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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2011
RBESG 2010, Grand Tasting, bottle
Beautiful light amber color; small creamy head. The caramel and hop aroma is partially fruity and peppery. Round mouthfeel, sweetish toffee flavor, with strong hopping, not very fresh. Strong final, more resiny than the rest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18711) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Colin. Pours clear amber with a huge, light tan head. The nose holds toasted grains, dry caramel. Medium to big sweet flavor with ripe berries, crunchy leaves, more caramel, toast, earth. Full bodied with lively carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with toasted herbs, earth, leaves, grape skins, burnt grains. So so. Some interesting elements but not terribly drinkable.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle split at the Manny G tasting, from an IP trade - as Improv, 28/06/14. Opaque dark mahogany brown with a big old frothy tan head. Nose is dark fruit, brown bread, spice, earthy. Taste comprises earthy hops, rye bread, spice, light cocoa powder, hints of tropical fruit peel, grain. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light hop rinse in the close. Decent enough offering but not one I’d rush back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle at RBESG 2010, Rome. Clear red/brown - offwhite head.   Fruity. Nice hoppy. Caramel. Roasted. Berries. Grassy. Grape fruity. Abricot. Toasted. Nice.  

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Bottle via in person trade with jcwattsrugger. Many thanks! Pours dark muddy brown with thick tan head. Nose of brown sugar, rye and oatmeal. Taste is dark caramel malts, brown sugar, oatmeal and slightly spiced rye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (14665) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of rye, harsh citrus hops and darkly roasted malt - not much of the oatmeal. Nose is very much like a black IPA. Flavour also resembles a black IPA, with dark roasted malt upfront, and lots of harsh hops kicking in later, finishing off the mouthfeel, with no detection of ABV. Remarkably well-balanced and refined - easy drinking for what this is. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14167) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle from Josh, who I still haven’t talked into registering on the site. Still working on it though. Pours very dark brown with a four finger tan head (New Belgium "tulip"). Aroma has rye, dark roast caramel, mixed hop, and maybe some wood or smoke. Seems full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor starts with resin/citrus, moves on to harshish rye, and pops up some toasted malt. Some chocolate can be distinguqished. Seems a lot closer to stout than brown, but why quibble. It’s a pretty damn tasty concoction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13602) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle at Cock & Bull Pub. Poured a hazy brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, nuts and earthy aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy earthy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is another standout brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13414) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2011
750 ml bottle courtesy of Doodler poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of tootsie roll, carmel, earthiness, rye and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of cocoa, carmel, earthiness, grapefruit and light pine with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.

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