Kentucky Ryed Chiquen - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 24
Gots: 42 | 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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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 dcmchew
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Mantooth
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of timontheroad
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of weonfire
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of NSXAG
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...

Photo of KYGunner
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of emerge077
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber-brown and hazy, with an ivory head a couple of fingers high that did a quick fade into a collar and left no lace as she slid down

S: slightly nutty and sweet; floral; resinous; with some spice

T: wet fruit up-front, combining dark and orchard flavors, hinting at plum and fig; slightly spicy and nutty, bright tart dark fruit with a drying finish; sweetness of caramel, spiciness of rye; airs of whiskey wood and fragrant flowers

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; gentle and smooth; from sweet/wet to tart/dry; touch of crispness, touch of chewiness

O: neat stuff - rye ale aged in rye barrels - has characteristics of amber ales, brown ales, and rye ales - an enjoyable beer, but a bit pricier than I'd usually pay for something of this style (about $17) - but that's just due to my personal tastes prefs.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first beer from Against The Grain Brewery; I was lucky enough to snag a bottle of this from the local beer store. Awesome bottle art with what appears to be real feathers glued to the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a deep coppery orange / garnet red colored body with some clarity. A little over a finger of thick creamy tan head. Some thin scattered lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is unique and strange, but pleasant enough. Funky musty yeast on the initial sniff, then followed by some buttery diacetyl, cream, caramel, some grain, wood, whiskey, and some subtle alcohol heat. Some doughiness and some subtle clove spice on the end there. Enjoyable smelling, but it could be better.

T - Taste follows the nose - smooth buttery diacetyl, cream, caramel, some vanilla, some grains, earthy wood, and some subtle whiskey alcohol heat. I was worried that the rye whiskey wouldn't really come through, and I think I was right. Tasty, but it has very poor depth and duration of flavor. Hardly any trace of the high 8.60% abv though.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, but thin and watery. Mild alcohol astringency, but not distracting at all. Still, I'd like a little more out of this. Semi-coarse / dry finish.

Overall, I was worried that this beer might taste 'under-aged' so to speak, and I think I was right. This beer could definitely stand some more time in a barrel to mature further. If that was the case, I would definitely ride this one trick pony again. Until then, I'll be satisfied enough to see what else these guys have to offer.

Against The Grain Brewery Kentucky Ryed Chiquen ---3.5/5

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ive had this twice - the first time was better than the 2nd, but enjoyed it both times. This review is from Thanksgiving 2013.
poured from bottle into crooked stave tulip. Slightly hazy golden brown color with little head. Look isn't much. Nice sweet caramel and boozey bourbon aromas.
Taste of bourbon caramel, sweet bready malts, and a hint of vanilla. Super smooth and almost creamy.
Overall, a great rye beer; probably one of my favorites of the style.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a hazy brown copper color.

The aroma has spicy rye, boozy whiskey, toffee, vanilla, and sweet caramel.

The flavor follows with toffee, sweetness, a light booze, along with a spicy rye whiskey character.

The body is a bit light.

An interesting beers for those that would like an aggressive rye whisky-ed beer.

Photo of Nat1975
2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Maybe I was expecting too much from a beer with feathers glued on? Maybe it was infected?

Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Showing signs of very mature English strong and old ales, there's a rustic charm and savory irresistability about this beer that allow it to step into the world of Gale's Prize Old Ale. High praise indeed.

Pouring a tawny and calm brown with rusty brown broadness and ruby highlights, the beer's cask condition-like appearance stems from low carbonation and provides a thin creamy white foam with short-lived retention and no real lace.

Voluptuous aromas of prunes, raisins, brown sugar, and molasses give a well rounded scent that extends to mature notes of sherry wines, wet tobacco, leather, and a hint of soy sauce-like savoriness.

Medium sweet, the taste of molasses is verbose, yet the associated sweetness is thin and mild. Balanced with herbal and wood-like hops and sheer complexity from the esters of dark pitted and dehydrated fruits, spiced grain, peppercorn, and medium toast, and the earthen aged character of sherry and soy. Low bitterness allows for complex malt and savory flavors to garner the balance of the beer for an authentic British-like pleasure.

Low lying carbonation allows the beer to press against the surfaces of the mouth with a light and almost-oily coat and allows the mouth to absorb all the succulent tastes of the beer. Perhaps heavier impressioned because of this effect, the beer medium body extends well into finish with a patient finish of semi-dryness and mild alcohol warmth.

Well aged beers of moderate strength and body are a rare comodity. With a rare step outside of the few examples of Gale's and Fuller's, it's nice to see these flavors being revisited by inquisitive brewpubs.

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Kentucky Ryed Chiquen from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
81 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.