beer. Bravo!

It's rare that a barleywine is this drinkable. I know that's no longer a BA category, but I think it bears mentioning. I could easily finish this whole bottle myself and then try to piece together the rest of the evening a la The Hangover, but alas, my wife has poured herself a glass and I'll only get 14 ounces of it. The point here is that the alcohol is exceptionally well masked. So barleywine fans that are looking for a burn, uh uh...not here...so sorry.

I can't help but wonder if this was born from the Uinta Anniversary barleywines. It's got their stamp of quality on it: great head (and the foam on top of the beer is pretty good too, <snare><rim shot>), nice balance and an ABV that would make Brigham Young blaspheme. I can't help but feel that many have underestimated this offering and it is by far my favorite product from Uinta's little side project. I can't help a lot of things, like global warming (it's actually climate change, not necessarily warming), the vagaries of the stock market (it's all voodoo baby), the popularity of talentless fucks (yeah, I'm looking at you Rid Rock, Gaga, and Bieber) or my overwhelming desire to sleep with Salma Hayek (my wife never reads these reviews, with my luck she'll read this one).

Naugros, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahagony with tan head and foam. Energetic bubbling for a barleywine.

The aroma is full of toasted caramel and crystal malts. Mix that with bourbon, oak, and a high abv. % and you have a barley wine aroma with a kick.

The hips and alcohol combine to make a pretty spicey flavor and palate throughout every sip. The carbonation distotys what would be an awesome caramel malt and bourbon flavor. The carbonation seems to what would be a complex malt bill. Just a hint of bourbon. I wouldn't know this beer was aged in bourbon barrels unless I was told.

Bubbly barleywine with a very warm, alcoholic palate. There's a little bourbon flavor, but you almost wouldn't know it unless you were told. Spicey palate and falvr profile makes this barley wine a little sub-par compared to expectations.

scruffwhor, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-translucent mahogany with a quarter inch, cream-colored head. Nose is definitely malty and reveals caramel, dark fruit and a light boozy character. Taste follows nose; however, I'm not getting much barrel-aging here. There's also a pleasant buttery quality as well as a trace of oxidation. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a prickly carbonation. While I realize this is an American Barleywine, I found this beer a little too hop forward. That said, I think a few years in the cellar would definitely enhance the experience and mellow things out a bit.

Jwale73, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Capone's on June 16th. Poured into a snifter and reviewed from notes.

Everything about the appearance is perfect. A beautiful deep mahogany brown body is highlighted by ruby hues around the edges from the ambient light filtering through the crystal clear body. A thick creamy and fluffy head comes majestically floated on top of the mahogany brew. Well retained, it leaves thick rings of lace on the sides of the glass. A swirl to erase the rings leaves a slick oily film that forms wine-like legs as it slinks its way back into the body below.

The nose, even after this sat on the bar for 20 minutes to warm to cellarish temperature is nothing exceptional. Caramel and nutty malts are the highlights of a sweet and syrupy aroma. Hints of vanilla from the barrels do come through. I like the bourbon barrels to be an accent instead of a focal point, but this almost seems too subdued. The flavor is better, but it does fall a bit short of the real stars of the -bal aged barleywine character. No slouch by any means, Cockeyed Cooper comes through with the sweet malty highlights of the aroma -- caramel and nutty notes, but also builds to include raisins, currants, and hints of dark chocolate. Vanilla, bourbon, and oak are again notably absent...or more on the periphery, really, than I would like them to be.

The sweet, thick, and syrupy body is pretty much in line with my expectations for a barleywine. The carbonation is ample to open up the flavors, though I do wish more from the aroma. Full on the palate, it leaves a sticky resinous finish. Definitely good stuff overall. This really grew on me as it warmed, so take that as a recommendation.

NittanyBeerFan, Jun 30, 2011
Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.