Kentucky Ryed Chiquen
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ranked #202
Ranked #41,207
3.68 | pDev: 13.59%
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
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Notes: 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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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz can in a snifter. This solid brew pours a nice deep amber with a
modest head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin dusty layer, and shows light
lacing. Nose of faint grains, light spicy rye, and faint bourbon with touches of
caramel. Flavors exceed the nose with caramel, brown sugars, oak, bourbon, and
light vanilla with a balanced back drop of herbal hops. Nice mouth feel; medium
light body, lightly effervescent carbonation, and a balanced lightly dry bourbon
touched finish.

Overall, a unique brew.


Aug 18, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can with an unreadable stamp poured into a shaker pint at fridge temp 8.6% ABV. Recent release. The beer pours bright, light copper in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and few scattered bubbles. No lacing. The aroma is faint with notes of earthy, caramel sweetness. The taste is semisweet toasted caramel malt with a minor hint of rye and oak. Bourbon is absent. Mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good beer, but not what I was hoping for... Minimal rye, minimal barrel and a fairly hefty price tag. It's a nice change of pace in today's beer world, but I'm good with one.

May 22, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.6%. Orange to amber colour, huge off-white head. Distinct aroma of rye whiskey oak barrel, hints of caramel and dark dried fruits. The flavour has a slight malty sweetness, again followed by notes of rye whiskey or bourbon oak barrel, caramel and brown sugar, dark dried fruits and mild spices. Moderate hops. Overcarbonated, fizzy mouthfeel.

Mar 22, 2021
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Bannik1 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Ordered two flights at the brewery. This is definitely their best offering.

It looks and tastes a little thin and watery compared to what you would expect.

However the flavor is not a let down. Often with bourbon barrel aged beer you become overwhelmed with the smoky and woody flavor. It takes the back seat to an excellent rye.

Oct 12, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L:. Pours a muddy red orange with a creamy white head that takes a while to dissipates.

S:. Notes of bourbon, a spicy rye, some apple juice, some sweet berries including strawberry, a bit of vanilla. Smells unique.

T:. Spicy rye, mixes with bourbon and berry, a sweet apple and a light hop. Unique taste definitely, not sure of that is good or bad.

F: high carbonation, medium to full body.

O:. Interesting beer, definitely unique, good but not amazing.

May 01, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 13.80 (Including tax and discount)/750 mL capped bottle ($0.543/oz) from Spec’s # 100, DeZavala, San Antonio, TX. Reviewed 1/26/19.
Undated bottle. On shelf at distributor. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Amber, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.3 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, fizzy, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a three to five mm ring and a rocky partial layer.
Lacing – Fair. Wide band of tiny to small bubbles.
First pour – Light amber, clear.
Aroma – 4.25 – Caramel, bourbon.
Flavor – 4 – Begins with light bourbon flavor and sweetness, followed by some rye spiciness in the middle. It ends with some vanillin from the barrel and a touch of hop dankness and bitterness. No alcohol (8.6% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – Well, this was a pleasant surprise – rye and bourbon in the same beer, and both were noticeable and tasty. This is only the second beer I’ve had from ATG, but both have been good.

Jan 26, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think Kentucky Ryed Chiquen a Bourbon Barrel Aged Rye Ale was pretty good even though it was a bit on the thin side.

Look: reddish brown with a two inch off white head.

Aroma: rye bread and bourbon

Taste: The flavor is rye bread, a bit of bourbon, orange, a hint of warming alcohol, and overall I think it is pretty good.

Feel: a bit thin and watery

Oct 07, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Opaque chocolate brown with a two-finger head of off-white foam.

Smell: Spicy, bready rye malt notes, some fruitiness, bourbon, and soap.

Taste: Dark, bready, spicy rye malt predominates. A minor amount of noticeable bourbon flavor. Still has a bit of that soapy bitterness and a small amount of alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thicker than average, decent carbonation.

Overall: I'm unsure what to think. While it tastes different, I'm not sure if "different" means "great" in this case.

Sep 16, 2018
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Birdlegs from Washington

2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Unfortunately, I didn't have my glasses ready, or even in the same room. Probably lost 1/3 of the content before the gushing foam stopped. This and the slightly sour odor and taste leads me to believe it was infected. Rye was present but the rest was a mess. I finished it but can't recommend.

Feb 14, 2018
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Initially, this beer filled a Cisco fisheye pint glass with pastel orange rocky foam that slowly yielded a hazed copper SRM 14-16 beer with turbulent clouds of carbonation within. Big patches of sticky lace eventually coat the glass.

The aroma opens with sweet anise and white bread, followed by figs. Bourbon and oak are background players that start faint and build with warmth only to be displaced by soapiness before all is done.

Nutmeg and anise open to be followed by light bourbon and oak flavors. Light bitterness is overtaken by sweetness, only to return at the end of a long modest finish. Jewish Rye is displayed with warmth as is Mandarin Orange.

A touch of alcohol lifts the medium body of this beer while the texture is that of itchy combed wool. Carbonation is mild, as is the astringency.

Ryed Chiquen is interesting and unexpected. I imagine it would work well with finger foods as the spicing is suggestive of Christmas or Easter. There were no feathers in my bottle. Warmth dramatically improved the flavor and palate by adding orange sherbet and soft creaminess.

Jul 09, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

OMFG! I scored a non-feathered bottle at H-'n'-G a while back, but I have been holding off for company before opening it ever since. I had an impromptu visitor who was amenable and so out it came!

From the bottle: "Cluck Cluck"; "The Chiqun has come home to roost! You asked for anything but chicken ... so here you go! An original rye amber ale recipe aged in bourbon barrels hatched right here in Kentucky! Kentucky Ryed Chiquen is malty and mellow, but has quite the barrel-aged bite."; "Rye beer aged in Bourbon barrels"; "Phantom Stab"; "Anything But Chicken"; "We've got a bleeder!"

I had to first peel away part of the label before I could Pop! the cap. This, in and of itself, was a reminder to be gentle on the pour. Once accomplished, I had a couple of awaiting tumblers for us. I poured so slowly that we grew impatient, but an in-glass swirl raised a finer of dense, light-tan head with decent retention. Peering into the glass in the harsh sunlight, the color revealed itself to be Amber to Deep Amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. I could take this beer to the local recycling center & clean up on CU prices! Nose was pungent with rye and bourbon! There were notes of vanilla, coconut & black pepper, but it was the rye bourbon that held forth, caught my attention & would not let go. Mouthfeel was smooth & creamy. The taste was a cool riot of peppery, minty, pepperminty coconut with a bit of oaky woodiness. OMFG! This was SOOO good! I have been accused/vilified/called out as an alcoholic, but beer is not (generally) what causes the onset of the disease. It is usually wine and (especially) hard liquor. My Achilles heel is/was/shall be Rye Whisky. Where I do not (generally) like Bourbon, I adore its offspring of Rye. Finish was the cool, smooth, semi-sweet/semi-dry kiss of Rye Whisky. Never indulged? Even in its cheapest rotgut form, it is still more pleasant than most whiskies. This was so good that I am inspired to have a finger of Rye before I take my shower & go out for the day.

Apr 28, 2017
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

When I opened thebomber it hideously gushed on me. I didn't expect this from a barrel aged beer. Probably this beer was infected though I didn't get a sign aside from the gushing, high CO2 and typical foam. Smell was dirty Bourbon barrel and taste was smoky and earthy but not in a good way. A shame that I paid the high price for it. In the beginning I almost drained it but the it was OK.

Mar 25, 2017
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GuitarIPA from Connecticut

3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Like a caramel vanilla alcohol drink - but not really a beer. Not really detecting rye or hops, just a hint on the nose. Medium body but minimal carbonation - kind of flat.

Dec 23, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Beer Market in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a clear light brown, with a small head and no lacing.

Smells like a subtle bit of rye, lots of rye whiskey, and not much else.

This feels a little thin, and narrowly focused- rye whiskey, a little bit of rye malt, caramel breadiness- and not much else to write home about.

This is way too light bodied for what I expected. It's got a lower level of carbonation.

This is definitely not my favorite AtG beer so far. It's just kinda unremarkable.

Aug 28, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"The Chiquen has come home to roost! You asked for anything but chicken... so here you go! An original rye amber recipe aged in rye whiskey barrels hatched right here in Kentucky! Kentucky Ryed Chiquen is malty and mellow, but has quite the barrel aged bite." Brewed in the style of a Rye Beer, available in 750ml. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Major gusher alert! Pours a smooth, frothy head of a pale cream tone over a copper body with light haziness, abundant carbonation and fine sediment. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Soured grains, tangy rye body, drying barrel notes. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Tangy, bread rye body with a reserved sweetness, moderately soured finish. Not much sweetness remains, and the barrel aging isn't notable in what remains of the flavor. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, moderately dry. Carbonation is light, generating a mild frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is mild/medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is tangy, earthy bitter and slightly grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is modest and there is evident impact of infection in this bottle, as evidenced by a change in carbonation, perceived dryness and shallowness if remaining flavors. 3.25

(Overall) An evident infection with little remaining of the beer otherwise to judge. Gusher upon opening, unexpected sourness, impacting the texture, carbonation and flavor. I'd say maybe next time, although I'd feel a fool to drop another 20 bucks on risky business such as this. Bummer. 3.25

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Aug 10, 2016
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JackieKu from Taiwan

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016-05-25. On tap.

A: Clear cropper.
S: Strong vanilla oaky. Some grains aroma.
T: Obviously bourbon oaky characters. Caramel malty. A little tangerine. Off-dry. Low bitterness. Short finish.
M: Medium light bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: Great oaked ale.

Jun 01, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured out an amber color, thin head on the top, off white. Didn't really smell much like bourbon at all. 5 weeks of aging huh? I dunno, seems like it needs more. Was just kind of alcoholic more than anything unique to bourbon, like char, sweet etc.. .

Taste, finally does impart some barrel character, the rye base is like a brown ale here. Ultimately I was already disappointed at the cost of this versus what I got. Has some leather and earth to it. Didn't find it to be complex at all. Goofy label.

Apr 03, 2016
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

nice rye beer with a heavy bourbony and flavor the smell of intoxicating bourbon almost makes you think it is a whiskey. the chicken feather compliments the bottle

Feb 02, 2016
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zachary80 from Indiana

3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a globe.

Pours with a huge offwhite head that stays around a while and leaves great lacing. Body is a clear amber.

Aroma is somewhat muted. Light sweetness with some cereal grain. Rye at the end is reminiscent of rye whiskey but not harsh.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Biscuity. Rye bomb = Lots of rye character here throughout. Finish on the flavor is a little too close to rye whiskey for my beer preference, and comes off a little harsh. A couple distinct phases but nothing extraodinary.

Rye slickness. Carbonation is on the lower side but somehow seems a bit prickly. Hot finish for the ABV. displays rye throughout, but is only something I'd recommend if you want to see how far rye can go in a beer. I would like the beer itself to have more character beyond the rye malt and rye barrel.

Nov 02, 2015
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Mildly hazed rose/light amber color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is pretty good and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Hmm, this is interesting. To start, the rye malt isn't nearly as strong as I was expecting. A lot of rye beers I've had would mop the floor with this one. That said, there's TONS of rye whiskey aroma. It's tangy, earthy, and boozy. Less of the spicy earthiness that comes with rye malt. Still it's a very nice nose. Light caramel and toasty notes.

3.5 T: The taste is like the nose, but calmer. Less boozy than the nose suggests - indeed it's pretty much undetectable. Tangy, earthy, leather rye whiskey. Spicy earthiness, caramel, toastiness, light non-sweet toffee.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth with a light warming finish, but lacking creaminess.

3.5 D: Pretty good beer. Not great, but well balanced with easy drinkability.

Oct 14, 2015
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MarkQ617 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this poured into a pint glass. Color is very nice - opaque orangish-copper with a reasonable white head. Flavor and aroma were rye on the front end and bourbon on the back end. Many reviews on here seem to lament that flavor is weaker than expected, and while it isnt the strongest flavor, it's a nice alternative to other bourbon-rye beers that can be extremely heavy...i liked it. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and slightly syrupy as you may expect. Underrated.

Sep 05, 2015
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sweemzander from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a chestnut brown amber color. Some white froth
(S)- Deep spiced rye aromas. Dry oak meets a cinnamon/nutmeg thing
(T)- Fairly well spiced. Bits of oak poke through a sweet bready yet nutty malt profile
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Fairly sweet yet heavily spiced. Not huge on the barrel but definitely lends some complexity and dryness.
(O)- The packaging is more interesting than the beer inside. Unique but was expecting more

Sep 03, 2015
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zac16125 from South Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates, but presumably the latest vintage as it was bought off the shelf

A: Pours a copper/amber, slightly hazy, a big 3 fingers width of light tan head which has good retention and leaves a moderate amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Very malty, lots of caramel, some spicy noble hop-type characters, a cocoa like character. Barrel notes aren’t huge, but are definitely present including a nice oaky-vanilla and a subtle bourbony-booze. 4

T: Floral, spicy, noble hop type characters are the most prominent flavors I get initially. Next I get malty characters, almost like a milder scotch ale; lots of caramel. Some bitterness to balance it out. Barrel characters are very sublte, with slight charred oak notes and some bourbony vanilla. There’s a linger aftertaste I don’t love, otherwise I would have rated it higher. 3.75

M/D: Fuller side of medium bodied, carbonation appropriate, ABV noticeable in the flavor but its not hot, drinkability is average. 3.5

O: Solid beer, nothing spectacular but I quite enjoyed it. 3.75

Aug 28, 2015
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gatorlove from Florida

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was fairly dissapointed by this beer. It was very thin and had a lager like crispness. The smell was very faint. There was strongoing Bourbon taste-wise, but not a lot of rye. I definitely don't think it was worth the price.

Aug 17, 2015
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timontheroad from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Jun 30, 2015
Kentucky Ryed Chiquen from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 397 ratings