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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChurchLady (19) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2009
this is such a great beer..It has an amazing mix of chocolate and caramel and alcohol without being syrupy sweet. . It is a smooth medium beer with depth ,but not so complex, that the flavors compete. It has a long finish that does not mutate into any bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1763) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Got to try a bottle of this a couple nights ago, thanks to "hannont". Colour... very dark brown and an exceptionally thick, tan head. Nose... milk chocolate, oat cakes, pine resin and spice (the rye??). Palate... incredibly smooth and almost silky, more chocolate, though dark chocolate rather than milk, vanilla, creamy oats, resonant hops and ending with a spiciness that seems almost like the finish of a fine, smooth Bourbon (I assume the it’s the rye).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2009
750 ml bottle shared with BConley. Pours a nice dark brown with a thick creamy tan head. chocolate, oat, spicy rye and some hops in the aroma. Bitter citrus hops, chocolate malt, silky oats, spicy rye in the taste. Almost like a thick chocolate ipa. I can see why some people think this is a little scattered, lots of flavors bursting about all over the place, but doesn’t seem to highlight any one. Nonetheless, I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2009
750ml bottle from darkguardian.... pours a murky dark opaque caramel brown with a thin silky very light beige head.... aroma of piney citrus notes with a little roasted malt and chocolate.... roasted malt, light chocolate and caramel with a good dose of citrus hops. good clean creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle via a trade with dchmela. Pours with a large, off-white head over a hazy brown body. Very nice lace. Taste is chocolate, rye, spice, pine hops and floral hops. Taste is pine, rye, bitter, with light roast. Creamy mouthfeel and light bubbles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4305) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle courtesy of BMan1113VR. Clouded brown orange pour. Interesting. Some hops on the smell. Darker scents than regular hops though. Bittered flavors with a hopped feeling. Sweet flavors of fruit also ensue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2666) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of roasted, molasses and dark chocolate, moderate lemon/lime for the hops, light earth for the yeast, and faint hints of raisin, charcoal and vinegar. Head is large, frothy, light brown with a scant bit of lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is muddy dark brown with a red tint. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and moderately acidic, and the extra long finish is lightly tart and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a lively carbonation and has a lightly astringent and very dry yet sticky finish. A nice American Strong Ale, full of the stuff I like, but just a touch out of balance. I’m not sure if the bitterness comes from the hops or the toasted malts. Hides the alcohol well, but definitely a slow drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
750mL bottle, no date from darkguardian. Clear deep brown with a 1 1/2 finger beige head, good retention. The hops seem to be almost exactly the same with the cedar Jai-Alai, though without the cedar they aren?t as near as unenjoyable. Tropical fruit (mangoes?) and spicy pine, though they?re a little astringent and almost plastic-y. Digging beyond that, there are some toasty nutty malts and some spicy sweet rye. The flavor adds quite a bit of straight bitterness, loses a hint of the pine, though the fruit is still there. Has a strange sawdusty kinda character I don?t like. There is also a slight lactic tang that I can?t quite place. The alcohol is masked well in the semi-dry bitter toasty finish. Bitterness peaked at a 6. Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Interesting--but there’s still some kinks. Thanks Chris for the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of soap, lots of pine, some smoked wood, and always notes of chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor fortunately leaves the soap behind and is extremely bitter with much of the pine influence as well as oats and of course chocolate malty notes. To say they "balance it all out" with the hops is a massive understatement as this is very forwardly bitter despite all the rich malt also in play. Finish is bitter to an olive like level. Overall it was pretty tasty, though the pine and bitterness were fairly one dimensional with the rest of the beer being solid though not really wowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3736) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of citrus, pine, oak/cedar, roasted malt. Flavor of lots of oak/cedar/wood with pine and citrusy hops as well as roasty malt and some chocolatey notes. Nice and drinkable. An enjoyable ASA. 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

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