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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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very good

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%

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 Rizalini:
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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decided a nice, big barleywine was the perfect choice for my 250th review.

Poured from a bomber, bottled on 06/12/13, and poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a crystal clear mahogany/copper color, very bubbly. 2 fingers of tan head that's leaving some thick, sticky lacing as the head falls.

S - The smell is very carmel malt forward. A nice honey, graham cracker malt nose with some nice citrus notes. Also some hints of some light, fruity esters.

T/M - Follows the nose. Has a somewhat sweet malt taste in the front, then some of the spicy esters follow, with a hop-bittering finish. The resinous hop aftertaste is necessary because the base is almost tongue-coating. Medium-syrupy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

O - This is a damn fine barleywine. Clown Shoes amazes me again with this one. It is surprisingly drinkable at 11%, and very little alcohol warmth. This is defenately a brew I would buy again. I do have a 2nd I am keeping in my beer fridge to age for a while. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 02:53:17 | More by Rizalini
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-01-2014 18:25:49 | More by MattXT
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/15/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange peel, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange peel, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus/floral hop and dark/toasted malt flavors; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice barleywine. All around good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hop and dark/toasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:28:02 | More by superspak
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-18-2014 13:04:24 | More by ToadiesForCody
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-09-2014 04:22:41 | More by King_KongDCO93
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-04-2014 01:08:55 | More by mikeincharleston
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-02-2014 13:37:04 | More by Supergenious
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-24-2014 23:41:31 | More by AGust82
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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter
Barleywine dry hopped with citra

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Clear burnt orange in color with almost no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full, creamy cap and sticks to the sides of the glass, continuing to fade to a good wisp. A ring and swirly wisp remain until the end leaving some good lacing down the glass. Class stuff.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee, light honey and honeydew melon initially. Some grassy and piney hops with citrus notes as well. A hint of butterscotch as well. Good stuff.

TASTE: Toffee, caramel, honey and sweet malts up front with some nice spicy and piney hops at the swallow. Bolder finish is sweet with plenty of bitter hops, citrus flavors, spicy and piney hops, as well as honey sweetness lingering on the palate.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body and lighter on the palate. Semi-creamy, a touch prickly perhaps, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Solid stuff. The feel is a little sub-par here, being a touch thin and prickly perhaps, but the rest was solid and lead to an enjoyable drink. Good sweet malt base with a nice hop profile bringing a lot of character to the beer. Good looking brew too. All in all, this is another solid Clown Shoes beer that's well worth checking out if you get the chance. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 15:55:57 | More by Jeffo
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-21-2014 03:33:31 | More by Ben7773
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-03-2014 22:53:04 | More by bpasquini
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3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. there is a spot for a date but it's not there

nice rusty orange glow, thin off-white head. nice agreesive hop aroma, a nice mix of fruity, piney, and earthy. taste starts with caramel malt flavors, long bitter hoppy finish. bold flavors. oily, mouth coating mouthfeel. lower carbonation.

overall - a decent barleywine, and not really boozey.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 05:08:16 | More by jmdrpi
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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/13/13. 200th beer review!

A: Amber copper color with a thin head that fades with barely any lacing left

S: booze, raisins, toffee, and plums

T: booze and raisins with plums lead the way with some hope presence. This one is definitely malt forward though.

M: full bodied thick and a bit chewy.

O: it's described as an American barleywine but it has the malt forward make up of an English barleywine, which I greatly prefer. Don't expect a hop forward barleywine and you'll be rewarded with a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:20:31 | More by Givemebeer
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-21-2014 18:39:17 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-20-2014 07:23:12 | More by Durge
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-19-2014 00:12:56 | More by Pens1967
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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Glugs out an murky, opaque, dark amber body with a small, thin, beige head now matter how lively the pour. Though the head really never gets going, it also maintains that lil' thin head throughout the whole bottle.

Smell: Toasted biscuits, toasted sugars, and, given some minutes in the glass, you get rising, angrily wafting citrus zest and alcohol set against a scent of brewed black tea.

Taste: Toasty malts, sugars (for a bolt of sweetness), and biscuits, a little extra brown sugar, some small handful of golden raisins, with bright, juicy citrus components of Seville orange and lemon adjoined to the warming alcohol. As the bitterness hitches its wagon, there's a firm tea-like herbal hint like an over-steeped tea bag. As it warms, the alcohol and cumulative bitterness awaken, giving a singe of orange liqueur on the finish. Additional sweetness lands invariably, pre-finish, post-finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Not quite chewy.

Overall: It's not the most deft, diverse, or complex barleywine around. Still, it holds its own, giving one their daily recommended allowance of citrus, sweetness, and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 20:33:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-14-2014 03:10:20 | More by hoppymcgee
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-12-2014 06:53:16 | More by toddicus13
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-10-2014 02:39:06 | More by Renegrenade
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 13 oz tulip glass, not sure of the bottle date. Pours a amber brown, with a two inch off white head, that leaves behind excellent lace, with solid retention. Smell is loads if biscuity grains, hard candy, roasted toffee, brown sugar, grapefruit, and some alcohol. Taste starts with toffee, brown sugar, and biscuit and finishes with hard candy, alcohol, and grapefruit. The body is medium large, nice amount of life, a little dry, and drinks way to easy for its 11% abv. I like big hoppy barleywines and that is this. Fans of Smuttynose, Old Ruffian, Old Guardian, and Big Foot will like this tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 22:56:36 | More by SawDog505
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New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 22:36:16 | More by ONovoMexicano
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a deep ruby red color. two to three fingers of a tannish head. fairly hazy. leaves a slight ring around the edges

Smell: very light citrusy hops. toasty malts. caramel malts. lots of sweetness.

Taste: orange peel hops. toasty malts. maybe some barley. sweet caramel malts. a strong hop bit. there are a lot of good flavors but they are fairly weak and sometimes kind of bland

Mouthfeel: pretty full. pretty drinkable for 11%. warming alcohol. a touch sticky

Overall: this barleywine has some good things going for it. but overall it comes off as a fairly weak flavored brew. falling in as a middle of the road barleywine

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 01:47:18 | More by SportsandJorts
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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.