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Improv (Improvisación) Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 179
Hads: 362
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 40
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 03-29-2009

What you have here is an Oatmeal Rye India-style Brown Ale. Now you might be thinking oatmeal, rye, brown ale, India-style; 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. It isn’t a brown ale, not just a brown ale anyway. It certainly isn’t an IPA. Calling it a rye beer would be selling it way short. 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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was really quite the enigma for me. I was not really sure what to make of it and it took the whole session for me to really figure it out. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/27/2009.

Rich dark brown pour, just menacing looking with a huge tan head that just towered over the top of the glass. Fading slowly it left behind tons of side glass lacing and a huge amount of spider like webs. Aroma was sweet and spicy at the same time. Notes of rye, brown sugar, molasses like touches and hints of coffee are all coming through very clearly. Each sip now seem to get a bit more complex then the one before it, really very well done here. Rich chocolate notes blending well now with huge malts and a touch of rye that are just fantastic. Light suagry finish with a touch of hops in the back, just enough to push it over the edge for me. ABV is very well hidden and had no issues at all with polishing this one off.

Overall this was very, very solid. Not really sure what style it fits into but it was soo damn good. I was very impressed here. (1,086 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not just rooting for the home team when i say that this beer is a phenomenally interesting and satisfying brew; it is off the hook, no doubt.

A - very dark translucent brown with a nice off-white head and some lacing

S - It smells way crazy; I detect a tart Belgian sour-lemon aroma coupled with a rye-influenced malt and a grapefruity hop. Not all of these aromas are represented in the flavor. The tart Belgian aroma is not accompanied by a corresponding taste in any significant measure, for example.

T - Such a complex flavor profile; sweet rye and pumpernickel flavors initially, followed by intense grapefruit impression, finishing with a strange duality: on one hand, it is bitterly sour and pickly-astringent, and on the other hand, it is sweetly roasty, nutty and chocolate-y. Overall, this is a great tasting "Brown Ale"; I would say this beer is more unclassifiable, or like a Belgian dark something or other...

M - Well-carbonated, full-bodied. The flavors last for a tremendously long time in your mouth; to the point that it is an experience usually only found in fine wines.

D - It is a taste sensation; highly recommended. (1,148 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite possbily the most favorful brown ale ever made. St first the title of the beer sounded like it was too much but it worked.... very well.

appearance: deep dark black, pure ebony, loaded head and creamy froth.

smell: a mix of roasted malt and hops.

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors and nice herbal pine from the hops

mouthfeel: not thick as it looks. medium bodied

drinkability: a very nice beer. very complex and has a lot going on. not a plain beer by any means. (492 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 it's complexity. Highly recommended. (1,171 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an over-sized snifter. Reviewing as a hybrid style rather than a traditional brown ale.

A: Thick, dense creamy frothy tan colored head that stays around for a while. Body is black with a dark purple hue in the light. Looks very unique and inviting.

S: Smells like an 'oatmeal cream pie'. Rye always smells 'gummy' to me, like chewy bread. Also picking up a hint of rye spiciness. Heavy aroma of creamy oatmeal is making my mouth water.

T: Oatmeal up front but it is light like a brown ale rather than a stout. Followed by an intense, pungent hop burst of herbal, earthy tones with hints of citrus. Rye spiciness finishes and lingers around. Great transition of flavors. Smokey, roasted malt backbone throughout entire sip.

M: Unique mouth feel, it doesn't remind me of any particular style. It feels light like Maduro, hoppy as Jai Alai and a rye component like Terrapin's Rye Squared.

O: This is a must try. I love Cigar City mostly because they are true to styles and always deliver home runs. It is nice to change it up and show the pallet something new and crazy every once in a while:) This would be great a great buffer between drinking IPAs and going to a stout. (1,188 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass - psyched to see this one in NYC.

Pours super dark brown, bordering on black, with a big, 2 finger light-khaki head that's so dense and creamy. Walls of lacing and fantastic stickage round out the experience.

Nose is chock full of citrus - grapefruit and orange rind, sweet pineapple and mango, nectarine and a more subtle sweet caramel not in the back that hints of rye. Don't get the oatmeal at all in the flavor, but that's to be expected with such a massive hop note.

Taste is phenomenal as well. This is the first dark IPA (India Brown Ale? Whatever.) that has just blown me away. Gorgeous sweet citrus notes that follow right along the nose (grapefruit, mango, oranges) blend perfectly with notes of caramel, chocolate, rye, even coffee and just a bit of nutty oatmeal, before leading into a long, rich finish that nonetheless carries a slightly spicy, amazingly citrusy bitterness. From someone who isn't a self-proclaimed hophead, this one is damn near perfect for me, in almost every respect.

Mouthfeel is slick and silky, with a soft, creamy but sharp tiny bubbled carbonation complementing the full body.

Drinkability is excellent - the somewhat aggressive bitterness on the finish does build up a bit, but the balance and flavor interactions are spectacular. What an experience. If I've learned anything about the folks at Cigar City, it's that they know their big, dark beers. Phenomenal.

Note: best at a slightly cooler temp. gets more muddled as it warms, and bitterness tends to build. Scores changed to reflect this - still, an excellent beer. (1,597 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL champagne-sytle capped bottle. no date on the bottle, but I purchased about a year ago, and it's been cellared since.

appears a very cloudy muddy brown color. thick khaki-colored head. tons of lacing. great head retention, as it rides the beer down to the bottom of the glass. aroma is a pleasant mix of rye and hops.

I would say that the world's longest title of "Oatmeal Rye India Brown Ale" is an acurate description because I pick up those flavors. well balanced and blended flavors, very tasty.

mouthfeel is great - very smooth and creamy body. no hint of the 9% abv, super easy to drink the whole bottle. (622 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a muddy coffee color (as if just a touch of cream had been added to the cup) with a buoyant head that sheets the glass

Smell: Pithy bitterness dominates the aroma, but underneath are hints of brown bread, oats and almonds

Taste: Starts out either with a brown sugar, chocolate, oat and nut character or with a very bitter, spicy and pithy element that tingles on the tongue - with each sip I get alternating sensations, though by mid-palate, all of these flavors clearly come through; after the swallow, the spicy rye flavors are clearly dominant, along with the oatmeal and brown sugar to keep things in balance

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and prickly, with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: I cannot recall a more enigmatic beer - this one is like a chameleon, with each sip it changes its flavor profile (832 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours a dark brown/black with a big clingy tan.

Smell is a sweet citrusy hop with pineapple. In the back is a a rich brown ale. Two distinct smells.

Taste is a bright hop pop then followed by a roasty smooth brown ale and dry finish.

Good mouthfeel and excellent drinkability with some bitterness lingering. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I should not have doubted this brewery. This is an excellent beer. (450 characters)

Photo of aMILESupreme
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark a little brown. Looks like lighter oatmeal stout.

S: Malts, oatmeal, booze.

T: this is a strange beer but I loved it. I had it over the holidays so it was a perfect winter warmer for me. Really grew in complexity as it warmed up.

M: thick, stout like.

O: really like this beer despite the average rating. Definitely continue seeking this beer out (359 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (996 characters)

Photo of gnemesis
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an 8oz sample from 750ml bottle into a snifter on 04/20/2011.
Pours dark brown with ruby and black highlights. Head is creamy and tan with good retention and decent lace. This ale smells of brown sugar, caramel, sweet honey malt, faint citrus and a touch of toast. The taste is much the same. Throw in some oat/rye and this is a slightly hoppy big-ass brown. Medium/full bodied and has low/medium carbonation- super smooth. Great beer and a unique style. I can't wait to hunt more and try laying some down for another day. (529 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Cock & Bull Pub. Poured a hazy brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, nuts and earthy aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy earthy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is another standout brew. (373 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick dark brown brew with an out of control foamy head that eventually collapsed to a substantial tan pile of foam with a mess of lacing. The aroma suggests a yeasty evergreen with malty herbal hop hints. The flavor brings buttery root beer with alka seltzer rye. It has nuances of a flemish sour while keeping touch with the malt grain. Solidly medium bodied with mild carbonation and a near creamy feel. Drinkable enough and one of the better tasting brews I’ve had in a while! (484 characters)

Photo of drink1121
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 25.9 oz. bottle that was not corked and caged, but capped. Pours a very dark brown with a 3 finger head. Decent head retention all the way down with good lacing

S- Spicey. Medium hops with a good malt back bone. Light dark fruits. maybe some plum.

T- Not your average brown ale. Like the smell, pretty spicey Typical rye malt taste. Get a little carmel and toasted malts. Fair amount of hops, but stll wel balanced. Bittering hops at the end.

M - Good mouthfeel. Nice carbonation, with slight creamy feel. Again, slight.

D- I really like this beer. Its a little high in alcohol to have a lot, but the alcohol is well hidden for sure. (654 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to get this one based on the Cigar City description. Very interested to see how they could make this smorgasbord profile work.

A- Mahogany brown with light fluffy, khaki head of about 1 finger. Avg lacing and retention for the style. Beautiful color

S- A little bit of everything- chocolate, citrus hops, resinous hops, brown sugar, charred but not quite burn caramel, smoke, mocha, and black pepper. My taste buds have received the olfactory message and are curious for what's in store....

T- Follows nose. It's as if I'm on a rollercoaster in a dark tunnel- a lot of twists and turns, I don't know what's coming next, but I find myself really enjoying it! A great mix of all the smells led off by a sweet malt, then a dose of hops along with the huge spice of the rye. It's complex and well done. Dark fruits even seem to find there way in the mix. Toasted oats and caramel. Almost seems like it has a barrel aged flavor to it, or some kind of phenols. Maybe the rye again? Whatever...it works.

M- Spicy dry finish. Full body with fair drinkability. Nice carbonation for the style.

O- A ton going on here...and somehow it seems to work. One of my favorite rye beers. Gave it a little bump in overall rating because of the uniqueness and how it finds a nice continuity among the many bold elements. Would probably be in the "Specialty" category if in a BJCP tasting event

No bottled on date that I could find

$10.49 for 750 ml (1,439 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,173 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010:
Pours a cloudy dark brownish red with huge dense tan colored head, fades over several minutes to a half inch leaving rings of thick lace. Smell: hoppy: lemon rind, grapefruit, spicy, rye bread, caramel, milk chocolate. Taste: juicy orange and grapefruit over caramel, light roast fading into dark chocolate, then spicy rye. Mouthfeel: medium+ bodied, creamy carbonation, the oatmeal proteins show up in the coating sticky finish. Massively drinkable at 9%. An outstanding brown ipa.

2009:
From the 750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown/black, dark ruby to the light, with huge billowy khaki colored head which leaves tons of lacing as it fades to a 1 finger cap. Smell: sweet smelling citrus, rye bread, dry chocolate/cocoa note, underlying spiciness that blends well with the rye. Taste: big time roasted flavors, rye spiciness, juicy tangelo, chocolate and a slight burnt note. Yeah, there's a lot of usually disparate things going on, but it all fits well as a dark ipa/dipa. Mouthfeel: full bodied, nice carbonation with oat smoothness. Unfortunately instead of the oats leaving a clean dry feeling, an odd powdery feel coats the tongue after each sip. Fairly challenging to the palate at least in it's uniqueness (to me) but still a dangerously drinkable 9%. (4.5/4/4.5/3.5/4) (1,282 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I opened this with high hopes and it definitely did not let me down. Pours a dark brown ale color with a very healthy tan head. Lacing left behind. Aroma of strong piney hops, citrusy hops, rye malts, and some sweetness

Flavors of sweet rye, pine and citrus cornucopia and some fruit flavors, probably would say cherry and some pineapple. Another fantastic brew from CCB, I think it is safe to say that these guys know how to brew and keep making interesting mixes to keep us interested in what they are doing. Plenty of caramelized flavors / crystal malt and an edging on barleywine but more rounded profile. Mild carbonation and a medium body.

Yum (651 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick large tan head with lots of retention and tons of lacing on a dark amber/brown body.

S: lots of coffee, hops, with a grassy/floral and almost bourbon like note.

T: sweet rye and caramel malt to start, finishes with dark chocolate, oak and coffee notes.

M: moderate to high carbonation and medium to full body.

Overall: This one is very complex and very good, plain and simple. (389 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish brown that sports a big brown head that falls slowly to a cap and laces well.

Aroma is wonderful malt caramel, molasses hints of toffee and coffee. Some rye noted that mingle with citrus hops underneath the malt floral and spicy also. Very inviting aroma.

Taste is wow roasted malts hit right away coffee like roasted malts good dose of molasses and toffee. Gives way to spicy rye that holds some citrus hops, seems like lots of rye notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice big medium smooth no doubt aided by the oatmeal, carbonation level is medium.

Drinkability is good very enjoyable brew. (617 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served 50-ish degrees in a nonic. No freshness date. I wonder how old mine is. My label, which uses an old-style typewriter font, doesn't match the label on their site in April 2012, which uses a sort of Papyrus font.

Beware. Despite having sat perfectly still for days, this baby was an instant foamer and stayed superheady in the glass. Other reviews show I'm far from the only one. I had to pour and wait and pour and wait three long waits for the head to dissipate before I could get the glass full. Did the same thing with each refill as I tried to get through the rest of the bomber. That's some seriously persistent foam.

A - Cloudy reddish brown right away despite a careful pour. Foamy head for days - it made wonderful topographical forms as it slowly slowly dissipated. Crazy lacing. I'm talking about fat chunks of sea foam adhering to the side of the glass and not going anywhere.

S - Sweet rum raisiny, a little yeast. Once you get past the head, you smell a bit more malt, which increases as it warms. It becomes really pleasant and comforting to smell as you take a pull off of it. I swear there's almost the briny warm smell of the ocean in that whiff.

T - Good and strange. Right away a mild bitter note makes itself known, more like char/roast bitter than hops bitter though, and at a level that is interesting and distinctive rather than overbearing or distracting. That's as India as it gets before the aftertaste in my opinion, which isn't very India at all. And I don't get the pine or citrus notes that the brewer and some other reviewers get. But that bitterness overlaps with what's behind it - a kind of clean, antiseptic sweet taste that echoes the rum raisin in the aroma (the bridge is rum/alcohol to alcohol/antiseptic). That overlaps with a peaty note, phenolic like an Islay single malt scotch, veering into band-aid territory (Laphraoig lovers take note). I think that's actually the rye that's doing that. It doesn't quite remind me of rye whiskey but is maybe a phenolic cousin. At the end of the chain, overlapping with the band-aids, is a mild bitterness that's closer to hop bitterness, and spice notes on the warm, mildly boozy exhale and burps. Guess that's the rye again. Further down in the glass, those charry/peaty notes are still present, but a little more malty sweetness comes out with that briny note in the aroma. Comforting. I give it a 4.5 on taste not for deliciousness, but for interestingness and uniqueness.

M - Just a hint of sting and tingle. A bit of viscosity left behind on the roof of the mouth - that may be the only thing that suggests it's an oatmeal stout - which then converts into an mildly astringent hop dryness which sticks with you after you've finished.

O - The reason I keep exploring beers is to find interesting ones. This one totally hits that mark. It's unusual and memorable. Working your way through a bomber is kind of a journey. I had to rewrite this part of the review because initially I said I was glad I tried it but would not likely buy it again, mainly because I'm not a big fan of phenol-y/band-aid-y Islay malt notes, but would be happy if you served it to me at your house so we could talk about it. But now at the bottom of the glass I've changed my mind. I want to take this journey again! It's not something you'd drink every day, but it's such an interesting thing that it wants to be a special occasion brew. It defines an evening. This brewery continues to impress. (3,470 characters)

Photo of saccro
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real mouthful to say, but tasty. Couldn't take the time to take good notes of this one:

A - fairly dark. Brown ale? eh...dark brown. Tan/creamy head that's lasting. Crazy lacing.

S - not locked-in on rye flavors, but found it to be fairly chocolaty/roasty. Hops are noticeable.

T - tastes great. fairly bitter. roasted flavors like a stout.

M - moderate carbonation. fairly thick and smooth.

D - very clean and drinkable. (428 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Served in a snifter glass.

A: Dark reddish brown with a 1/2 finger tan head of large bubbles. Low visible carbonation.

S: Roasty, toasty rich bready malts over some hops (citrus/lemon and grass).

T: Sweet bready roasted malts with big grainy rye flavors, plus the citrus, spicy and pine hops. There is significant roasty coffee noticeable on the exhale. Sticky sweet malt balanced with the hop bitterness at the end.

M: Heavier body than expected, chewy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation sensation. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but not overly so for this high of an ABV.

O: Interesting, and much more complex than the vast majority of non-spiced brown ales. Enjoyable and recommended. (747 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Brilliant deep chestnut under a 3” lightly tan tinted foam cap that mounds up over the rim of the glass and produces thick clumps opf lace. Smell: Rich malt spice from the rye and oats, some roast. Taste: Spicy grain, an underlying malt sweetness, cardamom, and faint caramel notes. Finishes with alcoholic warming and bitter chocolate, some astringency and a dash of hops. Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation that has a little bite to it. The body is medium full with a little slickness. (504 characters)

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Improv (Improvisación) Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.