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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

519 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 103
Gots: 136 | FT: 13
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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1.5/5  rDev -63.5%

krl2112, Feb 14, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -57.4%

chippo33, Jun 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -51.3%

wpqx, Jun 23, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51.3%

TheDudeRules, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ibbjamin
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.

ibbjamin, Feb 05, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

MistyMountainHops, Mar 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

ScrimshawFan, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of beagle75
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.

beagle75, Feb 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27%

tbone64, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a hazy dark chestnut with a very tight tan head. Nose is heavy caramel malt and pungent crystal malt with a fair bit of cardboard like oxidation. Taste follows suit, heavy dry caramel, very sticky, a bit of crystal malt and a good bit of cardboard oxidation in back with a hint of green apple skin. Full bodied and chewy, prickly feel and well carbonated.

cpetrone84, Aug 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27%

StArnoldFan, Apr 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27%

kscaldef, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of dancinwillie
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.

dancinwillie, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of bashiba
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.

bashiba, Feb 21, 2012
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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.

ethosx19, Jan 11, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Beezee, Dec 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

ShanePB, Jan 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

VonZipper, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Chaz
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 "

Chaz, Mar 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

vinny21bal, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of vette2006c5r
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.

vette2006c5r, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of jegross2
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.

jegross2, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
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.

BeerBelcher, Aug 19, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

mjtiernan, Jan 31, 2012
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Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.