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

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 102
Gots: 134 | 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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5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


I am in the midst of a "Month of Barleywines" experiment. A different barleywine every night for 30 straight nights. With notes and a rating from 1-100. Hit this gem on Night #23. I didn't think I'd end up giving any barleywine a 100, but that's what I gave this one. Absolutely fucking perfect. Here's my thoughts:

This is one of my prized cellar possessions. I had this vintage at a brewfest 2 years ago in Ashland and it was the Top Beer of the fest in my opinion out of over 100 beers. I hope it hasn't started to take a turn over the past 2 years. But it's a BW, so I expected it not to. Let's see...

Looks pretty thick as it pours. It's murky, but yet it's got a bit of a glow to it. Scarlet red streaks cut through the deep burgandy/crimson body. Thin creamy tan head has good retention and leaves some nice lace. Ohhh the smell is great. Totally rich with caramel and toffee and molasses and bourbon and caramelized fruits. Hope this is an indication of things to come. And it is. (I DIDN'T cellar this badboy too long.) This is sublime. Such a rich texture to it. The richness just coats the tongue. Again, caramel and toffee and tropical fruits. Exquisite. Hops give some balance and a semblance of citric traits. But not a lot. And this one doesn't neet it. It's fucking perfect!! The body is about medium, maybe medium-full. Slick and easy going mouthfeel. Alcohol is barely present, but it is intergrated in a good way. WHEW!!! For me, this is it!! Out of this fucking world!! My 4th beer that I rate straight 5's.


If ever a beer was scarlet red, this is it. Very nice. And it's topped off with hefty, sticky, rocky off-white head. The aroma is deep maltiness with hints of earthy and spicy hops. Malt dominates on the nose however. There's almost a little bit of a BO odor. (No it's not the beer. I just figured out that the BO odor is stemming form the red gel coating that was used to seal the bottle cap.) The taste is exceptional. More malt than hops. Deep caramel like tones. Vinous and somewhat fruity. There's a nice subdued drying contribution. Alcohol taste is minimal. The body of this beer is medium to full. There is some bitterness in this beer, but not in the range of a Bigfoot. I'd guess more like 60-70 IBU range. It's a beautifully integrated barleywine. Central Waters is a brewery you should take note of if you're ever in Central Wisconsin.

If I'm not mistaken, this brew was prepared for the Y2K. That would make this bottle about 2 and 1/2 years old.

A Bighuge thanks to cokes for landing this Muskie for me.

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4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An exceptional barleywine from a jewel of Midwest brewing. The pour produces a ruddy, reddish brown liquid with a haze produced by tiny particles suspended - manna in the heaven that is this brew. An even blanket of manila foam tops the beer, with lacing that is spotty but clings modestly like barnacles on a ship's hull. The aroma is rich and decadent - buttery, raisin studded spice cake doused in rum and orange liqueur. The flavor follows the smell, but with a bracing bitterness. Cloves and orange flavored dark chocolate is interwoven in the intense hoppiness. More butter and cream notes add to the endless complexity and decadence of the palate. A unique, delicious beer. Spectacular.

sacrelicio, Jan 20, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy brown. SUPER hazy. A lighter shade of brown, a few hairs to the left of mahogany. Creamy, thick beige head holds nicely and leaves exquisite lacing. Excellent head for a 10% beer.

S - Raisins and rich dark fruits are prominent, with hearty fresh-baked bread notes in there as well. Smells sweet with some rich mulling spices in the background. Hops muted.

T - Bam. Flavor city right here. Taste is so full-bodied and rich that I don't even know where to begin. First worth noting, it is far from a nagasaki-esque bomb of hops like most american barleywines seem to be these days. That being said, the hops do provide a bit of a bite, and some earthy flavors that do nothing more than accent the malt flavors. This thing is a malt bomb. it's like eating gobs of fresh whole-grain bread dough. Beyond that, the sweetness like that of dried cherries or figs is right in there as well.

M - Perfectly smooth and fantastic. Carbonation is mild, as it should be.

O - This beer is just straight up awesome. Far better than I was expecting.... Needless to say I not only would try it again, I'm stocking up like it was bottled water on the eve of the zombie apocalypse.

ChimRichels, Jan 19, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up at Woodman's in Kenosha WI and poured into a Bells Hop Slam tulip glass.

A) Dark brown, shoe leather, no light shines through, one finger head, leaves lots of lacing.

S) Dark fruits, sweet bread, milled malt, no hop smell, cherry skin

T) Figs, plum skin, raisin, dark cherry juice, toasted malts, bread, and faint very faint fusel alcohol at the back of the throat.

M) Thick medium carbonation

O) Perfect example of an American/English BW. Love the BA version and can't wait for more of this!

NewGlarusFan, Jul 09, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep and dark mostly mahogany with a semi-darker chestnut/cherrywood mask. That's when up to a decent light source, in low light its inky black with a sliver highlight near the bottom of it mask. Firm inch high capping of lightly tanned foam that shifts itself to a moderate skimming and collar after a bit. Lace coats and sticks well with moth holey sheeting.

Aroma is a broadened deep breath of heated dark fruity malt that seeps date, prune, plum, and raisin along with some rummy molasses and dark caramel sweetness surfing about. Liquid tobacco and smokey old world maple syrup sit in there as well. Think Old Ale meets Scotch Ale?

As far as the taste goes, that's exactly what I come to embark; Old ale meets Scotch ale with an impression of a darker English barleywine. Lots of malt caresses the palate with deep and thick, lush and lofty, soft and smooth, supple and dark fruityness with an impeccable profile within its flavor character. Semi earthy and closing in on a burntish effect is date and fig soaked in dark rum with raisin, molasses, maple, and tobacco soaked in port. Emmense but incredibly well-handled warmth takes the back end and wraps it all up with just a hint to orangey tanged hoppy bitterness. Damn nice and comletely perfect with complexity, length, and balance.

Body is tantamount to that of a chewy Doppelbock while sub-casting itself as a warming Old ale of malt laden goodness. The level of smoothness is quite sublime and very supple in its thickness as its bold deepness in flavors coexist decorously along its lengthy path to its warming heart.

This stuff sinks right in and was way more drinkable then imagined as it comsumes your mind quickly with jubilated comfort.
Central Waters has one heck of a keeper of a Barleywine that really seems more like an Ole Ale of the aged J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale kind of thing. Remarkably yummy stuff!

tavernjef, Aug 19, 2009
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light orangish red color, small quickly dissapating off-white head and nice lacing

S- Very sweet, raisins, figs, maybe some sugar and wine scents

T- Lots of layers. Great balance of light/bright sweetness and citrusy hops. Also flavors of orange, cherries and just a little brown sugar and sherry. Aftertaste is fruity with a stronger hoppy taste. Some alcohol warmth but well hidden.

M- Light for a barleywine in my opinion, moderate level of carbonation

D- Easily drinkable considering style and the amount of flavor present. Alcohol sneaks up on you.

A very nicely done BW, great balance. Not too hoppy not too sweet, hoppiness is middle of the road as far as BW's go. Once in a while brew, outstanding flavors will destroy your palate, ina good way.

brian23456, Feb 15, 2009
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: deep amber

S: aromas of toffee, caramel and other fruity goodness

T: up front very sweet disolving into dark caramel, brown sugar and cherries.

D: a superb barley wine! a very nice treat.

Central Waters has quickly become Wisconsin's best micro-brewery.

cmoney311, Mar 01, 2009
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 6/12/10. Split with Joe.

Poured lovely deep prune and mahogany amber with a nicely retaining animal cracker head. Exceptional clarity and brilliance. I get lots of dark fruits: raisins, currants, and a tiny hint of plum, with a touch of carob and caramel. Very mild earthy hops, barely noticeable. Flavor is very much like the aromas but with a little more caramel sweetness. Spiced rum finish. Nicely carbonated with a rich body. I wish I had more than 1 bottle.

DmanGTR, Jun 16, 2010
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just a re-review...

Great vanilla, nougat, toffee impressions...this is my kind of BW...hops are minimal but add a little bite on the finish....awesome malt monster type BW in the flavor category...body is ok but if anything could be a little bigger..one of my favorite BW's

9-12-02/rating =4.15

Deep orange in color....white lace rims my glass...great nose....mainly darkfruits and licorice on the aroma....nice tasting Barley Wine..VERY easy drinking...body is really more medium than heavy...hops fit perfectly...not super hopped up, but fit in well...taste features the dark fruits....also some sweeter nutty characteristics (almonds?)..a real nice BW..wouldn't call it an all-time great but on the upper level...this may be one of the most underrated breweries in the country...I can't remember having anything other than good beer from them..

ZAP, Jun 11, 2009
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Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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