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Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe AleKosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 98
Gots: 131 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002)
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Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours dark brown in color with some reddish highlights. Only a ring of froth of foam on the pour.
Smell is aged malts. You can tell that this has some time behind it just by the smell. A minor hint of dark fruit and plenty of toffee.
Taste is more sherry like aged qualities and some more dark fruit. I'm really digging this aged barleywine. Very smooth with light carbonation in the mouthfeel. I'm not a huge barleywine fine, but this is just the way I like them. Very good. I have one more in the cellar, but I don't think this one needs to much more time.

07-26-2009 01:22:15 | More by FtownThrowDown
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

I drank some of this down at a LL over at Old Fashioned in Madison and I gotta say it was pretty darn tasty. Being fresh, this had some distracting alcohol notes, and some unwanted overly fruity yeasty qualities, but I would gamble that over time, this beer would really become something.

As is stands, just days after its release, this Barley Wine is surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable. The aroma is deeply malty and loaded with caramel and toffee. It’s buttery, boozy, and mildly citric, a quality that comes through more in the taste then anything.

Flavorwise, this is one beer where temperature really matters. The entire profile changes as the beer warms from biting citric and pine with a solid caramel base to more creamy and tropical fruit notes. Pineapple comes through and mingles with the piney hops and caramel to make this one a real treat.

Medium bodied, creamy yet with a healthy bitterness, smooth, boozy and quite drinkable.

I’d like to try this one again after a few years in the cellar.

02-02-2007 15:13:32 | More by DaPeculierDane
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-11-2014 04:58:12 | More by Ben7773
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

A: a murky brown with a slight purple hue when held to the light, a light ring of foam which leaves a nice lacing.

S: faint hints of a variety of indistinguishable dark fruits. most notably figs.

T: ripeness of the dark fruits are everpresent: dates, plums, and figs with an added malty sweetness. can taste a little bourbon though without the oak/smokiness of the BBBW.

MF/D: smooth with a clean finish for the alc%. very subtle carbonation that leaves a slight warmth in the back of the throat.

07-14-2010 15:07:42 | More by newk340
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

03-05-2014 23:08:47 | More by DaftPatrick
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4.63/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a nice amber red color with a fizzy off-white colored head leaving trace amount of lacing. Smells of caramel, dark fruits, cherries, strawberries, and hint of vanilla. Taste is much of the same, complex and sweet, but not cloying. A hint of hops is detected as well as a small amount of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel would be perfect, it's full bodied and smooth, but there is just way too much carbonation. Drinkability suffers from the carbonation levels as well; otherwise this would be a damn near perfect beer to me.

01-09-2007 08:08:18 | More by badbeer
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours a dark red color with a tan head. The aroma is dark fruit, caramel malt, sugar and some alcohol. The flavor is caramel, toffee, brown sugar, alcohol and dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

03-17-2010 03:40:19 | More by Mora2000
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-06-2014 17:43:03 | More by fenlop54
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks to czoch for this bottle in a trade. Cheers to Clint!
Pours dark amber with a slight head. Smells very sweet and the taste is also dominated by sweetness and fruitiness. The mouthfeel is very smooth with an appropriate amount of carbonation. The alcohol content is pretty well hidden but this is a sipper for sure. Solid barleywine but not spectacular.


08-09-2007 19:12:45 | More by SkinnyElvis
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark, murky orange with long-lasting head ans some nice lacing, especially for a Barleywine.

Smell: Toffee and caramel, with layers of orange on top, and of course the requisite Barleywine booze.

Taste: Fabtastic malt complexity of toffee, caramel and a strong pungent fruitiness of plum and raisins. Citrusy hops provide a great counterbalance and leave light lasting impression of spiciest and bitterness.

Feel: full, chewy body with moderate carbonation, a drying finish, and a definite warming impression.

Overall: One of the best Barleywines I have had. Need to try the Bourbon barrel aged one.

12-31-2011 23:51:13 | More by bsp77
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

10-02-2013 05:09:49 | More by deebo
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-31-2012 02:26:07 | More by mjtiernan
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11-14-2011 19:00:24 | More by bpfrush
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

I just picked up a 12oz bottle of this one at Riley's in Madison, WI last week. My bottle had an extra sticker which indicated it was an '07. Riley's also had some '06 which I didn't buy.

It pours a very clear deep amber color with very little head. My first impression was that this barleywine leans more toward the sweet side than the hoppy side, but there is some bitterness in there, and it's not extremely malty like a Thomas Hardy or JW Lees Harvest. Hmmm, maybe this BW is in the middle? I often prefer hoppy BW's, but I thoroughly enjoy an expertly-brewed malty version as well. Whatever the case, hats off to Central Waters with the Y2K! This is a superb brew. The aroma of caramelized tropical fruits is incredible! The taste further supports the aroma. I'm not getting a big hop aroma, flavor, or a strong bitterness. Instead, the wonderful, clean, sweet, fruity, aroma/flavor is king here with just enough bitterness to balance things out. This is certainly a "sipper" that just gets better and better as it warms.

04-21-2008 00:23:49 | More by ohmybock
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-18-2014 22:57:35 | More by Cynic-ale
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-26-2013 02:15:33 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has an auburn red clear body but it is a bit dense. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that are still visible. The thin little tan head last a good while and leaves a set of sticky rings on the glass after each sip.

S- This beer has a slight medicinal cough syrup smell with an alcohol smell with some toasted malt notes in the background.

T- The spicy alcohol taste blends with some toasted malt flavors and some slightly sweet caramel malt hints. This flavor is quickly cut off by the big alcohol finish.

M- There is a medium-full mouthfeel with an alcohol heat that really increases as this beer warms.

D- I'm surprised this beer is this old, the alcohol dominates the malt flavors. The alcohol is not really fusel but it is pretty bitey.

02-19-2007 22:33:26 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-31-2014 07:38:38 | More by richkrull
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

12oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: ruby garnet hue, opaque. Maybe a finger of almond head, decent retention and some lacing.

S: Nutty, bready, loads of rich alcohol laced toffee. rummy fruits, cherries, raisins, burnt sugars.

T/M: Alcohol soaked fruits are more dominant but there's still plenty of nutty and toffee flavors. depth from the burnt caramel. Some hops and bitterness but nicely balanced. body is medium full and not heavy or syrupy.

D: A nice, inviting, warming sipper.

11-04-2009 02:58:43 | More by pwoods
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

07-02-2013 01:21:21 | More by acurtis
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-23-2014 02:05:45 | More by weonfire
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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

What a pretty clear dark reddish amber this elixer is in the glass. Soft amber half finger head that melts quickly to only a faint ring of white-amber.
Aroma is light brown sugar and dark raisins with faint assorted dark candied fruits.
Flavors are rich with burnt malts, dark brown sugar, dark almost burnt fruits.
Nice alcohol warmth afterwards warms all the way down to the belly.
Aftertaste is actually clean but distinctly burnt malts and dark burnt fruits giving a slight bitterness.
4.5's are given not only because it is good, but because it is very interesting for a barleywine.

02-11-2007 06:05:16 | More by IntriqKen
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-21-2013 21:08:04 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

04-22-2014 21:39:48 | More by elkabong
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Ah..a beer with a name only a Deadhead could love. (For those of you unfamilar, Cosmic Charlie is a Grateful Dead tune...some would consider it appropriate to associate the song with "catastrophe")
As for the beer:
A nice fruity barleywine, dense in character. It had been aged for a year (since 2000). which really allows the beer to gain a mellowness and integration not otherwise possible. Alcohol segues nicely into the hops and malt charateristics (if the Dead played it, it would look like: Alcohol-->Malt-->Hops--> Good Barleywine) Apologies for those not aquainted with the Dead.
Quite tasty, if a bit pricey. It is as hard to find as the namesake is on Dead tapes. (Probably even more difficult). Worth your while to seek it out if you're in the Wisconsin region.
Overall, a nice barleywine. Quite good, but nothing extraordinary in the catagory. Give it a shot if you are a fan of the brewery or the band (as I obviously am on both counts).

02-22-2002 00:32:13 | More by cokes
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Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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