Cockeyed Cooper | Uinta Brewing Company

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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 bonkers
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber, poured into 2 equal snifters. The pour is a clear amber with a nice 2 inch, creamy, white head. The aroma is sweet, hints of bourbon, faint. The beer is faint and much more subtle than I would expect from a BB barleywine. Hints of bourbon, vanilla, and some toffee. It has a light alchohol burn on the finish. The body is medium/light well carbonated. Perhaps this needed more time in the barrel, for me too light in body, and a little small for a BA beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent chestnut tinged mahogany with a finger of mocha colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Plums & prunes & booze

T: Plums, a touch of raisins & booze up front, some leafy hops as well. Dark fruit with a bit of brown sugar as this warms, along with dryness, a bit of booze bite. Finishes with woody hops, candied prunes & a touch of oaky sharpness

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, skews too fruity for me, pretty warming

Drank easy enough for the style & ABV, but not really one I would go for again. Had high hopes after trying their BA Imp Stout; would work slightly better as an English BW, not enough to really save the day though

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Photo of rye726
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Up for review is a 750ml bottle of Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta brewing company. Poured into a snifter at cellar temp. Good to see some barrel aged stuff coming from these guys. Pours mahogany with a tan head. Nose has bourbon, malts, vanilla and oak. Barrel presence is faint, but present. Body a bit thin. Not bad.

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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip. From notes
A: A deep amber/brown body pours a frothy tan head that holds very well. The body has a thick haze and looks to a grainy appearance. The lacing is left in wave patterns and is very sticky. Low to medium carbonation, good for the style.
S: The aroma has a bold bourbon smoothness, while showing a nice layered note of sweetness of barleywine.
T/M: The front is a low carbonated silky body that has good sweet tones on the front of caramel and dark fruits. While the body has a strong note of oaked bourbon. Nice balance between the two and one does not dominate the other. Finish is great, clean and smooth, leaving a nice lingering taste.
D: Great flavors and a very well hidden ABV. A bottle that I had no problem finishing and would buy again.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of douglas88 over on ratebeer. Once waxed bomber pours clear deep garnet with thin tan head. The aroma has big oak notes moving into bourbon and sweetness along with some boozy heat. I don't pick up much, if any, of the base barleywine here. The taste is pretty smooth with a brief pulse of sweet chewy malts and some cherry and plum notes. It then becomes very oak with full-on bourbon and booze drying things out into the finish. Lots and lots of barrel notes going on here squashing out most of the beer-y barleywine flavors.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750mL corked and caged bottle. holy crap was the cork wedged in there. needed a corkscrew. stamped bottled 6/4/10.

hazy dark brown with amber highlights. no head, even with a vigorous pour. just a few bubbles.

definitely a strong sweet whiskey aroma. oak.

a hoppy barleywine is definitely evident as the base beer. boozy and vanilla bourbon flavors ride overtop. complex.

mouthfeel is thick and sticky. unfortunately, its also basically flat.

reading the other reviews, most of them talk of a beer with head and carbonation. perhaps I've got a bad bottle. shame, it had real promise.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter glass

A - Beer has a dark brown body to it; moderation level of carbonation; little amount of foam was made during the pour; almost liquor in appearance; thick

S - Beer has a malt sweet smell to it; barley wine scents are complimented by caramel; on the back-end rests the smooth bourbon esters that accompany the oak-bourbon scents of the beer

T - Roasted malt and chocolate goodness on the front and middle of the tongue; kind of toasty with a smooth liquor-bourbon finish

M - Effervescent feel to the tongue; bubbly with a creamy smooth taste; the bourbon barrel aging help smooth deliver a smooth flavor to the beer

D - Overall a really good beer; another fine quality brew by the guys at Unita; I think this really takes the cake from the collection of beers; I'm glad they chose to brew a barley wine; I would definitely recommend to others

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear dark reddish-brown. Big, foamy, creamy-colored head. Great retention, thin rings of lacing.

S: Rich sugary caramel, subdued esters of raisin and fig, slight whiff of bourbon, wood, and vanilla, and some herbal hops.

T: Rich malt tastes of caramel, molasses, and brown bread. Herbal hops take on a supporting role, and balance without being a main attraction. Raisin and fig esters provide depth. The finish is the real attraction to this beer. The subtleties of the barrel aging add layers of complexity. A pleasant woodiness, light warming vanilla, and mild bourbon flavors pave the way for deep roasted malt flavors of creamy Swiss chocolate. Very memorable.

M: Very rich, thick, and syrupy. Low carbonation. Warms with every sip.

D: Very high for the style.

Notes: One of the best barrel-aged beers I've ever had, and believe you me, I have had many. The bourbon and wood flavors are mild enough that they don't hog too much of the spotlight, and they shouldn't overwhelm even the more timid of palate. Extremely drinkable- not at all boozy and much more approachable than the abv suggests. I wish it were more readily available here. A real treat.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/dark ruby color with a half inch of white head. Leaves beautiful lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark fruits, vanilla, oak, caramel, and herbal hops.

Taste follows the smell. Caramel is very prevalent as are the dark fruit and vanilla flavors. Finishes with oak tannins and the hops a few seconds after.

Mouthfeel is full, low on carbonation. Wish the carbonation was a little higher for this.

Drinkability is good, I would definitely have it again. Its very inviting and very good. A huge surprise, as my friend talked me into it, and I was very resistant.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cockeyed Cooper pours a clear garnet color into the glass with a massive, frothy off white head on top. The foam slowly dissolves to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind lots of netted lace on the glass.

The aroma is strong and malty with notes of brown sugar, ripe fruit (raisins, fig?), oak, caramel and orange citrus.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is soft, lightly chewy, low carbonation, with a dry finish. The flavor is malty with notes of caramel malt, vanilla, oak, raisin/dark fruit and orange citrus. Towards the end a fair amount of citrus hops move it to balance out the malt. It finishes with alcohol notes and a slight burn. Once gone the vanilla and oak linger on the palate.

This is definitely a sipping beer that will warm you up on a cold winter day. Well balanced, but not as much bourbon flavor as I was expecting.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml, bottled 6/4/10. Poured aggressively into tulip at high 40's cellar temp.

Pours with a respectable 2F of soapy, tan head over a very deep amber body. Some carbonation present up the middle.

Aromas - WOW... one of the strongest I can remember. Powerfully packed with oaky / vanilla notes, plenty of dark bread crust, rich fruits, and hop bitterness.

Flavor also packs quite a punch, but not quite as pleasant as the aromas. Deep, rich fruits and LOTS of bourbon dominate... The alcohol is a bit off-putting. Lots of bitter barley and hops, and just not enough sweetness to effectively balance.

Some carbonation, but maybe just not enough to cut thru the alcohol burn. Some level of smoothness up front, but it quickly turns to the biting bitterness mid-way thru and into the finish.

Had to score this one low on the drinkability meter, as I've had some really nice versions of American Barleywine to date. This one required an ice cream pairing to help me finish. I would bet that if I laid one of these down for 3+ years, I'd enjoy it much more - I will be picking up 2 more soon to do so, as the effort is clearly there to make an interesting/unique, and flavor-rich beer.

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

750. Rusty orange pour, smallish amount of white head.

Aroma has a large amount of brown sugar, fruitcake, caramel covered fruits. Citrus hops.

Taste matches, pretty balanced. Malty, caramel and booze soaked red fruits. Citrus comes through from the hops. Very light pine and citrus finish. Less astringent as it warmed.

Mid bodied, drinks pretty easy. Just slightly warm, but not bad at all.

Overall I guess the question is where's the barrel? This one is fine, they just need to work on the barrel aging I guess, since it didn't appear to add much. Would have rated it higher if there was some barrel, like it said.

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Photo of wchollif
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Loads of head, not dissipating. Color is a very dark caramel brown, but when held to the light shows no cloudiness. The smell is muted, I'm not getting much more than a little hops and oak. The taste is 100% better than the nose, wow! This beer is very complex, citrus hops, vanilla, caramel, spices, just the right amount of bourbon. Not boozy at all. Hard to believe the alcohol is so high. This is very drinkable.

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Photo of oreo
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass.

Full finger of head. Poured a deep amber color. Looks really good

Smells like a barleywine but with a hint of bourbon in the nose. Lots of vanilla.

I do not like barleywines much, but this is the best I have had. The bourbon mellows out the flavor greatly providing an easy drinking barleywine. Nothing spectacular, but drinkable. Lots of vanilla and caramel in this one. A bit sweet.

Average mouthfeel, a bit on the thin side.

Easy drinking, but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Domingo
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this for my Dad as one of the illustrations on how far reaching beer can be.
Pours a copper/brown color with some red highlights. Not a ton of carbonation, but considering the style (and the barrel aging) it's got more than I expected...and it didn't dissipate at all.
The biggest flavor note that I can't mention enough is caramel. Even though it has hints of bourbon and vanilla from the oak as well as some piney, citrus-rind hops - caramel is HUGE in this beer. It's quite the marvel, and it's enjoyable because the big hops keep it from ever becoming too sweet or letting the wood/booze run wild.
Texture is pretty slick, but the foam gives it some backbone.
It's a sipper for sure. There's some pretty obvious heat, but it doesn't really take anything away from the taste.
Good stuff, and it's priced reasonably as well.

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Photo of claspada
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Initial Aromas are of dark caramels, vanilla, alcohol and wood. As you dig deeper you get some piny hops and brown sugar, but the dominant smells are always bourbon and malt. The smell enriches the flavor and keeps you wanting to come back and sip more. Really one of the most complex, deep and rich beer aromas I have had in a while.

The taste follows the nose to a tee; starts off with complex maltiness, Bourbon, a bit of hop bitterness, lots of toffee and caramel, some darker roasted malts, maybe some smoke/oak and a hint of chocolate. 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, toffee and caramel flavors).

I can happily report the mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a small amount of carbonation. Creamy, approaching chewy, but not too sweet, cloying or thick. Really hits a high mark for me.

I really enjoyed this beer. I can't drink it slowly enough, have to give it an average score just because the ABV is crazy high. Price point was a tad high but it was worth the investment 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 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 boomer31
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off...tough cork to get out, as tough as 2009 Two Brothers Bare Tree

A - Pours a deep copper near brown with a light tan head. In the light some red comes thru. A lot of stick to the glass.

S - A touch of sweet malt, vanilla and wood. Very subtle bourbon, much different than most barrel aged beers.

T - Nice wood and hints of vanilla. Some malt but really no huge burst of bourbon. Nice hop bitterness in the back and dryness from the barrel. This is a great blend of barley wine and notes of barrel. Nothing overpowering.

M - Great richness and very dry. Sticky though the only aftertaste is wood

D - No hints of alcohol here and not a bourbon bomb. Just an overall nice blend of b-wine and barrel.

Overall nice beer. Not what I was expecting...I was expecting more bourbon but this is a much better subtle blend of barrel and beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Total Wine and shared at a recent tasting. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a moderate dark brown color with some spotty lacing and a bit of a collar. The nose brings some bourbon with a bit of sweetness and some mild caramel. Taste is smooth bourbon along with a slight bit of chocolate and a medium body. There is a slight booziness there and the beer finishes with a slight astringency. Drinkability is decent enough. The bourbon character from the barrel is pretty good, though at the same time I think the base beer could probably use a bit of work.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF

bottle #10 poured into my surly snifter
thanks to Khazadum for this one

A - Pours a deep chestnut brown with red highlights when held up to the light. There was 2 inches of off white fluffy foam that slowly receeded leaving spotty lacing.

S - sweet malts, brown sugar, vanilla and some citrusy hops

T - brown sugar, lemon, dark fruit, a bit of citrusy hop bitterness in the finish. As it warms, i'm starting to pick up notes of chocolate and roasted coffee.

M/D - medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation. Its a bit thinner than I expected. It does have some nice flavors and goes down easily.


i'm thinking barleywine but it doesn't seem too high in alcohol, lets see

Uinta Cockeyed Cooper Bourbon Barrel Barleywine

Glad I got to try this one, i've seen it on the shelf a few times, but have always passed it by. Now that I know that its aged in bourbon barrels, I can pick it up a little bit but its not too strong, which I prefer.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Uinta Cockeyed Cooper
First of all, I'd like to mention that I loved the artwork on this bottle.
A: Big, light beige head sits on a brown/red, very clear body of beer. It, especially when being poured, is almost cola colored. Very billowing, good textured head. No too much active carbonation. 4.5

S: Fruity brown sugar, very estery. No Alcohol, pretty complex, or at least full of aromas I couldn't identify. 4.0

T: Much more brown sugar, a little hoppiness too. Not a syrup bomb at all, but not the cut of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot either. A little acidity. What I don't get is any of the oak/barrel bourbon vanilla tastes. Maybe a little vanilla in the brown sugar, but nothing to get me to use 'vanilla' as a word to describe the beer. 4.0

M: Very nice, good carbonation with sort of a wine like quality to it. 4.0

D: I liked this beer, and there was nothing wrong with any one part of it, but it just didn't seem to come together for me. I would probably get it again sometime, though it wouldn't be my first choice, and I wouldn't recommend it quite as highly as it was recommended to me. I would recommend it to wine people, but beer people, not so much. 3.5

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark Mahogany with a bit of white head
Smell- No Bourbon on the nose at all... greatly dark fruity smells and malt coming through
Taste- lots of booziness comes through with a great barleywine taste but again no bourbon...
Mouthfeel- Smooth and crisp
Drinkability- Booziness makes it tough to be more than a solid sipper

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep garnet color. Really nice looking barleywine. A little less than a half finger of white head. Really good head retention and some lacing.

S: The way the bourbon and the barleywine integrate in the nose is nothing short of awesome and balanced. Tons of malt. Raisins.

T: Starts of with a hop blast. Nice amount of malt. Then it gets into a little bit of oak with the warming affects of the barrel. Really complex taste. Little bit of vanilla in there as well.'

M: It has that been thinned out by the barrel mouthfeel that I really cannot describe other than that. Carbonation is quite low and that works will barrel beers.

D: It is a touch oxidized. I think they had some problems with their 750s when then launched them because I saw some super low fill lines when I bought this. They are just starting out though so hopefully they can sort that out. Solid beer overall.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


750mL bottle poured into snifter glasses and shared w some other BAs

Pours a dark brown with some copper and cherry hues. A tan head bubbles up and retains a nice filmy layer over the beer, leaving spots of lacing.

Some hop bitterness in the nose, along with oaked vanilla, some faint bourbon, and a hint of smokiness.

Begins with pine hops up front and some strongly roasted caramel malt. Notes of semisweet chocolate mix with oak and a flair of smoke. Vanilla and subdued bourbon, along with some increased bitterness. Warm, a little boozy, and dry in the finish. Some suggestions of oxidation throughout.

Fuller body, chewy, and dry in the feel. Sips fairly smooth with decent flavor, alcohol is masked pretty well, although not exactly great overall, especially for a barrel aged beer.

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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 949 ratings.
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