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Kentucky Ryed Chiquen - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 17
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
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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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Bottle shared by Jacob at the meeting tonight, thanks for the opportunity!
Spicy rye with a hint of maltiness. Light spirit flavor and heat. Decent drinker, but I wanted more body or sweetness to play off the spiciness of this brew.

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Dark amber, hazy, small off white head immediately reduced to a poor lace.
Really clear rye in the smell, nuts and caramel. Like spicy, a bit sweetish rye bread with walnuts in it. A small dry hint of whiskey, faint raisin, a bit of wood.
The taste follows the nose to the letter, with a bigger whiskey bite. Rich rye bread, spicy, grainy, with a nice splash of caramel and heavily riddled with sweet nuts (peanut, walnut, faint almond chips), black pepper and a bit of dry fruit, like some bits of dry fig and raisin. A bit of chocolate even, but more toffee. Finish has a touch of barrel stave and some dry, acidic whiskey, spicy on its own, complementing the rest of the flavours and enhancing them with some palate warming booze. A mild hop presence, in the same note.
Medium body and carbonation, really prickly tho. Aftertaste filled with rye bread richness and some light mouth-numbing whiskey.
A quintessential rye beer. Did i say "rye" too much? Rye. Sorry.

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Kentucky Ryed Chiquen from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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