Cigar City Improv Imperial Dark Rye Ale

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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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Homer321 (5270) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle. Gusher. Lots of vinegar. Apple. Gross tartness and apple vinegar. Light body blots of carbonation. Not good.

slowrunner77 (13603) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Think this bottle had some age on it. Smelled and tasted muddled malty sweetness and rye. If there was a hip presence it was nearly gone. Hate to score as is, but it’s what I had in front of me. Just ok, which is not the norm for CC.

rdixon77 (3139) - Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2015
Old rating. Dark Amber. Fun beer...all over. Rye, spices, earthy hops, bread, some fruitiness, oak. A bit muddled, but still was a good strong dark rye beer.

CousinBrenden (131) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2015
Brown pour with one finger head. Aroma of spice and rye and some oak. Full of complex flavors from the hops malts and especially the rye.

alliance100 (1194) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2015
750ml bottle - pours a lighter transparent brown . Soft fruity aroma . Hints of rye spice and alittle bready . Not bad . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Theydon_Bois (22066) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle split at the Manny G tasting, from an IP trade - as Improv, 28/06/14. Opaque dark mahogany brown with a big old frothy tan head. Nose is dark fruit, brown bread, spice, earthy. Taste comprises earthy hops, rye bread, spice, light cocoa powder, hints of tropical fruit peel, grain. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light hop rinse in the close. Decent enough offering but not one I’d rush back to.

Leighton (23350) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Colin. Pours clear amber with a huge, light tan head. The nose holds toasted grains, dry caramel. Medium to big sweet flavor with ripe berries, crunchy leaves, more caramel, toast, earth. Full bodied with lively carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with toasted herbs, earth, leaves, grape skins, burnt grains. So so. Some interesting elements but not terribly drinkable.

Scopey (16772) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours deep brown with a massive light tan head. The nose is roasty, caramel, dried fruits, fruit cake, raisin, brown sugar and cake. The taste is rich, roasty, earth, toast, cocoa, dark fruit, brown sugar and ash with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Tasty and rather drinkable. Solid.

Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2014
Dark brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of oat, salty, caramel, hops and weak citrus. A flavor of cereal, citrus, caramel, malt, bitter and dry.

NeoHippie2 (1074) - 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.

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