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Kentucky Ryed Chiquen - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 298
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 23
Gots: 46 | FT: 6
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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Photo of sweemzander
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a chestnut brown amber color. Some white froth
(S)- Deep spiced rye aromas. Dry oak meets a cinnamon/nutmeg thing
(T)- Fairly well spiced. Bits of oak poke through a sweet bready yet nutty malt profile
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Fairly sweet yet heavily spiced. Not huge on the barrel but definitely lends some complexity and dryness.
(O)- The packaging is more interesting than the beer inside. Unique but was expecting more (488 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates, but presumably the latest vintage as it was bought off the shelf

A: Pours a copper/amber, slightly hazy, a big 3 fingers width of light tan head which has good retention and leaves a moderate amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Very malty, lots of caramel, some spicy noble hop-type characters, a cocoa like character. Barrel notes aren’t huge, but are definitely present including a nice oaky-vanilla and a subtle bourbony-booze. 4

T: Floral, spicy, noble hop type characters are the most prominent flavors I get initially. Next I get malty characters, almost like a milder scotch ale; lots of caramel. Some bitterness to balance it out. Barrel characters are very sublte, with slight charred oak notes and some bourbony vanilla. There’s a linger aftertaste I don’t love, otherwise I would have rated it higher. 3.75

M/D: Fuller side of medium bodied, carbonation appropriate, ABV noticeable in the flavor but its not hot, drinkability is average. 3.5

O: Solid beer, nothing spectacular but I quite enjoyed it. 3.75 (1,072 characters)

Photo of gatorlove
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was fairly dissapointed by this beer. It was very thin and had a lager like crispness. The smell was very faint. There was strongoing Bourbon taste-wise, but not a lot of rye. I definitely don't think it was worth the price. (226 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice dark Amber color, thick fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Aroma was rye bread and bourbon (surprise!), with some light sweetness from the malt. The taste was nearly identical to the aroma, with just a bit of heat from the bourbon barrels. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy. Overall, I liked this beer a lot, but I'm a big bourbon fan, as well as loving rye beers. (381 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look: mostly clear amber. Big creamy off white head.
smell: pretty tame nose here. Some mild malt but not much else. Pleasant enough but just not much happening. Not getting an barrel or rye here.
taste: A little more character than the nose but still not a lot. Some malt, some rye spiciness in the finish. No barrel character. (328 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

A very well-executed barrel-aged ale—loads of barrel character without a massive alcoholic sting. The rye seems to be at a perfect level, as it never leaves the palate but does not become a nuisance. Sip after sip, this one really grew on us.

STYLE: Rye Amber Ale
ABV: 8.6%

LOOK: Dissipating lace, warm copper hue

SMELL: Big-time rye, toasty, slightly sweet, wood, faint caramel, mild booze

TASTE: Full rye jacket, wood tannin, mild barrel booziness, warming alcohol, raisins, light hopping, rustic, husky, smooth; long malty and woody finish (615 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of emyers
2.91/5  rDev -22%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of beerme626
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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! (185 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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 (322 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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. (232 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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. (966 characters)

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

750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy dark orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, vanilla, brown sugar, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, apple, bourbon, oak, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, oak barrel, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, apple, bourbon, oak, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, apple, bourbon, oak, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt, oak barrel, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English strong ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, oak barrel, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,603 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

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. (531 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (489 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-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. (615 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle (with feathers?!) poured into snifter. Thanks a ton for the state tick, Paul.

A: Pours a lighter than expected woody brown color with a finger of light tan head that faded into a wispy film.
S: The nose is full of buttery oak, mellow sweetness, and leather.
T: Follows the nose with buttery oak, leather, tobacco leaf, and slight cocoa. The rye barrel adds a nice spicy kick, and there's an earthy and grainy quality to the finish. The aftertaste is sweet and full of toffee, hints of rye booze, and raisin. Great spice rye, not harsh, very mellow. Notes of dark fruit sweetness and toasted grains are in there as well.
M: Frothy, but very soft carbonation, medium-full body, slick and light mouthfeel from the airy carbonation. Drinks well. Mild bitterness balanced by mellow sweetness.
O: Very enjoyable rye beer, very smooth, great flavor, mellow and drinkable. Thanks again Pidzik12. (902 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing chalice, the beer pours a hazy ruby red/brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel, rye bread, rye whiskey, and some dark fruit. It tastes like spicy rye, rye whiskey, caramel, dark fruit, wood, and some earthiness. It's mostly a sweet, malty tasting brew, but there's also a good amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, I wouldn't mind picking up a bottle of this again soon. $12.00 a bottle purchased at the brewpub. (658 characters)

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

Bottle opened on 3.29.14

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with a large light tan head with good retention.

S - Rye, malty, caramel.

T - Smooth rye, caramel, sweet malt. Nice.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Gimmicky and funny bottle, but solid rye. Sweeter and lots of caramel and rye. (298 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This memorable bottle (including glued-on chicken feathers) pours a thick and dense caramel-amber, with a rich head of off-white bubbles. Minimal head and lace resulting, though.

Aroma is spicy rye malts and more than a hint of booziness and whiskey. Appealing.

Taste is exquisite! Full-bodied and strong, with inflections of fruit underneath the layers of whiskey and rye grains. Very smooth-drinking, and a sipper that's one to be savored.

Absolutely a joy. (462 characters)

Photo of TheFizzinator
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown instead of more of an amber color. Smells of grain, chicken feed almost, the barrel of whiskey is definitely in the fore front. Has a metallic quality to it as well. Rye whiskey hits my palate instantly with the metal quality there too. The malt is nice subtle at first but comes on later in the finish. Tastes like cornbread the malt. It's too predominant in the rye whiskey flavors for there to much depth in this beer or to find the more subtle qualities in this.

I thought this was okay. Tastes and sort of drinks like a rye whiskey but with a smoother mouthfeel. (587 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy bright brown orange in color. Served with a good inch plus if foamy head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing. Aroma is fairly malty with notes of bread, yeast, phenols, and just a touch of alcoholic spice. Taste is similar. Caramel malts, lots of rye, fusel spice. Unfortunately a touch of plastic in the mix as well. Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness slight spice. A decent beer (407 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium to dark orange amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, rye whiskey; estery and spicy with a mild rye sourness. Flavor is rye malt, rye whiskey, oak, caramel. Big burst of well integrated malt and barrel flavors, but tapers off rapidly and finishes with more stark mild rye whiskey, almost like rye after sitting in a couple of melted ice cubes. Light residual hints of rye, oak and slight malt. Medium bodied, also seems to start with a mild creaminess, but finishes unexpectedly a bit light in mouth feel. An interesting take on a rye barrelled beer. The initial flavor and mouth feel are quite nice and promising, but it finishes a bit thin and much less flavor intensity. I'd try this again, but not in the quite pricey 750 ml bomber. Interesting, flavorful, but unbalanced taste sequence. The bottle is very cool but leaves feathers everywhere. I can't imagine unpacking a case of these. (969 characters)

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Body is a rich almost bourbon like in color. Thick carmel amber in tone. Head is a fuzzy biscuity brown tan. It stands at about an inch and a half and fades in just a couple of minutes.

The nose is relatively soft but definitely has tones of fresh rye, bourbon soaked oak that has had time to breath and grainy spice. A bit of carmel is there also.

With first sip you notice that it is a brilliant balance of flavor going on here. Dry rye pairs with the oak well. Just the right amount of spice plays throughout the palate. Rye on rye here was a perfect marriage. A very dry, earthy bitter mouthfeel is consistent here.

This is a very good brew in every way. Unique for the style and a very smart use of the rye barrels. I would recommend this brew to anyone looking for something new and interesting. (805 characters)

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Kentucky Ryed Chiquen from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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