Super Kitty | Keegan Ales

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Brewed by:
Keegan Ales
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by nriech on 01-02-2007

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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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..

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Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JMS1512
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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

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Photo of CraigMack61
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Ralphs66
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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.


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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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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.

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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.

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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.


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