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RATINGS: 1120   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


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2009
[Bottle] Pours a caramelly amber with a medium soapy beige head. Aroma is lots of sweet caramel malt with some citric and floral hops. Flavor is sickly sweet, almost to the point of cloying, some alcohol, orange, grass, and lots of caramel. They were a little overboard with the malt on this one. I was hoping for an explosion of hops like their regular IPA, but this was just an oversweetened bomb, the bitterness was hardly evident.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Bottle from Parti-Pak Liquors (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a clear amber to brown color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with grapefruit, malted barley, citrus, caramel and floral hops notes. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, honey, molasses, citrus, nuts, flowers and floral hops. Generally medium body with a pleasing light floral hop presence.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9089) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2009
pours dark amber with tan head. Aroma is hoppy, and just loaded with sweetness and hugecaramel malts nose. Taste has ample malts and caramel for IIPA, hops remain in the background and balance everything out. Very light for its 13.6%, Intense flavor, highly enjoyable. My kind of IIPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Thanks kiefdog for the share. Pours a hazy brown/ gold with nose of caramel, pine sap, citrus, and sweet malt. Flavor is lots of sweet malt, pine sap, lots of nice hops and caramel sweetness blended in. Excellent and enjoyable beer.

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 (10416) - 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 (6107) - 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 (15253) - 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.


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