Dogbrick (10424) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
KimJohansen (10406) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Sammy (10327) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
crossovert (10314) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Old rate, 750ml bottle, this one wa messy, cocoa, bitterness, randomness, just quirky.
adnielsen (10312) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2009 750 mL. Wow this is awesome! Pours a deep, clear ruby with a beautiful, two-finger Bolita-style bright tan head that has excellent retention and leaves incredible lacing. Aroma is- what- that of a DIPA: tons of grapefruit hops, honey, caramel, slight roastiness and mocha. Taste is effervescent and bubbly upfront with a big wallop of grapefruit hops and pine resin followed by rye malt, roasted nuts, bitter chocolate, fresh Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Creamy palate. This could be the fresh dark DIPA. Awesome!
gnoff (9283) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 First rating
Sampled from tap at the brewery on Feb 1, 2011, thanks guys!
Clear copper color, light brown head. Hoppy, citrus, bitter, grainy taste. A bit too bitter for my taste, but still very nice. Smooth mouthfeel, huge bitterness. Sweet, hoppy, citrus scent.
750 ml bottle shared @ Timos CCB Day tasting on July 7, 2012.
As "ORIBA - Cigar City Improv Oatmeal Rye India-style Brown Ale".
Slight bit hazy brown color, brown head. Roasted, malty, green peppers, sweet scent. Malty, roasted, a bit metallic taste. Roasted and metallic aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high dry grainy bitterness. Also a sweet honey tone with chocolate in the taste.
deyholla (9269) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Shane, thanks! Poured a turbid brown with a large light brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a slight odd sour note with a nice rye note and then plenty of dark grains. There was also a nice pine hop note as well. Flavor began with a slight pine start and became full of dark grains with a nice rye presence.
arminjewell (9152) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bomber dark brown with nice off white head. Aroma was unlike any other, full of hops and dark malt and the rye adding spicy notes. Up front flavor was floral and piny from the hops, leading to a bit of bitter chocolate that goes into a huge spicy rye character that is very unique, and finishes bitter from the hops. What a complex beer!