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RATINGS: 371   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.


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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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (794) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Dark brown pour with an off-white head. Aromas of spicy, earthy rye. Flavor is similar with some nice sweet malt notes. Abv is very well-hidden. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1085) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
bottle shared poured a medium brown color and by the time I seen it no head on the glass. the aroma was malty spicey and hoppy. this was very good. the flavor was more of the same...just more intense. lots of spice from the rye. layers of sweet from the brown malts and possibly caramel undertones and plenty of hops. thank you sir may I have another.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
This ’hybrid’ beer will be judged based on it being an ABA. A: Pours a deep black ale which is nearly opaque, but maduro brown when light penetrates. Single finger, peanut head falls to a thick quilt of the same. Decent lacing. S: Astringent and hoppy. Some coal like dark malts. Coffee and cocoa. Really not impressive here. T: Strongly dark for the style. Oatmeal obvious offering some of the cream flavors. Hops are more subdued on the tongue than the nose. Good flavor on the beer. M: Thinner than I had anticipated. Near thin body with medium carbonation. I was able to through a pressure top on the bottle and drink the next night over two sessions and the beer held it’s carb well. O: Well done beer. I think this beer is decent, but not really on the high end of the ABA style. Would drink again, but wouldn’t purchase myself likely. Serving type: bottle 04-25-2011

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3337) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Brown bee out of the bottle with a thin beige head that shrank to a lasting ring. Nice roasted grain, rye and alcohol nose. Strong hop resin flavors over a thick caramel and malty sweetness. Long green finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a deep, rich, caramel, brown color with a one finger tan head that leaves some spotty lace. Aroma has tons of toasted malt, with hints of citrus and spicy rye. Taste is very complex with lots of roasty malt, chocolate, spicy rye and citrus, along with hints of caramel. Big thick mouthfeel, very creamy and viscous, with lighter carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (701) - - JUL 29, 2013
Big thanks to Peter - Dark pour, a finger of head. Big hoppy aroma. Citrus hops, rye, caramel, toffee. Medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfriesen (105) - 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 (1477) - Near Buffalo, New York, 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 (572) - 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 (785) - 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


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