Cockeyed Cooper
Uinta Brewing Company

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American Barleywine
Ranked #135
Ranked #8,667
3.96 | pDev: 10.61%
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Very Good
Cockeyed CooperCockeyed Cooper
Notes: Aged in bourbon barrels.

65 IBU
Reviews: 294 | Ratings: 980 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of YungAnejo
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, the dude who named this a “shelf turd” doesn’t have any business doing reviews, sounds like your goal from the go was to bash this, so why buy it?

Anyways, same batch as said dude, bottled 01/11/12 so definitely some time to settle down

Served at 55°, normal pour from 750ml bottle into a Bruery Terreux stemless snifter, body is muddy copper, tan head with decent retention, no lacing left behind

Aroma is mostly boozy bourbon but a tad bit of cardboard, definitely some sweet vanilla oak notes, but upon head agitation, some rich plum and grape flavors, this seems very reminiscent of a fine red wine

Taste is sweet vanilla oak, definitely a lot of dark stone fruit, boozy plums and pomegranates, even some caramel biscuit-like flavors on the finish

Mouthfeel is smooth with no alcohol burn from the abv, not the thickest BW you’ll ever have but definitely some gravity there with a sticky mouthfeel

Overall for picking this up at $4.99, I’m pleased, honestly just bought it for kicks since saw that dudes horrible review, apparently he’s never had a barrel aged barley wine..

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Photo of dream
2.34/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shelf turd, picked up August 10th 2018, bottled 05/06/14. Yes, this beer has been sitting on the shelf for 4 years. I passed by it for 4 years due to unitas other sub par offerings ive had in the past. Since it was marked down from $12.99 to $4.99 id figured id have mercy and try it. However, it had no mercy on my pallate. There is 0 bourbon barrel on this beer. In fact, i doubt this beer even touched a bourbon barrel. instead, there is a weird , floral, hoppy thing going on which doesnt match the beer's appearance. think a basic lagunitas hopped beer, and just not on par for the style at all. it is very off putting and is nothing like burbon county, firestone, or any other real barrel aged barleywine. id pass, even at 67% off.

Note: This is part of my Shelf Turd series reviews, dedicated to Lee's Liquor on East Sunset Road in Las Vegas. A legendary shelf turd beer shop which has absolutely no regard for craft beer. I got this beer for $4.99 marked down from $12.99. A shelf turd of 4 years.

Also, YungAnejo is a skinny beaner faggot who should stick to his own reviews. If you want to meet me for a fistfight in any Las Vegas back alley just name the time and place. You like dog shit beer and your pallate would be happy licking a dogs asshole 5 stars. Skinny fucking dick lick

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Photo of Stevedore
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tastes like a watery butterscotch drink. Not much bourbon to speak of, fair bit of toffee and butterscotch, thin body, undercarbonated, without much to show for all of it.

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Photo of Roguer
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Significant carbonation, as the bottle uncorks with an audible pop, and head production and retention are very good. Brew is a dark brown with clear garnet highlights.

Aroma prominently features wood, oxidization, and bourbon. Less strong but still noticeable are brown sugar, prunes, and caramel. Earthy hops blend with the oak and oxidization, but yield touches of pine and citrus. This is a two year old bottle.

Age has not harmed this brew on the palate. It's sweet and strong, yet somehow still delicate and nuanced, like an experienced dance partner. The bourbon and oak are still strong, but now blended well with sharp, spicy hops, brown sugar, and caramel malt. Vanilla and toasted coconut; hints of prunes or raisins. Quite a bit of depth, but the strong hops never take enough of a backseat to allow the malts to really shine.

Full bodied and smooth. Although this is clearly a bold brew, it doesn't come across as hot despite the ABV.

Even with an aged bottle of BBA barleywine, the American style is still not my favorite.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a murky dark brown color with a sheet of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Concave light lace.
The aroma had a fairly nice blend of dark fruits, tobacco, grassy/earthy hop bitterness and a nice caramel/toffee malt base.
The flavor took all of those prior mentioned qualities and added a little bit of sweet leather/oak/vanilla dryness. Smooth sweet aftertaste of vanilla, dark fruits, and tobacco.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt as projected. Finish was slightly sticky, but acceptable.
Overall, really nice barleywine that I guess seemed to be an American one or English, oh hell, I don't seem to know any more. Just drink it, if you're a barleywine fan!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color and a bit murky from the bourbon barrel aging. Just a bit of light manages to seep through this beer. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering nearly all of the top. The aroma brings some light notes of sweet bourbon along with earthy malt in heavy quantities. I'm tasting very malty to earthy malt with a strong sweet bourbon presence throughout the palate. The mouth is sticky, chewy, and dry.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: opaque; medium brown in color; 1 finger light brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: vanilla, oak, leather, rich malt sweetness;

T: disappointing after the great aroma; the malt sweetness comes through, but not much else; virtually no bitterness;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: the aroma held so much promise; maybe if it aged awhile;

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, murky texture. There was a small amount of foamy, off white head that didn't last particularly long. Average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, hops, and some fruit as well.

T: Tasted of mild vanilla notes, a fair amount of hops, lots of roasted malt, some woody flavors, a bit of caramel (not as much as in some barleywines) and light citrus elements. A satisfyingly complex flavor with a lot of character. Much more subtle than other barleywines, but still pretty tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a mostly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: for the most part this is a solidly made beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is review of 12/2013 vintage

Pours a dark mahogany body, head is 1/4th of an inch and tan. Head retention and lacing are pretty good for an 11 percent barleywine.

Smell is of tons of roasted malts, biscuit, spent grain, and slight oak. Alcohol, especially bourbon, isnt really detected. Hops arent there either, this is a malt bomb.

Taste is of rich toffee, caramel malt, slightly burnt biscuits, and charred oak. Alcohol is well hidden but I also dont get a ton of bourbon unfortunately.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, and nicely carbonated. Head stayed present for a good while, which is impressive for such a big beer.

Overall this was a solid barelywine, but i think I prefer their anniversary barleywine more. Maybe being cellared for 2 and a half years diminished some of the nuanced flavors that I was expecting from this beer. Not to mention I missed the bourbon completely. Still a solid beer, will have to try one fresher.

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Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is stunning and perfect for the style. A muddy brown, thick and murky pour. A thin dingy tan head is up top, with surprising legs. A spotty lace stays behind.

The usual suspects of a barrel-aged beer: toffee, bourbon, vanilla, caramel. All scents are identifiable and work in harmony.

Aggressive flavors work the taste buds. The bourbon is the strongest. The malts and vanilla are slightly overwhelmed by the alcohol. Leathery, earthy taste.

Exceptionally manly. The alcohol is a bit over the top. Slight sweetness is followed by bitterness and then heat. It's full have to sip this.

It's a good beer, it's just a bit strong. Could probably used a year or so of aging to temper the aggressive nature of this beer.

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Photo of colts9016
2.41/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

I have had this beer for quite some time now, at least four if not 5 years. The beer pours an orange color with some reddish tints, The head is one finger thick but does not last but a couple seconds. The beer does present with some visible carbonation bubbles.

N: Boozy notes with caramel, wood, honey, citrus, vanilla, earthy, yeast, citrus, and some floral notes.

T: The boozy notes are present in the taste, the honey citrus, vanilla, oak, yeast and some floral notes.

M: Flat, chewy and coating.

I don't know what happen or anything but this does not taste like an amazing aged barleywine, the flavors are dull and uninspiring, the beer came off flat, and and slightly thin. Usually barleywines are thick chewy slighly sticky, and very inspiring. This one just sucks, compared to the 2010 Stone Barley wine.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good. Sweet with low IBUs. Had the good barleywine sour without some of the bitterness that usually goes with it. I did not take good notes when I tried this but it was good and a good representation in its category. Probably wouldn't buy again though.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma of caramel and molasses. Small amount of caramel with a big molasses ending. There is some bourbon in there. Has a more heavy body with a smaller amount of carbonation. It is okay as far as barely wines go.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A big head of golden beads and a fluffy light gold top. For a beer with an ABV of over 11%, I can't not mention how impressive the resiliency of the head is! The clear body is medium brown, with noticeable amber highlights.

Smell: A strong, tantalizing aroma. Figs, allspice, tea leaves, and rich caramel malt are brightened by a sprig of spearmint. Not as dark as a typical barleywine, but certainly just as complex.

Taste: Medium roast coffee and caramel flavors are nicely balanced by fresh herbal hops. Dates, macadamia nuts, and dried pears add enchanting complexity. Dark and light flavors are impeccably balanced, creating a rich, yet refreshing beer sure to please both hop heads and sweet tooths. Again, this is not your typical deep, alcohol soaked, fruity barleywine, but the difference is meritorious, in my opinion. Here we have a bourbon aged high alcohol brew that manages to maintain a happy lightness: quite a feat.

Mouthfeel: Medium, milky body with moderate carbonation. The alcohol warming is apparent but not at all overwhelming, lounging comfortably toward the top of the throat. The finish is dry, but with some faint residual sweetness which dances on the roof of the mouth like fairy dust.

Overall: An exceptional beer, this has quickly become my go-to strong ale. The dense alcohol flavors one normally gets from a beer of this ABV are absent from this concoction. Instead we have a beer which, while complex, is quite SIMPLY delicious. Of course, this makes for a dangerous specimen--a crowd pleaser like this will get beer lovers of all types tipsy quite quickly; it's hard to have just one glass of this gem.

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Photo of g00ey
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Good looking beer with an unusually good head for such a high ABV. Taste-wise, however, it was lacking. Little or no discernible bourbon flavor. Too much hoppy bitterness. More like a double IPA than a barrel aged barleywine.

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Whole Foods. Not much to look at, but a pleasure to drink. Bourbon barrel aging smooths out the entire package, making this one an easy to drink BW. Malts shine throughout, tons of caramel, toffee and butterscotch. Not much of the BA is readily evident, just subtle notes here and there, and toning down the 11% ABV to drinkable levels.

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Photo of grampaernie61
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an amber/red color with a head about two fingers that stayed throughout the tasting. Big big nose of fig, vanilla and caramel; with the underlying nose of alcohol.

Good body with malty character, taste of fig newton and bourbon barrel. Lingers for over a minute if you allow time between tastes. A very good barley wine without the usual burn from an 11% beer.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark mahogany on draft. Thin layer of head, leaves nothing.

Aroma is very muted, nothing resembling a barrel or otherwise. Medium body, negligible carbonation, but a nice milky feel. Bitterness starts creeping in, but falls off at the finish.

Taste is dark fruit, sweet and some maltiness. Really nice rounded out flavor.

Overall, this drinks impressively easy. Good balance and maybe not a lot of complexity, but a nice Barleywine. It seems the barrels did more to mellow the beer than actually impart any flavors.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.91/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark brown liquid, whispy thin head on it, big boozy heat in the aroma. Couldn't really discern much aroma wise, other than it was a huge beer abv wise.

Taste was again burning. As the palate acclimates itself, one can gather that this is whiskey/bourbon, some char, vanilla. The price is nice, but its a harsh beer. Save for the end of the night when your palate is already shot.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful dark redish/copper color with a nice frothy head about 2 fingers tall. Smell of barley and malt right off the bat. Beautiful caramel grain smell in there as well, much like when one opens a bag of grains for home brewing. Boozy malty taste with a hint of spice, oak and wood char. Very nice feel, not too thick. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: Bottled 1/10/11

A: Pours a murky deep mahogany in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some moderate ruby red + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a couple of small to medium sized medium thick patches of medium sized bubbles with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet caramel + toffee malts with a moderate aroma of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. There are moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of toasted, bready, caramel, and toffee malts with a moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Finally there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of citrus/grapefruit pith hops which contribute a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth upfront with a moderate amount of stickiness and light amounts of dryness in the finish. Hints of alcohol warming.

O: Having had this one relatively fresh and with a fair amount of age on it (this review) and I think I prefer it with a little age on it. Nice complexity of flavor and aromas with fairly well hidden alcohol considering how big this beer is... Enjoyable but definitely one that needs to be sipped slowly over the course of an evening.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a deep amber with a thick, foaming, creamy brown head; lots of heavy lacing
Aroma: Acetate esters and bourbon.
Taste: Like bananas flambéed in bourbon- some alcohol coming through at the end. Delicious.
Feel: Light-medium bodied, lightly carbonated; almost creamy.
Overall: This was bottled in August of 2014, so it's had a healthy year to age on the shelf. It's a very good brew, the aging has probably helped mellow it out some. Has hints of a triple. Falls just short of great, but worth a try nonetheless.

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Photo of B-Rad
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown reddish color. Looks good in a glass. Smells great with a deep malt scent. Tastes like a well made American Barleywine but not too overpowering like some ales in the 11% range. Feeling is smooth and drinkable with little lingering aftertaste. Overall, this is an above average barleywine worth trying.

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Photo of matt_duthie
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06/26/14, so just over a year old; the spoils of a climbing trip to Vegas that I let sit around for a few months before popping open tonight. Copper/amber almost red, huge light tan head, good clarity. Looks right. Smell is surprisingly grassy/citrus/piney hop forward, some malty caramel sweetness, but minimal bourbon or vanilla or anticipated dark fruits. Maybe I'm drinking this fresher than most. I expected more from the barrel, and a more "English" style, but it's certainly a good beer. Hoppy and American, no doubt, but balanced enough, and with some bourbon and barrel character that certainly makes it shine over your average crazy hoppy barleywine of this style. Feel is good and appropriately thick and viscous, finishing dry with that hop bitterness. Will buy again, and maybe have the patience to age a bit longer to see if it smooths out and sweetens up. If not, no worries, perfectly good as it is now.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color, very fruity plum and raisin smell, and very strong bourbon presence taste, but you get that fruity in there as well. Big big beer!

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 980 ratings