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Cockeyed Cooper - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 45
Gots: 189 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Daniellobo on 06-03-2010

Aged in bourbon barrels.

65 IBU
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Ratings: 838 | Reviews: 267
Photo of Retail1LO
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a 5 oz. snifter. This pours to nearly an apple cider appearance, but with a red tinge to it. Because I used a small snifter, I didn't give this a very vigorous pour, and as such, it didn't render much of a head. The nose on this is so very rich and bold. It's laden with notes of scorched caramel, malt, roasted figs, and grape distilled wine. The bourbon and woodiness from the barrel also make an appearance in the bouquet. I poured this cold, so I've let it warm up to allow some of the subtleties to liven up a bit. The taste is about as heavily influenced by the bourbon barreling as any beer I've had. Heavy on bourbon, caramel, and vanilla. As a person who also appreciates good whiskey, this is almost a "tweener," to me. This is truly a sipper. The mouth feel is on the dry side, and I really don't mind it. And while I'd consider it boozy, I wouldn't consider it hot. The alcohol is ever present throughout a single taste, but it's neither astringent nor does it seem like an 11.10% ABV beverage. Overall, this is nicely done. Wonderful, wonderful example of the style...and excellent regardless of the style.

Photo of Onenote81
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010. Bottle split with friends at a tasting back in August. Reviewed from notes.

A dark amber pour into my glass. Thin beige head on top. The nose is sweet with notes of bourbon, vanilla, toffee. I'd love to scent my car with this. Good crisp and heavy feel to this brew. A nice melding of mildly bitter hops (albeit faded), sweet boozy bourbon, vanilla tannins, with a slightly syrupy finish. This one was one of the highlights of the night. Much better than I expected. I'd have this again for sure. Another winner that is best enjoyed with friends.

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 10.22.11. Poured from a 750mL brown bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a dark ruby w/a big, creamy head. Good retention down and minimal lacing.

S: A good hop note up front with a nod to caramel and vanilla. The bourbon barrel aging is still apparent even through the hops.

T & M: Esters are definitely prominent, but not hot as vanilla, caramel and dark fruit take over the palate. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Medium-bodied.

As far as an 11% big beer goes, it's pretty drinkable. Share with a friend. A great example of the style.

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

Pours a cloudy brown with copper/ruby highlights when held to the light. Nice creamy head that soon dies to a slight lacing.

Appealing malty aroma including fruit, booze and vanilla. Somewhat subdued nose, but pleasant.

Rich flavor of bitter chocolate at the forefront, with a slight residual vanilla-y aftertaste. Getting a little caramel in there too. Slight hop resonance from the background to add a little balance, but it's malt dominated as you would expect.

Mouthfeel is somewhat slick and maybe a tad thin, but does not detract from the experience. Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Tidy finish.

A nice beer that I wouldn't mind trying again. Not overly complex, but a rather easily drinkable barley wine. A solid offering.

Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork and caged big bottle dated 9/2010 poured into tulips.

Two finger tan head after semi-hard pour, fairly quick dissipation resulting in thin layer of head on topic of reddish amber clear body, an occasional single bubble rising to surface. Big bourbon presence in the nose, vanilla, some light brown sugar notes, floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, alcohol well hidden. Medium mouthfeel, not sticky. Tasty, but IMO the mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but tasty nonetheless, the bourbon barrel aging added a level of complexity and flavor.

Photo of tobelerone
2.59/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an excellent dark copper color, fairly clear, good sized tan head that slowly descends. Nice lacing, looks good.

Aroma is very sweet and strongly alcoholic. Don’t really get much bourbon from the nose at all. A little wood and raisin/prune smell to boot.

Didn’t enjoy the taste of this one at all. Very sweet and malty and very hot with booze. Way too big and kind of all over the place. The bourbon comes through more strongly than in nose, hops are very subdued. Caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit notes present as well. Ultimately the aggressive and fumy alcohol overwhelms the other flavors.

Pretty creamy, long and somewhat unpleasant finish. Overall a difficult beer to drink and to enjoy and one I certainly won’t be buying again anytime soon, particularly not when it’s 12 dollars.

Photo of aasher
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle was courtesy of a coworker, thanks Will!

It pours a sticky and syrupy caramel brown in color with a light beige lacing around my glass. The aromas are very, very sweet with a ton of caramelized brown sugar, toffee, sweet malts, and vanilla. There is little to no bourbon. The flavors too are really sweet with a lightly bitter finish. You get a lot of sweetness between sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and light bourbon barrel off notes. The bourbon is very subtle and subdued. I like more bourbon from the style. It drinks really, really sticky and is a lot like the other beers that I've had from Uinta, very malt driven. Overall this is a very average bourbon barrel aged barleywine and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a snifter

A ruby infused chestnut brown body with a thin, bubbly light khaki cap. Head never rose all that much and recedes to a thin collar and some patchiness.

The aroma is of caramel, toffee, oak, booze, and plums. There is an overarching earty/musty aroma that kind of masks the nuances.

Caramel and toffee are the backbone while plums, strong oak, and booze carry the distance. The finish is of dry oak and piney hops. A mild sweetness mixes with bitter piney hops in the finish.

Medium body that falls just shy of lush. Carbonation is low, but it works. Lingering piney hop bitterness.

This is a nice barleywine. I tend to favor the fruity, toffee laden barleywines as opposed to the hoppy/dipa-like ones. However, this falls short of the elite in the style, but I definitely dig on the barrel aging here.

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not the prettiest of pours - however, I find many barrel
Aged beers lack the beauty factor. She pours a murky dark brown reminiscent of a muddy river. Who cares though?

The smell is dead on what I want: bourbon, bourbon, wood, old time western saloons, peanut covered floors, sweet vanilla, dark Carmel . . . Oh yeah here we go.

She tastes like she smells. Give me more. Oh hell yeah. Not over powerful with the booze, big wood flavors, nice malty sweet bourbon character. Can I have more? Should I drive back to the store now? Oh lord help me.

Photo of mulder1010
3.01/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ML poured into a Bruery Tulip.
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for sharing this, though I picked it out at Chambers Wine and Liquor on my last trip home for him. March 2011 bottle date

A-- Poured a clear light brown and settled a very dark brown. Huge off white head, 3 f,ingers, that settled to film after a while. Good head retention to this.

S-- Light nose. Bits of Toffee, vanilla, coconut bourbon, oak, and Vegemite. Hop presence very minimal.

T-- Bourbon, oak and slightly sour up front. Sour taste was a bit odd but it faded pretty quickly. Once again very minimal hop presence.

M-- Very earthy feel. somewhat gritty and the oak seemed quite green to me. Some candied orange and pineapple but mostly bourbon and fresh oak. I want to say soapy in a way.
Medium carbonation and medium feel to this.

O-- Not as good as Ruffian by a big margin. not sure the barrel ageing helped much. Hard to justify buying another due to the price. Thought hops died off quickly and the oak was the dominant feature. Not the flavors from the barrel.

Photo of vandemonian
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uinta Cockeyed Cooper is a nice barleywine.

A: Brown red colour and a big 3 cm head that lasts pretty well. 5

S: Malty with some hoppiness. 4

T: Malty with some nice roastiness. There is some oxidation but very nice. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

Photo of Onibubba
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copperish pour, a bit lighter than I was expecting for a barleywine. Nice white foamy head, but it is not around for long. Biscuits and coconut, some vanilla and light bourbon on the nose. Hops come out in the taste. Yes, this is indeed an American BW, and a good one too. Quite splended taste and mouthfeel, almost creamy.

There is some heat from this one, though it does not taste especially of bourbon hotness. A slow sipper for a colder day that is almost as good as GD Old Ruffian or Stone OG. That being said, it costs as much or more than buying both of those superior beers, so this may be a one time purchase for me, enjoyable as it was.

Photo of neophilus
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork was incredibly difficult to pry out but I was rewarded with a deep copper colored brew poured with a tan, leathery head. The beer shone almost metallic in strong light.

The aroma was stupefying. At first I was overwhelmed with the sweet scent but eventually began to pull out individual notes. Up front was the candy store smell, like freshly spun sugar at the carnival. Thoughts of candied nuts freshly roasted began to form as the heavier caramel came through.

The sweetness of the taste nearly overloads my senses but I am able to hold on to the maltier toffee tones underneath. The flavor definitely overpowers, though it quickly washes the way at the end. The beer has a medium body that belies its strength, it doesn't leave a sticky film behind and invites another sip.

Definitely a sipper, something to share with a few others in a wide mouthed glass while relaxing. The aroma is a conversation starter but the intensity of the barleywine flavor may wash weaker palates away.

Photo of Chaney
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 6/1/10

A: Dark, shit brown, with a mild off-white head that melted into basically nothing.

S: Hoppy and then some, with pineapple hitting my nose first. After that, that grapefruit played a role, along with the malt.

T: Sorta reminded me of Bigfoot, but with bourbon, and a much more bitter, soy-sauce-like afterbite. However, this was a hop bomb through and through... despite the barrel aging.

M: Grainy, with the bourbon, butter character evident after a few sips. Low, yet appropriate carbonation and the lacing was basically non-existent.

O: Much kudos to Uinta for getting this brew right. This brew should be including in anyone's BBBW tastings in the future!

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of musicman575
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of ratedz
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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.

Photo of loren01
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of nhindian
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Photo of eclipse54
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.