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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

480 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 98
Gots: 131 | 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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RobinLee

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

06-24-2014 02:21:06 | More by RobinLee
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wpqx

Illinois

2/5  rDev -51.3%

06-23-2014 04:04:58 | More by wpqx
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elliott1184

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-22-2014 21:51:24 | More by elliott1184
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Pahn

New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

This beer really admits of a short summary type review, so I'll add that first:

Solid, top notch version of an American barleywine in the style Great Divide Old Ruffian, Lagunitas Gnarlywine, and Stone Old Guardian. Beautiful caramel and almost pineapple-y hops.

Appearance: Pours a tawny semitranslucent brown. 1 inch offwhite head that leaves sweeping streaks of lacing.

Smell: I recognize this kind of beer as soon as I put my nose to the glass: the right hops for a ton of good malt. The hops have a sort of sweet, chewy character to them that blends in completely with the malt, which is multifaceted caramel notes; caramel candies, caramelizing fruit in a pan, etc. Nice deep American barleywine.

Taste: Delivers on the promise of the aroma. Lots of beautiful malt flavor melding with those sweet, perfectly chosen hops. Toasted notes are buoyed by the dry finish. Alcohol heat keeps the flavor going, making this a great sipper like American barleywines are supposed to be.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Low side of moderate carbonation. Dry, hot finish.

Overall: Not really much to say, besides the little blurb with which I started the review. This is an almost perfected American barleywine. Great stuff.

06-22-2014 02:51:32 | More by Pahn
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jzlyo

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

06-17-2014 21:50:11 | More by jzlyo
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JJWIGHT

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-17-2014 14:08:46 | More by JJWIGHT
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ThreeTens

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

06-13-2014 22:01:40 | More by ThreeTens
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alostplot

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

06-12-2014 02:07:12 | More by alostplot
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TX-Badger

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-07-2014 18:59:32 | More by TX-Badger
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Alpar

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

06-07-2014 15:36:41 | More by Alpar
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memphischas

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

06-07-2014 01:09:35 | More by memphischas
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Rborre321

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

06-06-2014 21:27:33 | More by Rborre321
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-04-2014 19:44:51 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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dtomes

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

06-02-2014 19:43:28 | More by dtomes
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smithj4

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-30-2014 22:39:16 | More by smithj4
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robear

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +21.7%

05-24-2014 17:01:01 | More by robear
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Bkay626

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-24-2014 14:41:26 | More by Bkay626
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yanosh

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-23-2014 01:34:47 | More by yanosh
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-19-2014 17:03:50 | More by PappyVans
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stortore

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-18-2014 04:13:48 | More by stortore
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ksimons

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1%

A-a light ruby with not much head, just a bit of lace the swirls around the top

S-caramel and toffee, rum soaked raisins, juicy dark fruits, vanilla, and nice alcohol warming

T-taste is very similar to the smell, but not as boozey as the smell suggested. Nice caramel and toffee backbone, vanilla, dark fruits and a piney hop finish

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall I thought this was going to be way too boozey, but the taste is actually very well balanced with caramel and hops

05-15-2014 22:08:40 | More by ksimons
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cultclassic89

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

05-15-2014 04:18:11 | More by cultclassic89
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-14-2014 00:34:19 | More by Axnjxn
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dar482

New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

The beer comes in a dark brown mahogany color with an off white fluffy head.

The aroma has a light sweet caramel and toffee with lots of dried plum and fig. A bit of woody bark from the hops. Not a big aroma.

The flavor follows of a brown sugar sweetness in the front. A hint of dark fruit, then onto an aggressive oxidation. Wet cardboard and leaves. Almost a tannic quality of over brewed tea leaves. Lots of wood qualities on the back.

In the end, I generally have issues with this style, but the medium plus malt backbone helps this beer out. Definitely for those into a bigger more robust Sierra Nevada Bigfoot.

05-11-2014 05:29:40 | More by dar482
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aubzachsyd

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-10-2014 19:50:41 | More by aubzachsyd
Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.