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 maximum12
2.01/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to beandip for the bottle via trade; I only have one more from our interactions & it, too, is a BA barleywine? Coincidence? I think not. Popped open & shared with my Florida-bound wife, curse her!

Pours is pretty tame. The beer looks like water running of a rusty, fire-engine red 1980 Ford Pinto. Aroma is sharp, malty, with a teaspoon of oxidation & a faint, but present, sourness. Doesn't bode well.

Cockeyed Cooper carries a whopper of oxidation, enough to really wreck the beer for me. Rusted nickel dominates, with only bare hints of vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisins, caramel, & malts peeking out from the ruins. But the slick rust keeps this from being enjoyable at all.

Disappointing. Bottled less than a year ago, this one, anyway, has turned into a heap of Pinto scrap metal. My wife concurs. Sadly, reluctantly I can't finish this.

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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 kbnooshay
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The packaging is great. Quirky and well designed vector art label, corked and caged.

Poured a thin copper color with virtually no head. Aroma is an over sweet and malty mess. The taste is harsh and wacky with only a faint hint of mediocre bourbon flavor. Metallic wonky dark fruit is present. All the staple flavors here are off. Astringent. Feel is thin to moderate.

Well either this beer is just bad or it can't be aged in the cellar for 1 year, because it tastes like shit. This makes me wonder if i should cellar barley wines anymore!

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Photo of trappistlover
2.54/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(750ml bottle from AJ’s). Pours nearly clear copper with massive beige head. Some nice lacing develops. Aroma of strong alcohol, dank hops, wood and some band-aid. Taste is sweet with hop bitterness and a sharp alcohol bite. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter, hot finish. I didn’t like this one too much. It reminds me of CL Golden Delicious where the alcohol just overpowers the base beer. An alcohol bomb.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.59/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an excellent dark copper color, fairly clear, good sized tan head that slowly descends. Nice lacing, looks good.

Aroma is very sweet and strongly alcoholic. Don’t really get much bourbon from the nose at all. A little wood and raisin/prune smell to boot.

Didn’t enjoy the taste of this one at all. Very sweet and malty and very hot with booze. Way too big and kind of all over the place. The bourbon comes through more strongly than in nose, hops are very subdued. Caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit notes present as well. Ultimately the aggressive and fumy alcohol overwhelms the other flavors.

Pretty creamy, long and somewhat unpleasant finish. Overall a difficult beer to drink and to enjoy and one I certainly won’t be buying again anytime soon, particularly not when it’s 12 dollars.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Beautiful dark caramel color, one finger light, off-white head

S- Smells of Caramel and bourbon

T- Caramel, bourbon, sour, bitter, a bit of barnyard funk, laundry soap?? Really funny aftertaste, can't get it out of my mouth.

M- Nice mouthfeel, except the awful aftertaste.

O- I like it up until the aftertaste. Can't drink anymore.

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Photo of Tuckersmth
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

In Denver on business and stumbled across Barleywine pouring at Falling Rock. lucky me. Bartenders attitude reminds me of no BS vibe at tornados but he knew his sh*t. Cockeyed Cooper was disappointing in my opinion. A bit too light on the flavor side for my Barleywine tastes. On to round 2.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at blue dog

Cockeyed copper pours out that copper color with some light bronze hues within. Just a small amount of tannish bubbles forming a loose cap, no lace on the sides. Smell is very minimal on the oak and bourbon with some grain coming out and a small amount of caramel. Getting some rust and signs of infection as well. If this is an american barleywine, the hops are out of the picture as of now in keg form. Taste is off, and light and just not big enough to be a top contender for BA barleywine. Definite infection. To be honest, this does not even resemble a barleywine, the body is too thin. Tastes of metal, slight oak, vanilla, faint caramel, and some coca cola in the finish. Somethings off. As stated, body is at about medium, light carb, infection left on the tounge. Drinkability is low, because I did not finish my glass.

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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 DIM
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a dark, clear copper color. It poured with a medium sized sticky head.

s: Caramel, toffee, hints of vanilla, plus some whiskey. Too much woody astringency.

t: A bit bland up front with a muddled combination weak whiskey, toffee, and caramel. There was a semi-strong woody astringent heat at the finish plus some fairly potent naked bitterness.

m: medium body and gentle carbonation.

o: Not bad, but this just doesn't come together. Overly harsh and lacking sweetness. Where is the vanilla? I don't think this beer was a good candidate for the barrel.

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Photo of DaveHS
2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$16.99 for a 750ml. Hmm...

A-Pours a dark clear amber with over an inch of khaki colored head. Reduces slowly, leaving sheets of sticky foam.

S-Oak, anise, dark fruit, rock candy sugar, alcohol.

T/M-Where's the bourbon? Booze overwhelms the flavor profile. Dry, papery alcohol flavors overwhelm otherwise unimpressive and barely perceptible flavors of oak and brown sugar. The mouth feel is full and soft at first, but eventually ends up dry, boozy and papery.

O-Underwhelming, way too boozy, and extremely overpriced.For a supposed "Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine" there's no trace of bourbon, and barely any oak. Surprised this has so much hype behind it, as it offers almost nothing, and is way too expensive. Skip it.

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Photo of mmapes
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Big bubbly head dissipates into a lovely deep ruby red color.

Smell is a tad medicinal. Is that the bourbon? Barrel comes across too.

I'm surprised at the first sip. This barleywine has a fruitier component -- tart cherries, maybe -- than I expected in the style. It's obviously a big beer, fairly sweet and alcoholic. A pleasant sipper.

Nice lacing leaves a creamy mouthfeel in later sips. It improves down the glass

Unfortunately, I agree with some of the other reviewers who notice an unpleasant, astringent, hot, medicinal aftertaste.

Probably wouldn't buy again, especially at the price. It has both good and bad qualities.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ML poured into a Bruery Tulip.
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for sharing this, though I picked it out at Chambers Wine and Liquor on my last trip home for him. March 2011 bottle date

A-- Poured a clear light brown and settled a very dark brown. Huge off white head, 3 f,ingers, that settled to film after a while. Good head retention to this.

S-- Light nose. Bits of Toffee, vanilla, coconut bourbon, oak, and Vegemite. Hop presence very minimal.

T-- Bourbon, oak and slightly sour up front. Sour taste was a bit odd but it faded pretty quickly. Once again very minimal hop presence.

M-- Very earthy feel. somewhat gritty and the oak seemed quite green to me. Some candied orange and pineapple but mostly bourbon and fresh oak. I want to say soapy in a way.
Medium carbonation and medium feel to this.

O-- Not as good as Ruffian by a big margin. not sure the barrel ageing helped much. Hard to justify buying another due to the price. Thought hops died off quickly and the oak was the dominant feature. Not the flavors from the barrel.

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Photo of aasher
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle was courtesy of a coworker, thanks Will!

It pours a sticky and syrupy caramel brown in color with a light beige lacing around my glass. The aromas are very, very sweet with a ton of caramelized brown sugar, toffee, sweet malts, and vanilla. There is little to no bourbon. The flavors too are really sweet with a lightly bitter finish. You get a lot of sweetness between sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and light bourbon barrel off notes. The bourbon is very subtle and subdued. I like more bourbon from the style. It drinks really, really sticky and is a lot like the other beers that I've had from Uinta, very malt driven. Overall this is a very average bourbon barrel aged barleywine and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

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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 womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mark for cracking this one open.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a finger or so worth of off-white head.

S: This one is quite oxidized. A moderate amount of cardboard and some stale brown sugar. There are some notes of citrus from the hops as well as a hint of oak.

T: The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Lots of oxidation, but not the good, chocolate kind. Cardboard, stale, hardened sugar, and some warm bourbon and alcohol flavors.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation for a beer such as this one.

D: Actually the biggest let down of the Utah brewed beers I've come across. Just too much oxidation to overcome.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big ass beer, big old dark brown and auburn pour, extremely thin head on it, nothing much to leave lace around the glass. Aroma was massively alcoholic, that was the major thing I took away, you might be able to tell it was bourbon, all I got was hot hot heat.

Huge alcohol again on the taste, you can start to pull little aspects of it apart once your mouth gets used to the heat. A little bit of vanilla, some bourbon, charred oak, maybe a little fig or prune aspect to it, which also seems to go hand in hand with an oxidized feel at times. Just a huge beer.

I like a lot of Uinta stuff, but this is not their best effort. A decent price, you can usually find these for around $10, but damn, there's just no finesse to it.

I think the best part of this beer was watching my non BA friend Shawn get whacked on this stuff during Wrestlemania. Holmes called me later in the week like "what happened at the end of the night?"

Drink slow.

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

Andy shared this one. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark muddy brown with three fingers of creamy beige head. Nice retention and some sticky lace.

Nice subtle bourbon aroma in here giving it notes of sweet caramel with a little bit of a figgy aroma. More of the same on the flavor. A little bit musty with a little bit of a medicinal flavor. The broubon is trace at best on the flavor with a good dark fruit flavor. A little bit of a metallic hop flavor in the finish.

The mouthfeel seems a little bit light on this and the carbonation is soft. Overall this one seems to have a few off flavors for me. I wonder how this would stand without the barrels.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

750ml caged and corked
Bottled 9/7/10

Pours a rusty brown color throughout, no head, in fact there's hardly any bubbles at all, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a nice caramel malt backbone, touches of fruit, slight hint of bourbon but nothing overwhelming.

Taste starts with the caramel malt but is soon overtaken by an odd bitterness, tastes of stale piney hops and leaves a bad aftertaste, it is not helped by the fact that the beer is dead flat, not a hint of carbonation, that really leaves this beer behind in body and flavor and only accentuates the staleness.

For a barleywine, this has not aged well, although I do not know if there was carbonation to begin with. Aged in a cool and dark cellar since receiving it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 01/11/12. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger khaki-light tan colour head of nice thickness and cream, and good retention. Lacing is pretty good. Colour is a nontransparent auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty appealing.

Sm: Caramel, biscuit malt, floral hops, some cherry, vanilla, and hints of bourbon. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Dried fruit is prominent, with hints of vanilla and a very very light bourbon tone. Timid dark fruit. Some caramelization and interesting sugars - perhaps meloncello. Biscuit malt helps round it out. Nicely balanced, but it lacks clear focus or direction. It's decently built, but not horribly subtle. I like it. Strange for a barleywine. Not as yeasty as I'd like. The alcohol is well hiddden.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavour nicely, but doesn't feel tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. A good offering from Uinta, but not great for a barleywine. I wouldn't get it again.

High C+

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Photo of rfgetz
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark burnt amber with unusually large frothy khaki head. Scent is dominated by piney hops, alcohol notes and nutty and bready malts. Missing is some sweetness, bourbon and oak notes - all large components of bourbon barrel aged barley wines. Taste follows scent, big hops and roasted and nutty malts. Only a very faint presence of oak and vanilla give hint to the barrel aging, no noticeable bourbon - just alcohol. Medium bodied, light for the style. Dry and tannic with an overabundance of carbonation. Letting it warm and swirling to remove carbonation does very little to improve the beer. Although its tastes ok... as a bourbon barrel barley wine, this beer does not succeed.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml C&C. Bottled on: 03... That's all I got. Probably March of 2011, but the printing runs off the label.

Real nice pop of the cork on this one.

Pours deep and dark, but clearly translucent reddish brown. Huge 3 finger beige head. Thick lacing.

Smells of sugar and vanilla, some dark fruits. A touch of bourbon, but this is a pretty light nose.

A pretty smooth and sweet start to the taste, vanilla extract kicks in the middle and things get bitter and somewhat astringent on the finish. I see the term "one dimensional" thrown around a lot, but I think that applies here. The flavor never seems to blossom into anything. I want to taste deep oaky notes in a barrel aged beer, but all that's here is the alcohol bite. I have to say that even though the alcohol emerges in the flavor, it still doesn't taste like an 11% beer.

Medium bodied, lighter than I was expecting. Drinkable enough, but very average overall.

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Photo of FATC1TY
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle.

Sweet logo, awesome packaging, really good job there.

A: It's a medium, redheaded, orangey looking.. Copper colored. Poured around a 1.5 finger head.

S: I don't smell any bourbon here. Malty, a bit of alcohol. Piney/grapefruit hops in there, then some sweet yeasty fruit. Not a favorite, but not a turn off in there. Something was off for me.

T: It's good. Alcohol is there, for sure. Oak really comes in, but was searching for the bourbon. Fruit, like figs, raisins. Cranked up the more I drank.

M: Good carbonation, great feel. Smooth and nothing really to note. Coated the tounge.

Overall- I liked the beer, but thought price wise, it wasn't worth it. Paid around $14, which was probably too much. It's a decent beer, but I'm admittedly not a huge fan of barelywine, but not really educated enough on them. Wish there was more bourbon to it, and maybe a bit more of something, which I can't put my finger on. Uinta makes some good stuff, so I was taken back a bit.

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Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in 12oz goblet. Poured a nice, opaque mahogany-brown color with less than a half-inch of light tan head that had very good retention and pretty good lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malts, with a bit of a hop tang in the background. On the tongue, the beer was pretty much the same, with the addition of an odd "funk" in the middle. there a slight bitter and smoky finish.

The body was about average for the style, a little fuller than Bigfoot perhaps, and had a dry finish. Drinkability was OK, but I would probably only have 1 at a sitting. Overall, a nicely solid brew. Worth trying if you see it.

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