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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

473 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 99
Gots: 133 | 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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krl2112

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -63.5%

02-14-2013 05:32:58 | More by krl2112
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chippo33

Vermont

1.75/5  rDev -57.4%

06-21-2013 02:48:21 | More by chippo33
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wpqx

Illinois

2/5  rDev -51.3%

06-23-2014 04:04:58 | More by wpqx
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -51.3%

01-08-2012 18:43:56 | More by TheDudeRules
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ibbjamin

California

2.3/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Paid $3.49 for a 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a tulip glass to review.

Quarter inch, tan colored dense head that leaves a thin layer of retention. Dark brown in color with decent carbonation for a barleywine. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is a bit boozy of bourbon and quite sweet, but there are dark fruits, molasses, caramel malts, toffee and oak adding layers of complexity.

I don't want to go as far as saying this is a hot mess, but it seems to be almost there. Hard to get at the complexities I detected in the nose due to its overt sweetness and booziness.

Medium full body with a medium length finish and mild carbonation. This one is a real sipper.

Perhaps this one should not have sit so long in the bourbon barrels it was aged in.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 05:11:46 | More by ibbjamin
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MistyMountainHops

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

03-21-2014 02:04:16 | More by MistyMountainHops
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ScrimshawFan

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

12-30-2011 05:35:19 | More by ScrimshawFan
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beagle75

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a half-pint chalice.

A: Murky, medium amber color with no foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild toasty malt is featured, but stops short of the heavyweight level expected in the style. Caramel emerges as the beer warms, but clean otherwise. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with slightly scorched caramel and strong carbonic acidity. Early astringency seems tied to herbaceous flavors, but then transitions into pure strong bitterness. Husky caramel malt seems roundly infused with English-style yeast metabolites during the second act, but they do not stick around long. A strong note of pure ethyl alcohol develops into the latter half.

M: Medium viscosity, syrupy and very acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Recognizable as a barleywine, though not particularly memorable or even appealing, this beer fails to advance beyond mediocrity. Bitterness is the single least appealing quality, bracing in its intensity yet uninteresting in its lack of associated qualities. This beer does not deliver the decadent experience that a barleywine ought to.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 00:20:26 | More by beagle75
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tbone64

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -27%

03-31-2014 15:37:37 | More by tbone64
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StArnoldFan

Texas

3/5  rDev -27%

04-06-2014 21:17:26 | More by StArnoldFan
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -27%

01-16-2014 01:38:40 | More by kscaldef
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours loudly into the glass, quite a nice light red. light tan head fizzing forms on top, about half of an inch, drops quietly though, and it a few minutes, only little islands are left, with a ring around the rim.

maple syrup sweetness in the aroma, and a good amount of malt. it smells roasty, the way a brewery smells when you take a tour. inviting.

spicy bitterness up front, and not too much else. I sense a little malt, but the first few sips seem overwhelmingly bitter. I sit back, swirl a bit, and take my time: after the initial shock, my tastebuds have recovered some, and the malt comes through a little better. Still, it seems like a lot of hops here, and I have an inkling that this would be an ideal candidate to cellar for a year or two.

mouthfeel is slightly thin, but not too much so. thin is good here, I think. effervescent, and not overly carbonated.

this is not a session beer for me. I will have it again, but probably not until I age it for a year or so. As is, I would have to say the drinkability is pretty low for me. Very raw in its present state. a bit thin for my tastes, but perhaps with time, the true flavor will shine through.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 05:46:55 | More by dancinwillie
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bashiba

Iowa

3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dirty light brown with just a soap ring of a head.

The smell was full of brown sugar and molasses.

The flavor is very malty and sweet with big brown sugar and caramel flavors, has a big sharp bitterness in the finish. Not much going on here other than a touch of sweet alcohol popping in.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily.

A pretty basic and a bit boring Barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 02:30:25 | More by bashiba
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ethosx19

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is another barley wine I didn't like very much. I'm just not a fan of the style. Pours a rose amber with small head, fruity and citrus aroma. It starts out thick and malty, but has a big hop finish. I thought I'd enjoy barley wine if I found one with enough bitterness, but I still don't like the style. I'm having a hard time picking out what it is I don't like about this beer. It had good hops, the alcohol was masked fairly well, and it should have been aged enough by now. Something about the wine character of the taste doesn't agree with me.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 13:26:37 | More by ethosx19
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Beezee

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

12-18-2013 04:12:06 | More by Beezee
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

01-31-2014 14:29:28 | More by ShanePB
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VonZipper

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

03-03-2014 03:51:20 | More by VonZipper
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very clear, ripe chestnut red in color. There's very fine yeast in suspension, and a tan tight/uniform khaki-tan head on display. Good lacing on the glass is the head falls.

Nose is *BIG*; yeast and light tannins burst forth amidst lusty scents of plum, fig and raisin, and there's a nice, rum-like booze character to this one as well. Sweet, luscious smell, with nary a trace of bitterness.

Soft and sweet on the first sip, this one has a nice bit of bitterness and bittersweet character leading off. Carbonation is very light at this point, and there's some light oxidation as well. Notes of anise/licorice and rather nice notes at that, blending with the ample dark fruit character. This one really coats the tongue and palate, gunks-up the works, and is exactly the sort of thing I need on a bitter, damp wintery evening. Candy-like sweetness and almost a mint character, too, but very faint. Some nice tannins in the aromatic portion, reminds me of the smell of fallen oak leaves.

Very drinkable... wish I had a couple of these!

This is ultimately a solid effort and definitely worth a try, especially if you live within (or near) the brewery's area of distribution. 2011 Batch ("Barleywine 2011") sampled on 3/12/2013, with much thanks to BA "grancty "

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 02:56:19 | More by Chaz
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

04-17-2014 05:15:57 | More by vinny21bal
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe ale pours a hazyish dark amber color with a very small non lacing head. There is a bold oaky earthy sharp aroma. The taste is very sharp, big oaky flavors, and strong earthy notes. Good flavors, flat body, even for a barley wine. Overall its very strong, and earthy, with some big oak notes.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 00:24:17 | More by vette2006c5r
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jegross2

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Kosmyk Charlie Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Company. Full and fair disclosure upfront -- as much as I loved King Henry, barleywines are one of my lesser favorite styles of beer (especially fresh).
Score: 80

December 2011 vintage bottle served in a Great Lakes snifter glass and enjoyed in the wee hours of 01/29/12.

Appearance: Pours one finger of tan/cream colored sea-foam head that settles into a ring around the glass and splotchy, thin coating atop the beer. The color of the brew is a brown yellow/orange color that looks like a very murky non-alcoholic apple cider that you'd buy at a Farmer's Market. The murkiness is best described as a bottle-conditioned "yeastiness," and this murkiness renders the beer opaque. When held up to light, Y2K has yellow highlights at the top, while the lower half has amber/mahogany highlights. Excellent lacing. Leaves behind a foamy residue on the side of the glass with solid cling. 4/5

Smell: Malty tiramissu, creamy vanilla cupcakes/cupcake frosting, and caramel. Has a yeasty twang that you usually get with bottle conditioned homebrews, and a very noticeable booziness to it that only accentuates in presence as the beer warms. 3.5/5

Taste: Wow. This is a boozy malt bomb that is very unbalanced in my opinion. Very malty caramel-forward with a moderate tropical fruit/grassy hoppiness and light yeasty flavor. The hoppiness seemed a little out of place and took a few minutes to "pin down." Lots of booziness here, but it is not a "hot" warming booziness until the beer approaches room temperature. This has a lot of flavor similarities to the He'Brew beer Lenny's RIPA, only this is substantially more drinkable and less "hot." I could imagine this beer gets better when barrel aged because the caramel malts would make a good compliment to the bourbon flavors that barrel aging tends to impart. As an unaged, fresh barleywine, however, this one is merely "run of the mill" and drinkable, but certainly neither worth seeking out or shelling out $4 a single bottle. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, light-medium carbonation. Malty-sweet, hoppy finish. Alcohol heat grows as the beer warms. 4/5

Overall: A malt bomb of a barleywine. Drinkable enough, but why drink this when there are plenty of better beers on the shelf? Maybe King Henry has left me jaded.

Recommendation: If you must drink a barleywine, this is certainly a decent one that is much more "balanced" and "ready to drink" fresh than most beers of the style are. Alas, if you are simply seeking a good beer to try, I would recommend trying something else (such as the recently released Peruvian Morning, also by Central Waters) instead.

Pairings: Pastrami sandwich on rye bread with Swiss cheese, drizzled with honey-Dijon mustard dressing.

Cost: $3.99 for a single bottle or $11.99 for a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 05:31:19 | More by jegross2
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/21/2009. Rating #1400!!! Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with a small ring of off-white head. Aroma of raisin, sweet caramel malt, sweet prunes. Flavor is quite similar with lots of sweet prune-y malt and raisins. Meh, I'm really not a fan. Just your basic aged barleywine here.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 23:09:07 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a very decent barleywine and would recommend it as another fine Central Waters brew. However, I would not consider this beer the best barleywine I've ever had.

Appearance is a bright ruby red with a tightly packed head that sticks around forever. Aroma is very stick-sweet hoppiness, with some citrus notes. Taste is alcohol astringency with a lot of alcohol up-front. I could feel its warming effect with my first sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 20:56:32 | More by BeerBelcher
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mjtiernan

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-31-2012 02:26:07 | More by mjtiernan
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Danimal25

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-22-2014 01:16:12 | More by Danimal25
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Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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