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RATINGS: 371   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. Isnít 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 isnít for everyone. In many ways it is more than just a little weird. It certainly doesnít 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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 Re-rate. 750 Bottle. Pours deep red/brown with a huge frothy tan head. Nose is citrus hops, tangerine, bitter lemon peels, rich roast malt, spicy rye, oatmeal, loads of floral hops. Flavor is a spicy, hoppy, oaty, concoction with a HUGE mouthfeel. Nice hop bitterness in the backend. Very unique beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
On draft at OTH for the launch party. Pours a dark brown color with a thick, foamy tan head that shows good retention leaving a sheet of lacing in its wake. The aroma shows nice citrus and earthy hops, to go with cocoa, and toasted caramel malt base. Hints of oatmeal and rye finish things out. The cocoa and toasted caramel come through in the flavor but are quickly balanced by the bitter citrus and earthy hops. The rye lends a crisp grain flavor and the oatmeal really smooths things out. Medium to full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel from the oatmeal and a long bitter sweet finish. Definitely one of the better india brown ales I have tried.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
On draft @ Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a ruddy brown color with a thick, tight off-white head. Nice sharp piney hop aroma with dark roasted malt notes that are well balanced with the hops. The palate has the creaminess that makes me loves rye beers. The taste starts with a resinous kick but backs away for a grainy tobacco-like flavor. This one stood out at the launch party.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
Draft @ OTH, CCB launch party. This is my jam. Canít wait for bottles of this. Pours a dark brown, tan head, fuzzy with some lacing. Resiny pine hops, a touch smokey, lots of spicy rye backed up with caramel, chocolate malt complexity. Smooth, creamy lush in the mouth, a nice hop bitterness in the finish. All the elements work together so well, a beguiling complexity.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (961) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Wow! Very tasty and almost smokey brown ale. Flavors were rich and somewhat sweet. Very unique and interesting brew. Dark brown and a bit thick.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Draft. Poured a dark brown with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma was smokey hops and cocoa. Flavor is pretty complex, lots of bitterness from the hops with a roasted malt background. Chewy with hints of spice, smoke and vanilla. Full bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2009
On tap at OldsmarTapHouse for the CCB launch party.I really enjoyed this beer. A nice brown pour with a smoky nose.Flavor was slightly hopped with a nice smokiness added.A nice full bodied beer that just rocked

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3240) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Bottle from RattleíníHum. This one didnít really work for me. It felt a bit like a Stone beer where, even though they came up with a great idea and have good execution, they just went a bit overboard with the ingredients, where it seems they feel if a beer is not at least 8% and is not aggressively hopped it will not be any good. This is also a Three Floyds/Lagunitas/Sixpoint problem as well, and IMO it really bogs down a lot of brewers that would otherwise have really top notch offerings. Everything starts tasting the same, I guess. Iíve only had four of CCBs brews now but it seems to be the general case; I still look forward to trying more though, especially the cedar and fruit stuff.

Anyway, on to the beer, this one is quite fusels, with some white vinegar notes and a bit of spice. Thickish, evergreen body, kind of rye spicy but rather generic in the way that everything has been mushed together. This pretty much defines American Strong Ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gtreid (3) - Parrish, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2009 does not count
Another one that holds a special place for me, helped botle this one 2 weeks ago. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. A: Deep, rich, caramel, brown color. The pour produces one full finger of tan head that leaves some spotty lace. A: Very hoppy, I think Iím getting simcoe. Also very prominent are the roasty and chocolate malts. This is a very complex nose. T: This is definately a hop forward beer. The hops really shiine at first, then give way to the plethera of malts. Everything from chocolate to nutty, and coffee to caramel. Extrodinarily complex for this style. M: Good amount of carbonation, and thick feel for this medium to full body beer. D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average, but not as good as some of the other CCB offerings. The complexity of it really does a number on the palate. Overall, this is one tasty beer. I donít know if it is quite an IPA, donít know if itís quite a brown. Just a happy mix of the two. Get it, drink it, enjoy it. Skal.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (676) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle from Knightly in Orlando,This poured a dark brown with a nice thick tan head,taste was roasted malts and woody caramel with a smooth finish,as it warmed the alcohol became more present and so did the rye and smoke flavors with some chocolate,overall a very enjoyable product from the guys in Tampa.CHEERS!!!!!!&#


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