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RATINGS: 376   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Bottle. Brown pour with a small head. Aroma is very unique. Never have I smelled both spice, chocolate and caramel together mixed with pine. The flavor is wonderfully blended. There is also a great hop presence and the flavors in the aroma come out in the taste as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1200) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
(bottle from Skyview) Pours light brown with an off-white head that rings around the glass. Aroma is mainly of spicy rye, but thereís really not much else here. Thereís a little bit of pine, grapefruit, and chocolate, but everything is pretty low-key. The taste is chocolate, grapefruit, pepper, and rye, with a lingering bitterness that dries the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium, with carbonation thatís a bit too high.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
[Bottle] shared by Skyview. Pours cloudy brown with a medium, quickly dissipating beige head. Aroma is pretty slight, has a touch of rye, some sweet malt, pine, and a hint of hops. Flavor is smooth and smoky, a hint of spicy rye, Slightly nutty and chocolatey.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
I have high hopes for this one. I do like my rye beers. Unfortunately the lack of stoma is startling. I rinsed my glass three times before pouring and I still smell cedar from the last beer over this beerís aroma. A nice hazy body. Iím getting lots of hops but not much rye other than in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Has a great dakr pour. Off white brown foam head, light and sparse. Flavor is a mix of bitter/sweet. Has an enjoyable spicey with hints of chocolate and of course oatmeal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is grapefruit, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor is hops, chocolate, oats, roasted malt, and spice. Nice and creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChurchLady (19) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2009
this is such a great beer..It has an amazing mix of chocolate and caramel and alcohol without being syrupy sweet. . It is a smooth medium beer with depth ,but not so complex, that the flavors compete. It has a long finish that does not mutate into any bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1280) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Got to try a bottle of this a couple nights ago, thanks to "hannont". Colour... very dark brown and an exceptionally thick, tan head. Nose... milk chocolate, oat cakes, pine resin and spice (the rye??). Palate... incredibly smooth and almost silky, more chocolate, though dark chocolate rather than milk, vanilla, creamy oats, resonant hops and ending with a spiciness that seems almost like the finish of a fine, smooth Bourbon (I assume the itís the rye).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2739) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2009
750 ml bottle shared with BConley. Pours a nice dark brown with a thick creamy tan head. chocolate, oat, spicy rye and some hops in the aroma. Bitter citrus hops, chocolate malt, silky oats, spicy rye in the taste. Almost like a thick chocolate ipa. I can see why some people think this is a little scattered, lots of flavors bursting about all over the place, but doesnít seem to highlight any one. Nonetheless, I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2009
750ml bottle from darkguardian.... pours a murky dark opaque caramel brown with a thin silky very light beige head.... aroma of piney citrus notes with a little roasted malt and chocolate.... roasted malt, light chocolate and caramel with a good dose of citrus hops. good clean creamy mouthfeel.

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