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RATINGS: 378   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 (1710) - 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.

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.

4.2
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1063) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (1032) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Had on tap at Oldsmar Tap House at the CCB Launch Party. Dark brown pour, foamy tan head. Aroma was smoked wood. Flavor was smoked meat and roasted nuts. A bit too bitter for me to truly enjoy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1453) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
A: Pours a nutty brown hue with amber tones showing through. Nice tan creamy head with spotty lace. S: Tons of toasted malt, with hints of citrus and spicy rye. T: Very complex. Lots of roasty malt, chocolate, spicy rye and citrus. Hints of gooey caramel. M: Very nice mouthfeel for an IPA. The oatmeal provides a bit of slickness. D: Very Good. One wonderful complex brew. Wish this was part of the everyday lineup!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
CCB Launch Party...Pours a very dark brown with a creamy head. Lots of flavor in this one. strong rye and hop presence. sweet finish. One of my favs of the day


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