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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 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reynolds314 (3328) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 22, 2012
High hopes for this and the flavor was the only thing that fell short. Great rich roasty aroma with a nice nuttyness and some citrus elements. Taste is very bitter and ashy and not that smooth or drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle shared at Tkrjukoff’s CCB-day in Sätila 12-07-07. Dark amber/brown beer with a small disapering head. Vanilla, roasted, chocolate, malty aroma. Malty, carbonated, ashy, roasted, a bit metallic flavour. Nice beer,maybe to much alcoholtaste...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2012
This was an interesting brew - the nose was hoppy and fruity, like old grapes and some astringent. The taste was herbal and hoppy as well, but with a light caramel body leading to almost a chalky, dry finish. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, and I’m assuming aging would do this brew wonders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dunbar72 (136) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle shared at Tkrjukoff’s CCB-day in Sätila. Pours dark brown/red, almost clear with a medium light brown head. Hoppy citrus in the aroma, alcohol. Dry hoppy citrus in the taste, bitter finish, fruits. Tastes like a CDA, nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark and murky amber with a nice tan head that laces its way down the glass. Aroma is light and a bit all over the place with oats, light rye, spice, wood (really seems almost like cedar) a small amount of pine and what seems like raisins. Taste is pretty muddled with oats and rye, a very heavy sweet malt aspect, and some light hops with pine into the finish. Thick and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Maybe I need a fresher bottle but this presented as a fairly sloppy american strong ale with an afterthought of light hops and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
(Bottle) Pours reddish brown with a small head. The aroma holds roasted dark bread, spicy/minty rye, roasted nuts, chocolate and mild floral hops alongside hints of fruits, melted butter (not diacetyl) and wood. The flavour is light to medium sweet, heavily bitter and light acidic with notes of roasted bread, nutshell, grapefruity/resinous hops, spicy/minty rye and a whisper of fruits. The mouthfeel is round, light sticky and light astringent with a light to medium carbonation. Wood, aggressive hops and caramel on the finish. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
Bomber @ CCC Day. Pours beautiful orange mahogany with a small beige head leaving some laces. Aroma is sweet raisins rye malty toasted slightly fruity. Flavor is sweet acidy and crisp fruity in front then the bitter rye and hops kick in with nice round oaty touch. Longlived dry bitter hoppy and rye finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4553) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 750 ml bottle shared @ tkrjukoffs CCB Day tasting. Pours hazy wooden brown with a small bubbly offwhite head that quickly dissipates while leaving some small lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with oatmeal, rye bread, wood, brazil nuts, vanilla essence, golden syrup, orange zest, wet soil and hints of rubber. Taste is slightly sweet and bitter with caramel, sweet dark rye bread, grass, pine, burnt wood, wet soil, resin, plums, brown sugar, roasted nuts, orange peal and hints of moss and wet soil. Mouthfeel is slightly oily bitter and medium bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and slightly bitter with dark bread, resinous wood, roasted oatmeal flakes, grass, orange peal and grape zest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle at CCB Day, Sätila 2012-07-07. Dark amber/brown beer with a nice beige head. Vanilla aroma, milk, roasted, bready, malty, chocolate. Bitter flavor, ash, soot, roasted, metal, rye. Bitter metal finish with rye and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2012
750 bottle pours deep brown with a big fluffy tan head. Nose is slight chocolate, maltiness, and a little grainy. Taste is first hoppiness then a slight chocolate aftertaste. Thick but smooth body. Alcohol present but not over the top. Decent beer.

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