barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of heemer77. pours a clear dark amber with a short-lived khaki head, fading to a ring of lace. When held up to the light, my snifter appears to have a bit of a honey colored glow! The aroma is deep and inviting with notes of toffee, vanilla and hints of dark ripe fruit. A rich, malty and slightly sticky sweetness is forefront in the flavor, but also noted are some candied fruit, vanilla and hints of oak. The alcohol is decently covered by the citrus and spice of the hops, but definitely becomes apparent with a nice warming effect during the bottom half of the snifter. A tip o’ the cap to CW, a well done barleywine. Thanks for the bottle Eric.
shigadeyo (3611) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4/01/2008: Kosmyk Charlie’s Y2K Catastrophe Ale pous a cloudy deep apricot color with a rich ivory-colored head. The aroma is a very deep and fragrant blend of caramel malt and aged citrus (orange) hops. It is very sweet and nearly mouth watering! The flavor has a light to nearly non-existent maltiness right up in the front, but that is quickly dominated and rolled over with a substantial amount of resin, citrus, and herbal bitterness. The bitterness fades a bit toward the end and some toffee maltiness becomes noticeable again. The alcohol is not overtly obvious in the flavor, but it is definitely warming and hits the head pretty quickly. This beer has a medium to medium-full body and is a bit chwey. Overall this beer is definitely big and the hop bitterness and flavor is nowhere close to fading away! Kosmyk Charlies Y2K Catastrophe Ale is a very nice example of an American Barleyine Style Ale that does a good job at delivering the flavors and bitterness expected. However, I still prefer English-style Barleywines more.
12 fl. oz. bottle (10% Alcohol by Volume) from trade with buckybeer in December 2006. Rating #59 for this beer...
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Good, but nothing really spectacular. Spicy and oddly meaty aroma. Loads and loads of sweet brown sugar malt and a touch of woodsy and resiny hops. Attractive dark amber pour with a nice sized off white head. Plenty of charred brown sugar on the tongue. Maple syrup backed with a bit of pine bark. Medium to full bodied. Slightly oxidized on the finish. Thanks Andy!
DietPepsican (1583) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet fruits, hops, heavy caramel and toffee. Sweet malts really shine in the one. Flavor gets rounded out by apricot, apple, hops, grapefruit, cotton candy, and toffee. Finishes slightly carbonated, no hint of the abv. This was very nice!
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Thanks to Elite_Digger for this one. Pours a clear brown color with red highlights, thin light brown head that fades quickly. Smells malty sweet and caramelly. There is a hop spiciness in the background. Tastes malty sweet up front and hop spicy on the finish. The malt flavors are caramelly, with brown sugar and toffee. The hops are acidic and spicy. There is a lingering alcohol burn on the finish. Full bodied, thick and syrupy. Carbonation is active.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really good looking beer. It pours a clear, deep garnet body topped by a sustained, creamy beige head. It smells off toffee, a touch of butterscotch, pale grapes, earthy herbs, and a hint of citric bitterness. Warm and peppery on the tongue. The alcohol comes forward in the flavor, but it blends smoothly with tastes reflective of the nose as well as the addition of a hard nut bitterness. It finishes on a lightly bitter note with a low alcohol burn. Nicely done!
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jasonm (22) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nearly exceptional looking beer. A nice deep rich amber color with surprisingly good clarity given the decent amount of sediment in suspension. It’s topped with 2 inches of sandy colored meringue. The aroma is sweet, starting off with the warm smell of melted sweet butter and warm cherry pie filling. Caramel toffee and a faint bit of musty earthiness back things up. Bold, assertive, malty barleywine goodness in the beginning as aramel and chocolate kick things off. However this is definitely American style as the hops jump in to add notes of spicy citrus and pine needles. Finish is mostly dry, with some roasted coffee and herbal tea bitterness but with a slight zing of alcohol. Chewy body, good slickness, delicate carbonation and a dry finish with a touch of fire. A very well crafted beer and one of the best American style barleywines Ive had the pleasure of trying. I found it almost too drinkable for 10%.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very cloudy ruby brown color with lively carbonation and some lacing. Aroma is grapes, raisons, toffee and just a hint of caramel. Flavor is a sweet and fruity explosion on the tongue. Tingly sticky mouthfeel. Nice long fruity finish. Really one of the better barleywines I have had in quite some time.
3fourths (9016) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big, rich, biting, stinky crystal malt nose, with sharp hoppy caramel and chewy, cherry flavored woody malts. Flavor is big and forward with more cherry wood and oxidized cardboard malt notes, and a sweet tobacco and dog food character. Reminds me of East End Gratitude. A good beer, certainly, but a little overboard on the harsh crystal malt.
argo0 (12928) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, thanks mj) Quickly dissipating small beige head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, herbal, some grapefruit, faint Brandy. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, herbal, some grapefruit, light alcohol burn. Medium-full body.