Super Kitty
Keegan Ales

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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #91
Ranked #12,455
3.96 | pDev: 13.89%
Keegan Ales
New York, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a ruggedly semi-dark murky orange/coppery brown color with a level finger's worth of white foamy head. Slight dissipation fairly slow to leave some concave sliding lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of honey to oak chips meshing with a toasty caramel/toffee malt backbone. Light floral sweetness and a touch of grassiness.
The flavor takes all of the prior mentioned aromas to sweetly mesh together. Smooth aftertaste with the malts sliding over those wood chips.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation and ABV felt appropriate. Super smooth finish with a moderate grip.
Overall, pretty nice American strong ale borderline barleywine-ish sort of character. Would welcome again preferably in colder weather.

Sep 17, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Good Life in Massapequa Park, LI, NY... Reminded me of a barleywine... Ruby brown body with just a wisp of head and very little by way of lace trails. Flavors and aromas of caramel and honey-soaked dark fruits, edged with a bit of resinous shellac, bringing an earthy, piney, hoppy edge to an otherwise sweet and strong beer. Just enough abv slips through to make sure you respect your pace. Smooth and full-bodied with a bit of chew and a hint of stickiness on the finish.

Jun 17, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at One Stop Brew Shop in Rochester, NY.

It pours a clear reddish amber, with a 1.5 inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells ike honey, oak, bitter piney and leafy hops, booze, and caramel.

This feel like a less refined version of Double Bastard. It's super raw, with lots of oak, big caramel malt character, heavy duty piney and grassy hops, grapefruit rind, and nice calming honey sweetness amidst the maelstrom of intense flavor. I was able to take down the entire bottle, but it certainly wasn't easy.

This is medium bodied. The alcohol doesn't present itself as much as you'd expect it to, which is nice.

A really interesting and well-crafted beer, but certainly a bruiser.

May 18, 2016
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013

A: Sunset reddish brown.

S: Sweet malts, cherry wood, plum, cloven honey, floral raspberry bramble.

M: Medium full body. Velvety feel. Alcohol on back.

T: Fruity, woody, and sweet. Oak chips. Piney resin on edges.

Dec 18, 2015
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Aug 27, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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;

Jun 28, 2015
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jhavs from New York

3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
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 .

Jun 09, 2015
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JMS1512 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Apr 26, 2015
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Jan 05, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Mar 04, 2014
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dar482 from New York

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Jan 08, 2014
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Nov 11, 2013
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ksimons from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -3%
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 $$.

Apr 16, 2013
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Nov 16, 2012
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DrinkSlurm from New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Feb 22, 2012
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koopa from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Nov 26, 2011
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alalvarez75 from New York

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Jul 17, 2011
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pmlondrigan from New York

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Jul 08, 2011
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ktrillionaire from Florida

3/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Jun 08, 2011
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

May 02, 2011
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mdfb79 from New York

3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Apr 07, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Mar 31, 2011
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Gfunk720 from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.


Mar 28, 2011
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cosmicevan from New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Mar 18, 2011
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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.


Mar 08, 2011
Super Kitty from Keegan Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 182 ratings