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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by imfrommichigan, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Advocate (515) Michigan Jul 12, 2012 Verified

    Has anyone heard anything about a release this year? It's usually this time of year you see it. One of my all time favorites.

    Also, how are bottles with a year on them compared to fresh? I'm excited to try it. It definitely has a nice malty base to where I could see it being great after a year.
  2. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

    Website just says February. No firm details.
  3. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    hung on to a couple to try them with a year on it.
  4. eyemustard

    eyemustard Savant (310) Wisconsin Apr 5, 2012 Verified

    I held on to a few from last year. I think this one fell off after about 6 months.
  5. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Advocate (515) Michigan Jul 12, 2012 Verified

    Like most IPA's. I just thought that this had a good enough malt base to where it would still hold up and turn into a barley wine. I only followed the instructions on the box!
  6. MSandahl23

    MSandahl23 Advocate (555) Indiana Mar 29, 2012

    It's awesome with a year + on it in my opinion, the malt base holds up as you would expect....
    Jips, bozodogbreath and GraniteSkunk like this.
  7. GraniteSkunk

    GraniteSkunk Savant (375) Illinois Apr 17, 2007

    I absolutely love Double Crooked with a year or even two on it. I think its such a different beer that its very hard to compare aged v. Fresh
    bozodogbreath and raymo55 like this.
  8. chrisbokmuller

    chrisbokmuller Savant (345) Michigan Sep 11, 2011 Verified

    I think I remember seeing it in stores mid-Feb. last year, shouldn't be much longer. My wallet should be hurting from this and Pt5!
  9. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    I like it fresh, love it with 1-2 years on it.
  10. Jose2412

    Jose2412 Savant (250) Michigan Feb 25, 2012

    I'm glad to hear this is good with a year or two on it. I saved a few from last year and also found one last year that was from 2011. Excited to try a small vert of this to see how it changed.
    MSandahl23 likes this.
  11. sarcastro

    sarcastro Savant (475) Michigan Sep 20, 2006 Verified

    It always seems to come out a month or so after they list. At least that is what I remember from years past. I am not saying will not come out on time, I just wouldn't bank on it.
  12. jacob4999

    jacob4999 Savant (355) Michigan Dec 9, 2008 Verified

    In SE Michigan I've bought this and PT5 at the same time the last two years.
  13. I just saw that DCT is on the Dark Horse beer list for the Traverse City Beer Festival that runs Feb. 2-9, so it must be getting close to being released.
  14. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (860) Michigan May 8, 2006

    Deschutes doubles their Pale Ale and calls it a Barleywine, Dark Horse doubles their IPA and calls it a DIPA. Something to chew on. Double Crooked Tree is not your standard DIPA and I do not believe your standard DIPA thoughts should be applied to this beer. It is a personal thing but I hate when people say a beer of one style "turns into" another style. It may be semantics but in my mind it just does not happen. DCT straddles the line of DIPA and Barelywine when fresh. It ages wonderfully and could easily be compared to a Barleywine with age, it doesn't turn into one because it was already there.
    surlytheduff and Jose2412 like this.
  15. raymo55

    raymo55 Savant (485) Michigan Oct 3, 2011

    I only buy DCT to hide it in the cellar for a year or two....that's when it is best.
    robwestcott likes this.
  16. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    Getting bottled right now per their FB page!

    beerhan likes this.
  17. Jose2412

    Jose2412 Savant (250) Michigan Feb 25, 2012

    I've been having an issue for a while when other breweries call their beers double IPAs when they are infact not doubling the recipe. I feel if all the ingredients are not doubled (where DCT doubles everything but the water) it shouldn't be called a DIPA, should be an Imperial IPA.
  18. adamant1912

    adamant1912 Savant (425) Michigan Jan 10, 2010

    I saw this posted to FB today, very excited, curious about availability this year.
  19. Mahoning

    Mahoning Aficionado (110) Jan 23, 2013

    I'm heading to this brewery in a few weeks.....excited for Double Crooked Tree.

    I'm just worried that Plead the 5th won't be released by the time I go there.
  20. landrewg

    landrewg Savant (305) Michigan Nov 11, 2008 Verified

    Has anyone seen this in SE Mich yet?
  21. Double Crooked Tree and Plead the Fifth were spotted in Battle Creek at Horrocks tonight. I think the DCT was $18.99 for a 4-pack, but I don't remember the price on the Plead the Fifth.
  22. c64person

    c64person Advocate (525) North Carolina Mar 20, 2010 Verified

    I've seen it all over the place in Kalamzoo today, Mega-Bev, Drakes and even D&W had plenty of both, running $16.99-$18.99 a pack for the Double Crooked Tree and less for the Plead the Fifth.
  23. tommyz

    tommyz Advocate (570) Michigan May 28, 2007 Verified

    Interesting as I bought Double Crooked Tree at the Brewery for $20.....Plead the 5th was 15.99 there fyi..
  24. Chi81

    Chi81 Aficionado (100) Illinois Dec 22, 2010

    Double Crooked Tree was only 15.99 at the brewery last night
  25. tommyz

    tommyz Advocate (570) Michigan May 28, 2007 Verified

    need to check my receipt..Maybe I had a few to many DCT, lol