Cockeyed Cooper | Uinta Brewing Company

very good
963 Ratings
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 Etan
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an MBC wineglass. Bottled December 2011, so it's about half a year old.

A: Pours a dark woody brown with a soft tan head. Good retention with some lacing.

S: Soft caramel and figs, tangy grapefruit and pineapple hops, brown sugar, mild bourbon character, pleasant fusel alcohol.

T: Slightly bitter grapefruit, black pepper, light caramel, molasses, fig, brown bread, a bit of alcoholic spiciness and sweet bourbon. An astringent, tannic bitterness underneath. Pleasant vanilla and oak with a little bit of a hop bite in the finish.

M: Frothy, creamy carbonation and medium-bodied.

O: Pretty decent bourbon barleywine. The barrel character came through nicely. The base beer, however, seems a bit weak, and was obscured by bitter tannins and hop notes. The mouthfeel was a bit too light as well.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another easily available barrel aged beer from uinta. Let's see if this one is as good as labyrinth. 2 months shy of having a year of age on it.

Wow this thing is potent from the moment's it uncorked. Murky brown hue with a sticky off white head. Good retention and noticeable lacing. Bourbon Barrel aging is noticeable on the nose. Strong oak and vanilla character along with sweet dried dark fruits and oddly enough a small hop bill buried somewhere beneath it of brighter notes. Faint touches of bourbon on the nose as well.

Super thick and chewy. Effervescent carbonation. Sweet vanilla and dark fruits on the tip of the tongue with mild roasted caramel coffee that rides onto the mid-palate. These subtle flavors explode into a crescendo of giant pungent flavors of oak bourbon spice and alcohol which doesnt so much attack the palate as it does kind of round out the the more subtle beginning. Really quite a ride but in actuality more elegant than it comes off, but that could be the touch of age on it. The bourbon barrel influence is just enough to compliment the other flavors in the beer rather than attack and overpower them. My only complaint is the highly noticeable alcohol content but at 11.1% it's hard to hide. Extremely complex and subtle yet packed with flavor. Elegant yet filled with surprises. For an easy to find barrel aged beer, pretty damn good.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a cloudy, muddled, opaque red-brown coloring that is very dark in the depths. No head to speak of. The aromas are rich and malty, with some maple and tangy caramel blendings, a subtle boozey note, along with an overall roasted character. Flavors are rich and layered, with a caramel-chocolate blending initially, followed by layers of rich, malty characters, including some leaning towards a fruit sweetness. The smooth body is full, but actually kept in check by the increased ABV. Roasted, richly sweet aftertaste leads into a slick, slightly astringent and boozey finish. The increased alcohol content also keeps the sweet and malty profiles from becoming overpowering or cloying. Very decent barleywine.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

Poured into a snifter. Thanks Shane.

Amber colored, medium head, medium retention. Toffee, vanilla, some sweetness, hints of wood -- mellow and subtle. Retains its hops and stronger bourbon notes in taste compared to the aroma. Light carbonation, smooth, slightly boozy in the finish and thoroughly likeable.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SawDog505
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip, bottle dated 12/08/11. Pours a dark red, with a huge 3 inch off white head with red highlights, with plenty of lacing, and takes its time settling. Smell is lots of cooked brown sugar, bourbon, dark fruit, piny hops, and vanilla oak. Taste is powerful, balanced with everything from the nose. With bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit , and oak being the dominant flavors, but a bitterness in the finish that suggest bitter hops. This is really impressive, one of the most beautiful beers I have ever looked at and I love that it is a beer that blends wonderful with the bourbon not being the only true flavor. Body is large, nice carbonation especially for its heft, not that dry considering the style, and very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. This Brewery is really impressive. Going to hopefully get a few more bottles to watch develop, would really amaze me if it could get any better.

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

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep, dull brown with a finger of nice-looking beige head. Good clarity. A little lacing, pretty good retention.

S: Toffee and fruit, a little pine hoppiness, molasses, all mixed with a light touch of bourbon and oak. I'm usually not a big fan of hoppy barleywines, but all the flavors work well together and in balance.

T: Caramel, very slight oak, some fruity esters on the back end, finishing mildly bitter with some hop bite. Quite dry.

M: Ultra smooth. Medium carbonation and medium-full body.

O: Pretty tasty, although the oak/bourbon are almost invisible.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Cockeyed Cooper opens with a surprisingly hoppy nose for a Barleywine. In fact, at first, a heavy smattering of grapefruit rind and pine hops is all that comes across. After a few seconds these initial aromas calm down, revealing a sugary, malty underbelly ripe with caramel, toffee, berry, orange, peach, brown sugar, and somehow, even more caramel. These sugary aromas bear a striking resemblance to caramel-covered fruits--the expensive kind found in artisan shops--and is extremely alluring. Toast crust and rising wheat dough help ground the brew. Hardly present, and surprisingly so, is any hint of bourbon, since this was barrel-aged. Only a slight vanilla and oak tinge gives it away, and that very hard to detect. As a whole, the nose is excellent, and while it may be slightly too strong on the sugars, is still enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a simultaneous hop and malt slam, the former bringing grapefruit rind, pine sap, dandelion stem, and touches of eucalyptus, and the latter covering the tastebuds in waves of caramel, brown sugar, apricot, berry, white grape, and green apple. Some toast crust and baguette helps bring the beer to earth, but not by much, as the sugars are intense--so intense that it takes the full force of the beer's 65 IBUs just to get the hops noticed. Additional notes of vanilla and oak, as well as extremely subtle tawny port and cognac, give excellent depth and complexity. Late in the mouthful the port and cognac flavors rise in potency, bringing a charcoal-filtered whang to the brew, as well as for the first time revealing the high 11.1% ABV in vodka-like heady vapors. The aftertaste is a continuation of these liqueur-like flavors, as well as fainter hints of bread and grapefruit rind, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-high, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent fare, and easily one of the better Barleywines I've tasted. Especially noteworthy here is how the beer doesn't rely exclusively on heavy, thick malt flavors--such as many beers of this style do--but adds IPA-like hops and bourbon barrel aging to the mix. The result is definitely worth seeking out, and firmly places pretty much everything Uinta Brewing makes at the top of my "must try" list.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium clear red amber. Thin off white head and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and oak, light, but very pleasant. Taste follows, with subdued malts, bourbon, vanilla. Nice hop bite on the finish. Medium mouth feel. Not very assertive, but well balanced and tasty. Worth cellaring.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 963 ratings.
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