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

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 105
Gots: 140 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy brown. SUPER hazy. A lighter shade of brown, a few hairs to the left of mahogany. Creamy, thick beige head holds nicely and leaves exquisite lacing. Excellent head for a 10% beer.

S - Raisins and rich dark fruits are prominent, with hearty fresh-baked bread notes in there as well. Smells sweet with some rich mulling spices in the background. Hops muted.

T - Bam. Flavor city right here. Taste is so full-bodied and rich that I don't even know where to begin. First worth noting, it is far from a nagasaki-esque bomb of hops like most american barleywines seem to be these days. That being said, the hops do provide a bit of a bite, and some earthy flavors that do nothing more than accent the malt flavors. This thing is a malt bomb. it's like eating gobs of fresh whole-grain bread dough. Beyond that, the sweetness like that of dried cherries or figs is right in there as well.

M - Perfectly smooth and fantastic. Carbonation is mild, as it should be.

O - This beer is just straight up awesome. Far better than I was expecting.... Needless to say I not only would try it again, I'm stocking up like it was bottled water on the eve of the zombie apocalypse.

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of solargoat
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mjmadsen21
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow I've managed to avoid this beer for the past few years, despite having a bottle (2006, I think) in the fridge. Glad it arrived fresh again, bottled December 2011.

Pours a dark, rusted red. Nose on Charlie is full of malty caramel.

Kosmyk Charlie Y2K Catastrophe Ale is a minotaur of a beer. Big, malty caramel horns form the base of this brew. Earthy hops bring a damp dankness, & a touch of pine, too. Bitterness really lingers, & terribly drying for a barleywine. This is like sipping bark. Chewy, thick, gritty. No alcohol to be seen. Dangerous.

Weirdly, I'm not sure I've had a straight-up barleywine in a while, & I don't know why. This is a good, solid barleywine, more drinkable than complex. Session barleywine? Hell yeah!

Photo of wibrewer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. Snifter.

A- dark copper with a 1 finger light yellow head. Small blotches of lacing all over the glass.

S- whoa didn't expect all this citrus! Sweet toffee, orange, pineapple, maybe some papaya.

T- toffee, caramel, again lots of citrus going on here. Orange and papaya with some bitterness at the finish.

M- full body, medium carbonation and slightly dry finish

O- I liked this beer but the citrus punch through me just a bit. Think I will enjoy this beer even more next time knowing what to expect.

Photo of samie85
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours a cloudy caramel color with about two fingers of pillowy, off-white head that sticks around forever.

S Smells of dark fruits, caramel, and some light toffee with a light hint of earthy hops.

T Rich almost roasted malt redolent with dark fruits including figs and dates with rich caramel and a sweet yet bitter finish.

M This has a pretty smooth feel with medium full body, yet has a just enough carbonation that its not overly chewy.

D This one is pretty complex and definitely a sipper; the ABV isn't too noticeable except for a warmth in the throat.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip. Received in trade from Billakowski, thanks man! I've had this before, but these are my first formal notes! Dec. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a murky copper color with a one finger white, frothy foam head. Sporadic freckles of bubble clusters atop the thin film that remains. A quick swirl brings back the head and some really fantastic lacing.

N: Big malt body, with some notes of real strong raison, caramel, and hints of vanilla extract. Nice amount of piney hops are forward, but not overly prominent.

T: More of that fantastic malt forward character, with some real complex toffee, caramel, and even orangesicle characteristics showing. Some really nice assertive hop is very nice, blending nicely with the sweet malt.

M: Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel. Good level of carbonation, to support the resinous, but not sticky, hop and big malt profile.

D and O: Really enjoyable Barleywine. One of my personal favorites, and it's a great price point. Central Waters really puts out some nice products.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of TheDudeRules
2/5  rDev -51.2%

Photo of homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Great Lakes snifter.

A: pours mahogany, slightly cloudy, small amount of head, heavy lacing

S: nose is chock full of earthy and piney hops along with a thick and sweet malt profile, plenty of maple, molasses and caramel sit on top of a sturdy hop bitterness.

T: taste starts off a bit spicy with notes of green tea, then comes a huge wave malts, molasses and maple again present with bitter hops to finish, tons of flavor...emphasis and earth and spice

MF: thick body, medium to high carbonation

O: This might be the cheapest Barleywine around, and its certainly not the worst (or even close really). Not my favorite by any means, but loads of flavor and a terrific value.

Photo of birchstick
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish caramel color with a nice creamy head on it. The nose consists of vanilla and some sticky, caramel malts. The taste is the nose in liquid form - caramel malts move to vanilla flavors. Sweet up front. Some resinous, piney hops move in to balance the sweetness and round off the barleywine profile. The mouth is a little thin, but still pretty good. This is a solid barleywine with good complexity. Recommended!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark, murky orange with long-lasting head ans some nice lacing, especially for a Barleywine.

Smell: Toffee and caramel, with layers of orange on top, and of course the requisite Barleywine booze.

Taste: Fabtastic malt complexity of toffee, caramel and a strong pungent fruitiness of plum and raisins. Citrusy hops provide a great counterbalance and leave light lasting impression of spiciest and bitterness.

Feel: full, chewy body with moderate carbonation, a drying finish, and a definite warming impression.

Overall: One of the best Barleywines I have had. Need to try the Bourbon barrel aged one.

Photo of jera1350
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a muddled and hazy brown color that lets a little light through. Nice creamy cap of tan foam with some clinging lace.

Sweet malty smell with lots of fruit and caramel.

Such great flavor. Loads of malt and hops, but neither overpower the other and they compliment each other greatly. Lots of caramel and toffee sweetness with some hop bitterness especially towards the end. Lots of fruit notes also. Very tasty.

Very soft and smooth. A tad bit thin for how big a beer it is. A little heat.

This has to be one of the best fresh american barleywines that I have had. Drinks great with great flavor. Can't wait to get my mitts on the barrel aged version.

Photo of bound4er
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Edition.

A. Cloudy, muddled orange/brown appearance. Light tan head of two fingers that leaves wonderful lacing.

S. Classic barleywine aromas of vanilla, cherry, caramel and booze - really smells great.

T. Somewhat bitter upon entry - the hops really show up quickly and also linger on the finish. Flavor runs the gamut of cherry and caramel. Finishes dry with a slight puckering feel.

M. Medium bodied with very little creaminess. Low carbonation.

O. Barelywines are something I enjoy infrequently because they are typically boozing and so damn big. Though Y2K certainly fits into this description, it retains a nice drinkability mainly because of its dryness. The lingering hop bitterness detracts somewhat from what is overall a good beer.

Photo of ScrimshawFan
2.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

December 2011 release. Wine glass.

A: Pours clear--but slightly cloudy--amber, fizzling to a ring and some splotches of stone colored head. After a few minutes the head disappears completely and the beer looks still.

S: Fresh caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon and spice, cherry, with the latter two aromas coming to the fore once this has reached near room temperature.

T: Lots of caramel, and a moderate amount of bitter hops which dominate the red fruit (cherry), with the caramel slowly fading into a moderately bitter, pretty lengthy finish. Quite dry--too dry, I think, because this could use some sweet malt flavor to tone down the bitterness.

M: Medium-high carbonation, medium body. Pleasantly warming without the alcohol burn. Not much alcohol present.

O: A pretty simple barleywine. A good example of the style, although the taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. Even the label says this has been aged for a year, the hop bitterness is unfortunately still there.

Photo of crossovert
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. 2011 vintage.

It pours a hazy brownish red with a decently quickly dissipating head that leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is good. A quintessential barleywine. Slight hops but mostly caramally malt and a nice fruitiness. Decently alcoholic on the nose.

The flavor is mostly sweet. It has a nice caramel earthiness with some bitterness. Enough hops for it to be nicely balanced. Not too boozy but it is there.

Photo of Kaydogg
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Duff27
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Inch-tall mid-tan head on a opaque dark ruby red beer. Well above average head retention and wonderful drink-by-drink step lacing, really cool layering effect.

S- Smell is of burnt brown sugar, dark fruits, and booze....gives me a hard-on D:

T- Sweetness coming from a brown sugar-esque taste. Hops are there but aren't prominent. Quick alcohol heat hits at the end of each sip, besides that Y2K is very smooth.

M-Medium mouthfeel. Well integrated carbonation that's on the lower side of things.

D/O- Very solid barleywine from Central Waters. The whole time I was drinking this I thought "this would be a great candidate for barrel aging"...go figure, hah. Thanks a ton Brian (4DAloveofSTOUT) for headin' up to cheeseheadville to snatch this up for me!

Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.