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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ThatWifeOfHis (25) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 14, 2010
FOOTBALM, hooked it up so hard I have to list his name in CAPS. Damn, son. My favorite beer. Of. All. Time. Makes me wanna get freaky Al Green style. I wanna kiss her neck, motorboat her boobies, be the big spoon. Sometimes words are just hopelessly inadequate but Iíll keep actin a fool. Rye all up in that piece, bandaid, a little brown...if I could compound this bitch into a perfume...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (1084) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Wow! Very tasty and almost smokey brown ale. Flavors were rich and somewhat sweet. Very unique and interesting brew. Dark brown and a bit thick.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Before I do my review, lets get one thing straight. Iím drunk. That may be the only truth to this rating. Nice hoppy aroma, malt smells pretty sweet. Very well carbonated, I poured it all over my counter. Color is a wonderful deep brown. The head holds together well, and is an off-white, tasty. The first flavor that hits you is an amber, that you might not notice if you are sober. This flavor gently glides into a brown ale. Not the generic brown ale you are thinking of. This is a brown ale in lingerie. Wonderful job on the malting of this beer. Pretty sweet, with some hop character. I didnít know what to think when I bought this beer, but definitely not disappointed. Reminds me of a barley wine...... everyone in the pool! Well done! The only comment that I have upon this rate is that the melding of all the flavors come together quite harmoniously. I have tasted other brews that try to combine too many things... and turns out disjointed. Great Job CCB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle from CAH. Pours turbid dark brown w 2f tan head. Nose is malty, with piney Simcoey hops, brown sugary honey, nuts. Tastes of heavy malt, tangerine, piney hops, feety Simcoey hops, with a very lively, complex palate that makes you stand up and take notice. This is yet another amazingly complex, amazingly well made beer from Redner and Wambles. This one paired perfrectly with a CAO Italia 6x50 perfecto.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
poured out of bottle into tulip. poured a cloudy ruby brown thick two inch kaki head. it has rich oatmeal taste also very leather like it also was rich in malt end nice carmel after taste. beer was awesome !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Black with good, creamy, tan head / Bright nose of pine, tobacco, and citrus / Medium body, some chewiness, tending towards malty with but lively carbonation and good hop balance, and long, dry and bitter finish / Big, earthy flavors of rye, chocolate, dark roast coffee, tobacco, oak, and plum / A great brown ale, especially for its fine body and big flavor profile. An odd beer in that the nose is radically different than the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 Re-rate. 750 Bottle. Pours deep red/brown with a huge frothy tan head. Nose is citrus hops, tangerine, bitter lemon peels, rich roast malt, spicy rye, oatmeal, loads of floral hops. Flavor is a spicy, hoppy, oaty, concoction with a HUGE mouthfeel. Nice hop bitterness in the backend. Very unique beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Pours a dark copper/chestnut brown color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source. Massive frothy 3 finger light beige head that has amazing retention only very slowly and minimally fading into a pillowy 1 finger cap and chunks of lacing on its way down. Aroma is pretty hop forward with some nice citrus notes, roasty caramel malt, rye and oatmeal. It really is a pleasant surprise how hoppy and citrusy the aroma is, especially for a darker beer. This characteristic is nicely balanced by the rye, oatmeal and caramel malt notes. Bitter floral hop mouthfeel with a smooth, creamy medum body with roasted malt and oatmeal notes followed by sweet rye presence and bitter dry finish. The hops really shine through all the way through, lingering over the other flavors into the finish. Lots of bitter floral hops up front with a nice sweet citrus fruit presence that blends perfectly with the rye flavor. There is a nice caramel malt backbone that is slightly roasty with a prominent oatmeal presence and a slightly smokey and dry bitter hop finish. The ABV is very well masked and this beer is very quaffable considering itís complexity. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (4190) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2009
Beer pours out quite thick and a very dark brown with a thick fluffy mocha head with aesome lacing. Aroma is juicy piney hops, sweet malty caramel, and sweet rye bread. Flavor is hoppy but the rye also makes an appearance. Lots of nice caramel bready sweet malts. Wow I love this.

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