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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

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Chaz
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very clear, ripe chestnut red in color. There's very fine yeast in suspension, and a tan tight/uniform khaki-tan head on display. Good lacing on the glass is the head falls.

Nose is *BIG*; yeast and light tannins burst forth amidst lusty scents of plum, fig and raisin, and there's a nice, rum-like booze character to this one as well. Sweet, luscious smell, with nary a trace of bitterness.

Soft and sweet on the first sip, this one has a nice bit of bitterness and bittersweet character leading off. Carbonation is very light at this point, and there's some light oxidation as well. Notes of anise/licorice and rather nice notes at that, blending with the ample dark fruit character. This one really coats the tongue and palate, gunks-up the works, and is exactly the sort of thing I need on a bitter, damp wintery evening. Candy-like sweetness and almost a mint character, too, but very faint. Some nice tannins in the aromatic portion, reminds me of the smell of fallen oak leaves.

Very drinkable... wish I had a couple of these!

This is ultimately a solid effort and definitely worth a try, especially if you live within (or near) the brewery's area of distribution. 2011 Batch ("Barleywine 2011") sampled on 3/12/2013, with much thanks to BA "grancty "

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3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours out not unlike sludge, brown and murky in color and decently thick. About a finger or so of white head builds up, but dissipates quickly, and leaves behind only spotty lacing. 3.5

S: The aroma is decently roasty with a large representation of toffee and caramel. Dark fruits and booze also play parts here and there, but the toasted toffee is definitely the focus. 4

T: The taste is actually a bit more muted than I expected. The caramel and dark fruit sweetness is the focus, but the roast rests on the back of the throat, providing balance. I notice the alcohol here and there, but it isn't as offensive as a 10% ABV beer could be. Nothing is really wowing me with this for the style, but it is decently enjoyable. 3.5

MF: Lighter than I expected, with a nice amount of carbonation. The drinkability is only average, as the sweetness and booze got to me after a while. 3

Value: I got this in a trade mainly comprising Hardywood and Troegs beers for various Central Waters specialties. Definitely consider it a good trade after tasting these. 4.5

O: Nice barleywine that should age well, but I don't think I'll go out of my way to try it again. Let's see what putting this baby in bourbon barrels for a while did! 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. Served around cellar temp. Bottled in November 2012.

A - Smaller off-white head from a gentle pour. Brilliant clarity to the brown beer showing red highlights. Left a nice amount of lacing.

S - Caramel smell fights many delicious aromas here. I've got some toffee and biscuity tones beside a bit of vanilla. Alcohol is in the mix with some faint citrus hops.

T - Caramel malt is in there with a nuttiness early on lending a mild amount of sweetness. Chocolate malt roastiness leeds into a perfect meld of hop bitterness and smooth alcohol warmth. Left with a nice drying effect and vanilla-alcohol presence.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation, semi-dry.

O - I enjoyed this take on the American Barleywine style. I liked that it wasn't overridden with hops but focused more on balance. The vanilla tones lended great complexity and hops met the alcohol head on.

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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Murky red liquid with full frothy beige head. Nice lacing!

Smells light, airy and refreshing. Tons of coconut, pineapple, and maple.

Dry, earthy, complex, well rounded, nice dry bitterness, sweetness is mild, carbonation is a bit too high for the flavors. Creamy, pineapple, fruity, near raspberry flavors, roasty, nutty.

Highly recommended B-wine... Nicely drinkable, especially for the price.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle (2012 edition) served into a Snifter.

Very dark ruby with a fantastic head that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Huge roasted malts, caramel, citrus fruit, brown sugar, booze. Nice & sweet. Sticky hops galore.

Heavier bodied. Rich, smooth, and drinkable.

Fantastic. Central Waters is extremely underrated, so much flavor in this one.

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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle Bottle Date Dec 2012 poured into snifter

A-Beautiful fluffy sticky two finger creamy tan head with great retention and lacing. Rich copper amber in color.

S- Big time malt nose. Sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla with some booziness.

T- Welcomes you in with caramel toffee sweetness and rounds into a nice estery burn. Finishes with nice earthy hoppiness.

M- Full bodied. Creamy and heavy with great consistency and mouth feel. Alcohol lingers and ends with a sticky bitter finish.

O- I am very new to the Barleywine seen, but this is a delicious offering. With a year on this particular bottle things seem to be very well balance. Huge malt sweetness, strong booze and still has a nice hop backbone. Unfortunately, I only have one more bottle in the cellar but hopefully I can get back to the local shop to get some more. Can't wait to see what a few more years of aging would do! Albeit I'm a novice in the barleywine genera, but i highly recommend!

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1.5/5  rDev -63.3%

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Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 605 ratings
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