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RATINGS: 1039   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Date: 05/29/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade

Appearance: cloudy dark amber, wispy dirty white head, drops of lace,
Aroma: huge sweet pine and dark caramel aroma with an earthy character,
Body: big sticky body,
Flavor: rich caramel flavor, lots of sticky pine character, spicy peppery character, touch of alcohol, long bitter finish,
-------- /> Date: 02/17/2008
Mode: bottle

Aroma: aroma is still the sweet dark caramel and huge sweet piney hops,
Flavor: sweet caramel and crystal malt flavor, hops are still big and piney but the peppery edge is fading until it comes back with a touch of alcohol, bitter finish is less pronounced,
Overall: almost unchanged after almost a year in the IPA fridge showing that cold storage works,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Why do I love getting bitch-slapped by these huge hop bombs again and again...? There is a certain pleasure in just surviving the experience. But this potent resiny brew is just a joy for this inveterate hophead. Big bitter nose...I think heaven is located somewhere in the PNW. Pine and citrusy acids singe the tongue, palate, and throat...in that order. But there is a big sweet caramely malt bottom that anchors this baby pretty well, too. Since in heaven there is no beer...I guess you’ll find me enjoying these in hell.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2007
The Dan Journal #100! Tasted 8/8/07. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a beautiful amber hue. Webbed white head. Caramel and lime citrus aromas. Big bold and full bodied. Big caramel malts and alcohol burn. The malts hold a nice coffee acidity. Big roasty malt flavors. Huge and delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
GTMW 2007. Poured a slightly hazy orange color. Head was off white with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of malty caramel, graham, crushed pine needles, and citrusy hops. Slightly sweet on the tongue with a cotton candy-ish note accompanied by malty caramel, grapefruity hops, and assertive alcohol and hop bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2007
A familiar IIPA aroma. REminds me of Moylans with the strong hops and malt balance. Very thick however there are a lot of large floaties. It is good but the sense of been there done that remains.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2007
12oz bottle from discount liquors in milwaukee, I must admit that this is the freshest bottle of this beer but it is pretty potent overall and doesn’t take away from the score at all. Brilliant orange/red amber color with small off-white head and some lacing. Huge citrus/grapefruit aroma with big caramel malt, alc and earthy tones. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, a little dough/cookie, big hops of grapefruit/pine/citrus (very strong pineapple as well), alc is pretty strong but not obtrusive, very interesting. Med, creamy body with slight alc burn. Very interesting brew, another well done brew from Dark Horse.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
this brew is scary good in numerous ways. the malt flavor in this is divine, and while the hops are almost secondary, they add a soft bitterness to balance out the flavors. however, what makes this truly scary is the fact that it drinks more like a 5% beer...not one thats almost 14%. no one i shared this with could believe it was that strong. i could imagine drinking 3-4 of these easily...based on flavor and palate alone. however, im afraid of what 3-4 of these would do to me. fantastic beer

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 TRUMP! This double version pours a hazed honey color w/ a medium sized, semi creamy froth and reduces to a decent lace. I think it’s genetic. Looks like liquid caramel. The aroma is balanced w/ goopy malts and strict hopsy citrus rind. Nice! Full nectar w/ ample creamy residual effers. This is a malt bomb for sure but Robo Hop is right round the corner with his street sweeper and cleans the palce up nicely leaving asprin scar tissue to deal with. I am amazed a brew like this can be so well balanced. Fat caramel malts, and fat caramel malts meet up w/ a very strict curfew and like I said, Robo Hop is there to sweep up the mess. Chewy citrus caramel, leather, aged citrus rind, cotton candy essence, and a pinch of sodium. The finish is bittered perfectly and leaves a lingering asprin burn to remind me from whince I came. Drink with caution for the alcohol is hidden like a sniper in the mud. I could drink a few of these. I wouldn’t, but I could =) Highly recommended.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - 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)


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