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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.


3.8
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (974) - 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 (1284) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Another winner from Cigar City. On tap at the Cigar City Kickoff at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Flavors are strong on the hops and rye, with a hell of a toasted malt background. The flavor is possibly the most complex I’ve had out of a non-stout or non-Belgian Quad beer. There is a lot going on with this one. Strong rye and hops, again, and then great toastiness and chocolate in the background. Tastes like a well-balanced blend of a super-toasted brown ale and a strong rye pale ale, which is obviously what they were going for. They pull it off with great balance and great complexity. Then, a nice thick mouthfeel. Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Draft…This beer rocks!... Very dark ale with a huge, creamy, beige head that never fades. The aroma presents lots of roastiness and tons of spicy-hop and grain notes. Full-bodied and ultra creamy with medium carbonation. Burnt, chocolaty and bitter with a notation of unidentified berries. At 90 IBUs, it’s pretty well-balanced. Finishes bittersweet and a touch dry. Lots of rye and oats; a wonderful pairing. Most brewers wouldn’t attempt a 24% rye beer. Most would say you could never make it work. Wayne made it work big time. Another world class brew from Cigar City!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Courtesy of Retorp. Pours a dark cola brown color, hazy, with a tan head that settles slowly and provides lacing on the glass. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, roasted malt, rye, some hints of chocolate and cocoa. Complex. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of hops, citrus, roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel. Generally medium body with a slightly sweet, slightly bitter finish.


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