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RATINGS: 1099   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - 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 (1100) - 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 (4618) - 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 Sprinkle’s 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 (4959) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 10, 2007
You’re a barleywhiner. Am not! Am too! Am not! Am too! Mooooommm! Bottle from Styles in July ’07, drank 10/10/07. After difficulty, I popped the waxed cap to reveal a wonderful hoppy aroma. After pouring into my glass, the aroma morphs into a wonderful melanoidin malt smell. The head is small but of a wonderful consistency of small microbubbles fighting their way through the heavy bodied liquid. Amber color, heavily cloudied by the sediment I poured into the glass. Taste is of a great combination of sweet fruity malt and side of the tongue bitterness. Reminds me other great strong IPAs: Devil Dancer, 2yr old Double Bastard. 4.5, but could easily be a 4.6. Excellend beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Cloudy orange color with a medium head. The ’cloudy’ might be because of all the jostling I had to do to get the wax sealed cap off.
Aroma was more like a barleywine than an IIPA. Sweet, dark fruit and brown sugar seems to be the stars here, over-riding the pine/citrus hops. Taste was stupendous, if you’re thinking barleywine. Raisins, brown sugar and spicy/candied orange. The hop presence is even lower in the taste.
A little warm, but no distinct alcohol flavor. Syrupy texture. Sweet finish. This should age really well. Glad to have an extra to try it out.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2485) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Thin fizzy head of medium sized bubbles. Reduces to a sticky ring around the edges. Huge pine sap aroma with lots of caramel malts, saw dust and ginger. Little bit of fruit in there also. This stuff smells like fresh wet plywood. Maybe this is plywood aged!?! Dark copper in color. Man, I did not realize that this was 13+% when I opened it. Looks like a good night for me! Big alcohol presence and warmng. The tongue is dancing in my mouth right now! Lots of sweet caramel, piney hops, pepper and HEAT!!! Finishes alcoholic and bitter with plenty of sweetness that lingers. A great big powerful IIPA. NICE!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (447) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Big hoppy pine aroma, hint of citrus and maybe grass/herbs. Creamy off white head, mostly diminishing. The body is hazy and the color a brownish orange. The initial flavor is moderate to heavy bitter, the finish the same; leaves a good bite on the tongue. The body is medium, the texture a little watery and a little creamy. The carbonation is soft.


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