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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11408) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2011
botttle,shared by plovmand. cloudy brown, smooth light brown head. mild roasted styffy aroama, flavor is licorice, roasted stuff , hoppy balance, caramel, very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11252) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10888) - , 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010
Name: Improvization
Date: December 12, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, ORF
Appearance: muddy brown, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet spicy chocolate aroma, lots of spicyness
Flavor: big bitter chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, lots of hops, light citrus, big bitterness from the hops and the roasted, hint of tartness

Name: Improvization
Date: May 28, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Aroma: picking up a bret character in the aroma
Flavor: picking up a fair amount of funk in the flavor as well

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10785) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2009
GABF 2009. Pours brown with a large creamy light brown head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, nutty), average hop (grass, flowers), average yeast (leather, earth) with notes of dates and raisin. Medium bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2010
Clear amber with a large beige head. Hoppy aroma with pine, grapefruits and lemons. Flavour had plenty of hops, pine, grapefruits and lemons. Finished dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 10, 2011
De botella, muchas gracias al señor Plovmand. Black colour, big light brown head, medium sized, nice. Sweet hoppy caramel roasty malty aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweetish and hoppy roasty malty fruity flavour, pleasant bitterness, ends sweet and roasty with a well lasting bitter hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours a brown color with a tan head. Aroma is full of hops, caramel malt, rye notes, nuts and again more hops. Flavor is good but I kind of felt like the rye and hops didn’t quite go together like I would have liked. They seem to battle each other a bit. Still a very nice beer, but I think this might be my least favorite CCB to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10089) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Bottle @ home, courtesy of markwise. Thanks Mark!! Improv pours a clear, dark maroon/brown appearance with a one and a half finger, light brown head and has good lacing. In its nose is a toasty caramel malty smell with some rye spiciness, moderately piney/earthy hoppiness, and notes of chocolate, caramel, and leaves. There’s a soft mouth feel to the beer due to the oats and a rich yet spicy, dark caramel, rye malty flavor, again with a moderate earthy, organic, lightly piney hoppy taste. Smooth, easy drinking beer that doesn’t taste like it has 9% abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10082) - 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!

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