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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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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4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 606 ratings