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Super Kitty - Keegan Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 98
Gots: 35 | 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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Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 54
Reviews by Torps:
Photo of Torps
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from DeCicco's 8/24/10.. poured into DFH snifter.

Pours a deep, dark amber with reddish highlights. Not much head to speak of, with minimal lacing. Carbonation tickling the sides of the glass as it rises to a fine ring around the circumference. The aroma is supremely sweet and almost creamy with an inkling of floral hops. Caramel candies, spices, apple cider, honey and a subtle smoky-ness from the oak chips. Definite malt character. The taste isn't surprisingly in your face even though there is a lot here as far as aroma. The sweetness overall shines along with the oak and ABV. This is definitely a "strong ale." Finishes with a touch of bitterness which prevents it from being too cloying. The alcohol is fairly apparent, but I still think this is rather drinkable.

ps. American strong ales aren't exactly my favorite style of beer, but this was surely enjoyable!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini growler pour from DeCicco's. Ardsley, NY. Pours murky darker almond amber, with some shimmery highlights. Modest and loose medium khaki head, that leaves a film, collar and moderate bits of fine lace. Bold nose charged with a load of sweet malt (smells like honey). Full flavor ASA, winter sipper deluxe. Smooth, warming and well crafted. It is not easy to craft a 12% brew that is malty but not overly sweet or overly hot. Super kitty is neither. No bargain at $24.99 for the full growler...glad they will fill 16 ouncers with a swing top..

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from unclejedi - thanks!

Pours a murky brownish-amber color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet malts - not really any distinct malt that I can pick out, mild amounts of fruits - pears with hints of tropical fruits, and solid amounts of leafy hops. Tying everthing together are good amounts of vanilla notes from the oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by a myriad of flavors. First is vanilla, again from the oak, then solid amounts of light fruits, this time almost all pears. Near the end of the sip leafy and almost herbal hop flavors enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass and could very easily have a few more.

Overall this was a very interesting beer and I can't think of anywhere else it belongs but in the American Strong Ale category. Well worth a shot.

Photo of mikey711
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light brown color with some tinges of orange and only a quarter inch of head that does not hold very well.

S: Wow, what a great balance of hops and sweetness. the hops are not hugely in your face but definitely present providing hints of fresh pine and crisp herbalness. The sweetness is very honey based and draws your nose in for more. Also some nice caramel notes. More chocolate and caremel notes come out as it warms

T: Again just awesome flavor. The hops are much more present and richly piny and ruby red grapefruit but there it plays so well off the sweetness of the honey and the oak. Nice wood notes that provide some vanilla and earthiness. As it warms the hops are a bit duller and more of the sweetness becomes present

M: It is slighly hot and a little bit lighter in terms of body than I expected but there is a bit of creaminess.

D: Vastly exceded my expectations. I would love to have this again and while not the hype machine it deserves it is quite a treat for those who get to try it. Think Burton Baton but better. I think a pint or two would suffice but i could also see this one as being a beer that could get you in trouble

Photo of Gmann
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After battling the wax dipped bottle, the beer pours a chocolate brown color with some honey highlights, an off-white soapy head settles into a light ring. The aroma is of a big bready malt with some honey, a citrus and tropical hop note and finishes with oak and vanilla. Whoa, this is tasty. The taste is of brown bread, honey, vanilla and rum. This is followed by a tropical fruit, orange and piney hop in the finish. The hop presence does add a needed bitterness. These all meld very well together and are quite smooth. The feel is light to moderate with soft carbonation which helps give the beer a nice smooth feel. The ABV is up front and center and runs throughout though. It is a bit hot; almost feel as if I am drinking straight rum. It is a bit sticky towards the end. A very interesting brew; drinks like a big barrel aged brew but is fairly light in body. I would definitely like to see the ABV mellow some. Need to see if I can get another one to age a few years.

#900!!

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff pours from my 16oz growler like it came from a hand engine. Light puffy head fading to a light film and ring. Nice lacing for a twelve percenter. Clear ruddy amber. A deep caramel and butterscotch maltiness greets my nose. Notes of oak and vanilla. Light piney hops and a bit of fusel alcohol. A soft sweet caramel on the tongue is countered by a healthy grapefruit and leafy hop bittering. A delicious woodiness flows into light vanilla. Alcohol is there, especially in the finish as it leaves light evaporative vapors. It is so well integrated that it never calls attention to itself. Quite a feat for the abv. Feel is soft and silky with a gentle carbonation. Super drinkable for twelve. This stuff is an impressive feat for the brewer. The overall experience is a cask ale in a growler.

Photo of sensorglitch
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured two fingers into a pint glass. The bottle read that this was bottle 246/275.

Smell - I could really distinctly smell the honey. I can't think of any beer in which it was quite so noticeable. It had a really interesting addtional smell I couldn't quite place

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.

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

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

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

Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Mugs Ale House on Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn they had a tasting with a cask of this brew. Redish in color, average white foamy head. It had a caramelly scent to it.

And it stays true to the scent with the addition of fruit. Quite hoppy, actually. Very strong taste, so it's more of a take it easy kind of beer.

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

-Gfunk

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of claspada
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of papat444
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of CHickman
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy red amber in color which looks like cough syrup with a 1/4 inch off white head; smells of malt and alcohol up front, hops, dark fruit like dates, plum or cherry, caramel and some vanilla. Smells like a brandywine or a light port wine. The lacing was spotty.

Tastes of dark sweet malt, oak aged wine, caramel, citrus/orange peel, piney hops, honey, grass or yeast, light spices, brown sugar, bubblegum, toffee, some roasted malt, grapefruit, whole wheat bread, and what seems to be rum - the alcohol is present throughout the flavor, and this is a very complex and I would even say complicated beer. There is so much going on that it is a sensory bombardment, in a good way. The alcohol plays a big part of the taste, but is not overpowering or to the point of being a turn off. I could feel the 12% about halfway through my second glass of this growler. The malty sweetness is balanced well by the hops and fruit flavors that are present, and the oak barrel effect seems to add a mellowing component to allow all of the flavors to be tasted, but none of them to dominate. Each sip adds a new element of taste and it seems that nothing is going to take charge in this whirlwind of indulgence.

The more I drank this beer the more I enjoyed it, and as it warmed it got tastier. There seems to be a lot going on, with apricot and possibly some raisin as well as some more hops and malt in the finish. This beer almost has too much going on to capture all of the tastes, and once the alcohol starts kicking it it's very hard to keep a handle on this cornucopia of flavor. Light to medium carbonation with a smooth creamy feel on the tongue and in the mouth, this beer goes down way too easy for 12% ABV...well done Keegan's, this beer is very enjoyable and will kick your ass at the same time!

Photo of alalvarez75
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery orange color, crisp and clear with a decent puff of stiff foamy white head. Big whiffs of piney, floral and citrus hops with a sweet, big malty backbone - reminds me of 90 Minute from DFH. Taste is hoppy and bitter with a very interesting balance of floral, piney and citrus hops and a sweet toffee and carmel like malt backbone. Lighter side of full bodied, borders on syrupy, very dry. A decent beer, reminicent of DFHs aggressive IPAs.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of DasBeanstalk
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very strong and full-bodied, with a nice color to it.

Photo of Gavage
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #223.

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface foam. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: oak, vanilla, caramel, and alcohol are bold but easy on the nose. Great aroma.

Taste: big malt base here. Caramel, alcohol, oak, vanilla, ripe pears, honey, and a hearty bitterness make up a great tasting big beer.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth and a bit syrupy late. Aftertaste is long.

Drinkability: based on the big alcohol in this one, it is truely a slow sipper. Overall the flavor is great, and this one is worth picking up depsite the high cost. Grolsch styled top allows this to keep over a session.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sampling glass at the brewery, it appeared amber with less than a finger of white head, but great lacing. It smelled of super-sweet pineapple, dates, and caramel, and the taste simply confirmed this, and did not reveal any other nuances to me. One feature of the flavor that was positively surprisingly was that the syrupy sweetness did dissipate fairly quickly after the finish, a nice twist given the fact that most Strong Ales and Barleywines usually leave you with a lingering, cloying sweetness. Also, the alcohol seemed surprisingly well-hidden. Smooth and not as thick as I had expected; it certainly helps this intense beer's sessionability..at least until the alcohol knocks you on your rear end. A nice beer overall, but I wasn't as blown away as I had been expecting to be, given all of the stellar reviews I had read.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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!)

Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Re-Review:
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is another beer that rhinos00 recommended I pick up. Alex, if I end up not liking this, I'm not taking any more suggestions from you ;-)
Growler from DeCicco's that I picked up about 3 weeks back.

In my snifter, this beer sits a brilliant ruby red with exceptional clarity. A thin off-white head rises briefly, leaving some lace in its wake as it falls off to a thin disk.

Jeez, this is intense. Fresh citrus and pine hops with orange and grapefruit before a strong malt assault kicks in, with a blend of bright, fruity and honey, mildly burnt sugar, vanilla and butterscotch. The sweetness is quite intense, but is actually quite nicely done.

The palate opens with a surprising bitterness with grapefruit pith being the most dominant note, along with a fairly strong malt backbone. Honey-like and quite fruity (ripe pears?), there's also some caramel, and there's quite a prominent blend of toffee, butterscotch and vanilla. I also get some tannins on the finish, and this makes me wonder if it was oak-aged. Mildly sweet on the finish, there's a lingering bitterness, very grapefruity. Alcohol also appears on the finish, but it's quite appropriate. Quite full in body with a soft, creamy carbonation, this is an all-round solid beer. The alcohol is noticeable, warming my innards, but I need that right now. I'd love to see how this ages. My 16oz should last about an hour or so.

This beer strikes me as the bastard child of Hopslam and Double Bastard. A great effort from a brewery that really hasn't done much for me.

Photo of WesWes
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful pale and crystal malt scent along with a kick ass hop aroma. The oak chips provide a nice vanilla character that really compliments the malt/hop profile. The taste is outstanding! It has a very complex array of malts/hops/and oak character. It's got a solid malt base with just enough crystal malt flavor to balance the enormous hop taste. The oak chips really bring it all together. The mouthfeel is perfect. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It was really pricey $35.00/bottle, but it was worth it.

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Super Kitty from Keegan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.