Cockeyed Cooper | Uinta Brewing Company

very good
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Cockeyed CooperCockeyed Cooper

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in bourbon barrels.

65 IBU

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Photo of klopez1253
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm partial to Uinta's high alcohol beers because I know they come out of a context of 3.2/4.0 beers; the high alcohol beers could be terrible and they would still stand out, and command an audience and a market in that context. But Uinta's high alcohol beers can stand up to anyone's.

My first reaction when I tried this beer, in a bourbon barrel version, was simply "Wow." It had great taste and great subtlety (for a barleywine ale) and the bonus of the bourbon barrel. Should all my beers be so powerful and profound.

In appearance it is a dark brown, with little lacing.

The smell is beer with a little fruit in front of it -- not too strong an alcohol nose.

The taste is a malty front with a bourbon barrel back; the hops bite is there but is subsumed by the malt and the bourbon (to me, an ideal proportion).

The mouthfeel is reasonably carbonated but not too much nor too little, and overall this is one of the great beers I've ever had: I don't think I would give 5.0's this much to too many brews, but this one seemed to deserve it.

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every once in a while you get that beer. The one beer (or barley wine) that makes it all better. THIS was that beer today.

A- Poured so perfectly with about 2 fingers of a rich carmel head.

S- Rich molasses with hints of cherry or strawberry. I swear this is heaven.

T- Rolls over the tongue like a good bourbon and finishes with a bite. ABV 11.1%

M- Thick and creamy while sitting high on the tongue.

O- I'd like to think that every review depends on environment and timing for the individual but this beer was exactly what the doctor ordered and the taste was out of this world. I highly recommend it. Especially if you like bourbon or irish whiskey.


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Photo of obrendano
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

all the 5's are a little egregious, but I swear with one sip this beer rocketed into the stratosphere of my favorites list

A - sunburst red body, foamy tan head that just doesn't die, even at a high ABV

S - notable sharp pineapple hop profile, malt and whisky complete the background

T - amazing. sharp bite of pineapple from the hops, sweet caramel malt, vanilla notes, delicious bourbon tone throughout. this is fabulous stuff

M - creamy, chewy and perfectly bubbly. warming to everything it touches

O - this is a great one. start decently cold and go slow, it opens up beautifully as it warms

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampling a cellar aged bottle that was bottled on 4/2010.
Poured into a snifter the beer is a deep dark mahogany hue with minimal beige head of about 1 cm.
Aroma is rich malty and complex with brown sugar, dark fruit, figs, some bourbon and a bit of booziness that makes me realize this may be a sipping beer.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth silky texture. Very mild rolling carbonation.
Flavor is malty and sweet and complex with molasses, figs, prunes, bourbon, toffee and a bit of dark chocolate. Fairly complex flavor profile. I get a little warm booze on each swallow but it isnt unpleasant. Complex flavors with the malts dominant.
This beer catches up with me by the end of the 750 ml, but is intensely enjoyable and represents a well made barrel aged B-wine.
I would definitely buy this beer again if I found it on the shelves.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
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 searsclone
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into an oversize wine glass. Bottled 06/22/12 and reviewed 02/11/13.

Pours dark red with a huge, rocky, tan head with tons of bubbles up the sides of the glass.

Smell is huge! Raisins, plums, and bread. Followed by spice and alcohol, caramel and dark chocolate.

Taste is fantastic! Vanilla, caramel, cream, roasted malt, toast, bread, alcohol. Boozy and warming, with a spicy finish.

Mouth feel is creamy and velvety and chewy.

Overall, a really great barley wine.

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Photo of mfunk9786
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The moment I popped the cork on this one, I realized I couldn't go back. Go back to a time that this was sitting in my fridge, staring at me with its awesome, hilarious label. Taunting me.

A: The cork popped with a whimper rather than a bang. The beer is undeniably gorgeous. It's a dark brown with hints of gold, a no-nonsense barleywine look with head that just wants to be part of the fun, to varying degrees of success. Just too wonderful to look at.

S: Vanilla, oak, and raisins dominate the aroma, with an absolutely captivating finish of how-do-they-still-smell-so-good fresh hops. I would buy an air freshener for my car that smells like this.

T: My first sip sort of frightened me. I'm alone to enjoy this brew, and I know that my fiance wouldn't like this flavor bomb, but that doesn't curb my regret. I feel like Caligula drinking this without sharing. It does not allow for big sips: once it coats your tongue, the sweet and sour malty oaky business and citric hop quality doesn't allow you to take too much at once. One of the most full-bodied beers I have ever tasted. The alcohol is completely masked. I implore everyone to have at least a sip of this. And to think: I was saving my bottle of Labyrinth because I assumed it would be the better beer. I can't imagine this brewery making something that tastes better than this.

M: A bit syrupy, but in a pleasing way that counteracts the hop bite (This was barrel aged! How do they have such a fresh bite?!) and lends a lot of smoothness to the more astringently liquorish qualities of the bourbon flavor. What could have this alcohol-on-the-tongue dissolving feeling instead coats and pleases the mouth. Great stuff here.

D: It's a sipper. But at a price of $12-$18 per bottle depending on where you buy it, this still feels like an incredible bargain compared to some of the pretenders out there.

I would buy a case of this to pop open on every special occasion that I observe over the next ten years. It's that level of special.

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Photo of stumac
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Haven't reviewed a brew in a while due to the quick and easy rating thinga-ma-jigger. So it's a a dark ruby with nice khaki lacing and dome. Rose hips, pepper, honey in the nose. Huge citrus hops take the plate, followed by mellow grassy notes. Hidden in there is the depth of caramel apple, apricot, cherry skins, all followed with a big sherry explosion. Big body, crispy carbo. A very solid brew...

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Photo of chrisrose30
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is probably one of the best bourbon barrel barely wines I have ever tasted, although I haven't tasted too many. Nothing new in the quality of Uinta.

Appearance: This pours a smoky brown/black with a thick, brownish head.

Smell: You can smell the bourbon in this one. Very rich with caramelized fruits.

Taste: Caramelized fruits, a slight hint of bourbon, and some persimmon.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly fizzy. Possesses a deep warmth.

Overall: I would spring for another anytime - this is one good beer and definitely worth the price.

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Photo of drpimento
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, another Crooked Line that goes straight to beer heaven! Poured at a good temperature with a huge, foamy, thick, billowy, light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a clear cherry amber with a couple of lazy bubble trails. Aroma is a heavy, hop, malt, fresh sawn wood, resin, black olives. Flavor's like nose, bitter and tang up front, with a little malt and bourbon sweet, hints of dark chocolate. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, the bitter hop veers a tad off, alcohol warmth, but still great sipping beer. Perfect to share with friends who are of the same mind.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
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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Photo of theboozecruise
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

3rd row tailgater brought this one back from Utah, thanks dude!

Beautiful looking beer, poured into a goblet. Deep red color with a large bubbly head. Great retention and lacing!

Smells hoppy, more on the pine side of flavors. Strong aroma, just a hint of bourbon on the nose.

The taste is magnificent. The hops are still there but all the other flavors burst out. The bourbon is more strong on the tongue, caramel and vanilla come through as well. Awesome blend, well put together.

Great on the tongue, a good thick beer that swishes well.

I'd drink another, any day.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark Crimson with a thick beige head well retained, smells of sweet barley yeast and bourbon booze, tastes sweet yeasty slight sour with slight ginger thick chewy mouthfeel.

Bottled on 06/04/14 drank on 1/10/15

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Photo of mdagnew
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought online from

Poured a deep coppery red colour. Mocha tan head poured tight, thick and foamy with a meringue like top then faded slowly to wispy covering... barely any carbonation... some sticky lacing lines...

Aroma - Lots of toasted toffee and caramel maltiness, peppery hop notes, dark fruits (strong raisins, figs), some bourbon booziness, toasted nuts, piney resin, earthy, light liquorice, some orange, malt loaf, burnt sugar sweetness, light oakiness...

Taste - Strong toasted bready and toffee malts, lots of sweet caramel, noticeable alcohol - hints of bourbon, piney hop resin, fruit cake notes, light treacle sweetness, ripe fruits (raisins, spicy apples, bitter oranges), butterscotch and vanilla...

Feel - Smoothand syrupy initially then a little sharpness comes through... full bodied... a bit boozy to be very drinkable..

Overall - An excellent barleywine... rich and warming... recommended...

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Photo of djbreezy
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 11/29/12 - This guy spent his time in a mini fridge.

Despite a tiny poof when I popped the cork, the carbonation was great. Still strong after 2.5 years. Has a nice hop bitterness present throughout, lots of balanced caramel malts, viscous mouthfeel but still effervescent, nose has the characteristic barleywine aromas with added complexity from the aging. I really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into large snifter; deep blood-red ruby with a huge fluffy tan head even from a soft pour that fades very slowly, leaving tons of lacing. Smell is big malt, some bitter hops, bourbon and vanilla, and some woody notes. Taste is big malt, a hefty presence of bitter hops, as well as some dark chocolate and dark fruit. Then it all smooths out into bourbon/vanilla/woody flavors. Mouthfeel is huge and creamy. Alcohol is noticeable but not in a bad way.

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Photo of Pahn
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Bottled 04/01/10.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch, rocky tan head that dissipates quickly leaving weird leglike dots of lacing. All the foam disappears, giving the appearance of flatness. Pours a dark, semi-translucent ruby red. Leaves the occasional dot of lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and a deep barleywine maltiness. Piny hops and booziness come out as the beer warms, but the dominant smells are always bourbon and malt. The smell enriches the flavor and keeps you wanting to come back and sip more. Smells good enough that if it didn't taste amazing, I would become angry at the beer for lying to me. Incidentally, I still remember the beguiling savory aroma of Uinta's normal barleywine from the time I had it on tap, and it's in this beer, too, lurking around underneath the bourbon and malt; a little smoke and Worcestershire sauce (it sounds a bit weird combined with the other notes, but it works).

Taste: Like most great beers, the flavor follows the nose but gives you much more. Bourbon, a bit of hop bitterness, yellow cake, lots of toffee and caramel, roasted malt, smoke, chocolate, with a hot finish. The malt is huge; numerous smooth and rich cake like flavors, perfectly balanced by the hop bitterness and the bite from the bourbon and the ABV. Dark fruit (fig and date) pop up as well, along with the dark chocolate advertised on the bottle, but always balanced with several other things (the dark fruit balance perfectly with the roasted flavors, the bitter dark chocolate gets balanced by smooth, creamy cake and caramel flavors).

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, with a small amount of carbonation and a lot of alcohol heat. Creamy, approaching chewy.

Drinkability: I love this beer. I can't drink it slowly enough.

Cockeyed Cooper is a stellar example of a bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Big flavors of bourbon that make sense balanced with huge barleywine malt. It could stand to be a bit more hop forward, but as is it's right up my alley. I don't like spending $15 on a 750ml bottle of beer, but this was worth it.

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Photo of roblowther
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big bottle and my Friday after work is looking all good. Poured into a snifter, there is a noticeable cork pop and a lot more head than I expected from a barley wine. It is black in color and the head is huge, rocky, and light tan. Very, very nice looking. The smell is apricots, molases, vanilla, a slight hoppiness, and my mouth is watering. The taste is phenomenal, with boozy fruit, wood, vanilla and a slight banana in there somewhere. It is dry but not too much so, with a noticeable alcohol warmth as it goes down. The hops are there just at the very start and then its all wood aging from there. You taste it, you smell it, and you really get the sense that the aging process rounded off the sharp edges on this. Really, really spectacular. The mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated and a tad sticky. Overall, I think this is a fantastic barley wine. It is not sweet like most. It could, if anything, use a bit more sweetness and a bit less woody dryness but wow, just really terrific.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip, bottle dated 12/08/11. Pours a dark red, with a huge 3 inch off white head with red highlights, with plenty of lacing, and takes its time settling. Smell is lots of cooked brown sugar, bourbon, dark fruit, piny hops, and vanilla oak. Taste is powerful, balanced with everything from the nose. With bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit , and oak being the dominant flavors, but a bitterness in the finish that suggest bitter hops. This is really impressive, one of the most beautiful beers I have ever looked at and I love that it is a beer that blends wonderful with the bourbon not being the only true flavor. Body is large, nice carbonation especially for its heft, not that dry considering the style, and very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. This Brewery is really impressive. Going to hopefully get a few more bottles to watch develop, would really amaze me if it could get any better.

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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 SonictheBeerhog
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my 1000th beer rating.

Wanted to make this beer special by giving it a review.

At first sight of the beer I was highly disappointed. Looked like sludge of some kind... After the first sniff I just knew this beer would be amazing. The tastes are extremely amazing with subtle notes of toffee, bourbon, and chocolate, all giving way to the big booze taste found in all great barelywines. I'm not sure on why this beer gets such a moderate rating, who knows. I think with two years of aging under this beers belt it is quite simply, amazing.

Well diserving of the rating I have given it in my opinion.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer from Uinta and I think I picked a winner.

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a chimay goblet, pours a beautiful dark ruby color with a big creamy head that stays for a while with very nice lacing down the side of the glass.

Smells hoppy with hints of caramel and vanilla. Hoppier smelling than many other barleywines especially considering it is bourbon barrel aged.

Hop bitterness hits the tongue and stays as vanilla, caramel and dark fruits rush over the tongue and down the throat. Great balance of sweet and bitter. Complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel is nice and it's not nearly as warm with alcohol as other beers aged in bourbon barrels.

Great drinkability, I would pick this up again and again. Wish it was available here in Louisiana. Guess another trip to Utah is called for.

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Photo of negroobserver
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While not quite orgasmic, I found this to be a really great beer. With hints of coconut and caramel, the beer has a shiny nose. The color is a rusty dirty brown with significant haziness. Nice fine cappuccino cream head. The taste is sweet and a nutty with a hint of bitterness at the back end. The mouthfeel has depth and character. It's not too thin or two dense, nicely balanced. Reminds me very much of another burbon barrel aged beer I tried in North Carolina, except for the fact that this has a much softer alcohol presence. The alcohol is there, but it doesn't smack you in the face when you take a whiff.

Great stuff!!!

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Photo of flannelman808
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Looks good ... this pours a ruby brown color and while its dark, it has good clarity. Light tan head tops it off and has quite good retention and good lacing.

S: Candied orange and dried apricot (hopping) meet a honeycomb like sweetness. This has just hints of the bourbon barrels.

T: Bourbon wood and toffee meet dried stone fruit and deep caramel notes. This is quite good, better than I was hoping for.
The oak and "forest floor" hopping bring this beer into balance. Lots of complexity finally ending dry ... what more could you want?

M: Good, long lasting and prickly.

O: This is an exceptional bourbon barrel aged barley wine. I will absolutely get this again and think it may age fairly well.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cockeyed Cooper opens with a surprisingly hoppy nose for a Barleywine. In fact, at first, a heavy smattering of grapefruit rind and pine hops is all that comes across. After a few seconds these initial aromas calm down, revealing a sugary, malty underbelly ripe with caramel, toffee, berry, orange, peach, brown sugar, and somehow, even more caramel. These sugary aromas bear a striking resemblance to caramel-covered fruits--the expensive kind found in artisan shops--and is extremely alluring. Toast crust and rising wheat dough help ground the brew. Hardly present, and surprisingly so, is any hint of bourbon, since this was barrel-aged. Only a slight vanilla and oak tinge gives it away, and that very hard to detect. As a whole, the nose is excellent, and while it may be slightly too strong on the sugars, is still enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a simultaneous hop and malt slam, the former bringing grapefruit rind, pine sap, dandelion stem, and touches of eucalyptus, and the latter covering the tastebuds in waves of caramel, brown sugar, apricot, berry, white grape, and green apple. Some toast crust and baguette helps bring the beer to earth, but not by much, as the sugars are intense--so intense that it takes the full force of the beer's 65 IBUs just to get the hops noticed. Additional notes of vanilla and oak, as well as extremely subtle tawny port and cognac, give excellent depth and complexity. Late in the mouthful the port and cognac flavors rise in potency, bringing a charcoal-filtered whang to the brew, as well as for the first time revealing the high 11.1% ABV in vodka-like heady vapors. The aftertaste is a continuation of these liqueur-like flavors, as well as fainter hints of bread and grapefruit rind, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-high, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent fare, and easily one of the better Barleywines I've tasted. Especially noteworthy here is how the beer doesn't rely exclusively on heavy, thick malt flavors--such as many beers of this style do--but adds IPA-like hops and bourbon barrel aging to the mix. The result is definitely worth seeking out, and firmly places pretty much everything Uinta Brewing makes at the top of my "must try" list.

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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 952 ratings.
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