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Cockeyed Cooper | Uinta Brewing Company

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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 Jsteez
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

A-Deep mahogony brown with a creamy tan head. Sticky lace on all sides and throughout consumption. Quite a cloudy look to the beer. When held up to the light you can see a slight translucent dark red hue.

S-Quite complex...yet simple. One thing I have to note here: after the initial pour, a strong metallic smell overwhelmed my nose. As the beer warmed, the irony smell went away. Once that happened I could smell molasses and plum with a touch of sweet caramel malt.

T-Quite a strong, warming alcohol taste. There were tastes of molasses, plum, caramel malt, raisins, and there was a nice balanced sweet/bitter in the back of my throat.

M-Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, and maple syrup-esque.

Overall, great brew for a cold winter night to sip and enjoy (although I drank this in the fall). Not a "wow, I will buy it again" type of brew. Everything seemed somewhat balanced, except the smell. Perhaps it was a bad batch? It almost ruined the beer for me. On the flip side, I do recommend this brew if you want a warm feeling in your belly and a numb brain from the high ABV. I will buy it one more time to see if my perception changes. If it doesn't "wow" me a second time, I won't buy it again.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Very cloudy ruby brown with creamy two-finger off-white head. Sticky lacing.

S - Caramel, butterscotch, wood astringency, and toffee.

T - Much less sweet than the nose would indicate. Dominant flavors are oak, raisin, and toffee. Some dark fruits come out as it warms. Also some suprising graniness. While it tastes good, this beer is not very smooth. Finishes with some metallic bitterness, which is kind of distracting. ABV pretty noticeable.

M - Full bodied, and slightly oily/syrupy. Low carbonation.

O - A decent barleywine, but a few off flavors keep it from becoming a great one. Probably not going to be a repeat buy for me.

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Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of joshnovaski
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jurbanik
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DQ13
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BourbonDork
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of monitorpop
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of hickmancase
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12/12/14 - Updated from a 4 'Had' score. Shared an October 2012 bottle during a barleywine tasting/stew consumption. Reviewed from notes.

Pour is dark red with some floaties and just a little bit of clarity visible. Beige head retains nicely. Flavor brings lots of sweet candy caramel and toffee, bourbon is on the light side but well-integrated. A decent piny herbal hop kick considering the age, some vanilla, buttery malts, a little bit of oak, some dark fruit. Some booze heat but not bad. Somewhat high carbonation and a little on the light side for the style.

Good. Not much for oxidation/aged flavors, the bourbon works in a subtle way, for a bourbon barrel barleywine it comes off as a little plain though. Surprising amount of hops still there after 2+ years.

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Photo of joshwalt
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ryko
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
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 cbutova
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Intense dark ruby red body with a off white head. Huge size and great retention, especially for Bourbon barrel. Some nice lace patches here and there.

S- A big bourbon whiskey feel mixed with nice cherry and caramel. A very nice vanilla feel and some peppery spice as well.

T- Has a nice spicy pepper feel to go with the big barrel whiskey soaked oak. The base beer exerts a caramel feel and some dark fruits. Good vanilla hints.

MF- Nice and warm but doesn't feel like 11%. Thick and oily feel with a somewhat creamy palate. Lower end carbonation.

Solid bourbon delivery on a good base Barleywine. For the price and availability, very nice.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Bottled on 9/19/11.

3.5 A: Clearish mahogany brown color. Two fingers of frothy/pillowy tan head. Retention is decent for a beer this big and just a tiny ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Huge plum fruitiness, sugar plums to be exact. Caramel and toffee to follow. Currants, raisins, and dates underneath. Big neutral malty sweetness to accompany the caramel and toffee. The barrel component is fairly subtle and adds a few complementary aromas - earthy bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

3.0 T: Taste resembles the nose, but is less intense and a few unwanted flavors are added. Raisin enters the scene to take the leading role from plum, which is now the understudy. Caramel and toffee next followed by dates and currants. Not nearly as sweet as the nose suggested. There's a formitable moderate bitterness that I don't care for and a noticeable tannic astringency. Again, only whisps of bourbon and vanilla. Bitter aftertaste.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Only a light creaminess, but good enough here.

3.0 D: The bitterness and astringency reduce the drinkibility. There is a very pleasant nose, but the taste is damaged from the problems I mentioned. Still, it's not bad. Worth a try, but probably not a second buy.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BARFLYB
2.68/5  rDev -32%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of liamt07
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 750ml into a tulip. Bottled 08/09/11.

Brownish maroon, with a tan head. Quite a nit of lacing, but light retention. Nose has dark sugars, molasses and oak. Bourbon isn't totally pronounced. Taste has some earthy and citrusy hop character, big sweet malts pretty characteristic of American BW's. Brown sugar, oak, molasses, mild bourbon. Really sweet finish, and a good bit of bitterness. Medium full mouth, some alcohol. A good American BW, but not really in my wheelhouse.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of peensteen
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve.

Reddish brown colour, about a finger of off white head and quite a lot of lace considering ABV. Smell is sweet and malty, caramel, quite hoppy, vanilla and bourbon, a bit of charred oak also getting some molasses and raisins as well. Taste is big and malty, hop bitterness is pretty big, bourbon is a little subtle but pretty well integrated, oak, vanilla and carmel flavours all present with a bit of brown sugar and fruit in the finish, alcohol is always present and fairly warm throughout. Lightly carbonated, chewy and full bodied, lightly sticky as well. I enjoyed this but this is something that has to be shared, the alcohol was a bit too noticeable as I got through the glass, quite nice though.

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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 965 ratings
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