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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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very good

309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 21
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
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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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber slowly decanted into a tulip glass over the course of an evening. Really quite a looker, a ruby red brown admixture with a well-formed mocha colored head and a rather appealing aroma of well-toasted malts (almost reminds one of burnt popcorn), strong hazelnut, raisins, apples, pears, and some grapefruit, tangerine, and faint pine from the bold hop regime. All the expected elements are there and well-integrated. Some folks have described this as "hot" or "young" in terms of the alcohol flavor and although you can taste the booze, I might have snagged a well-aged example as this ain't too hot at all (but see below). The alcohol flavor peeks out here and there, with the whole package bitter and resinous plus sweet in equal measure. Lots of orchard fruit, butterscotch, nuts, golden raisin, and molasses kiss candy with an astringent tea bag note that comes on strong late. IPA-like hopping in the finish, which veers towards the harshly medicinal but does remain rooted in dried citrus peel and pine territory. Standout features for me include the malt complexity, nuttiness, classic barleywine orchard fruit elements, and assertive hop flavors. If there's a drawback its that things do get a tad harsh late into a bomber, which is probably a good reason to share this sucker with some appreciative aficionados. Still, a welcome introduction to this new to Alberta contract brewer for me.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 05, 2014
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ok, I admit, Clown Shoes beers have not been one of my favorites. I keep on trying them, my co-workers love them and I respect their beer knowledge and tastes.
I have liked most of the Clown shoe brews I have tasted, but the one thing that keeps me in the drak is the aftertaste. I cant put my finger on it, but its just something I do not like.

Crunkle Sam was an good overall Barley Wine. It had all the major ingredients into which a good beer should be. It had a nice nose, the mouthful was big, in fact very big, there was a nice balance between malt and alcohol,

But still in the end there was something I just did not like Its not been with just one clown shoes but most of those I have tasted

rdilauro, Jun 23, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Belgian tulip.

A beautiful, cushion-like, fluffy head forms with the pour, creamy in color. The liquid is cloudy, unfiltered looking and light copper and brown in color. Sticky lace remains all around the glass.

There's some pleasant smells here, particularly sweet, pungent malt blending with peppery spice. The hops are slightly piney and resinous and are a bit buried, but still present on the aroma.

Not a lot of variation from nose to taste, with the sweetness of the malt emerging first, then some hoppy bite and slight bitterness.

The beer drinks very sweetly, with a creamy and thick quality and little carbonation. The finish is dry but some sweetness lingers with the bitter hops to leave a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall, a great barleywine and one that's easy to enjoy. I could drink plenty of these, especially as it was fairly cheap.

ONovoMexicano, Jan 02, 2014
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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 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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Appearance - This American barleywine is a hazy, deep orange rust color served in a 12 oz snifter with a sandstone, half finger head that settles to a broken layer surface suds. Streaky, spotty lacing down the sides of the glass with fair stick. 3.75

Smell - Moderate aroma, touching on notes of earth, grass, floral character and a caramel undertone. 3.75

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Mouthfeel - Lighter in body than expected, with medium feel. Sticky texture, but goes down with exquisite smoothness. Slight warmth from the alcohol. 4.25

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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.