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Cigar City Improv Imperial Dark Rye Ale

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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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What you have here is an Imperial Dark Rye Ale. Isn’t that a lot to be going on in just one beer? Well yes, it is. But that is the point. Layers. Flavor elements building on and playing off of preceding elements, like a building wave; a growing crescendum of taste bud temptation; a wall of sound expressed through flavor and channeled toward your mouth. This beer isn’t for everyone. In many ways it is more than just a little weird. It certainly doesn’t fit easily into any category. In the spirit of all great things that are conceived in the moment, but perfected through passionate repetition it started life as an improvisation and grew from there. And it might not be for you. But if the thought of big spicy rye notes, a wallop of a hop punch, multitudinous layers of caramel, sweet malt and a respectable balancing gravity sound intriguing then you might want to wing it and give Improv a try.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9145) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle split at the Manny G tasting, from an IP trade - as Improv, 28/06/14. Opaque dark mahogany brown with a big old frothy tan head. Nose is dark fruit, brown bread, spice, earthy. Taste comprises earthy hops, rye bread, spice, light cocoa powder, hints of tropical fruit peel, grain. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light hop rinse in the close. Decent enough offering but not one I’d rush back to.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (11348) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Colin. Pours clear amber with a huge, light tan head. The nose holds toasted grains, dry caramel. Medium to big sweet flavor with ripe berries, crunchy leaves, more caramel, toast, earth. Full bodied with lively carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with toasted herbs, earth, leaves, grape skins, burnt grains. So so. Some interesting elements but not terribly drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7079) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours deep brown with a massive light tan head. The nose is roasty, caramel, dried fruits, fruit cake, raisin, brown sugar and cake. The taste is rich, roasty, earth, toast, cocoa, dark fruit, brown sugar and ash with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Tasty and rather drinkable. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3470) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2014
Dark brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of oat, salty, caramel, hops and weak citrus. A flavor of cereal, citrus, caramel, malt, bitter and dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (1038) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Dark brown pour with an off-white head. Aromas of spicy, earthy rye. Flavor is similar with some nice sweet malt notes. Abv is very well-hidden. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1333) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
bottle shared poured a medium brown color and by the time I seen it no head on the glass. the aroma was malty spicey and hoppy. this was very good. the flavor was more of the same...just more intense. lots of spice from the rye. layers of sweet from the brown malts and possibly caramel undertones and plenty of hops. thank you sir may I have another.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
This ’hybrid’ beer will be judged based on it being an ABA. A: Pours a deep black ale which is nearly opaque, but maduro brown when light penetrates. Single finger, peanut head falls to a thick quilt of the same. Decent lacing. S: Astringent and hoppy. Some coal like dark malts. Coffee and cocoa. Really not impressive here. T: Strongly dark for the style. Oatmeal obvious offering some of the cream flavors. Hops are more subdued on the tongue than the nose. Good flavor on the beer. M: Thinner than I had anticipated. Near thin body with medium carbonation. I was able to through a pressure top on the bottle and drink the next night over two sessions and the beer held it’s carb well. O: Well done beer. I think this beer is decent, but not really on the high end of the ABA style. Would drink again, but wouldn’t purchase myself likely. Serving type: bottle 04-25-2011

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3502) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Brown bee out of the bottle with a thin beige head that shrank to a lasting ring. Nice roasted grain, rye and alcohol nose. Strong hop resin flavors over a thick caramel and malty sweetness. Long green finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a deep, rich, caramel, brown color with a one finger tan head that leaves some spotty lace. Aroma has tons of toasted malt, with hints of citrus and spicy rye. Taste is very complex with lots of roasty malt, chocolate, spicy rye and citrus, along with hints of caramel. Big thick mouthfeel, very creamy and viscous, with lighter carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (824) - - JUL 29, 2013
Big thanks to Peter - Dark pour, a finger of head. Big hoppy aroma. Citrus hops, rye, caramel, toffee. Medium body.


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