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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10424) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10406) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2010
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10327) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2011
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (10314) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Old rate, 750ml bottle, this one wa messy, cocoa, bitterness, randomness, just quirky.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10312) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2012
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 10, 2011
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9283) - 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.
8/4/8/4/16=4.0

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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.
8/4/8/4/17=4.1

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9269) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2010
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.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9152) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2010
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!


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