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RATINGS: 376   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 19, 2012
From notes. Pours a murky brown that yields a two finger head of tightly compacted light tan bubbles. It’s a little tricky picking out the different notes in the nose of this beer, I do get a little rye and some sweet smells but I can’t put my finger on them. First sip all I can notice is a masive amount of carbonation, with a little bit of bitterness on the finish. I get just a little bit of oatmeal and rye but the zippy carbonation is really in the way. The alcohol is pretty well masked for being 9%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Tasted at Tap 42. This was my favorite of the drafts I tasted. It has a bit more pine, chocolate and coffee notes that I typically wouldn’t prefer. But it’s smooth, woody and silky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Pours dark brown with thin ivory head. Nose is of dark rye and floral. Taste of rye, oak, malt, and biscuit. A nice, full mouthfeel and long finish. There is a lot going here and I find it quite interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dunbar72 (135) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle shared at Tkrjukoff’s CCB-day in Sätila. Pours dark brown/red, almost clear with a medium light brown head. Hoppy citrus in the aroma, alcohol. Dry hoppy citrus in the taste, bitter finish, fruits. Tastes like a CDA, nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2010
bottle thanks to my lovely girlfriend coming back from CC brewery, but she picked this bottle up at a local shop for $10. Put the bottle down on the counter, touched the opener to the cap and paused for some reason... got two glasses ( I share with the G’friend). She inquired, "why did you stop?" Just have a funny feeling, as I look at the dent in my ceiling from a different bottle. as the CC brews are bottle fermented, i don’t want to take chances. Sure enough, pop the cap and HERE IT COMES! no spills though. Needless to say, much much head on these... it has been about 5 minutes and I still can not pour more into my glass. this is taking forever!! Smells like a sour brown. some caramely notes, but not much. taste... LOTS of carbonation still in this thing. but taste really isn’t a word I can use on this beer. there really isn’t much there. To be honest, tastes like tonic water... with a hint of caramel malts... wow, I hope this gets better as it gets warmer! Leaves a very acrid taste in my throat... and if feels a bit coated too. I was hoping the oatmeal would give a nice smoothness, adding to the drinkability, and the rye seems like it would have been a nice touch, but this really really didn’t work. I need to read some of the other reviews to see if I got a bad bottle maybe? Man, this is not good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skvader (115) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2011
Fruity taste with clear notes of chocolate. Gives a bitter finish with hints of grapefruit. A great experience to drink

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfriesen (113) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
Great C Hop aroma with a nice rye balance, good choclatey flavour, deep brown with Tan lacing and sweet finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
poured out of bottle into tulip. poured a cloudy ruby brown thick two inch kaki head. it has rich oatmeal taste also very leather like it also was rich in malt end nice carmel after taste. beer was awesome !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Brown with red highlights, very clear beer, no haze at all. nice foamy head. looks tasty smell is citrus hoppiness, rye, hint of caramel and some mango/pineapple. taste is rye, more rye, and a lot more dusty cardboard and sawed particle board rye. enough rye that you don’t want rye anymore. dirty dusty dried grass all topped by hop bitter. this is an abomination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
CCB Launch Party...Pours a very dark brown with a creamy head. Lots of flavor in this one. strong rye and hop presence. sweet finish. One of my favs of the day

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