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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

733 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 43
Gots: 158 | 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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Photo of ptykozoon
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

Ruby, nice head and creamy lacing.

Hop, malt, barrels.

Graham cracker, caramel with a peanut butter finish. Never tasted peanut butter in a beer before, it's actually very nice.

Dense and rich, albeit a bit watery taste.

Solid beer with an interesting finish, no bourbon detected.

ptykozoon, May 10, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a murky brown amber with nice 2-3 inch bubbly light tan head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Strong pine hops hit first and dominate...nearly completely dominate. Citrus and some caramel malt too.
T: Strong and bitter pine hops clash with caramel malt and bourbon/alcohol notes. Not well balanced...trying to too much here. Warming does improve this beer quite a bit...hops are toned down and the bourbon, caramel malt, vanilla, oak and other notes are allowed to come through.
M: Mouth-puckeringly bitter. Hint of alcohol burn...not as much as you'd expect given the ABV.
D: Would be nice to revisit this one in a year or two. The aggressive and fresh hops need toning down...it really drowns everything else out. There seems to be some good complexity beneath the blanket of hops. As it is right now, I wouldn't recommend it. If you do happen to drink this, allow this to warm to at least 55.

mwilbur, May 09, 2011
Photo of northaustin
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

pours copper. nice dark ruby when held to the light, finger of light almond colored head. long retention that leaves solid lacing.

smell: subtle vanillas from the bourbon, nice caramel malts and a grassy hop note.

taste: thick sweet honey and caramel type sugars. almost like a dessert glaze.

mouthfeel: begins very creamy, goes down with an oily foamy feel. leaves the mouth syrupy.

northaustin, May 08, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Uinta Crooked Cockeyed Cooper, 750-ml bottle bought at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NYC, for $11. Corked and caged bottle, dated 11/19/2010

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter (of course!), CCC pours generously, producing an extravagant Belgian-like, bubble-topped head of massive proportions that lingers for a while. Good lacing and retention. The brew looks intensely black and opaque, with the customary auburn fringes.

Smell: Very rich and enticing, with brown butter, toffee, brown sugar, a hint of spice and wood. Dark-fruit puree and vanilla.

Taste: More sugar, sweetness and that hint of spice. Caramel, even a tad of coffee and smoke/fireplace. Very nourishing, like warm bread right out of a brick oven. Subtle wood and prickly booze.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy and smooth, with full body and carbonation and medium-to-full flavor. Never overpowering, well balanced. Nice dry woodsy finish with a lingering bourbon feel.

Overall: This really works. Drinks easy, feels great, nicely balanced. Sure, the barrel taste could be greater, but as it is, you gotta like it. My only complaint would be the huge bottle format. I had to drink a whole 750-ml bottle on my own.

DoubleSimcoe, May 05, 2011
Photo of alexhahn82
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

Red wine like
A. Red wine like appearance when held up to light with dark brown tones.

Smell. Smells of syrup, light bourbon and vanilla notes.

Taste. Semi bourbon tone with a heavy almost coffee like tone similar to a dark chocolate or bakers chocolate.

Mouthfeel. Sweet and light with a bitter finish.

Overall: Very impressive, finishes with a a hint of barley wine, but overall impressive with chocolate and bourbon, a hint of caramel. Definitely worth a try!

alexhahn82, May 05, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to craig for sharing! 11-19-10 bottled date.

(A)- Pours a deep reddish hue that produced a nice cap of tan froth. Plenty of lace left behind as well.

(S)- A nice mellow richness. Sweet bits of a floral fig, caramel, and toffee. A light spiciness in the background. Even hints at a cranberry or currant aroma. Bits of dry oak.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Rather fruity with fig, cranberry, and or currant. A weird but fun cocoa element within the sweet toffee and caramel notes. Very subtle oak nuances behind that. The bourbon shines through finally about 10 seconds into the finish.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. An excellent balance of fruity and sweet malts with just a kiss of oak and bourbon. Very smooth and delicate for the style and ABV/barrel aging.

(D)- A really nice surprise for a barleywine. Sweet and figgy, but a great balance and smoothness. The bourbon barrel aging was well done that didnt overpower it, but added a nice soft oaky finish.

sweemzander, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%

$16.99 for a 750ml. Hmm...

A-Pours a dark clear amber with over an inch of khaki colored head. Reduces slowly, leaving sheets of sticky foam.

S-Oak, anise, dark fruit, rock candy sugar, alcohol.

T/M-Where's the bourbon? Booze overwhelms the flavor profile. Dry, papery alcohol flavors overwhelm otherwise unimpressive and barely perceptible flavors of oak and brown sugar. The mouth feel is full and soft at first, but eventually ends up dry, boozy and papery.

O-Underwhelming, way too boozy, and extremely overpriced.For a supposed "Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine" there's no trace of bourbon, and barely any oak. Surprised this has so much hype behind it, as it offers almost nothing, and is way too expensive. Skip it.

DaveHS, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%

A beer from Salt Lake City, UT??!! Oh man, i'M WORRIED...

The Basics: $12.49/750ml Bottle and 11.1%ABV...WAAAAY Expensive...

Happy Easter!!!! Still fighting off the sickness, and getting the allergies on top of it...

This beer looks freaking good...Nice lacing...A little clear for what I'd want in a bigger beer...But good looking...

This beer smells freaking good...A lot of good brown sugar notes, nice robust caramel malt components...A little bit too sweet smelling...

The taste is a tad harsh...It seems like they haven't really figured out their Bourbon Barrel aging...A little bit too charred and carbonic...They need to figure it out and they'll have a great beer...

What I like most: The wonderful aroma profile...

What I like least: The slightly harsh barrel-aging character of the flavor profile.

Verdict: Too expensive given that they need to refine their barrel-aging...Look elsewhere...

SolomonGrundy, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev +1%

Deep amber color. Little to no discernable carbonation when opened though there is a very slight ring of bubbles. Extremely malty and toffeeish aroma. Big malt flavor upfront with a heavy hand of hops as well but it sems to be about the malt for sure. Mild oak flavor. Traces of vanilla. Seems like a standard US barleywine to me, I get very little of the notes that are described on the bottle. Very faint taste of alcohol. Nice, smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Very good US barleywine, I just dont get all the barrel aged, vanilla that is quoted on the bottle. Well worth trying.

lackenhauser, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

First time I've ever had to use a corkscrew to get out a cork from a beer bottle. My hands are raw from trying, this beer better be worth the effort.

Appearance:
The beer pours a crimson brown which is exposed for its true ruby redness when held to an adequate light source. Thick foamy tan head covers the beer whittling down from several inches to a dense and more constant centimeter. Sitting on my desk the beer looks black-purple.

Smell:
There is a smooth chocolate followed by spicy hops and some vanilla burbon barrel goodness. Light subtle flavors are easier to notice when the beer is on the warmer end of serving temperatures. My nose feels coated by the beer's overwhelming barrel characteristics, very little hops contributing.

Taste:
Smooth and chocolaty, just as noticed in the beer's nose. A light spice from the hops that is only noticeable if you close your eyes and meditate on all the flavors swirling around your mouth (sound like too much work? I agree). However, the beer's got some booming roastiness and a malty bitterness that coats my palate after each sip. The alcohol is fairly masked by the other flavors, but may help contribute to the beer's bite and this strange feeling of intoxication I have after 6-7 large sips....

Mouthfeel:
The bold sweetness of both the beer's malty chocolate and barrel attributed vanilla dominate the beginning of each sip. There is a brief spiciness followed by a once again overwhelming sweetness. I've tried beers that do more for my palate and quote/unquote mouthfeel, but it's still smooth a drinkable as hell.


Overall
A wise man would analyze whether these strong barrel characteristics are hiding imperfections in the underlying barley wine. However, this is only speculated, I cannot attest to whether the beer needs barrel aging without having tried the cockeyed cooper barley wine without being aged. I have to note that the cost of a beer increases dramatically when it's aged and it's obviously not worth the premium if the beer wasn't good on its own.
High price tags make this beer great, but still expensive. I definitely enjoyed the beer, but suspect there are beers for $10-11 that are just as good.

Cheers.

ThePorterSorter, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +1%

410th review on BA
bottle to snifter
750 ML C/C Bottled 9/10

App- Tempered milk chocolate brown with some honey like sparkles. Two finger large puffy head. A little bit of cling.

Smell- A well composed chocolate, hoppy mix. Dried deep fruits.

Taste- Bourbon notes with the dried fruits and on the warming side come the big malts. Was a good tasting beer but needs to come up some more to compete with the top Barrel Aged Barleywines.

Mouth- Medium bodied but almost thin and medium carbed but almost high carbed. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Drink- Not too bad on this one, I was beginning to regret the Crooked Line series after the Detour and the Tilted smile. This was a nice beer, big booze and a smooth. Just a couple notches below Abacus and Moas.

FosterJM, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

From 750ml bottle to glass at Shannon's Big Bad Barleywine Tasting on 4/9/11.
*From notes

A: Dark ruby red, like blood as it just as it hits oxygen. Nice lacing remains from a good pour that yielded a 1.25 head.

S: Woody char, big time. Hints of sugar plums and alcohol are certainly present, but the barrel is right there at all times.

T: Bourbon, and lots of it. This is pretty hot, and could really use a bit more time in the cellar. This is a big beer, with lacerating alcohol that cuts through the fairly reasonable dose of hops. The malt and dry sweetness finish this one off.

M: A bit thin. The biggest dissapointment of the brew. The carbonation is pleasant, and as it warmed this one did open up a bit.

O: We started off our night of barleywines with Uinta's Cockeyed Cooper, and it's a winner. I can't say it competed with some of the heavier hitters that we consumed, but it certainly made an impact on my palate.

Seeing as I've got one of these myself, I plan on losing it in the back of my cellar for a few years and seeing what'll happen. Good things I suspect.

Rhettroactive, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -1%

(Served in a snifter)
bottled 11/19/10
A- This beer pours a dense brown body that is clear with a faint glow of red at the base. There is a bubbly beige head that last and a few tiny bubbles trail up the glass.

S- The dry caramel note has an oak barrel quality that is soft with a caramel and biscuit malt note to follow.

T- The roasted spicy flavor of dry caramel malt an biscuit malt note blend with a faint leather and spice note and a finish of bitter hops and lightly roasted malt characters that linger.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a soft alcohol warmth and a soft fizz in the finish.

D- The sweetness is faint and only really in the nose and the dry malt flavors are well blended making this big beer drink very easily. The bitterness in the finish grows more than the malt characteristics. I prefer barleywines with a bit more sweetness and a bit more depth in the malt flavors.

rhoadsrage, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%

750ml corked & caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours the darkest amber/red with an off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of grapefruit hops and biscuity malt. Smells like a typical american barleywine and I don't get much if any bourbon barrel aromas.

T: The taste is a big kick in the mouth of grapefruit hops and a malty backbone. Again no real bourbon barrel flavors which is very disappointing given the price of these.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: I was a bit disappointed with the flavors given this is supposed to be a barrel aged barleywine. It's decent for a regular BW but I was expecting a bit more. Maybe my tastebuds are off tonight...

GregSVT, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%

750 mL bottle, received today as part of Amanti Vino's beer of the month club selection for April and chilled some before serving. This one was bottled on 11/19/2010 and poured into my Duvel tulip.

Cockeyed Cooper pours a deep maroon/mahogany blend. The head is the color of light coffee, and a somewhat aggressive pour yields 4+ fingers worth. Retention is off the charts, and when the foam cap finally does creep down it leaves a near solid wall of lacing left behind. The nose is of burnt sugar and vanilla, with an appreciable bourbon presence as well. There's also a small amount of solvent alcohol in the aroma, which spoils things just a bit. The flavor is a little more polished, there's no real booziness to it, but it's also a fair bit more dull. The malt flavors don't pack nearly enough punch, but the base is more toffee than brown sugar. Any overt bitterness is blotted out by the malt, but there's definitely a grapefruit and pine pacific northwest hop flourish on the back end. The level of carbonation is spot on, just shaded a touch to the low end of the spectrum. The body though passes through being a bit light for the style and crashes into watery. I remember being impressed by my first encounter with Uinta via their 15th Anniversary Barleywine, but I found this one to not quite live up to the established expectations.

axeman9182, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%

Picked this bottle up nearly a year ago at Julio's. Bottled on 4/01/11. Year of age onthis puppy.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a really nice deep and dark ruby with a big, creamy two finger light tan head that fades ridiculously slowly and leaves amssive side lacing. For a barleywine, at this ABV, the amount of lacing and head retention is crazy.

S - Typical barleywine aromas here. Sweet malts and nice barrel aromas here. Not bad.

T - Close to the nose, lots of nice sweet malts, oak, hints of vanilla. The ABV is definately present here though.

M - The low carbonation on this keeps things nice and smooth and almost creamy. Not all that syrupy.

O - This is a rather nice barrel aged barleywine. I've had better ones but this is a really nice year old offering from Unita.

rudzud, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
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.

jwinship83, Apr 01, 2011
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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.

alleykatking, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
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.

Metalmonk, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of maximum12
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.

maximum12, Mar 09, 2011
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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!

SirSketch, Mar 07, 2011
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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.

bonkers, Mar 05, 2011
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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

russpowell, Mar 02, 2011
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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.

rye726, Feb 21, 2011
Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.