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Kentucky Ryed Chiquen - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 19
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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beerman999999

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

05-27-2014 01:04:31 | More by beerman999999
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev +13%

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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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Shagator

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-02-2014 04:34:16 | More by Shagator
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -10%

08-11-2013 19:41:32 | More by bpfrush
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juicebox

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-01-2014 11:09:05 | More by juicebox
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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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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-16-2014 00:32:26 | More by Cynic-ale
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Bizoneill

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-27-2013 03:37:49 | More by Bizoneill
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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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weonfire

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Pours a dark amber. Small pencil thing white head, dissipates quickly leaving around the rim, opaque

S - Rye, vanilla, carmel, is this really aged in bourbon barrels?

T - Rye, earthy tones, lots of carmel and vanilla, a small amount of the bourbon does make an appearance

M - Not particularly thick, med body, moderately frothy, sweet carmel and vanilla coats the mouth and throat nicely.

O - Meh.... another average beer from ATG. Was really hoping for bursting bourbon, spice, and more vanilla. Its quite hollow. I supposed I was spoiled when my first ATG beer was the De Molen created Bo & Luke. Too many avg to poor beers have come after. Cool bottle - but don't rush out and buy this. That being said, rye flavor is very nice tho. no booziness - ABV is hidden quite well. Must be in that Chiquen.

09-22-2013 05:28:59 | More by weonfire
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.04/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

05-03-2014 02:15:18 | More by secondtooth
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-21-2013 15:35:54 | More by Damian74Shensky
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PretzelCity

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

05-14-2014 23:51:01 | More by PretzelCity
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adamdarcy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-20-2014 05:09:16 | More by adamdarcy
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.34/5  rDev -7.5%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brownish amber. Small khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Caramel malt. Tons of vanilla. Some chocolate malt. Not really any barrel.

Taste - Less sweet. Deeper malts. More bitter. Some toasted malt. Faint rye whiskey in the finish. A little bit of spice.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Mild bitterness.

Overall - High hopes for a beer that's feathered. Didn't live up to the presentation.

11-05-2013 01:28:43 | More by Alieniloquium
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-07-2013 08:49:39 | More by beergorrilla
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scottgoblue314

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-05-2014 01:36:57 | More by scottgoblue314
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-05-2014 02:39:46 | More by mc4z
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-04-2014 06:57:31 | More by GRG1313
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%

The body took on a reddish tint much like a cherry coloring but the head was fizzy and thin.

The whiskey tones are strong in the nose, with hints of vanilla, cherries and dates.

The flavor takes on less of the rye whiskey, though it's more than noticeable. The barrel characteristics come through a bit stronger on the tongue as the coconut and vanilla become more apparent and this is followed by an oak woodsy flavoring. It ends with a light rye malt.

The feel is a touch abrasive with a lot of carbonation, almost a soda feel.

I appreciate this for its differences from the norm.

12-05-2013 21:01:48 | More by KYGunner
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sfr26

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-25-2013 16:28:56 | More by sfr26
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nyrblue2

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3%

07-09-2014 00:31:18 | More by nyrblue2
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Magery

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +10.8%

09-07-2013 20:01:32 | More by Magery
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emerge077

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -18.3%

Probably the weirdest visual gimmick on a bottle I've seen.
Hazy copper in the light, dark brown otherwise. Two fingers of light tan foam, settles to a thin skim and collar around the edges. Skim is fairly unbroken for a few minutes until sipped, leaving behind a little spotty lace.

Smells weird, like decaying wet grain, minor yeast and bread notes. Not very appetizing.

Thin and astringent, noticeable alcohol heat, taste seems almost secondary. Woody and grainy like rye whiskey, some vague dried fruit but not at all sweet. The harshness seems to strip away the flavors. Dry and fully attenuated. Not something I'll be revisiting.

Thanks to Howard for this one!

01-01-2014 23:58:40 | More by emerge077
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

06-28-2014 22:02:27 | More by bluejacket74
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Kentucky Ryed Chiquen from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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