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Kentucky Ryed Chiquen - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 20
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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Reviews by scottfrie:
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4.23/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

scottfrie, Jul 02, 2014
More User Reviews:
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4.08/5  rDev +13.3%

-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.

SD-Alefan, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

bpfrush, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

juicebox, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

Mantooth, Jul 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Cynic-ale, Jan 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Bizoneill, Nov 27, 2013
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3.52/5  rDev -2.2%

Iparedman, Aug 13, 2014
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3.54/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

weonfire, Sep 22, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

secondtooth, May 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Damian74Shensky, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

PretzelCity, May 14, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Gonzoillini, Aug 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

adamdarcy, Jan 20, 2014
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3.34/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

Alieniloquium, Nov 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

beergorrilla, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

scottgoblue314, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

beerman999999, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

mc4z, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

GRG1313, Mar 04, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

KYGunner, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

sfr26, Nov 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

nyrblue2, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Magery, Sep 07, 2013
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Kentucky Ryed Chiquen from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
82 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.