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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfriesen (112) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
Great C Hop aroma with a nice rye balance, good choclatey flavour, deep brown with Tan lacing and sweet finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (1853) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2013
bottle from beachner pours hazy tan amber with a crater rock head. lots of rye in the nose with some caramel and cracker. slight pine addition in the taste. body is big but sips down gently, finish is dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (871) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
750ml Bottle thanks to Ed. Pours a dark reddy brown color with not much head. Strong taste of hops and malt yet very light to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (1113) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Appearance a dark cloudy cider color with an off white head. Aroma of rye and fruit taste bitter with a hoppy taste. Lingers on the palate

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3650) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2013
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Grassy hop nose. Surprisingly light bodied with a strong malt backbone.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2374) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle thanks to Drowland ! Pours a deep burnt umber color with a thick two finger eggshell foam. On the nose its rustic, with spicy rye, roasted malts and a touch of citrus poking through as well. The palate is well balanced with great notes of chocolate malt, spicy rye, orange pith and bitter coffee... all comes together into a soft surprisingly easy drinker... nice creamy mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhliesen (755) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2013
750 mL bottle--pours a solid, deep ruby red color with a large beige head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma of bread, fruit and malt, almost like a fruitcake. Rye hits you first, followed by some malt, caramel and a touch of oats. Hops were around, but very soft and the taste stayed sweet. A lot going on with the brew. Light bitter finish. Produce place.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - APR 8, 2013
2013 Improv. Pours super dark brown from the bottle with some ruby edges. Very small off white head. Smell is big spicy rye, vegetal hops, and some toffee-biscut-caramel. Thick mouthfeel up front that lightens as it goes down. Low carbonation. Spicy rye takes over with a sweet malt finish. Was hoping for a bit more sweetness, given the carbonation but overall a well done rye.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (764) - - MAR 27, 2013
Draft. Brown, tan head. Nose is spicy rye, raisins, other dark fruits. Taste is rye, dark fruits, some mill chocolate. Medium mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1146) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours nearly opaque brown, with a beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and slight C-hops. Taste starts with bread, caramel, and toasted/roasted malts. This is followed by C-hops and a high bitterness, with some marshmallow too. Smooth and full bodied. Unique and very enjoyable!


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