shigadeyo (3571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/12/2009: Cigar City Improvisación (Oatmeal Rye India Brown Ale)... Aroma: Freshly peeled orange; fruity rye. Appearance: Murky deep golden-brown with a thin beige head. Flavor: Slightly smoky (like tobacco) orange and grapefruit; dark brown sugar; a hint spicy. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; oily. Overall: Quite good, but somewhat confusing beer; maybe the conflicts could be resolved with several months of aging...
1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle ( 9% Alcohol by Vol.) shared by Bigmmartin. Thanks Mike! Rating #60 for this beer.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from dchmela. Oh my GOD at the hops. But still, really nice malty aroma. Has a very bready and wheaty flavor mixing with the malt. Very crisp. Really nice.
AndyReynolds (1079) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Bigmmartin. Pours a warm brown with thin head. Aroma is hops with a solid malt backbone. Notes of oats, brown sugar, and a tiny bit of rye stand out. On the palate, it is a bit chewy, but still smooth. The flavor brings the oats forward some and it finishes with a bitter bite. Wow, what a great beer. I was really impressed with this one.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle from Skyview) Pours light brown with an off-white head that rings around the glass. Aroma is mainly of spicy rye, but there’s really not much else here. There’s 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 that’s a bit too high.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[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.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 beer’s aroma. A nice hazy body. I’m getting lots of hops but not much rye other than in the finish.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ChurchLady (19) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.