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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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2008
Bottle: I first though that the wax over the bottle cap was cool. However, after almost stabbing myself trying to remove it, my opinion changed. Nevertheless, good double IPA. Hides the alcohol very well. Not very thick for a DIPA. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2008
Solid copper in color with a moderate head of small bubbles. Aromas were of sweet citric hops, rich caramel and soft spice overtones. In the mouth this is full-bodied and concentrated with plenty of malt to balance the hops. The rich midpalate fades to a slightly sour finish. Amazingly this does not come off as hot given the high alcohol level.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Dark Horse is a force to be reckoned with. Pours a deep, murky amber with a foamy off-white head. Potent aroma of pine and citrus hops, fresh hay, and cracked black pepper, with caramel peeking through. Full-bodied. The hops clearly overshadow the caramel sweetness but dont obliterate it. Nor does the high ABV present itself in the taste, though it does have its effect. This is a keeper to be stored to see what could happen.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2008
a heavily carbonated dark beer with faint off white rocky head. Sweet bitter hop aroma with faint malts. Bitter grapefruit hop body with a caramel malt undertone. I loved the sweet he bitter finish. Amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DietPepsican (1587) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Thanks to tytoanderso for trading me this one. No idea on the date or year of this, green wax. Dark amber with a thin white head. Huge pineapple and citrus grapefruit aroma and flavor. Some resiny and flower hops as well. Great malty backbone to this one. Very well balanced and just delicious. Finished with not one hint of the ABV. Very very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1289) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2008
[Bottle, thanks a lot Tytoanderso!] Pours deep red with a nearly nonexistent head. Aroma is big on pineapple and grapefruit when first poured, but as it warms it the malt starts to really show through more with some alcohol also present. Taste is very malty and then the hops and alcohol kick in. Fairly thick mouthfeel with a decent bitter-citrus finish. A very solid beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1297) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2008
(bottle, thanks Tytoanderso!) Pours really dark red with an off-white head. Aroma is pretty good with an initially strong scent of pineapple. The aroma changes quite a bit, with other smells of grapefruit peel and a candy-like smell. The smell becomes more alcoholic and malty as the beer warms up. The taste is pretty malty sweet up-front, with some good hops on the finish along with some graham cracker. Minutes after drinking this I can still taste some grapefruit peel when I exhale. The mouthfeel is full and chewy. This is a quality beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2008
bottle. Aroma has notes of alcohol, plum, pear, grape, caramel, and some roasted malt. Dark red amber hue with a small off-white head that almost fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor is sweet and sticky with a bitter finish. More like an old ale or barley wine than a DIPA but Im not complaining. Sweet caramel, pear, plum, roasted malt, alcohol, and herbs. Palate is full bodied and oily flat. A really delicious brew but not really what one would expect from a DIPA but rather a barley wine or old ale. I really like this style of thick, sweet, intense brew and I cant wait till this one gets a few years on it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Better than expected. Too dark in my book, but whatever. Some volatile alcohol in the nose, but over all, very smooth hoppy attack with a big background. the 13.6% doesnt really show in the taste, but definitely in the nose. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 pours a nice caramel/red color with one finger of tan head, nice sticky lacing. nose is resinous with slight citrus and definite alcohol notes, some of the malty sweetness making its way through the thick of it as well. Flavor is surprisingly smooth, not nearly as bitter as I expected it to be. Very malty onset moving towards more of the resinous notes detected in the nose toward the finish. Good piney finish. Body is smooth and somewhat light in my opinion, carbonation is also very faint. This is good, but not all that I had hoped for.


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