Beer 159/365 – Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 13.6%

Purchased at: Received in a trade

What makes this beer different: Almost barleywine-ish. But hides the alcohol insanely well

Will I be drinking this again: I hope I can find more of it. If so then yes. Two of these in one night I will be down for the count.

Grade: A

4/16/2010: I think its official, if I had to pick one brewery to have the best combo of an Imperial IPA and an Imperial Stout, Dark Horse would take the title. Yes there are better Imperial IPA’s and Stouts, but for one brewery to have beers in both styles that are this good, is just awesome. I would be a happy man if I could have an entire case of Plead the 5th Stout and Double Crooked Tree sitting around to drink whenever. Then again if that were the case I would probablyyyy end up having a drinking problem because I would pop them open way too often.

Wasn’t sure what to expect from this DIPA, but I read some good things about it so I had to trade for it. If I had to guess this beers style just by the smell I would guess its a barleywine, boozy and even amounts of hop/malt. Wow the flavor is awesome, some earthy and grapefruit hops, with a ton of toasted/caramel malt to support the high ABV. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than a normal Imperial IPA but I think it needs to be, also a bit resiny. This beer is amazingly drinkable for a beer with 13.6% ABV. So if you are looking to get a buzz but not drink a ton of liquids, pick this one up.

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Published in: on April 16, 2010 at 10:29 am  Comments (2)  
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Beer 148/365 – Dark Horse Plead the 5th Imperial Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.0%

Purchased at: On-tap @Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Tastes like 8% ABV, but dangerously drinkable at 12%

Will I be drinking this again: I bought a sixer to age so yes.

Grade: A+

4/5/2010: First off, I just finished redesigning Phill’s website for Vintage Estate. He has been rated the #1 beer retailer in the WORLD according to ratebeer.com. Go check out the site and let me know what you think of it. Without his store I’m not sure I could a) afford to do the 365 beers (easily half the price of PA beer), and b) get enough variety of GOOD beer from local shops to add up to 365.

Dark Horse I would have to say is my #2 favorite brewery right now (behind Three Floyds). Probably because they have more than just a few really good stouts, and the atmosphere at their brewery/bar is amazing. If you are a new reader click here to see when I visited Dark Horse.

Sorry for the crappy pictures, but my blackberry pearl is garbage. This is without a doubt my favorite Dark Horse beer to date. I ordered this before I saw what the ABV was and I assumed it was 8, maybe 9%. The alcohol is hidden insanely well, which is impressive considering it hasn’t been aged at all. The smell actually has some dark fruit in it, dark chocolate… The taste is just amazing. Bitter chocolate, some prunish flavor, and I am assuming they used some oatmeal in this. I also get some vanilla and coffee flavors towards the end. The mouthfeel is so creamy, and almost oily (in a good way). I could drink three of these and be down for the count. Do yourself a favor and if you see this around and you like stouts, buy yourself a bunch.

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Published in: on April 5, 2010 at 10:29 am  Comments (2)  
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Beer 129/365 – Dark Horse Too Cream Stout

Style: Milk Stout

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: Siciliano’s Market – Grand Rapids MI

What makes this beer different: Strong for a Milk Stout but hides the ABV Extremely well.

Will I be drinking this again: If I can find it in the Pgh area

Grade: A-

3/17/2010: Its been a while since I have had a stout, so time to go back to my conmfort zone. This is the third of the “fore” series of stouts by Dark Horse that I am trying. The smoked and blueberry stouts were both great beers, so hoping this one is also.

Smell is a ton of roasted coffee, with some dark malt scent. Tons and tons of flavor for a beer with a low/mid mouthfeel. Coffee is top of the list, followed by a solid lactic (milk) sweetness, ending with a dry hop flavor. So much flavor, my brain keeps telling me this beer should be thicker but I think thats why its so good. I also had no clue this was an 8.0% ABV beer, I would have guessed no more than a 6. No sign of the alcohol at all. If you see this on the shelves grab a couple.

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Published in: on March 17, 2010 at 8:36 am  Comments (5)  
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Beer 103/365 – Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout

Style: American Stout

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Not as smokey as I thought it would be

Will I be drinking this again: Mmmm depends what else I have available that day

Grade: B+

2/19/2010: Wonder why there isn’t a “smoked stout” category on Beeradvocate? I guess its because Smoked Porter is a bit more common than Smoked Stouts. Anywho picked this one up a few days ago at Vintage Estate. Actually didn’t see this one in Michigan when we took our trip up there. Had to pick this up because so far Dark Horse might be my favorite brewery I have personally visited. Again how can you hate a place with beers called “Richard in mouth w/cumquat”, and “Smells like weed.”

It seems to me like Dark Horse uses the same stout base for all the beers in this series. The prior ones were One/Oatmeal, Too/Cream, and Tres/Blueberry. The smell is a decent bit of smoke, and a bit of coffee. The smoke taste in this beer comes through as more of a charred type of flavor, and is actually a bit subdued oveall. I am assuming this is because I am used to smoke porters which usually aren’t nearly as bombarded with as much malt as stouts. The other flavors are heavy espresso, and molasses. I wish I knew what the ABV is on this beer because it peeks out just a little bit. I base a lot of my grading of a beer on whether or not the alcohol is hidden well, so its hard for me to give an accurate grade. If its a 6% beer they did a bad job, if its a 9%-10% beer they did an awesome job. Overall very solid, just wish the alcohol was hidden better.

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Published in: on February 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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