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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, 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!

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10616) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Draft at the brewery, courtesy Joey and Wayne. Pours a dark chestnut brown color, a thick and creamy, tan colored head lasting for ages. The glass is quickly draped in a solid sheet of foamy lace. Formidable orange and grapefruit hop notes show atop a malt base of cocoa, scorched caramel, heaps toasted rye, and traces of vanilla. Despite the big citrus hop contingent, flavors show incredible balance, cocoa and caramel asserting their collective will. Rye lends its signature, crisp and fresh grain taste. Oatmeal really sets this one apart, lending both a smooth, vanilla flavor and a substantial, borderline milkshake-like mouthfeel. This is right up there with the best of the India Browns.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5188) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Thanks for the share. Pours cola brown with a nose of roasted malt, hops, chocolate, sugar, and lingering pine hops. Flavor is similar with a nice mouthfeel and a very discreet alcohol presence. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2008
(1L handbottle, thank Retorp) Medium brown head atop cola black body. Aroma is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, caramel, some roast, cattiness, chocolate. Tasate is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple/catty, roast, rye chocolate. Medium body, some chewiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, spicy rye, caramel, light chocolate, and a hint of pine. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouth feel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and very well hidden alcohol. A damn fine brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Pours deep dark chocolate brown with tan head. The aroma is big and sweet with lots tangelo citrus sweetness from a load of late addition hopping followed close behind by muted malt notes in the background made up of chocolate, roasty malts and almost detectable rye. I get a myriad of other hoppy notes under the heavy handed citrus tangelo and orange like some floral, spice, a bit of pine and subtle grassiness. The taste is thick and near chewy with tangelo hop flavor sweetness rushing in first followed by a growing varied mix of hop bitterness starting mostly with thick citrus hops, some floral and spice. The bitterness seems to peak as the finish approaches and carries deep into the after taste. For the malt side of this there are notes of various roasted base malts, a solid rye twang that seems to bridge the gap between bitter hops and meatier malts. The overall taste experience seems a little disjointed with a load of hops and a bold mix of complex malts polarizing the experience somewhat. It seems to lack a little harmony. That’s just the sense I get. Those comments are getting a little too picky. It is a real tasty brew.

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