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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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, theyíre 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2902) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Robert at SL. Pour was orangey amber with a nice initial head, solid retention, good lacing, on par for the style. The aroma was tea bags (but in a good way), oranges, other citrus notes. The flavor was much the same, some additional piney-ness, peaches, alcohol rather smooth for the abv (13%!!!????), quite drinkable. Full bodied mouthfeel with ample but not overdone carbonation. Thanks, Robert!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2694) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
12oz waxed bottle, no date, thanks to Duane for giving me this for no other reason than for him giving me room and board. I also apologize to anyone that was hoping to sample this at a tasting--Iím selfish and my gf wanted to try it as well. I remember this was phenomenal at GTMD í07 (notes to follow).

Hazy copper red with a few bubbles and a ring of beige for a head--a few floaties noted. Aroma is quite hoppy--citrus fruits, raspberries, and blueberries follow. There is also some pineapple amongst the strong caramel malt backbone. At room temperature (go figure), the alcohol is indicative of the strength, but I still wouldnít put this at 13.6%. Lots of caramel in the flavor with the hops not being the highlight. Flavor still has the berries, added pine, and pineapple, but arenít in your face. Lightly earthy with a bit of husky grain. Bitterness peaks at a 3-4, and as I said before, the alcohol is masked well. Iíd think this was more like an 8% brew. Also, at this point Iíd say itís more like a somewhat balanced American barleywine, and man is it good. Full syrupy body with low low carbonation. If I remember correctly, at the Great Taste í07 this was hoppy as all hell and I (still) loved it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29661) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2007
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of hops and caramel as well as light notes of alcohol. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel, hops, and peaches as well as a light dusty note from the hops. The body is like thick hop juice and the alcohol burns slihghtly in the throat.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Big on hops, sure, but one of the most mellow, well balanced IIPAs Iíve tried. Pours a dark amber, lots of sediment, and a quickly fading off white/light tan head. Nose is hops and citrus, at first - very nice - and becomes more noticeably sweet, with notes of caramel, and malty as it warms (and, in truth, as I, too, am warmed by it). Flavor is long lasting, with alcohol and hops dominating the front, along with noticeable sweet and creamy notes, and a long, creamy hop finish. While I can probably, to some extent, be described as a "hop head," Iím rarely a big fan of beers that are hoppy, simply for the sake of hoppiness, with little else of any worth. This beer is not one of those. Well rounded, delicious, and full. A great brew!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2007
Orange, amber colour with an off white head. Malty, caramel and light alcohol sweet aroma with fruity and hoppy notes. Malty, caramel sweet flavor with notes of fruit, hops and alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Bottle shared by foofaa. Pours a somewhat lcloudy amber color with a smallish tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, spices, alcohol and some floral notes. Taste is much the same, with the malty sweetness coming to the front. somewhat hot.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hangover (1063) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Dark red-amber pour with a huge amount of suspended sediment. Very thin brown head. Sweet aroma, lots of piney hops, light citrus and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is initially pretty thin but once the resinous hops hit, it gets a lot thicker and resinous. Lots of alcohol heat towards the middle. Finish reveals a bit more pine, some orange citrus, alcohol, nice element of dried, dark fruits. Sweet, sticky and long bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4522) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Thanks to foofaa. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a bunch of floaties and a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of caramel, tangerine, floral, pine, candy sweetness and some light alcohol. Flavor of malty sweetness, hops, citrus, resiny pine, caramel and some alchol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Bottle, with thanks to Gregis for bringing this back for me from Sprinkleís place in Indy. Pours a dark copper, clear with plenty of chunky yeast floating around, a sizable off-white head that persists, good lacing. Aroma is initially floral, with some pine and citrus rising out as it warms; some caramel malts present as well. Flavor is some sweet malts intermingling nicely with the hops bitterness; alcohol is undetectable, long bitter finish. Very interesting throughout!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, alcohol, and pine. Poured a turbid brown/orange with a small off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy and murky. Opaque. Good lacing. Lots of floating particles, mostly large. Medium bitter flavor. Tastes of hops, resin, pine, and caramel. Medium to full body. Average carbonation. Chunky texture. Biter citrus-hop finish.


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