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Super Kitty - Keegan Ales

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Super KittySuper Kitty

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 170
Avg: 4
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 94
Gots: 33 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Keegan Ales visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nriech on 01-02-2007

Brewed using the excess from their Hurricane Kitty recipe, this beer is combined with 1000 pounds of local Hudson Valley honey, oak chips, and several additions of hops during the 6 month conditioning period.
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Photo of polloenfuego
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a reddish amber in color with a white two finger head that breaks leaving fine lacing in its stead.

S: The first smell I pick up is the honey, followed by sweet malts and dark fruits. Then you get the hops that come from the IPA base.

T: The honey again, but the hops move forward more than the malts which are still very present. Caramels and dark fruits are also present. The oak starts out mellow, but the more you sip, the more you notice it.

M: Good carbonation, medium body with a nice finish.

O: I came in with zero expectations on this beer as I know nothing about the brewer. I was given the beer as a gift and chose to read no reviews on the beer. I am really quite impressed with this beer. If I had greater access to the brewer, I would buy more, but instead I will just keep my eye out for more of this very enjoyable beer. I really enjoyed honey component and feel that this may have smoothed out some of what may otherwise been rougher edges to the beer.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; reddish amber in color; poured carefully to avoid the yeast bed and got < 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: dark fruit with a little oak and alcohol;

T: dark fruit up front; mixes with molasses, which completely take over; all malt; just a touch of bitterness after the swallow;

O; medium to full bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

O: other than a touch of bitterness at the end, got no hop character out of this; enjoyable just the same; smooth for 12% ABV; will seek out again;

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Photo of jhavs
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint tasting glass.
A= Amber to orange, thick reddish tan head.
S= The sweet fermented honey hits you first, some alcohol and dark fruits, some pine scented hops.
T= Caramel, lots of fermented honey, some alcohol. Other reviewers mention bitterness, I did not perceive that at all. Could taste the oak in the finish and aftertaste, but somewhat light on the oak flavor.
M= Bubbly and a bit syrupy, though not unpleasant.
O= Definitely an interesting beer, and based on other reviews, seems to change by batch and aging. Differences in honey used or oak during brewing batches makes that seem reasonable .

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Photo of JMS1512
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured with force into my Duvel snifter from their wax-sealed swing-top 22 oz. bottle. Bottle number: 33/500.

Aroma: Sweet malt, raisin or fig, wood, bright piney hops, and alcohol work in concert. A small undertone of something… I can’t identify it.

Sight: On the dark side of amber, beige head that at first takes up ¾ of my Duvel snifter. It recedes after a minute or two. Tiny bubbles make their way to the top, in part due to the nucleation site at the bottom- a gothic “D.” Floaters also exist in the beer. Must be an old bottle, but fine by me (and yes- 11/2013 after I look for a date on the bottle).

Taste: Strong echo of the aroma, the wood chips easier to detect, as are the hops. Inspecting the bottle, I read it’s a steroid-version of their I.P.A., which makes a bit of sense, as it reminded me of a D.I.P.A., but at the same time, something more. The bottle as lists honey as an ingredient. I canay taste it, but I suppose it adds to the overall sweetness. This might be a little too bitter for me without it.

Feel: Pretty tingly, and oily brew, sporting a medium body. It’s bottle conditioned with more yeast, so that might explain it. We’ll call it a three second finish.

Overall: Very cool to have tried this one, and though I like American Strong Ales, this one didn’t quite do it for me.

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Photo of papat444
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle, batch 324 14 so bottled Nov. 20, 2014.

Bright amber body, tight foam slathering on all sides. Flavor starts mild with oak but opens up to alcohol infused caramel and mineral hop bitterness. Very easy to drink with the stated ABV.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.58/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pour is mostly copper with red edges and a fairly tight tan head. Nose has a light malt base with hints of oak and a fair bit of green apple sweetness, acetaldehyde as I am to understand. Taste has a bit of oxidation, notes of oak and some boozy characteristics. Malt base is fairly rich and dry, a touch tart and definitely a bit off. Full bodied, dry finish, well carbonated.

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Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For a beer made with oak chips, I would expect more smokey and wood notes from the aroma. The color is a lovely warm amber color.
Going into it, it's a decent sipper. The alcohol dissipates around the mouth and the tip of your tongue gets a little of the bitterness. Taking a bigger sip, the caramel initial note is nice, but then it turns into an acrid combination of bitterness and alcohol. I wish the wooden flavor was more well rounded and sweeter, as currently, it leaves your mouth stuck with the taste of something like soil.

The beer comes in a rich hazy ruby color.

After a year, it smells very much like an American strong ale/barleywine.

A bit of those earthy and piney hops. Tons of caramel and toffee rich sweetness. That oak shines through as well. Very much like Bigfoot.

The flavor follows with some of that caramel sweetness. However, still with tons of bitterness. Earthiness, a bit of pine. Loads of oxidation on the finish. Wet cardboard and leafy flavor. Alcohol shines through on the finish. As it warms up the oak shows through more and the beer becomes smoother.

A year mellows the beer out, the oxidation is quite prevalent, but the bitterness calms and it becomes a smoother drinking beer.

I recommend aging it.

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Photo of beertunes
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Another big Thank You to CaveDave for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy medium brown color with about 1/2 inch of light tan head that moderate retention and decent lacing.

The aroma had big malts and solidly notable wood aspects, and a bit of an alcohol note at the back. Pretty similar on the tongue, the malts dominating, some wood dancing around the edges, a light sweetness overall, and a bit (very slight) of an alcohol burn at the finish.

The body was lighter than a lot of other comparable brews, which made for an interesting change of pace. Drinkability was dangerously good, a bottle (or 3) could get down the throat before you quite realize what's going on. Overall, a great brew, one that compares favorably with one of my all-time favorites, North Coast Old Stock Ale. This would certainly be in regular rotation if it were local. Obviously a must try if you see it.

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Photo of ksimons
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy brown amber with a fingers worth of very light tan head that leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-caramel malt, light honey sweetness, and light bitter hops. Smell improves as the beer warms.

T-caramel malts, honey sweetness along with a bit of fruitiness, light oakiness, and ends with a fair amount of bitter hops. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, bitter aftertaste left in the mouth

Overall it's an interesting beer, nice malt/honey mix with the bitter hops. Worth a try if you find it and its not too much $$.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Baloss for opening this bottle at a ecent gathering. 2006 vintage

Super Kitty has a nice dark looking brown bark colored look with some dark mahagony popping through. Cant really see through the beer, not entirely black. Some faint bubbles pop up and pop down when in the snifter, they had a beige tint to them, no spots on the glass going down. At this point the hops have all but faded. There is a big caramel toffee vibe here with some underlining dark fruit mixture. Brown sugar and toasted malt. Super Kitty Kat tastes like it smells. Rich caramel, drk fruit, chocolate, semi vanilla tones, Toast. The alcohol pops out in just the slightest fashion. Feel is a step down from full bodied with a small amount of car bubbles on the tounge. Swift easy drinking, while not being overly complex, even at 6 years old. A great beer to share though with the size of the bottle and everything.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.
Poured into pint.
Pours a hazy golden amber. Sweet malty aroma.
Taste is of sweet malts and hops; slight dried fruit way in the haze.
Overall...ok Strong Ale...not overly done, but ok with flavor. I am so glad i didne spend the $35 bottle on this....its worth the $5 pint at the brewery but I wouldnt spend a dollar more on this.
Deff not worth it...
Since i spent $5...nice brew, worth a try.
If i spent $35...waste of money...
Be careful here.

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Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage bottle # 281 of 500 bottled on 12/07

Appearance: Pours a honey tinged auburn with a 1/2 finger off white crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Strong oak presence dances divinely with stale hops and a touch of honey.

Taste: Same as the nose. Really well balanced at this point in time (4 years of age on it).

Mouthfeel: Thick side of thin bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down fairly easily. A bit more heft to the mouthfeel and I would have given it a 4.5 in both the mouthfeel and the overall categories.

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Photo of alalvarez75
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - I could really distinctly smell the honey. I can't think of any beer in which it was quite so noticeable.

T - Again not only could I smell the honey, I could taste it. This beer was surprisingly smooth. Give the ABV I remember thinking that was a little bit frightening that something 12% could be so smooth.

A - The appearance was really intriguing. The color wasn't quite what I had seen before

M -- Very good, smooth, tasted like honey but didn't affect mouth feel

O - It was very good, I don't know if I would want to drink this a lot. But it was good.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage 32oz. growler
Yup, pours a very reddish amber color with a one and a half finger off white bubbly head. Sheets of lacing on down the my Allagash chalice. Faint aroma, sweet crystal malts, sticky hops, yes honey, and if a I imagine hard enough oak too. An aggressive malty and hoppy flavor. Kind of a piney resinous hop flavor presents itself. Very sweet, yes I can detect honey, some light notes of vanilla and brown sugar too. As the beer warms some of that oak actually shows up. For such a strong beer the alcohol is super well hidden. Pretty rich and somewhat cloying. I typically like my American Strong Ales pretty brash and oaky/malty and this falls shy.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, what terrible packaging; it looks like King Cobra's little sister.

The brew pours a mahogany brown and is capped with a fizzy root beer type of head. This beer sort of reminds of Imperial Turbodog. It is a bit sweet and dark-bready with molasses and UK ale yeast fruitiness. There is also a bit of an herbal lemongrass note taking hold, especially on the finish. I am not terribly impressed with this beer, I had never heard of it, and don't know what the big deal was supposed to be in the first place. It's not bad, but it's not particularly good either.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cavedave for the 2009 vintage, and to imperialking for sharing the 2010 vintage at DLD this year.

A - Pours with a generous light tan foam that has good retention and settles to a solid cap, leaving a few spots of lace. Transparent caramel brown color, although later pours had some suspended sediment.

S - First observation - the 2009 vintage is way oakier than 2010. That being said, both have a barleywine flavor profile. Bread, brown sugar, honey, and some lemony hops as well.

T - Reminds me of a heavier, more intense of the Why Winter consumed immediately beforehand. The '09 is a bit sweeter and more oxidized, but in a complementary manner. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation. Viscous, with some mild alcohol warmth in the back end - although 12% was a bit of a surprise. Some oaky tannic dryness as well.

D - Not sure why they felt the need to put this in 1L bottles - 12oz would be an appropriate bottle size. The 2009 was too heavily oaked and was less enjoyable. I'm averaging the scores of both vintages for the most part here.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/27/11 notes. Growler of this from NY shared by nimbleprop; thanks Mac, I've wanted to try this one for a while.

a - Pours a dark amber color with a reddish tiny, one inch of off white head, and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, caramel malts, light citrus, and alcohol. Decent, but the alcohol comes through a bit and not a ton going on.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, and very light fruity malts. Also some alcohol again, maybe a tiny more than in the smell. A step down from the nose and a bit average.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, a little bit of alcohol warmth.

o Overall this is not a bad beer at all, but a little bit of a disappointment. It's a bit bland and boozey, with caramel and bready malts leading the way. Would give it another not, but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours an amber-brown color with some dark crimson highlights. There is a thin head, but it fades away quickly. The nose has a bit of caramel sweetness and molasses. Light hop character and maybe some honey. Really quite bland and boring. Nothing stands out and the notes that are there are just singular and don't truly interact. The flavor is equally disappointing. There is malt sweetness and brown sugar plus some caramel and light earthy hops. Maybe a touch of citrus. Medium body with some booze. This was just an average beer, which was quite disappointing after I had sought this one out a few times.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottom filled growler from DeCicco's. Out of my Long Trail Brewmasters glass.

A- A very warm amber/brown color. Hues of red as well. The head is slightly off white, and light. It retains pretty well, with light lacing.

S- Smells of honey, caramel, piney hops, and spice. The hops really aren't very prevalent, mostly the sweet maltiness.

T- It's a smooth malty taste, with hints of hops and honey. The flavor is actually a lot less intense than I thought it would be. I get some slight hops in the aftertaste, but it really isn't very prevalent.

M- If you didn't tell me, I would think this beer is probably 7-8% based on the body. However, the booziness is well hidden. Almost a little watery would be my only complaint.

O- Pretty nice strong ale, but a lot of the flavors are a little muted for me. It is a smooth and good melding of flavors, however none really stand out to me too much.


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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to big z for having this up for growler fills at a killer price (got a 32oz fill for 1/3 of the price of the bottles!!!)

a - Through the growler has a muky brown look. Poured into unibroue tulip...deep plum with lively carbonation and a full finger of frothy head (this glass will always produce a thick head).

s - The vanilla tingle of oak is really nicely married to honey. The oak is really nice. A bit reminiscent of founder's backwoods bastard (less the bourbon). Vanilla caramel glazed hops. Pretty awesome.

t - Vanilla oak honey hops. Not much of a malt balance so the sweetness isn't there that you'd expect. The oaky flavor chills the hops without sweetening it up. Very nice.

m - bitter hopped aftertaste with a alcohol shine and tingle. The wood really mellows it out and smooths over the bitterness so the bitterness creeps up a bit and then retreats for the hills leaving a boozy tingle.

o - Overall it's a hop heavy IPA aged in nice tasting oak. The booze is there...making the mouth really nice. Once I got over the bittered flavor and the alc warmed me a bit I really got into it. If you dig oak aged brews this is a worthy one to try for sure since the wood really adds a great touch to the flavor, but the price tag is a bit hefty compared to other limited release brews that are out there. One for the tickers for sure...I was really glad to see it on tap so I could get my taste without having to shell out the dough for a bottle.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Waxed one-liter swingtop (wtf?) into a Weyerbacher tulip; bottle 13/500 of the 2010 vintage. Huge thanks to Hopstoopid120 for providing this profoundly bizarre brew.

A: Clear red-orange body with a finger of fine off-white head. Pretty.

S: It smells like I shoved my nose into a bag filled with a mixture of hops and raw, fresh oak chips. Subtle this beer is not, but it is interesting.

T: Smooth caramel malt, intense green oak, and bitter hops. Quite complex, but not terribly tasty.

M: Frothy medium body with very fine, everpresent carbonation. Fun, but a little over the top for the style.

D: The 12% is fairly well hidden, but that doesn't make it easy to drink.

Notes: I'll give this one tons of credit for being hugely aggressive flavor-wise without a concomitant blast of booze, but the intensity would have benefited greatly from even a tiny bit of elegance, balance, or integration. Just dumping an ass-load of ingredients into a beer doesn't automatically make it amazing. I'm really glad I got to try this one, even though I will definitely not be seeking it out in the future.


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Photo of vfgccp
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(First reviewed in Feb 2011, bottle #258 of 500. Current review, fresh on tap in May 2013)

A - Burgundy amber in color. Pours a tall bone-white head that sticks with a nice lace.

S - It's the smell of honey poured on fresh baked biscuits. Warm booze is definitely present in the background too.

T - Wild flour honey, scotch, oak, booze, and freshly buttered toast, with a firm backbone of bitter herbs. The flavors are huge, and the alcohol is warm and inviting.

M - Smooth, full bodied with a boozy warmth and a bitter-sweet finish.

O - Out standing flavor profile, with a much better balance on tap.

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Photo of claspada
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas begin with sweet candy-like caramel sweetness; almost berry-like. Grape, apple and some honey notes. The aroma is AMAZINGLY COMPLEX, over the course of 20 minutes I probably sniffed this bad boy 20 times.
The taste could not compare to the nose but was still excellent. The oakiness/woodiness mellows out the sweet/light biscuity maltiness. Some earthy qualities as well presumably from some light hop additions.
Mouthfeel is perfectly slick and sticky for this type of beer; perfect/average carbonation as well helps to balance out the high ABV on this brew. Ridiculous lacing as well by the way.
This was a great brew from Keegan ales, my first from them I believe, but will definitely not be my last after sipping and savoring this intense offering, which I recommend doing, this is not one to pound but really quaff and savor over a period of time. Highly recommended!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super Kitty on tap at The Ginger Man, New York.

Appearance: Served in a 12-oz small brandy snifter. Beautiful fluffy white head, one and one-half inches, Belgian style. Very dark/hazy/opaque in color, caramel-raisin puree appearance. Excellent lacing. Truly a gorgeous look.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, rum. Heavenly sweetness! Uncommon for an American Strong Ale. Some spiced bread and biscuity feel. Some chocolate. Smells like Christmas and/or Holidays to me!

Taste: More of the same, but less pronounced than the nose. Very sweet, biscuity, dessert-y. Malts too, and some hops. Some dairy at the end. Coconut.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body, full flavor. Lingers in mouth after sipping. Could use more carbonation and fizz, though.

Drinkability: Not too boozy, but it does hit eventually. 12% can't be hidden for too long. Still, this is a delicious brew that should be sipped and savored and enjoyed at least once (I wish I could get a growler!)

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a thin film of bubbles covering the surface. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of grapefruit along with some notes of alcohol and oak in the nose.
T: The taste is quite complex and has flavors of honey, malty sweetness, oak and spices.
M: It feels full-bodied and slightly viscous on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
D: This is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped given its high alcohol content, although this allows you to savor the complex taste.

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Super Kitty from Keegan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.