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Kentucky Ryed Chiquen - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 20
Gots: 30 | FT: 4
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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: mrfrancis on 02-20-2012)
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-21-2014 16:41:29 | More by dfhhead25
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meanmutt

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-18-2014 20:10:30 | More by meanmutt
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wethorseblanket

California

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Reviewed from notes. 750ml feathered bottle shared by Andrew - thanks.

A: Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a half-inch thick tan head which fades to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

S: Rye spices, slightly sweet caramel, fruity and floral, faintly nutty and whiskeyish.

T: Dark fruits of raisin, dates, fig and plum, some spices, caramel malts, wood.

M: Moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. Finishes smooth, dry, rye spiced and somewhat sweet.

O: Loved the tar and feathers on the bottle more than what was inside.

08-18-2014 01:46:35 | More by wethorseblanket
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-17-2014 05:45:11 | More by BMart
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BarrelAgedG

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -10%

08-16-2014 21:29:00 | More by BarrelAgedG
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -16.9%

08-16-2014 11:48:28 | More by ldhughes3
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Dicers

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-13-2014 19:21:57 | More by Dicers
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Iparedman

Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -2.5%

08-13-2014 18:28:17 | More by Iparedman
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LukeK

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -10%

08-09-2014 21:49:41 | More by LukeK
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rojapa

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-09-2014 20:05:06 | More by rojapa
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

1.64/5  rDev -54.6%

08-07-2014 11:01:52 | More by Rekrule
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IMFletcher

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-03-2014 22:47:25 | More by IMFletcher
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thegerm87

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

08-03-2014 20:05:40 | More by thegerm87
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jophish17

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

08-02-2014 19:59:14 | More by jophish17
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Big_Dave

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-02-2014 07:34:58 | More by Big_Dave
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured at Cork & Cask, Cornelius NC...

I really like this beer. Pours amber with a minimal head and sticky lacing. Lots of rye in the nose and in the taste, whisky too - a bit of charred wood and raisins. Dry mouthfeel, from the rye. It's not a rye bomb and it's thinner than I would have expected, but it's complex and fun to drink. Try this if you get a chance. I'm in NC, we hit Against the Grain last year... the brewers couldn't have been cooler. They're doing a great job of it now.

07-30-2014 22:49:07 | More by Mantooth
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ncelauro

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-28-2014 14:06:26 | More by ncelauro
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Augzilla

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

07-28-2014 00:48:43 | More by Augzilla
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denver10

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -10%

07-22-2014 04:29:52 | More by denver10
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev +13%

-from notes
Poured from tap into a plastic cup at the Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville.

Beer is a hazy reddish-brown with a light tan, foamy head.

The aroma is of rye bread, caramel, maybe some raisin and a little bit of whiskey barrel.

I get rye bread right off the bat with this beer along with some darkly sweet notes and a bit of bite from the barrel, There is a lingering bitterness that is quite nice and a little dry punch from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel seems a bit light for such a big beer but there is plenty of carbonation,

Overall, this is a nice take on a rye beer aged in rye whiskey barrels.

07-21-2014 20:09:58 | More by SD-Alefan
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.34/5  rDev -7.5%

really hoping for a big sticky rye wine here, but it just doesnt pan out. this is a slightly yeasty weird maybe bretty pale beer, with minimal rye character and a lot of talk but not much game. my bottle didnt have feathers on it either, which was a real let down, given it still cost basically 20 bucks, absolutely not worth that. a good beer, it just doesnt have much flavor for being a rye barrel aged beer. its pale amber, not well carbonated, and really not smelling or tasting a whole lot like rye, or much of anything for that matter. certainly no off flavors or anything thats an obvious flaw, it just seems to me that a beer with this description ought to have a whole lot more going on. its bland and i have to search for the rye. its too light in body and never really gets going for me. not bad, but really underwhelming for me. if it was ten bucks i would be less pissed. against the grain has yet to really impress me, but they charge an arm and a leg for their stuff. i dont expect it to stick here in colorado if it keeps being this lame.

07-21-2014 02:57:18 | More by StonedTrippin
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nosavingsaccount

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

07-21-2014 02:14:17 | More by nosavingsaccount
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ralerwen

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-21-2014 00:11:45 | More by ralerwen
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

07-20-2014 18:03:19 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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FrogOut69

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

07-19-2014 04:19:35 | More by FrogOut69
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Kentucky Ryed Chiquen from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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