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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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217 Reviews
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Reviews: 217
Hads: 579
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 101
Gots: 145 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 217 | Hads: 579
Photo of Rutager
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle. Big thank you to the great trader, Steasy66!!

Appearance. Pours a deep caramel-amber with just a little haze and half a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Sweet caramel with a little cherry and light fruits and a slight earthy hop smell.

Taste. Slightly burnt caramel, nice bitter earthy hops, very woody and tannic with just a light sweetness and a hint of that cherry and light fruit that I noticed in the smell.

Mouthfeel. On the slightly lower side of full bodied with medium, velvety smooth carbonation.

Overall. An awesome barleywine. Quite dry with great bitterness, but not overwhealming in the hop flavours. Thanks again Steasy66!!

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Photo of cquinn17
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a square one tulip.

A- Pours a really pretty opaque lighter brown, mahogany color. 1 finger off white head with good lacing.

S- Just dank hops with a little cherry and sweet breads malts. A little caramel in their as well. Pretty complex aroma.

T- Really interesting. Some vegetal hops with a little citrus in their. Followed by sweeter caramel malts. Also tastes like its been aged, which it has been.

M- Good amount of carbonation with a smooth, creamy finish.

O- I'm not very well versed in the barleywine style, but i really enjoyed this beer. It was a really well balanced offering of some dank vegetal hops and sweet malts. Central waters is a great brewery and I will continue to seek out there beers.

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Photo of herman77
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A: Murky dark amber/brown with a creamy khaki head. Decent retention and amazing lacing that coats everything.

S: Sweet carmel malt with some pine and citrus hops. A fairly light nose.

T: Rich carmel malt with lots of breadiness and depth. Some citrus and pine hop bitterness to counter all the rich camel and bready malts.

M: Fuller body. Fairly thick and really smooth and creamy.

O: A great tasting and feeling barlewine. ABV is somewhat hidden. I love the BA version of this and it was nice to try the base beer.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Kasteel goblet glass

Appearance- Mahogony in color with a finer of froathy off white head that dissipates to a small layer on the surface. It leaves multi level lacing down the whole glass.

Smell- I get fresh cut grass, citrus hop and a very sweet dark fruit scent.

Taste- Super sweet brown sugar at the tip of the tounge followed by a smoky lemon grass hop and some booze.

Mouthfeel- Super thick and chunky witch is enjoyable but eventually gets hard to drink. It needed just a smidge of carbonation to have a perfect mouthfeel.

Overall- Barley wines are far from my style, but this is my favorite to date. It has a nice sweetnes but the booze, smoke and hop finish is somewhat off putting for me. I know if you are a barley wine fan you will definitly enjoy.

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Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd like to thank myself for being so awesome and buying some of this beer. Thanks man!

Really a pretty looking barleywine... murky burnt amber with hues of reds and pink, a frothy pale khaki head retains very well, creating loads of lace.

Sort of reminds me of Bigfoot... big thick caramel malts with an appropriate level of citric hops to keep things interesting. Nice.

Much more malt centric on the palate... sweet dessert flavors, some overripe fruit, caramel malt, a boozy sting on the tail end. Good stuff, I'd still love to track down the barrel aged version.

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

an opaque orange/brown.. looks like autumn. finger of head which turned into a slight bubbly ring. smells of sweet malt, vanilla, raisins... a lot like the barrel aged version, i still get a presence of bourbon.
a honey-like sweetness up front followed up immediately by the taste of pure barley.. holy crap, i've never tasted a barley wine so "barley-ish", mild bitterness of roasted flavor in the finish. a very earthy, delicious drink.
full body and moderate carbonation... a nice sipping beer. heavy warmth from the abv.

overall a damn good barleywine, but not as good as the barrel aged version.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 2011 vintage
Tired Hands wine glass

A: Pours a cloudy amber color. Very murky. Basically a thin layer of bubbly off white head. Minimal carbonation. Some lacing bits and alcohol feet.

S: Smells of sweet malts. Caramel. Toffee. Sticky raisin notes, as well as other dark fruits (figs and slight dates).

T: Still some piney hop bitterness in the tip of the tongue. Starts the sip. Then it's dark fruit, toffee, caramel, mild vanilla, etc. It's a really nice drinking barleywine. The BA version would be much better, if that is what their barleywine is then I understand as it was delicious.

M: Full bodied. Chewy as hell.

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

12oz bottle (2011) shared by Oscar. Thanks!

A: Pours an amber-brown body with a small white head.

S: Old hops, mint, caramel, burnt sugar.

T: Brown sugar, multigrain bread, cidery old hops, slight bitterness, caramel, biscuits.

M: Thick-bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A pretty good American barleywine, even with some age on it.

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Photo of Florida9
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Written from notes taken a few weeks ago

A: murky shade of medim pastel brown in color. Loads of sediment floating around. Forms a very thin off white head, not much more than a surface coating. Almost no lacing.

S: sweet and inviting. Toffee, brown sugar, stone fruits, sweet caramel all rounded out with a good dose of alcohol.

T: mild sweetness. Burnt Brown sugar, toffee, treacle, and caramel on the front end. Woodsy, earthy , and astringent on the back end. Long, woodsy finish. Slight oxidation.

M: on the heavier side of medium. Dry, with a bitter astringency. Lower carbonation.

O: A decent BW. A bit heavy on the astringency and the burnt flavor is somewhat distracting. But overall, fairly drinkable, with a good range of flavors.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters Snifter. Thanks to beerwolf77 for the hookup.

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger creamy light brown head. Lacing is pretty consistant and plentiful.

S: Big notes of dark fruits from raisins, to dates, to plums and figs. The alcohol makes it's appearance here as well...makes a big appearance. Hoo boy this one smells hot...almost too hot.

T: Fruits listed above are also prevalent in the taste but also making a big push through are tons of caramel and crystal malts. Very sweet but balanced nicely by what I believe to be hops and alcohol.

M: Big creamy finish. Perfectly carbonated.

O: Almost used big for a third time to lead off a description. This is a big, smooth, easy drinkin' barleywine. I'm generally not a huge barleywine fan but this one is most excellent.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a big beer. Very roasty for a barleywine. Toffee, caramel, alcohol, almost a very burnt popcorn taste (in a good way). Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and would love to try the BA version. It is definitely a sipper, though, and it would be dificult to drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of zac16125
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Written from notes taken a few weeks ago

Thanks to haveanother1 for sending over this tasty extra.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber/brown with the slightest light tan head, which dissipates almost instantly. Leaves some slight spotty lacing.

S: Huge aromas of toffee, caramel, and dark fruits including over ripe plum, fig and dates, candied pecans. Sweet and delicious. Reminds me of why I love barleywines.

T: Brown sugar, burnt toast, raisins, more hop bitterness than most in the style. Taste really reminiscent of burnt raisin bread. Too much bitterness for my liking, and doesn't live up to the nose.

M/D: Slightly over carbonated, on the fuller side of medium bodied. Drinkability is rather low, even for the style, due mostly to the bitterness and burnt flavors.

O: Tasty and certainly worth a try. I'm glad I had the chance to try this one,

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Photo of jjanega08
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notch next to the DEC and bottle dated 2011

A= Pours a very very hazy amber color that looks like a deep brown in the glass. A small finger of head comes up and falls to a thin skin on top of the glass with a decent amount of lacing.

S= Smells like a barleywine. Strong caramel malts and toffee in it. A good sweetness to it that comes through. Not much in the name of hops sort of an english barleywine aroma. The deeper I dig the more it smells like a bag of sunflower seeds...

T= The taste is most excellent. It almost tastes like there is a bit of wood despite there being no wood. A nice caramel malt character and a little bitterness from hops despite there being no hop flavor. It's hard to tag this one just right but it's good.

M= Perfection in a barleywine. The carbonation allows the flavors to linger yet is able to lift any food away.

O= This is actually a really good beer. I loved the barrel aged version and this is just as good. The stouts were a bit of a disspointment but this is great. Great job CW keep it up.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours a very hazy reddish brown with a nice tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with a lot of sweet caramel and barley then it switches to bready malt an earthy aroma I can't quite place.

T: The taste is similar to the nose but there is a decent amount of bitterness on the finish from some hops that weren't noticeable in the nose. There's also sweet caramel, toffee, and malted barley.

M: The feel is right in the middle of medium with a decent creaminess.

O: While I expected a bit sweeter beer due to the reviews before me I think this is a good representation of an American Barleywine. Central Waters does not dissapoint once again...definitely one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Poured into Duvel glass

A: Thin off-white head, clear deep amber color, okay carbonation, little bit of lacing

S: Sweet dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla

T: Rich dark fruits, sweet caramel, a touch of bitterness and alcohol

M: Smooth and slightly chewy, but maybe a touch too thin, medium-bodied, warming, could use a bit more carbonation

O: Good American Barleywine, I think I preferred this one slightly more on the fresh end

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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.

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Photo of mobius387
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Steasy66
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of gregy55902
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of beagle75
2.79/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
3.17/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.11/5  rDev 0%
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...

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Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.