Cockeyed Cooper | Uinta Brewing Company

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very good
286 Reviews
Cockeyed CooperCockeyed Cooper
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
uintabrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in bourbon barrels.

65 IBU

Added by Daniellobo on 06-03-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
286
Ratings:
939
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.71%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
232
For Trade:
10
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Reviews: 286 | Ratings: 939
Reviews by jdense:
Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BrotherK
2.98/5  rDev -24%
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 +14.8%
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 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 FFreak
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 BethanyB
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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 BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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 DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter this beer was a dark brown color with a small tan head. There was a smidgeon of lace.

Aroma was sweet caramel and vanilla.

Taste followed aroma, caramel and vanilla. But there was also some dark fruit that showed up in the taste. And, lo and behold, hops.

In fact, this was a fairly hoppy beer. They didn't dominate the taste, but complimented it very well.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Afroman
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, bottled 4/1/10. Pours a medium brown (cola color) with a fairly large creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bourbon, pepper, sweet caramel, some cola and some floral notes.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, some cola and bourbon. The finish is some grassy bitterness and alcohol (pretty harsh and warming). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, not too impressive. It's not well balanced. The cola is odd and the bourbon and alcohol are overdone.

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Photo of Britton
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Twifiter
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown magnum.

Massive head w/ a good amount of stickage. Dark rudy color has clarity in the light. Estery w/ some fusel bourbon barrel aromas, caramel, vanilla and figs for a big sweet nose. Creamy and smooth all over the full-ish body. Big bready maltiness of toasted grain, caramel and dried hay. Alcohol is very noticeable but not hot, estery with booze soaked figs. Wood and vanilla and a drying finish complete this beer.

Wood aging done right, I really dig this brew.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, caged and corked, with Brewed on dating right on the label...how tough was that?...

Pour is ruby tinged, darker amber, murky, the darker tan head is dense, lasting and luxorious. leaves wild, high webs of fine ass lace.

Malt forward nose, with some booze, caramel, burnt sugars and whiskey.

Super smooth drinking barley wine, very dry finish. Notes of dark and burnt malts, smoke, toffee, scotch. Big and smoothly flavorful. Easy drinking, quality offering.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. This was an aged bottle (at least 2-3 years) that was labeled as Uinta Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, but it is the same beer as Cockeyed Copper.

The beer pours a red-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is bourbon with some oak and dark fruit notes. The flavor is caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon and some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of joshnovaski
4/5  rDev +2%

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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 939 ratings.
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