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

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 102
Gots: 134 | FT: 12
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

elliott1184, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Pahn
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

This beer really admits of a short summary type review, so I'll add that first:

Solid, top notch version of an American barleywine in the style Great Divide Old Ruffian, Lagunitas Gnarlywine, and Stone Old Guardian. Beautiful caramel and almost pineapple-y hops.

Appearance: Pours a tawny semitranslucent brown. 1 inch offwhite head that leaves sweeping streaks of lacing.

Smell: I recognize this kind of beer as soon as I put my nose to the glass: the right hops for a ton of good malt. The hops have a sort of sweet, chewy character to them that blends in completely with the malt, which is multifaceted caramel notes; caramel candies, caramelizing fruit in a pan, etc. Nice deep American barleywine.

Taste: Delivers on the promise of the aroma. Lots of beautiful malt flavor melding with those sweet, perfectly chosen hops. Toasted notes are buoyed by the dry finish. Alcohol heat keeps the flavor going, making this a great sipper like American barleywines are supposed to be.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Low side of moderate carbonation. Dry, hot finish.

Overall: Not really much to say, besides the little blurb with which I started the review. This is an almost perfected American barleywine. Great stuff.

Pahn, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jzlyo, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

JJWIGHT, Jun 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

ThreeTens, Jun 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

alostplot, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

TX-Badger, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Alpar, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

memphischas, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

PsilohsaiBiN, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

dtomes, Jun 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

smithj4, May 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

robear, May 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Bkay626, May 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

yanosh, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

PappyVans, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

stortore, May 18, 2014
Photo of ksimons
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a light ruby with not much head, just a bit of lace the swirls around the top

S-caramel and toffee, rum soaked raisins, juicy dark fruits, vanilla, and nice alcohol warming

T-taste is very similar to the smell, but not as boozey as the smell suggested. Nice caramel and toffee backbone, vanilla, dark fruits and a piney hop finish

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall I thought this was going to be way too boozey, but the taste is actually very well balanced with caramel and hops

ksimons, May 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

cultclassic89, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Axnjxn, May 14, 2014
Photo of dar482
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark brown mahogany color with an off white fluffy head.

The aroma has a light sweet caramel and toffee with lots of dried plum and fig. A bit of woody bark from the hops. Not a big aroma.

The flavor follows of a brown sugar sweetness in the front. A hint of dark fruit, then onto an aggressive oxidation. Wet cardboard and leaves. Almost a tannic quality of over brewed tea leaves. Lots of wood qualities on the back.

In the end, I generally have issues with this style, but the medium plus malt backbone helps this beer out. Definitely for those into a bigger more robust Sierra Nevada Bigfoot.

dar482, May 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

aubzachsyd, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

zestar, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

bleedsblu, May 07, 2014
Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.