Saturday, February 11, 2012

Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale (Central Waters, Amherst, WI

Hard to resist a barleywine, so I picked up this one up on a routine stop at the local store.  On the label, it says is was originally brewed for the Y2K survival kit, which I've never heard of before.  But, the mention of Y2K brings back memories of doomsday prophecies and a New Year's Eve of waiting for the world to explode.  Hard to believe it was so long ago that my students don't remember it already.

Light tan head piled high from a high pour over a hazy dark copper ale.  High alcohol (10%) floats above strong dark fruit, raisin, and fig with significant floral hop over top.  Slightly burnt malt with oak supports fig and dark fruit fueled by alcohol hotness.  Aged for a year according to the website, but doesn't say how or in what.  Guessing straight oak barrels because there seems to be wood, but not added whiskey or other flavor.  Sweet and pungent off the back.   Rough and raw flavor that's fun to drink, but lacks a certain elegance.  A good but not great beer from Central Waters that isn't a castaphtrophe, but not a new favorite either.

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