Cockeyed Cooper | Uinta Brewing Company

very good
286 Reviews
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 Benish
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the Utah State Liquor Store but who knows how long they have been storing it improperly - like they always do. Bottled 9/23/14

Appearance: very cloudy brown with thick dense head. Lacings all around glass.

Smell: it has that sticky sweet smell - strong vanilla notes and dark fruits intermingled with a light hop aroma. Its almost like pecan pie. I honestly do not smell anything that reminiscent barrel-aging though.

Taste: very sweet and then hoppy. Starts out with candied dark fruits and then the instant hop bitterness takes over. Taste like a traditional American barley wine. Very bitter at the finish and remains bitter afterwards. Once again, I'm not tasting much bourbon as I anticipated.

Mouthfeel: carbonation and mouthfeel excellent. Smooth and medium bodied.

Overall: it's a solid American Barleywine, but I'm just as happy drinking a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot which is cheaper. I wonder how long Cockeyed Cooper sit in barrels? However, Unita Labyrinth and Dubhe are must-try as they are outstanding!

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Photo of fx20736
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought from Premier Gourmet March 2015. Poured into a goblet at cellar temp.

Look: beautiful dark amber with a Manila head and gobs of sticky lacing.

Smell: Brown Sugar, toffee, dates, faint Bourbon.

Taste: burnt sugar, dates, bitter grapes

Feel: ok

Overall: taste doesn't live up to look or smell but still an interesting ale

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Photo of jds16
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit darker than I expected, deep reddish color with a nice tan head. Smells like toffee and vanilla, slight citrus. Dried fruit, a little bourbon, caramel, and grapefruit on the tongue. Carbonation cuts nicely through the blue cheese I'm eating with it. This bottle was a bit over two years old when I opened it. Glad I waited, as it seems many people seem to think the hops are overpowering when fresh. Flavors were nicely mellowed and quite enjoyable. Barrel character was definitely present but not overpowering. Haven't had this one fresh, but the way it drinks at this age, I'm happy with an old bottle.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 l bottle. Very stubborn cork. Pours out a clear reddish brown. Some mild haze in the glass. Nice thick cream colored head which dissipates slowly leaving behind thick, sticky lacing.

Strong aroma of grapefruit hops. Malty notes come in to complement. Caramel, toffee and some peppery spice.

Grapefruit leads the flavor. Caramel, cream, pepper, and lemon. Mild bourbon. Some hints of oak and leather.

Medium-thick mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Creamy feeling on the tongue. Extended hop bitterness.

This is a decent barleywine but I was surprised by the lack of bourbon/barrel in the nose. Bourbon flavors were very subdued as well. Boosting the bourbon nose and taste would be nice. Very heavily hopped as well. Almost leans into the DIPA category.

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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 badgustav
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly not the best Barleywine I've had. There is an appealing brashness, but I find it lacking in depth and complexity. Drinks more like a hot porter than a Barleywine.

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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 heartofgold
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

This beer stored for about a year at cellar temp.

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a brandy snifter which presented a beautiful aged cherrywood color. The light tan head dissipated in less than a minute but left a enough to coat the glass and separate this barlywine from brandy.

The aroma carried warm sherry notes but it carried a bit of cardboard dryness

The taste followed aroma, with some nut-like complexity to the malt followed by vanilla and toffee that delights but ending with our cardboard dry funk not suitable for a barleywine. While drinkable, I would not age this beer any longer.

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Photo of floridadrift
4/5  rDev +2%

DO NOT DRINK THIS BEER FOR AT LEAST ONE OR TWO YEARS. Hoppy enough to be some sort of IPA.

A: Dark, hazy, amber, huge, white, frothy head

S: Big hops, no true bourbon notes

T: Cold: Hops, hops, hops, light sweetness W: A little less hoppy, bittersweet, slightly boozy

M: Smooth

O: Do not drink this beer until the hops drop waaaay off. I could feel a good buzz coming on though quickly, through my first 4oz pour. Label is excellent too, will be nice to vintage.

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Photo of sommersb
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-18-2014
Freshness: Bottled 02-06-2013
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is a murky, dark brown beer, nearly opaque. The small tan head leaves a good lacing behind and shows fair retention.

Strong, pleasing aromas feature molasses and caramel, as this is very malty. Other smells include earthy, woody/oak notes plus vanilla. Also dark, ripened fruits like figs, dates, and overripe bananas. I don't really get any whiskey or bourbon aromas.

The taste is very rich and malty. Tons of malt give it a sweet taste, but there's also a significant dose of hops to lend an earthy and piney bitterness. The alcohol warmth is notable at 11.1% for some boozy effects.

Mouthfeel is creamy on this thick-bodied brew. Carbonation is low. The beer seems to have a staleness/oxidation downside to it that may be attributed to the age. Fortunately this seems to lessen as the beers warms up a bit.

Overall a very good Barleywine with a few detractions.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Pours murky light brown with a fluffy white head on top. Aroma is unexpected with huge lemony citrus peel and not much else. Flavor follows with more big lemons--like chewing on the fruit--and very light caramel. Really not much else going on here, and while the flavor is only described as lemony, it isn't particularly bitter either. Maybe I'm drinking lemon Pinesol? Light to medium bodied--strange for a barleywine, particularly one aged in barrels--with medium plus carbonation. This was weird. Pretty much the exact opposite of expectations going in on a BA Barleywine. I can't say it was bad, just not right.

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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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Photo of utfiero
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color- liquified medium brown toffee. Huge head.

Aroma- spiced rum raisin cake.

Taste- Starts with a spicy nuttiness then the hops appear finishing with a nutty vanilla note from the barrel with hoppy dryness. The finish is a bit jagged, and our rating reflects our perception of the finish. Also, the alcohol is "hot" with the esters not masked. Don't serve too cold. Optimal temp is 45-50 degrees to settle the finish more.

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

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Photo of Zorro
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed reddish brown colored beer with a tall dark khaki colored beer.

Smells sweet and fruity with some pecan and vanilla. Bourbon while present doesn't appear as a distinct whiskey aroma only as vanilla and oak. Little peppery and woody and a little cork scent.

Starts out Woody and bitter with a sharp bitter pecan flavor like biting down on a bit of shell. Bitterness mellows quite a bit and the vanilla hits you first. Has a strong bittersweet thing going just when you think it has softened it snaps your taste buds again. Earthy mushroom flavors and some vanilla caramel flavors, this is in the upper 50% of Barleywines for bitterness. I can smell more subtle elements but the bitterness is covering them up.

Mouthfeel is good.

A fair barleywine for those who like them on the bitter end of the flavor spectrum.

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Photo of dar482
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Dated 9/21/11)

The beer comes in muddy reddish copper color.

The aroma has that classic American barleywine of old hops, earthy, tea leaves, cardboard, brown bag. Behind it there’s a caramel and toffee sweetness and a hint of alcohol.

The flavor follows with a medium plus to light sweetness in the front with a touch of brown sugar and caramel, hints of dark fruit of dried prune and date. Then onto earthy, herbal, leafy heavy bittering of hops. It finishes off of a medium minus amount of bourbon that mellows the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium plus.

For an American attempt at the beer, this is quite good. The age and bourbon probably helped the flavor of the beer too.

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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 BierJager89
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish with a light mocha head.

S: Smells like a typical barleywine, red berries, and dark fruit as well as floral and citric hop character in the nose.

T: Taste is pretty similar, but with lots of oak. Doesn't really taste bourbony. No caramel or vanilla., very hop forward, lots of floral and piney hops. Some citrus a bit of caramel and vanilla as it warms up. Basically tastes like they took their anniversary barleywine and put in on fresh oak for a few months.

M: Full bodied and smooth enough.

O: Bourbon character is unfortunately absent for the most part. This is still a good barleywine, but it's no Sucaba, Samael's Ale or Angel's Share. Recommended if you like American-style barleywines

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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 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 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 Qbdoo
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - lovely mahogany

Smell - astonishing blend of citrus, pine, caramel, vanilla. Really jumps out at you.

Taste - hoppy with vanilla and caramel notes. Very nice but after the smell a bit disappointing. Not as bold. The barrel aging is nice but pretty subtle. Doesn't knock you over, which for me is a plus. You can taste the booze but just enough.

Mouthfeel - pleasant texture, not as oily or dense as many American Barleywines.

Overall - really good but, for me, it's strange to have this somewhat mixed review. The scent just blew me away and raised expectations perhaps unreasonably so. I enjoyed it quite a bit but found it oddly disappointing after the taste didn't match the scent. I suspect next time around, when expectations aren't quite so high, my feeling might change. But I will drink this again and recommend it to those who enjoy American barleywines.

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Photo of BB1313
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottled on date is there, but it's very hard to make out the date. It's definitely from 2013 though. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark auburn with a fluffy off-white head; nice head and lacing. The aromas are very sweet. Lots of dark fruits with hints of orange peel. Lots of sweet malts. Hints of wood/oak. The bourbon isn't that noticeable in the nose, but it still smells nice nonetheless. Surprisingly, the bourbon isn't too noticeable in the flavors either. Some wood/oak. It has a subtle warmth to it, but it's definitely not hot or boozy. More caramel with hints of chocolate. More orange. Some pine resin. This is a sweet beer, but it's far from cloying. Not bitter. It definitely comes off as an English-style barleywine. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is a nice beer to sip on during the cold weather.

This beer loses credit for lacking in bourbon barrel characteristics, but it gains that credit right back for being a tasty and enjoyable barleywine. I would've liked to pick up more bourbon characteristics, but it's still very enjoyable nonetheless. Well crafted.

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Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/19/2013
Bottle into snifter

A- Super hazy dark brown pour. Finger and a half off white head with sticky lacing around the glass.

S- Typical barleywine aromas of American hops, sweet citrus, some brown sugar, caramel with some strawberries. Very little bourbon in the nose.

T- More English in style from the taste profile. Not as aggressive hop usage. Getting a lot more of the bourbon in the taste along with some burnt coffee in the finish.

M- Light to medium body, tingly carbonation with a touch of heat.

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Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/ruby red color. A massive white head forms with nice lacing down the glass.
S: Big toasted malts, toffee, wood, vanilla, and Fusel alcohol all mixed together. Some chocolate even some light dark fruits.
T: Follows the nose with the big toasted maltiness, drizzeled toffee, wood and some Fusel alcohol. Dried dark fruits like figs. Chocolate and vanilla. As this warms it becomes more bitter with some resinous hops coming through.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Though sticky and resinous. The alcohol is certainly present and fairly fusel at that. Though nice and warming. A nice sipper.

A very solid barrel aged barleywine. I am glad I can find this on the shelves.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter
Bottled on: 06/22/12

A - Pours dark mahogany with 2 fingers of whipped mocha head. The sinks into a nice collar with a whispy cap. Lacing is sticky and speckled.

S - Glorious melted toffee/caramel on top of copious amounts of toasted barley. Wood vanilla, bourbon, rich and sweet, dates, raisins. Sweet whiskey alcohol comes out when allowed to warm. As soon as I popped the cork hops jumped right out but then faded after the pour.

T - Spicy bitterness upfront, dry wood comes in strong, heavily toasted barley, toffee, caramel, pine hops, spicy, charred raisins, vanilla, ginger, pine hops continue to build, melding with the alcohol for a spicy dry finish.

M - Full bodied, chewy, low to medium carbonation, dry astringent finish.

Amazing aroma. I could smell this beer all day. This beer is almost 1.5 years old and still has quit a bit of hop presence. More in the flavor than the nose. The alcohol is spicy and somewhat mild except for the finish, which is little harsh. Glad I set on this for awhile.

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