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

Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe AleKosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale
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Barleywine - American
4.12 | pDev: 10.19%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe AleKosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale
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thewimperoo from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Nov 19, 2011
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 12 oz bottle into chalice. Vintage 2012 which was bottled in 2011.

A - Muddy dark rust color with a 1.5 finger dirty white head. Suspended floaties are noticed by the careful observer. Great retention that slowly fades into a collar. Thick webs of lacing coat the glass. Did I mention that this is 3 years old?

S - Thick caramel and toffee make up the sweetness. Dark fruits with a nice earthy, piney aroma from the hops.

T -Even after 3 years in the bottle this still has a bitterness to it along with some alcohol. It is pleasant because of the caramel and toffee mixed with some dark fruit. Hints of citrus and pine make up a bitter finish.

M - Medium body with soft carbonation. A bit warming.

O - I've had this fresh, but it is much better after sitting two years. This is easily the best barleywine brewed in WI. I prefer it over BBBW. It ages masterfully and I wish I had more bottles.

Dec 28, 2014
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bgold86 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage, great nose, lots of dark dried fruits (dates, prunes raisins), sips really sweet, lots of caramel and dried fruit sweetness. Floaties abound (does it matter though?), damn this is good.

Aug 10, 2015
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MalibuKenny from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Torst.

T: I would say the taste is a bit rough around the edge. Sweet toffee/caramel, roasty toasty malt, with dry hopped mixed right in. All the notes presented all at once, felt like they were all competing to be the star

F: Semi chewy, but finish so thin.

O: Since I've had a few vintage of CW's barleywine, I have been wanting to go to this one for a comparison. I feel like I get the lineage now.

Dec 23, 2014
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured a short beige colored head that died down, leaving wispy lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and toffee are present in the nose. Hints of alcohol also become perceptible once the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of toffee and has notes of caramel malts along with slight hints of alcohol. Some vanilla also becomes apparent once the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer develops nice flavors as it warms up and the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste.

Aug 03, 2014
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WankelEngine from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a ruddy brown color with a slight red tint. There is a one finger head of light tan foam which reduces quickly.

S: The smell is toasted malt and sweet. I can make out some raisin, plum and a little bit of toffee. Caramel and booze. There is a faint bitterness reminiscent of pine-y hops. As it warms I can make out a molasses, almost maple scent.

T: Similar to the smell, very sweet with some heat from the alcohol. Dark fruit flavors are prominent. The toasted malts add a bit of toffee. Barley/grains give the beer a dry bitterness. The finish is bitter, grassy hops which complements the mild bite from the alcohol. As the beer warms, the grassy hops expand and become present throughout the entire sip.

M: Moderate mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden at first but becomes hotter and more evident as the beer warms. A little bit sticky.

O: A decent and drinkable barleywine. Both bitter and sweet throughout.

Feb 02, 2012
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mendvicdog from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9%

Apr 25, 2014
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DaveHack from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15%

Jul 28, 2012
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a ruby red, twinges of brown, with a khaki head, that quickly dissipates. The beer is somewhat murky. Carbonation is prevalent.

Smell: toffee, caramel, and all sorts of sweet goodness.

Taste: taste follows the nose: toffee, caramel, slight hop bitterness. Tasty

Feel: medium body, slightly syrupy, and a bitterness kicks in on the finish.

Overall: this is a tasty barleywine, and worth the price. Seek this out.

Dec 21, 2016
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to abents for this suprise brew. He said this was a little over a year old.

a: This was a hazy coppery color with mahigany highlights. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly faded to a ring around the glass.

s: I got candied dark fruits, brown sugar, and caramel. Sweet, but not obnoxiously so. Even with over a year on it this still has a fairly strong pine aroma, as well as a little heat.

t: Brown sugar and candy like cherries are the first thing that come to mind, along with some mellow, piny hops. I never tried this fresh, but I can't imagine it's any better than this.

m: Gentle carbonation and a long, sweet pine resin finish.

d: One of the best b-wines I've tried in a while, stellar stuff. My first from Central Waters.

Mar 10, 2009
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elliott1184 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Jun 22, 2014
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 21, 2016
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Zuidman from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Apr 15, 2013
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Jonnydrinker from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 23, 2017
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deebo from Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Oct 02, 2013
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yamar68 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Dec 23, 2012
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown to black color with half finger-ed off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. There was some nice light lacing sticking finely to the glass. The smell had a nice blend of sweet and roasty caramels, toffee, chocolates, light breadiness, and coffee beans combining wonderfully. The taste took those flavors and combined them extremely well. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy on the body (of course when I had this, it was only two months old). Yup, sure was a sipper -no doubt about that. Overall, this was an extremely wonderful Barleywine well worth my time.

Jun 27, 2017
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Jul 17, 2011
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ObiWanKushnobi from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9%

Aug 20, 2012
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morimech from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark crimson color with a dense two finger head that had good retention before eventually settling to a dense, thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

One of the more pure caramel dominate aromas I have smelled outside of a candy parlor. Other elements of alcohol and a slight hint of mint and pine.

Not as sweet as I was fearing. Has some bitter hop traits that balance the brew. A lot of caramel flavor up front with hints of dark fruit. Again I get some mint along with pine and earth. Alcohol comes in and cleanses the palate of the sweetness as well as adding heat and flavor.

Big body with a well paired carbonation the results in a lovely textured body that is smooth and silky.

An excellent example of an American Barleywine. I like it plenty fresh and I am sure with age, the beer will evolve, and maybe improve.

Feb 21, 2014
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Holland from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Feb 27, 2014
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jaymo18 from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Sep 19, 2014
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muskiesman from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Sep 09, 2014
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Lothore from California

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep brown hue with a nice, light brown head that fades fairly quickly.

S- Lots of dark fruits, raisin, fig, brown sugar. Very similar to the BA version.

T- Same raisin, fig and huge brown sugar notes as the nose. Finish is a little hot with some hop bite. Well balanced.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- This is definitely a solid, drinkable barleywine. The BA version takes it to another level but I loved this one as well.

Dec 08, 2009

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Jan 10, 2013
Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 610 ratings