We reached into the cellar for this world-class American barleywine.
Barleywines are a perfect choice for cellaring, as their high alcohol works in harmony with the huge malt and hops content to create a strong ale that evolves over time when properly stored. While many are considered too boozy when first bottled, aging a barleywine mellows the alcohol and hop bitterness and allows the deep malt flavors to shine through.
Uinta Cockeyed Cooper is a bourbon barrel-aged barleywine that pours a bright russet color topped by a thick, rocky head. Our sample was three years old at tasting (bottled on 8/7/12) and had aromas of pipe tobacco, vanilla, and fruitcake. Bourbon, bitter chocolate, and brown sugar play off each other on the palate, with enough hop bitterness still there to balance any sweetness. Cockeyed Cooper is lush and warming, with a dry finish that’s earthy and nutty.
Serve in a snifter at 45-50 F.
Suggested Food Pairings: Pair aged barleywines like Cockeyed Cooper with foods that are equally rich, like Gorgonzola dolce, beef stew, Carrot Coconut Souffle.
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