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RATINGS: 992   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9765) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2013 Bottle from northerntimber (2006) and Julio’s (2013). Pours lightly hazy dark amber with a patchy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel, honey, and cookie malt, fruity and floral hops, pear and apple esters with spicy alcohol. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, floral and spicy hops, sweet malt and fruity esters with a dry finish. Full bodied and warm, fizzy and dry palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmanley (3) - River Rouge, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2006 does not count
Thanks to Mike at Oak Cafe for this treat. Smells very much of orange citrus and hops. The taste is pleasently bitter with that same strong citrus presence. It leaves a slight alcohol aftertaste ofset by a touch of sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2006
Bottle, with ClarkVV and Sully, A solid 2IPA, nice fragrant aromatic hop aromas. Palate is nicely bitter, with some grapefruit hop notes, piney. Touches of caramel. Quite a strong alcohol presence however, quite sweet too.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Thanks to Silphium. Big, loaded oranges burting in the aroma, with red grapefruit and fresh barley. Looks a reddish amber, thick suspension - carbonation has to work its way to the surface in a small eggshell head. Flavor is spiked high alcohol, bitter with unsweetened grapefruit and a tinge of metal. tangy palate, a little sweet sticky.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Scary bottle. Thick, orange ,sweet brew. Reminds me of Stouts doulble ipa. Basicly flat. The sweetness overpowers the hop flavor. Thanks goes to footbalm for the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2006
From a 12 oz. green wax dipped cap, long neck brown bottle with a good and creepy label, sampled at a cooler cellar temperature in a snifter. An American barley wine-type aroma, pine resiny, grapefruit and apricots, caramel malty and whiffs of sweet alcohol. Moderate carbonation and a light hop texture, velvety smooth medium-full bodied mouthfeel. Syrupy sipping drinkability, tasty with the alcohol kept in the background, piney, resiny with hints of cedar, citrus squeezed over apricots, a sweet caramel malty, spicy alcohol that is noticeable towards the end, but it’s tamed and warming in the palate, a subtle plum flavor also emerges at the end and a hop resiny and malty finish. A well made DIPA from Dark Horse, I wish this was available in Illinois. Acquired in a trade with fellow RB Sammy, many thanks!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4139) - Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle. Ivory small head that mostly diminished, poor lacing, no visible carbonation, and a light brown hue. Sweet caramel, lightly hoppy, grapefruit and alcohol notes for the aroma. Ditto for the flavor and the ABV was surprisingly not over the top. Mildly tingly mouthfeel. Medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Pours a hazy deep orange-amber, with a thin qhite head. Very pungent aroma of citrus, mulling spices, malt (almost like a barley wine). In the mouth it’s very thick and not very carbonated. It’s by turns malty sweet and hoppy bitter with caramel and various dried fruits.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Poured a dark, opaque amber color. Piney, hoppy aroma as well as strong malt/booze aroma. This was a bit overdone for me. Woody, peat-like flavors along with the obvious grapefruit and piney hoppy flavors. Interesting IIPA, but I’ll stick with Crooked Tree if I want an IPA from Dark Horse.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2006
A hearty thanks to Beerdrenched for pickin this jewel up for me. Poured dark bronze with a small tan head. Aroma is very thick piney / woody hops along with a boatload of musty caramel malt - huge aroma. Medium / full bodied that is smooth and oily with a good amount of carbonation. Starts off with thick rich malt alsong with a floral woody presence. The finish is a hop blast. Lots of forceful piney / woody / spicy hops - very resiny. The alcohol is definitely felt and tasted, but this goes down far too easy for the strength it has - this one could get scary quick. Excellent IIPA.... or should it be IIIPA?


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