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

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 105
Gots: 136 | FT: 11
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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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.

Photo of davesway10
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!

Photo of Ungertaker
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.

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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!

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

vintage 2011.

poured into oversized snifter.

Appearance: murky copperish brown colored beer with a small white head. Head drops down to thin cap on top of the beer. minimal lacing.

Smell: Super malty smelling beer. Fruity like apples, pears, and figs. Also spicy and boozy.

Taste: This is a unique tasting barleywine. Its quite fruity and spicy. The fruits are red apples, pears, figs, and plums. The malt profile is not as prominent as I was expecting; its more of a bready / biscuity malt. The sweetness from this beer tastes like brown sugar. Not much of the traditional caramel and toffee notes from a barleywine. You get a little bit of grassy and herbal hops in the finish along with mild heat from the booze.

Mouthfeel: High end of medium bodied beer with carbonation at the low end of medium. Its got a bit of a booze kick that seem to be spicy and that is coupled with prickly carbonation.

Overall: This barleymine is tasty, but it almost reminds me of a Quad. I still liked it, but this is not a super sweet malt bomb barleywine. I think that its a nice sipper beer and some age will do this beer some good!

Photo of adman08
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours cloudy copper color with about 2 fingers of slightly tan head that leaves a layer of foam on the surface of the beer and some lacing.
S-Very sweet aroma, smells like brown sugar and strong alcohol. A faint aroma of herbal hops.
T-Strong alcohol flavor with a lot of sweetness. There's a good amount of herbal hop bitterness and flavor but it's balanced by all the malt sweetness. There's a distinct overall earthy flavor combined with a brown sugar flavor that is less obvious.
M-Very full bodied yet somehow not al that sticky. Good carbonation and a very strong alcohol warmth. Finishes fairly dry.
Overall, a really excellent barleywine. Unlike most barleywines that are fresh this beer is very balanced. I realize it ages for a year before they release it and that helps let the bitterness fall out. With some additional aging this will be a fantastic barleywine.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first ever barleywine and it was a great brew but something that I will be careful to not have more than one of at a time as the taste is very strong and unique so I don't want to ruin a good thing by having too much of it.

Appearance-A dark, cloudy copper pour
Smell-bourbon, raisins, sugar, malts
Taste-It reminded me a lot of Dogfish Head's Raison D' Extra but with less of a hot alcohol taste. Raisins and sugary candy were the main things a I got with a boozy warmth to cap off each sip.
Mouthfeel-A little warm with some slight carbonation.
Overall-A beer that I look forward to aging. I may have 1-2 more during the winter months and I may buy another 4 pack but it is not something I would drink for some parts of the year. Definitely a beer for a special occasion.

12/2012 EDIT: Had a 2011 and 2012 bottle side by side tonight. There wasn't a huge difference between the two but when I did a blind taste test of each, I was able to tell which one was which. The 2011 has slightly less alcohol burn and the smell is much richer.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.