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RATINGS: 1140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 408   ABV: 13.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 youll notice the heavy caramel and malt flavors are trying to sneak past the hops, theyre just not fast enough. This beer is hugely delicious so it will need your undivided attention (the chores can wait....trust us). 98 IBUs

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2363) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 Pours hazy mahogany with a 1.5 finger beige head that lasts a long time, slowly fading and leaving some lacing as I drank. Aroma starts with a huge burst of grapefruit and alcohol as soon as the bottle is opened. Upon pouring the alcohol is somewhat sudued, grapefruit is still present, dried orange peels, a tiny hint of pine sap, creamy caramel, toffee, biscuit, melon and some spiciness, a good helping of honey, sweet cereal grains and new leather. As huge as this beer seems in my sinuses the flavor is oddly smooth and light on hops. Right away its a little grapefruit, and tons or caramel and toffee malt flavors, as those linger a hint of anise, and some spicy hops lead on to molases cookies, cherry cordials, bitter leafy greens, and bitterness- like tree bark round out the finish. Palate is oily and sticky and warm like bourbon. The flavor profile is interesting enough to earn high marks from me but this is a very strange IIPA. At the risk of sounding a little redundant it really is alot like a barleywine in alot of respects. Update-07/21/2009: Added a few notes above. This 2009 bottle must be a little more fresh, or the recipe was changed a little. It has alot more hops presence and a lighter mouthfeel, quite a bit better this way. Tastes a little more like an IIPA, but is still just as much of a huge, hoppy barleywine. Raised rating from 3.5 to 4.0

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Monger. 12oz green wax-topped bottled poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden amber with a solid off-white head that left great lacing as it receded. The aroma was dominated by citrus hops up front with grapefruit and some orange peel opening things up. There was also a serious malt sweetness that I wasn’t expecting in the aroma. The taste takes the malt sweetness to a different level. This one isn’t fresh but I imagine that, even then, the malt profile was a major player in the taste. The sugar sweetness of the malts give way to a slight citrus hop kick up front on the palate with some bitterness in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is crazy smooth and sticky with sugar due to the massive malt backbone. Bitterness is at a minimum. This one is bordering on a barleywine for me, even with the minimal amount of aging on it. It’s a great beer, but I would have loved to see the hops when it was fresh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle thanks to GMCC2181. Poured cloudy amber in color with nice off white head. Aroma of alcohol, hops and caramel. Taste was hops, caramel, malts. The 14 % is covered up nice and finished sweet with niec texture. Enjoyed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2008
12oz bottle from RaverJames. Pours cloudy brown with virtually no head. Smells sweet and dark caramelly malty with just a hint of hop spice. Tastes like a sweet and hoppy barleywine. Lots of sweet malts with some slow building spicy hop flavors and bitterness. I guess some of the sweetness is a a syrupy, hoppy sweetness as well. Full body, good carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2013 Updated Rating - Bottle sampled at Daves tasting. Pours a lightly hazed reddish amber with an off-white head. Very pleasant aroma of caramel, sweet malt, and pine. The flavor is a lovely combination of sweet malt caramel and resinous pine. Mild-moderate bitterness at the finish. Rich and luxurious on the palate. Im very glad I had an opportunity to update my rating for this beer. Excellent!

Original Rating 10/4/2008 - 12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with yem25. Pours a clear reddish copper with a thin off-white head that lasted until mid-glass. Super strong aroma of alcohol with notes of sweet malt and leafy hops. The flavor is super sweet malt up front, to the point of being sickly sweet. As strong as this initial flavor is, it is then joined by equally strong leafy hops and jet-fuel alcohol. Very hot on the palate with an overload of alcohol vapors filling the nose with each sip. Thick, sweet, and down the drain it goes...6 3.3.2.7=2.1

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2008
My Bottom Line:
This Barley Wine-ish Double IPA drops loads of honeyed, caramelized cereals onto a mountain of resinous hops for a plump, flaming and bitter sipping experience.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the hazy amber.
-Although alcohol is very apparent in the aroma, it was easier to get used to than expected in the flavor profile.
-Although the malts and their residual sugars are enormous, I cannot say I find complexity within.
-This is surprisingly drinkable for its gargantuan size.
-The hops are a tad soapy at times.
-This manages to be balanced throughout, but its so extreme that its equilibrium is not really important.

Bottle.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2008
12oz Bottle $11.99 4-Pack Binny’s Plainfield Double Crooked Tree empties the bottle a dark mahogany with glowing ruby highlights when backlit. The head grew to one finger of off-white head that fell rather quickly to a solid cap and left good drink lines after each drink. This is a good looking brew with a quality head for such a high abv. The smell is along the lines of a barleywine with a sweet caramel maltiness and I nice hit of booze. The hops come through nicely in the form of pine needle and aspirin bitterness. The alcohol fumes just work to bring the hops forward although it stays a fairly balanced beer. You can tell this is a sipper from the aroma alone. Flavor closely resembles the nose. A big caramel sweetness is matched by a big piney and aspirin hoppiness, although the aspirin bitterness is a little less then the nose suggested. The hop profile does edge out the maltiness but not by much. This is certainly a well constructed beer. The mouthfeel on this beer is top notch, especially when considering the high abv. There is some heft to the body but the carbonation is enough to keep it moving before it becomes at all cloying. One of these is enough for me in a sitting because of the high abv. I do notice this beer leaving the glass far too quick. Although there’s a big sweetness the hops beat it back and the carbonation moves things along enough to keep it an easy drinker. This is a high quality, highly alcoholic brew from Dark Horse. They did a great job balancing out all the huge flavor. I’ve made a point to pick a few 4-packs up the last couple years. It’s a good beer to sit back and try to enjoy slowly. 6/5/08

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2008
@Indiana Beerfest-12oz bottle-pours a light tan ring for a head and cloudy amber color. Aroma is herbal/pine/resin hops, secondary medium malt. Taste is spicy/herbal/pine/resin hops, secondary medium malt. Syrupy mouth feel. OK/mild carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SacSirPlato (19) - New Buffalo, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Another big beer. Excuse me for rating so much at once: Have a lot of notes. Will rate more consistently soon. Anyway, this beer was too big. Almost a hop tonic. Sweet, hoppy, thick....I love all of those aspects, but not together. Too much of everything. Still, a good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Tasted on 5/15/08. Pours a nice dark amber color with little to no head from a slightly aggressive pour into my Sierra Nevada Pint glass. It smells really nice and sweet and also has a subtle, citrusy hop aroma. Kind of surprising that the malt stands out more than the hops on this one. The taste is excellent. Its a great balance of that sweet caramel malty taste with a pungent citrus hoppiness that makes it lean almost closer to a barleywine in my opinion. The mouthfeel is really nice and creamy on this one and man the 13.6% alcohol is hardly smelled or tasted at all meaning this one could really sneak up on you. A great beer.


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