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

Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe AleKosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale
BA SCORE
89.9%
Liked This Beer
4.09 w/ 605 ratings
Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe AleKosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
605
Liked:
544
Avg:
4.09/5
pDev:
10.27%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
147
Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 605 |  Reviews: 224
Photo of tappangordo
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SLeffler27
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear with a deep, ruby-red glow (SRM 22-24). Slight, fine lace is off white, but no real head develops in the Offero glass.

The aromas open with rich, sweet malt, followed by figs, raisins and plums. The middle includes fresh pumpernickel bread, while warmth brings out pine resin. Alcohol fumes are quite present.

Strong bitterness allows some room for sweetness. Hop flavors are absent, while grainy malt is prominently distinguishable. A light, toasted flavor gives way to hazelnuts, brown sugar and molasses. Warming alcohol lingers in a bitter finish.

This has a full, almost dense, body with a chewy, leathery texture and modest carbonation. Alcohol is prominent, though less present than 10% would suggest. Light astringency and slight residual sugar remains.

This seems to fit the style and would certainly be better suited for a crisp, cool day. One glass is plenty per sitting. I aged it for 2.5 years before enjoying it with a pungent Gorgonzola.

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Photo of soze47
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SixPack6
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maz
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber. Pours deep cloudy amber, thin tan head. Super sweet caramel malt taste, lots of booziness. Grassy hops way at the end. Medium mouthfeel. Big boozy barleywine.

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Photo of Josholson666
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zatch90
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdmiralOzone
2.84/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Ssippisam
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagriley
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle vintage written on label
L - Deep mahogany and murky, almost turbid but in a good way
S - Raisins figs, dried apricots.
T - Aggressively bitter deep complex malt profile.
M - A touch prickly but great malt backbone leading a chewy mouthfeel.

Overall the bitterness is a bit too aggressive but an awesome beer regardless

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Photo of Brewzma
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justinbshelton
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zero_signal
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kwgduke
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. A little hoppy (yes, American barleywine) but nonetheless, and alcohol burn is notable. But overall a nice barleywine.

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Photo of wiegs4life
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tvghost
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbwalters
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013. Poured cold into a tulip glass. Consumed Jan 2015.
Look = 4.25 Pours a clear mahogany color with a big reddish tint and 3 fingers of brown head. Great retention and lace. Obvious floating chucks detract from the look somewhat.
Aroma = 4.25 Sweet and boozy. Caramel, toffee, sugar and dark fruit notes. Some piney hops compliment it.
Taste = 4.0 Caramel, toffee, candy, dark fruit and booze notes. Very sweet balanced with a mild bitter finish.
Feel = 4.0 Full bodied and syrupy. Thick mouthfeel but low carbonation.
Drinkability = 4.25 Pretty drinkable for a big barely wine like this.
Overall = 4.125 Sweet and boozy but some balance in aroma and taste. Nice barleywine.

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Photo of jfstilling
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cvm4
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage

L - Pours a hazy dark brown body with hints of brown and a khaki one finger head. The head dissipates to a ring around the glass and there is not much lacing to speak of.

S - All caramel, raisins and dark plums. Hardy malt backbone to bring it all together.

T - Caramel and toffee that is intertwined with a lot of bitterness. Not really sweet or a lot of dark fruits.

F - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Has a dry finish and a little bit of alcohol on the body.

O - Aged well with still a bit of bite on it.

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Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89.9% out of 100 with 605 ratings
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