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RATINGS: 1116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Hazy golden amber on the pour, small white head. Smells of butterscotch, caramel, honey, and lots of hops. Taste is immensely sweet syrupy malt, alcohol, oak, and hops in the finish. A little heavy on malt and alcohol, completely overpowers the hops. Still enjoy it though, because I love barley wines too, and this is essentially a hopped barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Lots of really great hop flavor with a nice balance of malts. A good sweetness that doesn’t overwhelm. nice dark amber color.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2008
Hazy amber with medium beige head. Hoppy aroma with grapefruit and pine notes. Serious hoppy flavour with with grapefruit and pine notes. Finsihed dry and bitter. Lovely!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6057) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Super sweet barley wine like nose. Some citrus and floral hops, but the malts are the ambassador in the nose of this one. Hops come through in the form of tangerine and orange. Orange gold pour with a thinnish head. THe flavor is also very malty. Lots of caramel. Some not so fresh hops. Notes of flowers, tobacco, and some oranges. The flavor is almost sickly sweet and solvent like to me. Long piney finish lingers after the alcohol and sweetness decides to take off.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (15158) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle, 13.6%. Very caramelly aroma. Cloudy dark amber colour. Good caramelly and sweet vanilla flavour. Nicely sweet and spicy, oak and cigarbox. Mellow dried fruit flavour, very pleasant.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Drain pour. This was so syrupy and malty that I could not drink it. Hops were there. Aroma was heavy malt and then hops. There is no balance - reminded me of some form of old fashioned medicine. I love DIPAs [Pliny, Port 15, Dreadnaught, Ruination, etc.] but this one is so extreme that it goes over the edge.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle, aged about a year or so. Pours a hazy amber, small off-white head. Aroma is oily hops and caramel. Flavor serves up a palate of slightly sweet hops, malt and caramel, but not in a cloying manner. Had to look at the bottle when I was half way through the glass, didn’t realize this stuff was 13.6% !!! Alcohol was very well hidden, sneaks up on ya and smacks ya !!! Almost like a DFH 120, but much more enjoyable. Great beer, hope I can get my hands on more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (39627) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange to light brown with a diminished white head. Dense spiced hoppy aroma. Sweet malty at first with an intense hoppy flavour following. Dense bitter and dry wooden hops flavoured. Smooth and nicely balance finish with a light malt base just enough to match the hops flavours.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Beer Tasting at Heritage Liquor(Maplewood, MN) - pours orange/amber with a decent size white creamy head that fades quickly leaving just a small white film. The nose is amazing, hops all the way, tons of citrus. The first drink, it was really sweet and really bitter. Big hop flavor, pine, citrus (grapefruit and orange) you can taste the caramel malt behind all the hops. The body is full with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden, but it is there. Overall, this is a very well done Double IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7414) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
12-oz. Thanks, Riverside! Crystal clear dark gold. Thin gray rim. Light webby lace. Bitter orange pith notes. Smells like candied citrus fruits baked in a heavily glazed pastry. Thick, sticky, syrupy body. Good night Irene, this is a heavy big beer. Slushy and goopy, plenty of caramel and grainy sweetness. The fruits and candies come through it all somehow. Long sticky finish. Finally some hops pop up for a cameo in the back of your throat, long after the swallow.


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