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

Added by Daniellobo on 06-03-2010

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Photo of angelmonster
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -1%
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 -38.5%
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 +2%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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 +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 g00ey
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
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 -4.3%
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 +14%
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 +3.8%
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 -25.8%
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 +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 dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +11.7%
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 -8.4%
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 +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 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 Bisco42
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 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 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 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 mntlover
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky walnut color with a nice frothy two finger tan head that falls oh so slow and leaves gobs of lace for a high ABV brew.

Aroma is nice lots of caramel, figs, raisins and light brown sugars. Light barrel notes oak, vanilla with bourbon notes. Underlying earth notes from hops?. Aroma is very good but not as strong as some barley wines.

Taste is lots of sweet malts, caramel mingled with wood bourbon and good doses of vanilla. God spicy alcohol notes that warm with out being overly hot.Dark fruits aren't as noticeable in the flavor sadly. Overall a nice big sipping brew. Not sure I would call this and American version as its not overly hoppy, more a malty treat.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy, finish seems to lighten some maybe due to the alcohol.

Overall an enjoyable treat a great beer, another winner form Uinta.

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Photo of jellikit
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Amber with a ruby hue. No head. Flat. Clear.
Smell: caramel. Bourbon. Fig. Vanilla.
Taste: malt. Fig. Bourbon. Oak.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big body. Medium sweetness verging on dry.
Overall: good Barrel Aged Barleywine. Will buy again.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle. Bottled 02/20/15. Pours a murky dark brown with over an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Boozey aroma with some oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of hops. The taste is toffee, caramel, brown sugar with a hint of vanilla. Somewhat boozey. More bourbon flavor near the end. Some citrus hops as well. Finishes with more burnt brown sugar and wood. Lots of carbonation. Not a whole lot of flavor from the barrel but there is some. Overall, a decent enough beer I'd grab once in a while.

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