Improv (Improvisación) Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by biga7346:
3.49/5 rDev -7.2%
A - Viscous, turbid brownish, mahogany, caramel, huge coning tannish head, lots of lacing.
N - Pie cherries, sugar, biscuity, licorice, some alcohol and phenols, dried fruit, maroschino cherries, fruit juice, toast points and strangely enough - kahlua liqueur.
T/M - Chewiness throughout, some rye bread in the finish, thinner than I expected, bakers chocolate, coffee beans, freshly baked bread, chocolate wafers, carraway seed and black licorice; it's grainy, chewy, dense; nice texture throughout.
D - Lot of this to blanket the palate in a 750ml bottle, pleasant drinking imperial brown ale, would be great with dessert like chocolate mousse.
03-23-2013 02:01:15 | More by biga7346
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4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
Improv Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale 9% alcohol by Cigar City Brewing. Poured from 25.4 oz. bottle to pint glass.
A- Pours a murky brown fluid that only allows little to no light to pass through it. Bountiful fluffy tan head hold half an inch the whole beer.
S- Rich caramel malts and toasted rye come to mind on the nose with decent citrusy notes of hops as well.
T-M- Taste is bold malted rye with sharp bites of grassy hops upfront. Aftermath is a sweet chocolatey yeastlike flavor tingling the tongue.
Mouthfeel is creamy with vigorous carbonation dancing over the taste buds falling nicely with the all around flavor.
Overall this beer is drinkable, strong, full of flavor , and well worthy of a thumbs up... cheers!
01-29-2012 01:04:57 | More by wesbrownyeah
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
A 750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter (on vacation; this was the best available beer glass).
The beer was a very dark brown with red highlights. Thick, thick cocoa head. Abundant lace.
Lots going on in the aroma, without any one thing standing out. Roasted malt, cereal, fruit, earthy hops.
Mostly a dark coffee/espresso taste. Some sweet chocolate. Oatmeal/cereal. Late herbal hops. Didn't notice the rye.
Rich and full-bodied.
A busy beer. My least favorite of all the different Cigar City beers I tried, but still quite good.
02-13-2011 21:09:58 | More by lordofthewiens
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
Thanks to Blitzstyle for the trade.
Split the bottle with my wife. Poured into our respective glasses a dark brown. In the glass the beer is black with a big head. The head is creamy white and tan and laces very nicely.
The aroma is nice starts as a brown, creamy malt sweet. depths is brought by the hops adding a spicy end to the beer. Alcohol comes in the end to mix it all together.
The taste on this beer is as the bottle describes, complex. The taste starts malty, before it is cloying roasted flavors come in. The silky malts stay and the rye remains. Whether it is the rye or the hops the end is bitter but the finish is clean.
The taste alone isn't that special but mixed with the aroma hops it fix very nicely.
12-21-2011 02:29:47 | More by bishopdc0
4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
750 ml bottle thanks to mntlover. Initial pour is 50% foam. Dark brown body supports a large head that becomes pitted and rocky. Lavish lacing.
Aroma is bold and inviting. Pine, tart grapefruit, molasses, roasted coffee, spicy rye, and hints of earthiness and tropicals, all combine for quite a sensory challenge.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with moderate carbonation and a pleasant oatmeal silkiness.
Taste s deep, rich, and complex. Solid hops array contributes a meld of pine, citrus, and earthiness which is nicely edged by the herbal and spicy rye component. A hint of brown sugar adds even more complexity. Dark toasted and roasty malt notes work to give a balance. An underlying oatmeal smoothness supports a lot of playful mingling of all that is going on here. No hint of the 9% abv alcohol.
Really amazing that so many flavors and facets come together so well. This one is not for everybody by looking at the ratings but if you like it you really like it a lot. I certainly did.
11-22-2011 20:46:04 | More by merlin48
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
$13.99 for the bomber @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. No freshness info offered.
Pours dark brown, mocha head, nice fine sheeting and respectable delicate and scattered lacing.
Dark grains, some rye and whisky noted on the nose.
Tasty brew, infused with noticable rye, dark sweet malts and more lite whisky. Gritty and drying hops come in late.
Moderate carbonation, decent mouthfeel. Nice robust winter sipper. Worth a try
01-22-2011 23:41:18 | More by Billolick
3/5 rDev -20.2%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer opens with a huge pop and immediately starts gushing out the top. Something smells sour. This is not looking good.
The beer pours dark brown with a huge tan head that takes up most of the glass. This is definitely a bad bottle. The aroma is tart dark fruit. The flavor is rye with some dark malts, oak, smoke and quite a bit of tartness. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation, despite having the huge head. I guess that is the infection that caused the huge head. Disappointing overall since I was really looking forward to this one.
06-10-2010 01:45:41 | More by Mora2000
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
On tap poured into a tulip.
Pours a very dark black with a nice small white head. That quickly fades nose is sweet, oatmeal and chocolate so very rich. And crisp.
Taste is sweet and creamy, rich and chocolate with a bit of a toffee note on the finish. Mothfeel is big and creamy with a nice smooth finish. Overall its very good.
11-03-2011 00:25:23 | More by kingcrowing
2.7/5 rDev -28.2%
Acquired via trade
Murky brown with a small light brown head that leaves spots down the glass. Unspectacular though appropriate.
A somewhat spicy aroma for a brown brown ale, with a hint of sweetness, and floral hop character.
An unbalanced, strange brown ale, with floral hops and rye flavors not balancing all too well with the bready malt. This is also quite bitter for a brown ale.
Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
I didn't particularly care for this beer. There's simply too much going on here without adding complexity or being all that tasty. Fail.
06-27-2012 16:44:43 | More by ehammond1
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
Received this as an extra in my second great trade with Bucwild. Thanks and hope you're enjoying your brews too!
Appearance- This beer pours a really nice shade of dark amber, bordering on brown. A mild pour yielded a huge lightly tan head of about three fingers that stuck around after dying down to about half a finger. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass and just looked very tasty overall. This is one of those beers that reminds me why appearance is 20 percent of the overall score.
Smell- Lots of piney hops backed up by a sweet caramel and spicy scent in the nose. Dominated primarily by the resin smell of the hops. Quite nice and rounded out, and the spiciness makes it a touch complex.
Taste- I'm going to be outfront and say I'm not overly sure how to describe all the tastes in this beer because it is an unusual take on the style and I'm not overly experienced with rye either. However, the beer started right out front with a hop punch that was heavy on the resiny/piney side, less so on the citrus. Mixed in with this was an unusual spiciness, which I'm going to have to take for the rye. It almost reminded me of cinnamon in some ways. This spiciness is complemented by a strong, sweet malt background that rounds out the beer and makes it sweeter IPA. Quite interesting.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This beer was rather sweet but carbonation was really spot on. The combination of spice and hop bitterness was a winner for me and I finished the entire 750ml by myself, which is pretty unusual for me. A good sign in a beer...
Overall, unusual, as was the humidor series Jai Alai that I had recently as well. However, both have been great, if a bit on the sweet side, and I'm enjoying Cigar City so far.
10-02-2009 18:50:15 | More by boatshoes
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
Poured into my pint glass, this brew pour a muddy opaque brown. The super large head is the most impressive part of the appearance...refusing to die.
S: The aroma consists of notes of brown sugar, roasted malt, and a little pine and citrus.
T: I've had a few brown ales that have been blowing me away (Including Maduro brown from CCB). Reviewing this as a brown is deceiving, but I review against the style. This beer breaks the bounds of style. Fresh, there is a hop presence that is at lead 4X the norm for the style. Brown sugar and roasted malt are present, but I would prefer were on the forefront.
MF: Mouthfeel is excellent. Creamy, smooth, a little over carbonated, but awesome.
D: Drinkability is not bad, but can improve.
11-15-2010 23:27:29 | More by TKEbeerman
4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
Bottle purchased from Liquor Loft in Tallahassee, FL.
Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of grainy caramel malts with hints of toastiness and spicy rye. Also present are solid amounts of herbal and earthy hop aromas.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry caramel and toasted malt flavors with slight hints of roastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip the herbal hops fade out a bit and more bitter earthy hops work their way into things. Hints of rye spiciness come into play near the end of the sip before giving way to a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I had some stories of infection in last year's batch but that was 100% not a problem with this year's. Another well done brown ale from CCB which along with their porters I don't believe I've had anything even approaching sub par from them. Worth a shot.
12-12-2010 03:22:29 | More by glid02
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
I got this one in a great trade with RomaniIteDomum. Many thanks to him...
This is a rich deep brown brew that pours a beautiful head. It sits like a sturdy, thick, rocky pillow at a few fingers for some time before it breaks down to a thick foam, and a patchy curtain of lacing is left in its wake.
Malts are strongest in the aroma, and a strong hops presence evidences itself as well. There's a sweetness and a sort of woody / earthy aroma as well.
The taste is as one would expect with perhaps a stronger bitterness. Each mouthful starts off malty with a little sweetness underneath and gives way to the raw hops bitterness on the back of the tongue. A gentle spice nips and an earthy / nutty/ grainy singular presence is indicative of the rye, which perhaps also contributes to the gentle nip of an underlying spiciness. A woody presence is in the flavor as well, and a lingering dry finish lends itself to an herbal taste from the hops.
This is a fairly thick, rich brew with a creamy feel with just a little crispness in a light carbonation. The body is medium to full.
This is just another tasty one from a good brewery.
10-13-2009 20:23:26 | More by Brenden
Improv (Improvisación) Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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