Kentucky Ryed Chiquen - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
Serving type: growler
02-24-2014 01:01:34 | More by SPLITGRIN
3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
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
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2014 00:16:26 | More by mfnmbvp
2.89/5 rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A - Pours a raisin color with a generous toffee cream colored head that doesn't stick around for more than a minute or so before vanishing, nice cascading bubbles on the pour. The head totally disappears after several minutes to give an appearance of a cask beer. Viscous in appearance.
S - Mostly spicy caramel malt with bourbon and a touch of dark fruit-like character.
T - Roasted caramel malt, slight spiciness, nutty, prunes, figs, raisins, and bourbon. Finish is on the sweet malty side and there's virtually no warming on the way down from the bourbon.
M - Heavy medium body, very little carbonation, and a little sticky on the lips. Starts out thick but ends somewhat on the watery side.
O - Part amber ale, part brown ale with some dark fruit, spiciness, and bourbon presence. The most enjoyable part is the rye spiciness that lingers on the palate, the flavors are a subtle blend. If you enjoy brown ales this may be a good match and worth trying, if you expect a moderately bold, flavorful beer, it's not.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2014 20:01:59 | More by jzeilinger
2.95/5 rDev -20.3%
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!
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 23:58:40 | More by emerge077
Kentucky Ryed Chiquen from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
84 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.