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

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Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe AleKosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 104
Gots: 134 | FT: 12
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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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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  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!

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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 -3.9%
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 +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to seeswo for the trade. 2011 vintage (I think). 12oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Pours a semi-hazy mahogany with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that quickly dissipates, forming a frothy band around the edges and an oily slick across the surface. Some spots of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses toffee, a suggestion of milk chocolate, an earthy quality and a trace of booze. Taste follows nose with the addition of faint citrus notes and some hops bittering that comes out in the middle. Mouthfeel is medium-light in consistency with an even carbonation and a slight acidity. There's also a little residual alcohol heat, but nothing significant. Overall, a solid American Barleywine with good aging potential. Having just had the BA version of this beer, I have to say that the barrel aging does a lot for this beer.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Mark.

A: The beer pours a cloudy dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Nice sweet nose with plenty of toffee and caramel, maybe a bit of brown sugar. Sweet and toasted bread with only a mild citrus hop note. Slight notes of oxidation, too.

T: As with the aroma, plenty of sweet, sugar notes. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar are prominent. There's a bit more citrus, particularly grapefruit, with some light pine bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Not as good as the world famous Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, but still pretty nice.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a chestnut brown rich caramel hue with a dark ruddy tan one-finger thick head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves bits of syrupy gobby lace.

aroma is potently barleywineesque. potent sweet malt with notes of caramel, honey, and some floral notes. toffee, rum, hints of pineapple.

taste is deliciously rich. heavy malts, caramel sweetness and a good dose of floral hoppiness. pine, citrusy zest. more honey and hints of juniper. complex and interesting. sweet and heavy yet still vibrant.

mouth is thick, almost syrupy but the carbonation is just enough to cut through. lingering bitterness that's slightly drying and almost a touch astringent.

all in all, wow. amazing brew with a complex and interesting flavor profile. maybe this just hits all the notes I'm looking for in a barleywine, but this one blows me away.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thick brown, though you can see some light through it, no head and a nice lace top it off. Smell is hopped for sure, but with a subtle sugary undertone, and a hint of alcohol too. Taste is not very strong at all. There is the natural piney hoppness you would expect from a barley wine, but not too strong, there is also a sugary, nuttiness about it as well. The alcohol is there, and that keeps this a sipper. It is actually nicely carbonated, and not harsh going down, has the warm feeling on the way. Overall this was a good brew, I would not mind having another and certainly kept me warm this evening.

Photo of AgentZero
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber color with some red notes on the side. Moderate sized head left a little bit of lacing on the sides.

S - Sweet caramel malts, nice dark fruit, a little bit of alcohol to cut through the sweetness, come toffee, brown sugar, some lighter fruits, this really has a lot going on and it smells pretty good.

T - Taste is quite nice as well, with the lighter tropical fruits coming more to the front and overlaying the caramel malt base. Little bit of roast is a nice touch as well as some slight hop finish.

M - Fairly smooth, not quite full bodied, soft carbonation, works for this beer.

O - This was a surprisingly good treat that is an easy drinking barleywine with a good flavor profile. Wouldn't mind having this again.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Scoot1969, thanks

Pour is a dark chestnut brown with a healthy nearly overflowing head of dark brown.

Aroma of sweet barleywine, sweet malt, piney hops and citrus hop presence.

Taste is caramel central. Plenty of dark roasted caramel malts with sweet specialty malts. Comparably, I would say this is similar in the caramel flavors to Bigfoot except with a clearly longer boil time resulting in more leathery rich lathered caramel. This is a nice thick heavy malt based barleywine that I could really enjoy more of. Considering that this is only 10%, I could have expected it to have less caramel and malt flavors. Really this is a fantastic barleywine that is much thicker and more full bodied than many other barleywines of this size.

Thick body, light carbonation; overall a great barleywine that I can highly recommend.

Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of boatshoes. Thanks a lot Fletcher!

Pours a dark copper color that appears a deep, dark brown, almost black color in the glass with faint mahogany edges when held to a light. Completely opaque with a half finger off white head that immediately fades into a lasting ring.

Sweet leathery malt aroma with boozy sweetness and subtle spice. Slightly peppery with a spiced liquor presence that compliments the sweeter malt notes. Hints of biscuit, toffee, candy sugar, dark fruit and lots of caramel.

Medium bodied with a spicy alcohol presence that gives off some sweetness and boozy heat. Zesty with hints of pepper, candy sugar and cinnamon as well as a ton of sweet, leathery malt and sweet dark fruit notes. Although the ABV is decently masked, it's still a bit to hot for my liking with some nice burn in the finish. Lots of caramel sweetness with hints of biscuit, nut and toffee as well as some dark cherry, raisin, plum and fig.

Pretty tasty and complex but a touch too boozy. I would probably appreciate this more in the winter.

Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a caramel brown color with a thin white lacing sticking to the edges of the glass. What head was there lasted pretty well into drinking it, and left some moderate lacing as well.

The aroma has a lot of sweeter, dark fruit flavors to it. I get a lot of fig and plum with just a bit of a tropical, pineapple, fruitiness as well. Some malty, caramel and toffee flavors peek through as well. A little on the sweet side overall though.

The taste shows a lot of the sweet, dark fruit flavors that I got in the nose. I get a little more of the sweet, pineapple to it right off the bat. Some sugary coated, fig and plum flavors come out as well. Just a bit of caramel and toffee are there. The finish has a juicy, tropical fruit, orange like flavor to it. Again, definitely falls on the sweet side.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a decent beer but fell a little too far on the sweet side for me. It did had a very interesting juicy flavor to it with some orange juice like qualities, which I liked. It could have used a little more balance for me though. Interesting beer and a decent one to drink this evening, but not quite an outstanding one of the style in my opinion.

Photo of seeswo
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage, I do believe.

Pours a cloudy brown color with a huge tan head (I poured it straight down the middle not expected the carbonation to be as good as it is) into my Bruery tulip. Looks delicious. Smells of sweetness and caramel and a bit of breadiness with the slightest twinge of faded hops. Really a balanced, barley wine that stands up to some bigger names. The slightest bitterness in the finish really helps to keep this beer from being too sweet, which i have previously felt has been a detraction from their Bourbon barrel version (though as of this writing, I have yet to review it). Restrained flavors of caramel and bread and the like carry from the front through the middle to a shockingly drinkable barley wine. I have actually never had this fresh, but in it's current state, I could put more than one down, which is unusual for a sweeter barley wine. Again I agree with reviews below that it is maybe a bit thinner than expected and that detracts slightly.

This beer is good people. Much better than the 2007 big foot I had, IMHO.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to czoch75 for this one. Looks like this one might be from 2007 as "07" is handwritten near the barcode.

4.0 A: Murky deep amber brown color. One and a half fingers of creamy beige head with decent retention and a good bit of lacing.

4.5 S: Aroma is screaming barleywine. Tons of caramel and even more toffee. Plenty of fruitiness with emphasis on prune and raisin. Plum, tobacco, and booziness are next. Not overly complex, but very nice and super strong.

4.0 T: Taste is good, but not quite as good as the nose. There's still lots of toffee, caramel, prune, and raisin. Tobacco is more pronounced in the taste and the booze is a bit more apparent as well. Surprisingly, there's a decent bitterness going on that is actually on par with the sweetness. Pretty good.

3.5 M: Heavier body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth, but a bit chewier than I'd like.

4.0 D: Overall a very nice brew. I think this is the base beer for the BBBW (which I absolutely love). Anyway, good throughout with no weaknesses.

Photo of zimmerbloke
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up two bottles of this about a year and a half ago, drank one and forgot about the other. Time to revisit it and see what some time has done. Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Even a pretty aggressive pour can't generate much in the way of head on this one. Just the thinnest off-white ring remains about half a minute after the pour. The beer itself is a nearly opaque dark brown with hints of burgundy. Still appears pretty carbonated. Not a pretty beer by any means.

S: Very strong caramel sweetness and just the faintest bit of long-faded hops. Some hints of biscuity malt notes and a little bit of vanilla booze sweetness. Very nice.

T: Hops have faded substantially here. Definitely on the sweeter end, but in a very unique way--dark sugars, hints of citrus sweetness still remain, vanilla; still a hint of booze heat. Malt profile is very complex, definite flavors of caramel and some biscuity flavors, as in the nose, but surprisingly light for a barleywine. Fits the rest of the flavor profile extremely well. Bitterness is overly strong on the finish, probably evidence of once-formidable hopping. At this point, it is stronger than necessary given the rest of the flavor profile, but this is probably my only complaint.

M: So, so smooth. Coats the mouth and just melts off. The carbonation is enough to keep it from being cloying and there's just a hint of alcohol burn; just what I like in a barleywine.

D: Exceptionally tasty and easy to sip one 'til it's gone, but almost certainly as a nightcap/digestif. Stylistically excellent.

Quite good and only improved by the bourbon barrel aging. Most of the success of Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine starts here.

Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.