Crunkle Sam | Clown Shoes

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Crunkle SamCrunkle Sam
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 05-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by rdilauro:
Photo of rdilauro
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
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

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More User Reviews:
Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%

Even though I find most of their beers merely "good", which doesn't rate Clown Shoes price tags, I keep buying them. There's something wrong with me. I blame it on my mistress. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is a dark, clear, filtered red. Smells sweet. Two-year-old-sitcom-sweet, the kind that makes your hind-brain hurt. Then there's the corn-fructose-dipped fruit. Recommended by 9 out of 10 dentists. The other one's going broke.

Crunkle Sam lays the lie to the nose. Huge hoppy citrus punch up front is cut by the dark fruitiness that's so strong up the schnazz. Malty sweetness is tamed somewhat by the hops. Alcohol bites, leaves some lingering side effects. I'm slugging this far faster than is warranted.

Another 'merely good' CS brew. A rather routinely good, hopped-to-the-gills barleywine. I'll enjoy it for the few more seconds that it lasts.

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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fine example of the style.

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Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.9/5  rDev -1%

Photo of StoutFox
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of JakerLou
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jamesmk48
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsquared59
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brilliant chestnut to garnet mahagony with a finely bubbled, lacy off white foam cap. Smell: Citrusy hoppy nose. Taste: rich, malty, some caramel, bread, cardamom to cola finishing with a big bitter hop finish balanced by the malt and alcohol. Mouthfeel: Very creamy, big and chewy, slight warming. Overall: Reminds me of a mixed drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Bottled on 6/4/14 found a 2nd to last bottle at South Hills Giant Eagle Market District...pours into a chalice with a cloudy deep muddled ruby amber body. Creamy textured tan head intricate lacing.

Dry hopped with Chinooks those are basically muted after 6 months of age in the bottle, the aroma comes of with deep pine earthy dankness, big under current of caramelized malts and bread...dark fruit a bit of sherry or cognac.

Flavor way too smooth I'm getting the last bottle to age even longer, dark chocolate in the middle over ripened fruits some apricot and raisin very juicy notes. Big earthy pine accented hops with a big creamy malt finish caramelized sugars a hint of caramel and bourbon esque finish even though this has never touched a barrel.

Mouthfeel is full bodied chewy beer this is Crunkle Sam and I'm really enjoying the beer a star of the base beers I've had from Clown Shoes...really well done to style American Barleywine I'm burping up hops and the booze is way too well hidden one could not tell this is 11% abv.

Overall, world class barleywine this would win most blind tastings out there, can't wait to grab another bottle to store away in the cellar.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz shared bottle.
Hazy dark brown body with an excellent head.
Sweet aroma with well hidden alcohol.
The alcohol is more obvious in tasting but blends nicely with the sweet malts.

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Photo of navband
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of justme
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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 musty 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
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