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

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Photo of Jparker37
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of chugalug06
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of mnphish
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of wiscokid920
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of tut2528
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep maple brown, with solid full cream white head formation that has a nice lacing. big alcohol legs are seen as you tip the glass from one side to the other,

S: big bourbon, some oak, sweet toffee, mild hints of brown sugar. there is also a big grassy (slightly peat) aspect to this that throws off the sweetness of this brew. i do pick up on a creaminess towards the finish of this brew.

T: big caramel, slight roasted malts, s.slight oak, big creamy vanilla finish and a slight hoppy/peat aspect after taste. the alcohol is dectable, and fits extremeley well with this brew.

M: full bodied brew, that has moderate carbonation. it leaves a nice caramel and vanilla touch on tha palate with a slight dryness from some grassy dhops and a decent alcohol burn. all of this is nicely blended with one another and it integrates nicely with this brew.

O: this is my first offering by CW. and i must say that this is quite nice. i honestly wish the grassy notes were dialed back a bit, because it really starts to come out as the beer approaches room temp (further creating and imbalance). As far as $4$ goes, I think this shoud sit around $15-18 a 4 pk. (i got it for $20). So in my honest opinion, its above its calling card.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Central Waters Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale 2012 vintage. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. This was served lightly chilled.

A) This is a nice looking bronze barley wine. There wasn't much head generated on the pour, maybe a half a finger of slightly off-white head, which quickly dissipated to just a thin dusting. Some alcohol legs noted.

S) Sweet sweet malty goodness. A nice aroma of caramel and some light brown sugar. This is intertwined very nicely with some grapefruit, making this a very savory barley wine. Very little alcohol detected on the nose, but it was there... Definitely let this warm-up for maximum enjoyment.

T) The taste on this barley wine really follows the nose very well, so I guess see my comments above. Finishes with just the slightest tingle from the alcohol and really has a wonderful aftertaste.

M) This has a full body and is mildly carbonated. Really the mouthfeel is remarkably smooth. I would say nearly silky. A very light tingle is left on the palate.

O) Really a fantastic barley wine. I found it to be well-balanced and highly enjoyable. I can't recommend this one enough.

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Photo of Rutager
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle. Big thank you to the great trader, Steasy66!!

Appearance. Pours a deep caramel-amber with just a little haze and half a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Sweet caramel with a little cherry and light fruits and a slight earthy hop smell.

Taste. Slightly burnt caramel, nice bitter earthy hops, very woody and tannic with just a light sweetness and a hint of that cherry and light fruit that I noticed in the smell.

Mouthfeel. On the slightly lower side of full bodied with medium, velvety smooth carbonation.

Overall. An awesome barleywine. Quite dry with great bitterness, but not overwhealming in the hop flavours. Thanks again Steasy66!!

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Photo of cquinn17
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a square one tulip.

A- Pours a really pretty opaque lighter brown, mahogany color. 1 finger off white head with good lacing.

S- Just dank hops with a little cherry and sweet breads malts. A little caramel in their as well. Pretty complex aroma.

T- Really interesting. Some vegetal hops with a little citrus in their. Followed by sweeter caramel malts. Also tastes like its been aged, which it has been.

M- Good amount of carbonation with a smooth, creamy finish.

O- I'm not very well versed in the barleywine style, but i really enjoyed this beer. It was a really well balanced offering of some dank vegetal hops and sweet malts. Central waters is a great brewery and I will continue to seek out there beers.

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Photo of herman77
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A: Murky dark amber/brown with a creamy khaki head. Decent retention and amazing lacing that coats everything.

S: Sweet carmel malt with some pine and citrus hops. A fairly light nose.

T: Rich carmel malt with lots of breadiness and depth. Some citrus and pine hop bitterness to counter all the rich camel and bready malts.

M: Fuller body. Fairly thick and really smooth and creamy.

O: A great tasting and feeling barlewine. ABV is somewhat hidden. I love the BA version of this and it was nice to try the base beer.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Kasteel goblet glass

Appearance- Mahogony in color with a finer of froathy off white head that dissipates to a small layer on the surface. It leaves multi level lacing down the whole glass.

Smell- I get fresh cut grass, citrus hop and a very sweet dark fruit scent.

Taste- Super sweet brown sugar at the tip of the tounge followed by a smoky lemon grass hop and some booze.

Mouthfeel- Super thick and chunky witch is enjoyable but eventually gets hard to drink. It needed just a smidge of carbonation to have a perfect mouthfeel.

Overall- Barley wines are far from my style, but this is my favorite to date. It has a nice sweetnes but the booze, smoke and hop finish is somewhat off putting for me. I know if you are a barley wine fan you will definitly enjoy.

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Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

an opaque orange/brown.. looks like autumn. finger of head which turned into a slight bubbly ring. smells of sweet malt, vanilla, raisins... a lot like the barrel aged version, i still get a presence of bourbon.
a honey-like sweetness up front followed up immediately by the taste of pure barley.. holy crap, i've never tasted a barley wine so "barley-ish", mild bitterness of roasted flavor in the finish. a very earthy, delicious drink.
full body and moderate carbonation... a nice sipping beer. heavy warmth from the abv.

overall a damn good barleywine, but not as good as the barrel aged version.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 2011 vintage
Tired Hands wine glass

A: Pours a cloudy amber color. Very murky. Basically a thin layer of bubbly off white head. Minimal carbonation. Some lacing bits and alcohol feet.

S: Smells of sweet malts. Caramel. Toffee. Sticky raisin notes, as well as other dark fruits (figs and slight dates).

T: Still some piney hop bitterness in the tip of the tongue. Starts the sip. Then it's dark fruit, toffee, caramel, mild vanilla, etc. It's a really nice drinking barleywine. The BA version would be much better, if that is what their barleywine is then I understand as it was delicious.

M: Full bodied. Chewy as hell.

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Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2011) shared by Oscar. Thanks!

A: Pours an amber-brown body with a small white head.

S: Old hops, mint, caramel, burnt sugar.

T: Brown sugar, multigrain bread, cidery old hops, slight bitterness, caramel, biscuits.

M: Thick-bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A pretty good American barleywine, even with some age on it.

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Photo of Florida9
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Written from notes taken a few weeks ago

A: murky shade of medim pastel brown in color. Loads of sediment floating around. Forms a very thin off white head, not much more than a surface coating. Almost no lacing.

S: sweet and inviting. Toffee, brown sugar, stone fruits, sweet caramel all rounded out with a good dose of alcohol.

T: mild sweetness. Burnt Brown sugar, toffee, treacle, and caramel on the front end. Woodsy, earthy , and astringent on the back end. Long, woodsy finish. Slight oxidation.

M: on the heavier side of medium. Dry, with a bitter astringency. Lower carbonation.

O: A decent BW. A bit heavy on the astringency and the burnt flavor is somewhat distracting. But overall, fairly drinkable, with a good range of flavors.

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Photo of suspect
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters Snifter. Thanks to beerwolf77 for the hookup.

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger creamy light brown head. Lacing is pretty consistant and plentiful.

S: Big notes of dark fruits from raisins, to dates, to plums and figs. The alcohol makes it's appearance here as well...makes a big appearance. Hoo boy this one smells hot...almost too hot.

T: Fruits listed above are also prevalent in the taste but also making a big push through are tons of caramel and crystal malts. Very sweet but balanced nicely by what I believe to be hops and alcohol.

M: Big creamy finish. Perfectly carbonated.

O: Almost used big for a third time to lead off a description. This is a big, smooth, easy drinkin' barleywine. I'm generally not a huge barleywine fan but this one is most excellent.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a big beer. Very roasty for a barleywine. Toffee, caramel, alcohol, almost a very burnt popcorn taste (in a good way). Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and would love to try the BA version. It is definitely a sipper, though, and it would be dificult to drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of zac16125
4.07/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of jjanega08
4.52/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of derkfromwi
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of doucmehu
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of mobius387
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of Steasy66
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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