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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Aged one year in our cellars, this delightfully friuty treat is smooth enough to help you slide over the worst Y2K glitch. As you enter the 2nd millenium, take the time to enjoy Kosmyc Charlie's. Seasonal November - February.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle thanks to Brigadier sampled on 2/13/07: Pours a transparent bright copper orange with a thin-coating of off-white head. Aroma of sweet complex dark caramely malts with a touch of light fruitiness. Body starts fairly full and sweet with a nice, rich, complex caramel maltiness with a good, smooth, light fruitiness. A nice barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2007
12oz bottle via trade with Brigadier - Thanks! - Pours dark copper with a large tan head that stays well and leaves some lace. Great aromas of caramel malts, and grapefruit, pine, and grassy aromas. Flavor is caramel and toffee up front but soon some good peach and grapefruit and even pine at the finish. Good balance between the hops and the caramel malts. I thought this one was very nice..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2007
deep copper color w/ a thick tall off white to light tan head. Aroma is big and malty lots of carmels and some dried apricots hints of citrus and grass and a good amount of cereal. Quite nice. Palate is thick and lightly creamy. Flavor is first a big english style toffee malty piece lots of cereal almost day old biscuit w/ some overripe fruits definate plum and apricot and some more bisquit style stuff. The biscuity cereal part is not all that great but other than that the sweetness fruits and well masked alcohol are quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 6, 2007
12 oz bottle. Great name choice. Pours a clear dark orange color. Head is thick, off white, and bubbly with good retention and lacing. Attractive aroma of dried fruits with malty molasses and a touch of soy sauce in the background. There is also some fresh cereal grain and honey. Very tasty, too. Biscuity malt, caramel, toffee, and dried fruits support the rum and wine flavors. Nice bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Dark clean amber with a small white head. Nice aroma of candied fruits, malts, and bubble gum. Flavor has some decent bitter hop to it. Also candied malts, pine, grapefruit. Dry and bitter to the palate. A pretty good belly warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
12oz, no bottling date. Pours a slightly hazy orange brown with a two finger beige head. Aroma of pineapple and piney hops, raisins, toasted malts and toffee--fairly fruity. Flavor is toast, pinier hops, alcohol, a bit of raisins and tobacco. The alcohol ends up a bit too harsh. Bone dry finish. Moderate creamy carbonation with a medium body. Pretty decent, but not amazing. I think I’ve underrated every one of Central Waters brews thus far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Pours cloudy ruby brown with light off-white head. Aroma is quite fruity with a nice cherry finish. Sweet malt and fruit taste with a nice hop presence. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Poured a clear ruby-brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma was lightly fruity with a hint of cherry. Moderate amount of earthy hops. Sweet malt and fruity flavors. Hops showed up on the finish along with a moderate bitterness. Some warmth but the alcohol was well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Dark reddish color. Smell of alcohol, malt, rasins, apples, prunes, nuts, Bubble gum, cotton candy, hops and pine. Taste the same and its like drink Vodka straight up at first, then it goes to a wonderful fruity taste. Great bitterness at the end. Warms you up!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2007
12 oz bottle

I picked up a bottle of this at Steve’s for $3.49. It was worth every penny but not much more. This is one of Central Waters’ better releases in my opinion. I am not sure what vintage it is other than it is from the most recent bottling. I might pick up another bottle for aging once I clear some other barleywines out of the cellar.

Aroma / Appearance - A blend of chocolate silk pie, orange peels, caramel and raisins form a balanced nose. It has a little bit of a boozy background but on the whole the alcohol is well hidden. When it landed in the glass I was looking at a ruby colored body with no head that filtered out almost all the light passing through.

Flavor / Palate - As good as the aroma was, i was not expecting it to be this good. The first sip blew me away with a nice thick taste of orange peels dipped in chocolate. After that comes a bitter aftertaste with vinous characteristics. The mouthfeel is dense, creamy and chewy. The only weakness is a little bit of booziness that might fade with some aging. Otherwise this is an excellent barleywine for a cold winter night.

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