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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13074) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12697) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12247) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours deep brown with a massive light tan head. The nose is roasty, caramel, dried fruits, fruit cake, raisin, brown sugar and cake. The taste is rich, roasty, earth, toast, cocoa, dark fruit, brown sugar and ash with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Tasty and rather drinkable. Solid.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12141) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12056) - Escondido, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11920) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11337) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle at Redlight Redlight. This brew pours a deep dark brown color with a medium thick beige head that dissipates slowly. Small patches of lacing. The aroma is bready malts, chocolate and oak. Full, smooth body with flavors that change sip to sip. Notes of cocoa, earthy malt, caramel and tart fruit throughout. The finish is rich and malty with a fruity aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2009
750ml bottle. Poured a deeper brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of rye, some oats, earthiness, and floral hoppiness. Tastes of the same floralness, oats, and rye.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (11196) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Old rate, 750ml bottle, this one wa messy, cocoa, bitterness, randomness, just quirky.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2011
On tap at Rattle ’n’ Hum Cigar City event. Hoppy aroma. Dark colour, some lacing. Imperial brown ale, lots of hop, above average mouthfeel. Citrus taste. Good not great. Decent drinkability.


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