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Kentucky Ryed Chiquen - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 37 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mrfrancis on 02-20-2012

An amber ale brewed with rye malt and aged in rye whiskey barrels. Our first barrel aged beer here at Against the Grain is the Kentucky Ryed Chiquen. Named so because it was made in Kentucky, has a lot of Rye in it and was aged in rye barrels and it's not Chicken. As we all know (or should know) Chiquen refers to anything that is not chicken.
Now that we have all that straight, we will talk about what is in this beer. Brewed with Maris Otter from the UK and rye malt and caramel rye from Germany, imparting a spicy, fruity and dry flavor. Then hopped with enough English Nugget and Kent Goldings just to balance and fermented with our house ale yeast. After fermentation we moved the entire batch into the AtG private dining room and into used Redemption Rye barrels from our good friends at Strong's Spirits. There it aged for 5 weeks until we felt it had picked up the right amount of residual bourbon character and oak flavors. We then transferred it to our serving tank, carbonated it and the end result is on tap now, a balanced drinkable and complex barrel aged beer.
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3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Modernrickk
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has a spicy bourbon nose with traces onf rye. Pours brilliant ceep amber to brown with a white finely bubbled head that produces rich lace. The palate is bourbon, anise, vanilla, toffee and rich malt. It is creamy with very finely bubbled carbonation, a medium heavy body and above average carbonation, Very clean and smooth.

Photo of oldvines
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emyers
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours light amber in color with a 2-finger off-white head. Good head retention.

Smell: Lots of fruity yeast esters. I can sort of pick up the rye whiskey barrel but not much. Some alcohol heat. Comes off like a Belgian strong pale ale more than a barrel aged rye beer...not what I was expecting.

Taste: Lots of fruity character similar to the smell. There's a fair amount of caramel malt along with a peppery flavor. I'm not really picking up any whiskey. Corn comes in on the finish along with more peppery rye malt. I'm not really sure what I'm drinking to be honest. There seem to be competing flavors that don't meld particularly well. Kind of like a Belgian strong pale with rye added for no reason.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, pretty high carbonation level.

Overall: I'm getting more confusion than enjoyment out of this beer. Perhaps I should have expected that when buying a bottle with feathers glued to it. Regardless, I will be cracking a Founders Black Rye instead of finishing this bottle.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of target88
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerme626
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeeeehaw!
Delicious peppery rye brew with some strength of character from the bourbon barrel. Grainy smell like sour mash before distilling bourbon, but with hops to balance. I enjoyed!

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is super bomb...

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4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rye beers are not generally my thing, but this beer managed to turn my head.

Photo of nickfl
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty standard brown ale with a hint of barrel character. Surprisingly mild for the description and the ABV.

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3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a0lbudman
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L-darker side of hazy side of an amber color with a nice off white head that leaves a great lacing
S- whiskey, the rye and the hops comes thru also
T-rye, and whiskey taste with a mixture of both coming thru
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-good beer good whiskey taste and a good mixture of rye and hops and whiskey

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3.64/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Kentucky Ryed Chiquen from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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