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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (16444) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle at Paradiso Georgetown, shared with Chris, and English teach at Georgetown University. Hazy brown color, tan head. Aroma of caraeml covered pumpernickel bread. Taste is bready, yeasty, malty, with a bit of spice and good balance. Great mouthfeel. really nice stuff, best of the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14481) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (14431) - 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 (14388) - 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 (12925) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12600) - 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 16/20
argo0 (12374) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2009
( 750ml bottle, 9% abv version, courtesy of BMan1113VR ) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, pine, grass, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor of cocoa, citrus, rye, roastiness, oatmeal, and caramel malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12071) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11590) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2010
750ml bottle @Suttree’s Nothing else to do TN Gathering. Thanks Mike via Phil-pours a tight retaining light tan head and hazy brown/orange color. Aroma is yeast, orange, spice/rye/grain. Taste is yeast, orange, spice/rye/grain/wood.

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