Cockeyed Cooper
Uinta Brewing Company

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American Barleywine
Ranked #132
Ranked #8,552
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
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Photo of BrotherK
2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To reference an 80's Wendy's commercial, Where's the bourbon?

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant chestnut under a sticky, clingy 2” light tan foam collar.
S: Spice, bourbon, big perfume, vanilla, oak, dark dried fruit, fig, dates, caramel, light toffee.
T: Very creamy liquid carries big malt, bourbon, vanilla, and dried fruit flavors across the tongue, balanced by citrus rind bitterness with some grain in the background.
F: A big body with medium to medium low carbonation, rich texture, alcohol warming.
O: A big beer with a mixed drink presence

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 750ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th Anniversary snifter
From: Utah State Liquor Store #06 in Logan, Utah
Price: $12.99
Purchased: May 2, 2015
Consumed: May 12, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Aug. 19, 2014; Champagne top (cork & twist)

Poured a reddish amber, auburn color semi-clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. Average amount of foamy lacing spots on the side of the glass. Very good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled wood, vanilla, bourbon, tobacco, dried fruit, raisins, dates, grass hops, honey, light menthol and herbal hops. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted woody malts, caramel, toffee, tobacco, vanilla, bourbon barrels, faint Cascade hops, dates, raisins, dried fruit, herbal hops, honey and booziness late. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

An unusual take on an American Barleywine, but very good nonetheless. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.75)

3.88 | 87 | B+

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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 FFreak
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into teku glass. A clear dark mohagany brown with a 1/2 finger brown head that dissipates rather slowly leaving nice lace. Nice dried stone fruits and brown sugar in the nose. Taste follows with dried fruit, raisins, cherry, hints of bourbon and some alchohol, but unfortunately it has a slightly unpleasant bitterness that is somewhat different that a hoppy bitterness. It might appeal to some but detracted from the beer for me. Mouth is substantial, slightly viscous, sweet, but not quite cloying. Overall, a decent attempt but unfortunately it misses the mark for me.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of BWH999
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Blazer22
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stonequarrywest
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Wasatch....poured into Imperial Pint glass..

Like the look of this one...reddish color with half inch creamy head.
Sweet candy aroma with definite bourbon notes.
Taste is warm and Malty...can feel the warmth on th tongue for sure. Really nice mouthfeel with just the right ammt of carbonation. Keeps you warm on a nice October day in OHio

Very good brew..

Hope to get another from the upcoming batch

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of spoony
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Kfitch
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SLeffler27
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Builds a big, creamy manila froth over a dark-brown, cinnamon beer. The head is long lasting, leaving a coating of lace.

Light fumes of bourbon are accented by pine sap, plum and pear from a Dogfish Head snifter.

Heavy on the raisins with a quick touch of sweetness, followed by a sharp, lingering bitterness long into the finish.

This barleywine is super dry, almost chalky, with a soft, full body, light carbonation, and alcohol about as expected.

A decent sipping beer for a cold day, this is a worthy beer, but far short of its early promise.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Bisco42
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled: 2014/02/04 - 17 months old

Incredibly strong head retention, about 2 finger head that stays for the duration of the drink. Surprising for being 18 months and 11.1%. The bourbon flavor has subsided and given way to a more malty finish. Sweet, English, a wonderful selection for the price ($12).

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Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of fivetime
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of KJabo
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Nicholas_Gates
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paco1029384756
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep burgundy color with a large sticky off white head with some pretty lengthy retention.

Scent of sweet candy, some caramel, lightly citrusy hops, hints of tropical fruit, and just a touch of wood and vanilla. The barrel characteristics are very subdued and the alcohol is well masked.

Taste of sweet, fruity malts, sugar, leafy, grassy hops, caramel and some wood in the finish. The barrel and alcohol characteristic are very subdued here as well, and there is still a noticeable hop presence, but I would love to try this with some age.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied, slick and has a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 980 ratings