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

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 104
Gots: 134 | FT: 12
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002)
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Reviews by zimmerbloke:
Photo of zimmerbloke
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up two bottles of this about a year and a half ago, drank one and forgot about the other. Time to revisit it and see what some time has done. Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Even a pretty aggressive pour can't generate much in the way of head on this one. Just the thinnest off-white ring remains about half a minute after the pour. The beer itself is a nearly opaque dark brown with hints of burgundy. Still appears pretty carbonated. Not a pretty beer by any means.

S: Very strong caramel sweetness and just the faintest bit of long-faded hops. Some hints of biscuity malt notes and a little bit of vanilla booze sweetness. Very nice.

T: Hops have faded substantially here. Definitely on the sweeter end, but in a very unique way--dark sugars, hints of citrus sweetness still remain, vanilla; still a hint of booze heat. Malt profile is very complex, definite flavors of caramel and some biscuity flavors, as in the nose, but surprisingly light for a barleywine. Fits the rest of the flavor profile extremely well. Bitterness is overly strong on the finish, probably evidence of once-formidable hopping. At this point, it is stronger than necessary given the rest of the flavor profile, but this is probably my only complaint.

M: So, so smooth. Coats the mouth and just melts off. The carbonation is enough to keep it from being cloying and there's just a hint of alcohol burn; just what I like in a barleywine.

D: Exceptionally tasty and easy to sip one 'til it's gone, but almost certainly as a nightcap/digestif. Stylistically excellent.

Quite good and only improved by the bourbon barrel aging. Most of the success of Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine starts here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bsideone
4.52/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of newk340
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of badbeer
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of fenlop54
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers.

Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ohmybock
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of pwoods
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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