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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. 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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slowrunner77 (12051) - 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.

j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2010
On tap at the Blind Tiger during their Cigar City event. Pours a clear ruby brown with a medium to large sized beige head. Long roast, sweet malt, toast. Nice and spicy right away, long roast with light cedar notes. Toast, roast, nice complexity hidden in here. Long char and roast on the finish with some bitter quinine notes.

deyholla (11609) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Bottle shared by Shane, thanks! Poured a turbid brown with a large light brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a slight odd sour note with a nice rye note and then plenty of dark grains. There was also a nice pine hop note as well. Flavor began with a slight pine start and became full of dark grains with a nice rye presence.

hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Draft…This beer rocks!... Very dark ale with a huge, creamy, beige head that never fades. The aroma presents lots of roastiness and tons of spicy-hop and grain notes. Full-bodied and ultra creamy with medium carbonation. Burnt, chocolaty and bitter with a notation of unidentified berries. At 90 IBUs, it’s pretty well-balanced. Finishes bittersweet and a touch dry. Lots of rye and oats; a wonderful pairing. Most brewers wouldn’t attempt a 24% rye beer. Most would say you could never make it work. Wayne made it work big time. Another world class brew from Cigar City!

daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours a brown color with a tan head. Aroma is full of hops, caramel malt, rye notes, nuts and again more hops. Flavor is good but I kind of felt like the rye and hops didn’t quite go together like I would have liked. They seem to battle each other a bit. Still a very nice beer, but I think this might be my least favorite CCB to date.

faroeviking (10913) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 10, 2011
De botella, muchas gracias al señor Plovmand. Black colour, big light brown head, medium sized, nice. Sweet hoppy caramel roasty malty aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweetish and hoppy roasty malty fruity flavour, pleasant bitterness, ends sweet and roasty with a well lasting bitter hoppiness.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010
Name: Improvization
Date: December 12, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, ORF
Appearance: muddy brown, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet spicy chocolate aroma, lots of spicyness
Flavor: big bitter chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, lots of hops, light citrus, big bitterness from the hops and the roasted, hint of tartness

Name: Improvization
Date: May 28, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Aroma: picking up a bret character in the aroma
Flavor: picking up a fair amount of funk in the flavor as well

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

DocLock (10706) - 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.

cubs (10636) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Bottle @ home, courtesy of markwise. Thanks Mark!! Improv pours a clear, dark maroon/brown appearance with a one and a half finger, light brown head and has good lacing. In its nose is a toasty caramel malty smell with some rye spiciness, moderately piney/earthy hoppiness, and notes of chocolate, caramel, and leaves. There’s a soft mouth feel to the beer due to the oats and a rich yet spicy, dark caramel, rye malty flavor, again with a moderate earthy, organic, lightly piney hoppy taste. Smooth, easy drinking beer that doesn’t taste like it has 9% abv.

gnoff (10531) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 First rating
Sampled from tap at the brewery on Feb 1, 2011, thanks guys!
Clear copper color, light brown head. Hoppy, citrus, bitter, grainy taste. A bit too bitter for my taste, but still very nice. Smooth mouthfeel, huge bitterness. Sweet, hoppy, citrus scent.

750 ml bottle shared @ Timos CCB Day tasting on July 7, 2012.
As "ORIBA - Cigar City Improv Oatmeal Rye India-style Brown Ale".
Slight bit hazy brown color, brown head. Roasted, malty, green peppers, sweet scent. Malty, roasted, a bit metallic taste. Roasted and metallic aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high dry grainy bitterness. Also a sweet honey tone with chocolate in the taste.

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