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RATINGS: 375   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8284) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 26, 2009
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8050) - , 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7959) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle split at the Manny G tasting, from an IP trade - as Improv, 28/06/14. Opaque dark mahogany brown with a big old frothy tan head. Nose is dark fruit, brown bread, spice, earthy. Taste comprises earthy hops, rye bread, spice, light cocoa powder, hints of tropical fruit peel, grain. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light hop rinse in the close. Decent enough offering but not one I’d rush back to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7835) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle via a trade with dchmela. Pours with a large, off-white head over a hazy brown body. Very nice lace. Taste is chocolate, rye, spice, pine hops and floral hops. Taste is pine, rye, bitter, with light roast. Creamy mouthfeel and light bubbles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7760) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Fresh coniferous and citrusy hops explode out of this strong ale’s lenient caramel sweetness and toasted almond allusions, branching out into strong resinous bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark brown.
-The malt presence was more present in the nose than in the flavor profile (in a younger version).
-I thought the effervescence was a tad too much to make me appreciate the full flavor profile.
-Rye did add some spiciness, but I felt the hops overtook most of the beer’s potential nuances. It almost felt like drinking a Double IPA.
-Fieldberry fruitiness is perceived in the nose.
-The malts appear a tad too muddled for this to be world-class, imho.
-The hops possess an amazing cologne-like quality, which is not unlike that of cedar. But this isn’t supposed to have been aged on cedar so...


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7745) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle from CAH. Pours turbid dark brown w 2f tan head. Nose is malty, with piney Simcoey hops, brown sugary honey, nuts. Tastes of heavy malt, tangerine, piney hops, feety Simcoey hops, with a very lively, complex palate that makes you stand up and take notice. This is yet another amazingly complex, amazingly well made beer from Redner and Wambles. This one paired perfrectly with a CAO Italia 6x50 perfecto.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (7687) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7687) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Bottle thanks to daknole: Pours a murky mahogany with a frothy, well-lacing light tan head. Aroma heavy with grassy funky brett and a touch of semi-sweet dark caramel malt and rye with a hint of grapefruity hops. Starts with some effervescent carbonation and earthy rye and dark caramel sweetness with a horseblanket bretty funk before a warming, drier finish. A pretty interesting brew, but not sure if the brett is supposed to be there. Still works out pretty well though.

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