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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, 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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10309) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
Bottled. Reddish amber coloured. Uncleaer. Light beige head. Alcohol, sweetness, fruits, herbs and light pine in the aroma. Flavour is sweet and caramelly. Has light liqourice, herb and alcohol notes. Quite full bodied. Has a warming bitter end. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25084) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2007
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of sk8viking. Pours a very hazy amber - almost murky - with floating impurities and a beige head. Fat aroma of hops and caramel. Very full in body with a very smooth mouthfeel. Lots of sweet caramel - almost Barleywineish - almost drowning the 98 IBUs. The finish is rich and full of warming alcohol. 270607

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2007
12 oz bottle via trade with someone whom I cannot recall. Bartzilla birthday bash beer 2. Aroma is super sweet with a subdued hop nose. The pour is orange with a thin white ring on top. The taste is sweet and hoppy and reminescent of a BW. Mouth feel is sticky and hoppy and damn strange but great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2007
Bottled. Reddish brown coloured. Dark fruits and caramel in the aroma with notes of hops. Sweet juicy toffee and hop flavour. Quite full bodied. The alcohol is very well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2007
bottle.....appearance: dark, cedar-brown with a thin caramel head.....aroma: sweet caramel malt nose with barely a hint of any hops which was mildly surprising. a big emphasis on the malt with this one.....taste: sweet malt, pretty smooth for having a high abv. didn’t have a huge hop component to it but pretty enjoyable all around. i’d like to taste a fresh bottle of this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4056) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2009 Holy crap is this a strong beer. At first it is just astoundingly complex and rich but after a while it becomes overkill. Glad I split this one with another person. Pours a thick hazy reddish amber with a thick, lasting, creamy, light caramel head. The aroma is sweet, citrusy bitter, alcohol, dry, very vinous. The flavor is very dry and alcoholic, caramel, citrus, grapefruit, hop of course, and sediment (bottle conditioned?). The palate is very thick and dry. The finish is warm and bitter. Finishing this was a battle from the start.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (624) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Draft at the brewery in a snifter glass. Orange color. Small head with good lacing. Strong sweet citrus flavor with more then a hint of the high alcohol content. This one is a sippin beer best appreciated in small quanties. Overall tremendous flavor, but if you are looking for a highly drinkable beer stick with the regular Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2007
12 ounce bottle from BBB63
Murky orange with a sticky tan head. The bottle didn’t say anything about being bottle conditioned, but it looks like somebody dumped a White Labs vial into my glass. Rrrrrrrrr. The aroma is ripe peaches and apricots, oh yeah, and a pine forest. A nice dose of caramel malts along with pine hops and hot alcohol in the flavor. Quite full bodied, which may save this beer from being a complete wreck. Damn yeast in the bottle.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2007
12oz bottle. Wife bought this while on a trip to Wi. and mother in law delivers beer on visit to AZ. Citrus aromas light up the nose. Orange body white head and above normal lacing. Citrus flavors though out with oranges being most prevelant. Dry hop and alcohol somewhat noticable. Syrupy, sugar sweetness in body texture. Smooth enjoyable beer and sweet dry citrus on palate. May god bless the wives and motherinlaws that buy ratebeer guys beer and deliver it too.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1315) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2007
12 oz bottle with waxed cap. Pours a glowing dark reddish amber with hazy floaties. The head is off-white and creamy and goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is more subdued than I expected - sweet caramel malts, alcohol, and some grapefruity, piney hops.

The flavor is some sweet toasted caramel and fruits that is quickly overpowered by a big alcoholic hop bitterness. The finish is big and raw and harsh with a little residual sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable but not as much as expected from a 13.6% beer. The mouthfeel is full and syrupy with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice DIPA. It’s not at all balanced and a little too hot, but still enjoyable.


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