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

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 99
Gots: 133 | FT: 11
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 doucmehu


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage from bottle

A: poured into a Duvel tulip, it appears heavy, luscious, rich coppery amber. A nice creamy tan head measures about two fingers and sticks around for quite a while.

S: Estery alcohol, mild dried fruit, sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla. No hops, smells sweet and rich.

T: Starts of with sweet caramel and toffee, followed by substantial alcohol. More sweet malt and a bit of earthy dry hops after the alcohol burn subsides.

M: A nice and creamy, heavy Barleywine without being overly syrupy or viscous. Significant alcohol presence lingers, with a sticky and slightly bitter finish.

O: A very tasty Barleywine, but definitely one that could use some time to mellow. My only concern would be that out could get a little too one sided with the sweet malts. Would drink again, but the BA version is way better.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 02:27:50 | More by doucmehu
Photo of mobius387


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter, 2011

appearance: dark amber, thin white head, fairly opaque

aroma: not much, but not bad what it is. some mustiness, but also soft caramel notes, maybe a touch of oak

palate: medium bodied, medium carbonation, stronger alcohol presence

taste: HUGE caramel notes, some oak to it as well with some vanilla, slightly smokey too, great robust flavors

overall: another awesome brew by CW. a little bit stronger in the spectrum of barley wines, but the huge caramel flavors make it unique enough to stand out. looking forward to see how it ages

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 03:51:07 | More by mobius387
Photo of Cyclone8


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

03-25-2012 22:58:34 | More by Cyclone8
Photo of TonyTalon


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-20-2012 02:27:00 | More by TonyTalon
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to levifunk for this 12oz bottle from one of our trades. 08 vintage into a Deschutes Snifter.

A: Pours a nice deep red in color with a cream colored head that bubbles up to about half an inch and fades into a small, loose collection of bubbles in the center of the glass with a ring of slightly taller bubbles towards the outside.

S: Molasses and toffee with some notes of plums and raisins. Smells like a massive malt bomb. A touch of sherry/oxidation but I wouldn't expect any less from a 4 year old beer, it works quite well with the style. Very enjoyable.

T: Impressive, tons of caramel and toffee with a slight amount of roasted barley in there to mix things up. Surprisingly bitter on the finish, which helps to break things up. This is a massive beer, tons of sweetness, and a huge bitter back end to even things out. Very enjoyable barleywine.

M: Fairly thick with velvety carbonation. Finish is slightly warm, but feels just right. Nicely sticky on the lips.

O: One of the better aged barleywines that I've had. Lots of complexity and depth. Hard to find much wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:26:20 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of Billakowski


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-09-2012 04:04:04 | More by Billakowski
Photo of eawolff99


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-09-2012 03:54:25 | More by eawolff99
Photo of Steasy66


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Garnet with light head, great retention
S Very malty, a bit fruity
T Sweet, raisin, boozy, delicious
M Thick, a bit low on carbonation for my taste
O This is a great beer, thoroughly enjoyed it, but considering the barrel aged version is not hard to come by and the cost is the same, I would go with barrel aged every time.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 06:07:23 | More by Steasy66
Photo of hoppymcgee


4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-04-2012 20:04:16 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-04-2012 03:47:02 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of gregy55902


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love my barleywines. Poured bottle to standard pint glass (bottled december 2011).

A - Deep dark amber color. Head is wacky and fizzles like soda.. Hmm. The head quickly dissipates into nothing.

S - Robust caramel notes, with tons of malt and barley. Barrel-aged notes throughout - I'm glad they aged it so I don't have to!

T - Complex malt profile. Toast, butterscotch, toffee, kilned malt and roasted barley.

M - Smooth and buttery. Barrel aging did wonders for this beer. On the lesser side of carbonation, but its flavor profile is still rich and robust. Alcohol is nearly completely hidden.

O - I will be revisiting this one. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 19:40:29 | More by gregy55902
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-02-2012 08:54:53 | More by Nitrogenx
Photo of xnicknj


3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours an opaque caramel brown color with some lighter cherry hues shining through in the light. A thick, two-finger high head retains really well, leaving some patchy lacing on the glass while drinking.

Plenty of smooth roasty malts in the nose with some hints of dark fruit. Raisin and date with a nice dash of spice and faded hops. A bite of sweetness and alcohol as well.

Slight hoppiness up front before the roasty malts roar through. Caramel and bread crust with some hints of burnt sugar. Raisins with some sweetness mixed with alcohol warmth. Very roasty and full on the tongue, finishing a little bitter and warm.

Fuller body, somewhat milder carbonation, creamy and lingering on the tongue. A nice barleywine with a definite sense of age to it...not quite great though.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 00:34:58 | More by xnicknj
Photo of GORUM


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-01-2012 15:32:48 | More by GORUM
Photo of stealth


4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-29-2012 07:11:12 | More by stealth
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 00:20:26 | More by beagle75
Photo of Blakaeris


3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper, brown with a slight soapy head.

Aroma is caramel, toffee, hints of orange, and a slight medicinal quality.

Taste is caramel and burnt toffee up front. Then a mild orange peel bitterness makes an appearance. Finishes with an earthy, nutty quality and lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium full. Quite chewy.

Overall a decent barleywine. Not fantastic, but good.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 02:32:00 | More by Blakaeris
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 02:30:25 | More by bashiba


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

02-19-2012 22:17:58 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
Photo of spoonhawk


5/5  rDev +21.7%

02-17-2012 07:35:26 | More by spoonhawk
Photo of zeledonia


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, bottled December 2011. Trying this base beer before the BBBW.

Pours a sludgy, murky brown with one finger of creamy tan head. head fades rather quickly, but leaves nice lacing and and a good ring of foam. This doesn't look all that appetizing, IMO.

Smell is a wallop of dark fruit. Plums and cherries, with some apple in the background. A light hit of tobacco. Finished off by some nose-singing alcohol. Really nice.

Taste is good, before it gets completely overwhelmed by the tidal wave of alcohol. This is not a beer that hides its ABV. Less fruit, more chewy organic stuff. I get the fruit up front, but then something that tastes like bitter leafy vegetables (combo of hops and alcohol?). Interesting.

Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy, and lovely. Fairly low carbonation, only popping up late, but I'm fine with that. The feel complements the beer really well, and that's what matters.

A solid, rather malty barleywine. I wish the bitterness didn't kick in so quickly in the taste, but can I really complain? It's a good beer, and one of the better balanced straight-up barleywines I've had. I'm enjoying it more as I get further down the glass, but maybe that's the alcohol talking already...

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 16:04:10 | More by zeledonia
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

02-11-2012 11:21:47 | More by plumcrazyfx
Photo of FightingEntropy


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to resist barleywine, and picked up this one at the local store.
On the label, it says is was originally brewed for the Y2K survival kit, which I've never heard of before. But, the mention of Y2K brings back memories of dooms day prophets and a New Year's Eve of waiting for the world to explode. Hard to believe it was so long ago that my students don't remember it already.

Light tan head piled high from a high pour over a hazy dark copper ale. High alcohol (10%) floats above strong dark fruit, raisin, fig with significant floral hop over top. Slightly burnt malt with oak continued over fig, dark fruit that fueled by alcohol hotness. Says aged for a year on the website, but doesn't say how or in what. Guessing straight oak barrels because there seems to be wood, but not added whiskey or other flavor. Sweet and pungent off the back. Rough and raw flavor that's fun to drink, but lacks a certain elegance.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 02:51:05 | More by FightingEntropy


4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-10-2012 13:38:13 | More by WITTBEER
Photo of WankelEngine


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a ruddy brown color with a slight red tint. There is a one finger head of light tan foam which reduces quickly.

S: The smell is toasted malt and sweet. I can make out some raisin, plum and a little bit of toffee. Caramel and booze. There is a faint bitterness reminiscent of pine-y hops. As it warms I can make out a molasses, almost maple scent.

T: Similar to the smell, very sweet with some heat from the alcohol. Dark fruit flavors are prominent. The toasted malts add a bit of toffee. Barley/grains give the beer a dry bitterness. The finish is bitter, grassy hops which complements the mild bite from the alcohol. As the beer warms, the grassy hops expand and become present throughout the entire sip.

M: Moderate mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden at first but becomes hotter and more evident as the beer warms. A little bit sticky.

O: A decent and drinkable barleywine. Both bitter and sweet throughout.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 23:48:17 | More by WankelEngine
Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.