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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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717 Ratings

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 43
Gots: 156 | 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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3.45/5  rDev -12.4%

750ml corked and caged bottle. i had some difficulty getting the smaller than average sized cork out. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out a a very dark but ruby red colored body with lighter highlights around the edges of the glass. a rather large khaki colored head forms on top and takes its time falling. lots of even lacing gets left behind on the sides of my glass. off to a nice start.

S- my initial whiff brings forth lots of bourbon and fusel alcohol. after that i get a lot of plums, cherries, and some raisins. sweet caramel and toffee malts show up next. a little bit of vanilla from the oak barrel is subtle, but still noticeable.

T- the first sip brings back those sweet caramel and toffee malts that i could smell. after that i get some bourbon and plenty of fusel alcohol. some fruits, mostly plum and cherries but also some raisins. a little bit of vanilla/barrel. some citrus (grapefruit) and piny hops finish this one off.

M- full bodied and syrupy. palate coating with a lingering aftertaste and plenty of heat from the alcohol.

D- this bottle seemed a little big for me. i wish i had waited for someone to open it with. id like to revisit this one when it gets some age on it, i picked it up shortly after it arrived around here.

04-01-2011 00:35:09 | More by jwinship83
Photo of alleykatking


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from 750ml caged and corked bottle.

A- Pours a deep copper color. Hints of red hues really pop out when held to the light. One finger tan head shows medium retention. Nice sheety lacing all over the sides of the glass.

S- The bourbon barrel aging in this come out first to me in the aroma mixing with a huge raisin and plum darker fruit scents. The bourbon comes through in a nice light scent with wood being secondary. Hints of syrupy molasses with big caramel malts in the second part of the aroma. Alcohol is present but not in a overpowering form. Vanilla is also present in hints toward the second half of the aroma.

T- The front of the beer has a ton of barrel aging just like the aroma. Bourbon is nice and smooth unlike many other barrel aged barleywines I have had. Wood comes through mixed with caramalized darker fruits. Plum and raisin come through in the middle of the beer with hints of vanilla as well from the barrel. Ending has a smooth caramel malt that plays a nice underbody to some wood flavor and warming alcohol that shows a little heat.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low but good for the style. Darker fruits, caramel malts, light barrel notes are left on the palate. Aftertaste has warming alcohol, caramel malts, vanilla, and darker fruit. Flavors were well balanced much more than I expected for what the beer was. No off flavors were present in the beer at all. Medium high alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a unexpected treat. I have been sitting on this bottle for the past year it seems and I'm glad I did. The flavors are hard to beat in any barrel aged beer. The ABV is high but the alcohol doesn't come out in any sort of heat. A great beer that should be shared among friends.

03-30-2011 00:28:08 | More by alleykatking
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1%

Ooh, that's what I like a barleywine to look like: a syrupy/candied deep reddish brown, with a dirty beige head that's creamy and thick as a pillow. Starting off dandy.

Fairly tame for a 11.1% bourbon-barrel barleywine, but whaddawegot? We got wood that is separated well from the bourbon, and the bourbon is polite. Notes of vanilla and molasses. Lighter cherry notes. Very subdued alcohol. I am intrigued.

Lots going on in the taste, but not so much that it's messy, and it really transforms from the beginning of the sip until the final molecule is down the hatch. It begins thin, woody, medicinal and mutates into herbal and slightly bitter tastes in the middle, while nearing the end we get dark fruit and molasses, and the finish finally brings in some bourbon and keeps a lasting mixture of hops and vanilla on the tongue. I don't think I'm dreaming this up, because it strikes me like this, in this basic order, with every sip. I remain intrigued.

Smooth yet sticky, there's pretty good heft to the texture and the body leans on the medium to heavy side. Chewy.

Cockeyed Cooper is quite the character. There's a lot happening here, more than I think I can glean from even a big bottle like this. But I'll be damned if I'll open another big bottle of it to figure it out further (probably a good thing I don't have another one to open). This one works in mysterious ways, and to its credit remains solid and enjoyable the whole time.

03-23-2011 21:50:52 | More by Metalmonk
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New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

Burbon barrel barelywine. Once again like their labyrinth, pliers were used to remove a stubborn cork.

A: Dark penny copper on the pour appears a dark burnt mahogany in the glass. Against artificial back lighting appears a deep ruby red with a fair clarity and a strong effervesce which was confirmed by a loud pop by a stubborn cork. A monstrous head of 3 fingers quickly forms but lapses almost as quickly with a glossy tan color and moderate retention. The lacing was good leaving random clumps adhering to the glass with good coverage.

S: On the nose moderate detection of sweet burbon and dry caramelized grains. Sweet and boozy with the alcohol providing subtle complimentary hints and doesn't even come close to the reported 11.1%abv. some burbon soaked dried apples rounds things out.

T: The booze that lacked on the nose made up for it on the flavor. Strong burbon and barrel woodiness with boozed soaked instances of fruit and vanilla. Scotchy caramelized grains with a bit of dry burbon booze drying the tongue. The booze was really evident flavorwise and perhaps consumed and masked other attributes.

M: For mouthful a thick caramaleized grain juice substance with a warming booziness of burbon best sums up things here. Good deal of carbonation with a bit of dry burbon booze parching the tongue.

D: Initially a booze shock, but does ease up a bit once you get past the first sip or two becoming easier to handle and consume. Just had their Labryrinth, which at 13.1% seemed light years lower then this. Boozy warmth and a nice experience but ultimately drinkability wise registers as average due to the high alcohol presence.

03-10-2011 23:38:02 | More by beerthulhu
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1.93/5  rDev -51%

Thanks to beandip for the bottle via trade; I only have one more from our interactions & it, too, is a BA barleywine? Coincidence? I think not. Popped open & shared with my Florida-bound wife, curse her!

Pours is pretty tame. The beer looks like water running of a rusty, fire-engine red 1980 Ford Pinto. Aroma is sharp, malty, with a teaspoon of oxidation & a faint, but present, sourness. Doesn't bode well.

Cockeyed Cooper carries a whopper of oxidation, enough to really wreck the beer for me. Rusted nickel dominates, with only bare hints of vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisins, caramel, & malts peeking out from the ruins. But the slick rust keeps this from being enjoyable at all.

Disappointing. Bottled less than a year ago, this one, anyway, has turned into a heap of Pinto scrap metal. My wife concurs. Sadly, reluctantly I can't finish this.

03-09-2011 02:55:58 | More by maximum12
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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

A - Brilliant dark red to light brown color and a dark yellow-tan head with beautiful lacing.

S - You can smell the beer from a few feet away, it's that aromatic! I love when bourbon barrel aging is an accessory to the beer and does not overwhelm, and this beer is a great example of that. Molasses and caramel malt aroma, along with a firm pineapple hop.

T - Definite oak contribution and a vanilla flavor, too. Malty upfront, but a major bitterness and grassy hop creep up and sticks around.

M/D - Way too clean and drinkable... very dangerous. The mouth is a medium consistency and slick, with a slightly creamy carbonation. A great drinking experience!

03-07-2011 02:37:50 | More by SirSketch
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

I poured from a bomber, poured into 2 equal snifters. The pour is a clear amber with a nice 2 inch, creamy, white head. The aroma is sweet, hints of bourbon, faint. The beer is faint and much more subtle than I would expect from a BB barleywine. Hints of bourbon, vanilla, and some toffee. It has a light alchohol burn on the finish. The body is medium/light well carbonated. Perhaps this needed more time in the barrel, for me too light in body, and a little small for a BA beer.

03-05-2011 17:21:59 | More by bonkers
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3.38/5  rDev -14.2%

Pours an effervescent chestnut tinged mahogany with a finger of mocha colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Plums & prunes & booze

T: Plums, a touch of raisins & booze up front, some leafy hops as well. Dark fruit with a bit of brown sugar as this warms, along with dryness, a bit of booze bite. Finishes with woody hops, candied prunes & a touch of oaky sharpness

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, skews too fruity for me, pretty warming

Drank easy enough for the style & ABV, but not really one I would go for again. Had high hopes after trying their BA Imp Stout; would work slightly better as an English BW, not enough to really save the day though

03-02-2011 06:36:42 | More by russpowell
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3.73/5  rDev -5.3%

Up for review is a 750ml bottle of Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta brewing company. Poured into a snifter at cellar temp. Good to see some barrel aged stuff coming from these guys. Pours mahogany with a tan head. Nose has bourbon, malts, vanilla and oak. Barrel presence is faint, but present. Body a bit thin. Not bad.

02-21-2011 03:30:44 | More by rye726


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

750ml bottle into tulip. From notes
A: A deep amber/brown body pours a frothy tan head that holds very well. The body has a thick haze and looks to a grainy appearance. The lacing is left in wave patterns and is very sticky. Low to medium carbonation, good for the style.
S: The aroma has a bold bourbon smoothness, while showing a nice layered note of sweetness of barleywine.
T/M: The front is a low carbonated silky body that has good sweet tones on the front of caramel and dark fruits. While the body has a strong note of oaked bourbon. Nice balance between the two and one does not dominate the other. Finish is great, clean and smooth, leaving a nice lingering taste.
D: Great flavors and a very well hidden ABV. A bottle that I had no problem finishing and would buy again.

02-16-2011 13:53:07 | More by GDBEERMAN
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3.9/5  rDev -1%

Courtesy of douglas88 over on ratebeer. Once waxed bomber pours clear deep garnet with thin tan head. The aroma has big oak notes moving into bourbon and sweetness along with some boozy heat. I don't pick up much, if any, of the base barleywine here. The taste is pretty smooth with a brief pulse of sweet chewy malts and some cherry and plum notes. It then becomes very oak with full-on bourbon and booze drying things out into the finish. Lots and lots of barrel notes going on here squashing out most of the beer-y barleywine flavors.

02-13-2011 23:19:51 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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3.48/5  rDev -11.7%

750mL corked and caged bottle. holy crap was the cork wedged in there. needed a corkscrew. stamped bottled 6/4/10.

hazy dark brown with amber highlights. no head, even with a vigorous pour. just a few bubbles.

definitely a strong sweet whiskey aroma. oak.

a hoppy barleywine is definitely evident as the base beer. boozy and vanilla bourbon flavors ride overtop. complex.

mouthfeel is thick and sticky. unfortunately, its also basically flat.

reading the other reviews, most of them talk of a beer with head and carbonation. perhaps I've got a bad bottle. shame, it had real promise.

02-13-2011 03:08:32 | More by jmdrpi
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from bottle into snifter glass

A - Beer has a dark brown body to it; moderation level of carbonation; little amount of foam was made during the pour; almost liquor in appearance; thick

S - Beer has a malt sweet smell to it; barley wine scents are complimented by caramel; on the back-end rests the smooth bourbon esters that accompany the oak-bourbon scents of the beer

T - Roasted malt and chocolate goodness on the front and middle of the tongue; kind of toasty with a smooth liquor-bourbon finish

M - Effervescent feel to the tongue; bubbly with a creamy smooth taste; the bourbon barrel aging help smooth deliver a smooth flavor to the beer

D - Overall a really good beer; another fine quality brew by the guys at Unita; I think this really takes the cake from the collection of beers; I'm glad they chose to brew a barley wine; I would definitely recommend to others

02-05-2011 05:56:08 | More by ferrari29
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4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

750ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear dark reddish-brown. Big, foamy, creamy-colored head. Great retention, thin rings of lacing.

S: Rich sugary caramel, subdued esters of raisin and fig, slight whiff of bourbon, wood, and vanilla, and some herbal hops.

T: Rich malt tastes of caramel, molasses, and brown bread. Herbal hops take on a supporting role, and balance without being a main attraction. Raisin and fig esters provide depth. The finish is the real attraction to this beer. The subtleties of the barrel aging add layers of complexity. A pleasant woodiness, light warming vanilla, and mild bourbon flavors pave the way for deep roasted malt flavors of creamy Swiss chocolate. Very memorable.

M: Very rich, thick, and syrupy. Low carbonation. Warms with every sip.

D: Very high for the style.

Notes: One of the best barrel-aged beers I've ever had, and believe you me, I have had many. The bourbon and wood flavors are mild enough that they don't hog too much of the spotlight, and they shouldn't overwhelm even the more timid of palate. Extremely drinkable- not at all boozy and much more approachable than the abv suggests. I wish it were more readily available here. A real treat.

02-05-2011 00:28:24 | More by ryan1788a5
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a deep amber/dark ruby color with a half inch of white head. Leaves beautiful lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark fruits, vanilla, oak, caramel, and herbal hops.

Taste follows the smell. Caramel is very prevalent as are the dark fruit and vanilla flavors. Finishes with oak tannins and the hops a few seconds after.

Mouthfeel is full, low on carbonation. Wish the carbonation was a little higher for this.

Drinkability is good, I would definitely have it again. Its very inviting and very good. A huge surprise, as my friend talked me into it, and I was very resistant.

02-04-2011 04:00:22 | More by bs870621345
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

Cockeyed Cooper pours a clear garnet color into the glass with a massive, frothy off white head on top. The foam slowly dissolves to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind lots of netted lace on the glass.

The aroma is strong and malty with notes of brown sugar, ripe fruit (raisins, fig?), oak, caramel and orange citrus.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is soft, lightly chewy, low carbonation, with a dry finish. The flavor is malty with notes of caramel malt, vanilla, oak, raisin/dark fruit and orange citrus. Towards the end a fair amount of citrus hops move it to balance out the malt. It finishes with alcohol notes and a slight burn. Once gone the vanilla and oak linger on the palate.

This is definitely a sipping beer that will warm you up on a cold winter day. Well balanced, but not as much bourbon flavor as I was expecting.

02-02-2011 21:20:01 | More by WanderingFool
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3.3/5  rDev -16.2%

750ml, bottled 6/4/10. Poured aggressively into tulip at high 40's cellar temp.

Pours with a respectable 2F of soapy, tan head over a very deep amber body. Some carbonation present up the middle.

Aromas - WOW... one of the strongest I can remember. Powerfully packed with oaky / vanilla notes, plenty of dark bread crust, rich fruits, and hop bitterness.

Flavor also packs quite a punch, but not quite as pleasant as the aromas. Deep, rich fruits and LOTS of bourbon dominate... The alcohol is a bit off-putting. Lots of bitter barley and hops, and just not enough sweetness to effectively balance.

Some carbonation, but maybe just not enough to cut thru the alcohol burn. Some level of smoothness up front, but it quickly turns to the biting bitterness mid-way thru and into the finish.

Had to score this one low on the drinkability meter, as I've had some really nice versions of American Barleywine to date. This one required an ice cream pairing to help me finish. I would bet that if I laid one of these down for 3+ years, I'd enjoy it much more - I will be picking up 2 more soon to do so, as the effort is clearly there to make an interesting/unique, and flavor-rich beer.

02-02-2011 02:08:34 | More by BeerImmediately
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

750. Rusty orange pour, smallish amount of white head.

Aroma has a large amount of brown sugar, fruitcake, caramel covered fruits. Citrus hops.

Taste matches, pretty balanced. Malty, caramel and booze soaked red fruits. Citrus comes through from the hops. Very light pine and citrus finish. Less astringent as it warmed.

Mid bodied, drinks pretty easy. Just slightly warm, but not bad at all.

Overall I guess the question is where's the barrel? This one is fine, they just need to work on the barrel aging I guess, since it didn't appear to add much. Would have rated it higher if there was some barrel, like it said.

01-30-2011 04:10:13 | More by Bung
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Loads of head, not dissipating. Color is a very dark caramel brown, but when held to the light shows no cloudiness. The smell is muted, I'm not getting much more than a little hops and oak. The taste is 100% better than the nose, wow! This beer is very complex, citrus hops, vanilla, caramel, spices, just the right amount of bourbon. Not boozy at all. Hard to believe the alcohol is so high. This is very drinkable.

01-11-2011 14:22:51 | More by wchollif
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3.45/5  rDev -12.4%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass.

Full finger of head. Poured a deep amber color. Looks really good

Smells like a barleywine but with a hint of bourbon in the nose. Lots of vanilla.

I do not like barleywines much, but this is the best I have had. The bourbon mellows out the flavor greatly providing an easy drinking barleywine. Nothing spectacular, but drinkable. Lots of vanilla and caramel in this one. A bit sweet.

Average mouthfeel, a bit on the thin side.

Easy drinking, but not my cup of tea.

01-08-2011 19:55:02 | More by oreo
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

Bought this for my Dad as one of the illustrations on how far reaching beer can be.
Pours a copper/brown color with some red highlights. Not a ton of carbonation, but considering the style (and the barrel aging) it's got more than I expected...and it didn't dissipate at all.
The biggest flavor note that I can't mention enough is caramel. Even though it has hints of bourbon and vanilla from the oak as well as some piney, citrus-rind hops - caramel is HUGE in this beer. It's quite the marvel, and it's enjoyable because the big hops keep it from ever becoming too sweet or letting the wood/booze run wild.
Texture is pretty slick, but the foam gives it some backbone.
It's a sipper for sure. There's some pretty obvious heat, but it doesn't really take anything away from the taste.
Good stuff, and it's priced reasonably as well.

01-04-2011 18:12:51 | More by Domingo
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

Initial Aromas are of dark caramels, vanilla, alcohol and wood. As you dig deeper you get some piny hops and brown sugar, but the dominant smells are always bourbon and malt. The smell enriches the flavor and keeps you wanting to come back and sip more. Really one of the most complex, deep and rich beer aromas I have had in a while.

The taste follows the nose to a tee; starts off with complex maltiness, Bourbon, a bit of hop bitterness, lots of toffee and caramel, some darker roasted malts, maybe some smoke/oak and a hint of chocolate. The malt is huge; numerous smooth and rich cake like flavors, perfectly balanced by the hop bitterness and the bite from the bourbon and the ABV. Dark fruit (fig and date) pop up as well, along with the dark chocolate advertised on the bottle, but always balanced with several other things (the dark fruit balance perfectly with the roasted flavors, the bitter dark chocolate gets balanced by smooth, toffee and caramel flavors).

I can happily report the mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a small amount of carbonation. Creamy, approaching chewy, but not too sweet, cloying or thick. Really hits a high mark for me.

I really enjoyed this beer. I can't drink it slowly enough, have to give it an average score just because the ABV is crazy high. Price point was a tad high but it was worth the investment in my opinion.

01-03-2011 19:06:33 | More by claspada
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

First beer from Uinta and I think I picked a winner.

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a chimay goblet, pours a beautiful dark ruby color with a big creamy head that stays for a while with very nice lacing down the side of the glass.

Smells hoppy with hints of caramel and vanilla. Hoppier smelling than many other barleywines especially considering it is bourbon barrel aged.

Hop bitterness hits the tongue and stays as vanilla, caramel and dark fruits rush over the tongue and down the throat. Great balance of sweet and bitter. Complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel is nice and it's not nearly as warm with alcohol as other beers aged in bourbon barrels.

Great drinkability, I would pick this up again and again. Wish it was available here in Louisiana. Guess another trip to Utah is called for.

12-31-2010 01:45:12 | More by 3rdRowTailgater
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4.68/5  rDev +18.8%

3rd row tailgater brought this one back from Utah, thanks dude!

Beautiful looking beer, poured into a goblet. Deep red color with a large bubbly head. Great retention and lacing!

Smells hoppy, more on the pine side of flavors. Strong aroma, just a hint of bourbon on the nose.

The taste is magnificent. The hops are still there but all the other flavors burst out. The bourbon is more strong on the tongue, caramel and vanilla come through as well. Awesome blend, well put together.

Great on the tongue, a good thick beer that swishes well.

I'd drink another, any day.

12-31-2010 01:36:42 | More by theboozecruise
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4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

First off...tough cork to get out, as tough as 2009 Two Brothers Bare Tree

A - Pours a deep copper near brown with a light tan head. In the light some red comes thru. A lot of stick to the glass.

S - A touch of sweet malt, vanilla and wood. Very subtle bourbon, much different than most barrel aged beers.

T - Nice wood and hints of vanilla. Some malt but really no huge burst of bourbon. Nice hop bitterness in the back and dryness from the barrel. This is a great blend of barley wine and notes of barrel. Nothing overpowering.

M - Great richness and very dry. Sticky though the only aftertaste is wood

D - No hints of alcohol here and not a bourbon bomb. Just an overall nice blend of b-wine and barrel.

Overall nice beer. Not what I was expecting...I was expecting more bourbon but this is a much better subtle blend of barrel and beer.

12-26-2010 02:24:47 | More by boomer31
Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
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