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RATINGS: 378   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. Isnít 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 isnít for everyone. In many ways it is more than just a little weird. It certainly doesnít 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9570) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9279) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2011
On tap at Rattle íní 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9177) - 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 Dunkiní Donuts coffee. Creamy palate. This could be the fresh dark DIPA. Awesome!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9118) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - 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. Itís not as impressive as the Bolita, but it is a tasty brew nonetheless.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (8680) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Old rate, 750ml bottle, this one wa messy, cocoa, bitterness, randomness, just quirky.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (8520) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of rye, harsh citrus hops and darkly roasted malt - not much of the oatmeal. Nose is very much like a black IPA. Flavour also resembles a black IPA, with dark roasted malt upfront, and lots of harsh hops kicking in later, finishing off the mouthfeel, with no detection of ABV. Remarkably well-balanced and refined - easy drinking for what this is. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8365) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Fresh coniferous and citrusy hops explode out of this strong aleís 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 beerís 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 isnít supposed to have been aged on cedar so...

Bottles.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8341) - 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.


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