hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
adnielsen (10199) - 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.
Scopey (10026) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
crossovert (10015) - 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.
Dogbrick (10001) - 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.
Sammy (9986) - 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.
GT2 (9412) - 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 (9191) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and Rattle N Hum. Deep brown-black beer with a thick sticky tan head. The nose is spicy and fairly hoppy. Sweet citrus and a light spicy hoppiness. The hops begin to come across as a bit chewy, especially as the beer warms, but they do integrate quite nicely with the darker malts in here. Lots of bright pine and spice, especially as the beer starts to warm. It’s not as impressive as the Bolita, but it is a tasty brew nonetheless.
deyholla (8902) - 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.