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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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88
very good

225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 46
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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Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

07-31-2013 05:25:58 | More by JohnnyMc
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biboergosum

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 06:05:37 | More by biboergosum
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-10-2014 01:09:01 | More by Dougwillhike
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Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-09-2014 02:04:08 | More by Nick_isthatstillcool
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

07-09-2014 02:00:16 | More by IanSpindler
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WreckedPalate

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +27.6%

07-08-2014 02:18:56 | More by WreckedPalate
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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krome

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

07-07-2014 22:36:12 | More by krome
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jmkoller11

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Felt compelled to drink this on 4th of July weekend. Merica!

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

M - Thick and bubbly

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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BigJim5021

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2%

07-05-2014 07:21:03 | More by BigJim5021
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 10 month old bottle shared with friends. Sampled on July 4, 2014.

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

It is nearly a year old and any booze has faded into the sunset. There is a big fruity and barley malt character in he aroma.

Medium body and comfortable on the palate.

The flavor is of sweet barley malts, lighter hops, and really no booze at all. I like my barleywines to mellow out a little before trying them and this one did.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 01:35:51 | More by puboflyons
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 05/09/14. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a brown/ruby red color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel, toffee, dark fruit, bready malt and some citrus peel. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel, toffee, candied oranges, bready malt, dark fruit, and some citrusy and pine hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and has moderate carbonation. And for the most part the 11% ABV is well hidden. I thought this was good, I wouldn't mind buying this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 22:00:09 | More by bluejacket74
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KAF

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

07-04-2014 20:38:29 | More by KAF
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Supershane17

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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s_wit

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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goodshiz

Florida

3/5  rDev -23.5%

07-04-2014 14:24:41 | More by goodshiz
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Petegrieco

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-04-2014 06:52:51 | More by Petegrieco
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JavaNoire

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-04-2014 04:08:59 | More by JavaNoire
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tommy5

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

07-04-2014 02:53:33 | More by tommy5
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hef

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

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Sean32

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

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Pennsylvania

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Pahn

New York

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. The year/batch/version dry hopped with Chinook (if there's different versions).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch frothy white head that leaves a wide ring of lacing. Pours a hazy brownish red.

Smell: Caramel and brown sugar American barleywine malt aromas. No Chinook aroma, which is sad since Chinook is one of my favorite hops. Not really very complex, but a nice, persistent malty aroma. Would be great in the Winter.

Taste: Follows the nose, with a nice oily hop flavor and feel complementing the brown sugary malt. Bit too sweet for my taste, but a lot of great barleywine flavors. Enough hot alcohol to cut through the sugar and develop the malt flavor. Again, a good Wintery sipper.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied. Slight dryness, moderate carbonation. Pretty hot, which works well.

Overall: If you like Old Ruffian style American barleywines (bitter, with a heavy caramel/brown sugar malt backbone and ample alcohol), you'll like this. If you bought the bottle because it says "Dry hopped with Chinook," you may be disappointed.

As a side note, I'm not sure if this is the base beer for Billionaire, but it would taste great barrel aged. Time, slow oxidation, and wood can only do good to a big flavorful beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 02:17:09 | More by Pahn
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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.