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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3028) - 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 (4101) - 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_ (3029) - 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 (11421) - 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 (1543) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhamp9 (1125) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Pours very dark brown with a tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is pine, rye, and chocolate. Very earthy taste with pine, rye, wood, and chocolate. Lasting aftertaste. Silky palate. This is very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle at bologna tits. Pours dark cloudy brown with very prominent fluffy tan head and lacing. Nose is sweet and roasted malt and brown sugar. Taste has burnt brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2012
On tap at Churckey for the Funky Buddha event. Super citrusy caralmel malt with fruity dough lead to dark fruit and dark sugar. Sweet, but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Tap flight at the brewery. Glowing brown pour with garnet hues. Huge off white head that takes about 5 minutes to settle. Heavy lacing all over the glass. Aroma is hoppy. Taste is unique. Starts off with rye spice and then an unpleasant plastic flavor followed by citrus and then resin hops. Very mild alcohol heat on the gum line. Interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2680) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Pours murky dark amber with tons of sediment floating around and a tan head. The aroma brings the hops and the unique spicy rye notes all over the nose. The flavor of sweet resin malts begins and settles on the tongue, then bring the almost quarter percent rye malt flavors in to dominate the palate. The hops aren’t overbearing, but work well with the rye.

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