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RATINGS: 961   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 408   ABV: 13.6%
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Have you read the description for the regular Crooked Tree yet? Well this beer is almost the same just double. We actually took the Crooked Tree recipe and doubled all of the ingredients except the water, just the way a DOUBLE should be made. Big hops balanced with tons of malt give this beer a huge body. Although this beer is as cool as "the Fonz" when first purchased, it gets really mellow and smooth with some age. After a year or two stored in a cool dark place you'll notice the heavy caramel and malt flavors are trying to sneak past the hops, they’re just not fast enough. This beer is hugely delicious so it will need your undivided attention (the chores can wait....trust us). 98 IBU's


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 This is pretty decent. I am not sure if I have had this fresh or not, but it tastes more malty than it does overly hoppy. Definitely taste the hops but very caramel with a nice astringency of hop bitterness at the end. Decent, but not great. 7/3/7/3/15 ---re-rate--- 4/8/2008 Veggies, caramel malt, fruit. Some biscuit, banana, butter, tropical fruit, creamy dense hops. Drinks like a malty DIPA with no noticeable Alc and lingers well. 7/3/8/4/15

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Bottle thanks to footbalm – Cloudy orange-amber with no head. Aroma is sugary-sweet and malty with a nice floral-citrus essence. Taste is a nice orange-flowery-sugary mix that has lots of sweet malts and an abundance of thick hoppy flavors. Maybe not the freshest, but certainly a very smooth DIPA that hides that 13%+ ABV. This one seems to venture into barleywine territory, much like some of my favorite HOTD beers – It even inspired me to crack open 3 year old Fred. A nice beer that takes this beer style in a slightly different (but tasty) direction)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle. Hazy amber colour with a little white head. Lovely aroma of caramel, hops, and big alpha. Very sweet hoppy and caramel flavour - very nice indeed and with an alcoholic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2007
Hazy beautiful orange golden body, beautiful white head; Big beautiful orange peel pine aroma near perfect mix, great; Actually a little thin body, soft very sweet slightly bitter; Medium long finish sweet bitter balanced, perfumed orange pine aromas.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oakbluff (410) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 29, 2007
Bottle via xav33- thanks! Cracked this baby on my birthday. Seemed like a suitable bday beer. Pours out a dark tangerine, cloudy and not much head. Aroma is very nice- a real blast of thick hops and malt. Taste- heavy citrus and syrupy malts. Booze is not all that noticable for a beer of this potency. Very flavourable- not astringent from the hops, nor too cloying from the shit load of malt in ths thing. Drinkability is high which is probably a very dangerous thing. This would be deadly in a bomber! Overall, very enjoyable beer and very happy to get a change to try it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2007
12oz bottle from EithCubes - thanks, Mike! Deep amber with a pungent nose, as is to be expected from a DIPA. Very powerful grapefruit nose, with a slick malt presence that’s not quite assertive enough to provide the balance I think a beer this potent needs. The result is that this very flavorful and rich beer finishes with an almost astringent quality. It’s still fine, I think, and perhaps I should simply have aged it longer. Reason enough to search for another bottle, and a possible rerate, because I sure like Dark Horse.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Oh to be surprised. Aroma of something funky that I couldn’t place. I almost was afraid to drink this one, I thought it might have been bad. It turned out to be a very nice surprise. Big hops but nicely balanced against the malt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Shared bottle with fordest. Great flavors of hops that balance out nicely with some sweetness. Hardly any alcohol presence. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Super fruity aromas off this thick orange pour with very little head. This 12 oz bottle was brought to us special thanks to jayg. Flavors did not disappoint with added caramel and vanilla to the citrus and fruity hop characters. Pretty darn good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Pours a hazy brown/amber color. Smells rich of citrusy hops and brown sugar. Taste is a nice blend of the two, not as hoppy as some IIPA’s, but I think this one changes a lot with age. Big beer at almost 14% abv, but hides it very well. Would definitely try this again.


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