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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
88
very good

233 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 16
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-09-2013)
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: looks dark brown but really its a very deep crimson red when held up to the light, with a half inch off white head.
s: hints of citra hops and some strong sweet maltiness
t: very rich and complex, malty sweetness in the forefront. even though its rich and complex its still pretty balanced, doesn't hang offensively in the mouth for aftertaste.
m: has an excellent mouthfeel, pretty low in carbonation compared to some other barley wines I have tried.
overall: this is one of the better barley wines I've had, although I've not had many and don't consider myself an expert on this style but this one stands up to stone's "old guardian" just not as hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 22:32:42 | More by Beerlover
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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Knuckleheads
Pours a reddish brown with a solid off white head. Comes off a little hot and has a strong American bitterness that is not that pleasant at the moment. I'm not sure why I can stop myself from ordering barley wines on tap, but more often than not I get disappointed compared with a bottle that has a little time on its side. Overall it will probably mellow out to be better than what I gave it but right now the alcohol heat and that sharp bitterness keep me negative on it for now.

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Alberta (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 12/7/14

A murky brownish amber, some slow moving bubbles floating up to a dense finger of tan foam that sits around for a couple sips leaving some random patches

S heaps of brown sugar, some Swedish berries, badly bruised sour apple, soft caramel, wet herbal tea bag, smells sweet and already aged

T a little citrus rind but for the most part its caramel apple and big brown sugar notes with a little dark bread

M chewy and syrupy, the booze is very well hidden, bubbles slowly cream it up, a little sticky on the lips, caramel apple with brown sugar on the finish

O Solid BW, already mellow drinking I'm sure age wont hinder its cause, no booze anywhere and malty as they come

Not the most complex BW I've had but well worth a try, that being said I doubt I'd buy another to age with its 13$ price tag

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Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Alberta (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, with another crazily busy label, this time illustrating a fireworks-directing, Grand Canyon-adjacent maestro, one who reminds me somewhat of the Hondo Ohnaka pirate character (maybe blended with Lyle Lanley from the Simpsons) of the Clone Wars cartoons that I've been catching up on lately - with my toddler son, of course!

This beer pours a muddy, darkly illustrious red-brick amber colour, with a tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and sort of bubbly beige head, which leaves some encrypted Republic transmission character lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds off into near-space.

It smells of sweet, nougaty caramel malt, flecked with more than a few toffee, demerara sugar, and treacle turbo injections, sharp pine resin, orange, lemon, and white grapefruit citrus rind astringencies, a pleasantly apparent, untethered mustiness, further tart black fruit notes, and a barely restrained, bristling, and, let's just say, threatening booziness. The taste is, well the taste is another incarnation of those gag-inducing first contact sort of deals - the swirling alcohol esters hit my high palate straight away, choking it before I can immediately appreciate the lazy followup of besotted bready caramel malt, hard toffee, sassy pine needles, bitter leafiness, real vanilla, syrupy brown sugar, earthy mustiness, and mixed and matched dark orchard fruit,

The carbonation is fairly involved, with a prominent, but yet soft frothiness, the body a stolid medium-heavy weight, and fairly smooth, once you get past that good ol' 'merican hop onslaught, and creamy with no such interference. It finishes on the sweet side, just, as the waning of the hops only slightly exceeds that of the malt - we're talking minimal amounts here, people, but a delta is a delta, so say the Greeks.

Not the most complex of barleywines, be they new or old world in origin or style, but that doesn't seem to be the aim here. Instead, what we get here is an alcoholic paean to a, let's say complicated malt, the DIPA hop schedule that loves it, and lip service paid in full to that old-seeming mustiness difference maker. A slow sipper, to be sure, as duly noted already, but once past that simple physical limitation, all bets are off.

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A - Impressively large head when poured aggressively. Light brown with red tints.

S - Malt, yeast, brown sugar, alcohol and sour

T - Cleaner taste than expected from smell. Vanilla, malt, sweet, bitter

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O - Not a bad barleywine. Taste isn't as complex or deep as the really good barleywines. It's worth drinking again, but isn't something that I will go out of my way to try and get. Prost!

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The pour is reddish amber with a slight opaque quality to it. Looks the way a barleywine should.

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Medium body and comfortable on the palate.

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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.