Against The Grain Kentucky Ryed Chiquen

Although I’m not the biggest fan of Against The Grain’s labels, I have enjoyed the beers I’ve had from them so far. Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 8.6%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Cluck Cluck! The Chiquen has come home to roost! 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.”

Random: I had New Holland’s Beer Barrel Bourbon and wasn’t a big fan of it.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass as well. The body was a bright amber color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was mild, given that it was aged in bourbon barrels and was a rye beer. It had lightly toasted malt and the rye was muted. There was also some vanilla from the bourbon barrel aging. The taste had vanilla and spicy rye. There was also toasted malt, like a wheat toast and some cracker as well. The booze was insanely well-hidden. It had a medium body with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with vanilla and a touch of rye. A bomber of this was $18.99 ($.86 per ounce). I found this beer interesting, but I wanted more from the bourbon barrel aging and more spice from the rye. I’m glad I got to try it, but I wouldn’t rush back to have it again, especially given the high pricetag.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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