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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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very good

285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 17
Gots: 40 | 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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Reviews by Dope:
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4.01/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottled 5/15/13.

A: Pours a dark red with a good sized and fizzy dark tan head. Head fades pretty slow with a nice island of foam remaining behind. Excellent thick streaks of lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt with some decent hops up front. It's no IPA but you can't mistake that dank citra aroma up front. A bit of spicy alcohol. Probably doesn't make sense, but it kinda smells like a really big hoppy amber ale more than a barleywine. Kinda like a bigger nugget nectar or something.

T: Yup, definitely some citra up front. Spicy, resinous and dank. Sugary caramel malt. Burst of citra and a decent wave of bitterness on the back end too. Some spicy alcohol in there too but not overly boozy for 11% ABV.

M: Fairly heavy and sticky.

O: Decent hoppy barleywine. Hoppiness isn't overpowering due to the strength of the huge caramel malt base. Pretty simple overall, lots of caramel and citra. Not to say that it's bad at all. Big, bold and heavy flavors. Good booziness that's not overpowering, just adds more kick to the flavors. I enjoyed it.

08-24-2013 04:42:00 | More by Dope
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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

06-23-2014 04:38:01 | More by rdilauro
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

01-02-2014 22:36:16 | More by ONovoMexicano
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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%

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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3.3/5  rDev -15.8%

Pours a murky, dark amber with just over one finger of head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap with a lot of lacing being left down the glass.

Smell is of old hops, toffee, caramel, bread, and alcohol. No date on the bottle but it smells like the best part of the beer has already faded away.

Some citrus hops are tasted however. All the bitterness is still there and gives some balance to the huge malt bill. Probably would be a real good barleywine extremely fresh or well aged. I got it in the transitional phase and it is not as good as it should be. A lot of booze in the flavor covers up a lot of the subtle malt notes. Definitely hot in the finish.

Big and robust body. Expertly carbonated as well. Nice smooth, creamy soft feel.

Maybe Clown Shoes should bottle date their bottles so I would not give their beer mediocre scores. Would be an interesting experiment to see if the alcohol heat mellows out with time.

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S: Citrus with some burnt toffee, slightly grainy.

L: Crystal clear, ruby red, little white head.

T: Rich, caramel with some toffee and hints of citrus. Very malty. Medium-high citrus bitterness with a smooth, caramel maltiness,. Alcohol dries the finish, a touch spicy. Some citrus hoppiness also in the finish.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, citra hops come through, but still dominated by the malt flavors.

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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.