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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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (7738) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Old rate, 750ml bottle, this one wa messy, cocoa, bitterness, randomness, just quirky.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15850) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
24th July 2011
Opaque dark brown beer. Thick head - a vibrant cream colour! Softish smooth palate. Nice malt, rich but not overly so. A little rye spice. Trace of caramel and a whisper of chocolate. Nice mild fruity undertone - cherry and orange. Rye comes to the fore again with good citrus hops. Mildly bitter aftertaste. Well joined up.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2637) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2012
On draft at Churchkey in D.C. The beer appears a russet brown hue with a quarter inch of tan head. Aromas include malt, light fruit, a touch of roast, breads / grains. Nice flavor. Well balanced and tasty. I like the flavor a little better than the aroma. Lightly sweet throughout. Subtle chocolate tones and a pleasant bready character. A solid brew from Cigar City. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 07-04-2012

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2012
(bottle - STLCOB end of year tasting) medium brown with pine hops aroma. Flavor is an interesting combination of caramel malt, a bit of rye and a hint of sweetness, with a lot of pine hops bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pumpmaster (1144) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 Purchased a 750ml bottle from Total Wine in Pembroke Pines, FL for $9.99. Poured a dark hazel color with plenty of head. You can definitely taste the spicy rye and hops character initially, though it was quickly offset by the caramel and oats in the mouth-feel. Definitely got better as we progressed through the bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raradel (342) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
This ASA has a ton going on. Very nice look, dark but not black. Reeks of pine and raisins and taste the same with an aftertaste that mellows as the beer warms but is a little tart when it is cold. I would say be careful about the temperature you serve this, too cold and it is restricted and tart. Overall I was hoping for a little smoother balance but it is deep!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Tap at Prohibition pig. Pours dark brown with creamy tan head and good lace. Aroma dark coffee, bread, chocolate, taste is dark strong coffee, rye, slight spice, dark chocolate. full body, smooth malt finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Bomber. Pours a rich mahogany hue with a nice sample of off white foam head. Some great aromas on this beer. A real sweet presence, almost like sweet butter, blends well with the strong oat and rye notes. Taste is rich and full of both malt rye and oat presence, like a good slice of dark bread,, with that clinging sweetness remaining present throughout. The bottom seems to fall out of things a bit in the late palate, and the well disguised ABV comes through at the finish with a nice burn. Some roasty nuttiness is also perceptible here. Mostly, this is an interesting take on a boring style. Well done once again Cigar City. Good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2168) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle shared at the September 2012 Santa Cruz tasting. Dark amber with a light tan head. Malty rye aroma, citrus hops. Old hop flavor, toasted bread, nutty. Tastes exactly like the name says: a muddled assortment of kitchen-sink ingredients.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1494) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Pours a dark mahogany deep brown with a small head. Nose is full of herbal spices and malt. Alcohol is well hidden, taste is chocolate with cloves and other herbal spices. Finish is short and dry. Very drinkable and enjoyable ASA. Quaff Score 8 / 10


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