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Barrel-Aged Old Kaya Dog | Tighthead Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tighthead Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
tightheadbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Fall

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

Added by TMoney2591 on 10-28-2012

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#8,283
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
41
pDev:
9.68%
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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.

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Served in a snifter at WhirlyBall - Vernon Hills.

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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2013 vintage. Served on tap.

Pours a bright orange with a tint of amber. No head and some lacing. Nose starts with some grassy hops followed by some earthiness. This gives way to a strong bourbon note which clashes a little bit with the hops. Taste is spicy with hops and bourbon. The bourbon brings vanilla, and char to the flavor. Mouthfeel is light in terms of carbonation, heavy in terms of body. This reminds me of a barrel aged ipa... The earthy hops and the barrel do not come together harmoniously for me.

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Barrel-Aged Old Kaya Dog from Tighthead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 41 ratings
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