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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

503 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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
Photo of cervezango
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a pint and 6 oz. bottle “catastophe” pours an opaque clay colored beer with a nice margin off white head

strong smelling sweet overripe grapes. alcohol. some breadiness too for the smell.

wow, this beer is intense. caramel apples, and some toffee flavor .very sweet but the alcohol really cuts the sweetness well. kinda has that belgium beer taste

it really reminds me of a Belgian quad.

damn this beer hits hard. I cant find the percentage on the bottle but I've not even finished my fist 12 oz. glass and I can defiantly feel this.

sticky mouth feel with a dry after taste

I did enjoy this , as my first barley wine style ale I've consumed it sparked and interest in me to buy more barely wines.

cervezango, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of tgraven
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

tgraven, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Bandi, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured a short beige colored head that died down, leaving wispy lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and toffee are present in the nose. Hints of alcohol also become perceptible once the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of toffee and has notes of caramel malts along with slight hints of alcohol. Some vanilla also becomes apparent once the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer develops nice flavors as it warms up and the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste.

metter98, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of CTaylorBrew
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

CTaylorBrew, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Cheld, Jul 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

firstlighthiker, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of kenzilka007
4/5  rDev -2.7%

kenzilka007, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

weonfire, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of 57md
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy reddish copper with golden edges and a finger of off-white head. The nose is rich and bready. This offering is full-bodied and most certainly malt forward in the grand tradition of English Barleywines. The finish is slightly dry and bitter.

At 10%, the alcohol essence is well in check. This is a superb example of the style.

57md, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

shredder83, Jul 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

green_plastic, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Stum-pub, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

MikeCactusGordon, Jul 13, 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 Ristaccia
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Ristaccia, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of NewGlarusFan
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

MisterBisco, Jul 08, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +11.9%

JakeBarnett, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

KindaFondaGoozah, Jul 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

TubaDan, Jun 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

smogfood, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

RobinLee, Jun 24, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51.3%

wpqx, Jun 23, 2014
Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.