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Barrel-Aged Old Kaya Dog - Tighthead Brewing Company

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Barrel-Aged Old Kaya Dog
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88
very good

19 Ratings
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tighthead Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
American-style barleywine aged 5 months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-28-2012)
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Reviews by GbVDave:
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 5oz taster glass at Tighthead 3/16/13.

A: Served a bright orange body with creamsicle filling colored foam on top. Quite stick with good retention. Small amounts of lace left behind for good measure.

S: Awesome aromas of rich homemade caramels, vanilla icing, a bit of citrus-y hops for balance, and BOURBON. Exceedingly well balanced with the strong Bourbon aroma not overpowering the other players here.

T: Killer balance between the flavors noted in the aromas above. This should be overwhelmingly Bourbon-y, but somehow isn't. Excellent!

M: Slick and silky. The alcohol is there, but I struggled to detect heat or astringency.

O: Their 2nd BA beer and it seems like 200th. Unbelievably advanced in quality and depth.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 18:09:46 | More by GbVDave
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Sure, most people are probably here for the BCS tapping, but I came to try this little guy, their barleywine aged in Woodford Reserve barrels (if memory serves). It pours a clear orange-amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises bourbon, grapefruit zest, buttery caramel, light oak, and a faint hint of green apple way in the background. The taste mirrors the smell, with the bourbon and grapefruit bitterly fighting it out for dominance. Again, a small bit of green apple appears in the background, a possible acetaldehyde sighting, but it doesn't affect me too negatively at all. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a very nice BBBW, as they say. I wasn't the biggest fan of the naked version, so this is a good omen for future barrel-aged offerings from these guys.

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Barrel-Aged Old Kaya Dog from Tighthead Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.