Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.81/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded gold pressure cap and straightforward no-nonsense black label acquired in a trade from the very gracious Duff27 (who you should definitely trade with!) and served into my brand new Mitchells of Lancaster flared tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. 2012 Vintage; bottled in November. That makes this five months old; should be tasty. Expectations are high given the brewery, whose stouts I have enjoyed.
I chilled her a biteen in me fridge, but I don't like my barleywines too cold so I yanked her out after no more than fifteen minutes. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Not paired with food.
A: Pours a two finger light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and very good (~5-6+ minute) retention for the high ABV. I loved the look of the liquid as I poured, and I dig its understated, refined appearance in my glass. Body colour is a lovely translucent amber with light orange hues. Semitransparent. That's the kind of colour and tone a barleywine should have. Not vibrant or flashy, just classy and understated. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Ideal even lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. A fine looking beer for the style, and one that conceals its high ABV rather well. I'm impressed, and looking forward to trying it.
Sm: Light toasted malt. Deep floral hopping clings well to the malty base. Biscuit malt. Caramel. Toffee. Pine and maple wood. Unrefined sugars. Sure, graham cracker a bit. Sugar and resiny. A dash of candi sugar. Light raisin. A biteen hop forward for a barleywine, but pleasant and appealing across the board. It's not overwhelming or pungent; it matches the vibe of the appearance with an understated classiness. Above average to mild in strength. I'm looking forward to trying it. I do want more toasted character and caramel from it.
T: Resiny. More sweet than expected, especially as it approaches the climax. Buried caramel. Buried toffee. It's not as refined as the great beers I've had in the style; it comes off a bit young, actually. Good floral hopping with hints of pine and maybe crackers - though I'm always hesitant to claim a beer is cracker-flavoured. Not as malt-emphatic as I'm used to. The candi character is a bit too prominent here; I imagine this would fade and develop nicely with age. Marshmallow. A bit burnt. I do like it, and it drinks damn easily for 10%. I'd guess it was 7% tops. A bit of bitterness comes through on the finish. It has some subtlety, but it's not quite as complex as the best beers in the style. Well layered.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick without being overbearing. Ideally carbonated. Good presence on the palate. Good body. Great for a barleywine, and it suits the flavour quite well. Well-executed.
Dr: Quite drinkable for the high ABV, which is very well hidden. I'm a big fan of what this is trying to do, but I think a good two years of age would benefit it; even at five months it's too candied and sweet. I enjoyed it as a sipper because it's worthy of respect. I'd like to revisit this with 2-5 years on it. A solid barleywine that isn't without its flaws. Looking forward to trying the bourbon barrel barleywine from Central Waters soon. Thanks again, Duff27!
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2013 03:40:50 | More by kojevergas
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4.14/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Dark crimson color with a dense two finger head that had good retention before eventually settling to a dense, thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.
One of the more pure caramel dominate aromas I have smelled outside of a candy parlor. Other elements of alcohol and a slight hint of mint and pine.
Not as sweet as I was fearing. Has some bitter hop traits that balance the brew. A lot of caramel flavor up front with hints of dark fruit. Again I get some mint along with pine and earth. Alcohol comes in and cleanses the palate of the sweetness as well as adding heat and flavor.
Big body with a well paired carbonation the results in a lovely textured body that is smooth and silky.
An excellent example of an American Barleywine. I like it plenty fresh and I am sure with age, the beer will evolve, and maybe improve.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 23:36:01 | More by morimech
3.7/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle vintage 2013. Poured into snifter glass.
Appearance: Color was of dark ruby red. A small head built up but quickly dissipated to nothing but a shiny surface. No lacings around the glass.
Smell: picked up sweet malt, oak, and vanilla. As it warmed up, it became a bit medicinal.
Taste: Starts sweet but the bitterness catches up quickly and then finishes bittersweet. Picked up huge notes of cherries. It's almost like cheery cough syrup but not in an offensive way. Also maybe a hint of leather? Like any other barleywines, it has a big dose of malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel: a bit syrupy and slick. A medium to full bodied mouthfeel.
Overall: I did not expect the notes of cherries. This is what IMO differentiated from other barleywines. CW sure does pull of a unique barleywine. Glad to try this.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2014 04:01:54 | More by Benish
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Bottle Vintage 2013
A - Muddy, tarnished brass in color, Kosmyk Charlie has a short-lived ivory foam that settles to a loose layer of bubbles that circle the glass with a halo below wispy fingers of lace.
S - A light hand of earthy hop pedals is sprinkled over gooey caramel cube melted and spun with toffee, filling the vacancy of pretzel rings while soft raisin bread absorbs warming alcohol heat. The result is a heavenly nose deserving of repeated deep whiffs.
T - Far hoppier than the aroma lets on, this barleywine transitions from a malty, English perception to a straight-up American version, hopped a bit heavier. Wood chips and dried pine needles display an earthiness with the slightest hint of sticky pine sap and slap the tongue around before the malt shows up to the party, but boy does it show up. With the same bready, sweet qualities found in the nose, the taste is layered and complex, finishing with lightly phenolic alcohol; a profile that's sure to develop over time.
M - Bitterness is the first perception to grace the tongue but the elevated malt body isn't far behind in this barleywine, bringing a full, smooth body and warming alcohol finish that leaves the tongue very dry.
O - A big beer to say the least, Central Waters' Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale balances a rich and complex English-style barleywine malt profile that explores bread slices and sweet confections with that of a hoppy American barleywine. The result is an absolutely lovely, high-octane brew that will, without a doubt, sustain anyone through the apocalypse. Be sure to stock up.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 00:48:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.73/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
I love these guys! Now up from one of my top 5 to top 3 favorite breweries of all time!! The appearance on this beer is awesome, half inch creamy khaki head, and a deep brownish crimson color that is very appealing when held up to the light. Smells very sweet and malty, hints of honey and nuttiness. The flavor profile on this beer is INTENSE! perhaps I should have given this one a few months to age and tame a bit, yowser! I get an onslaught of everything I picked up in the aroma the sweet maltiness, the subtle honey-nut flavor and some pretty strong carameliness which I love, this is one RICH beast!! I think I would have given this a perfect 5 in taste had I aged it a bit. I'm definitely going to pick up a few more of these and cellar them. Mouthfeel is a little high in carbonation for my liking in this style, like medium high, not a silky on the tongue as I would like either. One of the better examples I've had of this style. awesome
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 00:09:52 | More by Beerlover
Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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