Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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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
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
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
Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.