Beer of The Week: Uinta Cockeyed Cooper Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine Ale

Posted on January 4th, 2011

About the Beer: This beer comes from the unlikely location of Salt Lake City, Utah. The restrictive alcohol policies in Utah have does not make it easy for craft beer culture to flourish there. Despite this one Salt Lake City brewery is beginning to attract national attention for their bold beers. In addition to their usual staple of brews Uinta has begun experimenting with a series of unusual beers they are calling the Crooked Line. The debut beer in the line, Cockeyed Cooper, starts things off with a bang.

In a Nutshell: For a style usually known for extremes, Uinta Cockeyed Cooper Barley Wine is a lovely laid back brew. 4 out of 5.

Review: This barley wine is aged in bourbon barrels prior to bottling, giving it a slight smokey flavor that enhances the already tasty flavor. Don’t let the name full you, barley wines are still very much beer. Their massive alcohol strength and flavor gives them the mouth feel and warmth of a fine red wine. This beer lives very much up to that reputation with a slightly sweet but balanced taste of dried fruit and a hint of vanilla. All of this is aided by the subtle warmth of 11.1% ABV, which makes it great for those cold January nights. Unlike most barley wines the hops in this beer are kept fairly low key, balancing the beer’s sweeter elements. All and all it’s a terrific beer from a brewery I’ll now be keeping my eye on.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Must Buy