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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. Isnt 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 isnt for everyone. In many ways it is more than just a little weird. It certainly doesnt 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Dark brown pour with thin tan head. The flavors are stronger up front than on the back. The alcohol being more prevalent in the latter.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Dark maple brown with somewhat yellowish thin head. Nose of sweet ripe fruit, pine, milk chocolate, caramel. Medium-heavy body with good carbonation. Tastes of oatmeal, chocolate, pine, juicy oranges. Big resinous biting finish that lasts. Scales arent very balanced...maybe a bit too bitter without the malt to back it up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 19, 2012
From notes. Pours a murky brown that yields a two finger head of tightly compacted light tan bubbles. Its a little tricky picking out the different notes in the nose of this beer, I do get a little rye and some sweet smells but I cant put my finger on them. First sip all I can notice is a masive amount of carbonation, with a little bit of bitterness on the finish. I get just a little bit of oatmeal and rye but the zippy carbonation is really in the way. The alcohol is pretty well masked for being 9%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Tasted at Tap 42. This was my favorite of the drafts I tasted. It has a bit more pine, chocolate and coffee notes that I typically wouldnt prefer. But its smooth, woody and silky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Pours dark brown with thin ivory head. Nose is of dark rye and floral. Taste of rye, oak, malt, and biscuit. A nice, full mouthfeel and long finish. There is a lot going here and I find it quite interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skvader (137) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2011
Fruity taste with clear notes of chocolate. Gives a bitter finish with hints of grapefruit. A great experience to drink

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dunbar72 (136) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle shared at Tkrjukoffs CCB-day in Stila. Pours dark brown/red, almost clear with a medium light brown head. Hoppy citrus in the aroma, alcohol. Dry hoppy citrus in the taste, bitter finish, fruits. Tastes like a CDA, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
crusianbeer (116) - Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2010
bottle thanks to my lovely girlfriend coming back from CC brewery, but she picked this bottle up at a local shop for $10. Put the bottle down on the counter, touched the opener to the cap and paused for some reason... got two glasses ( I share with the Gfriend). She inquired, "why did you stop?" Just have a funny feeling, as I look at the dent in my ceiling from a different bottle. as the CC brews are bottle fermented, i dont want to take chances. Sure enough, pop the cap and HERE IT COMES! no spills though. Needless to say, much much head on these... it has been about 5 minutes and I still can not pour more into my glass. this is taking forever!! Smells like a sour brown. some caramely notes, but not much. taste... LOTS of carbonation still in this thing. but taste really isnt a word I can use on this beer. there really isnt much there. To be honest, tastes like tonic water... with a hint of caramel malts... wow, I hope this gets better as it gets warmer! Leaves a very acrid taste in my throat... and if feels a bit coated too. I was hoping the oatmeal would give a nice smoothness, adding to the drinkability, and the rye seems like it would have been a nice touch, but this really really didnt work. I need to read some of the other reviews to see if I got a bad bottle maybe? Man, this is not good.

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